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Need suggestions for a Frontosa Tank mate?
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Eric
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)10:49    Post subject: Need suggestions for a Frontosa Tank mate? Reply with quote

My solo Frontosa is about 3" long and looking a bit lonely w/just he and a catfish in my 120 gal tank. Any suggestions for a good tank mate? Perhaps just another Frontosa?

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Tommy
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)13:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frontosa are tough because of their huge size, combined with their natural "harem" behaviour. In my opinion, to really experience their full personality, they should be kept in a minimum of 4 fish (1 male, 3 females). This of course is inadvisable in anything less than a huge tank (240+ gallons) because they can average 14-16" in length.

So, what to do...If it were me and I could afford it, I would probably throw caution to the wind a bit and go ahead and get a few more fronts of approximately the same size and hope to get a pairing before they start getting large enough to cause problems...In the long run I could justify two full grown fronts plus a medium size syno cat in a 120g tank...These are just my opinions, others may disagree...
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)18:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tommy I think your on the money. Frons will pair quite readily if conditions are even close. Though It has been my experiance that the harem itself is essential to breeding. Even proven pairs have failed to produce for me once the rest of the harem was removed. This may have just been the two pairs I tried it on, your mileage may vary! Very Happy "Note" After re-introduction into their respective groups both pairs spawned after a short acclimation period.

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Tommy
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)18:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

bohica wrote:
Even proven pairs have failed to produce for me once the rest of the harem was removed.
"Note" After re-introduction into their respective groups both pairs spawned after a short acclimation period.

That is fascinating Bo! From what I've read, I never got the sense that the harem was a central factor in the continuation of the breeding. I thought that it had more to do with the initial "selection" of a mate. I guess it makes sense. As you can tell, I haven't kept them myself, but have only studied them because they are high up on my short list of fish to own when I win the lottery Wink
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PostPosted: 2003.09.06(Sat)23:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fronts are great but a general rule is 1 front is o.k. 2 fronts is just down right cruel. Fronts always have a dominant fish in the tank. If there is only 2 of them the dominant one is going to make the others life miserable. In a 120 you should be able to house 4-5 maybe 6 no problem. Tommy is right saying that they get massive, but if you look at successful breeding colonies they differ quite a bit in size. Not to mention they grow slow. They are also quite comfortable as Bo pointed out together. Just make sure you have some caves for hide out and if you are going to breed them with a cat in there make sure you either strip the female of the fry, or learn how to net them really quickly. Shocked

Good luck with that. There is a small part of me that wants to get another tank and keep some fronts. They are a cool African. The problem is there is a larger part of me (my wife) who won't let me. Crying or Very sad
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