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    Hello from VA - Nphocus

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    Ben

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by Ben on Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:01 pm

    Some of my posts and messages havent been going through as well.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by williemcd on Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:24 pm

    Can ya'll tell Bobby and I are somewhat buds?.. <grin>. Bill
    I don't seem to have lost one post!.. Course I don't go back and read mine!..

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by joefish72 on Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:26 pm

    Fern wrote:I just slice it up and freeze the unused slices, I use a stainless steel fork stab it and lay it on the bottom, they eat right off of it. Same deal with yellow squash.

    Spirulina 20 by zoo med is a safe and good food for all of your fish.
    I feed my fish the same stuff, also use a fork. My plecs also like potato, irridescent sharks eat blanched peas. Someone told me Kale and fresh spinach are good too but I never tried those.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by Fern on Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:30 pm

    For BN plecos I experiment! So far they like watermelon, cantaloupe, cherrys, sweet potato...
    They dont like, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, carrots

    nphocus

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by nphocus on Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:46 am

    So, WilliMcD was kind enough to allow me to get about 200lbs of rock from his pond... With the help of my 3 children. Once again, with Bill, a good time was had by all!

    Here's the 90G corner tank with about a hundred pounds of stone added. The fish REALLY enjoy it. They use to pool together around the bottom, now they are all over the place and all of the fish are now coming to the surface to feed, not just the greedy greedy Angels Smile


    That's not Jaws, that's just a hungry Koi.



    Please pretend that you don't see the cloudy water. I really like the stone and I would like to pile it higher, like to the water line. I really don't care for the blue background and the tank looked pretty stark before. Now it's developing some personality.












    I intentionally built a Pleco Cave for my pleco!






    Two little Mbunas, these guys love the new rock the most... must resist getting more cichlids... must resist filling every rocky crevice... resistance is futile.



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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by williemcd on Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:52 am

    I've turned this guy into a CICHLID guy!.. .LOL.. I'll share some pics of him coming over earlier this eve.. bringing over 3 big KOI for my pond.. (He wanted to make room).. Oh.. the kids told me the names of two of them..
    NP.. drawing a blank right now.. chime on in.. "eat more chicken-fish".. and um. totally lost.. Bobby? (aka Np)

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by nphocus on Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:33 am

    EatMorChikenFish is the one that looks like a cow.

    The one with the orange square on his head is Danny Boy.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by williemcd on Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:01 pm

    Why is it I usually forget to include the photo!..The first pic is AFTER the release, the fish is visible in the pond.

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by FishVixen on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:54 am

    Oh they are baby koi. Those koi will get over 14"

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by nphocus on Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:41 pm

    FishVixen wrote:Oh they are baby koi. Those koi will get over 14"
    We have a local park called Maymont that has a Japanese Garden with koi that are 2 to 3 feet long and thicker than a good sized tuna steak.

    Supposedly they can live up to 50 years.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by FishVixen on Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:51 am

    I've heard of some up to 80 years old like that. Maymont does have some huge ones.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by Fern on Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:02 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    New Kid on The Block

    Post by nphocus on Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:50 pm


    I picked this gal up tonight







    I also made the tank pot free!!!!

    I still need to clean up some brown algae and bearded algae. I added the leftover rock from the pond, thanks again Bill. Believe it or not, that tank has 9 kuhli loaches, 1 zebra loach, 1 albino cory catfish, 4 Brichardi Cichlids, and 5 Nicholsi Cichlids.

    The brown bits are baked potting soil. The water cleared up pretty well after the mess I made. I put some fiberglass mat in the pots around each plant to keep the fish from digging them up. Unfortunately the koi still dug them up, thru the mat, and I now have fiberglass bits all over the place. I will be cleaning those up later this week before I try out a new Diatom Filter.

    I'm also looking for Siamese Algae Eaters if someone can point me towards a reputable seller.

    Something unusual about this angel fish. The prior owner told me that she had to isolate her because she nipped at all of her tank mates. Well, I went to put her in my 90G with my 5 angels, 5 koi, not-quite foot long pleco, 6 cyan mbuna cichlids, 1 electric yellow cichlid, 3 weather loaches, 4 tequila sunset guppies, and betta fighting fish... I didn't even have her out of the bag good when she had the immediate attention of the two biggest angel fish. The marble angel immediately started nipping at her side fin. The new fish did not back down and stood it's ground. Well, I don't fight dogs, and I definitely don't fight fish. I stuck my hand in the tank to seperate them and My Marble nipped me... little bugger. The other big platinum angel had also started in on the new fish too. My kids thought they were kissing... those weren't kisses... Anyone, Vixen, Fern, please correct me... or offer me suggestions for integrating them that doesn't involve "2 fish enter, 1 fish leave".

