Keeping Blue Green Chromises

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  1. Ari

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    Hey Guys, so my tank is now 5 weeks old and everything is going great:thumbup:. I am really interested in blue green chromis. I have read almost every piece of info on them. But need to make sure with you guys has anyone got 5 - 7 of them... How are they? I want to get 6, will that be fine? I have a 300L DT with 100L sump and 30 kg live rock. Will 7 be too much bioload because I'm also interested in getting more fish...
    Thanx
     
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  3. NeilSmit

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    I would not put more than 5 in at once, might be a bit of a shock for your system.
    If you want to keep other fish aswell, maby keep it at 5.
     
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    Stunning little fish, between 5 and 7 should be fine in your size system.
     
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    Stunning fish and peaceful despite them being damsels. They eat anyhting and like Alan said between five and seven is plenty. Odd numbers seem to work better with schooling fish
     
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    You may even get them to spawn in the tank. Mine spawn on a weekly basis, covering the back glass with little white specks and the male guards the eggs like crazy chasing everything away including my algae magnet. Unfortunately the fry probably just end up as food for my corals and anthias
     
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    I Love Chromis!! Keep them, you will also love them. Try and get them as small as possible for your size tank.
     
  8. Ari

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    Thanx guys:)
     
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    Thanx Tiger, I heard you guys have some in stock:)
     
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    awesum fish and a small shoal will be great in there. but limit it to 5 so that you can add some other fish later:)
     
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    I got 13 for my 550L tank. As they grow and the males want to get it on they do become very aggressive towards the smaller ones. I am now down to 10 after 10 months. So just remember that as well. They do pick the smaller ones off as they get older.
     
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    Did you get different sized fish? or do they just grow from eating more than others? If I get more or less the same size will that be fine?

    Will do:)
     
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    Marius mentions a very good point. Add them all at once and not one or two at a time as they do form a heirarchy of sorts
     
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    I added them all at once and all the same size. I presume the males are the faster growers cause if I look at them they are the ones courting the others and also protecting the "nests". And the become relentless to smaller ones. Once they have identified a weakling they just dont stop.
     
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    :eek:... Because what I'm really aiming for is a peaceful tank... That's why I chose these beauties.
     
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    they are peacefull, but they are ferocious eaters hey. So if you have peaceful tank with more timid and slow eating fish: firefish, copper band butterfly, a manderin... Chromis get into a bit of a frenzy at feeding time and can put off those timid fish and chow all their food.
    Its for that reason that im in the process of catching and getting rid of my 4 chromis. Well thats my experience with them.
    Not sure where you stay, but if you want, you welcome to take my chromis: say R150 for the 4 of them? they about 3cm long so not tiny guys like you might want to start with.
     
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    wow thats cheap, grab em if your tanks ready Ari
     
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    Thanx student, I live in PTA and I am looking for small chromises but thanx for the offer:)
     
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    Cool, ya I'd also want to start with lil guys
     
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    Is there only one type of chromis? I have 2 from diffirent sources with one slightly larger and broader (from dorsal to pectoral fins). Their colour is not quite the same and the one has a line from eye to mouth which the other does not have. They seem to have a love hate relationship. Sometimes they are buds and somethimes not so much. Would adding another one possibly help?
     
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    @Tim S Remember Chromis are part of the damsel family, so what you might have see was another type of Damsel...

    @Ari I've got 5 in my system and they are like vacuum cleaners, they'll eat anything. From what I've read uneven numbers school better ie. 3, 5, 7 etc.

    Every time I get near the tank they swim to the surface hoping to get some food.
     
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