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OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:42 am
by LewC
At the November meeting, along with our free swap meet, we'll begin a fish growth contest. It will actually consist of 3 separate contests, one using a slow-growth cichlid (Thorichthys "Gold Mixteco"), one using a fast growing cichlid (Tilapia zilli) and one involving a catfish (Corydoras paleatus). Each participant will receive a bag of 4 fry for each contest he/she wants to enter. The winners will be chosen at the May OCA meeting.

There will be a $25 RMS gift certificate for the winner of each contest. Any OCA member may enter any and all contests, giving you 3 chances to win! There is no cost to participate.

Good luck!

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:44 pm
by Jombi21
Hmm... This sounds fun! I want in

JOm

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:49 pm
by FishyFred
Sounds interesting. Can we get an elaboration on the rules?

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:15 am
by TheFishGuy
Fred, I believe the rules are you can;t go buy an adult fish of any of the three and pass it off as the same fish. That'd be cheating :lol:

If rules were applied there'd be no way to police them. The fish will be judged for SIZE at the may meeting in "bowl show" fashion.

Something else about Novembers meeting: viewtopic.php?f=69&t=7317&p=41739#p41739

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:40 am
by LewC
Also, I hope we can trust everyone to not use growth hormones!

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:04 pm
by FishyFred
Just curious how it will be judged. Your best performing fish of the 4, total growth by all 4, or what?

I'm sure I'm putting too much thought into this. :)

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:25 pm
by ajsubotnik
It will be judged purely based on size. So the biggest fish wins.

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:58 pm
by TheFishGuy
We're running with the K.I.S.S. Method on this one :D

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:17 pm
by Jombi21
Where are the fry coming from?

I already have a tank ready :)

Jom

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:57 pm
by LewC
Bring your biggest fish of each species to the May meeting. The overall biggest of each wins.

Don Danko is donating the Thorichthys "Gold Mixteco" and the Corydora paleatus, I'm donating the Tilapia zilli.

Lew

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:13 am
by Jombi21
One cory down, three to go.

Jom

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:18 pm
by tom evers
my tilapia are about 7 inches now, how are everyone elses coming along? :lol:

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:18 pm
by TheFishGuy
My thorichthys are 30"... Oh no wait, that's a pacu...

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:21 pm
by Jombi21
My corys are dead. Do I win?

Jom

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:47 pm
by Dan Woodland
Jombi21 wrote:My corys are dead. Do I win?

Jom
You kept them in water right?

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:55 am
by Jombi21
For some reason, the 75 gallon with nanoluteus kills all corys, big or small. I got the nanoluteus from Kyle; would this have anything to do with it?

EDIT: Oops! I did not answer your question. Yes, the tank is full with roughly 75 gallons of water.

Maybe next year we should start off with something easier to raise!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Jom

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:25 am
by Dan Woodland
Jom,

Unfortunately, you've stumbled on one of the no nos of fish keeping. Central Americans and Corydoras species cannot coexist in the same tank. Some Central Americans are relentless in harassing Corys to death. It seems they see them as a threat to their territory which is exactly where they both want to live, on the bottom.

If you look closely all of your corys will have no barbels on the front edge of their mouth. These are very important to a cory and one of the first things a Central American will tear off. Shortly after that they will die, if not they will die just a little later as that area of the face becomes infected etc… not a pretty way to go.

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:35 pm
by TheFishGuy
All 12 of the fish I got are together with some small cons and small severums in a ten gallon still... Getting on just fine.... Jombi, you're supposed to feed them... Or I suppose I should have said yes when you offered the bag of nanolouteus to me :lol:

Incidently whilst working today (cleaning gutters with a back pack blower) I started to sing the Cranberries song "Zombie" but with your name instead :lol: Were your ears ringing around lunch time? :lol:

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:14 pm
by Jombi21
Well that explains a lot! Thanks Dan.

Can I start over???

Jon - haha, I knew something was up!

Jom

Re: OCA Growth Contest

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:17 pm
by Dan Woodland
Jombi21 wrote:Well that explains a lot! Thanks Dan.

Can I start over???

Jon - haha, I knew something was up!

Jom
You'll have to ask the curators of the program.