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by dstuer
Mon May 07, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: Inline heaters?
Replies: 6
Views: 2775

My inlines are on 2 banks of tanks, approx 300 gal per bank. On sump effluents as opposed to canisters, hard plumbed(sort of). I do have a couple stealths in the sumps as backups set to go on if the temp drops 5 degrees. They did go on this winter when the outside temps went below zero and the basem...
by dstuer
Mon May 07, 2007 9:36 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: Inline heaters?
Replies: 6
Views: 2775

I too use the Hydor, for over a year. Carefull not to let them go dry when still plugged in, I just fried one that way. Other than that they have worked well for me, and my tanks are in a 60"F basement during the winter months.
by dstuer
Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Looking for Paretroplus kieneri and damii
Replies: 8
Views: 3396

I have some young kieneri. If I can get a successful spawn, I'd gladly trade for dambabe, although they are young, the largest is only @ 3" so it may be a little while. I'm also working on menerambo and nourissati. Plenty of spawns from both but they've either been eaten or infertile. My only succes...
by dstuer
Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Pearsei
Replies: 57
Views: 12453

pearsei

Pearsei have long digestive tracts meant to extract nutrients from an almost exclusively vegatarian diet. Mine would devour an entire head of romaine in a very short time, they also loved peas. Too much protein is not a good thing. Mine lived peacefully until they reached about 12" and then started ...
by dstuer
Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Female Cichlasoma Synspilum with locked jaw
Replies: 2
Views: 1440

I had a Petenia splendida with the same problem. Caught it and gently massaged the jaw back into place, and it was fine. Figured it had a 50/50 chance.
by dstuer
Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Geophagus altifrons sp. Xingu
Replies: 7
Views: 2994

Thanks for input

The fin and scale coloration is very much like your ID, great reference thanks again.
by dstuer
Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:08 am
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Geophagus altifrons sp. Xingu
Replies: 7
Views: 2994

Don't know the location or variant of mine, they were from an aquarium society auction labeled G altifrons, wish I did know. They showed signs of breeding at a little over 4" and I saw them holding a little latter. Must have held 3 or 4 times before I moved them to their own tank. The 1st batch of s...
by dstuer
Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Geophagus altifrons sp. Xingu
Replies: 7
Views: 2994

Mine spawned in a community of cichlids a few times with no fry making it. After I put them in a heavily planted shallow tank by themselves, bingo, free swimming fry. Temp between 80--84'F, lots of vegatarian based food, and 2-3 water changes per week of approx 20-30% each. The male http://i70.photo...
by dstuer
Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:26 pm
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: algae
Replies: 6
Views: 3270

We had a problem with algae in the filters of the water treatment plant I work in. We put blue hardware store tarps over the skylights, and the algae is no longer a problem. Wonder if putting blue gels over the top of the tank, (as used in stage lighting), would temporarily work, without going to th...
by dstuer
Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Pindu spawned
Replies: 21
Views: 7745

I know the phone cam is pretty ragged, but anyway another 3 yr old male, approx 6"TL. His head is not as robotically angular, maybe because no female in his tank there's not a dominance issue. http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i97/dstuer/image001-50.jpg Week old fry. http://i70.photobucket.com/album...
by dstuer
Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Pindu spawned
Replies: 21
Views: 7745

I know what you mean, he has a great profile. He's about 7" nose to tip of tail at 3 years of age, only developed the angular profile in the last few months. I have a few of his progeny at about half the size that don't show the craggy look, wonder if its a dominence trait. Also have another lone ma...
by dstuer
Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Pindu spawned
Replies: 21
Views: 7745

Pindu

Me mongo? after seeing your photo post above, Mark, and other comments, for sure,me pindu. Took some phonecam shots last night, and this boy has a way higher body. http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i97/dstuer/image001-45.jpg http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i97/dstuer/image001-46.jpg http://i70.pho...
by dstuer
Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Pindu spawned
Replies: 21
Views: 7745

I'll try to get a better profile shot tonight and post it. I have been wondering about that pindu/mongo ID lately. The pair are going on 3 years old. The male only got that craggy, prehistoric (for lack of a better word) profile in the last few months. They originally came to me from Mike Mckinney i...
by dstuer
Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Pindu spawned
Replies: 21
Views: 7745

Pindu spawned

Pindu spawned over the holidays, they've been spawning over the last 2 years but never able to get more than a fry or 2. After some good advice from Ken Davis now have almost 20. http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i97/dstuer/image001-44.jpg Male was good until she spit, he then started abusing, so he...
by dstuer
Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: NANDOPSIS HAITENSIS
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

I should say, the last time was when I was out of town about a week and came back to a dinner plate size E suratensus carcass jammed into an flower pot behind a log. Foam was pretty thick, may have died the day I left(don't really know). No ammonia spike. Its probably that I'm a little anal, work in...
by dstuer
Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: NANDOPSIS HAITENSIS
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

not really a big concern, (unless its the size of Shamoo) just an observation.
by dstuer
Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: NANDOPSIS HAITENSIS
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

One addition, it is not a pancea, I don't think anyone would take it as such. I've had to deal with diseases every once in a while, I believe, mostly due to my own incompetance(like not quarantining, when I know I should). I have compared waste from the fractionator to the same amount of straight ta...
by dstuer
Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:14 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: W. Heijn's DVD
Replies: 7
Views: 2421

Just wanted to chime in, that I love the DVD also. The tuba in that fast current is very cool. How'd you manage to hang in?
by dstuer
Fri Dec 29, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: NANDOPSIS HAITENSIS
Replies: 14
Views: 3255

Sorry for the late reply, and thanks Tom for covering me. As you can see by Toms linkup, I do use a protein skimmer and love it. It doesn't always obviously foam, but there is a constant drip to my basement drain taking out DOC and other undesirable stuff. Where it really is a life saver is if somet...
by dstuer
Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: having a comm of 20 pcs of p. zonatus??
Replies: 6
Views: 1710

A while back I had seven V. zonatus grow up together in a 150 gal tank. They were fine until about 7" when a pair formed and tried to kill off the other 5, almost overnight (was able to save only 2, the pair were such efficient killers), the same night they killed a 12" managuense. After the 2nd spa...

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