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  1. Micro chipping and DNA testing is because they’re heavily protected and u can’t keep wild caught fish. The microchip makes it easy for authorities to track the history of ur fish. Also think ull find they’re not easy to breed, and last thing they want is for people taking them from the wild thinking they’ll breed them Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. And body shape would also suggest this, certainly more peacock shaped than dimi comp Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. If test are varying or giving contrasting results, ur probably doing something wrong or ur tank is unstable. Test kit will detect a problem before it an issue or causing ur fish to stress. By the time u notice fish are unhappy can be too late to fix the problem. As Donny suggested keep records and u'll see trends and changes, esp in this situation where ur experimenting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. No not cheating, making it harder, different set of headaches, every 400mm taller adds another 1000kgs of water, glass size needs to go up, now looking at 19 - 25mm glass, prob a tonne of glass, and prob tripled the glass cost, and now the concrete is the the stand, so it has to be perfectly flat, no bumps no hollows Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. As fish junkie said, water is evenly distributed above the base glass, so pressure - therefore weight is also evenly distributed over base, only difference is rock placed on base as it is denser therefore it will exert more weight where it's located. The glass then transfers that weight onto the stand at the contact points between the 2, the bigger the surface area the lower the pressure, that is the idea of the foam, if there is a high spot ( rock, weld bump) that will take more weight and the pressure is increased, if that pressure exceeds the tensile strength of the glass, bang, that glass is broken. Better off spreading the load over the whole stand rather than the 9 point as u suggested, u will still get accurate load sensor reading on each leg, if measured at bottom, as weight has to transfer. Example of pressure difference on glass Tank weight 2000kgs = 4400lbs 9 legs 100x100 = 144"2 = 30psi on glass 100mm box rail around outside + cross across middle roughly 350"2 = 12psi So nearly a 1/3 less pressure on the glass - much safer Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Can't actually tell if long fin are "pure" until u breed them, long fins are just genetic variations, so very common to get a mix of long and shortfin in same batch Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. How did you cycle it? Lots of people run sand as substrate with no problems, including myself. What do you mean by levels seemed fine? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Can't keep a mad fish keeper out for long!! Can't wait to have another beer after an auction. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. All the salts are doing is trying to recreate their natural envirownment Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. As donny and others have stated, rift lake cichlids have evolved over 1000s of yrs using very hard and alkaline water, yes they may survive without it, but it means their organs are working harder and leaves them susceptible to secondary issues. Also their gills are burnt if ph goes to low, hard alkaline water is quite stable and gives u more safety for your Africans. Here's some info on water chemistry and the importance to your fish http://aquaticnation.org/library/Lib_Gen_waterchemistry.php Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I've had a mouthful at that size if not a bit smaller, only a dozen or so eggs. Didn't even notice was only I netter them to sex them and she spat in the net, tumbled the eggs and fry hatched. Matt
  12. Cant tell with colour, I have girls with some blue in the cheeks, also if its in a display tank with more aggressive males it will hold colour back till its bigger so it doesn't get picked on, I've had venustus males at 15cm with no colour. The vent photo isn't great, but looks as though both vents are same size which would make it a boy. Girl vents front vent is small, back vent is larger and usually cream in colour.
  13. Hi Mick, These are the first comps I've had breed, so no comparison sorry, I can only assume they are (or I'm doing something wrong!). Current batches are both doing well, first batch are in a 2' on the system, 2nd are in the successful bucket and doing well. All I can figure is the are "lazy" eaters and don't seem to look for food, so need to be feed little bits often. Matt
  14. Checked my female tonight, fry were free swimming so I pulled them out, took some photos of female and fry while I was there, she has a bit of damage, she loves the D-cave! Male has better colour. Matt
  15. Hi Mick No haven't heard of any around, Hamza had a couple of pairs, think I got his last, part of the reason that I started to put some effort into them, need to preserve them. I was thinking the same about Fire Fins the other day, I bought a few of these over the years but never had any luck raising them to breeding size, funny thing is there were dozens of people breeding them at that time but obviously gone the same way and some other cichlids, people lose interest and they just fade away, will be disappointing if that has happened to Fire Fins as the are a great looking comp. Good news is my fry have lasted another week and my female is currently guarding another batch that are almost free swimming so I'll remove them tomorrow. Might even look at hedging my bet (and these comps) and send a batch of fry to someone else to raise (fry travel well). Matt
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