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  2. MArine 4x3x2 epic

    grabbed this tank this morning the fun now begins
  3. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    yeah seems to me what works for one person inst guaranteed to work for another, some are well behaved others are a bit in angry mode.
  4. Couple of Tanks on the Go

    thanks for the video, looking forward to the updates.
  5. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    I have not had Marbles for a long long time, but I do remember having a few physo ones.
  6. Couple of Tanks on the Go

    Ello guy's and girls Well we went and bought a 6x3x18 got it all plumbed up and running tonight for the 3 rays, and birchirs and another sexy fish , also bought a 4x3x2ft Marine setup, it gets picked up on Saturday
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  8. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    a bit lost as a newb to Africans , but all good, i absorb any and all info. Happy with whats working for me now.
  9. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    2 more stocking advice was given to me.......... OB Peacock Nimbochromis livingstonii Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Undu Reef) Copadichromis trewavasae (Mloto) Aulonocara koningsi (Blue Regal) Aulocara jacobfreibergi"Eureka" orange Sciaenochromis fryeri (Electric Blue) Aulonocara sp. Strawberry Aulonocara sp. Orange Haplochromis Nyerei Protomelas taeniolatus (Red Empress) Protomelas spilonatus (sulfur head) Protomelas sp. ( Taiwan Reef) Copadichromis sp. tanzania yellow fins Aulonocara sp. (Dragon Blood) Sunshine Peacock Orange peacock Nimbochromis venustus Blue neon stuartgranti Aulonocara jacobfreibergi"Eureka" Double red Dragon blood albinos Placidochromis milomo (big lips) Aulonocara Maylandi Apache Aulonocara stuartgranti (Red Shoulder) Habenschi Copadichromis borleyi (Kadango) Red fin another was below................................................................ Aulonocara jacobfreibergi "Eureka" Aulonocara stuartgranti (Chiwindi) 'Blue Neon' Aulonocara steveni "Usisya-Flavescent" Aulonocara maulana "Bi-Color 500" Aulonocara maylandi "Sulphurhead" Aulonocara 'German Red' Aulonocara baenschi "Sunshine" Aulonocara 'Dragon's Blood' Aulonocara "blueberry" Aulonocara jacobfreibergi "Undu Reef" Lemon Jake Aulonacara "Lwanda" Copadichromis mloto "Fireline" Copadichromis quadrimaculatus nkanda Protomelas virgatus Pombo "Yellow Chin" Nimbochromis Fuscotaeniatus "Fusco" Fossorochromis rostratus Lichnochromis acuticeps "Malawi gar" Protomelas taeniolatus "Red Empress" Naevochromis chrysogaster Copadichromis ovatus Buccochromis Nototaenia Protomelas steveni ''Taiwan Reef'" Aristochromis christyi Protomelas Insignis Protomelas Steveni "Imperial Tiger" Stigmatochromis Modestus red Venustus F1 male
  10. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    good learning though, absorbing as much info as i can.
  11. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Odd also how views vary, posted this on a american African cihlid site 2 weeks ago. 1-sp35 (med) ------------------friendly Haplochromis sp. 35 (tomato)I would not mix Victorians2-Electric yellow (med)---friendly Labidochromis caeruleus ok3-venusis (small)-------------friendly Nimbochromis venustustoo big4-Red empress (small)----friendly Protomelas taeniolatusok5-Red ruiben <German line, has more red>(small)-------friendy will see who grows to be more nicer Aulonocara stuartgrantiok6-Red ruiben (small)-------<more orange than red>friendly will see who grows to be more nicer Aulonocara stuartgranti5 and 6 are look alikes, choose one7-Sulfar crest (med,large)---friendly Otopharynx lithobates8-Electric blue (small)--------friendly Sciaenochromis fryeri choose otopharynx or fryeri9-white knight (small)-------A touch nippish to all my fish,never chases, just goes for a nip if they cross his path. (will get rid rid of him) Sciaenochromis fryerimaybe ok if you choose otopharynx10-Benga peacock ( med ).....friendly to all bar my taiwan reef and Blue neon, chasses them when there close to him. Aulonocara baenschi11-Jacobfreibergi (med)-------Friendly Aulonocara jacobfreibergi12-Redfin Kadanga Borleyi (med,large)----friendly Copadichromis borleyichoose this OR empress13-Orange peacock (small)-----friendly to all but my marble peacock, gives a small chase Aulonocara stuartgranti hybrid it seems.orange is like red...choose rubescens or this14-Tetrastigma (med)-------------friendly Otopharynx tetrastigmachoose one otopharynx15-Similis (med,large)-----------friendly Haplochromis Similis Type – Lethrinops Lethrinuslethinops will not color up16-Redflame Tail (small)--------friendly Aulonocara stuartgranti "Ngara Flametail"ok17-Taiwan reef (med,large)----friendly (would love to keep this guy as long as it doesn't get worse with my Benga chasing him) Protomelas sp. "Steveni Taiwan" ok. mine was too aggressive for tetrastigma and ngara though18-Blue Neon (med)----------------freindly (potential to return this guy not much colour at all) won't color upAulonocara stuartgranti (Chiwindi)18-Red shoulder (small,med)---friendly, gives my Red ruiben and jaobfrei a little chase. Aulonocara hansbaenschi ok19-Marble Peacock (small,med)---friendly to all bar about 4 fish, he gives then a small chase. (not sure yet might keep might sell) Hybrid.ok Oh well, so far so good, no trouble at the moment. I will just go off what i see, if there all well, they all stay. eg: Ob marble peacock caused trouble he went also Blue neon went cause his colour was very poor, no one really picked on him. White Knight went also, he loved to try bite any fish that crossed his path. have a smaller white night 2inch, he behaves. i will keep a eye on him and all the rest..... just hope they don't all go then left with none
