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  1. 4 points
    LONG READ, A few minutes your time: So this is something that was already touched on in an old thread by a member called OFRC over two years ago now, I came across it searching the forum and it got me thinking, it’s no secret that the aesthetic quality, purity, and overall vigour of many different species of American cichlids is declining because of poor breeding practice among other things, OFRC Tried to get the conversation started regarding improving large American cichlid genetics, by selectively breeding only the best possible examples one can find of a chosen species and culling all but the best fry to continue forward with breeding. I think what may have derailed the thread a little was the mention of introducing feral blood, in hopes to add some of that wild vigour back into the bloodlines. While it’s a valid point, it would only really be applicable to the South Americans that we know cannot hybridise with each other, (assumed purity) and that uncertainty veers from the whole point of the exercise, with that being said I would like to ask.. (You’ve Come This Far Keep Reading).... Who is/has been selectively breeding Americans in an attempt to preserve genetics for the future generations to enjoy? With the borders all but closed, the long term future of quality American cichlids is in our hands, Quality fish are still around, and by no means am I trying to slander anyone breeding without purpose or a goal other than reproduction, the rabbit hole goes deep, and many choose the blue pill over the red, and that’s totally fine, some don’t know any better, some don’t care, to each their own, this thread (hopefully) is for the hobbyists that are a little more invested in fish keeping, those that want perfect fish, think long term, will our kids have the pleasure of keeping cichlids like we have? that arnt deformed, hybrid, unhealthy versions of their once glorious selves? Ellioti’s among others seem to nearly all have spinal defects, So this is more a call to arms, who is out there actively working away on breeding projects for the greater good? And not for the dollar, I know there are many chipping away as we speak, some longer than others have been alive, what are your goals? for those that may chime in I believe these 5 points should be touched on Here goes.... I’ll start Chosen Species: Salvinis End goal: To bring back prominent contrasting bright yellow and black, red colouration on the lower half of both males and females Reasoning: IMO most salvinis are flushed of their true colour and the red is absent a lot of the time Method: Waiting to find male I deem to be worthy which will be crossed to my best female, and line bred from there, A lot of culls, crossing different filial generations back to each other, observing the results and moving forward Progress: Not off the ground yet, just beginning, time will tell look forward to hearing from fellow members that are on a similar path (please exist), include any pictures, I hope that we can make this thread a common ground for members to share their breeding experiences and progression towards higher quality, non adulterised American cichlid bloodlines. Not just a species specific thread. “Ask not what your cichlids can do for you, but what you can do for your cichlids” Max,
  2. 3 points
    QldMick

    new baby

    just picked a mangrove jack yesterday and am really happy with the little bugger. got a fork tailed catfish and eel tailed catfish as tank mates. cheers mick
  3. 2 points
    frankthedolphintrainer

    Fire Red Shrimp

    Fire red shrimp $5 EACH Min size: 10mm Located in Wakerley Postage to most locations available for $20 Postage is via australia post and is double kordon bagged in polystyrene box.
  4. 2 points
    ssdiscus

    FS Discus Red Turquoise juvies

    Young healthy juvies 5-6cms. Pick-up at Upper Mt Gravatt. $35ea or 5 for $150 Ph 0408 837179 Cheers, Shaun
  5. 2 points
    cichlidfry

    FS Zebra Plecos L046

    Hi all, I have some juvenile zebra plecos (L046) for sale. Quantity: 12 Size: 4.5 - 5.7cm Price: $500 each Sex: Unknown Location: Chermside, north Brisbane Shipping: via Qantas Freight Contact: pm or 0417 610065
  6. 2 points
    See @Richo72 and @jc12 ads. Plenty of peps going around.
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    No thanks Donny, one of you is enuff matey.... ☺
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    Yep thats a feral guppy alright. Cross it into any of the fancy girls from a lfs and you should get some wild crosses that are very pretty AND tough. Just beware, feral guppys are almost always infected with something, whether its flukes, velvet or a bacterial infection. Quarantine and a multicure style prophalactic treatment is highly reccomended before adding them in with other fish you care about.
  9. 1 point
    Trying to work out how this forum works these days so please bare with me. @raycam01_au U aint to far mate. Just our misses may not like the brotherly love haha. Other options i have been tagged in, I thank those people, good to see others looking out
  10. 1 point
    johnbetta

    Fire Red Shrimp

    very nice shrimp
  11. 1 point
    QldMick

    new baby

    lol you did. i had planned on one before then decided on smaller fish like bass, but talking to you i decided i really wanted a jack. ordered Wednesday and here Friday, guess i have a jack now...
  12. 1 point
    QldMick

    new baby

    $120 at 5cm, a little expensive. don't mind the dirty glass, here he is having a stretch.
  13. 1 point
    pickupute

    Thank you from Bundaberg

    Just wanted to thank everyone that came through with fish and tanks yesterday. Too many people to mention everyone but I will mention a few. Thank you Rod for the Rhoadesii they are beautiful, Jason the Brachybranchus Fry have settled in nicely. Steven, I'm loving the albino Polystigmas and can't wait for the first mouthfuls. Richard, your help last night loading up the last tank and stand on the trailer was awesome. I am pleased to say that all fish and tanks made it back to Bundaberg without any problems at all. We got back home at 2.30am and now the fun begins of unloading the trailer
  14. 1 point
    Tubastrea has to be one if not my favourite
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    if u werent so far away Ronny, i might even offer to help
  16. 1 point
    I have to sell all of my equipment and fish as a result of my work travel requirements. Up for sale is 3 sets of adult peppermint breeding pairs (1 male, 1 female). Each pair includes 6 free fry. $150 per pair of make an offer for the 3 sets with all of my fry Location Northgate Brisbane Text for any questions 0438 309 144.
  17. 1 point
    Stoney

