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by Mike Wise
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: Methods to change hard water to soft? - poor man
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Re: Methods to change hard water to soft? - poor man

Your A. cacatuoides are quite adaptable to water values. They should adapt to your hardness, but not breed or be especially healthy at that level. I would suggest that you mix 50:50 tap water with distilled/RO/DI water. The tap water will provide any buffering that is needed.
by Mike Wise
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: need Very old images of German Rams
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Re: need Very old images of German Rams

Darrell, I know exactly your problem. True - German-bred - German Blue Rams probably no longer exist. I have the same problem when I discuss the original (DDR bred) A. borrellii Opal. I hope this photo of a GBR helps. It is a photo by Horst Linke from a Tetra calendar from 1983 or 1984: A similar ph...
by Mike Wise
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Health, Diseases and Treatments
Topic: Does this bristlemouth have ich?
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Re: Does this bristlemouth have ich?

It's hard to say for certain because the photo is too small for a close view. From what I see, I think not. Loricarids rarely get ich compared to fish with small scales like loaches. Ich would appear as small hard white dots with defined borders (more like salt). Your fish appears to have white patc...
by Mike Wise
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Help with new gold ram cichlid
Replies: 2
Views: 1964

Re: Help with new gold ram cichlid

No, the temperature seems a tiny bit low. Ideal temps are more like those for Discus, 84 - 86°F/ 30 - 31º C. My guess is that the original breeder used more live foods with more carotenoids in it. This brings out reds and yellows in fish.
by Mike Wise
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Cichlids began to die
Replies: 3
Views: 1387

Re: Cichlids began to die

My guess is that the old basalt gravel had most of the nitrifying bacteria, used to biologically filter the water of nitrogenous waste. Once you removed and replaced it you had very minimal removal of these chemicals in the tank.
by Mike Wise
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: external filter bit noisey
Replies: 4
Views: 2198

Re: external filter bit noisey

The center brace is important for long, tempered glass, tanks. These tanks use thinner glass panels than the older non-tempered glass tanks. Tempered glass tanks flex more than non-tempered ones. This is the reason for using a center brace on tempered glass tanks. If the flex to much it can cause a ...
by Mike Wise
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Single female Cichlid
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Re: Single female Cichlid

Water changes, lots of frequent water changes. You turned your small tank into a chemistry set. Not know how large you cichlid is, the tank may be too small.
by Mike Wise
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Dwarf Cichlids
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Re: Dwarf Cichlids

I have to agree, there is no real definition for "dwarf cichlid". Most authors who defined species as 'dwarf' (Vierke, Loiselle, ASG, Koslowski, Römer, etc.) also put an additional component into their definition - behavior. In addition to small size, dwarf cichlids do not disturb the aquascape and ...
by Mike Wise
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Fish Topics
Topic: Where is the Rio Curare?
Replies: 1
Views: 935

Re: Where is the Rio Curare?

Are you sure the spelling is correct? I explored parts of the Río Curaray in 2012 & 2015. It is a right bank tributary of the middle Río Napo in Peru.
by Mike Wise
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?
Replies: 13
Views: 2009

Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

A. wapisana is reported to reach a maximum SL of 2.9 cm /~1 1/8", although I had some 'big' females that were a bit longer - about the size of an adult Neon Tetra. Biotoecus spp. are longer by about a centimeter.
by Mike Wise
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?
Replies: 13
Views: 2009

Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Apistogramma wapisana is even smaller and lighter.
by Mike Wise
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Low stress way to remove fry?
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Re: Low stress way to remove fry?

I use a bottle trap. There are many discussions about how to make and use them on the internet.
by Mike Wise
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Apistogramma ID?
Replies: 1
Views: 895

Re: Apistogramma ID?

Try this one: http://apisto.sites.no/

Just realize that there are 90+ described species of apisto, plus another 300+ undescribed or distinct 'forms or populations' presently recognized. I don't think you'll find photos of them all.
by Mike Wise
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Apistogramma kullanderi For Sale in the US
Replies: 1
Views: 1355

Re: Apistogramma kullanderi For Sale in the US

Having seen the importer's cost, these are for hobbyists with deeper (much deeper) pockets than I have. :(
by Mike Wise
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: Upgrading tank.
Replies: 1
Views: 674

Re: Upgrading tank.

It would help to know what kind of cichlids you plan to keep in the tank.
by Mike Wise
Mon May 22, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Taxonomy
Topic: New Apistogramma
Replies: 10
Views: 1951

Re: New Apistogramma

I talked (Skype) to Dr. Römer recently. This is the same species as sold as A. sp. Keller/Diamond Face/Jutai. He originally was of the opinion that the Colombian (Kelleri) and Brazilian (Jutai) populations might be different species. For now he considers them one. Anyone who has read the description...
by Mike Wise
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: Quarintine tank
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Re: Quarintine tank

Long-term, yes; short-term (like your fish), no. Just make several water changes this week.
by Mike Wise
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Apisto iniridae
Replies: 3
Views: 1099

Re: Apisto iniridae

I can't give you a value for your iniridae. Much depends on age/size at which they are sold, quality, etc. Although once uncommon in the hobby, imported stock is imported now on a fairly regular basis. I suggest you check some online sites like Aquabid or Wet Spot for retail prices.
by Mike Wise
Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Macmasteri
Replies: 3
Views: 2030

Re: Macmasteri

Have you checked Aquabid? Someone usually has them listed there.
by Mike Wise
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: General Fish Topics
Topic: Tufa rock wisdom needed
Replies: 1
Views: 872

Re: Tufa rock wisdom needed

Tufa is a form of limestone produced by precipitation out of normal temperature water with an extremely high CaCO3 content. It is typically very porous and readily dissolves if the water becomes slightly acidic. It will harden water just like crushed coral so it isn't ideal for softwater fish. The h...

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