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  1. 1. How many tanks are you currently housing 1@ 8x2 2@ 7x 2 5@ 6x2 1@ 5@2 4@ 4x2 18@ 3x1.5 8@ 2x1.5 2- What are they housing (Malawis, tangs, vics etc...) Tropheus,... Ilangi, Katoto, Lufubu, Moliro, Ikola, Chaitika, Kasanga Frontosa....Moba, Kitumba, Burundi Cyprichromis....Livua, Utinta, Kiriza Calvus...Black, White Compressiceps....Kigoma, Mbita Nigripinnis Kilesa Limnochromis 3- How often are water changes made? Weekly 4- Is the susbtrate siphoned when the water change is done? Yes, and rocks are moved every second or third change 5- How often are filters cleaned Cannisters, fluff rinsed every water change, deep clean every 6-8 weeks Sumps, fluff rinsed every water change, waste buildup syponed every month or so Internal powerhead filters, fluff rinsed every water change 6- How much water is taking out of the tank? Weekly 30-40 % 7- when do you add the water ager and how? Water is aged in barrels, tang salts and buffers are added into the barrels,
  2. here is a photo of one that i had in my last batch. It had 2 heads but shared a tail, by the time the egg sac had just about been consumed it could no longer stay upright and started to swim upside down.
  3. there is a link to the tropheus E book at me website, www.cichlids.net.au click the link on the right hand side, called the tropheus tank.
  4. Are you simply after a wholesaler or an importer, If you are into tanganyikans, there is Rav from aquatic escape, he imports tangs, and also brodie, they are both on the tropheus fanatics site, There is also Nanda at All Aquarium, who imports discus and is also a wholesaler. There is an all aquarium add on my website at www.cichlids.net.au which has his contact details All 3 are located in victoria,
  5. I use filter wool from spotlight, i buy it by the roll, it called dacron and it comes in different thicknesses, the best grade you can get is 200gsm. Its in the quilting department. Generally costs about $6 per metre and it is 140cm wide.
  6. Mum has a spawning in her barnacle and tonight she was feeding them, hopefully i will get some good fry shots when they emerge.
  7. That depends which company you are referring to, I buy all my inports via Rav at aquatic escape in melbourne. In the past i have purchased numerous tropheus colonies, frontosa Moba and kitumba and the cyps, I have been extremely happy with all of them. You will find his shipment list on Tropheus fanatics site and Frontosa.com.au.
  8. ive got Cyprichromis Leptosoma Livua and very new into the country Cyprichromis Microlepidotus kiriza -Black On order from the next shipment due in the next few weeks Cyprichromis Utinta
  9. yeh long tubes closed at one end, they only need to be large enough in diameter for one fish to enter at a time, they usually back out, so they dont need space to turn around. During the spawning process they will take it in turns of entering the tube.
  10. I have 8 adults living in a 4ft tank, they have spawned a few times now, it just takes time, plenty of sand for them to dig and long pvc pipes closed at one end, also terracotta pipes are good as well. As stated above, mingle these in with rocks. I even have some long floating plastic plants to keep areas darker for them. They tend to dig the sand up to a peak on the front of the glass, and cover their pipes with the sand as well, they love their privacy and need to feel secure. I also feed mine brines as well as NLS. I did a write up on them on my website some time ago. Its on www.cichlids.net.au so that may be of some help to you also.
  11. here is a photo of mine if thats any help, mine are at spawning size. sometimes the females stripes near her gills will darken a bit more than in the photo but thats about it,
  12. no its not a stupid question, i keep all three, but mine are breeding so i keep them in seperate tanks, i have seen comps and calvus together in a large display tank in an aquarium shop and he has had them in there together for quite a few years.
  13. I print out my own stickers, but they also put perishable stickers on the box at the AAE depot. AAE which is Australian air express is your best bet for a one off trip, as you dont need an account, you will however probably have to drive to the airport depot. Most aquariums will sell you a hand full of bags.
