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  1. What fish is this? Is it a cross?

    Agree with that
  2. Firemouth fry with parents

    It might take them a couple of tries to work it out - but worth sticking with it. (They aren't step breeders so you will have to move the fry when the parents want to spawn again.) If the parents do the work for you you should get good numbers of the fish up to about the 1cm mark with very little effort on your part (good food and clean water) Then take out what you want to grow out til 'sellable' size to a grow out tank. It's often a good to leave just a few in the parent tank so the parents maintain the bond - even though they might knock them off one day when they spawn. If after a few attempts they are still not raising them to a level you are happy with then look in to taking a % of the spawn early and raising them on their own. With Americans who never "got it" you can use a bit of airline to slowly siphon out anywhere from 20-80% of free swimmers in to a grow out tank and work on raising them yourself. This is generally harder work as you need to be very aware of everything going on, put more effort in to feeding and such.
  3. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    Well, I wasn't suggesting you mix the 2 acei types, but get the black one instead. The 2 variants are pretty likely to crossbreed. It would be way easier to find a powder blue alternative to the msuli, than another black mbuna on the less aggressive side IMO.
  4. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    Which acei varient were you planning on getting? The ngara are a nice black/purple/dark blue. And they are actually (I think) the nicest but most underrated locale.
  5. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    I had my colony (many moons ago) in with yellows and it was definitely better that way. The yellows bred a lot less than they did with other tankmates - but at the time the demasoni were worth significantly more so that didn't bother me.
  6. Help identifying fish

    They might ask for it back? :-D :-D :-D
  7. New pleco

    Mate, I'm definitely not out to be contrary with anything Andrew is saying. And if there is one guy I would trust to NOT try to sell me something I don't really need it is absolutely him. A few extra bucks for peace of mind is probably worth it, for sure, given it is in a tank already with expensive tank mates. It's also easier for me to do the 'wait and see' because I can stop by and see Andrew any day of the week and get what I need. Got to have a bit more foresight being a bit more remote.
  8. New pleco

    Agree with Chris. If it was hiding in a log, he probably picked the log up and and shook it in to a bucket. Keep in mind fish live in their own excrement - so once it has a graze it is more than likely going to have some sort of bacterial inflammation. But a healthy fish will shake it off. Keep an eye on spreading or getting worse. If you're really concerned about it being problematic or contagious you could get some broad spectrum medication that is catfish friendly. If it was me I'd probably do a water change and dump a half a cup of salt in or something. Could also try some melafix.
  9. If there is a good clean line around Sydney I'd have a fair guess that Andrew (Labyrinth @ Campsie) will have the goods on them.
  10. Resealing Tank Bottom

    I just used any glass I had. In fact now i think of it i think i used perspex a few times too. I would guess a local glazier or tank builders would have scrap. Or salvage a broken tank from somewhere.
  11. Resealing Tank Bottom

    I've done this a bunch of times. The thing to look out for is that there is enough glass to get purchase on around the hole before you are hitting the existing silicone. If the hole is right up against the silicone you would have to cut the old silicone away to do it properly (new wont bond very well to old) Just cut a square so it overlaps nicely and get plenty of silicon on there, squish down. As far as thickness, I'm not sure if there is a rule. But I would say greater or equal to base thickness would be very safe.
  12. Trialling a new flake food

    Ok well I'll bite, again. No - it's not false advertising, it is marketing. Nobody has said anything like it being false advertising. The point being made about marketing is that claims made in marketing can be COMPLETELY TRUE but also completely meaningless. (There can also be outright lies as pointed out in claims from a totally different brand.) As I said originally - to my mind, it sounds like this has been formulated around the marketing concept. I don't say that with malice, but as a basically neutral statement. Money rules the world, and marketing is inescapable. But now purely to play devils advocate (please read only my words, and don't assume any tone - this is just a debate, not an attack.) You came here to spruik this new product. You then came to the defence of the inclusion of cassava and said you consider it a nutritionally valuable ingredient, rather than just being used as a grain replacement for bulking or binding. Now you seem to be saying yea but don't worry it is only 4% cassava. Which way is it? What is the expected significant value add nutritionally of 4gram cassava per 100gram flake? Is it just a bulking and carb loaded ingredient (taking place of the grains) used in sensibly small quantities, or is it a super food ingredient but with so little included it may as well not be there? (Like Acai health products) Now for the record I don't hate cassava - I eat loads of it when I travel in South America and Polynesian islands. (Cassava chips are delicious.) I don't think I've ever even seen it for sale in Australia, though. I also didn't automatically write this formula off just because it contains cassava. As has been pointed out - some Hikari formulas include cassava and I use these Hikari foods knowing what is in there. Admittedly I have no immediate interest in trying the food since I'm not using any flake - my fish are all large. However in normal social situations I am 'the fish guy' so people do ask me for product recommendations for their tanks all the time, and I liked to give advice informed by trusted sources, if I can't give advice from my own experience. Most people who ask these sort of questions want something better than goldfish flakes but can't afford (or don't want to pay for) super premium foods for $2 fish. So think of it as convincing me that this is direction I should be pointing them.
  13. Trialling a new flake food

    Everybody go take a deep breath. Have a beer. Then seriously ask yourself if it's worth getting wound up over a conversation about fish food on the Internet. Then maybe drink another beer.
  14. Few interesting bits and bobs around

    Yes I wish I had had a few hundred dollars burning a hole in my pocket that week, and a tank where they wouldn't be feeder fish on arrival.
  15. Trialling a new flake food

    Lack of waste is an interesting measure IMO. If your dog didn't 'have a movement' for a week, would you think wow that's a healthy dog, or, hmmm should I call the vet?