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November Fish of the Month - Aulonocara maulana - Details here

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#366689 November Fotm - Aulonocara Maulana

Posted by Stormfyre on 16 October 2018 - 10:49 AM

As the Fish of the Month for November, there will a bag of 8-9 x Aulonocara maulana "bi-color 500" around 5-8cm available at the PCS Meeting for auction. An instant breeding colony. These are special lots to raise money for Stuart Grant Fund for Cichlid Preservation and have kindly been donated by one of our PCS Members - Brenno71 (Brendon).

 

 

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Aulonocara maulana

This species is from Africa: Lake Malawi. Only found in areas around Chitimba Bay.

 

Common names: Bi-color 500, Bi-color, Bi-color Peacock.
 
Named after Alfred Maulana, one of Stuart Grant's dive team leaders, who discovered this population at Chitimba Bay, Malawi. 
 
Like many peacocks, A. maulana is found in areas with scattered rocks on a sandy bottom, but it is limited to just Chitimba Bay. It shares this location with another, very closely-related Aulonocaraspecies - Aulonocara masoni. They occupy different habitats, however, with the masoni occuring at 22 meters and the maulana occupying the habitat at just 5 meters depth. It is characterized by a broad yellow band around its collar and shoulder, which has earned the trade name "Bicolor." The designation 500 came about because this fish was listed as item number five hundred on Stuart Grant's stock list. The masoni differs from the maulana in that it is practically solid blue, with just a little yellow splash at the base of its ventral fins and on the ventral fins themselves.

 

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Size

Maximum length is around 5″ (13cm).

 

Classification

OrderPerciformes FamilyCichlidae 

 

Distribution

Aulonocara maulana is found in areas with scattered rocks on a sandy bottom, but it is limited to just Chitimba Bay.

 

Diet

Like all Aulonocara species, Aulonocara maulana has sensory pores on its face. With these they can sense movement underground on the lake floor from worms, snails, insect larvae, etc. 
 
It feeds on invertebrates that dwell in the sand by lying motionless over the sandy bottom, sensing micro-movements in the substrate. When it finds a target, it darts rapidly into the sand and sifts it by shooting the sand out its gills while retaining the acquired treat.
 
They are carnivorous - as such, in the aquarium it prefers live foods such as blood worms, snails or brine shrimp, but will generally accept frozen, quality flake or quality pellet foods. 

 

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Maintenance

Semi aggressive. Generally peaceful but may become territorial, particularly while spawning. Aulonocara maulana is pretty easy to care for. The fish is generally shy and peaceful, but once in a while, a rogue male will develop.
 
In the aquarium environment, this cichlid species is best kept with other docile cichlids. Mbuna are too rambunctious for this slow-moving and peaceful peacock. Other peacocks and many of the gregarious Haps and Utaka (e.g., C. moorii, O. lithobates, and Copadichromis spp.) work well as tank mates. They should also be kept in tanks no smaller than 50 gallons if kept with other species as they reach adult lengths of 4-5 inches.
 
Larger sandy areas are required for feding and plenty of swimming areas. Some rocks to the rear and sides of the aquarium for aggression and breeding.
 
Water Changes: To prevent the water from becoming too polluted, it is recommended to carry out a monthly renewal of 20% to 30% of the volume of water. Be careful, the added water must be at a temperature close to that of the aquarium.
 

Water Changes: Weekly - Water changes of 30% weekly are recommended.

 

Temperature: 78-82°F (25-27°C)   pH: 7.8 - 8.6  Hardness: 10-25°H

 

Character

The Aulonocara, along with the Utaka Cichlids Copadichromis and other non-Mbuna's, are members of the Haplochromis group. Haplochromis is the type genus of free-roaming browsers sometimes call "haps". They live in more sandy areas and open waters, and are generally larger cichlids than their Mbuna "rock-dwelling" counterparts. They also are more peaceful cichlids and should not be housed with the highly active and aggressive Mbunas.
 
The fish has a mellower temperament than other peacock cichlids. Even when spawning, they are less aggressive. Consequently there is a greater selection of tank mates you can keep with this cichlid species. They are also easy to care for, thus making them a desirable pet. Provide open space for swimming and a lot of caves in which to hide, sleep, or breed. Water changes that are frequent also help in keeping this cichlid. They will eat a meaty diet and have an almost puppy like excitability when being fed, thus adding to their appeal.
 
 
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Spawning

Aulonocara maulana is not hard to breed. Once you get the fish breeding they will spawn readily. Spawning is typical for peacocks.
 
The Bi-color Peacock has a mouth brooding term of about 21-24 days. The eggs are relatively small, and numerous. The females generally hold term with no issues. Fry grow quickly, hitting an inch within a month. 
 
A 40-gallon aquarium with only 1 male and 6 females would be an ideal breeding set up. Males tend to be rather aggressive towards females; therefore, it is recommended keeping several females for each male in order to reduce the level of aggression directed at any one female. Broods for adult-sized females range anywhere from 20 to 40 fry.
 
Peacock Cichlids are ovophile mouth brooders that form a matriarch family. The pair should be conditioned separately on mosquito larvae, blood worms, and crustaceans. The water should have a pH from 8.0-8.2, a water hardness 10-18 dH, and a warmer temperature of 79-84F (26-29C). The female spawns a small number of eggs on the rocky bottom. These are fertilized by way of the dummy-egg method. The young should be raised on newly hatched Artemia and fine-grade flake foods. 

 

Notes

Named after Alfred Maulana, one of Stuart Grant's dive team leaders, who discovered this population at Chitimba Bay, Malawi. It resides in the shallow, intermediate zone at a mere 16 feet.

 

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#366688 New Sponsor - Northfin Fish Foods Australia

Posted by Stormfyre on 16 October 2018 - 09:25 AM

I would like to take a moment to introduce our new PCS premium sponsor - NorthFin Fish Foods Australia.

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PREMIUM INGREDIENTS IN EVERY PELLET.

NorthFin's formulas strive on being 100% Filler Free, Artificial Hormone Free.
 

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Quality ingredients

All NorthFin™ formulas are made using Whole Antarctic Krill Meal, High Omega-3 Herring Meal and Organic Kelp as the main ingredients.

 

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Less Waste

Feeding a marine protein based diet to your fish allows them to stay healthy, reach their full size and colour spectrum while producing less waste.

 

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Professionally formulated

By adjusting the ingredient ratios NorthFin offers well balanced diets for a wide variety of freshwater and saltwater fish.

 

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Why NorthFin™?

Because it has no Fillers, Artificial Pigments, no added Artificial Hormones and no By-Products.

The founder Darius Chodocinskas has been an aquatic specialist for over 30 years. Throughout his career Darius has experimented with many different feeding formulas but was never satisfied with certain ingredients (fillers, artificial hormones and artificial pigments).

 
 
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Who is NorthFin and where did they come from?

Canadian Aquatic Feed Inc. is the first Canadian manufacturer of premium quality aquatic food pellets for ornamental fish.

The founder Darius Chodocinskas has been an aquatic specialist for over 30 years. Throughout his career, Darius has experimented with many different feeding formulas but was never satisfied with certain ingredients (fillers, artificial hormones and artificial pigments). He then decided to create NorthFin™, the first premium fish feed that consists of high quality easily digestible ingredients and is completely 100% filler, artificial hormone/ pigment free. Since then Canadian Aquatic Feed Inc. NorthFin™ products have set a new standard in the aquatic food industry.

