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wryan said:
Thanks !

It's certainly a beauty.
When the indirect light hits them at the right angle, and they are showing off, some of the locale variants are amongst the prettiest fish anywhere. To experience this in the aquarium, means a pretty good sized tank, 6ft minimum, with no other tank mates, just a school of foai.

Even then, they are going to be silver at times, but when they do flare up, and indirect light hits them... they are something else for sure.
 

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Fogelhund said:
When the indirect light hits them at the right angle, and they are showing off, some of the locale variants are amongst the prettiest fish anywhere. To experience this in the aquarium, means a pretty good sized tank, 6ft minimum, with no other tank mates, just a school of foai.

Even then, they are going to be silver at times, but when they do flare up, and indirect light hits them... they are something else for sure.
Totally agree. Many of the Tanganyikans, including pretty much all of the featherfins and sand-sifters, have iridescent scales, and show up best in natural, reflected light. I try to keep all my tanks confined to my fish room, which doesn't get much light, but I couldn't resist putting one 125 in the TV room, which gets lots of indirect, natural light all afternoon.

For sure 72" is a minimum tank size for Cyathopharynx. I am hoping to make space for a 240 Long (96 x 24 x 24) sometime soon. :)
 

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Our city water is pH 8.0 and we all here love 76 degrees for a room temperature. So there are no heaters in our tank and the house is always 75 to 77. No salts added to the water, just tap water straight from faucet. Change water and vacuum every month or so with a couple teaspoons declorinater added. The pebble coated PVC caves just lift up to clean under, no unstacking rock cave walls to clean like some Mbuna keepers.
The only filter is two giant sponge filters inside the tank 5 inches wide, 8 inches long powered by 2 large powerheads. No chance of water draining out the tank onto the floor (living room carpet). Easy peasy to maintain huge Frontosas stay in one place doing their stautue imitations, all the better to get a good look at them anytime. They aren't going to waste energy swimming around. They just remain still and look bull dog mean wearing perpetual frowns.
 
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