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03-30-2013 02:30 PM
ApplestoApples Is there any update on this tank?
01-21-2013 04:02 AM
james1542 The fry from that ridiculous spawn hatched out today, It looks like nearly all of the borelli eggs hatched, and once again, just a few of the T. candidi eggs hatched, maybe a half dozen. The Borellis have a lot more pigment to the yolk. Here they are:
01-20-2013 05:46 PM
james1542 Fill it about 1/3 full with warm water (not too warm) and then dissolve the following by shaking: I usually add approximately 1 TSP of yeast, 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups sugar, a few drops of de-chlorinator, 1 TBS baking soda. Fill it up to about 3/4 full with more warm water. It usually produces strong for 3-4 weeks.
01-20-2013 02:30 PM
kwheeler91 Whats your recipe for the gallon bottle? I ve been getting some set up but not sure what the recipe should be.
01-20-2013 03:42 AM
james1542 Thanks, I agree there is nothing like watching those tiny fry hunt down their food and grow! I'm running 2 gallon bottles of DIY CO2, but it seems (from the un-trustworthy drop checker) the plants are mopping it up as fast as I can inject it, I might have to add a few more bottles...
01-20-2013 01:02 AM
kwheeler91 I really like your tank, and raising fry is the best part of the hobby Do you run co2 on this?
01-19-2013 05:33 PM
james1542 Thanks for the kind words. Since there are many different species of "tannins", I'm guessing the makeup of the tannins released from peat and IAL are very different, but I think both will lower the pH and do all that good stuff tannins are supposed to do. IAL are easy, I just threw some whole leaves in my canister filter, didn't have to bag it up or anything. Not sure where you would buy peat moss any more-would sphagnum moss from home depot be fine?
01-19-2013 03:32 AM
MiniFishRoom That's Awesome!
The tank is looking crazy wild too. I Like It!
01-19-2013 03:20 AM
bryony Do IAL work better than peat moss? Or am I just old fashioned... Also, you really make me want to breed dwarf cichlids again!
01-19-2013 02:37 AM
ReluctantHippy Looks great! You've got quite a bit going on in that little tank of yours. Absolutely beautiful and obviously very healthy with all the baby making going on. Very well done.
01-19-2013 12:49 AM
james1542 Update: So in the last 24 hours the Borelli pair spawned, and the candidi's did it again. The best part, they both chose the hand made cave, in the most popular piece of real estate in the tank. So the Borelli spawned a good 12 hours before, on the outside of the cave! I wasn't actually sure she had spawned, because I couldn't get a view of the eggs, but all signs indicated she was busy back there with something. Then the next morning, I see the t. candidi went inside the same cave, and plastered it with eggs. Add on this, there are fish flying around everywhere in this part of the tank, because it's in the front right corner where they often get fed. So i have no choice but to pull the cave, the best part, the hot glue cave made of rocks, crumbles, quickly when picked up, So i put the pieces of rock with eggs into the "incubator". The borelli and candidi's had actually laid eggs on the same wall of the cave, just on different sides. I've got about 5 almond leaves in the tank now, so the water is starting to get a bit of a tint to it. The plants are growing like mad! I'm having to trim them every other day it seems or it will be wall to wall plants. The feeding fry are doing well, They are loving daily microworms.
Shown are the tank, the Borelli pair, the candidi pair, the fry rearing fun center, the egg incubator with rocks from the now demolished cave, and last but not least some hungry fry, either T. candidi or A. bitaeniata.
01-18-2013 04:46 PM
MiniFishRoom How's the breeding coming along?
01-14-2013 03:20 AM
vstone Sweet journal mate
01-12-2013 06:20 AM
james1542 Thanks, Yea I wish I could give all my dwarfs their own breeding tank, soon I hope to have a fish room with a small rack system and at least a good 4x10 gallon breeders. For now they are holding their own, they are pretty aggressive, not worse than an apisto, but for their tiny stature the breeding female fears nothing. She fattens up within days after the spawn, and is usually ready to go again in a few weeks.

The candidi fry got some microworms for the first time, they seem to be eating them. They are about to lift off the bottom and are scooting around upright like they are ready to eat. Hopefully the next batch will have a good number of survivors. This is a good training round though.
01-11-2013 06:52 PM
MiniFishRoom Congrats on the candidis

You should really get them in a species only tank.
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