Over the years Darius have been involved in different fish clubs in North America, Australia and Europe and participated in a lot of fish shows accumulating numerous Trophies, Plaques and Certificates including Best In Show, Best Cichlid and Best Catfish.

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR
NorthFin Australia
New South Wales,2749 Australia
Email: sales@northfinaustralia.com.au

 

OUR MISSION
To enhance peoples’ aquariums by offering premium quality fish foods, by mimicking the natural feeding habits of all aquatic fish species throughout an easily digestible diet.
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    Antarctic Krill is a type of shrimp-like marine invertebrate animal. Each krill consists of about 15% high-quality protein containing vital amino acids and about 3% fat and vitamins. It supplies minerals such as iron, phosphorus, and calcium. It is human consumption grade.

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    About High Omega-3 Herring Meal is the highest grade fish meal. This Special Product has a higher concentration of DHA. Prepared from herring Clupea harengus (Atlantic herring). Freshly caught and frozen in minutes on well maintained Canadian ships, on arrival to port all catch is processed in around two hours.

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    About The sardine is an ocean-going fish well known for travelling in large groups, or schools. The sardine is related to the herring, and sometimes small fish labelled as sardine is actually herring. The sardine is widely fished in the Pacific and Atlantic.

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    Kelp is a type of marine seaweed. Seaweeds come in three different colour varieties, red, green and brown. Kelp meal on average supplies around 60 minerals, 21 amino acids and 12 vitamins. Kelp also provides sources of nitrogen and potassium, micro-nutrients, carbohydrates and essential plant hormones.




#366664 November 6Th Meeting - Auction

Posted by Stormfyre on 08 October 2018 - 12:24 PM

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The next meeting of the Perth Cichlid Society will be an auction night on Tuesday, November 6th.
 
We are now taking bookings for lots. Please PM your lots to Ben 'Muttley' ASAP on PCS Forum.

The auction will be held at our regular venue Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164. We will be opening doors early to get lots booked in. Please park your cars in the car park marked, do not enter the school gates with your vehicles.

 
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·         We will have a new Fish of the Month for October. This month's FoTM is 'Aulonacara maulana - BC500' kindly donated by PCS Member - Brenno71. We will have a bag of 6-7 fish, around 7cm (instant colony), to discuss and auction off, with proceeds to Stuart Grant Fund for Cichlid Preservation. Learn about the fish and then take some home.
 
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·         Grab some raffle tickets for our Sponsor prize table full of awesome aquarium hobby items. There will be 2 major prizes to win!! Don't forget 20% of raffle goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund.
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·         In the PCS Kitchen we will have some tasty Bratwurst sausage sizzle with onions for you to buy. We will also have hot and cold drinks and snacks. Don't forget 20% of kitchen purchases goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund.
 
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Please note -
·         There will be no PCS Library or PCS Show Table this meeting.
·         You can pay cash or we can accept MasterCard, VISA Debit, VISA Credit and PayPal.
·         All lots must be pre-booked, with no exceptions. See this guide before you book in - HERE.
·         General public are welcome to attend, so please bring your friends along.
·         The doors will open just on 7:10pm to start processing lots. Lot viewing will start at 7:45pm.
·         No lots will be accepted into the auction after 7:40pm.
 
You will have a short period in which to view the lots commencing at 7:45pm. View the lots carefully before bidding as once you win, you own it. The lot area will be sectioned off and we ask that everyone remain behind the sectioned off area at all times, with the exception of the viewing period. Lots will only be dispersed at the end of the auction. This means you will need to remain until the end and be patient to collect your winning lots. The lots will be collected by PCS Committee members for you. Nobody is permitted to collect their own lots.
 
The PCS Raffle will feature great items and as major prizes -
 
1st prize - from Rob's Aquariums.
SunSun HW-3000 Canister filter. 1200-3000LPH adjustable - 4 stage filtration with accessories included. 

  • ABS engineering plastic, fashionalble design.
  • Siphon styple intake, easy to use. With water stop switch, easy cleaning.
  • Low noise operation, large out flow. 6 gears adjustable outflow from 1200-3000LPH.
  • With touchable screen.
  • With 9W UV sterilizer. UV Lamp working hours adjustable.

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2nd prize - from Rob's Aquariums.
Indiana Aquariums T8 LED - 4FT 15W light. This light is T8 style LED in a great colour ratio to make your fish POP! - 3Red-2Green-2Blue.

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The auction will be capped at *150 lots at the discretion of the PCS committee. In the interests of fairness, variety and smooth running, sellers may be asked to modify their lots at the organisers' discretion.
 
        *All lots must be pre-booked, with no exceptions. See this guide before you book in - HERE.
 
                                                       
HOW TO BOOK YOUR LOTS
                                       Please list the following:
                                              :Number of fish
                                              :Scientific and common name of fish
                                              :Size of fish
                                              :Sex if known and a reserve if wanted.

 
                                                       
 PM your list to Ben 'Muttley' via PCS Forums.

                                                         For example -
                                              3 x copadichromis virginalis "Mloto firecrest" 5-6cm
                                              5 x aphyocharax anisitsi "bloodfin tetra" 4cm
                                              1 x scobinancistrus aureatus "sunshine pleco" M 20cm (res $50)
                                                        
                                         Lists of lots missing the above information will be sent back.

 
***NEW AUCTION GUIDELINES
 
The number of auction lots will be at the discretion of the PCS Committee, however to ensure the evening does not run too late, the number of lots will be capped around 150. 
 
To assist sellers in determining what lots to submit, the following should be considered:
·         Cichlid lots will take preference to any other lots;
·         To encourage sellers to submit cichlid lots, the PCS has discounted the commission it will take from the sale price (5% vs 10% for non-cichlid lots);
·         While duplicate lots will be accepted, at the discretion of the PCS committee, lots may be removed in the interest of fairness and variety. Duplicate lots from the same seller will be those initially selected for removal. Duplicate lots from different sellers will be accommodated as best as possible. Sellers will be notified should this occur;
·         PCS will attempt to include all sellers submitting lots, however preference will be given to those submitting lots 2 weeks prior to auction night; and
·         All perishable items (e.g. food, chemicals, water treatments) will not be accepted unless they are sealed (i.e. unused).
 
There are a few things people need to be aware of for auction -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
General public are welcome to attend.
·         All lots will be inspected on the night and any lots with deformed,unidentifiable or undersized fish will be removed.
·         All lots will  have the seller's forum name listed on the bag.
·         Fish bagged incorrectly will not be accepted. No sandwich bags or zip-lock bags allowed.
·         Please make sure your fish are adequately bagged. If they are large fish, put each in a separate bag.
·         When booking lots, please use reserve prices sparingly  for the expensive stuff. No reserves will be accepted below $20
·         When bidding on the night please remember that collection and payment of lots will only take place at the end of the auction.
·         At the end of the auction your lots will be collected and given to you by a committee member. Do not touch any lots.
·         Only club members can sell lots at the auction but you can become one on the night. Anyone can bid/buy.
·         The PCS takes a 10% commission on all sales at the auction.
·         Non PCS club members pay an additional 10% of total sale price per lot.
·         Atwell College is not a licensed venue and alcohol is not permitted. Anyone drinking at the site will be asked to leave.
·         No smoking is permitted at Atwell College, you need to go out the front away from the entrance.
·         There are limited lots in the auction and cichlids then other fish take priority. The committee has discretion in refusing lots and reserves in the interests of balance and pacing.

