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Ebjds – No Growth?

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    dunc
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    Well, I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that these guys just aren’t growing.

    I’ve heard in a few places that there’s trouble with their growth. I’ve tried them on a high protein diet, tried them on 3 feeds/day of different frozen food, tried them on african cichlid pellets and various “green” frozen foods.. but they just don’t want to get bigger. It’s not like they’re not eating – they munch literally everything.

    It’s odd because for the first ~3 months or so of keeping them they absolutely shot up from the little nippers I bought them as.

    There seems to be little conclusive information about them.. or at least, I can’t find anyone. Anybody able to help?

    #312708

    Matt
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    I’m pretty sure they’re naturally-stunted dood. How big are they now? Pics may help too.

    #312727

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Will get some pics this evening. The biggest is maybe 5″ TL, the rest 1 to 2 inches smaller.

    #312784

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Images attached.

    Excuse the mess and the one with fish with gaping jaws – he just practically swallowed a whole mussel.. /sad.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:(” border=”0″ alt=”sad.gif” /> I presume he smashed it off a rock as that’s the tank’s only decoration.

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    #312785

    Mark Duffill
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    So what the truth about these then, are they hybrids or natural occuring variants

    #312787

    Reva
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    I hate to ask the “ignorant but long time hobbiest” question here, but ,hey, why break my record? /blush.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:blush:” border=”0″ alt=”blush.gif” />

    I wonder if they will mature , but be small? then you could market them as Mini Me ebJd’s!
    Very stunningly beautiful fish!

    #312790

    Matt
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    Mark I think the general consensus is they’re a natural genetic mutation but are possibly now being mass-produced for the trade. See previous discussion here.

    #312796

    dunc
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    Well, I do water changes on a weekly basis – usually 33% or so. Every WC involves removing every single rock in the tank and cleaning it individually then mixing up the gravel to remove the algae from that then netting out as much of the free-floating algae as I can.

    I had your Geophagus sp. in the conservatory too, generally on the same diet as the EBJDs and they grew incredibly quick. Similar algae problems with those.

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