    It's weird, because the new fish looks like a platinum angel with some sunset orange color on her head and top fin. I thought she would blend right in.

    Thanks for reading,

    -Bobby
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by Fern on Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:29 pm

    Ok first off put all of those Africans in their own tank asap, they will grow and kill the community fish.
    Just move a few things around and that new gold angel should be ok, usually they just go into a nipping contest but rarely do any serious damage.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by FishVixen on Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:11 pm

    I agree with Fern. The africans will get very aggressive and angels will be the first to go with the long fins and slow. Nipping is normal with larger angels you may even get a nipped fin or two. If you rearrange the tank deco before putting new fish in it disrupts their territory so the new one has a better chance of fitting in.

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by nphocus on Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:07 pm

    FishVixen wrote:I agree with Fern. The africans will get very aggressive and angels will be the first to go with the long fins and slow. Nipping is normal with larger angels you may even get a nipped fin or two. If you rearrange the tank deco before putting new fish in it disrupts their territory so the new one has a better chance of fitting in.

    Ahhh... that Is a good tip... I just rearranged the 90G two days ago... I thought the angels were just aggressive to the outsider period, I didn't think that it was a territorial dispute. The entire time I've had the group of 5, they have been together and never had any issues... But you are saying if I make them ALL feel like they are in a new/different environment, then I won't have the territorial issues if they are all introduced together?

    Correct?

    Oh, the Africans are just in there as juveniles. That is not the "long term" plan/goal. I'm switching one of the two tanks over to only cichlids. Right now, everyone is getting along very well, but I know that once they get older/bigger and start to pair up, then there will be territorial issues. By then I plan on having a 155 to replace the 75 and that will be a cichlid only tank, or I will transition the existing 75 over to a cichlid only tank... assuming I can change the environment enough to confuse the angels and house them all together.

    But, from what you're saying, If I change the Angel's environment significantly enough and put them all together, there shouldn't be any territorial disputes?

    Thanks,

    Bobby
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by FishVixen on Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:12 pm

    yes that is correct. Their still may be some disputes but not just the new guy getting it. Do they change right before putting him/her in the tank.

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by nphocus on Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:19 pm

    FishVixen wrote:yes that is correct. Their still may be some disputes but not just the new guy getting it. Do they change right before putting him/her in the tank.

    I will do that tonight. When should I become concerned about the nipping? The new guy was getting nipped at his sides until they got into a lip lock and I had to manually separate them.

    I mean, if they go back to nipping after I re-arrange the tank, should I give them time to work it out or seperate them again if they go right back to it like nothing's changed? I really want these guys to get along and I don't want any injured fish.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by FishVixen on Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:34 pm

    Well angels are cichlids and during breeding and courting can get nasty just like any cichlid. I've had many dither fish such as guppies and mollies killed by angels. Lip locking is normal for cichlids let them be for awhile it may be courting behavior also.

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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by nphocus on Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:52 pm

    Courting? wow.. I will give it a shot... thanks

    -Bobby
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by williemcd on Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:06 pm

    bobby... you do know where some of the offspring will be heading don't ya!>.. LOL... Glad to be back ya'll!! Bill in Va.

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    Been a busy Week... updates

    Post by nphocus on Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:43 pm

    This my 90G corner tank. I think it's been setup for about a month now.


    That's one of the Blue Mbunas... They have been growing fast! Still very peacable and they seem very happy with their home and tank mates.








    I will post some pics of the planted 75g tank with the rest of the cichlid use-to-be fry. Those guys also grew very fast from virtually specs of nothing. None of them died in 4 days of shipping and the only one that I lost was to a hungry african dwarf frog that I didn't get out of the tank fast enough. I'm about to consolidate everything down so that I have one tank that mostly rocks, plants, and all of the cichlid juveniles - mbunas, brichardis, nicholsi - and then have the second tank set up with just a few larger rocks and driftwood and the few varieties of plants that I've found that the koi won't eat, like those lily pads.
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by zeketaz on Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:07 pm

    Love the tank looks great
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by Fern on Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:41 pm

    You really really need to separate out the koi and goldfish into one tank, the African cichlids into another and the angels into another.
    You are gonna have some very bad issues if you keep them mixed like that.....
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    Re: Hello from VA - Nphocus

    Post by FishVixen on Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:48 pm

    I agree with Fern.

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