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About goldenswimmers

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  1. goldenswimmers

    American idea's

    Zebra Acara are a great choice and beautiful fish..I also think some nice Salvini(I happen to have some beautiful red belly juvies available & sorry for the free plug!)and go well in a planted set up..Sajica are definitely great fish and would do well and at 5x2 you're kind of on the cusp of the larger guys too but some at full size may be happier in an extra ft or 2...small group of Geos might be an option too as mentioned with the tapajos and you mentioned you had some Hecklii in the past...Elliotti are a beautiful mid sized American and would look great in a nice biotype...I'm pretty much just seconding what's been already mentioned mate but some are definitely pretty than others!...too many options mate!
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    wow.....seems very hard to believe that the C.Popelini took out the Kendali were the Kendali adults?.....I think my adult Kendali's would make very short work of some Popelini.....might be different if the Kendali were young and were up against adult established pairs... ..maybe they tried to take on both of the other types...bad move Im finding them to be super aggressive and able to take on much larger(slightly confused fish!)
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    Finally after 4 and a half years

    good things come to those who wait...good work mate and hope the fry grow well
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    And yep a little video showing them in their natural habitat...great watch even if I have no idea what hes talking about! felt for the Elongatus in the net..great size but I guess that might also be a great size for a dinner plate too!...
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    Hey guys just thought Id share some more info on the Lepidiolamprologus family as they are in my own opinion the real predator family of lake Tanganyika and are due some appreciation if you ask me ha ha... Here is a quick excerpt from Practical Fish Keeping: "There are currently seven(?) valid species in Lepidiolamprologus: attenuatus, cunningtoni, elongatus, kendali, mimicus, nkambae and profundicola. All share the same elongate shape and predatory mouth, and range from 15-30cm/6-12” in length, so large as Lamprologine cichlids go. They become impressive as they grow and mature, with highly visible teeth, and a 30cm L.elongatus must be a terrifying sight for any small fish unlucky enough to share the same habitat." Well now here's a look at some of the family members.. Lepidiolamprologus Profundicola (believed to be here in Oz and if so very very rare) Lepidiolamprologus Elongatus (very rare) Lepidiolamprologus Kendali (uncommon/rare) Lepidiolamprologus Nkambae (rare/very rare) Very hard to spot differences between Kendalli and Nkambae but DNA tests prove they are separate varieties. Lepidiolamprologus Attenuatus (very rare) Lepidiolamprologus Cunningtoni (very rare) Lepidiolamprologus Mimicus (not available!?) Lepidiolamprologus Kamambae (newly discovered and not available!) And here's some of the smaller guys....yep still with some serious attitude Lepidiolamprologus Lemairii (uncommon) Lepidiolamprologus Pleuromaculatus (very rare/not available!?) Lepidiolamprologus Boulengeri (uncommon) Lepidiolamprologus Hecqui (uncommon)
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    Ha ha cheers Wayne...they were obviously happy little guys..the trick will be to keep them spawning often..the change of scenery can sometimes trigger a spawn so yep hopefully its a sign of things to come mate... and yep now to the Kendali...have to say the Attenuatus are a great fish (would be great in a community tank too I reckon)and don't seem to have as much of the killer in them as the Kendali which makes them a lot easier to work with...these damn Kendali have been tricky and seems half the time its just keeping them alive and juggling them from tank to tank to avoid the deaths ... Thanks again Wayne and hoping these guys and the Kendali can help me get some Elongatus...really feed my love for the lepidio's!
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    Ha ha Im just the carer..they do the work!...and Ive just set up some Kendali...putting my love/hate pr(death is always on the cards and I have had them split for the last few months)with an extra new Kendali to see if this can strengthen their very fragile bond ..I have them in with a bunch of Spilos(for an extra large sized dither fish... have to say it seems hardly a dither fish when the 2 dominant boys in the group are colouring up and also sparring off...its like a colosseum in this tank!)..so if the Kendali can spawn for me...I might go platinum.. ha ha
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    I find Mysis shrimp is a great healthy bulk up food for the girls when getting ready for spawning and this is what I used on these guys too..
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    And then.....
  10. goldenswimmers

    Paratilapia Polleni

    always had a spot for Polleni and you just proved why beautiful pictures mate and beautiful fish....great stuff..I think I will have some Polleni again in the future thanks to your pics!!
  11. goldenswimmers

    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    Ok have been able to get some more kendalli sent to me so lets see if 3rd times the charm.. 0 from 1st attempt, 1 separated pr that did bond at one stage from my 2nd effort (who I now house separately but will try again with caution to get going!) and now this time I will use all my gained experience to try and get these new guys into some sort of workable and hopefully breeding situation!! And heres a few snaps of my new attenuatus(big thanks to Wayne for these guys n gals!)
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    Larger Tanganyikan Predators...

    Ok rise zombie thread. ..im going to keep this thread pumping because Im keen to know whats going on with the larger Lepidiolamprologus varieties and how the hobby looks with these guys as a lot are real rare/hard to find...does anyone know of cunningtoni or profundicola?(seems these guys were up at an auction in 2005!) and have been mentioned/rumoured to be here...
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    Kind of makes this picture even more special.....she was one very nice Festae..look at the great barring and intense colour! damn..beautiful fish but that's a bit of a sad story Pat I remember once I had a Ranchu Goldfish(beautiful big girl)and she died during a spawning(pretty sure it was from egg bloat/infected eggs)...just motivated me to try and keep some of the babies even more to carry on the genetics...hope the one spawn she had was a big un' and many little bubba festaes were sent out into the world
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    Importation info

    Its quite annoying that the people in "control" do such irrational things as this to show some sort of safety net in place..once again more proof that this hobby is affected by people so far removed from the hobby itself that they are out of touch and seem to look for things to do rather than have an intelligent basis of operation...absolutely a waste of time if you ask me and I wonder if there are other things/plans that this involves...ways to down scale our aquarium industry perhaps...I can understand when its a threat or something that could affect the native environment both flora and fauna but when its based on something that's already happened here and through illegal procedure(not even in the hobby sector) to begin with how is destroying small shipments of fish going to curb a problem that doesn't exist ?? small shipments will become an absolute waste of time(you don't mind if we needlessly kill 3/4 of your shipment do you? ) so I say to counter act this silly useless batch testing lets just bring in big shipments of these lesser kept cichlids,WC's etc ...after all it favours this method of shipment with its silly laws.....once again we make other countries look at our aquarium industry as a joke
  15. Anyone had experience breeding these guys??