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@Link2Hell  Good to know!  If I need to replace the current lids, I'll check this out.  Looks like it should be much easier to cut also.

I've sent you a pm on another matter.

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1 hour ago, AndrewM said:

@MFF - looks good, I am already seeding the idea of more tanks with my wife

Lol.. just buy and get it delivered.. 🤪

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13 minutes ago, MattG_Sydney said:

Lol.. just buy and get it delivered.. 🤪

haha, yeah better to ask for forgiveness than permission... 😱

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2 hours ago, MFF said:

@Link2Hell  Good to know!  If I need to replace the current lids, I'll check this out.  Looks like it should be much easier to cut also.

I've sent you a pm on another matter.

Super easy to work with.  You can cut it with a stanley knife, and cut holes in it with a hole saw.  

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I picked up some Cichlids late yesterday for the tank, although made a couple of mistakes - due to the unhelpful sales staff.

Ended up with 2 Mbuna (Labidochromis Hongi). Also they sold me two Compressiceps, one of which turned out to be a Champsochromis Caeruleus - it seemed wrong as the stripe was too high and there was a larger dark dot just under the eye. Having said that I could be wrong myself, as I am no expert. Also the second Compressiceps was a hybrid - we learn from our mistakes.

Please also correct me where I am incorrect, as that would be appreciated.

I have found a couple of suppliers so will see what their stock and support/knowledge is like.

Images attached, but the list I ended up with:

  • 1 x OB Compressiceps
  • 1 x Champsochromis Caeruleus
  • 2 x Labidochromis Hongi
  • 2 x Haplochromis Livingstoni
  • 2 x Otopharynx Tetrastigma

And because I could not help myself, I also purchased:

  • 2 x Balantiocheilos melanopterus (Bala shark)
  • 2 x Epalzeorhynchos Bicolor (Red tail shark)
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Champsochromis caeruleus.jpg

Champsochromis Caeruleus

 

compressiceps - OB.jpg

OB Compressiceps

 

haplochromis livingstoni 1.jpg

Haplochromis Livingstoni

 

Labidochromis Hongi.jpg

Labidochromis Hongi

 

Otopharynx tetrastigma.jpg

Otopharynx Tetrastigma

 

 

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Nice!  That champsochromis will grow large.  The OB compressiceps looks wrong to me - but I'm no expert either.  Nose doesn't seem long enough.  I did see an adult male of these a couple months back, and was a stunning fish.

You're correct, the Hongis are mbuna, and I'm glad I've gotten rid of mine.  With only 2 - depend on sex - you may end up with only 1, or they may just behave themselves.

I can't see any colour on yours - I'm assuming they're small?  If there are any females amongst them, even different species, you'll get very different behaviour than if it's all male.  I'd like one of those tetrastigma though!!  Haven't seen them for sale up here in QLD.

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I agree, the Compressiceps does not seem right, but it was the only thing that I could see was close. Teach me not to rely on an aquarium shop, I think they mainly specialise in salt water, although they have a very large selection of fresh water.

As it grows, there will most likely be a point when I can determine if I am right or wrong.

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@AndrewM I am no expert on these guys as well .. Have you tired Amazin Amazon or Natures Aquarium ? There is a top Aquarium in Sydney .. I am not sure if they ship fish to you, your can always ask.. they look nice though ! 

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@MattG_Sydney - Thank you and I will contact them and see.

I made contact with the following in Victoria:

  • Barnesys Cichlid Heaven (they are supposed to have a very large range, waiting for them to get back to me)
  • Nature Aquariums (They have good equipment and wide range, but not really focused on Cichlids)
  • Amazing Amazon (these guys told me not to buy from their shop as the stock are for mums and dads - they do special orders for those who are serious - will see what they come back with)
  • The Aquatic Vault (these guys do not specialise in Cichlids but they game me some contacts)
  • Labyrinth Aquarium (Unknown as they have not responded)

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2 hours ago, MFF said:

I can't see any colour on yours - I'm assuming they're small?  If there are any females amongst them, even different species, you'll get very different behaviour than if it's all male.  I'd like one of those tetrastigma though!!  Haven't seen them for sale up here in QLD.

@MFF - yeah the coloring changes quite a bit. The Mbuna bring on colour when they go up against each other or when I am about to feed them. But they are quite small still...

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I can tell you if Labyrinth Aquarium is happy to send you fish down there, you won't be disappointed. Almost all my fish are from Andrew. One of the best guys to buy fish from. He won't sell you low quality fish or hybrid junk. I suggest you call him mate, he is bit slow to respond to emails .

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@AndrewM mate where do I start

the OB D Comp are hybrids hence why there is variation

The C caeruleus looks more like C spilorhynchus

The L hongi is an Aulonacara possible Ngara flametail

I have serious doubts about the knowledge of wherever you got them from

and their sales ethics

 

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@Link2Hell - Thank you very much for helping clarify the species. Yes I am not happy with the aquarium store and I sent them an email over the weekend to explain the important of keeping good records when selling fish, specially considering how many tanks they have of salt water species and fresh water species. Having said that, they do have a great supply of equipment.

I have found another supplier in Victoria who is supposed to specialise in Cichlids, so I will order a few Peacocks from them and see how it goes. 

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@AndrewM

We have all been there, I have two locals to me, one I wont buy fish from anymore, poor quality and conditions in the shop sometimes less than desirable, particularly with some of the larger species, they are cheaper but there is a reason for it. It took me a little while before I stopped buying there, personal education I suppose 

Over the years though I have certainly picked up improperly named or cross breed fish but accident (well maybe not accident, trusting the staff at the shop was the problem) 

The other may be dearer but the quality is there, its clean and the staff are knowledgeable , I only do the big chain stores for the odd dry goods I cant pick up somewhere else 

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@Slipshodman - Thanks, yeah they say the best way to learn is from our mistakes. I am sure I will make mistakes again, but it is also difficult to identify some of the fish when they only just start to show some colour - which means we need staff to be more educated and know where their fish came from. I asked one aquarium store what their water conditions were for the Cichlids they had and their response was 'we run our aquariums with hard water - great for Cichlids', to which point I said thanks and walked out of the store. 

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