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 Post subject: New male or not?
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I am making a road trip to pick up a new group on Saturday (still not decided as to what yet - I have the option of more Moba, Mikula (but only 5 left of them), Kitumba or Chumbu), but I have the opportunity to pick up a small male to add to my existing Moba group (1m 6F). The alpha is 10-11", females all quite large and although they do breed, I only get 20-30 fry each year, so I'm thinking a new male would help to stir things up a bit. But would a new (smaller) male get its butt kicked? I'm thinking, probably. Opinions welcome.
I should have said they are in a 125 gall tank (6').

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 Post subject: Re: New male or not?
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Hope the small male doesn't get beat on by the larger male. I guess you never know until you try. :)



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I like to add trio of "smalls" every year and move out bigger beta males before the alpha and beta start ripping each others fins. A small male will most likely not get attacked more than the females do. Depending on the attitude of the alpha, you will probably be OK until the beta becomes sexually mature. I would add two small males if I were in your shoes. Anymore, I like having at least three males: a clear alpha and a couple subdominant males that are the same size. My beta male in the 240 actually snuck in a successful spawn under the alpha's nose. The female rejected the alpha and the beta and female keep sneaking off to get in a spawn. It took a lot longer than a normal spawn as they had to deal with the interruption of the alpha every once in a while. It was funny to watch, that female wanted nothing to do with the alpha. This alpha (Tau) is a gentle alpha - as long as the two subdominant males submit, he doesn't try to kill them.

New young females is probably the answer to your fry problem.

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Well I have bought 8 new WC Moba but they are only 4-5" so sexing them was not easy. I hopefully have two males and six females but time will tell. Can't really add a male to my existing group as I don't know what is what yet. Should have some more idea in about 6 months. The Mikula were the last of the import, only 5 fish so not an option. Chumbu and Moba looked identical, but hard to tell in a dark tank when they are all huddled together, so Moba it was. Always good to start a new group.

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