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  1. I guess it will officially be considered a fishroom after this is installed. I can't add anymore tanks until I upgraded to a central air system. This should do nicely for a while.
  2. How do you know if eggs are fertilized or not? My golden rams just were caught laying eggs.
  3. Hi. Long time no see. It has been a trip, getting the house to be functional and I am more than ready for the fun part. We finally reinforced the floor, and filled the 125 gallon in the living room. So far, I have a corner matten filter powered by an 800GPH submersible, a thin layer of dirt capped with ~75lb black diamond sand, lights and nothing else. Blank slate. I need more sand/gravel...Hard scape (may use granite slabs and round river rock, which will help anchor plants), plants....a cover, possibly a heater. pH will be low 6.5-7.4, hoping to keep temps 76-78F. Stocking list so far (fish I have in other tanks): Electric Blue Acaras-- I have 2 adults and 10 juveniles, but not keeping all. One blue marbled angel--need more, some one should trade me for acaras. 10 adult albino corydoras As many maylasian trumpet snails as I can dig out of my other tanks--need more! Wishlist: more angels--5-6 total planned. blue and yellow colors. otocinculs or ? Synodontis eupterus--but this may be too big and agressive for the otos...? other chiclids have been considered, mostly geophagus and severums, or dwarfs like apistos, and in a brief crazy moment a lemon tiger oscar, but they are: too big for the tank will eat the otos possibly too small for the acaras hurt plants Planning simple hardy plants, anubias, bolbitis, java fern, valisnaria, frogbit, hornwort maybe, and trying to balance larger fish appetites with and not wanting to get anything that will eat Otos. If only there were a readily available giant oto... Help me solve my stocking issue, I want algae eaters that will stand up to the acaras, and if possible the Synodontis eupterus (I want my own pooka). Dithers are optional, there is enough going on in the tank. I am mostly becoming aware just how difficult it is to keep a tank clean with Acaras in it--they eat the snails I usually rely on, and while they have not bothered the otos yet, they could. The corys get the spilled food alright. Open to suggestions, really want it to stay clean-ish....The acaras are VERY messy. #noplecos
  4. Hi everyone! I bought 6 Ivanacara juveniles when I went to Fishtober in Portland this fall. All 6 are doing well and 3 are maturing beautifully. I think they are very underrated. They get a bit larger than apistos at about 4.5 to 5" for males at maturity. My largest is bigger than my borelli was at his maturity already. my plan is to have them in my 75 gallon with some angelfish, Costello tetras, and some catfish. sorry for the poor quality pictures. It's the best I could do lol 😆
  5. Hey everyone! I've read some articles online but none have made sense, lets hope I can figure this out. I'm not trying to breed my angelfish, rather just curious the sex of them. How do you sex angelfish? Are they even old enough to sex yet? Thankyou in advance! Here's a little backstory about my angelfish, I have five of them currently, the one in the third picture is the boss. They all get along great, sharing the food. The other black and white one is much smaller then the rest of the angelfish. At first we were concerned it wasn't getting enough to eat but after a close observation at feeding time we have found that they all are pigs. Lol.
  6. I wanted to set up a short journal for my 90g tank set up. It’s not a Biotope but will mostly focus on CA cichlids, with a couple odd balls thrown in. I’ve traded in a few fish since my last post and lost one to a “decoy accident”. The current stocking is 2 Nicaraguan Cichlids, a Flier Cichlid, and a Sengal Bichir. The next fish I get will be a HRP, 1-3 Firemouths, 1-2 Topaz Cichlid (if I can find them) and some plecos. I am not sure how I feel about the driftwood right now so please give me some opinions. I also will get more anubius eventually.
  7. Lot of planted tank, nano fish, shrimp, and snail talk around here. Not much for African cichlids or other larger species but this thread is AC only. I admit over the last 2 years I have throughly enjoyed learning about plants and keeping smaller fish and tanks. But I was looking into my AC tank tonight and the beauty of these fish reminded me of when I bought them all as juveniles. Every day I was so excited to come home after work when the lights were on to see if they had started showing color yet! When my venustus got the slightest patch of blue on his face I was smiling for days. I didn’t believe everyone saying they were a difficult fish to keep. The aggression is a real factor and to keep the hierarchy in check is near impossible. I have an all male show tank and they can get rough with each other. Anyway feel free to post some pics of your AC from any lake, river, whatever as long their from Africa and a cichlid.