  12. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    My tank size to be precise is 5 foot 6 inches long x 24 inch wide x 26 inch high, got it custom made years ago. I personally picked out these fish only because i followed a lot of people with there African hap/peacock tanks on utube. seemed to work out really well for them...........i really hope it does with me also. And at adult size 7 inch plus they look so so Nice!! As they grow larger might take a couple out, to give them more breathing room i think, or swap afew out that will cause trouble in the future, hope not but time will tell. 18 fish so far with 2 clown loaches and 1 4 inch gold spotted pleco.
  13. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Thanks for the information. Yeah that was the second marble peacock i put in, thought maybe first one was just a nasty fish , but seems they all are . all fish in tank are getting on well...... borleyi, Similis, Sulfur crest, taiwan reef, Tetrastigma , yellow benga, are all the biggest guys, about 4 and a half inch now, rest are all about 3inch. So far so good, i hope it stays good like this. I added 1 Placidochromis Phenochilus Gissel, all fish like him, looks to be very peaceful, also 4 and a half inch in size. Good idea what you said though, about rocks and such so there out of line of sight of each other, i will look into getting some tall slate rocks,slabs. Taking the marble peacock out has really relaxed all my fish, i noticed a huge difference. Geez, i really hope they all get on ok when they all hit 7 inch size. There good mates at the moment, small nip small chase here and there. Really appreciate your thoughts and knowledge in this area !!!!!
  14. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    In my opinion, mixing the hybrid peacocks like OBs with the pure strain peacocks and gentler haps will always be an uphill battle. The OBs have a mix of genetics from both peacock and mbuna. They typically have the mbuna aggression but in the bigger, faster body of the peacock. That’s a recipe for disaster, particularly in a tank with more peaceful pure strain peacocks and the non-piscivore haps. Very few people achieve a stable tank, long-term with that sort of mix. I personally think you need to either stick with the rougher, tougher, more robust fish that can both give and accept a hammering, or choose a selection of the gentler, more placid fish. Unfortunately you have a mix of both. There are options for tank set-up that can help. I’m very firmly not a fan of the bare-tank school of thinking. Theory with a bare tank is that the fish have nothing to fight over. In practice what happens is that the dominant fish claims the whole tank as his territory. In the lake a less dominant fish just swims away from trouble. In the artificial confines of a glass box he has nowhere to go. In a bare tank that subdominant fish has no option; he is forced to stand his ground and fight, and usually that doesn’t end well. Even if he isn’t badly damaged in the first few encounters, the level of stress involved in living in that environment 24/7 usually sees the sub-dom succumb to one ailment or another over time. I personally like to see tanks set up with tall structure which breaks the line of sight from one end of the tank to the other. Ideally that “structure” breaks the tank into several discrete compartments. What happens there is that a dominant fish tends to take up residence within a “compartment”, and he defends just that area. Multiple compartments provides multiple territories for fish. Providing caves and retreats for the subdominant fish also gives them additional ability to get out of sight of an aggressor. It’s also worth spending a bit of time researching the fish you are keeping to understand their specific requirements. While the common view seems to be that haps and peacocks are open water fish, that isn’t the case for a significant proportion of the haps/peacocks kept in the hobby. Many of the peacocks in particular are cave dwellers and they really appreciate a degree cover in the tank.
  15. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    hi guys, just noticed last night my Marble peacock and Jocobfreibergi Peacock lip locking, there both roughly same size, just keep a eye on them both or remove one? there both 3 and a half inch in size. Worried they might try to hurt each other, there both beautiful fish, bit if i had to remove one it would be the marble peacock as he seems more aggressive to afew of fish as the jabobfreiergi is more friendly. Ended up having to relocate the Marble peacock, i could see a injury coming......they kept sparing and jaw locking..... but the dudE marble peacock kept looking for trouble. might put him back in when the others grow to be bigger, i will see.
  16. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Hi guys, last night i noticed my marble peacock lip locking with my jacobfreibergi Eureka , i don't think this will end yet.. looked like a stalemate. But the marble seems more keen to go again for a second round.......should i let them be ? or remove one? The marble is more aggressive to a lot in my tank the jacobfreibergi Eureka is more friendly to most in my tank. Whats your take on this please guys? there both same size, roughly to 3-31/2 inch size.
  17. Spacing

