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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby shiftyfox » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:57 am

All cichlids can be aggressive even the ones you see documented as peaceful.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby shiftyfox » Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:04 pm

Few days ago DJ mentioned giant Demasoni (sp metriaclima dolphin)
They look a superb alternative to demasoni. I know they are supposed to grow pretty large though
What size tank are recommended for these and does anyone have any experience with them..?
Something I’ll certainly considered when I move onto a much larger tank.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:26 pm

I threw them out for consideration for a 75G species tank where someone wanted blue barred fish.

I would not suggest them for a mixed species tank because most people who have them don't sound all that thrilled with them and there are a lot of reports that they are skittish.

I have not kept and will not keep them for that reason.

But maybe a 75G species that can only have blue barred fish with colorful females...they are an easier choice than demasoni. Not a recommendation at all. Not applicable to Glenn.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:31 pm

Glenn...you have a personal preference to understock where possible. You don't want to rehome extra males. I would not add a species. To address your requirements, I would get 7 of each of the 3 species you specified so you end up with 21 fish.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:54 pm

DJRansome wrote:Glenn...you have a personal preference to understock where possible. You don't want to rehome extra males. I would not add a species. To address your requirements, I would get 7 of each of the 3 species you specified so you end up with 21 fish.


Believe it of not that is what I did (7 of the three spiecs, and 6 of the cat fish)
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:37 pm

Great minds!! Can't wait.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:50 pm

DJRansome wrote:Great minds!! Can't wait.


In the video I say six of each spiecs, it really is 7 of each what I asked for was 6F, 1M, no sexing at this size though.

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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:10 pm

The fish are in the air, FedEx says they will be here before 10:30.

If that is so the fish will not be in the bags more than 12 hours.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:51 am

Fish are at the destination sort facility, should be here before 10:30
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:58 am

Deeda wrote:Glenn,

Just for giggles, after you've unbagged the fish and their in their new tank, test their shipping water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH to see the results.


Here is the water tests of the water the fish were shipped in. I would say there is truth to the theory that there is an ammonia spike when you allow air into the bag.

Oh, yes, the new fish are in the tank, no pictures (lights) for 24 hours.

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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby Deeda » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:16 am

WOW that ammonia level is extremely high!! Did you see a lot of fish feces in the bag water?

Congrats on getting the fish quickly from the vendor. How did they look when you got them?
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:49 pm

Deeda wrote:WOW that ammonia level is extremely high!! Did you see a lot of fish feces in the bag water?

Congrats on getting the fish quickly from the vendor. How did they look when you got them?


Yes to the fish feces. The fish look good (even have some color). A little smaller than I expected, but that is not a problem.

Video to follow once the light ban has passed.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:12 pm

No feeding either.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby GlennLever » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:14 pm

DJRansome wrote:No feeding either.

Correct,

I am still worried about the catfish getting anything to eat.
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Re: Glenn's Tank Thread

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:19 pm

You may not see them eat for the first month. They usually hide. When you catch a glimpse occasionally check that bellies are not concave.

Remember the fish sleep on the substrate at night but the catfish are everywhere scouring the substrate.
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