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  1. Hey all. Just wandering if anyone has experience with building their own tank racks or if anyone could point me in the right direction or share any plans they have for building a rack. Any help greatly appreciated. Cheers Lennox
  2. i know a cure for selectively bred genetic deformity.... Bleach... can't believe that any hobbiest would choose to willingly retard a species. this trend probably started of by some breeder somewhere who took inbreeding to a new level and accidently ended up with a whole lot of deformed fish that they thought they could make a quick buck off by selling as a 'new line' rather then a big **** up. generate enough interest and people will by pretty much what ever you tell them too. hell some people by certain fish from a shop just to be able to say "I got this here". if they are a line bred "short body"(line bred deformity), what happened to all the fish in between? my guess is they were probably sold as the real thing to unsuspecting people and will eventually find its way into existing stock of fish ruining the fish for everyone over time! anyone who wants to keep this fish should leave it as display only (terrible display of a fish) and never bred. they probably came from the same breeders who think its fine to mutate a fish by cutting it and damaging it to create "horns" and "batwings" and alike.
  3. Very nice, last time i saw one of these in person was 9 years ago at my lfs that was only a single female. very happy to see there still about.
  4. aww he's so big now.... i remember when he was just pushing 8 cm... lol
  5. why is it that noone reallly investigates migrating reefs? the number of coral species found further south these days is about double what it was 10 - 15 years ago. it makes sense tho... as water heaps up the corals can inhabit areas previously too cold. all fast growing coral species especially will be able to move away from where the water is warming up and probably most of the slower ones too. the great barrier reef my one day be in jeopardy but the corals are moving down. in the words of jerrasic park.... "Life will find a way" i also know of acros that exist in permanent pools that are flooded during high tide and warm up past 32 degrees during the day. massive areas of them too.... darwinian evolution. (goniopora sp. can also be found around the same areas...) Nice little acro there brengun. it'll be twice the size before you know it, the stylophora in the background looks nice and happpy too
  6. i agree with daydream and liljohn, increase feeding. temp and airation and treat for flukes. a thought on the 'pimple' tho... do you have any of the annoying snails in your tank? (melanoides tuberculata (malaysian trumpet snail?) some fish can get cystic lumps in the muscular tissue from a few species of trematodes. the most common sources for these trematode species is these snails. the eggs are ingested by the snail mature into larvae, release into the water and attach to the fish, burrow into the tissue, become cysts as they mature and wait to be eaten again to start the whole cycle over. any plants that are grown outdoors where birds can reach have the potential to transfer this disease. if ur fish gets betterh and the lump remains it could be that. doesn't usually kill the fish... though it doesn't always look pretty. keep an eye on it tuberculosis is usually fast once you start seeing symptoms and has an open lesion... good luck, Lennox
  7. Can you post a pic of the tank at all? discus can be shy creatures at times and actually prefer a darker tank, tannin filled if possible with plenty of places to hide (leaves and driftwood). i went to the heiko bleher talk a while ago and found out a few interesting things. for example they prefer there own colour strains rather then a little bit of red a little bit of blue and a little bit of whatever looks good at the time. if u have larger numbers of dicus with similar colours and patterning they cohabit in the tank alot more easily and will actually shoool together. this is the same of tank bred (fancy colours) and wild form discus. hope it helps Lennox
  8. they can eat it though i've more heard of it beng used in shrimp tanks as a food source. after a day or 2 of soaking it creates a bio-film which the shrimp absolutely love. its in a way similar to spinach although it doesn't have quite as much nutrients (ie. iron etc). there is alot of debate as to how exactly to use it though... some blanch in boiled water, some boil in water for a few minutes, some soak in a bucket for a day or 2, some freeze first and some just chuck it in fresh from the tree... again this is mainly for shrimp but i guess the same would apply to any algae eaters... hope it helps Lennox
  9. egg dummy's. males have more. usually 3 or more. they also usually but not always have a much stronger colouration... depends on quality. pic 1 looks pos. male and the rest probably female. pic 3 looks borderline male but leaning towards female (better pic of anal fin when its healed?).... also females will hold eggs lol. feed them well and time will tell...
  10. Yes this is true, and yes they all do look like females at birth. the males will come through once they start reaching maturity.
  11. clearly they are low grade... no doubt about that... and i'll hold off on your 'flames' for now i already have some which are the same if not better:p
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