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Old 10-17-2012, 10:27 PM
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I am thinking of taking the plunge into the petro world. I keep Tropheus now and think I have the hang of it. Lol, always learning more as time goes by.

I really think the Yellow/Gold Moshi is the route I want to take.

They would be going into a standard size 150g tank. They would be wild caught so approx 4" to 6" entering the tank. I would not plan on adding to the colony once I have the group.

I could really use some help with opinions on how many (minimum to maximum) I could have in the tank? Also, more important what would be an ideal ratio? Is a 150g too small to house and adult group of Petros?

Please, if you keep Petros, could you discuss your experiences with the groups you have or had, the ratios and how things have worked for you.

Any and all posts are welcome.

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Old 10-17-2012, 10:52 PM
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I have kept Moshis and they are mean sob's. 15 minimum. Crowed them in the tank. If you only get a few you will end up with only one.
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I have kept Moshis and they are mean sob's. 15 minimum. Crowed them in the tank. If you only get a few you will end up with only one.
Thanks DWW, will the 150g be big enough? Let's say I go with 20, any thoughts on ratio m/fm? I am thinking 5/15 but nurea quite sure. is it really just makes that fight or can the females be aggressive as well?

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Thanks DWW, will the 150g be big enough? Let's say I go with 20, any thoughts on ratio m/fm? I am thinking 5/15 but nurea quite sure. is it really just makes that fight or can the females be aggressive as well?

Please, anyone else chime in.

I kept 22 in a 165 gal for over a year with not any aggression to speak of. No torn fins or deaths. Just typical chasing. Crowding is the key.
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Females can be the killers too. Ratio is not important if you have around 20 fish. Personally, I would rather have 6-8 males than just 2 or 3.
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Agree, large numbers is key. Ratios should not be the focus and try to start with F1s, they are much easier to handle and really no downside. Upside, cheaper than wc.

Nothing wrong with wc but if you can only afford a small number then start with a group of trews or tricolors. Dive into the larger, territorial petros when you hv more experience under your belt.

My personal experience: very confident when I started and this is after successfully breeding tricolors.
Started with 6 wc moshi,2m/4f. In 2 weeks alpha female killed alpha male. She proceeded to kill 3 females in 6 months. Added 1m/3f more wc cuz I'm a slow learner and lost 3 in 2 months. hv 3 left and no fry to show for it (hv had them for 3 years).
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I would do trios or better. If I had a choice though ill do 2m18f
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I noticed noone mentioned footprint being important?
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Wow, thanks for all the input. Footprint is 72" by 18". After some more reading I see that the Trew's and Fam's appear to be the least aggressive and don't grow huge.

Maybe a mix of Trew's, Fam's and Moshi would be my best bet. I am leaning towards minimum 25-30 total. This way I can can get a mix of colour as well.

Hey, is there only one species of the Trewavasae?

DISCMAN - What species did you have of 22, all the same or a mix? Also, no rocks or plenty of hiding places?

Please keep the comments coming, this is a great site being so helpful from past experiences.

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Don't believe the hype - famula are mean s.o.b's
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