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Old 11-09-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Mixing alto. comps.

I have an Mwela compressiceps, about 2"; no idea what gender. Can I get a different species comp in the same 4' tank or will they fight?
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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I really don't know, but I would think they would be okay. Liking the Compressiceps huh?
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We love our comp! Coolest cichlid shape ever.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:39 AM   #4
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I agree. I picked up four sunset calvus a month or so ago, after I lost my white Compressiceps during my move
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #5
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I have had no problems keeping a group of alto comps together. if it was me I would add around 3 or 4 more all at the same time. 1 on its own has more of a chance of being bullied.

here's a photo of some of mine hanging out together.

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All the same variant though? I'm wondering if putting a Sumbu dwarf with an Mwela orange will work.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #7
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They would be okay until the reach maturity then breeding male will kill the sub doms of both variants
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:20 AM   #8
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All the same variant though? I'm wondering if putting a Sumbu dwarf with an Mwela orange will work.
I have a few different variants and sizes in that tank. Some fish are juvenile and some are adults.

Sumbu are a bit more timid than the other variants though, from what I've heard. But based on what I've seen so far with my comps behavior, I wouldn't be afraid to give it a try.
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Wanted to bring this up again to see if there are any other opinions or experiences you folks might have had.

Can I put a pair of 1" Sumbu dwarf comps in with a 2"+ Mwela orange who is just the BOMB?
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:42 PM   #10
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My black face calvus is my only comp/calvus, and small, maybe 1.5", but he's the most peaceful fish in my tank (n. Multifasciatus, l. Leleupi, j. Marlieri 'black', l. Cyclurus).I unfortunately have no experience in mixing, or their conspecific aggression. As long as the tank is big enough, and there are enough hiding spots/breaks in the line of sight, I would think it would work, but long term I have no clue, just speculation.
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Yeah, my Mwela is the most peaceful too (except for my BNP).
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:27 PM   #12
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Yeah, my bnp causes more trouble than my calvus, he likes to clean my multi's shells and they get super mad lil
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