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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:52 pm

Congrats.

I've raised a couple hundred of this species before selling them all off. They tend to run heavy on the males. For your tank, I would have started with at least 10, and removed problem males. I just got some more recently, after not having them for about 2 years. I bought 20. I'm hoping for 10 females, but if I end up with 8 I'll be satisfied.
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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby DJRansome » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:33 pm

Be careful with the crabs. They will try/succeed to eat the cichlids until they molt. And then the cichlids will eat the crabs.
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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby tanker3 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:02 pm

lavaman1967 wrote:Tank is cycled! Big thanks to my buddy Tyler helping me out.
PH 8.2, Water Temp 80 degrees, Zero Ammonia, Zero Nitrites, 10 Nitrates. Been doing a 20% water change every other day. Looks like it's ready to go.
Added some fiddler crabs to keep the kiddos entertained, and getting an order of 6 Saulosi's Juv's tomorrow- hoping at least 4 are female. Expensive little guys! I'll add a pic when they arrive. Thanks all!


I would drop the temp a little after getting the Saulosi (78 is good).
Yes, Saulosi are expensive because they at endangered, but they are great breeders. I have a holding female every 3 weeks, but do not have any room for fry, so I just let the mother spit in the tank. So far, no survivors.

PS--I do not think Fiddler Crabs are fully aquatic. I think they eat and need a "dry" area.
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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby lavaman1967 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:54 pm

Yeah those crabs are great climbers, they often climb up the filter vent until they reach air. I didn't know they will try to catch and eat the cichlids...I probably should get rid of them.
On that note, the Saulosi's were delivered today- 6 healthy juvs. Looking for more if anyone has any they want to part with. :)
I will try to post pics on here (hopefully).
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Re: p. saulosi tank

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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby lavaman1967 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:40 pm

Update: the little crabs are outta here! Didn't want to risk them catching and eating one of my sauosi's. Thankfully the store took them back and refunded me. :)
The juvies are thriving and love the Spirulina pellets (Omega One). One of them is actually doing a little mating dance with some of the others. Can't believe they're mature enough already to do that @ 1.5" long.

The Limestone Rocks look really cool in the tank.
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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:15 pm

They could be mature enough to spawn, but mbuna also display that behavior from the day they are spit.
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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby lavaman1967 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:10 pm

The colors are starting to come in, even now two days after being delivered. Can definitely tell there is some blueish color there along with some black on the dorsal and pectoral fins. Pretty exciting. From what I can tell, I have at least two males out of the six. I need to pickup some females from somewhere to help the ratio.
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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby ha77 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:32 pm

I was going to say ..Fiddler crabs with Mbuna?? lol
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Re: p. saulosi tank

Postby spacetiger110 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:44 pm

Machismo wrote:This article says they breed like Rabbits. I also read that they are an Endangered Species.

http://www.malawicichlidhomepage.com/pa ... aulosi.htm


Yeah. I'm pretty sure it's a CARES fish.
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