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    one of my males coming along
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    Really starting to think my dominant male can't take a bad pic lol He is a full on show pony that loves the camera. Shame he doesn't breed as well the lazy bugger. There is 18-20 females at size so no excuse lol Enjoy!!!!
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    I'm going against the trend in this topic. yes sumps are awesome but there are so many ways to set them up that if you get 10 people together you are almost guaranteed that you will get 10 different responses and opinions. Sumps, for me at least are something you design as your experience builds. Sumps are usually something you build when you have a solid idea of what your building (tank system) You also need to realize that sumps are nearly always noisy to some extent. there wouldn't be a forum on the planet that doesn't have a topic called 'how can I make my sump quieter'. If its not in your living area then its a problem that may not be an issue. If you have your sump running in a lounge or dining area then noise is a consideration worth taking into account. You are placing alot of trust and money into your tank builder that he can design and build a sump system that suits your needs. Canisters are perfect especially for a new fishkeeper. you plug it in and every few months you unplug it and clean the mechanical filtration of the canister. It doesn't get much easier and they are almost completely silent. The only time mine make noise is when they are telling me that they need a clean. As for wave makers, some people swear by them and some dont. It depends on your situation. Personally I enjoy the look of air in tanks if its something you want to sit down and enjoy while mechanical filtration like powerheads and wavemakers have a definite logical benefit.
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    Hi all, A little project I've been working on since the Benthochromis spawned. It's a time lapse that shows the development of some fish from the day they were spawned to free swimming Cheers RonnyM.
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    When the new import regs are implemented it will be more difficult and expensive to land fish on the list and unless there is a profit at the end, and changes in PIJAC board, I don't think there will be any challenge mounted by the pet industry to change the importable species the hobbyist has no power to push for changes on the list It really is time to review what we do have and try to keep those species going rather than looking at new imports If anything new does show up fine but we have a higher chance of loosing species already here that is a way bigger concern
  6. 5 points
    Hey Folks, Few trys at taking some pictures.. some Frontosa, Tropheus and Petros..
  7. 5 points
    G'day Decided I needed some more space, as I have only been running two tanks. My 8x3x2.5' (tank journal below in photography forum) and a 4x2.5x1.5' (used as a grow out, currently bone dry). The reason I felt like I needed more space was to be able to separate my male rays from my females (being able to selectively breed males with my girls rather than a free for all not knowing what male has got the job done) when needed and to separate a pair or two of my Peacock Bass out (a couple pairs have formed), and give breeding a raising fry a crack. I am also going away for 7 weeks (overseas) next year and will have a family member feeding my animals (house sitting), and another friend who knows fish will be coming in once a week to do water changes. So while yes it is more tanks, the way I'm looking at it is the amount of time to WC two systems wont be much different and I wont be getting anymore fish between now and then, so will have the same amount of fish split up over a greater water volume so should give a bit of room for error. I brainstormed a couple of ideas, even threw the idea of setting a pond up in my house - much to the dismay of my fiance. What I finally decided on was a pair of 6x2x2.5's. When thinking about what i was about to do, ease of maintenance was pretty high on the list and both tanks linked to a central filtration system. I picked up the tank stand today - Dexion Pallet Racking, modified to the correct width, beams are slightly longer to give me a bit of space for plumbing. Got these second hand locally and picked it up this afternoon. racking looks near on brand new. I have a mate who is a painter by trade, coming around early next week to respray the whole lot black, he assures me that they will come up a million bucks and look the goods. Couldn't handle looking at the orange and blue colour it is now! Both tanks are being drilled with 2 holes (40mm) and a weir box installed. The filtration is pretty simple, top tank overflows into the tank below which overflows to the filtration system. Which will be made up of a large food grade water container (blue drum) with 100L of K1 filter tumbling, water will first flow through mechanical media and pumped back up to the top tank. Simple and super effective. Return pump will be a Vectra Ecotech Marine M1, could have gone something cheaper but have been using one of my 8 footer and think its the goods. Will start whacking up photos as things progress. Cheers, Alex
  8. 5 points
    Just thought I would share some pics of my Green Horse Face Geo's. (Leucosticta) Already 2 batches of fry and going strong!
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    Would you put an old man in a room with 30 hyperactive kids? because thats what putting tropheus in with fronnys is. Honestly be better off adding gourami, and thats not a suggestion to add gourami!
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    Couple more photos - not the best but you do what you can with an iphone
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    Just thought i might share some of my peacock Gudgeons Sent from my SM-N920I using Tapatalk
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    Update on my bass - most are 30cm + now and the males have started to develop a nuchal hump. No red cherry humps yet, but starting to look the goods.
