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Welcome New Members / Re: New, not ready, but excited
« Last post by deeda on December 14, 2017, 12:29:21 PM »
Welcome to SD's, nice to see another Ohioan on here.

You may want to see if there is a local fish club in your area or wait for some of the auctions that will be starting in February though that may require a bit of a drive to the Cleveland area!
Welcome New Members / Re: New, not ready, but excited
« Last post by jerrytheplater 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.
Welcome New Members / Re: New, not ready, but excited
« Last post by Queequeg on December 13, 2017, 09:50:57 PM »
Great to have you here! I just set up a 55 gallon Tanganyika tank with multies, Julie gombe's and para cyps. Just kinda holding my breath for any fry from my multies and hopefully the others, you will get some good direction here from other people and you probably already know quite a bit from just reading other posts. Setting up my tank with everything from doing my fishless cycle to deciding on how to scape with the rocks I had and then what kind of fish was a patience builder for sure. Hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have. Again welcome.
Welcome New Members / New, not ready, but excited
« Last post by Proteus01 on December 13, 2017, 07:05:37 PM »
I joined very recently, have read posts here for a while.  Hello all. 

I have a 55 sitting empty, along with all the stuff needed for a new setup. I am hoping to pursue Multies and Cyps (very unique, I know) with some rocks and lightly planted with Val. in/behind the rocks. 

I wanted to make a post just to hold myself accountable to my plan.  No timeframe yet, which makes a plan dangerous.  'Course it's nearly impossible to find Multies for sale anyway, so maybe I'm far ahead of plan. 

The multis kept on breeding like rabbits and the juvenile males were starting to move throughout pretty much the whole tank. This meant the Julieís really did not have the proper space to thrive so I decided to rehome the multis at the LFS I work at.

To move the multis I decided just to remove them while they were in the shells and just directly transfer the shells with fish inside to their new tank at the store. What I did not anticipate is that a lot of the juveniles did not hide in the shells. I regret not taking the time to catch them all when I was already removing all the shells because even though there are only about 10 juveniles left in the tank they still manage to take some territory from the Julieís. I have left 5 shells in the tank as the home for the juvenile multis.

I am happy with my decision, the Julieís are thriving and I believe I finally have a pair forming, although no spawns yet. Also I have been bitten by the planted tank bug and have added 6 different species of plants so far. I started adding fertilizer which has made a tremendous difference for the plants and Iím currently experimenting with a Koralia 240 powerhead and trying to dial it in so that the tank doesnít turn into a whirlpool.

Hopefully my next update will contain some julie fry! For the attacked pictures one is a full tank shot and the other is the potential julie pair. I believe for this species of julie, transcriptus 'bemba', the male is the smaller one, I don't really know though I have seen mixed stories all over the internet.
Welcome New Members / Re: Finnish greetings from Jakarta!
« Last post by HeikkiL on December 12, 2017, 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... Multis and Julies being the strongest candidates still.
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. 
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.
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.

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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