 

*** PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BOXES TO TRANSPORT FISH AND GOODS - THESE WILL NOT BE PROVIDED***
 
Please bring your own boxes and bags to the auction to transport fish and goods home with you. If you bring your own boxes, please ensure you write your name on them to identify that they belong to you.
Please keep your eyes on your boxes if you leave them in the room, PCS is not responsible for taking care of them for you as we are too busy on auction nights. PCS will not have a stock pile of boxes for you to pack fish into at the end of the auction, it is important to bring your own.
 
All are welcome. Hope to see you there Tuesday, November 6th.
 
Doors open 7:15pm. Veiwing starts 7:45pm. Auction starts 8:00pm at Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164.

 

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New parking area. Do not drive into school gates unless you are dropping off large deliveries.

 

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Early Lots List

 

1 x Astro 2212 canister filter - brand new, never taken out box, reserve $125
4 x Callochromis macrops Ndole Bay red 3 cm
5 x Tropheops sp. Chilumba 3-4 cm
10 x Tropheus sp. red Chipimbi 3-4 cm
1 x Neolamprologus brevis sunspot molwe female 4cm
5 x Protomelas sp. steveni Taiwan Taiwan Reef 4-5 cm
5 x Protomelas sp. steveni Taiwan Taiwan Reef 4-5 cm
5 x Protomelas sp. steveni Taiwan Taiwan Reef 4-5 cm
5 x Metriaclima sp. msobo Magunga 4-5 cm
5 x Metriaclima sp. msobo Magunga 4-5 cm
5 x Metriaclima sp. msobo Magunga 4-5 cm
5 x Ancistrus sp. Common Bristlenose 3-4 cm
5 x Ancistrus sp. Common Bristlenose 3-4 cm
5 x Ancistrus sp. Common Bristlenose 3-4 cm
1 x Enantiopus sp. kilesa male 8 cm
1 x Enantiopus sp. kilesa male 6 cm
2 x Steatocranus casuarius Blockheads 10-7 cm
4 x Neolamprologus multifasciatus Multies 2cm

1x 3 lamprologus gold ocelllatus 1.5 to 2 cm

1x 5 electric yellow 4cm
1x 5electric yellow 4cm 
1x 5 electric yellow 4cm
1x 5electric yellow 4cm 
1x 2 block head cichlids 4 to 5cm
1x 3 normal brittle nose 5cm
1x 3 normal brittle nose 5cm
1x 2 marble brittle nose 5cm 
1x 2 calico bn female 7 to 8 cm
1x 2 calico by female 7 to 8 cm
1x 4 albino bn 4 to 5 cm
1x 2 lemon blue eye female bn 7 cm
1x 2 L007 Pleco 4 cm (reserve $180)
1x 3 L333 pleco 3 to 4 cm
1x 3 l333 Pleco 3 to 4 cm
1x tri- color lotus 
1x tri-color lotus
1x Windelov java fern 
1x Windelov java fern
1x Windelov java fern
1x Christmas moss 
1x java fern narrow leaf
1x anubia nana
1x lagenandra meeboldi "pink"
20x ninja shrimp 
20x ninja shrimp
20x ninja shrimp
5x bamboo Chaco cave 
5x bamboo Chaco cave




#366662 New Energy

Posted by Stormfyre on 08 October 2018 - 10:34 AM

me too.. i thought pics of Brett pooping in his new 'methane burner'. ;-)




#366641 October Meeting - Diy & Build A Fish Room

Posted by Stormfyre on 02 October 2018 - 01:17 PM

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Everyone should head down to our Tuesday, October 2nd - PCS meeting tonight. We have PCS Committee Members coming in to talk all about a few subjects. 

  • Brendan is going to show you how to build a fish room at home and all the things to look out for. He will explain how to save money building and maintaining a fish room.
  • Brett is going to go through his current fish room build and why he made decisions through experience and research.
  • Brendan and Brett will both discuss and explain DIY solutions to save you big money to spend on more fish. You can ask any questions you may have. 
  • Darryl is going to give a quick demo on how to bag your fish properly so they can be transported home. Great for those putting in lots in the PCS Auction next month.
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The next meeting of the Perth Cichlid Society will be on Tuesday, October 2nd. The meeting will be held at our venue Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164. We will be opening doors at 7:30pm and starting at 8:00pm. Please park your cars in the car park marked, do not enter the school gates.

 

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 ·         We will have another Fish of the Month. This month's FoTM is Metriaclima sp. msobo. We will have a bag of 5 of these beautiful cichlids from Lake Tanganyika of around 4-5cm up for grabs that were kindly donated by PCS member - Poncho (Brett). Learn about the fish, bid to take them home. All proceeds go to Stuart Grant Cichlid Preservation Fund.

 

 

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·         Grab some raffle tickets for our Sponsor prize table full of awesome aquarium hobby items. Heaps of aquarium related prizes prizes to win!! See Darryl 'Dazzabozza and Stormfyre' on the night to grab your tickets. Don't forget 20% of raffle goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund.

 

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·         Why not enter our PCS Showtable competition. Bring ANY cichlid or catfish down to the meeting and you could win sponsor prizes or vouchers. **Small tanks are available at the venue if you PM organiser Ash 'Ashram' on our forums at least a day before you come down. Feel free to bring you own tank and air, but no other items are permitted in tank for judging. 

 

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·         The PCS Library will be open where you can borrow books, magazines and DVDs of all kinds of cichlid topics. See Craig 'Delapool' on the night to borrow items.

 

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·         In the PCS Kitchen we will have some awesome Buffalo Chicken Wings with Ranch dressing to keep you going. We also have Plum Sauce Chicken Wings for those who can't stand the heat and other snacks for you to buy.  We will also have hot and cold drinks and snacks. Don't forget 20% of kitchen purchases goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund. 

 

 

Please note -
 
You can pay cash or we can accept MasterCard, VISA Debit, VISA Credit and PayPal.
General public are welcome to attend, so please bring your friends along.
The doors will open just on 7:30pm to start setting up. Talks will start at 8:00pm.

 

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All are welcome. Hope to see you there Tuesday, October 2nd.
 
Doors open 7:30pm. Meeting starts 8:00pm at Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164.

 

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Please take note of the new parking area and entry for Atwell College and PCS members.

 

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#366551 Fish Of The Month - Metriaclima Sp. "msobo"

Posted by Stormfyre on 10 September 2018 - 10:42 AM

As the Fish of the Month for October, there will a bag of 5 x Metriaclima sp. "msobo" around 4-5cm available at the PCS Meeting for auction. These are special lots to raise money for Stuart Grant Fund for Cichlid Preservation and have kindly been donated by one of our PCS Members - Poncho (Brett).

 

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Metriaclima sp. "msobo"

This species is from Africa: Lake Malawi. Particularly noted from Magunga, Lundu, Ndumbi, Pombo Rocks, Tanzania..

 

Common names: Msobo Magunga, "Deep" Magunga.
 
M. "Msobo" is another zebra cichlid. Males have a blue/black base color with light blue bars and spots against the dorsal fin. Females are orange/yellow. This species is found in the higher areas of the lake.

 

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Size

Maximum length is around 5.5″ (14cm).

 

Classification

OrderPerciformes FamilyCichlidae

 

Distribution

Metriaclima sp. "msobo' is a Mbuna from Lake Malawi. It is a rock dweller. It can be found in rocky habitats across the lake and on lake reefs.

 

Diet

Omnivore, takes both pellets and flakes and occasionally frozen foods. Feed mostly vegetable matter to avoid bloat. It feeds on algae and plankton in the wild. When hungry it will also eat the plants in your tank.

