Nandopsis Tetracanthus

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Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Sat Jun 07, 2008 3:43 pm

Most recent shot of my 9" Cuban.
1.5 y old.
210 gal tank
Not dominate fish.
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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Snostrebla » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:43 pm

Cuban looks great Alex.:mrgreen:

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Lee Nuttall » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:29 pm

Lovely fish, whats the fishes temprement like in the community tank?
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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Grummie2 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:58 pm

I love these fish! Looks like a girl to me, have you a mate for her?
Graham

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Rick Thibert » Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:50 am

Beautiful Alex! :)

The lack of a spot is indicative of a female. Nice sized as well! Find her a boyfriend! :)

Great fish! :)

BC

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:44 am

Guys, thanks for all your feedback, I am sorry it took awhile to respond, been crazy occupied last several days. Our family got extended, beautiful new born princes Alicia arrive to the world. :)
Back to Cuban:
Nutty, this fish have a character, but not downright homicide like some other CA/SA species I use to have. Temper very much depend from state of hungriness,lol. Like me, heh.
When it's hungry it may occasionally chase some fish (hate Heros the most when Heros trying to mate), but nothing crazy. It also dominate over both larger Pearsei (who is a total pussy cats IMO)
But does back off from smaller JD female, never mind much larger 10" + male.
Always breeding Convicts, able to hold they caves against much larger Cuban.
I remember times when I kept Midas and Festae, they just go through the Convicts family, tear them apart, so Tetracanthus is def not them.
From all fish I use to have, the most likely fish in behavior, both are not CA.
Paratelapia Polleni from Madagascar and Five Spot cichlid from Africa.
Spent most of the time in the mid water, actively swimming along the tank, also all of them really not easy to stress fish. You can literally jump in front of the tank, and they'll still next to the glass watching you.
Lastly, great fish to have, active and very interesting. I would love to breed them, but again, what to do with fry later, always the problem and keep me down from breeding fish :(
Alex
p.s. Couple more pictures for your observation
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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Lee Nuttall » Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:47 pm

Lovely, thanks for sharing. :D

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Snostrebla » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:27 pm

Congratulations on the new addition Alex. Sounds like you'll be busy with your own "Fry" for a while. Great shot of The King - always good to see him :D

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:32 pm

Thanks Aaron,I can' t believed that I will be father of 3 :shock:
My wife can't believe I ask for another tank 8) :lol: :lol:

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:12 pm

If this Cuban female, then I never saw one even close to her size...
Are you sure guys? :o
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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Rick Thibert » Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:25 am

This picture looks male now! The presence of a large spot down the middle of the flank says so. Is this the same fish? If so, it must of not been displaying this for sub dominance reasons perhaps. ??????

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:14 am

yes BC, same fish, almost 2 years old and close to 9.5" TL!
It wasn't sub dominate for very long time, even 11" Rocio male still the king of 860 Liter tank, Cuban is the one who harass the rest of the gang from time to time.
It does change coloration, when excited it shows these blotch pattaern, but when relax it more silver with purple hue.

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Snostrebla » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:01 am

Wow, that Cuban is getting big! Beautiful !

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:43 am

Snostrebla wrote:Wow, that Cuban is getting big! Beautiful !
Thanks Aaron,
I know you love Jags, but since you a little tight on space yet, get the Cuban, they are not Parachromis species, but does remind me them allot in behaviour and smaller when adult.

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Snostrebla » Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:22 pm

Lol!! Maybe someday Alex. For right now my tank is at capacity and at some point I will need to get a bigger tank and a Cuban might fit in nicely.

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:18 pm

@update
Seems it slow down allot at around 9.5".
Pretty tough boy, but not the toughest I have kept. Got a@@ kicked by 12" dominate Pearsei, these fins will grow back at no time. 11" Rocio still the King of 210 g.
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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Lee Nuttall » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:24 am

A beauty Alex. 8)

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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by JuanD15 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:35 pm

Oh wow the JD is looking great Alex, so as that Cuban.!
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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Alex Odesit » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:13 pm

Didn't update on Cuban female for few years. Here it is, close to 10 inch:
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Re: Nandopsis Tetracanthus

Post by Ehall67SA » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:17 pm

I'm glad you did what a beautiful fish ! looks so strong

I take it a CA community tank?
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