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by Barbie
Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
Topic: Open eggs with shellies
Replies: 7
Views: 2534

Congrats Lisa! I had a multi female that laid on the outside of her shell but I always just assumed she was a wee bit confused. I'd not heard of one laying on the tank well. That's awesome that you got to watch them develop!

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by Barbie
Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:58 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: MCA EXPO 2006
Replies: 8
Views: 3854

Nah, I don't think my relatives are stupid. I do think my mother and sister both also keep fish though, which does tend to make my evil scheming a little easier to get away with ;).

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by Barbie
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:17 am
Forum: General Fish Topics
Topic: Fellow Forum Photos
Replies: 63
Views: 45901

This is the hubby and I the day after we got married in Las Vegas, two years ago. Too much sun, too much walking and we still can't get those stupid smiles off our faces. ;) Famous last words "but honey, it's only like an inch on the map at the hotel, three miles later, in August!" We live in Spoka...
by Barbie
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:07 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: MCA EXPO 2006
Replies: 8
Views: 3854

Hmmm.... that's not that far from Kansas City.... I could tell my mother I was coming to visit and then just spontaneously convince her to attend a fishie function! Heck I could even get my sisters birthday in on the deal! I wonder if anyone would think it was suspicious that it just "happened" to ...
by Barbie
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:03 am
Forum: General Fish Topics
Topic: Cichlid Salad
Replies: 5
Views: 2350

Do without my purple text? Uh, no! I can't, I wouldn't recognize what I typed! I might even lose my sense of self! Not to mention I find myself typing the tags to turn the color off and making my posts look retarded whenever I try to stay just white ;). On my screen this is a perfectly legible colo...
by Barbie
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:53 am
Forum: Tropheus & Petrochromis
Topic: Tropheus Calculator at "Steve's Tropheus"
Replies: 5
Views: 4680

I think that's going to end up being a matter of opinion. My tropheus colony uses the water column in their 180 gallon tank most of the time. Then again, I've also specifically tried to set it up with minimal rock piles to claim for territory and I've got 35 of them in there to keep it busy. They'r...
by Barbie
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:51 am
Forum: Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
Topic: Cyprochromis leptosoma
Replies: 5
Views: 2856

The jumbos would bully and beat the snot out of the regular Cyps, IME. I've had a colony of jumbo cyps living with a colony of Tropheus for more than a year now, holding their own and reproducing like mad. The Utintas are barely happy in a 125 gallon tank with shellies and a trio of calvus. I defin...
by Barbie
Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:19 am
Forum: General Fish Topics
Topic: Cichlid Salad
Replies: 5
Views: 2350

It's basically just nori sheets, like what you buy at the grocery store. I've been considering buying them and running a puree of other vegetables and shrimp through my food processor and drying them. You know, so my fish can be even more spoiled and my husband can swear yet again to never eat anyt...
by Barbie
Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:15 am
Forum: Lake Tanganyika Sand-dwellers and Featherfins
Topic: Providing Kilesa's environment
Replies: 7
Views: 3616

I purchased a group of 10 young E. kilesa a few years back. Once they were grown I discovered I had 9 males and 1 female. The males weren't overly rough on her and in a large enough tank, I wouldn't forsee any problem at all keeping pairs, rather than harems. You'll be enchanted watching these guys...
by Barbie
Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:11 am
Forum: Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
Topic: what bottom feeders
Replies: 4
Views: 2895

I've had good luck keeping my many types of plecos with rift lake cichlids. You shouldn't have any problem at all keeping standard bristlenose of appropriate sizes with Tanganyikans. Keeping in mind that the more they're getting picked on, the less they'll be cleaning ;). On a related note, I've pe...
by Barbie
Sat Mar 12, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: Tropheus & Petrochromis
Topic: Tropheus Tank????
Replies: 7
Views: 7929

I'd have to agree here. 15 tropheus would give you a much better chance of spreading out aggression. The 15 ilangi managed to off one through aggression related issues in their 75 gallon, but the rest of the colony was quite content, long term. As long as you're keeping up on tank maintenance, you s...
by Barbie
Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:00 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Cross bred cichlids
Replies: 17
Views: 11397

Just to clarify a bit here, very rarely are the hybrid fish "created" here in the US, there just tends to be a market for them here. I constantly see hybrid fish showing up on availability lists for transshipped fish from Asian markets, and there are any number of hybrid synos coming out of Czech b...
by Barbie
Fri Jul 09, 2004 9:44 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: Stocking advice?!
Replies: 2
Views: 4686

I would have to say probably not. 7 discus, along with assorteds in what basically amounts to a 55 gallon tank is going to be maxing your bioload. I'd bet that your current water change schedule isn't keeping up with the waste you'll have from just the fish already in the tank. I used to have to do...
by Barbie
Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:14 am
Forum: Tropheus & Petrochromis
Topic: Tropheus in a 150
Replies: 5
Views: 5444

You'll find that you have a high color variance, even within one colony of tropheus. The more dominant fish get the deep dark color, and you get a wide range of "look" to your tank, even with one type. The moorii seem to show this more than others, IME. My colony of Livua is like looking at a tank ...
by Barbie
Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:42 pm
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Cross bred cichlids
Replies: 17
Views: 11397

I bought a P. saulosi trio at an auction, (1 male, 2 females) and bought the spare one that was marked as a male, just in case I lost the one in the trio (that would be just the way my luck goes). When I got home, I tossed that extra male into my P. demasoni tank. It wasn't quite colored up, was mo...
by Barbie
Tue Mar 09, 2004 5:45 pm
Forum: Tropheus & Petrochromis
Topic: Any Tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 6527

Hi Sid, I actually keep other fish with my tropheus, including a trio of rainbows, and an outcast male P. nicholsi, but I don't recommend it to people, as I consider it far from ideal, and if at any point it becomes a problem, I can toss them into another tank that would be easier on them. I've kep...
by Barbie
Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:13 am
Forum: Tropheus & Petrochromis
Topic: Any Tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 6527

15 would be a better number. You're looking for a large enough group to diffuse aggression by making it hard for the aggressors to keep the same fish in his sights while they tear around the tank. You might be able to get by with 10, but 15 would be much better for this purpose, IMO. The males WILL...
by Barbie
Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:35 am
Forum: Tropheus & Petrochromis
Topic: I WANT THEM SOO BAD!
Replies: 5
Views: 4827

I would recommend at least 12 tropheus, 15-18 would be ideal. A 75 gallon would be fine for a group that size, and give them the crowding they need to thrive and spread aggression amongst themselves. Groups of less than 15 seem to do alright until they start spawning and reach critical mass, at whi...
by Barbie
Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:20 am
Forum: Tropheus & Petrochromis
Topic: New wild caught group has me worried?
Replies: 10
Views: 7698

I would have to disagree about waiting to medicate a fish with bloat symptoms until you see the scales raised. That denotes dropsy, and is usually caused by organ failure. Once you've reached that stage, there isn't much left of the fish to medicate, IMO. Tropheus are well documented to be helped w...

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