    FS - Adult Peppermint Trio

    @ronny
  18. 1 point
    That would also suffocate the fish, I think. An update: The 0.2mg/mL solution has so far only seemed to anger the MTS. After a week there were still snails going about their business and perhaps at worst, slightly inconvenienced by the presence of copper. So I added another 20mL of the 1g/L solution. It so far hasn't appeared to bother the fish at all, and the remaining plants are anubias which would probably grow in fuming HCL. Another week or so later and there were still snails moving around like they normally would, presumably in pure defiance. If they had middle fingers, I'm sure they would have them extended on a full time basis. I've added another 20 mL to the tank now bringing it to a total of 96mL 0.096 * 1 g = 96mg, into 220L or 0.43mg/mL. I don't think I'll add more than that, but rather let this slow burn now for a few weeks. If that fails, then I suppose the tank now belongs the to snails forever. Hail our new overlords.
  19. 1 point
    Holy crap what do you feed the kfc and what water perameters do i need
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for stopping by mate, great another side project haha never really kept guppies, I’m going to have to now just out of curiosity, might go and collect some more see if I can’t find my stud male, they all have different tails and colouring, some are far nicer than the one I posted, quarantine and treatment is a must ofcourse, especially considering these guys come from a stormwater run off lol
  21. 1 point
    QldMick

    Not so native guppy population

    good lil feeders
  22. 1 point
    raycam01_au

    Not so native guppy population

    looks like its gotta little endler in it cook it
  23. 1 point
    MaxVengeance

    Any L014 or L190’s out there?

    Thanks for the reply mate, wow even more pricey than I anticipated, a lot of salvinis indeed haha, better start saving ...
  24. 1 point
    JB

    Any L014 or L190’s out there?

    Hi Max, Have seen L190's for sale in recent times..... ranging from $800-$1200ea depending on size. Someone in melbourne was selling 5cm fry for $550ea awhile ago. Have not seen the L014's for sale since 2015. My records show these advertised in the $1100-$1200ea range. Either way that's a lot of Salvini's Best of luck with the search! Cheers, Jason
  25. 1 point
    warchief

    sick discus swim bladder ?

    o'k guy's just a update on my fish he's is swimming upright now and is recovering well
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    MaxVengeance

    ATTENTION: Americans need you!!!!!!

    Hit the nail on the head @joller colour isn’t necessarily quality by any means, and as far as measuring vigor etc without growing out the progeny for years, and even going as far as putting them through a range of different conditions to see if any weaknesses/ defects show up, how does one truely know the “quality” of said progency, firemouths are definitely one of the species that are seldom as good as wild caught examples seen in old school books, wild caught Americans would be the dream, but alas these days but a dream it is, the only hope is to start with the best fish we can find as do our best to make improvements, It’s definitely an ambitious goal but hey someone has to try, cheers for stopping in Max,
  29. 1 point
    Rotarmaster

    spilorincus colony f/s

    Hey bro, u read my mind exactly! I woke up today with Intention of taking these off u today.. Let's do this! Jimboomba or ur store? Today
  30. 1 point
    Designer clown pair and some coral
  31. 1 point
    loving this little fella
  32. 1 point
    Duncan frags looking amazing
  33. 1 point
    joller

    ATTENTION: Americans need you!!!!!!

    my 2 cents on line breeding is that by breeding for maximum colour, you might unwittingly line breed defects/weakness' that can't be measured. i find it annoying when people see colourful fish and make comments such as "man these are the best quality _______ I've seen in ages." a good example is when you're in search of broodstock for angelfish, you go out and choose the fish showing the most promise, and 100% of the time they grow up to have quite poor body shape when compared to wild fish, and whats the go with the weird nauchal humps they get these days? if you want 'quality' fish you actually have to start with wilds. good luck though, i always dreamt of doing the same with fire mouths but couldn't dedicate the time and litres to a project like that.
  34. 1 point
    borntobreed

    spilorincus colony f/s

    I bought these of Kev years ago at 4cm. They grew to be beautiful fish in a display i had back then. pics dont do them justice
  35. 1 point
    Tubastrea eating reef roids and after that he was a happy little chappy
  36. 1 point
    4 Sale. Cheap 4 footer 4 x 1.5 x 1.5 (122 x 45 x45) fish tank. Black painted timber hood. 3 sides painted black. Holds water/ no leaks. In average condition. Contents of tank not included. Item located in wakerley brisbane. $75
  37. 1 point
    Thanks Donny I'll take a combined approach. The relative error in measuring 1g precisely on my kitchen scale vs measuring 10g is significantly larger. So I'll take 10g CuSO4 and do a 1:10 dilution, therefore starting with the same 1g/L stock as per above, except with more precision. 4mL of that into 20,000mL will make a 0.2mg/L concentration of copper.
  38. 1 point
    raycam01_au

    Loungerooms are for tanks right?

    I think we have enough room, havent even put a tank in the 4 bedrooms or sheds yet hhahaha perfect house for Sarah and I
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