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  1. Trying my luck again to see if anyone has any pure Amphilophus Trimaculatus (Trimac) available. I’m away of very few left in Australia. Willing to pay good money for pure specimens, more then happy for Growouts if they are available. Please message me on here or text message me 0452117671
  2. I don’t think my Festae would of had the incident if the fry didn’t get sucked down the filter but you live and you learn. Funny how the filter setup with the Temporalis is the exact same as it was with the Festae but none of the Temporalis are getting sucked down. The rooibos is amazing and so easy to do. I just boil it when starting my water change and by the time I’m done it is ready to pour it. You can adjust the amount of darkness you want as well with the amount of tea bags you add. The IAL are messy as when they begin to/ have been breaking down for a while they have particles flying everywhere and can leave the sand bed looking dirty to someone who doesn’t know what it is. I also have/ use alder cones. I find that when I use them I get a darker Blackwater then just through the use of almond leaves, plus they are not as messy. I although haven’t replaced them since I started the Blackwater tanks a few months ago. I will still keep them with my Temporalis when they eventually move to their own tank as well as other South American species in the future as I love the natural look. It is also hand that my tap water is very soft so it settles at around pH: 6.2-0.5, gH: 3, kH: 1-2 (mostly 1) which is great for South American species. I don’t overly worry about pH crashes though due to the amount and frequency of water changes I perform. Another benefit for the rooibos is it doesn’t alter water parameters. Yes even outside of breeding dress they are the main colours the only time they ever showed a touch of green like the domestic strain we have is when they are stress. When I caught out the extra 3 they displayed a slight green sheen to them. They play well until another fish comes to close to their spawn Which I don’t expect any less. I didn’t keep Temporalis before I got the wild caught group. At Labyrinth aquarium they have a pair of domestic Temporalis which are gorgeous and they reason I had to have the wild caught group. At the moment, the group of 21 that arrived is split between 5 people so a few more pairs at least should pop up. So far though mine have been the only spawning out of the 21
  3. They pride themselves in high quality, pure breed fish. The owner is a good friend of mine and I wouldn’t trust anyone more when it comes to cichlids. They spawn a lot of cichlids in house to not need to rely on wholesalers and many of times the customer can see the parents so they know they are getting quality. My Festae fry a lot of the time ended up in the filter which was heart breaking and at one point the male festae wasn’t happy about it so he took it out on the female. She thankfully did not die though and they spawned many times afterwards. That was the only time I had a male bash a female thankfully. I try to aquascape my tanks like the fishes natural environment. The IAL are a little messy so I have a love hate relationship with them, but ever since I have begun using Rooibos tea that allowA me to keep the Blackwater without requiring as many leaves. Thank you mate! What is your Instagram?Do you post fish on your Instagram? Would love to see the species you keep! Feel free to shoot me a message on there if you want to chat or are interested in any fry or anything! I have found the wild Temporalis to be different from the domestics we have had here for a long time. Their faces are only just starting to round out much later compared to a domestic, they also have no green colour to them. They have been completely fine with the Wavrini, Altums and now also my wild discus. They weren’t so much territorial before spawning except with conspecies. They have always display high conspecies aggression much higher then the domestics we have. The remaining Temporalis I had I passed on to a friend to hopefully get another pair. Once mine laid eggs they became too aggressive to them. They are very defensive of their spawn but they are no where near as aggressive compared to other species compared to their own.
