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Recent content by mrjbacon

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    New collecting reports

    Ah, I was confused with the lineage/group nomenclature.
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    New collecting reports

    Is the A. sp. 'Matses' from the 2011 report part of the Nijsseni lineage? The coloring is very similar to A. nijsseni and A. panduro, and the longer trailing ventrals, especially on the females, are reminiscent of my A. rositae. Seems like most of those species are all from the same general...
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    Anyone have tips for hatching BBS?

    I tried your suggestions and actually had a fair number of BBS hatch out the most recent instance. Still very poor hatch rate, I'd say somewhere around 25-30% but no more than that. I also changed my light source out, as the water had been very warm, perhaps too warm (felt much higher than 86F)...
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    Snails in "blackwater biotope" tanks?

    Interesting Darrel, nice thread you linked. Having read through it, makes me wonder if one or two would do alright as long as my pH doesn't live south of around 5.5, and I can provide enough Ca++ for the snails' shell production. How exactly does this phenomena differ in an acidic tank...
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    Snails in "blackwater biotope" tanks?

    Pest snails are typically viewed as unwelcome, but I can imagine other snails being beneficial for one reason or another. However, most of the environments we tend to create are very soft and usually very acidic, which aren't the best for snails in general for obvious reasons. I keep some...
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    Anyone have tips for hatching BBS?

    I'll try out some of your suggestions with the new batch I have coming. I'll have to recheck my municipal water website to see if it states specifically whether they use chlorine or chloramines. I believe SeaChem Prime neutralizes both, correct?
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    Anyone have tips for hatching BBS?

    I hadn't been, but the last time I did just to rule it out. It didn't affect a change in my results. The different methods I'd read through previously said dechlorinating was unnecessary due to offgassing. What hydrometer do you use? One of those slender glass hydrometer/thermometer combos? My...
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    Anyone have tips for hatching BBS?

    I can't seem to get it right. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I've tried 3 different methods and can only obtain the typical color change from brown to light orange. I get nothing beyond that, none of the eggs actually hatch. Anyone have a foolproof method that works every time for them...
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    What to do with male A. rositae (possible spawn?)

    Wild female from the first purchase, and the larger of the two males from the second purchase (which I suspect is perhaps a wild male left over from before judging by it's size) so either F1 or blended generation.
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    What to do with male A. rositae (possible spawn?)

    Well, I have a successful spawn of Apistogramma rositae! They are free-swimming and it looks like about 30-40 fry. Now to hatch some bbs.
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    What to do with male A. rositae (possible spawn?)

    There's a lot of stuff in the tank so hiding isn't hard. Today however I removed the 3 diamond tetras, as they were keenly interested in my female's apisto hut, and she had resorted to staying inside instead of chasing them away. The male seemed disinterested in the tetras, as well as the female...
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    Any reason I shouldn't feed Northfin Betta Bits, and other questions.

    I bought 2mm NorthFin cichlid pellets and some of the Fluval Bug Bites for my apistos' prepared foods, but the cichlid pellets are a lot bigger than I expected and the fish have trouble eating them. I'm wondering if there's any reason I shouldn't feed them the remainder of my Northfin Betta...
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    What to do with male A. rositae (possible spawn?)

    So after an hour or so of watching, I think my larger pair of A. rositae must be getting ready to or have just spawned very recently. The male and female are both in their best colors, and she spends most of her time in the larger apisto hut near the back of the tank. She only ventures into the...
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    What is the difference between A. nijsseni and A. panduro? Are there any?

    With a tank that size it seems to me that you could have both, but it would depend on the population. How many are there?
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    how to sex young fish from regani complex

    I can't say for certain but I'm pretty sure the ones with black on the pelvic fins are all females. It's possible you have one or two males mixed in with them, but like Mike said, it's difficult at this point. The other ones look like definite males. If you can separate them, try putting all the...
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