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  1. i wouldnt keep 6 males and 6 females in there. i would never keep that ratio of any malawi. 1 male + the females, or all the males only.
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  3. "yodapwnsasmurf is this with a lumix camera? the quality is really good! " its an olypus digital tough, nothing fancy. "Ashleigh_g great videos. love the 3rd where the electric yellow put's its big face in front. imagine capturing spawning like this, that would be amazing." haha i didnt move the camera in the 3rd one the yellow was on the other side having a go at the screen. shouldnt be to hard to get a vid of them spawning. it a matter of timing. looking good the big wes, you should see how bad the pics i took were, gave me a great little insight as i can only view my fish from above. cheers
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uNntr5_O0U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uNntr5_O0U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uNntr5_O0U cheers
  5. forget about the pellets. just keep the goldies in the tank and just let him be for a bit. sick fish do not want a baby sitter. shakarn7 let us know when those goldies are all gone. adding more will only help things along. cheers mick
  6. its a hard one to gauge africans are not in the same boat as goldfish guppys, but do vary, i had an albino pindani that was the definition of dumbass, but that was just one fish my fryeri are more calculated, read up on there feeding stratergies in the wild, two distinct feeding stratergies not generally used by other malawi cichlids (raiding catfish nests and mimicing grazing mbuna to prey upon mbuna fry). i imagine hormones play a signifigant role in african behaviour. i think we have to remember there is always a difference between the grazer and the predator, its just how nature fans out. i would put mangrove jack at the top as my percieved most intelligent fish. and its interesting that i have seen this is such young individuals species wise. adults are rarely given room to move around and express any natural behaviour. intelligence is only one survival stratergy. carp, pigeons, sheep all know how sussesful being a dumbass can be. cheers
  7. hey doug i'm wondering where all your picks are? those ikola were nice way back when they were just starting to breed would be nice to see them now as well. also do you still have that big original lwanda? now that was a nice big unhybridised peacock. cheers mick
  8. just popping in shon. how many litres? those icebergs are currently enjoying a 1100L pond in the garage. (started to breed as well). as for your pond leaching all i can suggest is keep it under water for a month and then change your water. yes it will continue to leach but most of it will be in that first month its under water. its not the lime exactly thats harming your fish, but these plenty on nasties in cement (known carcinogens etc.) why dont you make a sump for your pond? im just using a canister on my smaller pond. its kinda amazing keeping all these delicate plants in with africans, as they would normaly destroy them in the tank. i'm kinda hopeing the plants go nuts and keeps the nitrates down for me. running mine a 1 ppt plants dont have a problem with the salt. cheers mick
  9. hey discus i envy your upgrade i think really you only have barra or murry cod as options. if your catty ate a 60cm+ bass last time he'll do it again next time. (lol ever seen a tandanas catty swimming around with a dead cory horizontaly stuck in its mouth). a more boring option is a large salmon tail catty, but your kinda getting the same thing, caught a 6 pound and a 10 pound last trip to awoonga. if it was me i'd go the cod, no fishing park so would have to come from fish farm or live at the fish markets. get one of them hand feeding in a pond and youve got a joy for many years to come. pics/information on keeping big fish in big ponds is pretty rare to be honest so i'll be happy for you to inspire the rest of us. cheers
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  11. hey i have heard of these. i think its fair to say thier not everyones cup of tea. and yes your right they would probably be easier to buy in asia of all places. keep searching, use the net, find groups, talk to univeristy staff/students researchers, dpi, i have found that if you run into someone with simliar interests they will go out of their way to help you. i was supprised with an interesting talk about spiny crayfish with the head of qld dpi when i called them up. hmm as for percifics, theres a mob in the nt doing native fish, plant, crustration species that you wouldnt find anywere. "aquagreen" comes to mind but i may be wrong. have you heard of the nursery fish? an oddball if you've ever seen one, cant find them anywere, but would sell for big $$$ overseas. and right in our backyard (largish backyard). anyway let me know how you go. cheers mick
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  14. yer mate keep your sump nice and clean coming up to the move. the less bacteria in there the less oxygen they will use and the less bacteria will die in there.
  15. just my 2 cents.. i have no problem with this ban as long as some fish are still aloud in for breeding purposes, we have to remember the value of the oranmental fish industry in australia is nothing compared the the ever increasing aquaculture grow out industry, let alone the value of our wild fish populations that cannot really be valued in monitary terms. it may surprise some people but i have believed for a long time that the government hasnt been doing enough to protect what we naturally have here, its only a matter of time before many exotic species and thier diseases are well spread accross our waters, and its a sad case that we cannot trust aquarium keepers to do the right thing and not release any fish they keep. that said the government really needs to step up thier act when it comes to making these kinds of important decisions, how some fish are banned that have no recorded of introduced wild populations anywere while a fish like the oscar for istance which is istablished in many places world wide including australia is seen as less of a treat gets me. (not that im saying they sould ban oscars, i was trying to make a point). another expample of "where doing it to protect the native species" is the strict laws in place in regards to the heat treatmeant of aquaculture feeds to illiminate foriegn disease risks, while tuna 'grow on' farmers were aloud to feed frozen imported pilchards to thier tuna. if you dont know this resulted in a new disease that the australian pilchard stocks had no resostance to. the disease caused massive pilchard kills (any many lost dollars) and spread from eastern south australia to western australia, through nsw up to qld. on that note its hard to trust some of the decisions the goverment makes, but as were all entiltled to take up our own opinions i think this really will be a benifit to the australian aquarium industry, the australian aquaculture industry, our enviroment and our bottem line (yes im saying putting more more money into our economy and keeping it there) even if some people can only see doom n gloom for now. over and out mick
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