  4. If research is done into what triggers the change/ what causes the adverse affects on the fish from it, I would be super interested into reading it. As well as seeing the post of the Multifasciatus that turned back to original colouring before turning xanthic again. I am super excited for the rare species I have coming in a few weeks. It has been on the top of my bucket list for a long time as I was ready to give up. I feel pretty lucky given the species I have had the opportunity to keep. Although I don’t think luck plays a part as the people/ connections you have. Labyrinth aquarium has pure Vieja species in stock. I believe at the moment off the top of my head the have melanurum ‘Belize’ and maculicauda but the maculicauda aren’t for sale. Not sure if you are looking for Vieja ahaha
  5. That is interesting to read thank you for that. I wonder what could be the definitive cause and what can cause the swapping back and forth, I don’t think I have seen that in multifasciatus. Thank you for the happy birthday. My birthday is on the 1st of June so not belated yet! I might have another Rare species coming in a few weeks so if so I will consider That a belated birthday present to justify it >.< other then that I am gunning for some more fry tanks. Thank you mate! I am trying to accumulate a collection of high quality fish to get their fry out there in Australia given by the amount of deformed/ hybrid fish out there, as well as the import restrictions it has made things very hard in this country
  6. What is though that causes xanthic Multifasciatus to go blind, but with xanthic managuensis do not go blind? I personally am a fan of naturally occurring colour forms (not that xanthochromism isn’t a naturally occurring thing) That female and male Multifasciatus look really nice. I am organising to get another bath from a source in Melbourne to replace the Growouts with deformities in my first batch. I am hoping for the best so far as this is truely a beautiful species and is one of my favourite in the Parachromis genus
  7. Thank you very much! Labyrinth Aquarium still does have the female. The male did unfortunately pass away but they do have Growouts from them they are growing out for a new pair so I don’t think they are willing to part with any yet. The female in your photos looks nice, displaying nice colour for a young age. The H. Temporalis have been amazing parents. I cannot tell if any have passed but to my eyes it seems like they are all still there even after being free swimming for 2 weeks now. I get freaked out when I see them swim near the weir entrance but the fry just swim away when the get to the spot that sucks in water near the filter and I have found any when changing filter wool. The parents are very protective and doing an amazing job. The fry are huge, probably the biggest I’ve seen for 2 weeks of free swimming. I do however feed them live baby brine shrimp twice a day. The parent display a deep Maroon colour to almost black with maroon fins. I have included some photos for you to see that were taken 5 days ago. Dad didn’t want to cooperate for photos, he is mostly completely black with some light brown towards the top of his body. I will try and take some photos for you sometime soon. For their first spawn they are super smart. They both know not to go and eat at the same time the do what I would describe as a ‘baton pass’ one grabs some food, then swims back to the fry cloud and the other goes to get food. Very interesting to see
  8. No need to apologies at all, I appreciate a detailed response I am not giving up. I am currently going to grow the group out and see how they turn out. Due to import laws Australia seems to constantly be in positions of losing pure strains from the hobby. Take the speices in the Vieja (or paraneetroplus idk they change them all the time) so many of them have been cross breed as people don't know what they have or they are intentionally attempting to spawn hybrids. I have some pretty exciting growouts happening for me at the moment with my wild caught Hypselecara Temporalis pair, wild caught wavrini (although from what I have read getting a female is near impossible), the Parachromis Multifasciatus and now also a group of 6 Parachromis Dovii which were a birthday present from a close friend. I have read that it will take them quite a while to out grow a 6x2x2 so by the time they have I plan to have a larger tank or I know people with larger tanks to move them on too. P. Dovii has been a bucket list fish for me as long as I can remember. My last group of P. Multifasciatus turned xanthic at around 12cm which was quite early on. I guess in hindsight I guess that saved me from growing them for many years for it to happen then. I have always tried to find info on what could trigger then to turn later on or earlier in life, but I think no one knows. Here is a video of them in the growout tank. They are in there with some Melanotaenia Duboulayi as dithers. It is fascinating to see the dominate in the group when they are displaying dominance and flash the tradition adult colouration. I did need to remove the driftwood and divide the tank in half as while the 6 P. Dovii are still small they will growout in here as well. I didn't want to risk just chucking them in there with the P. Multifasciatus and coming home to a massacre ahaha. I am not the greatest photographer so I think that coupled with the setting on the radion light has washed out some of the fish and made them look white.
