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Xystichromis sp. ‘Dayglow’ & Melanotaenia sexlineata

Most of my aquariums are not perfect examples of biotope communities.  Too many species and not enough tanks.  This aquarium was set up to be the home of a colony of Xystichromis sp. ‘Dayglow’, one of the Lake Victoria basin species I want to maintain.  I have one male and four females that I have grown up from 1/2″ fry.  I started them in a 15-gallon tank until they were showing adult colors, then moved them to this 40-breeder.  They have turned out to be very shy fish, and when they were in this tank alone I almost never saw them.

I like to use rainbow fish as dithers in peaceful to moderately aggressive cichlid tanks, especially when the water is harder and higher in pH.  Since these Victorians are not too large or mean I chose to move my colony of Melanotaenia sexlineata ‘Tabibul’ in with them.  This is a beautiful medium-size rainbow that is becoming more common.  The work perfectly as dithers adn now the cichlids stay out front all the time.  Hopefully they will spawn soon so I can grow this colony (five fish is too few!).

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Xystichromis sp. ‘Kyoga Flameback’

I bought this colony of cichlids from a local club member, Pat, who had been trying to find homes for all the offspring she raised out.  I do not know what it is about Lake Victoria – type cichlids.  Either you are really into them or they are not the first fish that comes to mind when you are stocking a new tank.  I am not sure why they are not more popular, because they are very pretty.  Their color patterns are definitely unique.  I cannot think of another group of cichlids with the same combination of primary colors and distinctive black markings.  That is especially true for the dominant male of this colony.  The colony consists of two males and four females in a 40-breeder aquarium.  The tank is filtered with a Poret foam wall that is air driven.

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