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Got two from Rapps in Jan 2019 at a tiny 1". They grow slow, only about 5" today. One grew bigger faster but was bullied by the smaller one (surprising) so I had to separate them to two different 240 gal. Brazen fish. Challenges most tank mates but not too viciously... or they run away too fast and it is too lazy to chase them all over the tank... Runs away when challenged by a larger cichlid, such as texas, jack dempsey, etc.

Here is the smaller one on the "minnow" 240 gal:


You'd be hard pressed to find and see the bigger one still in the original 240 gal but here is the video just in case / for posterity:

 
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I have never been able to keep just two Paratilapia in a tank together (unless they were spawning)
Having 1 male and 3 females worked for a while.

The male (lower individual) hit about 12" when full grown, the photo below was mid way to that point.

But even in a 500 gal pool, when only two, they would seek each other out to do battle.
 
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