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Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:32 am
Gold nugget and Metriaclima callainos
I just felt like post this pic. Maybe ill post more later when I get them downloaded.
Opinions are welcome, I think I'm getting better and aquarium photography.
Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:20 pm
how long have you had him?
Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:25 pm
how big do gold nuggets get?
Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:00 pm
I've had him for about 6 months. I don't believe they get very big but I can't remember the exact inches right now.
Sun Jul 20, 2008 1:34 am
Nice looking Nugget
Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:23 am
He is going to be 10"/25cm in couple of years. Not really, he needs warm water to grow up normally and I dont think those cichlids can take that?
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:33 am
He's in 82 F water.
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:41 am
Gold nuggets will get up to about 8" SL (standard length). They do grow slowly and are not the easiest to keep long term. They are herbivores by nature and need a lot of plant material to eat. They also like warm, soft water with strong current.
I have been pretty lucky with my group of 3. I have had them for about 2.5 years and they have put on maybe an inch or two but they are all healthy and active. They are mildly aggressive towards each other and chase each other around but no serious damage.
Most gold nuggets die from slow starvation as they lose the beneficial gut bacteria they need to digest their food. If you have had yours for 6 months and the stomach does not look concave you should be in good shape. But they still aren't easy to keep long term.
I feed mine Repashy gel food, Aqueon algae wafers and pellets, and sliced cucumber which they devour. I would not keep them with Africans as they like soft water but as long as they are feeding well I would not be too concerned.
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