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by MatsP
Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: What software works best
Replies: 7
Views: 2907

You can even use it for drawing graphs of your nitrate levels, pH or temperature if you wish. -- Mats I downloaded the climate data for Montevideo from http://www.wunderworld.com, but would like to print the averages grafically. However, I failed here. who can help?? Can you give the actual link yo...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: What software works best
Replies: 7
Views: 2907

I second Lisa's suggestion. Excel (or similar SpreadSheet software) is fine for this purpose. I'm not aware of any software specifically for this purpose - I suspect large commercial fish-farms for the food industry has automated measurement and logging of data, but I doubt that this is what you wer...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:23 am
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Mexican River Invader
Replies: 27
Views: 7073

Dear Michi Tobler What exotic species do you catch in Texas? Do you have pictures of them? Dear Paolo, I don't know what species it is. We simply refer to them as Plecostomus. I have an individual in one of my tanks. Maybe I can make a picture sometimes. Cheers, M Most likely "Common pleco", i.e. L...
by MatsP
Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:47 am
Forum: Cichlid Behaviour
Topic: How to deal w/spawning aggression?
Replies: 2
Views: 4309

It's considered poor etiquette to post the same subject in two places...

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Mats
by MatsP
Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:22 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: DIY lid plan needed
Replies: 3
Views: 2496

Sounds like a bargain... Not really worth much effort to fix it then... ;-)

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Mats
by MatsP
Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:21 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: algae
Replies: 6
Views: 3257

All algae needs two things to grow: - Light - Nutrition (nitrate from fish-waste) Remove either of those two, and algae shouldn't occur any longer. If the tank isn't planted (and this is common for Cichlid tanks, as Cichlids generally don't work well with plants), then there's nothing to take up the...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: DIY lid plan needed
Replies: 3
Views: 2496

I don't know what your lid looks like. But I've got two ideas: 1. Add a "stress bar" across the middle of the tank. Shouldn't be difficult to do. 2. Fix the glass to the bottom of the lid (somehow, this requires knowing how the lid is designed, and I don't). A piece of glass in itself (without a lar...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Spawning - Satanoperca cf leucostica
Replies: 6
Views: 1795

Congratulations.

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Mats
by MatsP
Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: S.A Unidentified Cichlid
Replies: 10
Views: 3698

B. cupido was originally described as Geophagus, so they are obviously related. You are right, they are related, but the fish was described when they were much less carefull than now. biotodoma referrs to 'living box', omong the fish used for the description was a fish with small fishes in its mout...
by MatsP
Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: S.A Unidentified Cichlid
Replies: 10
Views: 3698

Hmm - I don't think it's "Cupid cichlid", as that's supposed to be Biotodoma cupido , which is quite different, particularly the body shape is much taller and less "flat at the bottom". See: http://www.cichlidae.info/gallery/species.php?s=270 As usual, common names are sometimes misused (as is scien...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:13 pm
Forum: Filtration
Topic: Sump design
Replies: 7
Views: 13441

That's fine. Just consider that you do need a height difference for the filter to work, external canister type filters don't actually work if you have them at the level of the tank, as they use gravity to take water in [although once you've got things going it works on suction, the pump won't be abl...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:12 am
Forum: Filtration
Topic: Sump design
Replies: 7
Views: 13441

A sump is a great way to filter - it gives a much bigger filter volume... Unless you're desperate to not spend any money, I would recommend using a simpler Eheim pump to move the water around. I've got two of the Eheim Compact pumps, 1000 lph model here . . They don't produce a whole lot of head, bu...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
Topic: Problems with algae
Replies: 5
Views: 2229

You may want to figure out when you last replaced your tubes on the lights - sometimes the loss of light from old tubes can cause nuisance algae-growth. Obviously, there's lots of other reasons for algae growth too... Bristlenoses do eat algae very well, but not ALL types of algae - in particular no...
by MatsP
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:21 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: S.A Unidentified Cichlid
Replies: 10
Views: 3698

I expect them to be around 6-12 months old at that size, but it's hard to say with detail (the only way to really know is to know when they hatched), as there are MANY different factors that affect the growth-rate of fish, including the availability and quality of food and the quality of the water. ...
by MatsP
Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:20 am
Forum: Lake Malawi Cichlids
Topic: ID me please
Replies: 13
Views: 5659

so basically they will attack any newcomers in a tank ? Yes, pretty much, from what I understand. wat sorta fish can i mix them with? That's difficult: Something that is either able to defend itself, but that's probably just going to become an "arms race" (i.e. the new defender attacks the fish you...
by MatsP
Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:23 am
Forum: Lake Malawi Cichlids
Topic: Newbie malawi questions...
Replies: 11
Views: 2958

Bearing in mind that several of the fish in my tank are "river" type fishes (I didn't explain that part very well in my original comments), I want more turnover than a "lake" tank would require, so I wouldn't think that you need any more turnover on the tank. If you already have the filters, I would...
by MatsP
Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:35 am
Forum: Lake Malawi Cichlids
Topic: Newbie malawi questions...
Replies: 11
Views: 2958

Considering that the price difference (on this page: http://www.fishandfins.co.uk/eheim-aquarium-filters.htm) between the 2234 and 2236 is 5 pounds (US $10), I'd probably go for the next size up (this one rates to 80 us gallons, so a little bigger than your tank). I have an Eheim 2028 filter on my 4...
by MatsP
Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:15 am
Forum: Lake Tanganyika Sand-dwellers and Featherfins
Topic: New name to the Sand-dweller section and forum?
Replies: 16
Views: 5938

At Planet Catfish, where I post more, moderate and help with some of the Cat-eLog upkeep and development, there are sections named after family: South American Catfish (Callichthyidae - Corys et al) South American Catfish (Loricariidae - Plecos et al) This works reasonably well, some people (natural...
by MatsP
Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:21 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: First cichlids tank
Replies: 2
Views: 1985

"Herichthys centrarchus" = Archocentrus centrarchus, I think (at least it's called Flier Cichlid in Fishbase. Not a very large species, so you could probably get away with a slightly smaller tank, if this is your primary target-species (as per Marco's comments, one species per tank sort of thing). L...
by MatsP
Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Lake Tanganyika Sand-dwellers and Featherfins
Topic: New name to the Sand-dweller section and forum?
Replies: 16
Views: 5938

This should probably be split off as a new topic, but I agree with Lisa, that the "common name" of "Sand Dwellers" is better than something that is more "techically correct" but harder for the novice to understand. It may be better to describe in the forum description that "All Tribe Ectodini" are w...

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