 

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Maintenance

Active rock-dwelling Cichlid, provide plenty of hiding places. Lots of filtration would be best to keep the water clean. Tank should be setup with lots of rocks so the males can have territories to avoid too much aggression.

 

Water Changes: Weekly - Water changes of 30% weekly are recommended.

 

Temperature: 78-82°F (25-27°C)   pH: 7.8 - 8.6  Hardness: 8-25°H

 

Character

Metriaclima sp. "msobo" can be quite territorial, keep with other agressive Rift Lake Cichlids of equal size. Males dig holes against the rocks and will protect them at all cost. This behaviour can be very aggressive whilst spawning.
 
Mostly stays on the bottom of the aquarium digging in caves. Average lifespan is usually 4-10 yrs but can live longer.
 
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Spawning

Mouthbrooder: after spawning, the females incubate the eggs in their mouth until the fry are free-swimming. Males will mate with multiple females. The fry are easily raised with first foods such as baby brine shrimp.
 
The males will begin to court the females when he wants to breed and will take over a spot in the tank and begin to dig. Shortly after the pair will breed and since these fish are maternal mouthbrooders, the females will hold the eggs in her mouth(bucal cavity). The females will continue to hold the eggs in their mouth until the eggs become wigglers which can take about 18-21 days.

 

Notes

This is a very beautiful species of Mbuna. The Metriaclima sp. "msobo" Magunga  is a colorful African cichlid that comes from Lake Malawi. They need to be kept with other aggressive Mbuna types. When mature, the males are bright blue and females are more of an orange color as seen in the photo. At a young age, they are all orange.

 

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#366549 Ticket Sales - Larry Johnson - Tuesday March 5Th

Posted by Stormfyre on 10 September 2018 - 09:53 AM

Tickets for our international guest - Larry Johnson (Canada) are on sale now.

 

Tuesday, March 5th at Atwell College. $12 includes fees and free catered food and drink on the evening.

 

Please support the club and come along. It'll be a great evening.

 

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

 

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#366519 Sept 4Th Meeting - Snail Pests, Freshwaters Rays, Plant Maintenance

Posted by Stormfyre on 03 September 2018 - 08:47 AM

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You ALL need to come to our Tuesday, September 4th - PCS meeting. We have PCS Committee Members coming in to talk all about a few subjects. 

  • Mike will talk you through Snail Pests and show you how to avoid the infestation and what to do if you have an outbreak.
  • Craig is going to show us all Plant Maintenance and how to keep those planted tanks looking pristine and avoid things that can destroy your planted world.
  • Brendan is going to talk about his experiences with keeping Freshwater Rays. Learn about these freindly and beautiful tank mates and ask any questions you may have. 
  • Darryl is going to give a quick demo on how to bag your fish properly so they can be transported home. Great for those putting in lots in the PCS Auction.

 

 

 

The next meeting of the Perth Cichlid Society will be on Tuesday, September 4th. The meeting will be held at our venue Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164. We will be opening doors at 7:30pm and starting at 8:00pm. Please park your cars in the car park marked, do not enter the school gates.

 

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 ·         We will have another Fish of the Month. This month's FoTM is Neolamprologus similis We will have a bag of 8 of these beautiful cichlids from Lake Tanganyika of around 2-4cm up for grabs that were kindly donated by PCS member - Ashram. Learn about the fish, bid to take them home. All proceeds go to Stuart Grant Cichlid Preservation Fund.

 

 

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·         Grab some raffle tickets for our Sponsor prize table full of awesome aquarium hobby items. Heaps of aquarium related prizes prizes to win!! See Darryl 'Dazzabozza and Stormfyre' on the night to grab your tickets. Don't forget 20% of raffle goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund.

 

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·         Why not enter our April Malawi PCS Showtable competition. Bring a cichlid or catfish down to the meeting and you could win sponsor prizes or vouchers. **Small tanks are available at the venue if you PM organiser Ash 'Ashram' on our forums at least a day before you come down. Feel free to bring you own tank and air, but no other items are permitted in tank for judging. 

 

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·         The PCS Library will be open where you can borrow books, magazines and DVDs of all kinds of cichlid topics. See Craig 'Delapool' on the night to borrow items.

 

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·         In the PCS Kitchen we will have some good old fashion Aussie Sausage Sizzle to warm you up and other snacks for you to buy.  We will also have hot and cold drinks and snacks. Don't forget 20% of kitchen purchases goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund. 

 

 

Please note -
 
You can pay cash or we can accept MasterCard, VISA Debit, VISA Credit and PayPal.
General public are welcome to attend, so please bring your friends along.
The doors will open just on 7:30pm to start setting up. Talks will start at 8:00pm.

 

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All are welcome. Hope to see you there Tuesday, September 4th.
 
Doors open 7:30pm. Meeting starts 8:00pm at Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164.

 

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#366495 Fish Of The Month - Neolamprologus Similis

Posted by Stormfyre on 29 August 2018 - 08:29 AM

As the Fish of the Month for September, there will a bag of 8 x Neolamprologus similis around 2-4cm available at the PCS Meeting for auction. These are special lots to raise money for Stuart Grant Fund for Cichlid Preservation and have kindly been supplied by one of our PCS Member - Ashram.

 

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Neolamprologus similis.

 

Neolamprologus similis is a tiny shell dweller from Lake Tanganyika. This fish for its size really packs a punch, and are fearless. Over the years, this neat little shellies has become more and more available. They are a pleasure to have in an aquarium, and show magnificent behavior.

 
This species gets its name from its similarity to 'Lamprologus' multifasciatus. The differences for telling the two apart are as follows (Buscher, 1992):
'Lamprologus' similis has a larger eye than 'Lamprologus' multifasciatus.

'Lamprologus' similis has one more stripe, located across the head.

 

 Neolamprologus similis is one of the less frequently seen shelldwellers in the hobby but has no less personality than its cousins. The territories it establishes are very small, usually measuring no more than 6″ across, but they are defended vigorously. The tiny fish will even bite hands or fingers that invade their ‘personal space’! It can be distinguished from the similar N. multifasciatus by the presence of additional barring on the head and neck and also in this species the stripes appear to be light in colour while in multifasciatus they appear dark.

 

SIZE :

Male to 4.5cm. Female to 3.5cm.

 

CLASSFICATION :

Cichlidae. Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae

 

DISTRIBUTION :

Endemic to Lake Tanganyika. It inhabits fairly deep water around the shoreline. These areas are characterised by soft substrates, where the empty shells of snails collect.

 

DIET :

Live and frozen varieties should form the bulk of the diet, although dried foods are usually accepted.

 

MAINTENANCE :

The aquarium should have large open areas of sandy substrate, to which should be added a good number of empty snail shells (see breeding section below). More shells should be provided than there are individual fish. The substrate should be at least 2″ deep as the species likes to dig.

 

WATER CONDITIONS :

Temperature: 24-27°C   pH: 7.5-9.0   Hardness: 8-25°H

 

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CHARACTER :

A territorial fish that will defend its shell and the small teritory around it vigorously. It can be combined with other species that inhabit other areas within the tank. Good tankmate choices include small rockdwellers such as Neolamprologus brichardi or smaller species of Julidochromis and open water species such as Cyprichromis. If a number of fish are kept, it will form a colony. If keeping it in this type of situation make sure there are enough shells to go around and try to buy more females than males.