  8. My former boss has offered me a 65-gallon tank, all fitted out, with a bunch of cichlids. It used to belong to his son, who passed a couple of years ago. He's been keeping it up, but doesn't enjoy it and can't find anyone to take any of it off his hands. He hadn't offered it to me before now because he thought I was going to do a saltwater aquarium. Seriously, that is so far out of my league! So, is this something I could handle? I've never had anything larger than a 29 and know nothing about cichlids, not that I know all that much about non-cichlids. I'll be on-calling for him again on Monday, and I'd like to be able to discuss this intelligently. Back to the couch to deal with the side effects (fairly mild - headache and low-grade fever) of either the flu shot or the booster. AC YouTube videos coming up.
  9. Hey Friends! I'm working on a presentation for my Ichthyology class about Cichlids, and I can't really find any photos of Cichlids in their natural habitat in SA or CA. I found some good ones from the reef lakes in Africa, but everything on the new world cichlids is from an aquarium perspective. If you have some, and wouldn't mind me sharing to a class of about 5, I would really appreciate it! Thanks and happy fishkeeping!
  10. So...I have an idea... I recently adopted/inherited a very large Central American cichlid. You can read more about him here if you would like. Long story short, he'll pretty much destroy anything you put in the tank with him, be it flora or fauna. He also eats a lot and produces a lot of waste. Consequently, the nitrate levels in his tank stay pretty high. His previous owner was doing 75% water changes every three days to combat nitrates. If I need to do that, I will, but honestly, I would like to avoid it. I think there's a smarter way to handle it. Obviously, I can't put plants in his tank because they'll get eaten or uprooted. So, my thought was to build a kind of sump system with a spare 20 gallon, put it next to it and just stuff that 20 gallon with plants. I've found promising-looking plans for an overflow that doesn't involve drilling and I figure I can just add a spare powerhead to pump water out of the sump back into the tank, so the engineering of it is not the problem. I'm wondering how I get the most "bang for my buck" plant-wise. I've got some pothos I can root in there and various stem plants (water wisteria, ludwigia, rotalla, bacopa), but they don't seem great at really sucking up nitrates. I've heard Amazon frog bit is really good, but as near as I can tell, Oregon classifies it as a noxious weed (for good reason), and no one who knows what they're doing will ship it here. I've heard hornwort is also good, but my normal plant sources don't have it in stock. Bamboo could also be an option, apparently. I'd like to avoid duckweed for obvious reasons, but if it's amazing at sucking up nitrates, I guess I could give it a go. What plants would anyone recommend? And what of lighting? I have no shortage of various aquarium lights, including a few Fluval Nanos. Do I just blast that sump tank with light all day? If algae takes over in that tank, is there a risk of it spreading to the main tank? I don't mind the small tank having algae, but I'd like to keep it out of the main tank if possible. What are peoples' thoughts here? How can I work smarter not harder?
  11. Obviously, many Central and South American Cichlids are enormous. I love watching Canadian mater aquarist Jim Cumming showcase his gigantic cichlids, or watch tanks in the Wessel Fish House. But there are a number of medium-sized Cichlids that would make a meal of a Neon Tetra at first light but won’t bother larger Tetras. So what’s your go-to larger-sized tetras for keeping with Cichlids? Right now, mine are Colombian Tetras. I love the silver-blue with bright red fins. Plus, they school tightly in a large enough group.
  12. Just picked this guy up off Craigslist for free anyone know what he is?
  13. I hardly see photos of T-bar cichldis around, are they not popular? I got a juvenile a few months back and his color is already stunning, he has white, gold, pink, blue spreckles and even blue eyes! It's gonna be a stunner when he grows up for sure: Anyone have any T-bar cichlids? Lemme see yours!