  14. I post tropheus out on a regular basis, this is the process i use, I will do a water change on the tank 2 days before posting, i always use pre-aged water. They will not be fed the day before posting or the morning of transport. I buy gusseted square bags, so there is no need to worry about taping up the corners. I use a medium sized bag and can fit 12 bags into a poly box. If there are any gaps i use a few bags filled with air, so the box is tightly packed to minimize movement during transport. You can line the box with newspaper for added insulation. I do double bags and get all the bags ready in a poly box, then i fill each bag with water to what will measure a little less than a third once the bag is tied up, I do this before catching any fish so that the water is not yet stirred up. I buy dissolving airstone from the aquarium and break off a small piece to go in each bag. I will place anywhere from 2 up to 4 fish of 4cm in size, in each bag depending on the size of the order. I then fill each bag with compressed air and tie them up. This time of year its quite cold in victoria, so i will place a small heat pack wrapped in newspaper (just warmed up a little bit) at the top of the box. I place the lid on the box and tape it up firmly, then i place live fish stickers on the top and sides of the box. Drive to AAE at the airport, once they have processed the order, i phone the consignment note number to the receiving person along with the flight number and expected time of arrival.
  15. found it here it is http://tropheusfanatics.invisionzone.com/i...?showtopic=6471
  16. If i find the link i will post it here, but there is a photo on the tropheus fanatics site that shows similar crossbreeding. It comes down to a case of "any ship in a port will do" if there is no other alternative. If there was a reasonable number of both varieties in your tank then they are less likely to crossbreed.
  17. I didnt know there was a difference. So what are mine then, photos below are of the same fish, just in a different mood.
  18. gets damn cold down here in vic, sounds like they got left on a loading dock overnight, where were they shipped from
  19. How big were the fry when you put them in a 4 ft tank? If they were only tiny they probably couldnt find the food. Were the water parameters and temperature close to that of the main tank. What were you feeding them. I have a 25 lt tank with 8 compartments for tiny fry like this and calvus fry. I put them in there for the first few weeks, i turn the filtration off at feeding time. I feed them freshly hatched brine that i hatch myself. They have that 2 times a day. When they get too big for that tank i move them to a standard 3ft grow out tank.
  20. yes , this morning when i fed them, these 2 didnt eat as they were both holding the eggs at the same time,
  21. out of interest, i noticed a new spawning in the tank this morning, a different pair that havent spawned before down the opposite end of the tank. Both mum and dad are carrying the eggs.
  22. they are mouth brooders, they spawn best in long tubes with one end closed off, as in the wild they will dig long tunnels. only one will enter the tube at a time. The female will generally hold the eggs first and then over the incubation period they supposedly pass the eggs back and forth to each other, I have never seen this, as they probably only do that when in their pipes. Once they are free swimming then you can see both of the parents picking them up in their mouths. I dont milk them as i have heard that they can swallow the spawn if they are scared and stressed. The new born fry are quite small, about the size of calvus fry. They are very easy to syphon out of the tank. I feed the new fry on freshly hatched baby brine.
  23. Hi, it will be impossible to tell which one is carrying. They only carry for about 9 days so i wouldnt advise stripping them. The fry are very tiny when they are born, so you can just syphon them out of the tank when the parents have released them. But you have to be quick the parents will start picking them up as soon as you come near the tank. So you may only manage to pick up half of them, and then have to wait until they let them out again to syphon more. With the last spawning i had i only syphoned out half of the fry and left the rest with the parents to see what would happen. They were both very good parents, they kept the fry in the corner of the tank most of the time and at the first sign of danger (mostly me coming near the tank) the fry would sit on the bottom and the parents would both pick them back up in their mouths. They would constantly chase other colony fish away from them. The rest of the colony (i have 8 in the colony) were forced to stay at the other end of the tank. Occasionally one would manage to pluck off a fry or 2. I ended up leaving the fry with the parents for about 2 weeks, at that stage they started to get adventurous and would swim too far from the parents, so i took them out. Once you take the fry out they will spawn again fairly quickly, gererally within the next few weeks. If this is the first mouthful you have seen it may only be a practice run, I had a few practice runs over a period of about 6 months.
  24. Hi Killiguy, I have sent you a message, thanks deb
  25. Aftricans- Tanginyikan Tropheus Ikola Tropheus Ilangi Tropheus Chaitika Tropheus Lufubu Tropheus Kasanga Tropheus Moliro Tropheus Katoto Limnochromis Auritus Altolamprologus Calvus Black Altolamprologus Compressiceps Firefin Frontosa Burundi Frontosa Ziare Moba
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