  14. 5 points
    Hello everyone, I've recently got back into the hobby after about 10 years. I inherited a 4 ft 200L tank from my father inlaw including a beautifully made cabinet which also holds a 2 ft tank underneath also which has my wife's tropical community for now. I wanted this to suit my home so it needed a few modifications. I thought I would share my project with you and also the new inhabitants of the tank. I hope you like it. Last but no least is a Rusty Cichlid that is damn near impossible to photograph Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hi everyone, here's my new 6 x 2 x 2 setup. Im running; Biopro 2200 l/hour external canister filter a 250w eheim jager heater Sunsun 6000 l/hour powerhead Led strip lighting run by a TC420 controller which is programmed to approximately a sine wave for sunrise and sunset. The controller works great but I think the 'cool blue' leds are too blue so I'll probably add a warm white strip too balance it out a bit. Current inhabitants are; 10 x labidochromis caeruleus 4 x Yellow tail Acei Msuli point 2 x Acei Tanzania (I think, I'll try and get a photo and upload) 5 x Synodontis Petricola
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    Hey guys, Just wanted to share some pictures of a Synspilum (/melanurus, which ever you prefer).
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    Not many people talk about it. But some fish are just jerks.
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    Guys can i please get some help on this topic: http://www.aceforums.com.au/index.php?showtopic=60004 Thanks for looking.
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    thought Pat Williamson would have answered this one but ............... water parameters 6.2 - 7.4 pH and low hardness so long as the water parameters are stable they don't seem to mind where on the scale they are but neutral works well young males usually have blue metallic spangles in the fins and body plus get a blue sheen in the body with yellow in the lower area females stay the same colour as fry yes the bubblehead hump is only on the males and starts to develop when the water warms up = spring at around 10-12cm Gymnogeophagus need a wintering for 3 months down to 15-18 *C and start to pick up once the temp gets over 20-22*C they don't seem to do well if it goes over 30*C ........... Sorroz keeps his in an unheated tank in the garage females determine the spawn site and then attract the male when ready from 7cm size on they are a delayed mouth brooder with the female picking the fry up when they hatch and brooding them in her mouth for 2-3 weeks they are pin head size eggs and the fry are small when released vinegar eels, micro worms, infusoria and ground up commercial food to start then upgrade to new hatched brine shrimp and commercial food as they get large food size can increase to include live black worms and mozzie wrigglers give them cover as they can be flighty if disturbed I use silk plants, wood and round sponge filters steer away from anything with spike or sharp edges there are variation in colour of wild fish by locale but the ones we have seem to be this form
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    Hi guys, So iv been stalking this size for a while now and thought I'd actually contribute. A little background story to start, I live in remote WA and have dreamt of a large SA set up for a good 5+ years, due to many reasons been putting it off. Well not any more, finally pulled the pin on a 6x2x2 black silicone from aqotix in Perth, and got a removalist to transport it some 1500km north. Needless to say I was stressing until it arrived safe and sound. In the mean time I set to building (part of) my stand and collecting some decor and organising some equipment. I will try and update this thread as the tank progress happens. For now il add some photos, the best part [emoji1] hope you enjoy Sent from my F8331 using Tapatalk
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    Thanks for the kind words. Yes the tank is still running. There are now only 5 bass (1m 4F). I recently went overseas for almost two months, so wanted to decrease the bioload in my absence so some bass had to go. In reality 10 was too many. The big boy male is some fish now, 45cm long as thick as a brick. All the rays have also grown a lot and have started to have pups also. Biggest girl has a disk diameter of 45cm + .
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    Hi guys, It's me Alan, aka TeamSherman. I'm just writing a quick post to let you all know that as of 1st July last year I became the new owner/operator of Revesby Tropical Aquarium. We here are a small one man operation that deals mostly in community tank species like Tetras and Guppies, but we do however stock a few different species of Cichlids from Electric Yellows to Lion heads and about 15 more in between. We stock a lot of different foods and water chemicals as well. It would be great to see you come visit me in store and our hours and address are: Revesby Tropical Aquarium Shop 4 Swan street Revesby. Monday - Closed Tuesday through to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am - 3pm and; Sunday 10am - 2pm. All ACE members will receive a 15% discount all throughout the store by just mentioning you are a member and telling me your username. If we don't have something you are after we are capable of ordering it in as we have a strong relationship with a large list of suppliers so no brand is out of reach. We are always looking for good quality fry too so if you have something nice you want to sell just give us a call on 9774-3090 before you come down. We will be starting up some ready to go marine tanks in the new financial year as well and equipment, food and other accessories to go with them and once thats doing well we will also be looking at getting our retail reptile permit so we can start stocking mostly lizards and turtles, but the occasional snake and frogs here and there. Ok, I look forward to seeing you in store! Cheers, Alan.
