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  1. A few years ago I bought myself a 7x2.5x3 (LxWxH) and thought it was huge, but then I started seeing 10ft and even 12ft tanks being shown off and all of a sudden my tank went from being huge to just "bigger than average." I'd love a have a bigger one, but I'm just not sure if it would actually fit?
  2. They're still around but nobody seems to have fry available (that I can find.)
  3. You have to remember that N. pulcher are found at about 40 different locations and as such many different races with different traits exist (which is why it is so important to keep track of collection points where possible.) I doubt you would see much change in appearance regardless of what you do with the scape etc.
  4. Man you have no idea how happy I am to see these again. I honestly thought they were lost to us. Zero doubt that they are gold Charos.
  5. I haven't read that article as yet, but as soon as I saw your earlier post from this afternoon I was thinking of Saulos Mwale (pictured below.) I might have it wrong but I recall that he was a diver working for Stuart Grant who was the first to successfully net specimens which were then given to Ad to describe. As a side note - the 'i' at the end of the species name indicates that the fish was named after a male (eg saulosi, demasoni, moorii, meeki,) whereas 'ae' indicates it was named after a female (eg estherae, gertrudae, festae.) In regards to the barring on wild specimens, much like with P. demasoni and other barred fish, our ideals of perfect barring are not shared by the fish in Lake Malawi. Just from viewing a few of Ad's photographs you will see fish with 5 bars, incomplete bars, a mix of thick and thin bars etc. To my knowledge I haven't seen any photos of both sides of a wild fish to confirm whether or not the 5 bars one side/6 bars the other side phenomenon exists in the wild, but common sense would suggest it does.
  6. Its been a long, long time since I have seen any yellows with nice thick black in the fins. Most of the "good" males you see today don't have anything on good females that were around 15 to 20 years ago. As Doug touched on I think that as breeders have been selecting for yellow colour the black fins have been collateral damage and have been bred out unintentionally.
  7. That was my first thought too.
  8. I've got a few spare pitchforks. Meet at my place just before midnight and we'll go from there?
  9. As much as we like to whinge about it our electricity costs are in the same ballpark as most other developed countries so you cant even blame it on that. Personally I think it is more to do with lifestyle and leisure interests in Australia vs other countries.
  10. Fish are expensive in Australia compared to other countries. Our hobby is much smaller than in other counties (even on a per capita basis.) I know its not the case, but one could try to argue that expensive fish are killing our hobby.
  11. A quick search told me that P. bleekeri is a junior synonym of P. polleni. Id like to do some more research on this when my brain is more awake, but I don't know how far I will get as the descriptions are all over 100 years old - I don't fancy my chances of finding the journals online. I kind of get the feeling that the entire genus has been dumped into the too hard basket.
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  13. I think the only way you would have a remote chance of seeing a positive return is with bristlenose, but $250 just ain't going to cut it. I don't want to sound like everyone else, but unless you have 100 square meters and 20 to 30 grand to kick things off you are just never going to get what you want.
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