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  1. GaryE

    Caffeine thoughts this morning… my example of the natural form fish looking better that the line bred fish…

    It's interesting, in its way. People like new things - novelties. There are two ways farms can do this - a colour morph or albino that they already know how to mass produce, and have breeders trained in, or a newly found tetra (for example) that would take some investment in learning and some...
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    Unpopular Opinions (fish related)

    We want to keep it simple but nature's a complex system. Once we put it in a glass box, it gets crazy. There are a lot of fish and a lot of water types that can let you do fewer water changes, if you stock correctly. In my soft water with the more delicate species I like, once a month would be...
  3. GaryE

    CrowdStrike Falcon shutting down systems last Frday

    One of my relatives chose a life of crime. Most of the family were wary of him, but he died an old man who never went to prison, and made a very good living at his business. He always said he was living the American Dream. Most of the time, he was an office worker for his gang. If he were...
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    Tank dimensions opinions

    Anomalochromis thomasi is close to being a jewel, albeit a quieter version. It would share the same territorial needs, and there would be competition. Both are open spawners. Rubricatochromis exsul, the old Turkana, is supposed to be a milder version of the Genus, as you know. I've bought a few...
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    Loose stools and treatment-resistant fin rot

    Would the actual surgery be much more involved than taking a fin clip for DNA? The fish don't seem to have nerves in the fin, though I imagine close to the caudal peduncle would hurt. The ray and soft tissue wouldn't. Getting a textbook on fish treatment would be useful if we were all in a...
  6. GaryE

    WOW!!! Bouncing around today, and saw these ( never heard of them )

    If they are like the Australian species, the colour is seasonal. When the breeding season comes, wow, Before and after, meh.
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    Are these pretty rare in the hobby??? MelanotaeniaIn sexlineata

    There was a time when I was going to stop keeping most of my killies and go head on into rainbows. I kept a few species, bred a few species, and spent a fair bit of money exploring the group. Now, I have my infertile wanamensis (4th generation here, but I can't get eggs), and a few Aytinjo...
  8. GaryE

    10 Tank's fish and tanks

    Hmm. Cottonwoods are really rare here. All your trees are. I use oaks and maples. I constantly see fantastic pieces on beaches, but they are pine root pieces around here. Maple isn't the best as it's very straight. I wish pine were safe, but the resins are an issue. They decompose fast too. I...
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    Are these pretty rare in the hobby??? MelanotaeniaIn sexlineata

    I had them. Mine had tb though, and didn't do well.They were here long enough for me to really like them. They have a subtle beauty that is really something different. I've only seen them in a pet store once. They are around in rainbowfish trading circles, and I know of one very good Indonesian...
  10. GaryE

    Unpopular Opinions (fish related)

    Outside of the chat sections like this, I never assume I'm talking to one person. We see discussions that started with one person's questions, and another's answer. Some have thousands of views. So I think we have to write as if our audience is at all levels of experience, and since it's a...
  11. GaryE

    Tank dimensions opinions

    A larger footprint always helps, but there are so many variables in depth, front to back, etc. I know what you mean, generally, by African Cichlids. But even with East African Rift Lake Cichlids, there are many species groups and many set ups. Tanganyika? Malawi? Victoria? Kivu? Edward? It's a...
  12. GaryE

    Caffeine thoughts this morning… my example of the natural form fish looking better that the line bred fish…

    I'm a wild type snob, I guess. Because I enjoy fish behaviour, I prefer wild types. Their finnage and colouration are adaptations to a complex world. A lot of people like linebreeding, and it demands incredible skill. It produces fish I simply don't find interesting though. A drab fish that does...
  13. GaryE

    10 Tank's fish and tanks

    For your driftwood, where you are, do you get a lot of hardwood/deciduous, or is it softwood/evergreens?
  14. GaryE

    Should i take a punt

    @Country joe - you should relocate to Canada. Around here, a 66 mile round trip is going to a local store! The place I think of as my local place for buying fish is near the airport where I pick up shipped boxes, and that's an 8 hour round trip.
  15. GaryE

    Understanding Angel fish actions

    There are basics I've seen with angels. Males hate males, but they only figure that out when they reach maturity. They shouldn't be kept together. They will intimidate and dominate if they don't actively murder. Females will sometimes pair up, and even lay eggs together. The eggs are...
  16. GaryE

    What are you doing today?

    There are so many things other forum members know a lot about, and that I know nothing of. Sewing machines. I wish I could say I was going to spend my day learning about them, but it appears I'll be rinsing sand instead. Then I'm going to remove the front panels from two leaky, unreliable home...
  17. GaryE

    Loose stools and treatment-resistant fin rot

    It's interesting. We have a strange collective approach to sick fish. When I was in my teens, the great problems were Ich, fungus and velvet. Fungus treatments, which I now suspect were based on acriflavene, a med now considered carcinogenic for humans (extreme low risk, but) were standards on...
  18. GaryE

    Should i take a punt

    If it isn't a central filtration system, it's a good thing they medicate. You could order online, and you would probably get the same embers from the same farm shipment. If a chain store has disease in it, I am wary, because their quarantine isn't always tight with new staff, etc. They don't pay...
  19. GaryE

    JackGulley’s South American Tank! (Under Construction)

    If you are breeding, you get the best sex ratios around 25-26c. Friends who have collected them have said the amazon region, the basin, is warm water even in the forests. African habitats are up and down as far as elevations go, and that leads to cooler temps for many of those dwarf Cichlids...
  20. GaryE

    Fun Aquatic Facts

    So should I wear the Alien suit, the polar bear suit or the cat outfit the next time I go to the fishroom? Decisions, decisions.
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