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Nanochromis Nudiceps.
August 26, 2010
11:32 pm
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These are some nudiceps, (actually, can somebody confirm they're not parilus for me?) which I bought about 6 weeks ago. They were supposed to be about 3 cms long, so I set up a 30 cm cube for them. When they arrived, they were a tad larger, but still went into the 25lt tank. 3 weeks later they had spawned. The fry are 2 weeks old now and growing fast...

Sorry about the picture quality, light is an issue in that tank.

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Male with fry

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Female with fry

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August 27, 2010
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Doesn't look like N. nudiceps in the pictures, it looks like Nanochromis parilus. It's a very common mix up in the hobby and many of the fish labeled as N. nuduceps are in fact N. parilus. The best way to tell is to look at the stripping in the caudal fin of the fish. Nanochromis parilus has alternating horizontal stripes of black and white in the upper half of the caudal fin.

Congrats on the spawn. It looks like they're doing a fine job of raising them.

August 27, 2010
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Thanks. I thought myself they look like parilus, but hte supplier insisted they were Nudiceps. When they arrived I wasn't convinced.

August 27, 2010
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As had been said already, they look like parilius to me too!

Southampton Aquajardin has a tank of these labelled as nudiceps, but the upper half of the caudial fin being yellow/black/white stripes is a clear identifier of its relative species. I've even pointed it out to staff but they continue to label them as nudiceps.

They are lovely looking fish and I'm wondering if these Nanochromis cichlids would play nicely with Steatocranus casuarius?

If they are ok to tank-share, I'm going to barter with Aquajardin, as nudiceps are far rarer to find and so I will expect the parilius to be a cheaper price, lol /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

Size wise, they are supposed to reach ~8cm, although I'm unsure if that is Total Length (including caudial fin) or Standard Length (upto the start of caudial fin).

How have they been as parents and how have they been so far with any tankmates during the rearing of fry?
What are you feeding the fry with?

Constantly juggling mainly African riverine fish between 6 tanks, from 54 to 566l in size!
August 27, 2010
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QUOTE (N0body Of The Goat @ Aug 28 2010, 02:29 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are lovely looking fish and I'm wondering if these Nanochromis cichlids would play nicely with Steatocranus casuarius?

The Steatocranus would not play nicely with them, I think. Better in a tank with free swimmers. Both these and the Steatocranus are bottom hugging cave dwellers. If you have a tank with a big enough floor space, preferably longer rather than wider, and you were to have discreet, seperate reefs at either end of the tank seperated by plants and a stretch of bare gravel, you'll probably get away with it until one pair spawns, then god help the other pair.

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If they are ok to tank-share, I'm going to barter with Aquajardin, as nudiceps are far rarer to find and so I will expect the parilius to be a cheaper price, lol /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

How big are the Steatocranus and how big are the Nanos? If the Nanos are comparable in size and you mess the tank work up to diturb the territories of the lionheads, and if as I said above you have a long tank and set it up right, you'll probably do alright.

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Size wise, they are supposed to reach ~8cm, although I'm unsure if that is Total Length (including caudial fin) or Standard Length (upto the start of caudial fin).

SL. My male is about that now.

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How have they been as parents and how have they been so far with any tankmates during the rearing of fry?
What are you feeding the fry with?

As parents, I have bred alot of apistos, nannocarra, steatocranus, various pelvicachromis and just about any other dwarf cichlid around and this pair has been the best pair I've ever owned. They did not scrap with each other at all, they have been the perfect lovers. The only fish in the tank with them was a lone checkerboard cichlid I couldn't get. They killed it the day the eggs hatched.

The fry have been pretty self sufficient, just grazing on mulm and algae for the first couple of days and on bottom feeder pellets and crushed Sera flake foods. An algae tablet I tried was eagerly accepted, so those will be included occaisionally. To date I have done nothing at all special and they constantly have full guts and are growing fast. I am getting some frozen daphnia and with summer about to roll around, they will get a constant supply of mozzie larvae, bloodworm etc as they grow out. Anytime you can manage it though, feed artemia nauplii. The parents don't say no to brineshrmp either. Other things the parents enjoy are frozen bloodworm, blackworm and white worm, both of which need to be fed sparingly as they can both cause problems if too much is fed regularly.

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