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African Biotope For Ctenopoma
September 1, 2009
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Reva
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I am wondering if I set up my 189liter species specific for Ctenopoma a. what would be the ideal environment for them? substrate, plants, tankmates? thanks guys

I found out they cant fit my kribs into thier mouths yet...LOL...with varying sizes of salad shrimps. But they seem mildly disturbed by the antics of the rainbows.

I also wonder the same thing for blue gouramis (tricogaster t). What would be an ideal set up for them? my husband really likes them. thanks!

September 1, 2009
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Hey Reva

Young Ctenopoma like the security of an aquarium with a planted background and foreground of tangled Mopani wood. Small sized gravel for the substrate. As these fish grow they become more bold and literally out grow the need for cover. Synodontis, large loricarins, Anabas and larger Botinae make good companions.

Blue gourami require plants spread throughout the aquarium. Brochis, Dianema and Peckoltia catfish make good companions.

Regards David

September 4, 2009
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thanks David. Mine are doing fine in mixed company with anubia, java fern, giant val, and giant amazon sword. But I am tempted to do the african biotope. The only ones in the big tank that act uncomfortable are the gouramis. the Ctenopoma are pretty big now and not shy. (the shy ones are the biggest in the tank...guess who!?)

September 4, 2009
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Hey Reva

Now let me see could it be the Red Parrots /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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September 5, 2009
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/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> BINGO! /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

(But they are really enjoying the big tank and being in the living room, where they can see all the action....not scared of humans or precocious kitties...just smaller fish ...haha)

September 5, 2009
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Hey Reva

Have you any photographs of your much loved Parrots to share?

Regards David

September 6, 2009
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My camera is old and terrible, but I Promise, I will get my son in law to take some good pics of them ASAP. I think I have a pair. The big one has pink and a closed mouth, and the smaller one is typical parrot, but they act like a pair. no eggs though yet. And I am still trying to find a buddy for my little white bubblegum rescue guy. he's a bit bigger than a walnut now.

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