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  • in reply to: Blood Parrot Cichlids #307658

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    QUOTE (David Marshall @ Jul 25 2008, 09:54 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Jarcave – Another Yorkshire aquarist on SF? I have seen Red Parrot fry (which are green) and the fry of the Parrot x convict cross (which are pink in colour) with their parents in retail outlets. Yes, as mentioned previously with the ‘helbruni’, I also think that the Asian breeders keep throwing new cichlids into the mixing pot.

    Regards David

    I am yep. Which LFS did you see them in David? You’re the second person to tell me they have seen fry in an LFS recently. I’m sure the asian breeders are forever trying new crosses. I saw pics of Pangasius sp X RTC some time ago. I dread to think what other “experiments” they have attempted?

    Jared

    in reply to: What Is Your Favorite Catfish? #307657

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    QUOTE (Reva @ Jul 26 2008, 07:12 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    My botia thread turned into a discussion about C.davisandi, the cute Sand Corydoras that is beige with black stripe down the back and through the eye. An odd debate ensued as to whether or not this innocent looking cory has a Dark Side /wub.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:wub:” border=”0″ alt=”wub.gif” />
    Followed closely by Pseudomystus siamensis- The Siamese Bumblebee /ohmy.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:o” border=”0″ alt=”ohmy.gif” /> and even though I told him it was worth more than the $2.00 they were asking, they wouldnt listen! so I got a really cool catfish. He is nocturnal, but he comes out if half the tank lights are off and I put in something he likes to eat. Their color is like peanut butter and fudge stripes, they have long whiskers, become tame, stop growing at 6” and are very easy keepers.

    Only drawbacks on both: cant keep anything the size of a swordtail on down or they get eaten in the night /sad.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:(” border=”0″ alt=”sad.gif” />

    I’ve kept Clarias batrachus and found them to be a lot of fun. I may get another one, one day. I love RTC’s, TSN and Merondontotus tigrinus to look at. But I have real issues with the housing many aquarists use to keep them. Particularly RTC’s and TSN’s. Beautiful as they are, I don’t really think they should be in the hobby. Unless someone can provide a public aquaria sized tank or massive trop pond.

    The one fish I really do want to keep and have a crack at spawning is the jaguar cat or Liosomadorus oncinus. Though I’ve had problems finding the genuine artical in the hobby. I’ve not actualy seen one in the flesh for years now. If you’ve never seen one click here :-

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1NwmBypwhMI

    in reply to: Barombi Mbo Cichlids #307641

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    QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 25 2008, 08:07 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Have you seen Myaka on sale somewhere Jared? A nice killifish from the lake is Procatopus similis “Barombi”…

    I have. Along with Stomatepia pindu and Pungu maclareni. I’m aware of their IUCN status and will stress these are not F0 fish. If they were I wouldn’t buy them. /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    in reply to: Killifish #307639

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    QUOTE (dunc @ Jul 25 2008, 04:52 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    I’ve never kept Killifish but have always had an interest. My current favourite would be Aphyosemion sp. oyo, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on any lists.. I don’t even know if it’s imported. If I did see it… I’d be looking at setting up my 2 foot tank :/ That’s not a good thing!

    Anyone have any experiences with those?

    I don’t have any experience with that fish in particular. But if you fancy having a go at hatching some Nothobranchius eggs as an introduction to killi’s PM me. I’ll send you a few eggs gratis.

    Just bear in mind, they’re not really community fish and really need feeding on live / frozen food. Oh, and they don’t live very long being annuals. They’ll lay plenty of eggs if well fed and cared for. You collect these and then incubate them in peat for 3 – 5 months or so and then restart the cycle….

    in reply to: Pelvicachromis Humilis #307637

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    QUOTE (pablito @ Jul 25 2008, 02:37 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    I have 8 wild adults but can’t let you have just a female. Am quite happy to let you have a pair. They came to me error and although they are verrry nice I don’t want them

    Thanks for the offer, but that would mean I end up with a spare male. And you’ll know just how territorial they can be. They’re nothing like your average “krib”. My male is fully grown now and won’t even tolerate corries in his tank! In fact anything living near the bottom is fair game in his eyes. Apart from my L114, who can certainly handle himself.

    in reply to: Barombi Mbo Cichlids #307636

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    QUOTE (dunc @ Jul 25 2008, 04:49 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Fairly sure nobody on here is currently keeping fishes from Lake Barombi, but Chester Zoo used to have a Lake Barombi exhibit if I remember correctly – including Myaka myaka.

    They did. Thats the one species I’m toying with the idea of keeping. /sad.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:(” border=”0″ alt=”sad.gif” />

    in reply to: Decent Fishkeeping Books #307587

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    WOW – Where do you start?

