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  1. Guys, I very much doubt that the bloodline of the Makola is at fault. I got fry from Grant when they first became available, these are beautiful adults that although getting on in age are still breeding and all fry are 100%. I split the colony a while back and Daniel bought them. He is reporting no problems with the fry shape. I currently have fry from 3cm through to the next generation of adults with no issues. David, as mentioned before I would say there is something wrong with your system or water supply to be affecting the sandsifters. A Sydney hobbyist had the same issue with his shelldwellers years ago. I don't know what the result was be he is no longer on the forum. Maybe something in your water pipes but obviously try some more air in fry savers or try a different brand. I use the jemhco ones. Gianniz, sandsifter fry can become damaged or deformed in the mouth especially by young inexperience parents. This sounds like what is happening with your makola. I had the same problem with the first few spawns of my Ndole Bay. They got better with each spawn and I now have no issues. Inadequate operation of egg tumblers or when the hobbyist is collecting the mouthful from the parents can also cause damage to fry. As Shon has said, destroy the affected fish. Cheers Tony
  2. Does anyone have a link etc to the mosquito larvae article. I have a ready supply of mossie larvae in rock pools around the local headlands that I collect almost daily and feed on a regularly bases to all my fish=marines, cichlids and rainbows. I have had until recently had no problems. However one tank of alto’s did fall ill to a stomach problem. There was a red/pink swelling/blister extending from the anal region. I attempted to treat this with panacure=worms and metronidazole=flukes, protozoan, however was unsuccessful and lost the fish. I’m assuming it was introduced with the wrigglers. What do others think? I now feed wrigglers only weekly and keep them in salt water until they are needed. I would like to keep feeding mossie larvae for all its positive benefits however its not very positive if its introducing disease. Will freezing stop/minimise diseases? Probably most but not viruses! Is this correct? Interested in your input. Regards Tony
  3. Hi all Rainbows are great with altos as mentioned. I have a few types of alto's & shellies and keep a different species of rainbow with each colony. The alto's are more comfortable and venture out with these none aggressive tank mates. If you provide a spawning mop (see rainbowfish online) for the rainbows, they will spawn daily, providing eggs and fry for the alto's. Who are continuously searching the mops for eggs. One disadvantage with rainbows is that they are pigs and will eat as much as they can. This maybe a problem if trying to condition altos for spawning. Thus I try only keeping 2-3pr plus a few young per 4ft tank and generally prefer the rainbow species that average less than 10cm. ie M. boesmani, M. lacustrus, M. praecox, M. herbertaxelrodi, G. maculosus, M. pygmaea, M. sexlineata, M. sp. (batanta Is.) etc are some that I keep. The larger rainbows (G. incisus, G. wanamensis) can sometimes get a bit frisky, especially when spawning but are no threat to adult altos. Rainbow fry and blue-eye species are great with shellies and juvenile alto's. Rainbowfish online by Adrian Tappin is the best reference source on rainbows available. There are also state and a national ANGFA groups which deal with the keeping of natives especially rainbows. Rainbows are extremely easy to maintain and breed and very addictive. Beware
  4. Hi all Its great to see all these new types of Altolamprologus getting around. I was wondering if peoples know the locality types for all Alto's in Aus. A. calvus 'black' Are ours from one locality or a mix? Cameron Bay? Are Ink Fins in Aus? What locality in the Lake are they from? A. calvus 'white' - Cape Chaitika? A. calvus 'Yellow" - Nkamba Bay? Are the yellow calvus in Aus true? How do you tell a cross black calvus/gold comp? A. compressiceps 'Gold' Are ours from one locality or a mix? Cape Chaitika? A. compressiceps 'Redfin' - Magara? A. compressiceps 'Gold-face' Kantalamba or Muzi or Kalambo or other? A. compressiceps 'Gold-face' - Mutondwe? A. sp. 'Sumbu shell' Are there any other types or variants in Aust? Thanks very much for any info. Regards Tony
  5. Jacks are great fish but very aggressive, they will pretty much eat or kill any tank mates. I have a 30cm fish, at work, that when smaller had a murray cod, yellow belly and bass for companions. The tank was a nice mix for about two weeks until the jack settled-in and started smashing up the other species. Now only jack. They can tolerate freshwater but respond with more activity and colour to the addition of salt, about 5-10grams of per litre (20kg bags of pool salt, cheap and easy). Some shells in filter will help buffer pH. Eats everything, especially love live foods (gambusia, shrimps etc). Add some rocks and/or logs for cover and security. Very easy and interesting fish to keep. Have fun.
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