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    600L Mixed Malawi
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  1. Nope. I've only been looking at them (seriously) for a few months, although I've been aware of them for years. I did email Dave there about something else, and he was very prompt with a reply, so if you're after something specific, you might try an email.
  2. Try Aquagreen. They're based in Darwin and have a wide range of native plants. Only problem is, not everything is available all the time. Check their catalogue first, and maybe get in touch with them directly if you're after something specific.
  3. I've seen several ready made (small) tanks recently with built-in lights that are ferociously bright. Fish don't like this!! Most fish will be quite happy in a tank with no light at all - unlike plants. My tanks all have lights, including one planted tank with healthy plants. Just make sure the light is not too bright. If you can control it, use the dimmer settings at least until the fish get used to it. If your light doesn't have dimmer settings, put a shade of some sort between the light and the tank (preferably non-flammable material!!) again, at least until the fish get used to it.
  4. Inspirational. I have enough trouble with my canister filters.
  5. I have 4 peppermint bristlenose catfish available. I've had these for just over 2 years, got them as 3 cm juvies. Now they are around 9 cms. Two are slightly larger and fatter, two are slightly smaller, one of which has bristles on the nose. Sex is not known for sure. They've been in my discus tank, along with lots of other fish and I have not provided any caves or similar for breeding, so (not surprising) they have not bred, to my knowledge. Asking $200 for the group of 4, pickup in Parkinson. SOLD - thanks to buyer.
  6. Good to get a visual on them again, after winter!
  7. True, I also have a few of them in my planted tank. They still are cichlids, after all - even if the biffo is nothing like my Malawi tank.
  8. Elegant, simple, peaceful. I like it.
  9. Cheers mate. I did figure if I want the fry to survive, the Calvus in particular would have to go, and also ideally separate the other groups of cichlids. They're all in there together in one big tank, 6 * 2 * 2. Also some Metynnis but they don't bother the fry. Three remaining tiger barbs, which also like snacking. I have had success with Ellioti when I separated just a pair of them into a smaller, 80L tank by themselves.
  10. Very nice! What are their tankmates? I've not had any luck with pairs of American cichlids keeping their fry due to predation by tankmates. I've had Ellioti, Blue Acara, Severum, all with fry but none survived. The main culprit in my case is a Calvus (which I know is Tanganyikan and doesn't belong in that tank). Really remarkable how the Calvus can sneak into any nest to steal fry.
  11. Indeed billfish, that was the plan. But I lost both males after 2 months, and then it gets harder! Being annuals, the clown killies have a shorter window in which to achieve the reproduction necessary to establish a colony. At some point, I'll give this a go again.
  12. You're not mucking around there!! Nice setup.
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