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Hi All

thought id chime in and register as a new keeper to cichlids & say this forum has been verry helpfull, im returning to keeping fish i used to keep guppy's / mollys back in my eirly teens many years ago and it is amasing how for technology has made the hobby easyer with bio filters etc

my man tank has a mix of Melanochromis Johanni, Eletric Yellow Labs, Firebird Peacocks & Bristle nose, the fish came with the main tank i purchased 2nd hand in poor! kept condition they are full grown fish, *** had to learn about cichlids rather fast ph gh kh etc i didnt know what the fish were just got told "cichlids"

ill post up some pics when i can

cheers peter
 

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Welcome to Cichlid-forum! :thumb:
 

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Welcome! That 3rd picture is a chubby little fella. :lol:

Also Dozer is a very nice looking Johannii, as well as your Lab. This forum is the BEST one there is IMHO. You get such fast and knowledgable responses. Also the search tool is invaluable for when you need/want to know something right away since it has most likely been covered already.
 

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dozer has some blonds to dig holes for now, as for pic three that tummy is now a chin :) holding for about 8 days now

after researching these fish the first thing to go was the undergravel filters and substrate replaced with marble chips and 2200lph canister jumpstarted with a bag noodles from another filter, i purchase my gh/kh buffers from a specialist in the city who has 64 yes 64 tanks 90% of them cichlids, scott helped me id dozer he almost got miss id'ed as an intruptus (spelling?)

i was advised to dump the bio balls in favor of more noodles as the balls arnt really designed for fully submersed use?

i have 5 labs all about the same as the one in the pic not counting 19 from two fry 2 different spawns, funny thing was i didnt know they were mouth brooders untill one lab had extra eyes looking back at me :)

tanks i have are as follows
4'x14"18 main cichlid tank, i just purchased a 2nd one from a yard sale as i have a new stand/hood, i told the wife it would making moving to our new house easyer :)

50 ltr 2' fry/isolation tank, i really think i will need a 2nd for QT

75ltr aqua one 510 community tank, live plants under substrate soil etc has the wifes angels neons etc

20ltr hex tank for our girls gold fish

speaking of moving any suggestions, its only two blocks, the idea was to set up the unused 4' on the new stand etc transport 50% of the water 1st fishless to the new tank at the new house, then the fish & filter then the remainder of the water?

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If it were me I wouldnt even bother with the water as long your gonna use the same substrate and decor. The water doesnt really hold much for bacteria, so it wouldnt be worth the extra work. Id fill it with fresh dechlorinated water that is at the right temp, ph etc.... (as close as you can get it to old tank) then move filters, fish, decor and all that good stuff over. I usually put all my fish in a big rubber maid tote with a heater and an airstone while I am doing all that stuff and getting it ready.

Good luck and hope all turns out well for you in the move.
 

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Dozer looks like a Melanochromis Cyaneorhabdos to me. The striping down the side is uniform and uninterruped.

Fish number 3 looks like a yellow lab hybrid.
 

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If it were me I wouldnt even bother with the water as long your gonna use the same substrate and decor. The water doesnt really hold much for bacteria, so it wouldnt be worth the extra work. Id fill it with fresh dechlorinated water that is at the right temp, ph etc.... (as close as you can get it to old tank) then move filters, fish, decor and all that good stuff over. I usually put all my fish in a big rubber maid tote with a heater and an airstone while I am doing all that stuff and getting it ready.

Good luck and hope all turns out well for you in the move.
less than 7 days to the move now, *** purchased 2 extra 300w heaters in liew of the move & winter here i can get the empty tank up to temp rather fast, kh isnt really an issue gh on a new tank can take some tweaking as the current tank is rather hard aprox 350 ppm. big issue is how to move my fry tank 2' has 19 fry and a holding mum in it, 7 fry are about 2cm long rest are about a week old striped at 21 days

*** also started to fit out the new cabinet mounting power boards etc working out where the canister filter will sit, i was toying with the idea of a shelf on one side to store all odds n sodds that are required. even toyed with changing the white led on a sensor operated night light with a blue one for an auto on moon light type setup in the hood but couldnt source the leds

im off to the city tomorrow ill be stoping off for "more dam fish supplys" as the wife calls it as there are no specialists here in the country mainly the gh buffer *** been using works well & ill need alot for the move

as for the peacock female in pic 3 its a bad iphone photo, she looks like the male in pic 4 but more dull in color ill try get a better pic up once shes out of the nursing ward

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Do you need a GH buffer? Why not use epsom salts?
 

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any nastys in the salts i should worry about?

anyway the move is done never again, main tank is setup in the move i lost 1 fry about 2 weeks old

pic's coming of the new main tank, since being in the dining room the fish have gotten to know the family they all come up to the glass my kids like the interaction
 

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702Cichlid said:
Dozer looks like a Melanochromis Cyaneorhabdos to me. The striping down the side is uniform and uninterruped.

Fish number 3 looks like a yellow lab hybrid.
Good Melanochromis johanni should look the same... unfortunately most aquarium strains do not look that way... impossible to say what it is.

Fish #3 is one of those peacock hybrids.
 

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some pics of the post move display tank in our dining room, i would love a 6' tank across that area but the powers that be "the wife" said no :(





hehe my girls snaping a pic of them


anyone think it was food time in this one
 

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702Cichlid said:
Fish #3 is one of those peacock hybrids.
i found a home for fish 3 they know not to breed her or pass on fry & wouldnt you know it when i get home from work guess who is chewing bubble gum.

told the to be owner shes holding and i wouldnt want to transfer her for atleast 10 days & they are more than happy to have the fry, do you think passing her on is wrong in this state or should i strip her?
 
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