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Postby briansbelle » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:17 am

here is my reason for becoming a cyno nut! :D :D i love these little guys. this is my only male cobue and i have 4 females for him. i am also growing out some hai reef fry right now, and also polits.my plan is to have my 75 be a polit/cobue only tank and the hai reef breeding group in my 30 gallon.

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this pic is about 20 mins after i added him to the tank...
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Postby why_spyder » Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:39 pm

CichlidWhisperer - quality food and clean water goes a long way. If you can't get good colors from your fish with those two things, it may be time to consider finding a better quality strain.
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Postby pilotscove » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:32 pm

Hai Reef
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chinyanwazi
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charo
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axelrodi
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Lundu pt
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lions cove
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likoma
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cape kaiser
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chimate
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sand sanga
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cobue
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Postby why_spyder » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:33 pm

Still have all those in your tanks? Looks like a rivalry for the top collector around here...

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Postby moonlight » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:39 pm

Haven't seen those pics on aquabid in a while :) Great looking fish....
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Postby Jeff W » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:49 am

you guys are making me want to give up my Aulonocaras and go to more cynos. guess i will have to add more tanks.
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Postby CichlidWhisperer » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:36 am

why_spyder,

I am feeding Dianichi food, but recently was told that the Color FX may be making the yellows more brown because of the krill. I am switching to Color Supreme, but wondering if this is the reason my two Lions (Lion's Cove and Mara Rocks) seem not as bright of a yellow as some of the others I see here... Anyone have experience or knowledge about this issue?
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ALL MALE MBUNA: 17 mbuna, 5 S lucipinnis, BN

COMMUNITY TANG: calvus, paracyp, occie, goby, brichardi, BN

Zebra Pleco: 5 L46

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Postby khaki » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:21 pm

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enjoy! :popcorn:
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Postby nick a » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:39 pm

CichlidWhisperer, I'm not sure if the food is the deal? I feed all my fish a bulk flake food I get from some local suppliers and a combination of pellets --including Dainichi color fx/color supreme/primary krill/NLS/ some Hikari /etc...

I put all the pellets in a largish tupperware dealie all mixed together--so it's random but varied what each fish gets every day :thumb:

Did you ever get to see the parents of the fish you got? If you're sure they're from good stock, then I'd definitely vary up the diet and try to resort the populations to see if pecking order position is playing a role in the coloration?

Pecking (intra/inter species) order can have a huge impact on how these guys show. The male in the box used to display brilliant yellows/blues while the one outside was plain & drab--Within 1/2 hour the patterns were entirely reversed.
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Postby CichlidWhisperer » Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:56 pm

nick a,

I think you hit it on the head when you said it might be due to pecking order. I have an all male mbuna tank, so there is always going to be issues regarding that. In general I have been pretty lucky with most fish displaying great colors. These two fish are definitely low in the pecking order. The Mara Rocks was the smallest in the tank until I added 4 from my grow out tank of which the smallest was the Lion's Cove... so it is quite possible this is the issue. I used to use a much more mixed diet as you do (although not quite the same mix) and I think I will go back to this in any case. As for the stock, I did not actually see the parents as I got them through the mail, but I got them from the most reputable dealer in the US (IMO) and so trust that they are from good stock. Thanks for your thoughts, they have been very helpful and reassuring.
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COMMUNITY TANG: calvus, paracyp, occie, goby, brichardi, BN

Zebra Pleco: 5 L46

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Postby knotty dreadlocks » Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:42 pm

i cant wait till my jalo reefs get more of their color theyre only about 1.5-2" right now
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Postby traderumors » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:16 am

I just have to say that this topic is AWESOME! I'm new to cyno's with only a juvie group of Nhkata Bay, but can see why everyone loves 'em.

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Postby nick a » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:58 am

The genus really has some HOT fish in it. Small size + big personality=great fish :thumb:
With the types that were added to the Cyno family in Ad's 4th ed., there's something for everyone.

bac3492, besides having really nice looking males the afra Likoma females are reasonably attractive and different enough looking to make that variant worth keeping.
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Moonlight, the NBs are one of the hardest for me to get good shots of. Here's the best from my attempts this weekend :roll:
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Another shot of everybodys favorite afra--cobwe!
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Postby gtphale » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:13 pm

Awesome fish everyone. Well guess i'll post mine now.

They are Afra Cobue, not sure on sex so maybe I could get some help there. Was hoping to have some more colors from them. Maybe still to young? Over an 1.5 but under 2 inches. I think the dark one is male and hoping other two are female.


Thinking these are both female?? Funny the front one will get some color and then get very drab.
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Dark one Male??
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Postby gtphale » Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:47 am

Well after further investigation, I'm thinking that the dark blue one is female. Now to hope by Feb. 8th. I'll be able to tell what the other two are for sure. Heading to the swap and want to make sure I have one male and three females.
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