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by apistomaster
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: Heckel Discus "biotope" tank
Replies: 17
Views: 23492

Re: Heckel Discus "biotope" tank

When I bought them they were the smallest size, 3-1/4 inches, of any Heckels I ever had. The majority reached about 6 inches within 2 more years. I had several bonded pairs in the group which would guard and clean likely spawning sites but I have reached that stage with several other groups of Hecke...
by apistomaster
Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: Heckel Discus "biotope" tank
Replies: 17
Views: 23492

Re: Heckel Discus "biotope" tank

I recommend very soft water(TDS ~30 ppm) with a pH of ~4.0 but I actually kept these in tap water with a pH of 7.4 and a TDS of 340 ppm out of laziness. You will get better colors if you use water more similar to their natural environment. I sold these 1o Heckels a little over a year ago. I do not w...
by apistomaster
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: Discus laid eggs in with my other fish (question)
Replies: 7
Views: 4628

Re: Discus laid eggs in with my other fish (question)

What were you feeding the fry during this time? How much and how often? Dean PS. 147 is a small fraction of the eggs that a discus can lay in a single brood. Hi Dean, I feed baby Discus newly hatched brine shrimp(bbs) primarily, especially many decades ago when I mainly bred wild fish. Now I introd...
by apistomaster
Thu May 07, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Technical Issues and Problems
Topic: Login issues for apistomaster, Admin please look!
Replies: 19
Views: 8161

Re: Login issues for apistomaster, Admin please look!

This problem was resolved at least 18 months ago.
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Thanks to everyone for your help.
by apistomaster
Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Discus
Topic: Discus laid eggs in with my other fish (question)
Replies: 7
Views: 4628

Re: Discus laid eggs in with my other fish (question)

Some Discus pairs may have problems with producing sufficient fry food mucous and even then they may only have this trouble occasionally. My best ever brood was from a wild pair of Brown S. haraldi which raised 147 fry. The pair happened to be in a 125 gal tank by themselves so I left the fry with t...
by apistomaster
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: discus filtration
Replies: 2
Views: 3456

Re: discus filtration

It sounds like you are setting up a standardization for a small production line.
I use 2 large sponge filters in every line tank. I clean each alternately.
Other than that, it is all feeding and changing water.
by apistomaster
Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: Discus
Topic: Baby discus are getting sick and dying
Replies: 3
Views: 6296

Re: Baby discus are getting sick and dying

Gill flukes are not very common among small fry of any domestic discus. Based on my experience and your description, i suspect you are not keeping their water clean enough and may be having troubles caused by poorly or incompletely cycled filters. Discus fry are very sensitive to poor water quality ...
by apistomaster
Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: Discus
Topic: Rio Xingu yellow discus
Replies: 1
Views: 4075

Re: Rio Xingu yellow discus

I don't think the Xingu Discus warrant species status. I believe that they are a rather plain brown form of S. haraldi. True, some exceptionally yellow specimens have been collected but they should be seen in the same light as Royal Blue Discus. For every specimen that is quite yellow, a large numbe...
by apistomaster
Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Apisto ID Please
Replies: 14
Views: 5119

Re: Apisto ID Please

Hudson,
If you buy a used copy from amazon.com the book may be less than $20 US but it is much more new. All the used books I have bought off amazon.com have been in very good condition.
by apistomaster
Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Discus
Topic: New photos of some of my discus
Replies: 19
Views: 11986

Re: New photos of some of my discus

I have observed over the years, that when non-fish keeping visitors are looking at my discus, they are usually drawn to the wild discus over the arguably more colorful Red Turquoise Discus. It is often the reverse when Discus keepers visit. I suspect it is because for most of them realize the wild f...
by apistomaster
Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: New photos of some of my discus
Replies: 19
Views: 11986

Re: New photos of some of my discus

One of the most interesting display tanks I have had was a 125 gal tank set up with 6 large wild Royal Blue Discus, 4 large Heckel Discus, and 4 Geophagus surinamensis. I don't keep different discus species together anymore but that was a nice show tank. I kept them all together for a couple years b...
by apistomaster
Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Apisto ID Please
Replies: 14
Views: 5119

Re: Apisto ID Please

Hi Hudson, You should ask for the book, South American Dwarf Cichlids by Hans J. Mayland and Dieter Bork, ISBN 3-931-70229-4, Verlag A.C.S. I think you would really enjoy it and it would be a big help in identifying all the Dwarf Cichlids you have access to beside all the species profiles. Just a su...
by apistomaster
Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: stocking and update
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

Re: stocking and update

Mike is correct about that Taeniacara candidi being a young male. They are more demanding than most Apistogramma spp. but very similar to the Dicrssus spp as a reference. The little Cichlid shown in your last post appears obe a juvenile Aequidens spp to me but I don't keep up with some of the revisi...
by apistomaster
Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Discus
Topic: New photos of some of my discus
Replies: 19
Views: 11986

Re: New photos of some of my discus

I feed my wild Discus live black worms, frozen blood worms, Tetra Color Bits, frozen beef heart blend and earth worm sticks. I have some live mosquito larvae this time of the year that are an extra treat. I have my Blues divided between two 40 gal breeder tanks and I think I have some pairing off. I...
by apistomaster
Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: New photos of some of my discus
Replies: 19
Views: 11986

Re: New photos of some of my discus

I have had these wild Nhamunda Blues for a couple of months and they are all nice and plump. I'm a little short on males in this group of six so whenthis seasons' wilds start showing up I'll try to get a few semi-royal blues on the presumption that they are likely males. http://i157.photobucket.com/...
by apistomaster
Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Discus
Topic: Help ASAP
Replies: 5
Views: 4538

Re: Help ASAP

Been awhile since my last visit. You may have a parasite problem but it is also possible that the smaller discus never had the potential to grow normally . If they were purchased from a fish shop i would be especially be inclined to suspect they endured less than optimal care which left them partial...
by apistomaster
Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Don't want a typical dwarf...
Replies: 8
Views: 5773

Re: Don't want a typical dwarf...

Hi Colby, Wild caughtCheckerboard Cichlids, Dicrossus filamentosus, are regularly available and are very different in behavior than most Apistogramma spp and are compatible with most SA Dwarf Cichlids. They are always pretty reasonably priced. A little challenging but only in the sense that if you k...
by apistomaster
Tue May 27, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Mesonauta ID
Replies: 12
Views: 3386

Re: Mesonauta ID

Hi Ryan, Good to see you aren't afraid to try different combinations with Discus. Two other Cichlids that do well with adult Discus are Dwarf Pike Cichlids and Geophagus cf. surinamensis types as well as Jurupari. If you want to meet some other Uaru fy folks, introduce yourself at www.finarama.com. ...
by apistomaster
Fri May 23, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: info on peru wanted
Replies: 12
Views: 8126

Re: info on peru wanted

I bought my Nannostomus mortenthaleri last Summer but I did get them from Bryan. He does a better than average job of conditioning his fish before releasing them for sale. I went in on them with a friend. I kept ten and he took 6. The overnight shipping from Florida to Washington adds quite a bit so...
by apistomaster
Fri May 23, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Gymnogeophagus sp. "San Borja"
Replies: 26
Views: 4456

Re: Gymnogeophagus sp. "San Borja"

Hi Peter,
I would be frustrated too by the restrictions Australia has on importing aquarium fish. I would have to move to Canada or here. Either that or take up reef keeping again.

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