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  1. thought i would share my tried and true method of safely extracting alto comps and calvus from their shells to steal their fry and to clean their shells from all the gunk left over from last spawn which can and does spoil some or all of the next clutch if the female doesn't clean up properly or simply cant! this is why sometimes you will notice less fry with each spawn instead of more, the egg rott from the last batch is spoiling them ; >>> So, here it is. If its just a male or non-paired or non-spawning girls that have hogged a shell I extract them by placing the shell right up to the front glass with the opening facing you, give an inch or so room from the opening to the glass, when they come out a few mins later they say WTF im not living here up against this front glass, and that BigRock bloke is ugly enough from a damn distance as is, im out of here lol ,...so they simply abandon it! males abandon instantly and females who aren't fanning ofcourse will abandon it pronto aswell !! a fanning female usually wont. So with them,soon as I notice fry I go get an exact replica shell that's been cleaned and dried then i'll gently move her shell over just a few inches and place the new shell in the exact same position and place where hers was and then sit back and watch, she will come out a couple mins later and you'll see her expression almost say wtf lol what am i doing here? this isnt my shell thats my shell. And bang she'll go in the new one and that's when you dive in and grab her shell full of fry works a treat! and she is none the wiser all except her fry are gone, the pair bond also stays the same, theres NO territory dispute or sussing of new shells or placement etc, coz they have no real clue what happened when you do it this way and they'll begin another spawn soon as they can. This method is also more deviously fun than other methods when doing it, so enjoy!! ;
  2. i have a colony of white calvus, trio of black calvus and a trio of gold comps but none of them are breeding. all are breeding age. all live in 3 ft tanks or larger. i feed them- frozen brines new life spectrium cichlid formula spirilina flake
  3. i keep a couple differnt species of comps and calvus and need to find more breeding sites. i was wondering if i could take all the egg out of the shell ad clean it and use it for various species of comps and calvus. would the chicken egg shell perlute the water or anything like that or disolve over time?
  4. I need some help on raising calvus and alto fries gold and black. a lot of queenslanders have had success in raising these little buggers so pls help me! I lost several batches of both of them. Had them in a floating container about 5 inch sq and separate 2 ft tank of themself as well. They both clean every second days to remove all the sh!t and in both have got the water from the main tank to start up first and have always measure and check parameters! They were fed commercially made fries food brand Sera something the first week or so then on to grinded NLS. after about 3 weeks they started to die and finally lost the whole batch. I'm usually remove the dead one as soon as i see them! Can someone give me some suggestions on how they raise these little bastards! i have had other egg laying tangs breed and raised the fries without problem but these alto and calvus have been giving me quite a bit of a challenge! michael
  5. Hey guys, i discovered today that my gold head compressiceps have fry :happy: My juvie comps are breeding at 3 - 3.5cm A mate of mine said the fry are too small to eat microworm??? I find microworm great for my malawi's, will they eat frozen baby brine or does it have to be live? And also does anyone know if they will eat sera micron? Any advice would be greatly appreciated :woohoo: Thanks Stace
  6. Say hello to 'EGOR" he is a Altolamprologus compressiceps "mutonwe' gold head he suffered massive water quality failure at about 1.5cm and survived his 9 brothers and sisters he has a very deformed spine but has heaps of character..lol he now about 3 cm but i reckon he should be almost 5cm at his age around 2.5 years from memory, i like him
  7. just wondering what sort of survival rate alto breeders are experiencing? i seem to be loosing a large amount of fry between 3-5 weeks , just after fry become free swimming. i first thought water quality but now think maybee food? i am using powdered nls pellets
  8. heres a vid of my kigoma firerin male http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v635/ ... refins.flv
  9. heres a little vid of my new firefin fry,,(excuse the sound, i have'nt worked that out yet)
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