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Old 11-16-2015, 09:21 PM   #1
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How well do you know Brichardis?

My couple had fry, one survivor who is growing.

I wanted to know if fry could be taught to live in a community setting.

I would like to put him inside of my 45 gallon community tank (since once he grows up, he will probably end up fighting with his parents)

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Electric Blue Acara
2 rams
2 tetras
2 glass catfish
Danio
Pleco
Indian glassfish

(Water parameters are exactly the same as my 20 gallong brichardi tank)
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Last time i put a brichardi in my community tank, he terrorized everyone and ended up getting his own tank.

So just to reiterate, is it possible to train a baby brichardi to live peacefully in a community tank if introduced early?
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:44 AM   #2
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It would be hit or miss. Depends on the individual. I personally wouldn't do it. Also, brichardi are very interesting in that past generations help raise the future generations. These are colony fish, and should typically be tolerated by the original pair given adequate space


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Old 11-17-2015, 11:33 AM   #3
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Yes leave it and let the community grow. I love watching how the group interacts with eachother.
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Won't they end up fighting over territory?

Its only a 20 gallon high tank
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:17 PM   #5
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So you guys think 20 gallons is sufficient space?

In the picture, there are 3. They used to be a trio, but it's now just 2 + 1 free swimmer and i assume are more eggs somewhere
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It would be hit or miss. Depends on the individual. I personally wouldn't do it. Also, brichardi are very interesting in that past generations help raise the future generations. These are colony fish, and should typically be tolerated by the original pair given adequate space


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^^^this. If there's enough space you shouldn't have an issue with the young growing up with the parents. It would be, IMO, a better choice than putting it in the community tank. Brichardi are resilient fish, but tanganyikans have different optimum water parameters than SA/CA cichlids like rams and angels. I imagine it would probably end up being a huge jerk to the fish in the community tank eventually, especially with timid fish like the glass cats.
It would also be a good idea to maybe look at your community stock. Danios, glass cats, and tetras are all shoaling fish that should be kept in groups of conspecifics
Good luck!
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^^^this. If there's enough space you shouldn't have an issue with the young growing up with the parents. It would be, IMO, a better choice than putting it in the community tank. Brichardi are resilient fish, but tanganyikans have different optimum water parameters than SA/CA cichlids like rams and angels. I imagine it would probably end up being a huge jerk to the fish in the community tank eventually, especially with timid fish like the glass cats.
It would also be a good idea to maybe look at your community stock. Danios, glass cats, and tetras are all shoaling fish that should be kept in groups of conspecifics
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^^these guys shouldn't get too aggressive, but I think you should get a bigger tank if you plan on keeping more to get their colonial behavior


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I had a breeding colony of daffodils for about seven years. I generally had no trouble with in colony fighting as long as my big boss man was alive. When he passed, it was rough between four or five contenders for a week or so until they elected the new CEO. I loved watching the colony interact. Especially when there were two or three clutches hatched and a hundred tiny fry roaming around. Miss those guys terribly.
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I had a breeding colony of daffodils for about seven years. I generally had no trouble with in colony fighting as long as my big boss man was alive. When he passed, it was rough between four or five contenders for a week or so until they elected the new CEO. I loved watching the colony interact. Especially when there were two or three clutches hatched and a hundred tiny fry roaming around. Miss those guys terribly.
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