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 Post subject: Adding new frontosa to colony
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:47 am 
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Hello All,

New member here, but have been a member of Cyphos for quite some time.

Just wanted to see everyones experience adding new fronts to an already established colony.

Last week I found a 4" Burundi at my LFS so I picked it up for a steal. I put it in my Burundi tank sizes ranging from 4-8". It looked fine at first but I noticed some on and off bullying but thought nothing of it. I then went out of town the next day but had my parents feeding for me. I came back today to see that it was severely beaten up and it died as I separated him out.

I have been growing out a tank of Burundi to add into my colony and they are about ready to go in, but now I am a bit hesitant to do so, after this experience.

I have read that generally I would either have to rearrange the aquascape or add in a couple new fronts at a time.

Does anyone have a colony that just won't allow any new comers no matter what?


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Forgot to add there are 10 Burundi currently in the tank of 125g.


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first off welcome. :mrgreen: sorry for your loss also. :cry:

rearranging you tank decor is a must, but sometimes it also helps to remove your existing colony and put them in buckets for an hour while u move stuff around. then when they go back in they are disoriented and less aggressive. also i have found that it helps to add the new fish to the tank all at once before you add the existing colony one at a time every 5 or 10 mins. then your older fish are a little intimidated and not likely to go on the attack.

i'm afraid you have another problem though. your tank is already overstocked which can cause aggression all by itself. for a 125 6 or 8 adults is usually about the right number. if u have 10 and are not having problems u may be ok, but i wouldn't add any more. that would be asking for trouble. just my opinion. hope this helps. :luck

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Welcome to the forum! Another helpful tip for adding new fish is to add them at night when the current colony is "sleeping". Leave the lights off when adding the new fish as well. Good luck!

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Both Inadraco and emsquared methods are sound. 10 is definitely a bit overstocked, I wouldn't add any more.


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Thanks for the advice guys.

I havent really had a problem with the tank size yet. Not really any aggression towards each other, but I do have a spare 180 when necessary.


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From what I have read Burundi tend to be more mellow than other variants, but I still would stick with 10. Another thing to factor in is that if you ever have an equipment failure or power outage, the more fish you have, the quicker they will run out of oxygen, and the quicker the tank will become toxic.


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From what I have read Burundi tend to be more mellow than other variants, but I still would stick with 10. Another thing to factor in is that if you ever have an equipment failure or power outage, the more fish you have, the quicker they will run out of oxygen, and the quicker the tank will become toxic.


very good point.

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