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Nandopsis tetracanthus

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:35 pm
by Alex Odesit
I finally got the fish I want it for years.
Its in my 210g. Any one like to share pictures/experiance with keeping Cuban cichlid?
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Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:59 pm
by Bas Pels
What size are they? I'd guess harldy over 5 cm / 2 inches

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:29 pm
by k98
i like this fish,wath is the one on the background??

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:50 am
by Alex Odesit
Bas, he is currently arround 6 cm.
The fish on the backround is Thorichthys meeki (Firemouth).
The tank is close to 800 L, 72 X 24 X 30.

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:36 am
by marcootje
one off my other favorites. :D

very slow grower. but very nice.

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:17 am
by Alex Odesit
marcootje wrote:one off my other favorites. :D

very slow grower. but very nice.
What do you feed them? Who is their tankmates and how is their temper?
Do you have any pictures of them :wink:
Tnx
Alex

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:03 pm
by Krzysiek S
my tetracanthus, male near 17 cm

http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t269 ... CT0220.jpg
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Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:50 pm
by Alex Odesit
Krzysiek S wrote:my tetracanthus, male near 17 cm

http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t269 ... CT0220.jpg
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very very nice Krzysiek! Thanks for sharing your pictures.
Cuban is beauty as well as your other fishes. Good job.
How many liters in your tank and who is this bad boy tankmates?
Is he highly aggressive? What is his diet and how long it took to him to attain 17 cm?
Here is one more picture of my Cuban.
He defenatelly hotter temper then both similar size Pearsei I have with him.
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Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:18 pm
by Krzysiek S
I make a few new pictures:


http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t269 ... CT0188.jpg
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I buy that fish in may 2006 , in one cm. size (10 young), that pair ist in tank 540 l. (180x60x50h) without other fish, i give him flakes, granulat, pellets, spirulina OSI granulat, earthworms, little fish, shrimps, gammarus, glassworms, any food for fish, eat all food for fish,

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:32 am
by Alex Odesit
Krzysiek S wrote:I make a few new pictures:


http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t269 ... CT0188.jpg
PICT0188.jpg

I buy that fish in may 2006 , in one cm. size (10 young), that pair ist in tank 540 l. (180x60x50h) without other fish, i give him flakes, granulat, pellets, spirulina OSI granulat, earthworms, little fish, shrimps, gammarus, glassworms, any food for fish, eat all food for fish,
Krzysiek,
Thank you for sharing your picture and info provided. How is your Cuban doing now? Are you intended to breed them?
If you have new pictures of them, keep us posted :wink:
Alex

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:27 am
by Cichlidfever
Alex Odesit, nice looking and healthy looking to. Good choice of cichlid. Do you have him in the tank with that large Jack Dempsey? How is that working out? What is the size of you tank in gallons? Keep us posted.

Krzysiek S, He is Gorgeous. What size tank is he in? Do he have any tank mates? Are tetracanthus usually a shy cichlid? Is you shy or outgoing?

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:44 pm
by Alex Odesit
yes, Cichlidfever, he is in the same 210 g (72 x 29 x 24) with 5" male JD and several other, including Heros (not sure exactly the strain yet), Uaru, Firemouth and soon will be several Convicts and JD female (they got to be transfer soon from my other 55 g tank). I also have some Botias, Red Tail and Rainbow sharks, some barbs and Silver Dollars, Opiline and 3 Spot Gouramies, eh, almost forget about other important fish, 2 Pearsei.
You can check my other post here and see these.
Cuban is not shy at all, I see temper already, he remind me Monaguan or Loiselli cichlids I kept earlier, in his behavior. Let's put this way, no one bother him in the tank, and only he chase some other fish around, but nothing crazy yet.

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 3:54 pm
by Alex Odesit
*update, he is definitely not slow growing, even opposite, he shows fastest grows in 210 gallon tank. Aggressive too. He also surprise me how much he loves lettuce, I though he is strictly predator.
A little more time and I can distinguish him (her) of what kind of Tetracanthus it is, base on late post about Cuban cichlid varieties.

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Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 1:55 am
by Bas Pels
I'm not certain, but my guess is it will develop into a she. This is based on the bricht area arount the lateral spot. I've not seen any female without is, and no male with is - even at small size - 4 cm / 1.5 inch.

However, many people know a lot more about these fishes than I do, so please comments, gentlemen / ladies

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 9:35 am
by Alex Odesit
Bas, thanks for reply. I am ok with either sex for this fish.
I saw picture of fully grown females and they are just as beautiful as male, male just more bulky.
I would also like to hear other people comments.
btw, Pal how is your fry doing it?
Alex

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 9:42 pm
by root
hi guys, i just joined this forum, it's cool!!

i've got a pair of cubans too... only thing i've loaded right now is a short clip of the fries i've got from my pair...

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Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:38 pm
by Alex Odesit
Congrats root!
What you planning to do with fry when it get older?
Is it any way you can sell them? It's going to be allot of fish.
Can you post the parents pictures? How big they are, and what the tank size, who is their tankmates?

Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 9:46 am
by root
i've not thought about it, maybe give them to one of the ornamental fish farms here..

here's the male, ~4":

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female smaller ~3+":

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they bred in a 2' tank and now i've placed them in a 6 x 2.5 tank hoping they'll grow bigger!

Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 4:20 pm
by Alex Odesit
nice, thanks for the picture root. I am surprise they breed at such a small size, I have heard some confusing info about the maximum size they attend.
Most says that male stop growing at ~ 6-7", and female much smaller, but some quoted this fish to get almost up to foot.

Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:00 pm
by Alex Odesit
Update on Cuban, in my eye it looks more and more of male gender(body/head shape, temp of grows and behavior), but I may be wrong. Fish around 12-13 cm.