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  1. Thx yellows. I don't mind if he doesn't breed. Maybe he thinks the clown loach is his 'bestie' or the females aren't too comfortable about going into his cave with the clown loach too.
  2. Thanks crazy4fishes, that's what's nuts about this guy. There are other mature adults in the tank and they're popping out fry very merrily. He hasn't shown any aggressive streak at all towards the others and spends a lot of time in a cave with the clown loach. It's almost like he thinks he's above the other albino BN.
  3. Hi all, I have this male - of which breed, which I'm not sure. He came to me in a tank rescued from a friend. At the time, I initially thought 'it' was a BN - too small to sex. When I moved 'it' into a communal tank with upside down catfish, other BN, a clown loach and cichlids its growth was astronomic. A year later, 'he' is now 16cm and quite impressive/imposing. I bought some albino BN, thinking I was providing a family for him and that they would ultimately breed - but he simply isn't interested. Is that because he isn't actually a BN? Help with correct i.d. would be appreciated. Thanks, Deborah
  4. Hope you don't have any egg eaters in the tank with the acaras. I had clown loaches in with mine & they ate every single egg the acaras laid.
  5. How big are they? If they are fry or juveniles, you might possibly get $1/cm. Most breeders seem sell to them for $3 - $5 as 3 - 4cm juvies. If they are mature adults, it will depend on whom you sell them to. I have seen mature breeding stock sold for $10 - $12 each. Forum members buy cheaply on this site. Pet Shops will always sell for a premium - at least 300% more than they buy them for.
  6. I've had 1 BN and various cichlids (flavus, red empress, mbenji peacock, red forest jewel, blue peacock, auratus) jump out of their tanks over a period of years. Snails are the most amazing. I found 1 about 30 feet away from its tank once - it was dead - it had crawled out of sight. The snails would climb up the side of the tank and plop! onto the floor. I've had them land on lino and tiles - sometimes their shell would get a bit cracked other times not; but it's the dessication that kills them if they're out too long. So guys, snails can go walkabout!
  7. Thanks for your comments, guys. kev, I have crushed coral substrate in the tank; so, yes, the pH was adjusted. With the oxygen level, deadfishfloating, the cannister filter has a spray bay and I also had a sponge filter and an air stone in the tank - plenty of air flow - lots of bubbles and water disturbance. The water temp was a bit cool actually. I don't like running the tanks with too high a water temp. I use rainwater for the tank so there shouldn't be any chlorine in it. Going by your responses, I think it must have been ammonia - wish I'd checked the water quality! I got caught by surprise - too many long hours at work and not enough time being able to just sit with the fish observing them. Has anyone had experience with BN surviving a bad ammonia spike? What's the best way to get them through? A big water change is obviously part of it but should they be moved to a quarantine tank, or not? Does water temp play a part in getting them through? If so, what temp is best? Is any medication apart from water conditioners necessary?
  8. Hey guys, I need your help! I had a 170 litre communal tank with BN and a couple of cichlid breeds in it. I don't know what the water quality parameters were - I didn't test them. Wish I had! I found a couple of dead BN and a dead peacock, all of which had been alive the day before. The BN had started to congregate on the glass, particularly around the water inlet from the external filter; and were fanning. Since the fish had been really healthy up 'til then I thought the filter might need cleaning. I did a 50% water change. I pulled the filter apart & cleaned its sponges, rinsed everything in rainwater and put it back to work on the tank. I didn't change any media. I hadn't ever used salt in my tank but I'd recently bought some African Cichlid Conditioning Salts & thought that might help the fish - they were stressed. I made up a mix and added about 1 litre - that's about 10% strength for the size of the tank. Some salt granules appeared along the water line on the tank sides. The BN obviously didn't like it so I didn't add any more. I think the salt actually killed them quicker and confused the issue of finding the root cause of the problem. I started moving fish out of the tank - the BN into a 120 litre tank; 2 peacocks and 6 flavus into a 90 litre tank; & 3 tiny peacock fry in with another batch of other cichlid fry. It didn't make any difference for the BN. They all died. 1 large flavus male died but the 2 peacocks and other flavus appeared okay. The tiny peacock fry didn't even falter, they took everything in their stride and are still doing well. I don't think it's a water quality issue. I think it's a disease or toxin - but what one? The affected fish lost co-ordination - as if affected by a neurotoxin. They spun out, moving around the tank according to the water flow. Once that started, death followed failry quickly. Can any of you help? Do the symptoms indicate a specific disease/cause? I need to know what I'm dealing with, what the cure is; and how to prevent it. There is a new subdivision behind my place and the dozers have been busy there for weeks. Is it possible their activity stirred up something in the dust which got flushed from my roof into my tank? There are too many factors involved for me to pinpoint what's happened so I'm hoping your experience will come up with the answer.
  9. Why don't you try both options? Trial and error is a sure teacher. Using 1 heater is going to be cheaper than 2. The Jaeger 300w is well capable of heating in excess of 800litres. With my tiered system, I had heaters in 2 tanks with fry and another in a 4' tank. The temperature got as high as 28 degrees C - obviously energy wasteful and too high a temp as well.
  10. Hi guys, I have 2 systems. The first has a 300w heater in a 4' sump. The water temperature is uniform throughout all 9 tanks and the sump. I keep a thermometer in the sump so I can monitor it. I think this method is really efficient. When I adjust the thermostat, each tank responds uniformly. The second is different. The 4' sump doesn't have space for a heater. I tried putting a heater in a tank but the water flow wasn't uniform enough to circulate the warmed water throughout the system. I then put heaters in a couple of different tanks to see if there was any improvement. There still wasn't any water temp uniformity. My conclusion is that the best place for the heater depends on the water flow of the system. If it's uniform, the heater in the sump is ideal. If it isn't uniform, there are 2 options - put the heaters in tanks where they're most needed or re-plumb the sytem to make the water flow uniform. I am about to start re-plumbing this one. Keeping lids on keeps temperature more stable and reduces condensation.
  11. Hi Anthony, Welcome to the Forum. You should find answers to all your questions from the members. They have an amazing wealth of knowledge/information gained from first-hand experience. I personally don't know the answer for sure - there could be more than 1 reason for the BN male's cannibalism. It seems you've been pretty intensely observing him while he's been incubating his eggs. Maybe too intense? Is his cave transparent or do you have to physically move it and shine a light in to see what's going on? Just a question. Is it possible he got 'stage fright'? Once I see eggs in any of my BN caves, I make a mental note and calculate when the fry should be free swimming. I leave them alone to get on with the process. What do you other BN breeders think?
  12. Thanks Steve. Isn't being in the tank with the bullies, even cordoned off, still stressful? Or do the bullied fish realise they're untouchable? I'm not sure how to set up an ice cream container with flyscreen partitions in it. A fry saver would do the same job though, I guess. Deborah
  13. The parents are stunning. I could watch them all day.
  14. Thanks for your input, deadfishfloating. Great idea - the sinking and floating lengths of pipe. I agree, removing bullied fish from the situation is an obvious answer. I certainly would've if I'd realised that my blue peacock was in mortal danger. It happened too quickly. Before I realised I needed to intervene it was too late. With the floating med-bay device, do you mean a small contained area that can be floated in a tank? Like a breeding trap? I'd be interested to know.
  15. I've heard that bio balls work best if they're not submerged below water. Is it the same with the mashed caps?
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