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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by jerrytheplater 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.
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Deaddawg on January 15, 2018, 11:43:27 PM »
I don't do anything special for my fry. I usually am surprised when I see them since they mostly get eaten by the Synodontis.
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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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Rupert on January 13, 2018, 10:35:22 AM »
I've also seen males darken in association with the general reasons you mentioned. I also think multis take deeper color in general as they get some age on them. And I'll toss out a dietary connection--don't know if you've changed anything at all, but I feel like I've noticed changes in coloration as certain types of food are added or removed. (Nothing like immediately turning blue in the Wonka factory, but still. :D )

As far as the extra male getting some company. I've seen it happen. It's not necessarily linear, as in the first additional female in your group will race over to aid and comfort the lonely guy, but it happens. But he's still going to have to woo them in and away from competing males and defend his kingdom against usurpers. Once watched a couple females move into a lone male's territory and an especially dominant neighboring male basically annexed those females. It's really a story that only the fish can tell. :)
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Olive on January 12, 2018, 09:37:29 PM »
So I was watching the multies & noticed the oldest baby finally has stripes.  It would be about 5 months old by now.  Between the 2 actively spawning females I probably have had about 3-4 broods each.  Also the last little while one of the males is darker than the others.  I'm not sure if it's a dominant coloration or a display behavior.  It's been awhile since I've seen him the lighter color.  Any thoughts?  Also, as the 2 active colonies get bigger, the fry grow & there are more females in the tank, will the male on the opposite end of the tank finally get some company?
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Welcome New Members / Re: Finnish greetings from Jakarta!
« Last post by Rupert on January 12, 2018, 07:18:26 AM »
I think I got lost somewhere. Are you doing Julies or multis, or both? I'm thinking you're going back to only multis? Anyway, just wanted to throw out there that multis will appreciate a few rocks in the tank. They will make use of them as territory borders and provide sight breaks. Nice added bonus is that they'll soften the visual transition between the background and the shellbed.

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I have a 46 gallon bowfront tank with Similis, Julies, "Punks", & Cyps.  The "punks" & Similis have territories near each other & will chase each other off every so often but that's about it.
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Fry Talk / Re: Multi/Similis fry
« Last post by Olive on January 11, 2018, 10:04:18 PM »
There is only one left & comparing it to the multi fry I have, there aren't any noticable differences.  The hybrid doesn't have any stripes yet & neither do any of my older multi fry.
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Spawning / Re: Multies Not Spawning
« Last post by Deaddawg on January 11, 2018, 05:46:54 PM »
When it happened to me i specifically asked for 1 male and 1 female then they said i need at least two females. I went ahead and bought two more the following week at $28.00 dollars a piece. They where all adults. 6 months later no fry.
I had no idea that the females where so small. Thank you for posting that pic. I bought 7 more off aquabid and it looks like at least 2 or females. Hopefully i get some fry.

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Welcome New Members / Re: Finnish greetings from Jakarta!
« Last post by jerrytheplater 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.
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Spawning / Re: Multies Not Spawning
« Last post by Rupert on January 11, 2018, 09:32:35 AM »
Well, bummer. I'd say it's worth at least approaching them with the conversation. Really, anything you can do to improve your odds of getting females instead of males would be the way to go. :)
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