 

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SPAWNING:

Quite easy. Shell brooder. It may breed in the community tank but if you want to raise a full brood of these, a separate tank should be used. Set it up as suggested above. Provide plenty of snail shells, as the females will lay their eggs in these. Escargot shells are a good choice and can be obtained from most decent delicatessens. Water should be hard and alkaline with a pH of around 8.0-8.5 and a temperature of 77-80°F. Keep several females per male and spacing the shells out a little. This helps to reduce aggression between males. Males may also spawn with multiple females if they are available. Condition the fish on a varied diet of live and frozen foods.

 

Females will attempt to catch the attention of males by displaying at the entrance of their chosen shells, which they bury until only the entrance is visible. When a male is sufficiently interested, the female swims into the shell where she deposits her eggs. When she has finished, she begins to back out of the shell at which point the male releases his sperm. This is ‘sucked’ into the shell by the action of the exiting female, thus fertilising the eggs. Alternatively, if the shell is large enough the male may enter it before releasing his sperm.

 

After fertilisation the male plays no further part in brood care and is no longer welcome in the female’s territory. The female sits on the shell, covering the entrance and fanning the eggs with her fins. These hatch in around 24 hours, becoming free swimming at around the 6-7 day stage. The fry now start to make forays away from the shell, venturing further and further as they grow. Eventually they are evicted by the female after another fortnight or so.

 

The fry are big enough to accept brine shrimp nauplii or microworm once they become free swimming. It is probably better to remove them to a separate rearing tank at this stage to ensure the best survival rate. Although the parents do not usually harm them other fish in the colony may eat them.

 

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NOTES :

This is one of the smallest known cichlid species and exhibits truly fascinating behaviour. The territories it establishes are very small, usually measuring no more than 6″ across, but they are defended vigorously. The tiny fish will even bite hands or fingers that invade their ‘personal space’! Highly recommended to anyone wishing to observe some unique behaviour on a small scale.

 

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#366327 Welcome New Sponsor - Fry Factory

Posted by Stormfyre on 23 July 2018 - 01:01 PM

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I'd like to take a moment to welcome our latest Perth Cichlid Society premium sponsor.. Fry Factory.

 

They have some great fry/egg incubation systems availalbe and there has been many great reviews already of their products.

 

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Here's a video on how the systems work - https://www.facebook...85287261730650/

 

 

Check out there Facebook page here - https://www.facebook...shEggIncubator/

 

Check out their website here - https://fryfactory.com.au/

 

Special thanks to Don for making this happen.

 

 

 

 

 




#366227 Fish Of The Month - Placidochromis Sp. Phenocilus Tanzania.

Posted by Stormfyre on 08 July 2018 - 10:17 AM

As the Fish of the Month for August, there will a bag of 4 x Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania around 5cm available at the PCS Meeting for auction. These are special lots to raise money for Stuart Grant Fund for Cichlid Preservation and have kindly been supplied by one of our PCS Members - Brenno71.

 

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Placidochromis sp. "Phenochilus Tanzania".

Placidochromis sp. “phenochilus Tanzania” is a beautiful, interesting and undemanding Malawi haplochromine. This fish is the closest thing to an OB (orange blotched, but a term used for fish with blotching) Malawi hap you’re going to see.
 
Males are a gorgeous dark blue with nice contrasting metallic white blotches, giving them their common name, The Star Sapphire Cichlid. The colors of the fish only intensify with age and it is an impressive sight to see a full grown ten inch male with stunning colors. At around three inches, the fish turn solid blue. When the fish reach four to five inches they begin to develop their white spotting. Every male looks different with some having more or less blotching than others. Females are generally smaller (six inches maximum length) and far less colorful. The females are silver with a nice black throat, black barring, and a blue sheen. Females only look nicer with age and older females can develop a fair amount of blue. 
 
There are two variants in the lake, but only that from Tanzania develops the spots. Those from Mdoka to Chirwa Island on the Malawi side of the lake are solid blue with white lips, and lack blue bars. Females are typically silver with the black vertical bars, but older females often attain partial or complete blue coloring in the aquarium.
 

Common names: Star Sapphire, Sapphire cichlid,

 

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Size

The male grows to a length of about 10" (25 cm) with the female being smaller at about 6" (15 cm).

 

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Actinopterygii, Order: Perciformes, Family: Cichlidae, Genus: Placidochromis, Species: phenochilus Tanzania.

 

Distribution

They are found in Lake Malawi, Africa at various sites around the Northeastern shoreline between Makonde and Lupingu in Tanzania and at Kasinda in Malawi.

 

They live in shallow, sediment rich areas of the lake.

 

Diet

In the wild, Placidochromis sp. ''Phenochilus Tanzania'' is seen following foraging species, such as Taeniolethrinops praeorbitalis, just like C. moorii and P. electra. These foot-long cichlids filter large amounts of sand through their gills and a lot of detritus is stirred up during the process. Placidochromis sp. ''Phenochilus Tanzania'' follows behind, like a dog on its heels, but T. praeorbitalis doesn't seem to mind. The amount of food exposed by the plowing activities of such diggers may not be sufficient for more than one adult follower, who depends exclusively upon this means of feeding. Consequently, individuals of the same species are wary approaching an "occupied" forager. An adult that has claimed a forager will usually signal ownership to others by taking on territorial coloration.
 
This fish is best raised on a combination of flake and pellet foods. Pellets that sink are preferred and even relished. These, of course, should be soaked prior to feeding. After they reach a size of 3" or more, flakes become too messy and might be discontinued.

 

Feeding Frequency: Daily - Offer several small feedings a day, what they can eat in about 3 minutes or less, rather than a single large feeding.

 

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Maintenance

Keeping the Star Sapphire Cichlid poses few issues. It is a docile, yet active species; in my opinion, they require a four foot tank because of their activity. A 320 litre aquarium comfortably houses a breeding group of seven 4 - 7 inch specimens. Ideally groups consisting of larger individuals should be housed in six foot tanks of at least 450 litres.
 
There is need for some open sandy areas for their feeding habits. It is best to decorate the tank with a sand substrate and a few sporadically placed rocks. 

 

Water Changes

Weekly - Water changes of 20-40% weekly are suggested, depending on the bio load.

 

Malawi Cichlids will deteriorate under poor water conditions. These fish eat a lot and are messy, so an established filtration system along with water changes of 20 to 40% a week depending on bioload, is needed for their health. Malawi bloat is a typical disease especially if their dietary needs are not met with quality foods.

 

The streams that flow into Lake Malawi have a high mineral content. This along with evaporation has resulted in alkaline water that is highly mineralized. Lake Malawi is known for its clarity and stability as far as pH and other water chemistries. It is easy to see why it is important to watch tank parameters with all Lake Malawi fish.

 
Rift lake cichlids need hard alkaline water but are not found in brackish waters. Salt is sometimes used as a buffering agent to increase the water's carbonate hardness.

 

Temperature: 78-82°F (25.6-27.8°C)   pH: 7.8 - 8.6  dH range: 12 - 18

 

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Character

After a period of about four years or more, males become very high-backed and a small "hump" may even begin to develop, but nothing like that of its close relative Cyrtocara moorii.
 
The only time you ever witness aggression in this species is during spawning, and even then it will likely be minimal. Like all Lake Malawi cichlids, hard, alkaline water is desired. I personally like to decorate the tank for this species with a sand substrate and rather few rocks in an attempt to mimic their natural habitat. Over a sand substrate these fish will actively search for food in the sand. The Star Sapphire Cichlid is easy to mix with other Lake Malawi cichlids. Mild-mannered mbuna species, Malawi peacocks, or a docile Malawi haplochromines all make good tankmates.
 

