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Calvus & Gibberosa Pics

Postby Razzo » Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:08 pm

Caught my Calvus fry yawning. Calvus are a very cool fish (I like their fins). Can't wait till they mature (some day)...

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Postby stslimited84 » Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:56 pm

nice pics, what kind of camera do you use?
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Calvus

Postby css virginia » Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:42 pm

I am in agreement with you on the Calvus. They are a cool fish. 8) I have some small ones also. Nice pics and decor.
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Postby Razzo » Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:10 pm

stslimited84 wrote:nice pics, what kind of camera do you use?


Thanks for the kudos guys. I have an Olympus SP-350 (8 mega pixel) advanced compact digital camera.

Here is a full shot of my 55-gallon Tanganyika (A. Calvus Inkfin/C. Gibberosa Kapampa) grow out tank.

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Postby DK77 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:33 am

Very nice Fish/Tank. Thats about the cleanest tank I have ever seen!
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Postby Xenomorph » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:46 am

Nice Kapampa fronts. Really nice.
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Dark Gravel

Postby cadets54 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:27 am

Great pics Razzo,

After checking out your pics I noticed that you have black gravel in the tank which makes the color in the cichlids show up much brighter. I have been using crushed coral in my tank for the past three years to keep the correct PH but I would rather go to the DARK side if you know what I mean, :lol:

My question to you is how do you keep the correct parameters with that type of gravel. I would appreciate it if you could fill me in.

Thank you,
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Re: Dark Gravel

Postby Razzo » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:42 pm

cadets54 wrote:Great pics Razzo,

After checking out your pics I noticed that you have black gravel in the tank which makes the color in the cichlids show up much brighter. I have been using crushed coral in my tank for the past three years to keep the correct PH but I would rather go to the DARK side if you know what I mean, :lol:

My question to you is how do you keep the correct parameters with that type of gravel. I would appreciate it if you could fill me in.

Thank you,
Frank


Thanks for the kudos guys.

Hey Frank, all I have to do is my water changes. My pH stays constant at 8.4 without any help. I have very hard water :D I have not checked in a while but I believe the pH out of the tap is about 7.8. I think the boulders/rocks help increase it a bit. The black substrate (3M Colorquartz) really helps show off the color on the fish (black background too). I like bright boulders for contrast. Love contrast (probably why I got kapampa too :wink: ).

What is your pH if you didn't help it and would your pH stay constant without help too or does it need buffering?
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Postby cadets54 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:10 am

The last time I checked my PH was around a year ago and I think it is 7.5 but I will check it again today to make sure. With the crushed coral in the tank I only use two tablespoons of buffer to bring the PH back up to 8.5 in the 100 gallon tank, after I do the water change which is approx 60 gallons.

By the way where did you get the bolders/rocks from? I haven't seen any like that around my area.

Again thanks for the help I really apprecicte it!
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Postby Razzo » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:53 am

cadets54 wrote:The last time I checked my PH was around a year ago and I think it is 7.5 but I will check it again today to make sure. With the crushed coral in the tank I only use two tablespoons of buffer to bring the PH back up to 8.5 in the 100 gallon tank, after I do the water change which is approx 60 gallons.

By the way where did you get the bolders/rocks from? I haven't seen any like that around my area.

Again thanks for the help I really apprecicte it!


I don't like to buffer if I don't have to. Consistancy is most important. 7.5 is still in the range that I am comfortable with tangs. If it were me and my pH stayed consistantly at 7.5 without help, I would not buffer. IMHO, 7.5 is fine.

I picked those stones up at a stone company in Chicagoland. They had bin after bin of various kinds of rocks (kinda like a candy store for boulders). That pinkish rock rock is Canadian Mica. I like it a lot but am not sure I totallly trust it. I won't use it on my adult wc kaps but I am experiementing in a juvie tank. As far as I can tell it is safe (even consulted a geologist too). I just want to be super cautious with adult wc fish. The white rock is a marble (Georgian White). I need to go back and get some different stone for my 125 as I will be setting it up next week (my wc kaps should arrive in two weeks).

The center one, I stayed away from that one, tooo flakey
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The tall one on the left and the big one on the right are going in the 125
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This one is going in the 125, I want more like it
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Luv the contrast, Canadian Mica & Georgian White
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