    You need to work out how much room you need to get your arm all the way to the bottom of the tank if needed. I would start at around 250mm and see how that fits.
  18. Spacing

    What spacing does everyone have between their shelves on their pallet racking? Biggest tank that will be on my racks will be 2ft tall. Whats a good working height area.
  19. Correct usage of Metronide

    Hi I've been losing fish to sucken stomach disease for some time now, but have not been able to get my hands on Metronide. I've been able to do this now and would like to know what the recommended dosages and how often I would treat my tanks. I want to treat all my tanks. I now that there some recommendations to place it in food but with the number of tanks I think treating the tank would be more effective. Am I wrong ? Thanks
  20. Otopharynx tetrastigma body shape

    Hey ducksta thank you for the reply and sharing the info. Yeh I am willing to grow him out and see how he turns up. Hopefully he starts colouring up soon. I do have the lot number and maybe next auction I’ll inform them.
  21. Otopharynx tetrastigma body shape

    Proportioning of a fish can look very skewed when looking through aquarium bags (curved, wet, etc) So it would be pretty tough to pick up on inspection - but if you had the lot number they might be able to look in to it for you. He might be slightly stunted or have a bit of a spinal problem, but he looks healthy enough, and I'm sure will look great in your display. And 99% of people viewing it won't have a damn clue that his body might be a bit short.
  22. Otopharynx tetrastigma body shape

    Next time I’ll know better to check the fish before I buy. But it was double bagged and plus I didn’t have any clue what tetrastigma looks like. Maybe I’ll ask one of the guys who runs the auction and see what’s up with that.
  23. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Conspecific aggression is a hell of a thing.
  24. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    dam........sorry to hear.
  25. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Do they, yeah they did, came home to a floating Electra... he had the crap beaten out of him.
  26. peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Dam do they actually fight to the death? Bloody hell !! I will keep a close eye on my fish now you said that .
  27. Otopharynx tetrastigma body shape

    I am no expert myself but apparently they get to 6-7 inch 12 to 14 cm when adult, With so much more colour, sorry to hear they told you its a adult. Also worse that you said he looks deformed, that's sad mate. Again wish you well.
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