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  3. adamgatt

    NSWCS meeting 7/9/19

    Hey Skippy Those that didn't attend missed out. I really enjoyed it even though I am not into americans. Good job to committee for bringing him in!
  4. Skippy

    NSWCS meeting 7/9/19

    Did anyone get along to the meeting? I'm curious how Mo's talks were.
  5. Hi guys, Im looking into keeping a tank of South Americans, Geophagus particularly. Can anyone help me locate them in the Sydney area? Whether it be breeders, local fish shops, etc. I haven’t decided on a specific type as yet, just curious as to what is out there and available. Thanks James.
  6. Link2Hell

    NSWCS meeting 7/9/19

    The club has the honour to host Mo Devlin for the September meeting This is one of only two appearances he will make in Australia Due to having an International speaker there will be NO mini auction this month It will be the last chance for members to pick up lots for the October major Auction
  7. Hi guys I have a 56 Litre tank I have lost a bunch of bristle nose and other fish as I had some issues when using continuum fraction, for some reason it was causing my PH to drop to 6 or lower a day or 2 after water changes, but have now switched to prime and my ph is stable. Tank is now 4 months old with a PH of around 7.5 and KH is 3, Ammonia, Nitrates and Nitrites are all zero Substrate is small black gravel and i have some plants and small amount of driftwood. 4 tetras and a pair of bettas and some cherry shrimp in the tank all alive and healthy. They get fed once a day and eat all that is fed within 2 minutes except the Aqua One Vege Wafer Food i put for the bn before bed that I remove the next day if any is left My problem is my bristle nose keep dying. I put another 4 albinos bn in around 5 days ago 5-6cm in size and 3 have died. I have noticed the belly internals looking through the skin look black after they are dead and There is a small amount of brown algae in the tank but other than that I have no idea on whats causing them to die off. Any advice is most appreciated as i mainly set this tank up for keeping some BN Thanks in advance
  8. HI Gazob something else that may interest you is to join an Aquarium group like Victorian Cichlid Society or EDAS these clubs hold auctions that help members move their fish on
  9. Link2Hell

    Getting started Again

    Hi Headache and welcome to ACE with the FX5 I would be looking at another 6 - 10 fish of similar size due to the waste produced and filter capacity Oscars will eat anything that will fit in their mouth so size of tankmates is important Other Sth American cichlids to consider are Chocolates, Severums, Uaru, Psitticus, Rivulatus, Grephagus species and some of the milder mannered Central Americans like Firemouths, and Jack Dempseys
  10. Alvon

    Getting started Again

    Hi Headache.. Hopefully your chosen forum name wont affect your regained interest. Oscars are great and definitely have a personality unlike other fish. Although they are big fish, they are not super aggressive provided the other tank mates are of suitable size. Essentially if it will fit into their mouth, they will most likely eat it. Other large south american species would suit. Good luck and look forward to seeing some pictures
  11. Slipshodman

    Canister Filter Reccomendation

    Hi Alvon, I am a Fluval guy, FX6 is legendary filter in my mind, it's rock solid, possibly over kill on a 4ft so you could drop back to a FX5 (less flow, less money) I do think it is a bit noisy in respect of the "hum" that you really notice when it turns it self off every 12 hours to purge air (great feature by the way) but having teh external dump line for water changes makes things easy too for simple water changes I haven't had experience with the Eheim's though but have had plenty of other cheaper canisters over the years and all other seem to fail after a couple of years and repairs and replacement parts seem futile due to price on them so you end up just buying another, and another Good luck
  12. Slipshodman

    Getting started Again

    welcome back to the hobby, I love oscar's too , great fish Not sure about best tank mates though, keep us posted as you set you tank up
  13. Try your local fish stores, they may take them , may not - you will probably get a bit of store credit or something, that works out ok towards food etc They may not actually give you cash depending though, and i wouldn't do dumbtree for fish either personally, way to much hassle and you never know who you may be bringing to your home And I wouldn't really expect to be making money from them when breeding on a small scale at home , its a catch having breeders when you don't really want fry You could start up another tank with something a little more predatory and wallah , you have a feeder fish colony ... lol... Good luck
  14. Headache

