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  • in reply to: Eye-eating loaches #354348

    Joaoavo
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    I guess not. I did not see any other eye missing from my fish so it probably came like that from the store. The kuhlis are such clumsy swimmers that are barely capable of catching a bloodworm while it’s falling.

    in reply to: Possible biotope for Carinotetraodon travancoricus #354336

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    Thank you for your participation. However, this project is on standby. I found a very cheap 55g aquarium and decided to go for some larger cichlids instead. Housing only these small puffers on a aquarium that large would be an overkill.

    Maybe in a near future I’ll buy something smaller for these guys.

     

    Cheers

    in reply to: Looking for a barb #354325

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    Hello,

    Tanichthys albonubes are also a posibility. If I stick with this plan for the aquarium, the decision will be between 10 odessa barbs or 20 T. albonubes as the schooling fish.

    in reply to: Looking for a barb #354287

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    @dana

    Thank you so much for the input. The tanks seem much quieter than what I expected. I believe that I can add a simple powerhead to increase surface agitation and all of the fish will be fine.

    I bet yours are quite happy in those setups. Congratulations

    Cheers

    in reply to: Looking for a barb #354283

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    I guess that the current is primarily needed to meet the oxygen requirements of the fish.

    I was planning to go with a setup as shown in the draft

    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e284/Joaoavo/draft%20aqua_zpsupxfpaix.jpg

    The lack of “walls” can be troublesome for the barbs, so I thought that, in order to overcome this, the powerhead could be placed facing the front glass on one end. This would cause the current to be much slower in the opposite end while still providing enough movement to oxygenate the water.

    in reply to: Anabantid choice for paludarium. #354282

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    I did not know that the kuhlis actively predated on eggs, but removing them is a no go. They were my girlfriend’s choice (read demand) so my hands are tied on that subject. The ultimate goal was to breed the apistogramma so I guess the only way to achieve this is to place them in a breeding tank after conditioning. They are still young and a few months away from maturity, giving me time to setup a tank for the purpose.

    The pH is around 6.5 now, but when I remove the Amano shrimps I have there, I will lower it to at least 6.0 with Alder cones. All of the fauna comes from acidic waters so I think this will please everyone.

    in reply to: Looking for a barb #354277

    Joaoavo
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    @Byron

    Appreciate the reply. First of all, thank you for correcting the name of Sahyadria denisonii. I didn’t know it moved to another genus.

    As for the other suggestions, I was considering either P. padamya or P. semfasciolatus, although I’m not sure they like strong currents. P conchonius seems to come from a river with a stronger water flow, but they don’t look as good as the others to me.

    I don’t want a current as strong as the one in this video, but something between that and still water. Hopefully it is enough to provide good oxygenation for the loaches and gobbies, and not too much for the barbs.

    in reply to: Anabantid choice for paludarium. #354275

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    The plants are anubias (some barteri, coffefolia, nana), and I also have clumps of Cladophora aegagrophila to increase nutrient absorption. The filter I am using is a Eheim 2224 and those are oak leaves.

    in reply to: Anabantid choice for paludarium. #354271

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    So here’s a pic of the tank as it turned out. The quality sucks but it’s the best I can do with this camera I have.

     

    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e284/Joaoavo/874b2956-ea1e-411f-a668-7ab158762487_zpsrilwbnvj.jpg

    in reply to: Possible biotope for Carinotetraodon travancoricus #354244

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    Thanks for the information. Regarding the tank, I decided to go with a larger one to house a small group. I am planning to go for a 60x40x40 cm (24″x16″x16″) 96L (25gal) where I’ll keep around 6 of these guys. It might turn out rather empty with just a small group of these (since it is not advisable to keep them with other species), but from what I have seen they are very very interesting fish and make up for that.

    I’d like for someone who kept these guys long term to share the experience, especially when it comes to housing C. travancoricus with other fish. I am afraid that they will school together while young, but start fighting when they reach adulthood.

     

    Cheers

    in reply to: Anabantid choice for paludarium. #354233

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    Hello everyone,

     

    Thank you all for the suggestions. In the end, all of my initial plans were abandoned. I decided to allow my girlfriend to have a choice in the fauna and ended up with an entirely different tank. For some reason she prefers dwarf cichlids and so I filled it up to full capacity and decided to go with a trio of F1 Apistogramma taeniata from a local breeder. As dither fish I have a school of Boraras maculatus (10 now, probably 10 more later on) and 8 Pangio semicincta as bottom dwellers.

    I haven’t given up on the anabantids though, so I will convince her to let me setup a smaller tank in the bedroom (since I let her choose most of the fauna in the other tankCool) to house a small group of Trichopsis pumila.

    in reply to: Anabantid choice for paludarium. #354025

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    @george said:
    T.Chuna would be a good choice. Do you intend on keeping them with anything else?

    If I go with T. chuna I was planning on keeping a group of 4-6 with nothing else but some invertebrates. Since the beginning I intended to set this as a monospecific tank. However, if I finally decide on the T. pumila, I would consider introducing a school of small cyprinids to make the tank more lively.

    I am assuming that the tank is big enough for a group of T. chuna though. Based on the information of SF a tank with a base of 60*30 cm is big enough to house a small group. Mine is 80*40, and it’ll hold around 80L at half capacity. However it’s important for me that the fish are confortable so I’m still unsure and need your opinions

    Thanks again.

    in reply to: Anabantid choice for paludarium. #354021

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    Thanks Matt, I apologize for misplacing the thread.

    It seems that T. pumila is on the lead then. Except that I am still more inclined towards a bigger gourami, like the T. chuna. From my past experience with T. pumila I know that they will be hiding most of the time, and if the tank turns out the way I except, it will be densely decorated with wood and plants.

    in reply to: Odd B. splendens #354003

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    Not sure if this is still helpful but it looks like a male to me. I too was fooled once with B. splendens. I bought a trio that I thought were 1M+2F. They lived peacefully in the tank until I removed the dominant male to start breeding in a different tank. Then, in a matter of days, the disguised male assumed a different coloration and behavior.

    One thing you can do to test the fish, is to put a mirror in front of him. If it displays aggressive dominant behavior (flaring of opercula) it is probably a male.

    in reply to: Food for fish #353999

    Joaoavo
    Participant

    An all-purpose flake food is acceptable, as long as you complement it with something more nutritious everyother day.

    You can use a variety of frozen food (brine shrimp, bloodworm, etc) and/or make your own. For years I fed my fish with my own “concoction” and they had very nice colors. I fed them a mixture of shrimp, peas, carrots and spinach, kept together with unflavored gelatin. Search a bit for other recipes and try to make your own. Keep in mind that they will soil the water considerably more than flake food.

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