  25. 4 points
    Hi - few pics , current housed in 4 x 18 but soon looking to upgrade to 4 x 2 ideally larger. Mix of haps / peacocks & mbuna . Photos from NIkon D3100, shutter at 1/200 , ISO at 1600....
  26. 4 points
    Was doing a water change last weekend and wanted to vacuum the gravel, so I quickly made this....
  27. 4 points
    as i was doing my water changes today in the fish room i looked up to my discus tank that have my breeder in it and i seen about 100 fry free swimming they have been breeding for some time now (about 6 months) and i think this time they got it right u see the fry swimming but then 2 day later they are gone so i am hoping that i can grow them out now (fry on top of the cone)
  28. 4 points
    Been a while since I posted anything in this thread - no new fish to report on. The Bass have come along in leaps and bounds, they growth has been really amazing. Looked back on some old pics when I first got them as shy little juvies. They are now big bruisers. The two big males amongst the group are now approaching 30cm long. The smallest ones are around 20cm. It may be time to start thinning out the numbers. Or set up another tank and get some fry out of them when they start pairing off.
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    Just thought I'd share my hobby with you.. just re-scaped my 6 ft tank with some Slate rock.. This hobby is too addictive
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    Good topic... You know what i think about when i watch my fish tank? Beers usually...
  31. 4 points
    Not so small anymore. Little pigs just like their parents lol. About 5-6cm now. Cheers RonnyM.
  32. 4 points
    FYI - on Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika on FB, quote by Ad Konings response to people's post on overfishing of endangered species. From Chris that owns Lake Shore Lodge in Kipili. Cichlids of Lake TanganyikaAugust 16 at 11:12pm · Please Read NNB!! A quote from Ad Konings: "I would like to clarify some of the misconceptions readers may have about over-fishing and extinction. Some believe that when not the last individual of a certain species/population has been fished out of the lake, there is still hope that the species may recover. Of course it is true that it is almost impossible to catch the very last individual of a species/population when the ornamental fish collectors are extracting fish from the lake, BUT you don’t need to catch the very last to exterminate a species. Every species has a critical minimum population density and below that, it is gone forever. With so many species competing for the same piece of real estate in the lake it is easy to see that each species needs a certain density to hold on to their share. In particular T. duboisi, who shares everywhere the habitat with a more successful congeneric, critical density is likely much higher than “the last individual”. Another misconception has been raised by those who believe that exporters manage their collection quotas by not extracting a certain species/population when they notice the numbers are dwindling. Chris knows of at least nine (!) different teams that extract cichlids from the lake. Even if there was one that would refrain from collecting a certain species/population, the other eight teams won’t! Believe me, there is NOBODY who would not collect a fish so that it can recover. As long as we want to buy a certain species/form from an exporter, there will be extractors trying to get it, even just a single individual. The local fishermen continue to catch till EVERY fish is gone. There is no alternative for these people. Some studies have been done in Africa’s lakes towards the sustainability of fisheries, words have been spoken, and laws have been made by the country’s fisheries departments, but on the ground it is a free for all with very little measure of control. They even prevent recruitment of young fish by also collecting these with mosquito nets in the very shallow water. Dream on if you think African catchers are “managing their quotas”. Regarding ornamental fish it is OUR demand that drives certain species into extinction; WE have to regulate collections, not the workers in Africa. There are about 200 cichlid species and variants that are or have been exported from the lake; all we ask is to refrain from buying a few of these, less than 3%. There was a question about the validity of information given on this page because if it was only me saying so it was not acceptable. I wonder whom we should ask about the cichlids in the lake, somebody who has been traveling, observing, and publishing about these fish in the lake for the last 30 years, scientists who have made detailed studies of particular populations, concerned citizen of Tanzania who actually live on the shores of the lake, OR an importer of these fish in the United States who perhaps has never seen a cichlid in its natural habitat? To answer the question about how often Tropheus species breed please read the study by Yanagisawa & Sato (1990) who found in their study area that