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  1. taeniochromis holotaenia

    Is there any left in Australia? I doubt they are still around.
  2. mylochromis plagiotaenia

    Hi thanks for that. I remember when these first arrived, I think about 2 years ago. At that time, there was a lot of new fish around. I think its possible it might just have been labelled wrong, but yeah my first thoughts were that it did look like an mbuna cross possibly labidochromis hongi. But the hap it was crossed with must have been elongated in that case, and interesting dark splotch under the eye.
  3. mylochromis plagiotaenia

    It looks like a really cool fish, elongated and seems like some yellow coming through up top. Interesting head shape, however not pointed. Mylochromis go through colour transformations at different times in there lives, it would be interesting to see a pic of an adult.
  4. mylochromis plagiotaenia

    I have noticed that there have been a few of these available of recent times. I have had a look at the fish and they appear different to what I have seen online overseas. Interested to hear people's opinions. If they are not mylochromis, is it possible they could be another rare species that was brought in that we should identify, as it is possible they came here under that name?
  5. Advise Needed

    What food do you feed them? A pellet high in carotine such as new life spectrum might bring out more yellow.
  6. 6x2x2 sump vs canisters filter????

    I used to be a sump man for years until i got into cannisters a year or so ago. Now i have a very quiet tank in my living room that doesn't smell. I like to overfilter and i would put 2 large cannisters on that setup. I have 1 fluval fx6 and 2 aqua one nautilus 2700, but you could use 2 big cannisters and just clean them every few months. I would space out the cleaning of the 2 so that you are sure you have plenty of active bacteria e.g. dont clean them both at same time.
  7. best food for conditioning large malawi haps

    Interesting and a good idea. They would be good for buccos and champs and other predators.
  8. Red cap lethrinops

    They are getting long in the tooth. A lot depends on the condition of the fish. Once haps get that old they tend to get thin unless kept in the right conditions. Do the fish have a full body e.g. not thin? If so, then you might still be OK.
  9. nsw cichlid society major auction

    It is interesting wwith albinos - the origin is important and if the albino eye biters come from the same places as the marbled ones it does sound dodgy. The albino red cheek tropheops appear to be OK but I don't know their origin either. The register is a great idea and on the radar. I'm starting a new job on Monday, so busy at the moment settling in for a month or 2. But will look into it in future. The register is a great idea because I have doubts about other species around at the moment that are being bred a lot and circulated a lot.
  10. nsw cichlid society major auction

    i got a couple of red capped lethrinops. other stuff that went through were protomelas fire blue, pseudotropheus willamsi, chilotilapia rhoadesii, bucco rhoadessii, naevochromis chrysogaster.
  11. nsw cichlid society major auction

    Yeah the blue one was Hoplarchus psitticus
  12. nsw cichlid society major auction

    I don't know that much about south americans, someone else can name the exact species that I forgot, but the ones I remember were: Petenia Splendida Green large pair of blackbelts, parrot (and "real parrot?") peacock bass red shoulder angels And possibly the best one that I can't remember that I haven't seen before the colour of which in the pic was bright blue.
  13. nsw cichlid society major auction

    Ok great thanks Kevin. The albino issue is a concern when people breed them with the regular species, then sell the regular species. I am growing an albino red empress alongside and existing red empress male of exactly the same size. The aim being to compare the 2. My initial experiment findings are that the albino red empress has dragon blood mixed in due to pointiness of nose. I will post some comparrison pics. If hypothetically those 2 cross bred, it may result in the red shoulder 3 dot melanin pattern mixed with the red empress 2 line pattern. I guess its a case of not spoiling it for the albino fans, but just keeping an eye out for potential issues. Mbuna seem a lot harder to spot differences than haps. Regards, Rob
  14. nsw cichlid society major auction

    Thank Kevin below is a shot of the red empress fry. There were a few lots of the same fry. I just wanted to flag an issue so people didnt breed with them if there was a problem. To me the melanin pattern appears too be that of spilonotus tanzania or taiwan reef mixed in. The best red emperess I have kept had always been the solid lines all the way through. Re the albino zebras, there just seem to be a lot of them relative to what there used to be and they all look the same.
  15. nsw cichlid society major auction

    It is not the society's fault. they are people that volunteer their time and effort. I am just someone whinging about it that is part of the problem not part of the solution. But at least I raise awareness of it I guess. Seems some of the albinos around at the moment are hybrids brought into existance to make a buck.the thing is with albinos mbuna is it is very hard to tell what they actually are.