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aquaBee
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PostPosted: 2011.08.08(Mon)12:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really? What's the risk with re-homing adult males?
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PostPosted: 2011.08.08(Mon)13:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you get a 1:1 ratio of males to females and keep six females to one male that leaves a lot of males homeless.

How many people have tanks to house them?
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PostPosted: 2011.08.08(Mon)13:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see. I would imagine some of the males could be sold to local buyers while others could go to a trustworthy LFS.

So what's the best way to purchase frontosa then? Is it better to get them once the sex is known, or as juveniles?
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PostPosted: 2011.08.08(Mon)13:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO it is better to try & purchase small ones from a batch of grown on juveniles in the hope you get all females Laughing
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PostPosted: 2011.08.08(Mon)14:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha! That wouldn't be a statistical improbability or anything... Laughing

I guess I can try to get them a little larger and throw out a few guesses while choosing. Best way to purchase would be LFS then? How can I pick out the healthy juveniles from the not-so-healthy ones given that they're not the most active fish on the planet?
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PostPosted: 2011.08.20(Sat)6:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smaller frontosa's are more active than larger one's. A robust appetite can be an indicator of good health. Ask the place where you get them from to feed them so you can observe eating prior to purchase.

Breeders (local and online), hobbyists, and African Cichlid specialty LFS' would probably be good choices to acquire your frontosa's from. An experienced breeder/hobbyist will be able to sex them for you if the specimens are large enough (~3.5" - 4"). Smaller than that then you may have to go with acquiring a larger group of juveniles and weeding out the males as their genders become apparent, and either keeping one of these males (with the remaining females) or removing all males and then introduce a large male.
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