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MaxVengeance last won the day on April 29 2018

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  1. Thanks @ozmo I will try and get my hands on some IAL tomorrow and seperate her from the others, yea you certainly are hard pressed to find a stauncher cichlid pound for pound, my smallest female was beating up both my Cubans when I first got them, and the male was probably 10 times her size in weight, it got to the point shortly after introduction where she had to be removed, it was too hard to watch, they just have a mega chip on the shoulder, relentless and underrated at times
  2. Came home today and realised my favourite salvini was hiding between the filter intake and the glass, was very flushed of colour and it’s tailfin looked frayed and dry, doesn’t seem like rot, looks like of a broom made of straw, hard, stiff looking dry and frayed, everything is normal except for having a heater fail and low temps until I could sort a replacement, wasn’t moving it pectoral fins and was starting to tilt head down, immediately have done water a water change, and made sure temps were higher, gave it a salt bath, unfortunately my hospital tank is currently housing smaller salvinis (rookie mistake) so it has to remain with the others, treated the whole tank with salt, none of the others seem unhappy just the Salvini, any ideas what this might be? Also the gills don’t seem the bright red like normal and are quite pale, I don’t see aggression in the tank that would cause damage like this but who knows, it’s looking like it might pull through, has been moving around a lot more and moving it’s pectoral fins, when I gave it a salt bath it didn’t even flap in the net when captured, any help would be appreciated
  3. @joller Seeing the prices they went for it seems guppies have somewhat of a cult following within the hobby, bidding wars and all, some people are pretty serious about guppies, one pair, pair... went for $50, while some species of less common cichlids and L numbers went for dirt cheap and most of the punters there showed little interest, sure there’s some fancy guppies out there, and I commend the people developing those lines, but they would just about have to poop 24 carat gold for me to spend that much on them, I can’t really take them seriously, but to each there own, would be boring if everyone was into the same stuff
  4. Did anybody from the forums make their way out to Ipswich for the auctions on Saturday? Couldn’t make it because of work which is a bummer as I was really looking forward to it, if you did go, what purchases were you most pleased with, was it a better turnout for cichlids this time around? Anything out of the ordinary? Would love to hear from anyone who made it out there
  5. So this week has been extremely busy for me with work and as such havnt had as much time to look at my fish as normally do, just noticed my female Cubans fin has some heavy damage and upon staring at all the fish for a while, I realised that there appears to be some white sores on the lines of some of the other fishes the fins, i am hoping this is just damage as the Cubans are loooking to spawn again and have been chasing the salvini, hopefully have them in their own tank tomorrow but, can anybody chime in with their thoughts damage from fighting or disease, I have still been doing water changes weekly so I can’t imagine water quality is to blame but any help to either ease my mind or stress me out further would be appreciated
  6. @BUGGSWelcome mate, if I was to have stab in the dark at the cause of your issues I would say sunlight on the tank, but without knowing more specifics it’s hard to tell, larger tanks are going to have less rapid fluctuations in water quality and thus easier to maintain, with your smaller tanks did you ever clean the glass manually? What fish are you planning on keeping this time around?
  7. Mate you have got an impressive collection of tropheus, if only I had the space would love a heap of these guys bembas or ikolas, a book I read as a young lad had pictures and it was just Moorii and Duboisi, at the time I asked the LFS about tropheus moorii and they looked at me funny, pet city eventually had duboisi fry and they were something like $80, a whole heap of tuckshop money at the time, crazy to see how many variants are around nearly 20 years later
  8. @TheAquaHolic001Cheers brother I’m stoked with them, wanted Cubans for so long, good to tick something off the list, I’ll be keeping them in their current tank on their own and growing out fry for my breeding projects, won’t be letting them raise the fry but, the female has a habit of forgetting to spit them out when she’s “moving” them, went from hundreds and hundreds of wrigglers to easliy 50+ free swimming, then came home from work that arvo to like 10, left it to long, had an aqua one fry tank but they could just swim out of the gaps, oh well, next water change they will spawn again and I’m prepared this time
  9. Belated thanks for the replies, I kind of forgot about this thread, here’s a couple more pics, slightly adulterated incase and photoshop police turn up lol, Wanted to try and get rid of some of the blue light, all just in iPhone photo edit, was having fun adjusting settings with no clue what I’m really doing, I need to get a new light, the blue is a bit much so I haven’t really been running it lately, Max
  10. @Jase86uxb thanks for the hot tip mate hopefully see my 8ft setup soon, will be easier to just divide it if need be rather than spending bulk $$$
  11. @Eric A sorry to leave you hanging mate, this is the unfortunate truth for so many American species, I also have soft spot for green terrors, not many that you can compare to pictures online from wild caughts/ fish over seas that are as nice, it’s true it is a lot of work, and it could easily be undone by other stock, but here lies part of the problem, it’s the people that purely do this for the personal gain and not the personal satisfaction that are helping quality decline, this is my hobby not my job, take super green Texas for example, 5 maybe more years ago the quality getting around were far nicer, then every man and his dog started breeding them when they had hype, likely with zero selection or culling, the bad getting paired to the bad, generation after generation and honestly now I think half the ones getting around are garbage
  12. Well it is a “cichlid” society is it not? Last time I checked guppies weren’t cichlids mate, I’m sure their will be heaps tho, I’m just hoping the ratio of cichlid to guppies is a little more in favour of cichlids at this particular event
  13. You mean to tell me there is a way to move it without compressing 4 vertebrae in my spine, haha, how do they go on grass? I have a stupidly steep driveway and will have to take it through my carport and across the backyard to my sliding door, front door access is a no go, I nearly burnt out the clutch in my work Ute reversing the trailer up the driveway and that was in 4x4, that’s a hot tip, I feel stupid for not thinking about something like that, had to call in bulk favours to pick the tank up when I originally bought it
  14. @tdj5That would have been an absolute cracker of a setup, do you have any pictures at all?I like the waterfall idea, might have to steal that haha, yea that’s a good point about pulling it all down makes a lot more sense, wouldn’t hurt to have all the silicon re done either, I figure it may be expensive, but glass/ tanks of that size arnt exactly cheap either and i already have it so why not, I’ll be keeping them for a while, food for thought, excited to get things happening cheers for the reply Max
  15. As the title suggests I’ve been toying with the idea of seeing if a tank builder would be able to cut my 8ft tank in half,and cap the cut ends with a new piece of glass, remove all the old bracing and do euro style bracing, the end result would be leave me with 2) 4x2x3 tanks that are far more practical than having the 8 x 2 x 3, it would be nice having such a large tank, but it’s just too much of a mission to move it given my current circumstances, 2 separate tanks would better suit my future breeding projects and I’m only in my current house until July, it’s 12mm glass and it apparently weighs about 300-350kg, took 6 blokes to lift it and the stand which is another 100kg on its own so it’s nearly half a tonne, has anyone ever done something like this or is it just not cost effective and worth the hassle? I could just hire removalists but they quoted me around $400 which isn’t too bad but I would rather put that money towards other things, and I’m still faced with only having 8 weeks until I move so it’s really an $800 exercise for me over the next 8 weeks, has anyone done something similar in the past? cheers Max
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