T. duboisi mouthbroods for about 31 days and females recuperate for about 76 days before they spawn again. For T. moorii/T. sp. ‘black’ the interval is even much longer. It is possible that in the aquarium, where fish get fed twice a day and there are no predators, T. duboisi may spawn perhaps 4 times a year, but in their natural habitat things are a little more competitive. Also during the rainy season hardly any cichlid species breeds because of poor visibility. So, in the wild a Tropheus female spawns on average 2-3 times a year. Therefore catching 50% of a population in a single year is NOT sustainable for Tropheus." I didn't see many big Tropheus schools or boops nests when diving Nkondwe in the 12 year span from my first Tanzanian safari.If you are keen to visit this remarkable place, Anton Lamboj will be heading another group next year 2016. Start planning & saving now. But best of course is to go with the Ad man himself
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    Here is the first part of the article that Ad wrote. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cichlids-of-Lake-Tanganyika/332333576856531 Endangered cichlids of Lake Tanganyika-Ad Konings Maswa Duboisi The cichlid at most risk of extinction is the so-called Maswa Duboisi. This particular form was discovered about 40 years ago by Pierre Brichard near a place known from old maps as Maswa. It is the name of an old fortress, later monastery, located on the shore south of the Malagarasi Delta, though nothing of it now remains. Since its introduction into the hobby late 1950s, Tropheus duboisi has always been an extremely popular cichlid mainly because of it polka-dotted juveniles. The species is very old, estimated at about 2 million years, and seems less capable of holding territory in the prime rocky habitat as other members of the genus. We therefore find only a few relict populations of this species in the northern half of the lake. By extracting major numbers of this species from such surviving populations, we likely push this cichlid quickly to extinction. This has nearly happened with the Maswa Duboisi which used to live at a few select places around Cape Kabogo. The initially discovered population was virtually wiped out by the end of the previous century and after I found another population near Halembe also that population is nearly gone. T. duboisi is very slowly regenerating species that usually spawns just two times a year when it produces on average nine young. The challenges juvenile cichlids face in the lake are such that almost none of these juveniles make it to maturity. The adults are already challenged by the presence of more successful members of the genus, so that over-collecting this species is a lose lose situation. There is absolutely no need to extract this species from the wild as it is bred in quantities far greater than can be found in the lake. So, to completely stop collecting the Maswa variant of T. duboisi is a no-brainer.
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    Hi all, I was given this pair of JDs a while ago. Prior to getting them, they were kept in poor conditions in a shop and were just sad and stressed. The "keeper" that had them said the male was a dud and was sterile so couldn't fertilise the eggs. Luckily, they were given to me to confirm wether they could breed or not. Even more luckier, they were het for EB gene :D They have become my favourite air of fish and have produced lots of little EBJDs for me Cheers RonnyM.
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    I showed Lloyd and he said it looked like a snow globe. So I made this lol. Cheers RonnyM.
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    Cichlids have adapted to live, survive and breed in different parts of the world, in a vast array of habitats, with specialised feeding techniques and a myriad of breeding and parenting styles. Broadly speaking cichlids are grouped according to their location, and the broken down into subgroups based on physiological features, habitat and behavioural traits. Cichlids are found in Africa, Central America, South America and Asia. African cichlids can be further divided into the following main groups prior to examining the other traits; Tanganyika Cichlids Malawi Cichlids Victoria Cichlids Madagascan Cichlids Other African Cichlids Central American cichlids can be further divided into the following main groups; Archocentrus Group Thorichthys Group Rheophilic Group Detritus Feeders Herbivores Guapotes South American cichlids can be further divided into the following main groups prior to examining the other traits; Large Cichlids Dwarf Cichlids Angelfishes Discus Crenicichla Group There is only one true Asian cichlid and all belong to the one genus, Etroplus, commonly known as Chromides. There are three species located in coastal regions of Sri Lanka and Southern India. The three species include E. maculatus (Orange Chromide), E. suratensis (Green Chromide) and E. canarensis which was presumed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the 1990s.
