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by illustrator
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Rio Choluteca Convicts
Replies: 11
Views: 3254

Re: Rio Choluteca Convicts

This strain that lost stripes due to inbreeding sounds very interesting. Are you sure it's inbreeding and not a mutation? Does your friend have any photographs from "old fish with stripes" and his "todays fish"? There are numerous inbred strains of animals, and yes, recessive mutations can show up b...
by illustrator
Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Why? Experts are so Wrong!
Replies: 27
Views: 4050

Re: Why? Experts are so Wrong!

One of the basic ideas behind scientific names is that they should be as stable as possible . So nobody (also not experts/scientists) actually wants to change a name which is in general use! When fish are studied, we learn new things about them. When we know more about fish, we sometimes find that w...
by illustrator
Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Lake Victoria Cichlids
Topic: indoor pond question
Replies: 1
Views: 2841

indoor pond question

Dear all, I am thinking about constructing an indoor pond of about 250 cm x 80 cm x 50 cm (1000 L, but the amount of water will be smaller because of rocks and sand). Decoration will be piles of river stones and a layer of river sand on the bottom. Maybe I will add a few hardy plants like Cryptocory...
by illustrator
Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: My tanks; 1000 and 450 lts. with mexican cichlids.
Replies: 7
Views: 1601

Re: My tanks; 1000 and 450 lts. with mexican cichlids.

the second fish appears to have damaged fins (tail and dorsal), I hope this is not something bacterial ... Rest doesn't appear to have this problem. Nice fish, but a setup that i would do different. I would personally not spread all wood evenly in the aquariums, but rather make some piles and open s...
by illustrator
Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:00 am
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: male or no?
Replies: 18
Views: 2300

Re: male or no?

I hope that you are aware that you need a very big tank (3 meter or more) to have any hope to keep 2 of these fish together? In a smaller tank one will just kill the other, even when you have a male and a female.
by illustrator
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: 1200 litres of America by my eyes
Replies: 80
Views: 22351

Re: 1200 litres of America by my eyes

Such a big piece of wood straight from the forest: this will rot and forever make tea from your water. I think that this adds a lot of nitrate/nitrite to the water. Have you measured nitrate/nitrite? I dream of such a big aquarium, but would fill it with 1 or 2 species of 15 cm maximum size ad then ...
by illustrator
Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 12. What happened to my cichlid aquarium?
Replies: 2
Views: 2934

Re: 12. What happened to my cichlid aquarium?

I think that it could still look better with fewer species of plants and larger clumps of the same species. There are now 14 species and varieties of Cryptocoryne in this aquarium. I put in so many because it's fun collecting many, to test many in my tap/spring water and to increase my experience wi...
by illustrator
Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)
Replies: 41
Views: 21277

Re: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)

The stream is the Maibachl in Villach, at Warmbad. With that you should be able to locate it.
by illustrator
Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:27 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 12. What happened to my cichlid aquarium?
Replies: 2
Views: 2934

12. What happened to my cichlid aquarium?

Well, it looks like this now:
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And it's dedicated to Goodeids and Cryptocoryne:
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I am still highly interested in cichlids, but decided to contribute to "aquarium conservation" with these guys in stead.
by illustrator
Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:41 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)
Replies: 41
Views: 21277

Re: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)

What I really visited the stream for this time, was to photograph the underwater landscape. How these plants grow in "halfway nature" (at least when not planted by someone), how stones and branches combine with substrate and plants ... So, for inspiration of aquarium keepers :D No fish on these pict...
by illustrator
Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)
Replies: 41
Views: 21277

Re: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)

Jewel cichlids are numerous, but not at every part of the stream as numerous as on the picture. I took this picture in a open water place of a few square meter, surrounded by dense Vallisneria. Here I could photograph the fish, because elsewere they had more room and swam away. Also, the concentrati...
by illustrator
Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:23 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)
Replies: 41
Views: 21277

Re: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)

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Note that a convict cichlid found a nesting blace between a piece of wood and a beerbottle
Note that a convict cichlid found a nesting blace between a piece of wood and a beerbottle
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by illustrator
Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:12 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)
Replies: 41
Views: 21277

Re: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)

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Vallisneria.jpg
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Cryptocoryne wendtii.jpg
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Same picture as above, with part made lighter: note the small jewel cichlid hiding here!
Same picture as above, with part made lighter: note the small jewel cichlid hiding here!
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by illustrator
Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:53 am
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)
Replies: 41
Views: 21277

Re: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)

stream.jpg Pleco.jpg I re-visited the stream yesterday, with the idea to make underwater photographs of plants (especially Cryptocoryne) and habitats, as inspiration for aquarium design. The "usual fish" were all still there: convict and jewel cichlids, bristlenose catfish, chub. Additions were a b...
by illustrator
Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Cichlid Conservation
Topic: CARES on Facebook
Replies: 2
Views: 2969

Re: CARES on Facebook

This makes me wonder, is there some kind of annual overview of the achievements of CARES available online? I am not registered in facebook and have no desire to, but did inform CARES about the fish I have. This lead to interesting discussions for a while, but I haven't heard anything for a long time...
by illustrator
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Cichlid Conservation
Topic: Invasive cichlids in Tuscany, Italy
Replies: 11
Views: 6849

Re: Invasive cichlids in Tuscany, Italy

So true. In Holland, there is apparently a population of Poecilia reticulata living in the stream where the cooling water exhaust of a large steelfactory is. They grow over 12 cm (4,5"!) in size and manage to survive through the - sometimes pretty cold - Dutch winters as the water is never too cold...
by illustrator
Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: survey, what do you say?
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: survey, what do you say?

depends if you seel them raw or baked, I guess ...
by illustrator
Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Cichlid Conservation
Topic: Invasive cichlids in Tuscany, Italy
Replies: 11
Views: 6849

Re: Invasive cichlids in Tuscany, Italy

even more interesting that it concerns 2 of the same species as in the austrian stream and the third is "shared" with a Slovenian thermal stream, despite the fact that an enormous diversity of species is available in trade. This probably means that the species most likely to be invasive in these str...
by illustrator
Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: Cichlid Conservation
Topic: GLO Cichlid mutants?
Replies: 7
Views: 4246

Re: GLO Cichlid mutants?

There is a very puzzling sentence: However, approximately one more year of field tests is needed (scheduled for completion at the end of 2011) to ensure that the cichlids would not have adverse effects on the natural environment. Considering the success of convicts to survive and reproduce at therma...
by illustrator
Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Back to convicts
Topic: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)
Replies: 41
Views: 21277

Re: 2: the aquarium stream (Austria)

A small addition about a plant: Before I listed Cryptocoryne usteriana as growing in the stream. I am now growing these crypto's from the stream in my aquarium and after some time they become indistinguishable from C. spiralis var. balansae "green". So the identification has to be corrected. Remarka...

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