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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« on: January 16, 2018, 06:35:55 PM »
Jerry I'm in Eastern Pa and would be glad to take some fry off your hands. I have had my multies for 9 months and no fry. Its my fault for taking the  LFS's word. I told them i wanted 1 male and 1 female and they said i needed at least 2 females for 1 male. So i bought a total of 5 multies at $28 a piece. Come to find out they sold me all males. I will not be visiting reef to rift ever again it a shame too because its a really good store except for the deception.

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I'd be glad to share some fish with you, but I don't have any to spare now. As I said, the Synodontis eat my fry almost all the time. That is why I am surprised when I see them.

Welcome New Members / Re: Finnish greetings from Jakarta!
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:38:59 PM »
Yep, they are native in your neck of the woods.

I would pile your rocks up higher and even lean them against your background. See if you can get bigger rocks. I have relatively flat rocks that are maybe 24" by 12" by 1.5" and they look pretty good in my 65 gallon tank. I have others in there too to make some nice caves. Half of the tank is hidden behind the rock wall, so the Julies and Neolamprologus leleupi have two sides to motor around in. I am pretty sure I put some photo's of this tank up here. Have to find it.

I know Back to Nature makes some really nice resin rocks you might see if you can get. I got a Back to Nature flat background when visiting my daughter in Germany a while ago. She was in the Army at the time as a Nurse.

Welcome New Members / Re: Finnish greetings from Jakarta!
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:32:52 PM »
Rainbowfish do well in hard water.

Three spawns!!! Great news. Obviously you bought mature fish. Could you post up a video or photo of the fry? Great to hear.

Welcome to the site. How long have you had the simillis?

To ensure you have a pair you should at least get 4-6 fish. If they are the same spawn then size could help, but if two spawns, then that is no help. Your odds of getting all of one sex with four fish are calculated by multiplying 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 x1/2. This is because each choice can be either a male or a female. 1/16 or 0.0625 or 6.25% chance of getting four males when buying four fish of an evenly sexually distributed batch of fish.

I would stick with one species per tank. Some males guard a square meter of bottom in Lake Tanganyika. Most of our tanks are much smaller than this.

Welcome New Members / Re: Newby
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:18:47 PM »
Welcome Deanne. You are now entering a new continent!!! New water conditions too. Enjoy the trip.

Welcome New Members / Re: Finnish greetings from Jakarta!
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:16:57 PM »
Exciting news. The background is really inexpensive. Great for you. Tank and stand look great too.

Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Stumped
« on: December 26, 2017, 09:56:20 PM »
Sorry for the delay. Visiting relatives for Christmas. No computer there.

I doubt your fish ate the missing Multi. He would have been really fresh. Did he jump out? Maybe he's in a shell dead. Still watch for ammonia. That will show you if he's rotting in your tank.

Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Stumped
« on: December 23, 2017, 09:05:03 PM »
Watch for an ammonia spike in case you missed it. I doubt your fish would have eaten a freshly dead fish. How long was it since you last saw it alive?

Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Stumped
« on: December 23, 2017, 09:06:38 AM »
I was wondering about his age too. Nothing else comes to mind.

Talk About Anything / Thanks to the Moderator
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:44:30 PM »
Thank you, whoever you are, for removing the Hacker posts. Thank you also for removing him from the site.

Photos & Videos / Re: First Shellie Tank with Multies
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:15:17 PM »
Nice tank. How long have you had it.

Welcome New Members / Re: New, not ready, but excited
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:04:36 PM »
Welcome to the site. At least two people on here have purchased fish online. Its winter now and that might really complicate shipments.

Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Filstar xps and 40 gal breeder.
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:54:31 PM »
It looks like it should work. You don't need extreme filtration or circulation for shell dwellers. You want a large enough Bio Filter area and this filter looks just fine. Especially since you have it already.

Welcome New Members / Re: New guy
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:15:05 PM »
I have raised plenty of fry on dry and frozen food recently (the past 15 years). When I was in HS I raised Brine Shrimp in a 5 gallon glass water bottle upside down with the bottom cut off. Sorry, no photo's. We soaked a cotton string in gasoline and tied it around the bottom of the water bottle. Lit the string and let it burn a bit. Plunge it flaming into a styrofoam fish shipping box filled with ice water. The bottom cracks right off. Polish the sharp edge with a diamond honing stone or Silicon Carbide abrasive paper.  Modern plastic bottles will be much easier to cut!!!

I grind dry pellets fed to the adults in a mortar and pestle and add flavor enhancers like Entice. I drop this crushed food into the fry pit through the plastic tube. Do this for about 3 weeks and you can graduate to larger particles and finely chopped frozen food. I even have seen a Synodontis lucipinnis reach mature size without doing anything special. It survived to 3/4" before I even knew it was there.

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