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Ok guys'n'gals,

Just a couple of photos of a couple of my tanks and fish.

Apsitogramma masken.
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Apistogramma sp. "Galaxy". (Unidentified apisto from the Cruzi subcomplex)
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And a preview of a recent purchase. Nannacara anomala. I bought a a pair this week, but they are still settling in to their new tank, so do not have a tank shot, etc yet. But I do have a photo of them at the LFS.



 

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Hi Ed,

I have fry growing out from the two apsito species, as well as cacatuoide orange flame fry, and agassizii fry. I've just picked up the anomala, so no breeding yet. I'm also picking up some other stuff this week, but they're a surprise for a few weeks/months down the track.
 

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Thank you for posting these! I love it! Those Nannacara are gorgeous. Wait a minute....is that a loach in there? Oh... never mind, that was the LFS. I knew that couldn't be possible :wink:

Call me ignorant but they remind me of Laetacara dorsigera. Am I hallucinating the pink belly?

BTW, do you still have any Laetacara?
 

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That's not Nannacara anomala, it's aureocephalus. Much less common and more interesting. The two are very close in color, some slight differences in pattern. Hard to explain, but I know it when I see it.
 

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Nice pics, thanks for sharing. Just ventured into the dwarf cichlids and am interested in them. Any recommendations for species to look into?
 

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ebjdftw said:
do you have any pictures of you orange flame? I'd love to see those! I picked up some and dwarf cichlids are rapidly growing on me




 

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Isis24 said:
Thank you for posting these! I love it! Those Nannacara are gorgeous. Wait a minute....is that a loach in there? Oh... never mind, that was the LFS. I knew that couldn't be possible :wink:

Call me ignorant but they remind me of Laetacara dorsigera. Am I hallucinating the pink belly?

BTW, do you still have any Laetacara?
Hahaha yes, you are hallucinating a pink belly. They're not that similar to Laetacara, but I am new to Nannacara. No, I don't have any laetacara at the moment. However I have my LFS on the look out for some L. dorsigera "Argentina".
 

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Nice pics, thanks for sharing. Just ventured into the dwarf cichlids and am interested in them. Any recommendations for species to look into?
I believe Laetacara are great beginner dwarf cichlids. When it comes to apistogramma, line bred Cacatuoides are a good beginner, and I also believe apistos from the Regani complex, especially those in the Eunotus and Cruzi sub-complexes are good beginner apistos.

Other good beginner dwarf cichlids come from West Africa, such as red forest jewels, thomasii and fish from the Pelvicachromis genus.

One important thing to note. Your water is important. It must be low PH with low dissolved mineral content. Many dwarf cichlid species do not do well in moderate to hard alkaline water.

Rain water that has been filtered through activated carbon is very good for helping to drop the PH of tap water. Ketapang leaves and/or Canadian sphagnum moss is used to acidify the water.
 

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Ok, here's a sneak peak at this weeks pickup. I know they are Westies and not SA's, but they are still very nice.

Pelvicachromis taeniatus "dehane".



 

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Beautiful! Hey DeadFisfFloating. When you have fry from the Nannacara Anomala give me a shout I need females. I have a tank of males and need a bunch of females. The westies are beautiful...would love to have some of those. When you have fry give me a shout. I LOVE dwarf cichlids!
 

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Gorgeous dwarf cichlids!
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, since you are a dwarf cichlid expert. Is it possible to have a pair of any dwarf cichlids in a 9 gal. tank?
 

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Beautiful! Hey DeadFisfFloating. When you have fry from the Nannacara Anomala give me a shout I need females. I have a tank of males and need a bunch of females. The westies are beautiful...would love to have some of those. When you have fry give me a shout. I LOVE dwarf cichlids!
Hey Bruce, you aware I hope that I'm half a world away mate. :thumb:
 

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Gorgeous dwarf cichlids!
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, since you are a dwarf cichlid expert. Is it possible to have a pair of any dwarf cichlids in a 9 gal. tank?
I'm hardly an expert, more like an enthusiast. As for a 9 gallon tank, it depends on which dwarf species you have in mind, the dimensions of the tank, how you aquascape the tank, is breeding and raising fry in the picture, and a range of other factors.

My tanks are all 20 Gallan High tanks, though I only fill to the about 11/12 inch mark. I have found some of the wild apisto and betta species are good jumpers.

I have seen 1 foot cube tanks used successfully for smaller species, but these were well scaped and had floating pipes in them. The pipes offer sanctuary for harrassed fish.
 

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What happened to cac's looking like thugs DFF??? Traitor!!! :lol:

Nice to see you giving westies a try too. Overlooked they are. Now just need to get you into Badis and bettas. :D
 

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Oh, some of the Cacas still look like back alley thugs, but those guys were a little different.

Now as for Bettas, I have a couple of pairs.

My male mahachai


My male imbellis


My male smaragdina
 

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Great pose on the mahachai. Almost a perfect pic if not for the reflection. Any mouthbrooders yet, are just tipping the toe in with the bubblenesters?

I always found wild bettas to be good tankmates with dwarf cichlids. They together with your apistos or are you doing bio-themed tanks still?
 
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