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Re: Killie Only Tank
An interesting thread! I am impressed by the accounts of killies and other
fishes actually having fry grow up in such a set up.
Some quick thoughts from my modest experience (both positive and negative)
Put them together when young - that allows them to sort out the pecking
order before they can inflict as much damage. When they are mature,
introducing even a very different fish to an established set-up can be a
death sentence for that fish.
If mature fish are kept together, sometimes the mbuna approach works.
Completely re-arrange the tank and then add fish. Have so many mouths &
tails in there that everyone has to watch theirs.
As has been alluded to, give them shelter, plenty of food and room to
Keep the water conditions a good as possible - behavior is better and stress
less. I suppose we are all better tempered if our creature comforts are
taken care of.
Keep the water at the cool end of the killies' spectrum.
If you just want such a set-up for aesthetic purposes, just put males in
there. Without the ladies, they are less aggressive. Introduce a female or
females and behaviors change very quickly and dramatically.
All the best!
> I do have a 26 gallon with about a dozen Gardneri Nsukka. The adults get
> along with a minimum of squabbling. I have actually had more adults in
> tank, but have pulled out pairs for club auctions over the past year.
> is a nice looking tank with just 2 1/2 inch Nsukka. I should add that
> set-up is relatively open with only some Crypts growing in the gravel.
> The best advice is NOT to mix similar-appearing species and to keep your
> fish similar sized. Good luck!
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