    Getting started Again

    Gday guys I'm just new here I'm getting back into starting a cichlid tank again it's been some time but I love cichlids. I sort of need a hobby after a severe back injury some what broken spine. I got a 5ft by 2ft by 2ft tank with a fluval fx5 I love Oscar's but not sure how many to have and what's good tank mates with them? Any info for me would be most helpful
  15. Hi Gary Welcome back to the hobby. I will be interested to hear what others have to say about moving fish on too. I am relatively new to the hobby and have an abundance of fish I need to move on. I don't have the patience to deal with scumtree so I have refrained from using it so far.
  16. Been a few years since I have kept fish, and recently returned to the hobby. Was unsure which way to go and saw a colony of saulosi on gumtree which looked nice and colorful, and the tank I bought was about the right size. The picture below is shortly after setup, cycling, and introduction. Since i have changed a bit. That being said around a month ago the first female started holding, 3 of the 6 females followed suit, and late last week fry started appearing throughout my tank. If i had to guess there must be 40-60 in the tank by now, 2 females still to spit. What do I do from here, the fry have lots of hiding spaces and are growing well, largest over 10mm, smallest around 5. How many can I expect to sell through gumtree ads, and what about the rest. Aside from Gumtree where else should i post, when they finally get to size I knew that buying a breeding colony would result in breeding, who knew it would be so succesful, my previous experiences with bn cats and angels breeding had such low survival rates in a community tank that too many was never an issue. Thanks in Advance Garry
  17. BobP

    Best shrimp food

    Folks, I’m just starting with shrimp (crystal red) and wondering what folks are feeding - I’ve googled and appears “biofilm” or “Beta AE” is good, but I can only see it available on line from US and very expensive.
  18. yanke

    Monster Fish Raffle this Saturday

    i had them setup 4 weeks before hand i cut back when i was sick all i had to do was full them and put heaters in the ones that needed them set up 2x 4x18x20 1x 3x18x18 2x 2x2x1 and 5 x 2x18x18 wifes not to happy back up to 30 tanks again lol but they did have some nice fish there i made out good 6 lots and 4 of them was in the first 15 picks
  19. adamgatt

