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by Mike Wise
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: Air pump
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: Air pump

I converted to a linear air pump from a turbine blower; much quieter! You don't give enough information: # of tanks/outlets, tank depths, size of air line pipe used?
by Mike Wise
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Mini Rams
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Mini Rams

As far as I know there are no "mini Rams" only those that are not full-grown. My guess, since the Rams are sexually mature, is that their growth was retarded due to overcrowding, poor maintenance, or poor nutrition at the beginning.
by Mike Wise
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Curviceps - what are they doing?
Replies: 3
Views: 7717

Re: Curviceps - what are they doing?

Yes, it's possible that your fish are the same sex. It's hard to say for sure from video. In L. dorsigera both sexes usually show a dorsal spot. It depends on the population (there are several). The female's dorsal spot often appears as an ocellus surrounded by metallic pigment - but not always.
by Mike Wise
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Curviceps - what are they doing?
Replies: 3
Views: 7717

Re: Curviceps - what are they doing?

Your L. dorsigera (not curviceps) appear to be in the process of deciding whether or not to pair-bond. Just keep an eye on them and separate them if one is physically hurt.
by Mike Wise
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: General Fish Topics
Topic: Transporting
Replies: 1
Views: 1569

Re: Transporting

Probably the best method would to use Kordon (or equivalent) 'breather bags'. Bag each fish separately. Place the bags in a cooler, making sure that each bag is separate from its neighbor so they don't touch (use towels - or as I do, nylon counted cross stitch mesh). Keep cooler in an air conditione...
by Mike Wise
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: Methods to change hard water to soft? - poor man
Replies: 3
Views: 1697

Re: Methods to change hard water to soft? - poor man

Your A. cacatuoides are quite adaptable to water values. They should adapt to your hardness, but not breed or be especially healthy at that level. I would suggest that you mix 50:50 tap water with distilled/RO/DI water. The tap water will provide any buffering that is needed.
by Mike Wise
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: need Very old images of German Rams
Replies: 2
Views: 2114

Re: need Very old images of German Rams

Darrell, I know exactly your problem. True - German-bred - German Blue Rams probably no longer exist. I have the same problem when I discuss the original (DDR bred) A. borrellii Opal. I hope this photo of a GBR helps. It is a photo by Horst Linke from a Tetra calendar from 1983 or 1984: A similar ph...
by Mike Wise
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Health, Diseases and Treatments
Topic: Does this bristlemouth have ich?
Replies: 3
Views: 6570

Re: Does this bristlemouth have ich?

It's hard to say for certain because the photo is too small for a close view. From what I see, I think not. Loricarids rarely get ich compared to fish with small scales like loaches. Ich would appear as small hard white dots with defined borders (more like salt). Your fish appears to have white patc...
by Mike Wise
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Help with new gold ram cichlid
Replies: 2
Views: 4307

Re: Help with new gold ram cichlid

No, the temperature seems a tiny bit low. Ideal temps are more like those for Discus, 84 - 86°F/ 30 - 31º C. My guess is that the original breeder used more live foods with more carotenoids in it. This brings out reds and yellows in fish.
by Mike Wise
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Cichlids began to die
Replies: 3
Views: 3948

Re: Cichlids began to die

My guess is that the old basalt gravel had most of the nitrifying bacteria, used to biologically filter the water of nitrogenous waste. Once you removed and replaced it you had very minimal removal of these chemicals in the tank.
by Mike Wise
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Equipment, Supplies, Books and DIY
Topic: external filter bit noisey
Replies: 4
Views: 3614

Re: external filter bit noisey

The center brace is important for long, tempered glass, tanks. These tanks use thinner glass panels than the older non-tempered glass tanks. Tempered glass tanks flex more than non-tempered ones. This is the reason for using a center brace on tempered glass tanks. If the flex to much it can cause a ...
by Mike Wise
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Single female Cichlid
Replies: 1
Views: 2364

Re: Single female Cichlid

Water changes, lots of frequent water changes. You turned your small tank into a chemistry set. Not know how large you cichlid is, the tank may be too small.
by Mike Wise
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Dwarf Cichlids
Replies: 1
Views: 1355

Re: Dwarf Cichlids

I have to agree, there is no real definition for "dwarf cichlid". Most authors who defined species as 'dwarf' (Vierke, Loiselle, ASG, Koslowski, Römer, etc.) also put an additional component into their definition - behavior. In addition to small size, dwarf cichlids do not disturb the aquascape and ...
by Mike Wise
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Fish Topics
Topic: Where is the Rio Curare?
Replies: 1
Views: 2081

Re: Where is the Rio Curare?

Are you sure the spelling is correct? I explored parts of the Río Curaray in 2012 & 2015. It is a right bank tributary of the middle Río Napo in Peru.
by Mike Wise
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?
Replies: 13
Views: 5774

Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

A. wapisana is reported to reach a maximum SL of 2.9 cm /~1 1/8", although I had some 'big' females that were a bit longer - about the size of an adult Neon Tetra. Biotoecus spp. are longer by about a centimeter.
by Mike Wise
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?
Replies: 13
Views: 5774

Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Apistogramma wapisana is even smaller and lighter.
by Mike Wise
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: General Cichlids
Topic: Low stress way to remove fry?
Replies: 3
Views: 2987

Re: Low stress way to remove fry?

I use a bottle trap. There are many discussions about how to make and use them on the internet.
by Mike Wise
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: South American Cichlids
Topic: Apistogramma ID?
Replies: 1
Views: 1934

Re: Apistogramma ID?

Try this one: http://apisto.sites.no/

Just realize that there are 90+ described species of apisto, plus another 300+ undescribed or distinct 'forms or populations' presently recognized. I don't think you'll find photos of them all.
by Mike Wise
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Dwarf Cichlids
Topic: Apistogramma kullanderi For Sale in the US
Replies: 1
Views: 2492

Re: Apistogramma kullanderi For Sale in the US

Having seen the importer's cost, these are for hobbyists with deeper (much deeper) pockets than I have. :(
by Mike Wise
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: For Beginners
Topic: Upgrading tank.
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Re: Upgrading tank.

It would help to know what kind of cichlids you plan to keep in the tank.

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