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by Mike Wise
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Cichlids began to die
Replies: 3
Views: 1284

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: 2107

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: 314

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: 339

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: 839

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: 1823

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: 1823

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: 690

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: 844

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: 1263

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: 632

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: 1848

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: 732

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: 1031

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: 1962

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: 808

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...
by Mike Wise
Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Taxonomy
Topic: New Apistogramma sp
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Re: New Apistogramma sp

According to Koslowski (2002), who discussed the species under the name Apistogramma cf. staecki “Guaporé” (A 193 in DATZ book), this fish was first discussed as Apistogramma sp. "Rio Guaporé" by Linke & Staeck (1997) "Amerikanische Cichliden I: Kleine Buntbarsche, 6th Ed". Tetra Verlag Melle (Germa...
by Mike Wise
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: hybrid Malawi cichlids
Replies: 3
Views: 1080

Re: hybrid Malawi cichlids

Actually, most present cichlid species evolved from some other progenitor species and not crosses between two different species. In the wild cichlid species will breed only with their own species, if available. Otherwise it is "any port in a storm" kind of thing. :lol: Most people don't want hybrid ...
by Mike Wise
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: How sturdy is a 55 gallon tank?
Replies: 1
Views: 936

Re: How sturdy is a 55 gallon tank?

I bought 55s older than yours. Some leaked, some were fine. I'd suggest you fill the tank outdoors and leave it a couple of days to see if it leaks before bringing it indoors. One word of warning: newer 55 tanks are commonly made from tempered glass, not plate glass like your 10. If your 55 doesn't ...
by Mike Wise
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: Lifespan in the plastic Bag...
Replies: 6
Views: 1739

Re: Lifespan in the plastic Bag...

Was the Bag filled with pure Oxygen? or Just air? I asked Liveaquaria.com about their shipping process, and they say that they fill the bag with pure oxygen, allowing them to go for 36 hours, though they ship in around 12-24. I don't know for certain, but probably just air. I'm sure the bagger expe...

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