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Postby Shades9323 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:11 pm

cichlidaholic wrote:No less than 12 demasoni! They must be kept in larger groups in order to pull it off, due to their conspecific aggression.

I don't know what you'll do with the fish that you have. I think I would try taking them back to the LFS I got them at, especially if they were the ones who told you that these fish would be okay in those size tanks. Let them be responsible for their actions, or at least give them something to think about.

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I got him at petsmart about a year ago.
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Postby Shades9323 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:13 pm

QHgal wrote:Try looking through the trading posts, you might be able to find juvie Dems for a lot cheaper than the pet stores.


I have been looking around a little already and made a wanted ad in the trading post. The only place that I can get cichlids at within 75 miles of me is petsmart. I would have to go 120 miles one way to get to the nearest bigger city where I may find them. :( It would probably be cheaper just to have them shipped.
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Postby QHgal » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:15 pm

I just sent you a PM on that very thing. :)
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Postby cichlidaholic » Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:05 pm

120 miles for fish??? That's nothing...Wait until the obsession / addiction really gets ahold of you! :lol:

I agree on trying to find the demasoni from a breeder rather than LFS. You'll get a much better deal on them. I sold mine at $50 for a dozen when I had them.

Good luck!

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Postby Shades9323 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:44 pm

cichlidaholic wrote:120 miles for fish??? That's nothing...Wait until the obsession / addiction really gets ahold of you! :lol:

I agree on trying to find the demasoni from a breeder rather than LFS. You'll get a much better deal on them. I sold mine at $50 for a dozen when I had them.

Good luck!

Kim


120 miles x 2=240 miles round trip. 240/13(gas mileage of my truck)=18.5 gallons of gas. 18.5x$3.50 = $64.75. Looks like it is cheaper to have them shipped! :lol: I may have found some for about $4 a piece. Just waiting on a shipping estimate. How many should I start off with? Would I dwindle down taking out the most aggresive males?
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Postby DMWave45 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:55 pm

Did you say this is a 30 L tank? Or did you mean gallons?
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Postby Shades9323 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:06 pm

DMWave45 wrote:Did you say this is a 30 L tank? Or did you mean gallons?


30 gallon long, 3 foot
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Postby cichlidaholic » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:40 am

I would go with 15, 12 at the very least.

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Postby Shades9323 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:05 am

cichlidaholic wrote:I would go with 15, 12 at the very least.

Kim


Got at least 2 sources for demasoni now. One somewhat locally. Should I buy 15 or 18 to start?
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Postby Super Turtleman » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:19 am

Where in Michigan are you, shades?
Stocklist: F1 Zaire Blue Kapampa Frontosa, Williamsi North Makonde, Kawanga Gold Zebras, Saulosi, White Labs, Elongatus Mbenji Blue, S. multipunctatus, J. marlieri, Tropheus Duboisi & Chimba Red, Tropheops Chilumba (Mphanga)
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Postby Shades9323 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:27 am

Super Turtleman wrote:Where in Michigan are you, shades?


I am in Traverse City. I will be in the Saginaw area on April 19,20th though.
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Postby cichlidaholic » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:12 am

15 should be fine for that size tank. Should they all survive, 18 may be too many.

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Postby Shades9323 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:26 am

cichlidaholic wrote:15 should be fine for that size tank. Should they all survive, 18 may be too many.

Kim


What are the chances that they would all survive?
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Postby QHgal » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:35 am

Decent stock, cycled tank and good shipping practices - pretty high. I'd go with 15. If you get them shipped they will probably throw in one or two more in case of a DOA.
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Postby Shades9323 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:58 am

Ok, next question. Acquiring fish:

Mail order vs picking them up. Similar pricing when you figure in gas for the car. The only thing about picking them up is, I would pick up the fish in the late morning on a Saturday, and return home late evening on a Sunday. Which would require the purchase of a battery powerd air pump as well. I have purchased from the breeder before, so I know the quality. Which way should I go?
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