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About cafa

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    Dwarf cichlid (Regular)
  • Birthday 21/07/1952

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    west lakes, adelaide, s.a.
  • Interests
    Breeding and keeping Africans, growing bromeliads, relaxing (which I've turned into an art form), good wine, good company, and movies.
  1. cafa

    plecos and africans

    Cheers. Info much appreciated
  2. cafa

    plecos and africans

    Hi Guys.It's been ages since my last post. Got out of years of breeding Africans etc.and now have only one display tank. My last fish, an Electric Blue that I bred many years ago, was the last to die of old age and suddenly I'm left with an empty 400ltr tank. I found a collection locally and subsequently brought them home. All are thriving including a Gold Spot Pleco. Obviously the guy I bought them from has had this mix for several years and the Pleco has done well. My question is this: How do these guys handle the harder, more Alkaline environment that we provide for the Africans and would you recommend adding another one or two. Cheers Cafa
  3. cafa

    Adelaide heat wave

    Thanks Doug. Appreciate all the suggestions. A mate of mine has an air-con he doesn't need. Time for a visit. Cheers Cafa
  4. cafa

    Adelaide heat wave

    Cheers guys. Yes I think you're right. A chiller would've saved them for sure. never needed one previously but 46+ degrees, 4x days in a row was too much. Thanks again guys. Cheers Cafa
  5. cafa

    Adelaide heat wave

    Cheers Tim. Cafa
  6. cafa

    Adelaide heat wave

    Hi guys. How did everyone go during the heat wave? Unfortunately I lost some good stock which was pretty disappointing. Leleupi "Longior", White Lip Mdoka, Neo Tetracephalus, Cyp' "Black Bee", Placidochromis giselli, ctenochromis Horei, some Yellows and some Blues. As you can imagine, I was pretty devastated. several of them had fry etc. Anyway, I hope you all fared better and if anyone has any of these guys available for sale, I'd appreciate some contact. Cheers Cafa
  7. cafa

    Fish Room!

    Hi Squirtle! I use fans to eliminate my condensation/overheating. Granted my room is smaller, but I have exhaust fans that are on timers that remove excess heat/humidity and a floor fan that faces directly upward that helps with condensation but also helps to prevent thermo layers in the room. Cheers Cafa
  8. cafa

    Help with ID please

    Hi. Cafa here. I'd be making the same guess. They certainly look like Y.T.Acei to me. The orange fish is an absolute mystery tho'.
  9. cafa

    ammonia levels

    Hi Wiggly. I can't imagine that you're over stocked. However, at two weeks, I'd suggest that your system is still cycling. Is it your only system or do you have others, in which case you could perhaps share some already cycled filter media. If not, and the fish are showing no ill effects, just keep up on your water changes. By the way. How often are you doing your changes? I personally would be doing this daily at this early stage and perhaps keep some "Prime" or similar product on hand to help detoxify the affects if necessary. Are you only getting ammonia readings? What about Nitrite? As you may know, this is a more dangerous part of the cycle, but, if you're getting readings, it's a good thing from the point of view that your cycle is progressing. Keep up your w/c's and closely watch your fish and by all means keep us posted. All the best Cafa
  10. cafa

    Green African Cichlids

    Have you checked out Xystochromis Phytophagus (AKA xmas fulu - so named for the green and red colouring)? Cheers Cafa
  11. Hi guys. Actually, that's A.O.A.'s price from memory. I think you'd be hard pushed to get it any cheaper. It's pretty good value if you develop a feeding program alternating it with other foods (live, frozen, flake etc.) It can become costly if you use NLS as your sole source of nutrition. Cheers Cafa
  12. cafa

    Second video is up

    Thank you so much for that very special treat Alex. Thoroughly enjoyed both video's. Really appreciate you sharing your amazing experiences with us all Cheers Cafa
  13. WE HAVE INTERESTING PARAMETERS IN ADELAIDE. GH IS VERY HIGH. SO HIGH THAT IT IS VIRTUALLY IMMEASURABLE USING NORMAL HOME TESTING. ON THE OTHER HAND, OUR KH IS ALMOST NON EXISTENT. TO STABILISE, I STORE MY WATER IN 3X 220LTR. BINS WHICH HAVE CORAL SAND IN THE BOTTOM. THIS ELIMINATES THE KH PROBLEM. HOWEVER, I THINK THAT, EVEN THOUGH OUR WATER FROM THE TAP IS AROUND PH 7.1, AND THE CORAL SAND ELEVATES IT CONSIDERABLY, I GET A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT I OCCASIONALLY GET READINGS OF AROUND PH 9.0. THE FISH SEEM HAPPY ENOUGH AND COLOURS ARE GREAT, BUT WAS TOLD RECENTLY THAT I'LL SEND THEM TO AN EARLY GRAVE IF I DON'T DO AWAY WITH THE CORAL GRAVEL. WOULD APPRECIATE ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS CHEERS CAFA
  14. cafa

    How to clean white stains from glass !?

    Try cider vinegar and water. ''And for those really tough stains''. Add a bit of either ''carb soda'' or ''baking soda''and apply with a soft scourer. Works for me. Vinegar works I think because it's acidic. Most calcium type deposits are alkaline. Cheers, Cafa
  15. cafa

    spirulina flakes

    Hi Mitch. To my way of thinking, the only downside would be if that's all you fed them. I breed Vic's, Malawian's and Tang's and they all benefit greatly from a twice weekly dose of spiro 'flake. They absolutely love it and there are many benefits. Years ago, I was into Americans, and even tho' green didn't seem to be as essential to them, they still appreciated it. This is just my personal experience. Other members may have further thoughts. Cheers, Cafa
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