nice! although the ones with yellow could be yellow calvus.
One of the females does have some yellow on her snout between her eyes but thats the only yellow on her. The lights in the tank are kind of crappy and have a yellow tint right now also. I have had yellow Calvus and they look nothing like these guys.lovethatcichlid said:nice! although the ones with yellow could be yellow calvus.
Razzo said:Very nice! Congrats!!
How big are they?
I do have a suggestion, I would turn your shells on end like the picture below. You calvus will like that much better.
Please keep the pics coming.
Thanks. The one female has a lot right now, the Male has a slight yellow tint and the other female doesnt have much yellow at all. It will be interesting to see how they change. I believe the one with the yellow on her head right now was the one that just produced the fry a week or so for the previous owner.prov356 said:The yellow on the head is normal for some calvus. My 'white' calvus have it occasionally, comes and goes. Look at Razzo's pic, same thing.
Nice fish, btw.
No, there are alternatives such as rock structures, caves etc. Shells are cheap and what my fish were already used to.jgc2003 said:hi. if i am to add calvus in my tanganyika community. do i really have to put shells in? what other alternatives may be used? thanks
As mentioned, rock structures will do nicely. Shells are perfect for breeders - if your not worried about breeding, I would have fun making rock structures.jgc2003 said:hi. if i am to add calvus in my tanganyika community. do i really have to put shells in? what other alternatives may be used? thanks
BioG said:The best answer here Is, I don't know I believe I have kept a single male before who, in his isolation, did go white but there were a few variables in that he was under 5 years and was isolated for treatment (Can't remember what for). I can only speculate what females would do if isolated as one sex.
I assume they would go white for the most part. The only variable I can see in that situation is that Dominant females can be quite aggressive, especially when ungoverned by the presence of a larger male (The male's I've noticed seem annoyed by prolonged female squabbling and tend to step in effectively ending the dispute, although he'll almost always rule in favor of the dominant female ). During such aggression, harassed females will, in a sense fall out f conditioning and revert to a more defensive and/or submissive coloring depending on the extent of the harassment.
I would say that the best situation for the most "white" to gray or black ratio in your white calvus setup is a Dominant under the age of 5 and as many females as he'll tolerate. This way you'll have, hopefully, a few white colored females swimming around with basically only the dominant pair displaying variations.
Although I will add that I think of Calvus as more of a family fish than a "harem" fish (Until they get old and grumpy :lol: ) mainly because all these pleasing colorations seem contingent upon the relative comfort and happiness, for lack of a better word. I hope that helps but to reiterate I have never kept sex exclusive groups or singles, outside of quarantine for whatever reason, so I can't say for certain :thumb: