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Nanochromis Parilus

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  • #299523

    tbone
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    Hi,
    I got a trio of these a few weeks ago and have them in a 36″ long planted tank with plenty of caves and driftwood. This is an established tank with soft water and a neutral pH.
    I have had some up’s and down’s with these guys in a short time

    #306302

    Richy
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    Hi, I haven’t kept this specific dwarf but have had a couple of others. I found that once a pair formed then the others was bullied, especially if eggs/fry were present.
    Is there any other fish in the aquarium apart from the Parilus?
    You say you have had some troubles, could you post your water params and details of the problems

    #306309

    Matt
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    Hey tbone. I´ve not kept N. parilus but did have some success with N. transvestitus a while back. The males of this species were very vicious too. I bought 8 of them, 3 of which turned out to be males but pretty soon I had only a single male in the tank as he just battered the others. He was also very aggressive towards the females unless spawning with one of them.

    The problem is that Nanochromis only seem to form weak, temporary pair bonds. Spawning is inititated by the female so it sounds as though your lady was ready to spawn but the male wasn´t. I would suggest reintroducing her when she´s recovered, while keeping an eye on the second female. Exactly how much cover is in the tank? The one I used was 55 gallons and almost completely filled with bogwood. I´ve also read of successes using bare tanks and loads of fish, crowding them as is usually recommended for Mbuna. Hope that helps and best of luck!

    #306339

    tbone
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    Water in this tank measures: Nitrate 10 ppm, Nitrite 0 ppm, Ammonia 0 ppm, gH 25 ppm, dH 40 ppm (3 dH) and pH 7.0. Temperature 79* F. I perform WC’s weekly.
    I have been conditioning this tank with a peat moss extract that I made. There is moderate amounts of caves, plants and driftwood. I am going to add more soon to provide more hiding spots.
    I believe the water chemisty is okay and coverage is okay also, there’s always room for improvement though.
    For tank mates, I have Iriatherina werneri & Puntius Rhomboocellatus in with them. The Parilus ignore these guys so far.
    What I mean about “trouble” is the aggression the male is showing towards the females.
    The only thing I can think of is to add more females to spread out the aggression. The male spends a lot of time roaming looking for the females to harrass. I don’t feel confident that adding more females will work, it would end up being an expensive mistake.
    This is a challenge for sure…

    Tony

    #306341

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I wouldn´t be too afraid of adding more females if you can provide sufficient cover Tony. Can you get a picture of the set-up?

    #306349

    keith565
    Participant

    i do agree that more females will spread the aggression about so preventing a few from being harassed as much. with plenty of cover, he may settle down. perhaps he is sourcing a female for pairing up with.? just a thought.

    #306351

    tbone
    Member

    Hi,
    I will try to get a photo of the setup, the wife has the camera for work.

    I decided not to add more females and I’m going to move the lone female to another tank.

    Last night, to my amazement, the pair were hanging out together and the male was not showing aggression towards her. She is displaying for him and doing her dance and the male seems to respond by nipping at her underbelly. They actually seem like a pair! If this continues, I will be happy!

    I tend to be a bit over protective with my fish. I have a hard time sitting back and letting one of my fish get killed. This usually leads me to buy another tank, but this time I can’t, the wife will kill me! I only have six tanks. If it was up to me I’d get a couple more big ones.

    Thanks all for the tips! I will keep up dating this thread.

    Regards,
    Tony

    #306354

    Matt
    Keymaster

    That sounds very promising indeed Tony! Do keep us updated and keep a close eye on the pair as in my experience Nanochromis males can turn nasty quite randomly at times. Good luck

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