johne.ev

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welcome john

 

interesting experiences, I hope we hear more about them

what sort of fish you keeping?

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Hello Dave, thanks for the welcome.

Keeping fish from lake Tanganyika, in a four foot tank. Cichlids include an F1 pair of Neolamprologus helianthus Kapampa, one Altolamprologus calvus "black pearl" & a single Neolamprologus brevis. Also have what I'm hoping turn out to be a pair, of Synodontis perticola catfish & a few Tanganyikan killifish.

In six foot tank I'm keeping fish from South America, Cichlids include, Heros efasciatus 'Rio Arapuins' (Rio Tapajos tributary), F1 fish, 2m 1f I believe. Heros notatus, a pair also I believe from watching their behaviour. Group of six (small atm) Geophagus Tapajos red heads. Pair of Corydoras sterbai, actually watched these spawning, but other fish were eating the eggs. I need to provide lots more cover really. Couple of other corydoras species, a small Crenicichla compressiceps (dwarf species of SA pike cichlid) & a few bristlenose plecs.

You keep fish Dave?

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Yes and have done for a few years now

Not as long as birds mind

 

I have a 5 x 1.5 x 2 ft tropical tank

With discus, geophagus altifron, geophagus megasema, santoperca Lilith, blackghost knifefish, various l number plecs and clown loach

 

Also keep a small marine reef tank

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Yeah not commonly seen, got a pair but the female has had a bit of roughing by her mate and my breeding pair of guinacara daryca (that I'm looking to move on)

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Yeah Dave, the aggression is a shame & an unfortunate hazard of keeping cichlids, but they are by far the most interesting fish to keep imo.

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Agreed

So looking at thinning the tank out

Santoperca leucosticta X1 6-7inch

Pair bandits (breeding) adult size

And maybe another 12 inch black ghost knife (did have 3) but they now jostle for territory

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Are you moving those on Dave?

Must admit I have often found it quite difficult moving on fish. Even a few years ago when I used to be really into keeping/breeding central American cichlids. Even trying to sell on quite rare fish was a struggle a lot of the time.

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Yes I am John, why you want them? Lol

All the fish were added at 1.5-2inch and now there maturing are competeing for space, so removing a few hopefully will calm the tank I hope.

 

What will remain is as follows -

4 discus

2 geophagus megasema

3 geophagus altifron

2 santoperca Lilith

1 14 inch black ghost knife

2 pairs Bristlenose (1 standard, 1 albino)

1 l200 green phantom

1 l128 blue phantom

1 l114 leopard cactus

1 l134 leopard frog (may move on)

2 l104 clowns

6 clown loach

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Yes I am John, why you want them? Lol

 

Ha ha! Be tempted if I were nearer you perhaps, but tbh Dave the stock I have now will be enough for my six foot tank, especially when the geos grow up to adult hood.

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Yes I am John, why you want them? Lol

All the fish were added at 1.5-2inch and now there maturing are competeing for space, so removing a few hopefully will calm the tank I hope.

 

What will remain is as follows -

4 discus

2 geophagus megasema

3 geophagus altifron

2 santoperca Lilith

1 14 inch black ghost knife

2 pairs Bristlenose (1 standard, 1 albino)

1 l200 green phantom

1 l128 blue phantom

1 l114 leopard cactus

1 l134 leopard frog (may move on)

2 l104 clowns

6 clown loach

 

Hopefully... fingers crossed, but I have occasionally found the opposite & when you remove a few fish the hierarchy in the tank, completely changes.

Good luck mate, hope things settle down.

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Well they are still quite small atm Dave, around the 30mm mark, but if & when I need to thin them out I shall keep you in mind mate. ;)

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On 06/11/2016 at 2:58 PM, johne.ev said:

Hi all.

My names john, originally from London, but been living in Suffolk for thirteen years now.

Not kept birds for over thirty years. When i was in my late teens we had two Indian hill mynah birds, they were quite common then, but seem to be very rare now & expensive too, when you can find them.

I currently keep two large tropical fish tanks in my fully insulated/converted garage, which measures 12 x 8 x 8 foot high. In the past I have kept & bred all sorts of reptiles & amphibians, from dwarf monitors lizards & chameleons to poison dart frogs. I am in the process of building a 6 x 2 x 6 indoor aviary in there as well, with the intention of getting a couple of pairs of finches. I like all sorts of birds, but Gouldian, Bicheno &/or blue gap cordon bleus are what I would like to keep most atm. Will post again in the beginners section, as I do have a couple of questions I would like advice on.

Try the Norfolk & Suffolk Australian Finch Society. Very helpful and are based not to far from.

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