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N. Haitiensis

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:57 am
by myster619
Hi there, I would like to know if members here have had experience with the Black Nasty.
What information can you give me?

I am thinking of getting some, but before that I wanted to get some opinions from people who have kept them.

Re: N. Haitiensis

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:34 pm
by duanestuermer
When I first started with haitiensus I had a hard time, until after research found they live in very warm temps. Mine did best in temps mid to high 80s F. If you find the article "Oh Island In the Sun Dominican Republic" by Alf Stalsberg on this site, this was my guide to healthy haits.
Also, being the only endemic cichlid to their island, I found that keeping them in a community situation usually doesn't work.
In nature, although they appear predatory, a major portion of their daily diet seems to be algae, which seems to cleanse their gut, and prevent bloat. i fed a low protein high spirulina pellet diet aumented with thawed peas to accomplish this.
Once these requirements were met along with a 6 ft tank, no other cichlid tankmates, and lots of water changes (I do about a 30% water change every other day), mine were very healthy, lived long lives and spawned many times.
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My male grew to a length of about 14", the female a bit smaller.
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Re: N. Haitiensis

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:54 pm
by Chrisfits
myster619 wrote:Hi there, I would like to know if members here have had experience with the Black Nasty.
What information can you give me?

I am thinking of getting some, but before that I wanted to get some opinions from people who have kept them.
Let me know if you find em for less than $350 @ 3cm! I'd be keen on some too.
This is a hard one to get in aus

Re: N. Haitiensis

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:33 pm
by myster619
No doubt.

Thanks duanestuermer