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  1. ensure you have plenty of surface agitation as warmer water holds less oxygen
  2. [MENTION=8516]none[/MENTION]. please have a read http://www.cichlidae.com/article.php?id=254 and ...Protomelas sp. "steveni taiwan" ... is restricted to three isolated areas. The name is derived from Taiwan Reef, a rocky reef ... where the species was first discovered. Interestingly almost identical populations, thought to be the same species, are found in Tanzania at Higga Reef and Mbamba Bay Island and are known as »Chimoto Red« and »Chimoto Yellow« respectively. Territorial males of the »Steveni Taiwan« defend territories on top of rocks at rather deep levels — most males are found at a depth of more than 20 metres [65 ft]. In contrast to the Steveni Imperial, which is sympatric with other »Stevenis«, P. sp. "steveni taiwan" is the only Steveni found in its area of distribution. — Konings (1995c: 134-135)
  3. Might be time you cleaned the filter. of aleast part of it ie the sponges and dacron. it will improve water flow and hopefully reduce the need to gravel vac the poop up so often. btw make sure you clean the filter in tank water from your water change and lighten feeding up for a few days after to allow the filter to catch up
  4. same fish. I wasnt saying your wrong in what you use for the common name. just refering to what the common name is now. hence the couple of shades of colour comment. I would never called a red zebra, red they have always be seen as orange to me. same as a cobalt blue zebra is way to light to be considered a true cobalt blue colour wise. Anyway this is all of topic I am not recalling ever buying alonacara hansbaenshi. Thats not to say I didnt at sometime either. I have near 400 fish tanks its not always easy remembering what is where. I only remember putting azures in the tank and taiwan reef shimoto reds all juvinies that have now all died off with this one remaining fish. It doesnt mean this fish didnt jump from another tank or I moved it to this tank once upon a time. he is extremely aggressive hence why he is the only fish left in the tank. Does anyone else have some input for what it could be? I know its not hybid I am 100% of that
  5. Always keep in mind. most fish dont always completely process their food. especially if their is more food in the tank to eat. the fish poo may contain unprocessed fats and proteins that catfish find and eat. Some catfish breeders purposely leave hatched babys with parent fish for this reason as the babies eat the parents poo which builds enyzems up in the babies system. Lastly you are to clinical with your water changes. you appear to be putting your tank into mini cycles. This is why you have a ammonia reading and no nitrate reading. Water changes are done mainly to reduce buildup of nitrates. By making the tank so clean constantly you are not giving your filters a chance to build up bacteria. I realise discus like good quality water but they also like stablity in the water. Most town water in brisbane is 7.4-7-8 most the time. During the course of the week with your water changes. You are effectively changeing around 75% of the tank water and changeing its ph from a range of 6.8 to 7.8 3 times in one week. Bacteria wont grow in your filters if they dont have food to eat ie ammonia. thus you have a ammonia reading above 0 as there is no bacteria to consume it. How often do you clean our filters?
  6. One of the fish looks bloaty, appears red like sera discus granules. L270 are herbivours. the high protien in the discus granules is not good for them to process expecially being juvies and not having a taste of it previosly might have caused their demise bristlenose are a bit more tolerable to high protein foods. considering there was no zucunnie to feed on as fibre to help process the protein the l270 had no option but to eat the discus granules. Most catfish are grazers and will eat all day long.
  7. hansbaenshi common name red shoulder peacock. close just a couple of shades away
  8. Thanks aquaholics. But i think it has the wrong body shape for the Aulonocara species. Its also a big fish for aulonocara species at around 17cm tl as a quick estimate. I will try and get a better photo. Please keep trying as I was considering entering in the ekka comp but if I cant 100% id it, I wont.
  9. They were brought from a local breader. Thinking along the protomelas species but cant find a match in my searchs
  10. I brought these fish some time to ago and now only have one left. Its a stunning looking male and I want to find him some girls.
  11. would have been nev [MENTION=117]Sav[/MENTION]
  12. keep the water level a little lower would help. baby guppies will be trying to get away from mum eating unfortunately they dont know jumping up is not the best result. endlers are normally to bad for females wanting to eat the fry especial after the first few days of the frys life.
  13. Okay, these l"s of yours are only babies. I think the bigger one can quite possible be L080, if you get the number wrong of course people are going to have questions as to whether hybrids. i have have not seen an l008 advertised for sale in australia. there are a few breeders of l080 around. The smaller looks like a l066 juvie. As most l's mature there patterning and baring changes. Some go from bands to spots, thick bands become thin bars etc. As for hybinising L's it isnt just a matter of you cannot put fish with this fish because the will cross breed type of thing. like you can put a sheep and a goat in the same paddock and the chances of them breeding is very slim. same with catfish unless they are from the same family or genre they are not likely to cross breed. 18 months 2 years ago some debate occured whether a breeder had a accident with the L333 and the L066 cross breeding. These two fish are hypancistus family and cross breed easy. If you could cross a hypancistus with a peckoltia I highly doubt the eggs would be fertile and hatch and I doubt any fry would survive the first days of their lifes because the genetics are very miss matched. sort of saying breed a cat and a dog together. Its not going to come to anything.
  14. I have to question your pictures of the 2 l numbers, a. how do you know they are hybids? b. what did you buy them as and where from? Majority of catfish are soft water fish with sligthly acid to nuetral water that dont do well in hard alkaline water like your frontosa or malawi tank fish require. You really need to research your fish better. Both the pictured fish look like they are very young fish. I am going with smicko that the top one is definately l134 and the second looks similiar to a 202? that has was washed out due to living in alkaline water with out looking through the aqualog book I couldnt be sure as there is so many l's with those colours and patterning. As for deformity I guess its a bit of camera angle may be distorting the fins. THe l's number system came from a magazine publication that featured a different catfish with each edition. As there was little known about loricardies at the time. A fish was often refered to by the magazine edition it featured in. This then developed to form our current L number names for the catfish. http://plecoplanet.com/?page_id=482 This is the book you may want to look at. Sure the [MENTION=6981]TEC[/MENTION]hden will have it http://www.amazon.com/Aqualog-Loricariidae-L-Numbers-2nd-Edition/dp/393602751X
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