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    After lots of planning, and having smaller tanks in rental properties, I have finally got fish in my new display tank. I have spent so many years trying to stuff large fish into the minimum tank they can be housed in and wanted to do something different. The aim was to make a beautiful piece of living art for the house and have many small fish in a large tank. I have done a lot of reading on this site (member for 14yrs despite very few posts) and also some SW reef sites and thank you all for the information so generously given. The background took a long time and the first fill was pretty scary but it held. I have an waste water pipe that runs under the floor and into the garden so no buckets in the house. The budget was around $5k including fish and panels for the stand to match bookcase. SPECS Tank: 7x2.5x2.5 from Abyss in Sydney Sump 4x2x1.5 Filter socks -> Jap mat -> pot scrubbers -> return Stand: 50x50x4mm steel 900mm high painted with bed liner Heater: 2 x jager 300W with an Inkbird controller Internal flow: Sunsun wave maker(not sure if I will need this) Gravel: 50% crushed coral aragonite 50% Bunnings play sand Shells: Marine shells from Shelly Beach, NSW Water aging and change: 240lt wheelie bin with small powerhead to get water into tank/sump Return pump: Ecotech M1 Lights: 4 x 3ft cheapo LED with dimmers added by me Background: XPS + Styrofoam + expanda foam Joined with silicone and skewers and then covered with Crommelins pond sealer and sand Stuck to tank with about 20 tubes of silicone FISHLIST I intentionally don’t want anything too expensive or rare. As it’s a very broad mix there may be failures as they grow, pair and breed. Synodontis petricola 9 In tank Bristlenose? 3 In tank Neolamprologus Lelupi 5 In tank Neolamprologus Pulcher 5 In tank Altolamprologus black Calvus 3 Altolamprologus Compressiceps 2 Lamprologus Brevis 6 In tank leptosoma cyprichromis 20? Julidochromis malieri 5 In tank Tanganicodus Irsacae 1
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    I just got some taeniolethrinops praeorbitalis and some anagenys unsure on how rare they are.
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    all she need to do was use a plastic bag and scoop it up
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    Stripped her today got about 40 tiny fry about the size of guppies when they are first born. Mum and dad have already started going at it again infront of the children. Sent from my SM-N920I using Tapatalk
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    Buccal - haha. Yes you are right the Otohime is 2.8mm (not 2mm). I'm pretty sure the last batch of Fishwerx Gold I bought was 4mm? I don't have the packaging anymore I just open it up and mix it all together in a tupperware container. I think theirs even a small portion of NLS in there that I had left over when I was keeping cichlids. Will only be Fishwerx Gold and Otohime moving forward though. Have you noticed an aniseed smell with Fishwerx Gold before? My last batch had a distinct aniseed smell, that I hadn't noticed previously. A couple in tank shots of the bass - taken a few weeks back so the nuchal humps aren't as pronounced as they are today. Will get some updated pics in the next couple of days, one of the boys has a big dirty red hump on him, hopefully they don't spawn. Shot of the bass heads down tails up sucking down pellets off the sand -
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    Hi A 5x2.5x3 isn't going to be big enough for TSN or ID sharks, both require very large tanks. TSN are prone to busting their faces up in tanks that are too small. You are better off making the tank 3' wide rather than tall, height won't give you anymore capacity to keep these large growing fish, width and length will. I have kept both of these species of fish extensively and grown both to some incredible sizes. You are going to need a tank with a floor print of 8x3 in my opinion and experience.
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    You could also consider twinwall polycarbonate (thread here) for lids for your sump. I made them for my tank as well and had remarkable benefits over glass.
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    Yes heaps less maintenance with sumps. If incorrect type and positioning of mechanical medias are used, then you would have increased sump maintenance, but it would still be easier than canisters for maintenance. But nothing wrong with canisters,, what's a extra 20 minutes or so to clean ??? Just think about gravity water intake feeds and valves with operation of canisters for connecting and disconnection (for self priming). Also FX series will auto turn off and back on just minutes after you turned it on,, this is a auto function that releases the caught air bubbles. Fx models are quite and work exceptionally well. If inside and tank is display, I recommend the fx for sure. Sumps are more used for much larger tanks and breeding or multiple set ups. And the next level of challenge for the experienced aquarist.
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    @Buccal... I watched one of the sub doms in there new tank spawn today with this girl. I think your onto a winner here Buccal with keeping them in smaller colonies.
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    Thanks heaps guys, have a few updated pics, they've been spawning every fortnight over last 7 weeks. I left the last spawn with them, current spawn in the tank has been free-swimming for about 2 days. Anyway, heres a few pics Female getting a little defensive of the fry, they're tucked away behind the rock of the left. The little fish above the Syns is a Redtail Goodeid (xenotoca eiseni), have 6 males and 6 females in the tank with them, the syns dont pay any attention to them. Shot of the big boy These are the fry from my last post. This shot is from the 13/09 This one was taken today, 18/09. They're baout 1.5cm now. Eggs were laid on the 20/08. (sorry for the messy tank, fed them just before) and just one more of this guy
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    I wonder how responsible Ad feels for all of this. Having made his living from books, tours, and talks on the fish in the lakes, he's no doubt played his part in it all. After all, he travels the world promoting fish species from the lakes. Enthusiasts watch, read or travel with him, then want to keep species for themselves, which leads to overcollecting. It's easy for him to say we're taking too many fish (I bet they are!), but he's been one of the biggest promoters of them. Does he ever ponder that? I wonder. Of course, I've played my part too; we all have.
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