    Monster Fish Raffle this Saturday

    Hey Paul. How many tanks did you have to setup when you got home for all of your winnings? 🤣🤣
  20. NSWCS GIANT FISH RAFFLE – Saturday 3/8/19 - WHERE: Nuwarra Public School, Mckay Ave, Moorebank NSW Our Giant Fish Raffle is back again for this year. There will be plenty of bags of fish in this raffle, so come along a try to win your ultimate bag of fish! We will release a list of fish we are expecting to have in the raffle – see the end of this post. Please note that the list is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. This Giant Fish Raffle works like a normal raffle – tickets need to be bought. If your number is called, you are able to take ONE bag of fish of your choice. The number of fish will vary per bag. Raffle tickets will be available to be purchased on the night! 1 strip of 6 tickets – $5 11 strips of 6 tickets – $50 24 strips of 6 tickets – $100 This is held after our AGM, meeting starts 7-30pm and raffle is expected to start between 8 - 8-30pm This is the list of fish that will be raffled off with bag qty being 2-6 fish depending on species and size Opthalmotilapia ventralis Chaitika Aulonacara stuartgranti Mdoka Protomelas Taiwan reef Pseudotropheus acei Musli Pt Pseudotropeus kawanga gold Melanochromis joanjohnsoni Neolamprologus multifasciatus Neolamprologus hecqui Neolamprologus pulcher sp. Daffodil Julidochromis regani Zambia gold Placidochromis electra sp. Fort Maguire Pseudotropeus kawanga gold L397 Peppermint bristlenose Royal Whiptail Blue Severum Nandopsis friedrichstahli Neon Blue Acara Petenia splendida ( red snook ) Cichla monoculus (Peacock Bass ) Chocolate Cichlid Caquetaia umbriferum Altolamprologus White Calvus Altolamprologus Black Calvus Julidochromis ornatus Neolamprologus splendens kiku Red Jewel cichlid Tinfoil Barb Sailfin Gibbicep Albino Bristlenose Catfish Calico Bristlenose Catfish Albino Longfin Bristlenose Catfish Paradise fish Amphilosus longimanus Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda" Aulonocara baenschi "Benga" Aulonocara stuartgranti "Usisya" Chilotilapia rhoadesii Hemitaeniochromis spilopterus Hemitilapia oxyrhynchus Melanochromis loriae (ex-parallelus) Mylochromis epichorialis Placidochromis sp. "phenochilus tanzania" Protomelas (Eclectochromis) sp. "hertae" Enantiopus melanogenys "Utinta" Lamprologus brevis "Sunspot" Lamprologus caudopunctatus Lamprologus lemairii Lamprologus ocellatus "Gold" Neolamprologus cylindricus Neolamprologus splendens "Helianthus" Haplochromis thereuterion (Black Katana) Lithochromis rubripinnis Amphilophus festae (Red Terror) Uaru amphiacanthoides Cryptoheros sajica (T- Bar Cichlid) Geophagus sp. "tapajos" OHTs Heros efasciatus sp. Rotkeil Maskaheros argentea Mesonauta festivum (Flag Cichlid) Satanoperca leucosticta (Jurupari) Cheilotilapia euchilus Aulonacara ethelwynnae Aulonacara brevinedus Copidichromis borleyi Kadango Metriclima esterae Minos Reef Spotted Talking Catfish Threadfin Catfish Syn. Eupterus Neolamprologus Leleupi Yellow Pelvicachromis Kribensis M. praecox Neon Rainbowfish Synodontis Petricola Whiptail Catfish Paratilapia Pollini Neolamprologus Tretocephalus Tropheus Duboisi Astronotus ocellatus Tiger Oscar Clown Loach
  21. Well I ended up with plenty of fry and also discovered the reason for the male's behaviour. They spawned again and once again he chased her away but I spotted her sneaking back a couple of times and eating some eggs. So he knew best after all.
  22. Friday is the day they all come to live in their new tank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT-ZmIyduKY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdJoT9eTp5Q
  23. Cichlid Pete

    American Cichlids

    Thanks again Chris. I will head over to Labrynith and check them out. Regards Peter
  24. Link2Hell

    American Cichlids

    the Umbee at Labyrinth are still a bit small to sex I think but Andrew would give it a good shot usually the females are larger when young and develop a black front section of the dorsal fin usually about 8-10cm size Umbee like Malawi parameter water and would be able to hold their own in an African tank until you set their tank up there will be a bag with 4 of them at the NSWCS August meeting for the AGM and Monster Fish Raffle we are organising
  25. Cichlid Pete

    American Cichlids

    Once again thanks very much for the advice Chris. I think I'm leaning more towards a pair of Dovii or Umbee. I have seen that Andrew has some Umbee available at the moment. Do you think it would be a crazy idea to grab a pair and add them to my current African tank for the short term? I would add some drift wood and maybe a couple more rocks. Most of my fish are 15cm's and above. Regards Peter
  26. Link2Hell

    Sump Design

    they will all work but I like pic one best will you be using a spreader plate or spray bar first chamber is good with media choice but I would use egg crate under the dacron mat as it is a pain to pry it apart from the jap matting when the fibres catch don't particularly like Scoria and there appears to be a large amount of bacteria media with the jap mat, sponges, baki rods and coral rubble. I would use that area for a bag of Macropure chamber walls single or double is basically your preference but single is easier if you are cleaning it height of chamber wall is critical as if the volume above it is smaller than the volume of the in tank drain point you can have a flood with a power outage when it back flushes so calculate volumes
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