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Spawning

Placidochromis sp. “phenochilus Tanzania” is fairly easy to spawn. The fish is a maternal mouth brooder and will start to breed at around four inches long. It usually takes about eight months to reach this size as this species doesn’t grow super fast. 
 
The Star Sapphire Cichlid will excavate a small pit in which they spawn.
 
Females are usually good holders and will typically hold to term, which is about three weeks. It’s important to note that holding females are not always easy to notice compared to some other Malawi cichlids. The buccal cavity does not seem to distend very far when these fish are holding. The best way to realize that the fish have spawned is to monitor their behavior. Not only will females stop feeding when holding, but their mouths will have distinct “chewing” movements. Around the three week mark, It is suggested to strip the female as the fry are free swimming or at least really close to free swimming. 
 
A spawn is usually around 20-50 fry depending on the size and age of the female. The fry are rather large and easy to raise. They grow quickly on baby brine shrimp or crushed flake. Around two months of age the fry are around one inch long.

 

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Notes

Overall Placidochromis sp. “phenochilus Tanzania” is a delightful species to keep. A truly breathtaking species, it would be a welcome addition to almost any Malawi show tank. Its undemanding and peaceful nature makes it a wonderful aquarium resident. This species seems to be popular in the aquarium trade at the moment and is usually available from aquarists as well as some fish stores.
 
References:
Eccles, D.H. & Trewavas, E. (1989) Malawian cichlid fishes. The classification of some Haplochromine genera. Lake Fish Movies, Herten, Germany, 335 pp.
Konings, A. (2007) Malaǒi cichlids in their natural habitat. 4th ed., Cichlid Press, El Paso, Texas, 424 pp.
Trewavas, E. (1935) A synopsis of the cichlid fishes of Lake Nyasa. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 10(16), 65–118.
 
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#366202 August 7Th Meeting - Auction Night & A.g.m.

Posted by Stormfyre on 05 July 2018 - 06:58 PM

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The next meeting of the Perth Cichlid Society will be an auction night on Tuesday, August 7th.
 
We are now taking bookings for lots. Please PM your lots to 'Mac' ASAP on PCS Forum.

The auction will be held at our regular venue Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164. We will be opening doors early to get lots booked in. There will be a brief viewing time before the auction. This months auction will be proceeded by our AGM. This will take around 15 minutes before the auction commences. Please park your cars in the car park marked, do not enter the school gates.

 
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·         We will have two Fish of the Month for August. This month's FoTM is 'Placidochromis sp. "Phenochilus Tanzania" kindly donated by PCS Member - Brenno71. We will have a bag of 4 fish, around 5-6cm, to discuss and auction off, with proceeds to Stuart Grant Fund for Cichlid Preservation. Learn about the fish and then take some home.
 
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·         Grab some raffle tickets for our Sponsor prize table full of awesome aquarium hobby items. There will be 2 major prizes to win!! Don't forget 20% of raffle goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund.
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·         In the PCS Kitchen we will have some nice'n'warm soups with crusty bread for you to buy. We will also have hot and cold drinks and snacks. Don't forget 20% of kitchen purchases goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund.
 
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Please note -
·         There will be no PCS Library or PCS Show Table this meeting.
·         You can pay cash or we can accept MasterCard, VISA Debit, VISA Credit and PayPal.
·         All lots must be pre-booked, with no exceptions. See this guide before you book in - HERE.
·         General public are welcome to attend, so please bring your friends along.
·         The doors will open just on 7:10pm to start processing lots. Lot viewing will start at 7:45pm.
·         There will be a brief AGM from 8:00pm and the auction will start at 8:15pm. 
·         No lots will be accepted into the auction after 7:40pm.
 
You will have a short period in which to view the lots commencing at 7:45pm. View the lots carefully before bidding as once you win, you own it. The lot area will be sectioned off and we ask that everyone remain behind the sectioned off area at all times, with the exception of the viewing period. Lots will only be dispersed at the end of the auction. This means you will need to remain until the end and be patient to collect your winning lots. The lots will be collected by PCS Committee members for you. Nobody is permitted to collect their own lots.
 
The PCS Raffle will feature great items and as major prizes -
 
1st prize - from Aquotix Aquariums.

Astro 2212 Canister filter. 3 layer filtration, 1330 L/PH, self priming with all accessories included. 

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2nd prize - from eQuaria.
Boyu 82cm 20W UV Sterilisation light. This light is submersible and can be placed in your sump.

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The auction will be capped at *150 lots at the discretion of the PCS committee. In the interests of fairness, variety and smooth running, sellers may be asked to modify their lots at the organisers' discretion.
 
        *All lots must be pre-booked, with no exceptions. See this guide before you book in - HERE.

 
                                                       
HOW TO BOOK YOUR LOTS
                                       Please list the following:
                                              :Number of fish
                                              :Scientific and common name of fish
                                              :Size of fish
                                              :Sex if known and a reserve if wanted.

 
                                                       
 PM your list to 'Mac' via PCS Forums.

                                                         For example -
                                              3 x copadichromis virginalis "Mloto firecrest" 5-6cm
                                              5 x aphyocharax anisitsi "bloodfin tetra" 4cm
                                              1 x scobinancistrus aureatus "sunshine pleco" M 20cm (res $50)
                                                        
                                         Lists of lots missing the above information will be sent back.

 
***NEW AUCTION GUIDELINES
 
The number of auction lots will be at the discretion of the PCS Committee, however to ensure the evening does not run too late, the number of lots will be capped around 150. 
 
To assist sellers in determining what lots to submit, the following should be considered:
·         Cichlid lots will take preference to any other lots;
·         To encourage sellers to submit cichlid lots, the PCS has discounted the commission it will take from the sale price (5% vs 10% for non-cichlid lots);
·         While duplicate lots will be accepted, at the discretion of the PCS committee, lots may be removed in the interest of fairness and variety. Duplicate lots from the same seller will be those initially selected for removal. Duplicate lots from different sellers will be accommodated as best as possible. Sellers will be notified should this occur;
·         PCS will attempt to include all sellers submitting lots, however preference will be given to those submitting lots 2 weeks prior to auction night; and
·         All perishable items (e.g. food, chemicals, water treatments) will not be accepted unless they are sealed (i.e. unused).
 
There are a few things people need to be aware of for auction -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
General public are welcome to attend.
·         All lots will be inspected on the night and any lots with deformed,unidentifiable or undersized fish will be removed.
·         All lots will  have the seller's forum name listed on the bag.
·         Fish bagged incorrectly will not be accepted. No sandwich bags or zip-lock bags allowed.
·         Please make sure your fish are adequately bagged. If they are large fish, put each in a separate bag.
·         When booking lots, please use reserve prices sparingly  for the expensive stuff. No reserves will be accepted below $20
·         When bidding on the night please remember that collection and payment of lots will only take place at the end of the auction.
·         At the end of the auction your lots will be collected and given to you by a committee member. Do not touch any lots.
·         Only club members can sell lots at the auction but you can become one on the night. Anyone can bid/buy.
·         The PCS takes a 10% commission on all sales at the auction.
·         Non PCS club members pay an additional 10% of total sale price per lot.
·         Atwell College is not a licensed venue and alcohol is not permitted. Anyone drinking at the site will be asked to leave.
·         No smoking is permitted at Atwell College, you need to go out the front away from the entrance.
·         There are limited lots in the auction and cichlids then other fish take priority. The committee has discretion in refusing lots and reserves in the interests of balance and pacing.

*** PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BOXES TO TRANSPORT FISH AND GOODS - THESE WILL NOT BE PROVIDED***
 
Please bring your own boxes and bags to the auction to transport fish and goods home with you. If you bring your own boxes, please ensure you write your name on them to identify that they belong to you.
Please keep your eyes on your boxes if you leave them in the room, PCS is not responsible for taking care of them for you as we are too busy on auction nights. PCS will not have a stock pile of boxes for you to pack fish into at the end of the auction, it is important to bring your own.

 
All are welcome. Hope to see you there Tuesday, August 7th.
 
Doors open 7:10pm. Veiwing starts 7:45pm. AGM Starts 8:00pm. Auction starts 8:20pm at Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164.
 

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LIST OF LOTS:
 

Lots in RED are kindly donated to the Stuart M Grant Fund for Cichlid Preservation program. All proceeds of those lots will go to SGF, so please bid generously.
 

1 x PCS Merchandise pack

1 x Tom Hatch & Feed Brine Shrimp Hatchery

1 x Protomelas spilonotus "Tanzania" @ 12cm (F)

1 x Cichlid painting by Amos from Lake Malawi

1 x Cichlid painting by Amos from Lake Malawi

4 x Placidochromis sp. "Phenochilus Tanzania"@ 5-6cm

10 x Tropheus Brichardi Ulwile (F1) @ 3-4cm

10 x Tropheus sp Red Moliro (F1) @ 5-6cm

10 x Tropheus sp Red Moliro (F1) @ 5-6cm

10 x Tropheus Mpulungu (F1) @ 3-4cm

10 x Tropheus Mpulungu (F1) @ 3-4cm

5 x Metriaclima sp. msobo "Magunga" @ 3 cm

5 x Metriaclima sp. msobo "Magunga" @ 3 cm

5 x Chindongo flavus @ 4cm

5 x Chindongo flavus @ 4cm

4 x Neolamprologus buescheri "Kachese" @ 3-5cm

6 x Tropheus sp. red "Chipimbi" @ 4cm

1 x 9 litre bucket of shells and shell fragments

1 x Male Aulocara baenschi "Benga" @ 8cm (display male)

1 x Male Aulocara baenschi "Benga" @ 8cm (display male)

1 x Male Aulonocara hansbaenschi "Chiloelo" @ 8cm (display male)

1 x Male Aulonocara hansbaenschi "Chiloelo" @ 8cm (display male)

3 x Cyrtocara moorii "Blue Dolphin" @ 7-8cm

3 x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" @ 6-7cm

1 x LED light - Blue and white lights. Suit 2ft-3ft (used)

1 x LED light - Blue and white lights. Suit 2ft-3ft (used)

1 x Fluval 405 canister filter with media and hoses (used)

1 x Large container of large limestone aquarium rock (approx 8 big pieces)

3 x Protomelas Spilonotus Tanzania @ 6-8cm (males)

3 x Protomelas Spilonotus Tanzania @ 6-8cm (males)

4 x Sciaenochromis Fryeri @ 5-8cm (2M2F)

10 x Nimbochromis Venustus @ 3-5cm

1 x Male Otopharynx Lithobate "Sulphur Crest" @ 10-12cm

1 x Male Otopharynx Lithobate "Sulphur Crest" @ 10-12cm

1 x 10 litres of new K1 media

3 x Sciaenochromis Fryeri @ 3-5cm

1 x Painting of Cape McLear and Thumbi West view from Lake Malawi

1 x Pack Indian almond leaves

1 x Pack Indian almond leaves

1 x Spawning mop

2 x pairs Poecilia reticalata (Japanese blue swords)

4 x Neolamprologus leleupi @ 3-4cm

4 x Neolamprologus leleupi @ 3-4cm

10 x Neocaridina davidi (carbon rili shrimp) @ 1-2cm

4 x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" @ 4-5cm

4 x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" @ 4-5cm

1 x 10kg bag of Black gravel

1 x 10kg bag of Black gravel

10 x Neocaridina davidi (red Rili shrimp) @ 1-2cm

4 x Iodotropheus sprengerae "Rusty" @ 4-5cm

4 x Iodotropheus sprengerae "Rusty" @ 4-5cm

4 x Otopharynx Lithobate "Sulphur Crest" @ 4-5cm

4 x Otopharynx Lithobate "Sulphur Crest" @ 4-5cm

2 x Sturisoma sp "royal whiptail" catfish @ 10cm

4 x Iodotropheus sprengerae "Rusty" @ 4-5cm

4 x Cyphotilapia Frontosa "Kigoma" @ 4-5cm

4 x Cyphotilapia Frontosa "Kigoma" @ 4-5cm

5 x Cynotilapia Zebroides Likoma @ 4-5cm

2 x Lamprologus ocellatus "Blue" @ 1-2cm

4 x Gephyrochromis lawsi @ 4-5cm

4 x Gephyrochromis lawsi @ 4-5cm

4 x Gephyrochromis lawsi @ 4-5cm

3 x Protomelas sp. "Steveni Taiwan" (Taiwanee Reef) @ 4-5cm

3 x Protomelas sp. "Steveni Taiwan" (Taiwanee Reef) @ 4-5cm

4 x Ophthalmotilapia ventralis Chituta @ 3-4cm

4 x Julidochromis transcriptus @ 3cm

4 x Julidochromis transcriptus @ 3cm

4 x Julidochromis transcriptus @ 3cm

6 x Neolamprologus pulcher (daffodil brichardi) @ 5cm

6 x Neolamprologus pulcher (daffodil brichardi) @ 5cm

6 x Neolamprologus pulcher (daffodil brichardi) @ 5cm

5 x Lethrinops marginatus "Red Flush" @ 5-6 cm

4 x Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda" @ 3cm

4 x Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda" @ 3cm

4 x Cyphotilapia Frontosa "Kigoma" @ 6-8 cm

4 x Cyphotilapia Frontosa "Kigoma" @ 6-8 cm

4 x Cyphotilapia Frontosa "Kigoma" @ 6-8 cm

5 x Neolamprologus Tretocephalus @ 6-7cm

5 x Neolamprologus brichardi (Albino) @ 5-6cm

5 x Pseudotropheus tropheops "Chilumba"   @ 4-5cm

5 x Pseudotropheus sp. Perspicax @ 4-5cm

5 x Neolamprologus olivaceous @ 4-6cm

5 x Petenia splendida (Green Bay Snook) @ 8-9cm

3 x Lamprologus ocellatus "Gold" @ 1-2cm

3 x Lamprologus ocellatus "Gold" @ 1-2cm

4 x Ancistrus sp. "common bristlenose" @ 5-6cm

4 x Ancistrus sp. "common bristlenose" @ 5-6cm

4 x Ancistus Sp. "Peppermint Bristlenose" @ 4cm

1 x Bolbitis Heudelotii African Waterfern (small type)

1 x Bolbitis Heudelotii African Waterfern (small type)

1 x Barclaya Longifolia red

1 x Windelov java fern

1 x Windelov java fern

1 x Windelov java fern

1 x Mini java fern

5 x Bamboo Chaco cave

5 x Bamboo Chaco cave

1 x Anubias nana on lava rock

1 x Anubias nana on lava rock

1 x Cryptocoryne wendtii "Red"

1 x Cryptocoryne wendtii "Red"