  14. So I am in the process of setting up a new 90 gallon tank. I have some fish I really want, but others im unsure if compatible? It's so hard to search one by one which fish are compatible with which. The fish I 100% want are: electric blue acara severums blood parrot Fish I am wondering if compatible: geophagus such as steindachneri, balzanii, pellegrini, pearl cichlid, altifrons, ect. I love almost all the geophagus species Any help appreciated! thanks in advance.
  15. Hi all, I’m new to the hobby and am looking for advice on keeping the ammonia down in my cichlid tank. I’ve got 15 fish in a 55 gallon tank. All mbuna with the exception of two orange splotched cichlids, a blood red parrot and a common placo. They all get along peacefully. I was going for the idea that they’re less aggressive when it’s stocked up. So far so good....except that ammonia level. I do weekly water changes (50%), use a marine land 375 penguin with the rotating bio wheels, stocked the media basket in the filter with ceramic media and stuffed the baskets of the filter with foam. The tank has been stocked with fish for at least 6-8 weeks. I do have Amazon swords in there. I used a piece of foam from another tank that was already colonized with good bacteria in the filter for a week before I added the fish. I’m going to add a sponge filter. Between the moving bed filter and the sponge filter, which one does a better job of bringing the ammonia down?? How much longer should I wait before I expect the see a healthier, more cycled tank? Any advice would be valuable.
  16. I've been researching and planning a 10 gallon shell dweller tank. I know they prefer water with higher pH, GH, and KH. I finally got some test strip to check the latter 2. I checked my betta tank and tap water. pH is about 7-7.2 KH is 40 GH is probably 60 (I'm not good with color shade matching) All 3 of these values are not ideal for African cichlids. I've researched methods such as crushed coral to raise these values. But it doesn't last. Then I read about CaribSea African cichlid sand that supposedly keeps the values where they need to be for the life of the aquarium. Then I read about aragonite. Then I read about oolite Aragonite. I think I'm just confused and overwhelmed by this. Can someone share some wisdom here? Either experience with shell dwellers, any of these products, and whether or not it really does maintain levels for the life of the tank.
  17. So I've lost three fish in the last three weeks, and I have yet to identify the cause, and it's really starting to bother me. A lot. I recently treated the tank with Maracyn and ParaCleanse, though I haven't observed any symptoms other than a sudden loss of appetite, hiding under rocks, and then overnight finding them dead on the bottom of the tank. Parameters all check out fine (amm 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 5-10 kh 14 gh 18 ph 8.0 temp 77). It's a partially filled 29g (has about 22g in in right now I'd guess) with currently 5, likely soon to be 4 Paracyprichromis nigripinnis (neon blue herring cichlid), from Lake Tanganyika. These are captive bred, I got them shipped to me about 2 months ago. I originally had 8, lost one a few days after shipping that probably just didn't ship well, these are known to be sensitive shippers. The other 7 seemed fine until about 2 or 3 weeks ago, when they started dying. I've been feeding a mixture of crushed Xtreme krill flakes, bbs, and microworms 3 or 4 times a day. Some of them still seem quite skinny, though others are starting to round out. The ones that I've found dead usually are on the skinnier side. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to solve this problem? Also, what should I do about the one that seems near death on the bottom of the tank? It's kind of on it's side, breathing slowly, but it's occasionally moving around the tank. It doesn't seem interested in eating unfortunately. I've never had much luck with using a hospital tank, I usually just try treating in whatever tank the sick fish is in, if it is in need of treatment.
  18. I need help. I've been keeping aquariums for a while but I've never kept Cichlids let alone established ones that needed rehoming. I clean a fish tank for a client (she's gotten older and can't keep up with the maintenance anymore, but she lives close by and I'm happy to help) She's slowly phasing out of her more aggressive cichlids and the 'tank bosses'. Moving more towards semi-aggressive and more peaceful fish. Today I netted, and transported them home to the 75g I had set up for them. I'll be transparent. I filled the tank yesterday - threw in some of the sponge filters from my goldfish tank, and treated it with a dose of biological bacteria in a bottle and Prime. Unfortunately due to car trouble instead of 10 minutes to my house and then a slow acclimatization - It was more like an hour and a half in a bin (with enough water obv), while I waited for a tow. I felt bad. I knew I should have brought my battery operated airmachine but I didn't. I left this morning in a rush and didn't think to grab that. (Let alone my nets and usual equip for her tank clean. ) The tank is sitting at 26C and they've been in there (plop and drop bc I needed to get them out of the bin) for about idk 6-7 hours? I've got four of the eight of them struggling HARD. Like huffing, side laying without colour at the bottom. The rest seem stressed but alright. I'm not sure what I can do. I really don't want to lose these fish as I've been caring for them for two years and they are to some effect my babies... I've been cleaning her tank faithfully every 2-3 weeks depending on her availability. I know I've made some mistakes... I know I had some bad luck today but if anyone has any ideas....