  9. Thanks for the informative response. Your pair look lovely! Especially the male! Yesterday I obtained a group of 13, so far it seems that 2-3 have deformed ventral fins where it looks as if they are pushed to one side of the body, and two their dorsal fins don’t connect to the first dorsal fin ray which is kinda upsetting. Part of me is wondering if this species is too far gone within Australia. Given I may 5 deformed from the group of 13 that would leave me with a group of 8 give or take. I am going to email amazing amazon and see if they can send me through some photos now
  10. Sorry for taking a while to respond, I am unsure why my response didn't post, I picked up a group of 13 today, The parents of them the male was around 25cm and the female around 18cm. They seem to be doing ok in the tank. I have noticed that some seem to have what I would consider strange ventral fins, in such, when they are retracted they lean towards one side of the body (best way I can describe it). Compared to your normal fish where they sit symmetrical one on each side. This only seems to appear on a few of the smaller growouts in the group, but to say the least I was pretty down when I saw it. Is this common in Australia? I have rescaped a 4ft tank for them to growout in and will post photos of the aquarium and P. Multifasciatus group tomorrow night once the tank has had time to clear up and the aquarium lights are on. I would love a pair of P, Dovii but unfortunately at the moment the largest aquarium I have available to me is a 6x2x2ft :(
  11. I agree with the Salvini. One of my favourite species but I won’t keep them unless new blood comes in as many are either lacking of colour, as well as the fact pretty much all have mouth deformities. Attached is photos of the Festae pair that I used to have. Can’t find a photo of the male from a better angel at the moment though. Second photo is of the female in a friends tank. I am the same as you. I am happy to invest more money in wild caught species compared to domestically spawned as many species have been inbred, and cross bred sometimes you don’t know what you are actually getting. With the H. Temporalis so far I have noticed that the wild caught are much more aggressive then domestically raised especially with conspecies. They are very protective of the fry and still have the spawn with them. I am tempted to pull a small amount of them but don’t want to disturb them too much as it is only their first spawn. If so I’d only pull a very small percentage so they still have majority of the spawn with them to continue learning and to strengthen their pair bond
  12. Things are slowly starting to come in however it is hard to like request specific species. It’s more a what comes in comes in as well as the contacts you have. Salvini quality in Australia is very poor and many have deformed mouthes. They are a species if new blood comes into the country I will get a group and look to spawn them as they are striking and gorgeous. As for festae, there are some good quality specimens around they are just few and far in between and when people have them they are generally not willing to part with them. Thank you mate, it is nice to have wild caught fish given where we live. I love my wild discus very much even though they are allowed to be imported. I hope to have some F1 chocolates available soon. What I’m interested to see is how they look when older as each catch local for the species looks very different to another and for the Rio Ucayali I am unable to find any photos of specimens from there.
  13. Ahaha. They are getting more gorgeous the larger they get!
  14. As many of you that have been in the hobby for a while would know, it is extremely rare for us to have the opportunity to receive wild caught fish that are not on the approved list of species to be imported. It was exactly two months ago (from the date of this post) where one of those fateful days arrived and I had the opportunity to receive 5 of the 21 wild caught Hypselecara Temporalis that arrived in Australia from the Rio Ucayali in Peru. They came in ranging in size from 6-7cm and I placed them in a 6x2x2ft tank with a sump that also houses a group of Pterophyllum Altum, Biotodoma Wavrini and a school of Hemigrammus Rhodostomus. It was on the 04/05/20 that a pair spawned for the first time. Their size ranging from 10-12 cm if I had to guess by eye. They went through the usual prespawning behaviour any new world cichlid goes through eg. shaking and shimming to each other, digging pits etc. On the 06/05/20 the eggs had hatched and to my surprise they didn't move the fry to the pits that they dug, instead they placed them inside some indian almond leaf litter and defended it vigorously from the other cichlids, espeically the other H. Temporalis. I didn't have much hope for the spawn as this was their first spawn and they were still very young. But on 11/05/20 when I arrived home from work I was pleasantly surprised to see a cloud of fry around the parents. They display parental abilities/ tendencies that most species I have spawned have taken multiple spawns to develop. These first two videos are of the spawn the day of hatching. In one of the videos you can see that two B. Wavrini tried their luck to get a quick snack but failed. The video below was taken when the fry were 24 hours old. Feeding on newly hatched live baby brine shrimp. I plan to continue to grow and spawn the pair to get high quality H. Temporalis that has a known catch location into the Australian hobby.
  15. Thank you for the response. Did you have any photos of the P. Multifasciatus you picked up from smiths, as well as the pair you have/ used to have? I have just emailed them so I hope to hear back and see what they say. I hope to at least get a pair that don’t turn xanthic and I will be happy. I know this is a fair long shot. I have 12 coming on Monday from within Sydney so I possibly may pick up a few more from smiths. I don’t believe they shop though? I know I’m Pretty much taking a stab in the dark but this is a species I’ve always wanted to keep and spawn. The group from Sydney I have coming are they same bloodline as the pair that Aquadisiac currently has. You should be able to view the pair on their Instagram/ Facebook. They are gorgeous, display beautiful colours and good body shape.
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