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Thread: Scriptoaphyosemion liberiensis (calabarica)

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    Nezzas have colored up, they are very shy though... Maybe the tank needs more plants.

    The Calabarica are doing great, feeding black worms, white worms and brine shrimp! Keeping the water quality about wher it should be. what tds is too low? 40?

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    Hi Dustin,

    40 tds would be fine, probably even 30, but tds that are too low cause pH crashes and that can be deadly so the 60 range is a good middle ground.

    Bobby

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    Thanks for the update on the tds - Ill keep it around 60...

    All the fish are doing great! Feeding lots of live foods. The Monties have given me 13 fry already!!

    Been busy/sick.. sorry for delay in replys

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    Bobby:

    Sorry I have been away so long. The group is still in tact 100% and doing great. No spawn yet though. I am finishing up a RO central filtration system, hopefully to keep their tds more constant. Lately it has been around 120, which unless I am wrong, you said they will not spawn at that hardness.

    Hope all is well!


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    Hi Dustin,

    Good to hear. What all did I send you? I have forgotten. Calabarica does not like the harder water. Be sure to feed a few bbs every day whether or not you see fry and floating plants help. They are an official conservation species for the AKA now and I donated 40 pair to the effort. Did I send you any mollies or the orange picta? Did the Phalloceros do well? A full report!

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    Hi Bobby,

    You sent over some Nezzas, Montazumae, the Calabarica (of course), and the Mollies.

    The Nezzas are fry factories! I bet I have 60 fry growing out right now!
    The Monties were the same way, I had fry in the first few days, and have had several drops since. The adults you sent are VERY SHY, is this normal? The fry are not as shy, and there are lots!
    The Calabaricas are in a 10 gallon right now, with the floating plants you sent, and some hornwart and najas grass. The tank has pea gravel as a substrate, which I believe is the culprit for raising the water hardness each time I get it lowered. I have been ill, and in Indianapolis (still there) for about a week, however when I return (and yeah someone is taking care of the fish while I have been gone ) I will finish a RO central filtered rack, where they will be moved to. Hopefully I will be able to reproduce these in bulk, and donate some tot he AKA, or other AKA members as well. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I tried to do something with N. Foerschi, however I cannot keep females alive for some reason [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] Thank You again for sending over these fish, I am honored [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Last but not least, the Mollies. They have been doing fine, they are PIGS! They hit the water each time I feed. Tearing up BBS, Grindals, anything that hits the water! No spawn from them yet though... I have them in a 29 gallon by themselves, well I take that back. They are in a 29 gallon with a random rainbow that jumped from the neighboring tank. The tank has alot of najas grass and hornwart. Should I be adding salt to this tank?

    How did your move go?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] (I have been gone awhile [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

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    I think shyness is pretty normal for those guys. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Does make it much more special when they do show themselves.

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    Hi,

    Like N said, Monties are a nervous fish. The fry will become so as they grow. The only solution would be 125-200 gallon tanks so there is great space. Nezzies are fry machines. Pick out the early developing males so the big boys that develop later will be your breeders and the size of the strain will stay large and impressive. For the calabarica think bare bottom painted black on the outside or get some of the fiber peat that only Hagen products sells (like filter floss almost but peat!) and soak or boil it just until it sinks and then use that on the bottom in a thin, loose layer so that not too much junk will get trapped in it. Tons of java moss really works. They too are shy.

    Did I send the velifera mollies? If so they mature very slowly so it will be a bit longer. The upside is they are strong, long lived and BIG!

    The move is still in progress. I have a friend coming to pick up the rest of the mollies this weekend. I still have to send a few fish out. One guy wants to get all my tanks. So, by Xmas I should be finished with that. The move if all goes as planned will be in March. Then I have to restart it all!

    Bobby

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