    If anyone has any interest in Tanganyikan cichlids (The fish and their natural biotope, not their care in the aquarium), then I can highly recomend Tanganyika Cichlids by Ad Konings. It has a huge amount of in depth information about the lake. It also has some stunning pictures of the fish in their natural habitat. To be honest, it’s almost a must for any wannabee Tanganyikan keeper.

    I also like Discus. A reference book by Bernd Degen. It’s invaluable for the new discus keeper as it covers just about every aspect of their care. It also includes details of their natural habitat, the history of the fish within the hobby, keeping, breeding, disease etc and is packed full of usefull info for both beginner and seasoned discus keeper also. Thankfully it also talks about what makes a quality discus. There are far too many inbred poor quality fish within the hobby today, so it’s good that books like this warn potential hobbyists about what to look for, and what to avoid.

    And then of course you have the Aqualog range. Very expensive, but so comprehensive. I have the killi books by Dr Lothar Seegers. They’re fantastic as they cover such a huge range of species including pics of all regional variants which can be very usefull when it comes to fish ID.

    in reply to: Blood Parrot Cichlids #307575

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    QUOTE (ndc @ Jul 24 2008, 09:24 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    i had a fish list from a farm in singapore a while ago – unusually they had the scientific name for all of the fish as well as common name (which is why i ordered off them) but they also had 3 species next to the parrots as their scientific name – ill try and find it but im not sure if its been dumped but i think the citrinellus x heros were the first 2, obviously because of the different variants there are different mixes of fish. i know they are liked by some which is fine (i can see why they appeal to people – just not me) but my main problem with fish like the parrots and the lua han (flowerhorns) is that it encourages even more changes from the asian fish farms – things such as cutting the caudal fin off and calling them ‘love heart ‘ parrots and the dying practices seen above – if the parrots werent bought in numbers and for example good quality natural looking fish were bought instead then that is the road the farms would have went down – unfortunately the opposite is true..

    I couldn’t agree more. The increase of hybrids in the hobby is a worry to me too. Have you noticed how hybrid Synodontis cats are increasing in popularity while true species seem to be on the decline? Synodontis angelicus, decorus and brichardi are nowhere near as common as they once were.

    in reply to: Limia Sp #307572

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    Cheers, yeah, should have stated her size! Sorry for the schoolboy error! lol She’s only about 4cm, so has a little growing to do.

    Did your male Humpack try and hump every fish in the tank? Even those three times his size?

    in reply to: posting Fish #307568

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    Thats exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

    in reply to: posting Fish #307566

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    QUOTE (Angelbecks @ Jul 10 2008, 11:50 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    I regularly post fish but vow never ever to use Royal Mail again due to problems with highly delayed deliveries.
    I use Hartz/APC couriers and can send up to 20kgs for £12.
    Again as previously stated I agree with not feeding the fish for atleast the night b4 they go to reduce waste in transit
    in reply to: Puntius Denisonii #307565

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    I purchased 6 juvenille Puntius denesonii about 2 months or so ago. I confess, the PFK article had a lot to do with it. I was told that they were captive bred specimens originally, and then the day after I picked them up was told that actualy they were F0 fish and had been imported directly from India. I did feel a little guilty knowing that there numbers are under pressure in the wild.

    They looked just like the fish in the second photo Matt posted, but have now grown very rapidly. Initially they would shoal very tightly and swim up and down the tank. However sonce moving them into a larger tank and the introduction of a pair of Pelvicachromis sacromontis, have stopped doing so.

    I’d love to try and spawn them too. I believe a large 6′ tank + would be required. With minimal (If any) tankmates. I know Chester zoo have spawned them naturally, but details such as water parameters were not mentioned in the PFK article. Which is a real shame. No spawning trigger was discussed either. I’m sure if someone did give them a large species aquarium and paid attention to their natural diet, then they will indeed breed in the home aquarium. Hopefully mine!

    in reply to: Blood Parrot Cichlids #307564

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    Hi everyone

    I’ve seen parrots at 9″ (SL).

    They’re really not my thing. I can remember seeing them in the UK back in 1991 when I worked for JMC Aquatics. The owner at the time tried to tell me and a fellow cichlid enthusiast that they were a genuine species, even though we were both adament they were hybrids. No one at JMC ever did get to find out what they were, but the following crosses have been suggested :-

    Amphilophus citrinellus X Vieja synspila
    Amphilophus citrinellus X Heros severus

    Personally I believe it likely that there are more than two species used to creat parrots. It’s likely that both the crosses have been used at some point. I’ve read that the once infertile males have been subjected to hormone treatment at fish farms. I’ve also read that they have spawned in the home aquarium, though whether the hormone treatment is responsible I don’t know? Interestingly enough, I’ve never seen any photographs of an attentive parrot pair looking after any fry? Has anybody else?

    Cheers
    Jared

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