Keeping royal grammas together

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I have been thinking about getting royal grammas for my 210 tank since people suggested them. Although i am wondering how many i can keep, im thinking 2-4? Or will more of them spread the aggression? Also, im not sure what to do with them when they are in the quarantine, since in small spaces i know they can get quite aggressive with eachother. I have a few quarantine tanks, but im using one for some anthias. Should i just put them together or will they kill eachother?
 

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I having been thinking about trying this myself.
I was going to try 6 in my 233.
There was a thread recently that someone tried this and over a period of time ended up with only one.
But I've read other threads where people say it may be possible.

I think if you have alot of different hiding places in a quarantine tank it should work.

I'm interested to hear from others who have tried.
 

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As long as you have ample LiveRock and places to hide, I don’t see why not? Would be a very cool to have a couple pairs in a tank and even have them breed, that would be awesome
 
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Maybe ill go with two of them, i dont know what to do about the quarantine part though.
 
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Maybe ill go with two of them, i dont know what to do about the quarantine part though.
I bought mine from LivaAquaria and I didn't quarantine mine. I have bought all my fish from them. And never had a sick fish. I'm not saying don't quarantine fish it's just I don't because if more stress .
And I'm sure someone will
Not like how I do things but everyone has a different way of doing things.
 

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Widen the search also to your favorite engine. There are a couple threads out there with people having 8 or 9+ in larger tanks. Those that I've read have had success provided the tank is mature and enough places to retreat to. Include harem with the search. I think @OrionN also has several, or has had a harem, before.

Something I've also been considering in my 210. It will either be a harem of royal grammas or odd number groups of damsels. I prefer the smaller fish.
 
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Maybe ill go with two of them, i dont know what to do about the quarantine part though.
I don't care what others say about quarantining fish, but I believe you need to.
There is so much disease running through fish wholesalers these days.
You can find used 20 gallon tanks all over the place.
A seeded sponge filter, a heater, small air pump, small powerhead and some pvc fittings for cover is all you really need.
I also use a small hang-on back filter in mine.
 

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Two grammas in the same tank??

Here is what you can expect:

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I kept a trio in my 125. I QTd them together and introduced together. They did just fine. Little squabbles and holding mouths open at each other from time to time but not issues at all. I say go for it in a tank that size. I believe odd numbers are best as with many things.
 

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Lol - it may not be that bad. There are some doing it with royal grammas and even black caps and assessors. I was going to do yellow assessors but alas the price is a bit steep ;)
Yeah, I agree.
I've kept multiple black caps with little to no aggression.
 

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I have 5 gramma's in a 300 g tank. Just make sure they have enough hiding places and everything will probably be fine. They each will have their own territory.
 

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In a big enough tank with a large enough amount of rock/hiding places I think it could work. They are very territorial of their hiding place but not otherwise aggressive.

When I see them in their natural habitat it's not unusual to see large numbers in a small space but this is usually smaller juvie fish. With their cousin the Black Cap Basslet I rarely see large numbers of them together at any size/age.

Both of these pics were mainly juvies but as you can see there are a lot in a small area.

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I kept a trio in my 125. I QTd them together and introduced together. They did just fine. Little squabbles and holding mouths open at each other from time to time but not issues at all. I say go for it in a tank that size. I believe odd numbers are best as with many things.
So three would be better than two?

Im going to start cycling the quarantine soon, i have another tank ready just in case something happens in the quarantine.
 

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