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No need for lots and lots of caves for calvus. One grouping with narrow, vertical openings is what they need, or whelk shells standing on end will do instead. The female needs to be able to block the opening with her body when she is guarding eggs. Usually lots of plants work better than a single plant. The calvus will not mind either way.Witch Slapped wrote: Does my setup look like a comfortable environment for Altolamprologus Calvus?
Start with six and end up with a pair.Witch Slapped wrote:What is the optimal number of Calvus to keep in my size setup?
All year around. Hobbyists that like to ship may prefer summer to avoid freezing temperatures, but professional vendors know how to safeguard the fish.Witch Slapped wrote:Is this the best time of year to buy Calvus?
I would skip Cyprichromis in a 36" tank but a group of shellies like multifasciatus would work. Add LOTS of shells.Witch Slapped wrote:Is the aquarium large enough to comfortably house any other Tanganyikan cichlids? Or should I stick with just Calvus?
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DJRansome wrote:All year around. Hobbyists that like to ship may prefer summer to avoid freezing temperatures, but professional vendors know how to safeguard the fish.Witch Slapped wrote:Is this the best time of year to buy Calvus?
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B2LL wrote:I’ve kept aquariums for over 40 years now but have recently been bitten by the Tang bug myself. I’m cycling a 75 and will be sourcing some Black Calvus for it. Thinking I might want some Similis as tankmates as well. Following to watch your progress, any updates yet?
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:29 pm
Witch Slapped wrote:Awesome to hear! I'd love to see the 75 gallon once you get that up and running. So far there were some issues getting some fish from my local supplier. He ordered from a cichlid farm in Florida and, without getting into details the ENTIRE order arrived at the airport doa.
So as of right now the plan for my 45 is a single julidochormis (since as long as they aren't breeding I've been told they are fine tankmates), 3 leleupi, and eventually the 4 calvus. I have the julie and leleupi, they've established their pecking order and are doing great. Still waiting on word from the ever elusive calvus haha. The 30 I'm cycling for some ocellatus and growing out the calvus is still in the cycling process.
I have a few pics of the aquariums and the julie and leleupi up on the instagram I made for my aquariums. It's called @grimgrinningfish if you want to see any of the progess.
Otherwise once I get the breeder fully situated I'll post more of an update.
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:11 pm
Hate to hear about the lost shipment, that is like hearing that Santa had a fatal sleigh accident
I owned a shop for awhile and know that feeling, it was bad financially and you had the feeling of being responsible for the deaths of some beautiful fish.
Still in cycling mode here but shouldn’t be much longer, here’s the tank
I found a LFS on FB that says they have a selection of Calvus, going to check them out tomorrow. It would be awesome to be able to pick up locally and not worry about shipping them. I’ll definitely update when there is more, looking forward to your updates as well
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:27 pm
Witch Slapped wrote:A selection of calvus? Well that sounds like a dream! Hope you found some good ones, can't wait to hear what you got.
My calvus FINALLY arrived to the LFS, after a couple months, but it was worth the wait. They're absolutely gorgeous. They're eating and settling in, been close to a week now. Most of the other fish are getting along, and three of the four calvus are getting along, and then there's the brute of the tank haha. The biggest Calvus dethroned the Julidochromis and took over an entire rock structure for himself, about half the aquarium. The julie has been going after him every once in a while, but I haven't witnessed any major fights. The big brute calvus may end up posing a problem though. I see the other male often swimming with one of the females, it looks like they're trying to pair up, but whenever two or more of the calvus get together, the brute comes out of his cave specifically to go after the grouping of calvus. I'm getting some calvus caves and boester bells soon, there are enough hiding places as of now, but I'm thinking creating some more calvus specific territories may help? I dunno, I just hope the brute settles down or he might be going back to the LFS if he impedes pairing so much, especially since he has shown zero interest in either of the females. We'll see how it goes haha.