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#1 Redevilz

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:26 PM

After a break from fish keeping for a little over a year after moving house into a smaller rental property, I had decided to get some cichlids again!

My 2x 4 foot aquariums are still in storage but I'm setting up a 60x30x45 tank which I'll either plant or just leave with the current sand and gold vine with Indian almond leaves. I'll add photos tomorrow and I'll have the tank up and running by this weekend.

If anyone has any fish recommendations in terms of dwarf cichlids and where to find them they would help a lot cheers

Ben

#2 Fox

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:15 AM

Welcome back ;)

Did you get your almond leaves locally?

#3 Poncho

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 06:52 AM

Dwarves are cool - Shellies seem to be popular at the moment and plenty of gold and blue occies around plus multies, caudopunctatus, similes and brevis. Just put a wtb ad up or check in with lfs. Some rarer shellies around at the minute too like telmatochromis vittatus, Neo callipterus and altolamprologus sp sumbu and mbita.

Stormfyre has a pretty cool collection of julidochromis variants going - most are breeding.

A few pelvicacheomis variants going around now. Might take a bit to source the really awesome variants like Nigerian reds but they are out there.

I've got a collection of west African dwarves starting to happen but no fry yet. Hemichromis guttatus - not the common red forest jewel, this type is super red. Blockheads and tinanti plus some Egyptian mouthbrooders that are holding at the minute.

lots to choose from mate - didn't even mention South American dwarves

#4 Redevilz

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:19 PM

Thanks Fox yeah I got the Indian almond leaves from Aquotix.

Cheers for the advice Poncho, thinking I might go down the Apistogramma route and see if I can get a cool species, I've kept shellies before but found apistos cooler really although the shellies were interesting.

Edited by Redevilz, 14 March 2018 - 11:55 PM.


#5 Redevilz

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:58 PM

So this whole plan came to a bit of a halt when I walked into my ‘watertight’ shed to find my box storing all my fish keeping equipment filled with rainwater. I’ve replaced it now and should be getting the tank happening tomorrow for sure.

Watch this space, will definitely have something running by the weekend.

#6 Delapool

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:29 AM

Ouch! Leak on the roof somewhere?

#7 Redevilz

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 08:05 PM

Pretty much, there was a small gap between the roof and the wall on one side that I didn’t notice and the water was funneling in through there.

#8 Delapool

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 09:41 PM

Ouch - seemed to come up quite quick to. Wasn’t really expecting any rain.

Oh well, my sister is in Townsville and they are over rain :)




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