20 x Ninja shrimp

20 x Ninja shrimp

20 x Ninja shrimp

3 x Pseudotropheus sp. "Williamsi North" @ 5 cm

3 x Pseudotropheus sp. "Williamsi North" @ 5 cm

3 x Cyrtocara moorii @ 6 cm

3 x Cyrtocara moorii @ 6 cm

4 x Neolamprologus Multifasiatus @ 2-3 cm

4 x Neolamprologus Multifasiatus @ 2-3 cm

4 x Xenotilapia bathyphilus Kekese  @ 4-5 cm

4 x Xenotilapia bathyphilus Kekese  @ 4-5 cm

4 x Xenotilapia bathyphilus Kekese  @ 4-5 cm

3 x Ancistrus sp. "albino bristlenose" @ 6cm

3 x Ancistrus sp. "albino bristlenose" @ 6cm

3 x Haplochromis thereuterion @ 4cm

3 x Exochromis anagenys @ 4cm

4 x Metriaclima estherae "minos reef" @ 4cm

5 x Aristochromis christyi @ 5-6cm

5 x Aristochromis christyi @ 5-6cm

4 x Neolamprolgus similis @ 2cm

5 x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" @ 3cm

5 x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" @ 3cm

5 x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" @ 3cm

1 x Pterophyllum scalare @ 8-9cm

1 x Pterophyllum scalare @ 8-9cm

1 x Pterophyllum scalare @ 8-9cm

2 x Pterophyllum scalare @ 8-9cm

2 x Epalzeorhynchos bicolor (Red tail shark) @ 6-7cm

1 x Tropheus Duboisi @ 8cm (male)

4 x Steatocranus casuarius "Blockhead" @ 5cm

2 x pair Poecilia wingei "Tiger Endler" @ 3-4cm

2 x pair Poecilia wingei "Tiger Endler" @ 3-4cm

2 x pair Poecilia wingei "Tiger Endler" @ 3-4cm

2 x pair Poecilia reticulata "Black metal lace" @ 3-4cm

2 x pair Poecilia reticulata "Black metal lace" @ 3-4cm

2 x pair Poecilia reticulata "Black metal lace" @ 3-4cm

3 x Dimidiochromis compressiceps @ 6cm

3 x Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos "maingano" @ 5-6cm

3 x Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos "maingano" @ 5-6cm

5 x Chindongo saulosi @ 3cm

5 x Neolamprologus leleupi @ 3cm

1 x Labidochromis sp. "Nkali" 8cm (male)

2 x Placidochromis milomo "Super VC 10" @ 7cm

1 x Steatocranus casuarius "Blockhead" @ 8cm

4 x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" @ 3cm

7 x Tropheus sp. "Lunatus" Mkuyu @ 7cm

3 x Hypancistrus sp. "L333" (White variety) @ 3cm

1 x Anubias nana

1 x Anubias nana

 

 




#366201 Additional Committee Members Needed

Posted by Stormfyre on 05 July 2018 - 06:51 PM

You do not need to be a fish expert or anything to help out with the club.

 

Speak to one of us if you feel like helping.




#366136 July Meeting - Dr Richmond Loh - Cichlid Diseases.

Posted by Stormfyre on 29 June 2018 - 08:56 AM

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You ALL need to come to our Tuesday, July 3rd - PCS meeting. We have The Fish Vet - Dr Richmond Loh coming in to talk all about 'Cichlid Diseases'. Dr Loh will go through all the nasty things you need to look out for in your aquariums and how to prevent or remedy them if they do occur. You can ask Dr Loh all your 'Cichlid Disease' questions and get answers straight from the master. 

 

Dr Richmond Loh, The Fish Vet, is a registered veterinarian, and veterinary pathologist - with post-graduate qualifications in aquatic animal health and diseases. His passion for all things aquatic gave birth to The Fish Vet. Armed with his knowledge, skills and extensive experience, Dr Loh and his team provides professional veterinary services to pet fish owners, public aquaria, retailers, wholesalers and fish farmers (ornamental and food fish) - locally, interstate and internationally.
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He is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian and has been awarded the George Alexander International Fellowship by the International Specialised Skills Institute. He is an author and reviewer to several journals and other publications. He is an invited speaker nationally and internationally (Czech Republic, St Kitts & Nevis, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, USA, Australia).
 
Dr Loh started his professional career as a veterinary fish pathologist at Mt Pleasant Laboratories in Tasmania. His skill set is unique, having been admitted as a Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) by examination in both the subjects of “Aquatic Animal Health” and in “Pathobiology”. This makes him a qualified aquatic veterinarian, as well as a qualified veterinary pathologist.
 
As “The Fish Vet”, he provides veterinary services for a range of clients and they include individual pet fish owners, public aquaria, retailers, wholesalers and fish farmers (ornamental and food fish); locally, interstate and in internationally. He is the consultant veterinarian to AQWA (the Aquarium of WA), is an adjunct lecturer at Murdoch University and provides advice on animal welfare as it pertains to fishes to several universities and the RSPCA.
 
Through his veterinary career, he has appeared on TV (Creature Features, Stateline, Catalyst, ABC news), been interviewed on radio (Curtin FM), appeared in newspapers (The Sunday Times UK, Herald Sun, The Examiner, Sunday Tasmanian, The Cairns Post, Canning Times), magazines (Australian Aquarium Magazine, Aquarium Keeper Australia, TIME Australia Magazine, Your Pet Magazine, Woman's Day, Pets – Taking Care of Your Family's Best Friend, Animals' Voice) and appears on several local and international websites (ABC Online).
 
Follow his Blog here - TheFishVet
Follow his Facebook here - TheFishVet

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The next meeting of the Perth Cichlid Society will be on Tuesday, July 3rd. The meeting will be held at our venue Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164. We will be opening doors at 7:30pm and starting at 8:00pm. Please park your cars in the car park marked, do not enter the school gates.

 

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 ·         We will have another Fish of the Month. This month's FoTM is Hemichromis guttatus "Jewel Cichlid" (the one with large blotch on side mid-rift). We will have a bag of 4 of these beautiful cichlids from West Africa of around 5cm up for grabs. Learn about the fish, bid to take them home. All proceeds go to Stuart Grant Cichlid Preservation Fund.

 

 

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·         Grab some raffle tickets for our Sponsor prize table full of awesome aquarium hobby items. Heaps of aquarium related prizes prizes to win!! See Darryl 'Dazzabozza and Stormfyre' on the night to grab your tickets. Don't forget 20% of raffle goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund.

 

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·         Why not enter our April Malawi PCS Showtable competition. Bring a cichlid or catfish from Malawi down to the meeting and you could win sponsor prizes or vouchers. **Small tanks are available at the venue if you PM organiser Ash 'Ashram' on our forums at least a day before you come down. Feel free to bring you own tank and air, but no other items are permitted in tank for judging. 

 

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·         The PCS Library will be open where you can borrow books, magazines and DVDs of all kinds of cichlid topics. See Craig 'Delapool' on the night to borrow items.

 

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·         In the PCS Kitchen we will have some home made Sausage Rolls to warm you up and other snacks for you to buy. Forget about Mrs Macs - these are Mrs Vose oven delights. We will also have hot and cold drinks and snacks. Don't forget 20% of kitchen purchases goes towards the Cichlid Preservation Fund. 

 

 

Please note -
 
You can pay cash or we can accept MasterCard, VISA Debit, VISA Credit and PayPal.
General public are welcome to attend, so please bring your friends along.
The doors will open just on 7:30pm to start setting up. Talks will start at 8:00pm.

 

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All are welcome. Hope to see you there Tuesday, July 3rd.
 
Doors open 7:30pm. Meeting starts 8:00pm at Atwell College, 201 Brenchley Drive, Atwell 6164.

 

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#365694 July Meeting - Update

Posted by Stormfyre on 20 April 2018 - 05:37 PM

This was from 2015? Richmond Loh is attending this year.