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Welcome New Members / Re: Finnish greetings from Jakarta!
« Last post by HeikkiL on Yesterday at 10:40:57 PM »
The tank maker f%$#d up with the silicone seals so it'll be another tank maker that got the job (Actually this was already 2nd version since the 1st one was also low-class job and was returned... This time keeping the wooden rack and buying a new tank). Takes time and a bit of money, but then again is a good practise for Far East way of living anyway. At the same I ordered a bit higher tank so it'll be 100 x 50 x 60 cm (300 l / 79 US gallons).

Collecting technique (local-made trickling filter plus an internal filter, low-powered LED lights, loads of lava rock [CHEAP here in the island of volcanoes], ordered new 3D background etc. etc.) and trying to decide what fish to get in tank...
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Welcome New Members / Re: New guy
« Last post by BersaSigG on December 10, 2017, 06:59:40 PM »
Caught him! It took some doing including pulling all the rocks out but the julidochromis is successfully in the new tank. He seems either angry at me or stressed from the move because he's been hiding under that rock for hours. I'm sure he'll emerge when he's ready. Meanwhile, in the 75, the rocks have been rearranged a bit and it seems to be keeping the leleupi happy and away from the similis. Saw a little similis fighting earlier when they realized the julidochromis was gonna and needed to reestablish pecking order but aside from that, there seems to be some harmony! visitors can't see pics , please register or login
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Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Filstar xps and 40 gal breeder.
« Last post by Rupert on December 09, 2017, 09:14:47 PM »
Totally agree. Ought to hold enough media to handle your bioload without a problem. FWIW, 40B's will let you grow a nice large colony. Lots of activity to keep you entertained. 
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Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Filstar xps and 40 gal breeder.
« Last post by jerrytheplater 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.
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Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Filstar xps and 40 gal breeder.
« Last post by redmageofthay on December 09, 2017, 01:47:46 PM »
Hello all,

I have an unboxed Filstar xps canister. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3579+3602&pcatid=3602&r=66

I was thinking about starting a 40 gal breeder. Was planning multis in a species only tank. Can I get away with this filter? 


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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: Planning my 55 gal
« Last post by Queequeg on December 08, 2017, 03:59:18 PM »
Thanks for sharing the video Jerry, love seeing the fry everywhere. Well like Rupert said it may be that I received a female multi that was already carrying, I guess time will tell. Will keep you all posted for sure.
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Welcome New Members / Re: New guy
« Last post by jerrytheplater 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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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: Planning my 55 gal
« Last post by jerrytheplater on December 08, 2017, 03:05:47 PM »
I once added a bunch of female Telmatochromis temporalis Shell to a tank containing a lone male. Within one week I had fry.

Here's my YouTube video of it. Taken Sept 21, 2013.   
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Welcome New Members / Re: New guy
« Last post by Rupert on December 08, 2017, 01:22:17 PM »
You mentioned going to NECA. You might find someone who'll sell you a sample size portion of brine shrimp eggs for a few bucks. You can check out the process and see how you like it. Working with live foods can be an art in itself. It's good to explore options and see what works for you.

Hear you on getting the right flow for shellies. They don't seem to appreciate it if it's too strong.

I've never had good luck with using home made traps for anything--fish, shrimp, or snails. And with a bad back and arthritic hands, spending time hunched over a tank waving a net around is the opposite of a good time. Now I just drop the water and grab a divider and be done with it. Finding a divider to use can take some time and creativity, but they can really make your life easier when you need to net a fish. I'm sure you'll get that Julie sooner or later.

   
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Welcome New Members / Re: New guy
« Last post by BersaSigG on December 08, 2017, 11:04:38 AM »




Have you caught the Julie yet? I find that dropping the water level to half and using a divider is really helpful. The key is to corral it away from the rocks, lol. Easier said than done. Laying out a pile of towels and buckets and emptying half your hardscape is usually easier than trying to net a healthy cichlid from a tank of hiding spaces. :)

Haven't caught the bastard yet. I tried using a water bottle with food in it to trap him but no dice. My plan was to pull out rocks this weekend and corral him properly.

As for the leleupi, one has found a new rock to hide in and another has taken to the turned off circulation fan. I originally set it up thinking the tank needed more movement but it seems like the shellies were having to work harder to stay in place so I turned it off. The personalities of all of theses fish have really come out and I'm loving it. One of the leleupi will even come to the glass and greet me. It's pretty cool.

Now I've just got to decide if I want to invest in growing baby brine shrimp to ensure the fry get proper food...

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