  19. Tell me your favorite cichlids, how easy they are to breed, and how big they get
  20. Currently cycling a tank for Mbunas and was wanting to get opinions on what (if any) cleaner fish you've had success with mbunas. Water parameters Ph 8.2-8.4 Hardness 300
  21. Jaxsin

    Sick cichlid

    A neighbor stuck me with a cichlid because he knows that I have fish (I have goldfish) not knowing what would happen with her if I refused, I took her. She had been abused by her tank mates and was in pretty bad shape. I put her in a tank by herself and started my search for a permanent home for her. Got her set up in a 55 gallon. A couple weeks ago I notice a pimple like spot on her head. I researched and found it is hole in the head disease. I treated with paracleanse and after treatment did a 25% change. This morning she is bent at the bottom of the tank. I’m at a loss on what to do next. There is too much information on forums that it’s becoming confusing for me.
  22. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Nerite Snails (Red Spot, Zebra, and Zebra Thorn) Assorted Mystery Snails Goldfish Red Cap Oranda Bettas Crowntail Crowntail Black Orchid King Halfmoon Halfmoon Super Plakat Alien Blue Plakat Copper Yellow Betta Smaragdina (aka Pink Pearl Betta, Wild) Gouramis and other Anabantoides Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gouramis Sunset Honey Gourami Leopard Bush Fish (Tank Raised) Cichlids Apistogramma Borelli "Blue" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Golden Dwarf Cichlid German Blue Ram Common Kribensis Corydoras Black Caped Cory (Corydoras Brevirostris) NEW Loreto Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory False Julii Cory Plecos L114 Red Fin Sternella Longfin Green Dragon (Locally Bred) Common Colombian Otocinclus Loaches Kuhli Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Marble Hatchet Fish (Wild) Rasboras Exclamation Point Rasboras Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barbs Rosy Barb Roseline Shark Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio Gold White Cloud Vietnam White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Green Lace, Neon Red Dragon, Cobra Red, Blue Variegated, and Neon Metallic Blue) Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs Showa Tricolor Platy Assorted Hifin Swordtails Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbow Killifish P82 Gardneri Killifish Pairs Oddballs Silver Datnoid Lipstick Goby Peacock Gudgeon Pea Puffer Fish listed from top to bottom: Silver Datnoid, Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs, Roseline Shark, Red Cap Oranda, Lip Stick Goby, Loreto Cory, Black Caped Cory, German Blue Ram, P82 Gardneri Killifish Pairs, and Hifin Swordtail
  23. I recently acquired a second hand tank with two fishes: a Cichlid Oscar and a Pleco. The Oscar is aggressive and keeps doing all sorts of things that you expect a Cichlid to do. The thing is I'm unable to add any other fish to my tank because certainly the Oscar will kill or injure the new fish! I've tried to sell the fish and also to give it for free on Facebook but no one wants it! 😞 Any suggestion what can I do in this situation? I'm even thinking to go to a fish store and try to give the fish for free haha Sorry if this post is not allowed here. Please delete it..
  24. I'm planning to set up a new 6', 125 gallon aquarium predominately with American Cichlids such as Severums, Firemouth, Convict, Blue Acara, and one or two of the smaller Geophagus, in addition to a couple of Ancistrus, and some Blue Columbian Tetras or Giant Danios as dither fish. As far as the catfish go can I put Adolphi Corydoras in with this mix or can someone suggest catfish to use.
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