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imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 29/8/2008 23:47
Re: Frozen Food #1
thanks for the reply - really helpful. Apologies for the lateness myself but have been on hols!

The astatos are already a good size and are pretty much first in line for the regular food - surprising as i always heard it would be the opposite and that the victoria cichlids would be last in the queue when mixed with malawis...

i think what i'll do is try a block or two and see which ones take the most, keeping an eye on the veggies.

cheers!


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 9/8/2008 8:00
Re: Frozen Food #2
thanks - i had read about malawi bloat on a previous topic and this is obviously what i want to avoid.

species are:-

nimbochromis livingstonii
melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
metriaclima callainos (i think...!)
metriaclima estherae
pseudotropheus demasoni
pseudotropheus saulosi
astatotilapia latifasciata (zebra obliquidens)

cheers!


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 9/8/2008 7:00
Frozen Food #3
hi all, i have a block of mixed frozen food as follows:-

Bloodworm
Daphnia
Artemia
Black Mosquito Larvae
White Mosquito Larvae

Are any of these suitable for malawi cichlids? What is the best type of frozen food for them (if any), and how often should i feed it to them?


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 8/6/2008 8:08
Re: Species ID? #4
i was in an lfs the other day and saw some fish which looked exactly like these, called pseudotropheus saulosi. I looked in cichlid-forum and the male does indeed start yellow and change to a bluey colour. everything else looks about right so i am going to go with that...!


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2008 22:18
Re: Cycling #5
that's great, thank you - i'll go and put the main tank back together now...


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2008 22:09
Re: Cycling #6
right, tank has been set up with water and media from the main tank, so I have put the female straight in (with a nice chunk of rock for her to hide in).

Two questions:-

1. Should i introduce the male as well, for company, or is this a bad idea?
2. How long should I leave the adult(s) in there as well once she has dropped the fry? Will they try and protect them or try and eat them?


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2008 20:03
Re: Cycling #7
that's great - thanks very much


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2008 19:51
Re: Cycling #8
thanks Eagle. So does this mean that if I fill the tank with water from the main tank, and use filter media from the main tank, it is pretty much ready to go and can take the cichlid straight away?

also, what do you mean by triggering a mini-cycle in the main tank?


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2008 17:46
Cycling #9
Hi all, I have a female Malawi Cichlid that has been holding for over a week now, and I want to get her into a quarantine tank so that we can save as much of the fry as possible. Usually when we have babies they are all gone pretty quickly.

My dad has a tank I can use but obviously it has not been cycled yet.

We have washed the filter (since the tank has been used before) and can fill it with water from the main tank, so my question is would this be safe to put the fish into? Will the fact that the water is already cycled mean that it is safe for the fish whilst the filter gets up to speed? Or is there a chance the filter itself will chuck out anything harmful into the water before the bacteria etc are established?

Thanks as always...


imblindio imblindio
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  • Posted on: 29/5/2008 8:15
Re: Species ID? #10
thanks both - i bought them at Almondsbury Garden Centre which is just outside of Bristol (near Cribbs Causeway for those of you who have visited that behemoth!).

Unfortunately it was getting on for a year ago and I can't remember for sure what the tank was labelled as, and there were about 3-4 different species in there. It was definitely some combination of golden/yellow lab/cichlid.

Incidently, the orange one you can just see the top of in the first pic is also a metriaclima (i think!) and the shape is very similar. I'll have a look down that route as well.



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