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  1. Some more updated photos taken approx 3.5 weeks after being setup. Move the extra 3 Wild Caught Pterophyllum Altum, Rio Orinoco our of quarantine and into the tank, their fins came in damaged, as well as them picking on each other in quarantine but they are healing up. Male and Female Apistogramma Agassizii ‘Tefe’ Finally, a full tank shot.
  2. They truely are cichlids haha. Perfectly gets displayed when I put frozen food in and one fiercely displays the area from the rest. I know what you mean. I have recently gotten into catfish and Loricariidae and there are many I want to keep. Some obviously above others though
  3. Thank you! I am loving watching it develop! Have more species, aquatic plants and mosses to add in the future. Not only that, there will also be an emersed plant section on the driftwood tHat emerges from the tank as well as a whole other emersed section added It is so enjoyable watching the apistogramma darting in and out of the plants and getting excited when you spot them. I look forward to getting more of this with more dwarf cichlids and Loricariidae species that are planned to go in.
  4. Thanks mate, I am really enjoying it and watch it develop. If there is one thing P. Altum is not it is as peaceful as people think haha
  5. Thought that I would create a thread in order to show and track the evolution of my P. Altum tank. (I am unsure why the photos have uploaded at a lower quality then what they where taken at So they seem a little blurry sorry) 29/07/20 - Stage 1, Initial Setup Aquascape was set up, inhabitants include 3 Wild Caught Rio Orinoco Pterophyllum Altum, 5 F1 Rio Atabapo Pterophyllum Altum and 9 Hemigrammus Bleheri. The aquarium was previously Blackwater which I plan to remove through water changes for a clear water system. 05/08/20 Added 6 more Hemigrammus Bleheri (increasing school to 15) as well as a pair of Apistogramma Agassizii ‘Tefe’. All fish go through at least 6 weeks of quarantine. These have been in quarantine for over 2 months now. (Please excuse the cloudiness in this image, I did a water change before adding the new fish, so fish colours are a little washed out as well). 11/08/20 Managed to get some nice photos of the Apistogramma Agassizii ‘Tefe’ female. She definitely is the Queen or the tank, not even the male stands up to her. 13/08/20 Some updated tank photos. The water is clearing up nicely through water changes I do still have a few more species that are waiting in my quarantine tanks or that I am growing out a bit larger to add to the setup in the future. What would you stock this tank with? Let me know your thoughts/ opinions on the aquarium as well. I plan to keep this thread regularly updated, you can always see more frequent updates on my Instagram: kooky_cichlids
  6. Ideally obviously it is better to keep a pair in their own aquarium to raise fry, you do run the risk of the male killing the female or vice versa if there is no other target fish in the tank to distract them. If this pair didn’t defend their fry so well I wouldn’t put them in this community, especially with the catfish that are in there. Also, if the parents / previous generations have had the fry pulled and artificially raised constantly this can affect the fry’s ability to raise their own fry. If you didn’t want to remove the other fish from your 6ft tank you could always use a divider to seperate a spawning pair to give them the best chance of raising the fry. I can’t comment specifically on the species you mentioned as I haven’t kept them besides the Severum (very early on in my hobby)
  7. Thank you! Their tank mates are: 6 Bleeding Heart Tetras 5 Lemon Tetras 3 Peppermint Bristlenose ( 1 male, 2 females) 1 Megaladoras Uranoscopus (Just a Growout tank for it) They have always defended their fry well. Even when they where in with more wild caught H. temporalis, Altum angelfish, Wild discus, biotodoma wavrini, and other species of tetras. I might in the future swap the tetras for a Myleus or Metynnis species, as well as the peppermint trio for some rarer pleco species. It depends on the parents as well as species, and how many times they have raised fry. All of my pairs that I have kept in the past have gotten it correct. The Altolamprologus has a natural defence where it can curl its body and it’s scales raise so your new world cichlids might not have the easiest time defending against it.
  8. Thought I’d update this thread. The Following video is of the same pair with their third batch (all three have been successful and they have raised and defended the fry perfectly from their tank mates, have many of their fry growing out, first batch almost has none remaining, second batch is still a little too small to sell) Please excuse the algae (I haven’t wanted to get in there and do a high clean and disturb them, plus this tank will be getting a completel rescape very soon. Also, excuse the mess having three plecos produces :’D https://youtu.be/FRlIxQ-cwV4
  9. Hello, Looking to get a group of L168 ( Dekeyseria Brachyura) as well as some large Sturisoma Panamense. I am located in Sydney so would require shipping. Please either message me on here or text Matthew on 0452117671 Photos are not mine and for reference only
  10. Update of the fry taken when they are 3.5 weeks old feeding on live baby brine shrimp
  11. I too think that they are a very underrated species. I must admit I didn't exactly have this species on my radar but when they became available I couldn't resist. Thank you, I miss my festae very much I am not sure what he currently has available for H. Temporalis. I know that from the group that he got of the wilds he is still growing out a pair. I believe that from the amount that came in so far mine are the only ones to of paired and spawned. I do enjoy knowing the catch location of my fish, it isn't just something I personally find cool, but spawning catch locations together while we at least know them is important as each locale can be slightly different. Even more important in Australia given that for H. Temporalis the domestic stain we have here is unknown and quite possibly a mix, therefore resulting in us having a 'domestic' line and a 'Rio Ucayli' line. Which personally I would hate to see mixed. If you did have a chance to pick some up I would highly recommend it. As you said, Australia really struggles with genetics, and my goal is to produce high quality fry and get them into the Austrlian hobby where they are desperately needed (F1 fry will soon be available so that is a win - I have pulled 50% of the fry from the parents and have them in a seperate tank, the are almost been free swimming for one month) I personally believe one of the most enjoyable parts of growing out a group of cichlids to obtain a pair, is getting to watch them grow, colour up, gain their attitude and their interactions between each other. So far I am having a good time growing out my groups of Parachromis Multifasciatus and Parachromis Dovii with high hopes to obtain good quality pairs to produce high quality fry for the Australian Hobby. Andrew is a good friend of mine and as you stated a great asset to the hobby. It is rare to find even store owners/ staff with even half the passion and knowledge Andrew has for the hobby, and providing pure and high quality bloodlines for it. Thank you. They will be in my hands for a very long time and producing a lot of high quality fry for our hobby!
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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