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Advice Needed - Pelvic. Pulcher & Pelvic. Taeniatus

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:59 am
by monisaab
After nearly a year in trying, I was finally able to get these two...

I know the basics about keeping them but am looking for advice from experienced keepers...

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:11 am
by jkcichlid
Keep them seperate as they will crossbreed
Give them a cave (flower pot or coconut) with only one entrance so they will feel it is a safe place for eggs and fry

Good luck, they are both prolific spawners if the conditions are right

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:05 am
by monisaab
thanks...

what is the minimum tank size for each pair???

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:10 pm
by jkcichlid
10 or 15 G should be fine if they are on there own. If you have them in with other fish, a long tank is better as they will try to take over as much of the tank as possible

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:11 pm
by monisaab
I plan to keep them on their own...

PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:57 am
by monisaab
any advice about the substrate and tank decor???

PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:15 pm
by BillD
While this may not apply specifically to Pelvicachromis, dwarf cichlids, in general, like a darker substrate and some surface cover such as floating plants. This is according to Dr. Paul Loiselle, and is reflective of the types of habitat many of the dwarf varieties come from.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:14 am
by monisaab
thanks BillD...

I've got plants in the tanks plus driftwood and some leaves as well...

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:49 am
by jkcichlid
I had them breeding in neutral pH, semi-planted with dark substrate, driftwood and a few round rocks. The fry like to graze on the algae and what ever else grows on the rocks

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:31 am
by monisaab
thanks jkcichlid...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:46 am
by monisaab
What about the WC regimen???

should I follow the sme 50% WC per week schedule that I use for my Mbuna tank???

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:27 am
by jkcichlid
2 fish this size in a 10 or 15G is not too high of a bioload so a 20 - 30% change per week should be adequate. My taeniatus seemed to like the water parameters to remain consistent so smaller changes with aged water seemed good. Keeping the parameters consistent for a period of time and then doing a large waterchange with slightly cooler water seemed to trigger mine to spawn

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:20 pm
by Sparrk
mine love to breed in my cichlid stones, I have them in a semi-well planted tank, driftwood, lots of decor that can serve as cave (kribs love their caves) Black substrate mixed with a little bit of crushed coral because I use Co2 so it keeps my Ph stable! They breed all the time also lol... :roll: fry coming out my ears!!

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:40 pm
by monisaab
thanks jkcichlid for the insights...

WOW Sparrk... wanna post some fry to me :wink: :wink: :wink:

PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:22 pm
by Sparrk
:lol: Pakistan is a bit far :P and you will see, when they start, they dont stop, you will have fry comming out your ears soon enough :wink: