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post #41 of 80 Old 12-11-2012, 07:17 PM
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I think it's wise also to wait on the larger tank for the Bosesmani Rainbows. We had 2 that came with a tank we bought and a mixture of other small community fish. I did not know much about them, but as I learned, we found out we had a breeding pair. The male has more orange and the female has more purple. They were just fine until the male reached puberty and one day I noticed he had this neon green stripe doing down the center of his head. I was afraid something was wrong with him, looked it up and found out. He was ready to tango...but the female was not interested. I contacted a friend of mine who is a breeder and he had been wanting a breeding group of Rainbows, so we traded some fish with him. He placed our 2 in a planted tank with several (I am not sure what the ratio was) other rainbows and sent me a pic. These fish look totally awesome in a planted tank with some small driftwood!!! If you go with these, try to copy their natural habitat as much as possible. You will not be disappointed, but... you may have some fry to deal with also if you have males/females. They are beautiful to watch when you have males and females courting, I would not put anything else in the tank with them. Don't you think it would be great to have some babies!

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post #42 of 80 Old 12-12-2012, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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For the gourami byron I was thinking for the 3 ft tank so the boesmani can go in the 4 ft.

And I was actually thinking of having all males in the other tank Malawi- for the reason of Not having little ones. I just wouldn't have the room now for an endless supply of them. Lol. Adding females later when I get a 6ft is a better option. In my mind at least.....
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For the gourami byron I was thinking for the 3 ft tank so the boesmani can go in the 4 ft.

And I was actually thinking of having all males in the other tank Malawi- for the reason of Not having little ones. I just wouldn't have the room now for an endless supply of them. Lol. Adding females later when I get a 6ft is a better option. In my mind at least.....
With the rainbows, or for that matter any of the egg laying fish, it is better to always have a mix of male and female. Some species require specific ratio of m/f because of their behaviours, but most are OK with a mix roughly equal. I would not intentionally get all males, or all females.

The reason is natural behaviours. If you want to experience the fish being themselves, this will be much more likely with a mix. Some species have quite interesting and beautiful behaviours and it would be a shame to miss these. And there is little doubt but that the fish will be less stressed and thus healthier if they can interact naturally as nature intended.

As for young surviving, this can occur but in most cases few and far between. Within the confines of an aquarium the parents will often eat the eggs when they find them, and if there are other fish in the tank they will almost certainly know what is taking place and stand guard waiting for the first eggs. I see this all the time, and it is rare than an egg hatches, or the fry then survive. And if any do, there is then the issue of food. Some will find live microscopic food, but this will not be sufficient for many.

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post #44 of 80 Old 12-12-2012, 02:02 PM
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Very good advice Byron. This does not pertain to having all males in a tank, but it reminded me of a situation we had with one female German Blue Dwarf Ram that we had taken in with some fish from an individual getting out of the hobby. After a few months of having this adorable Ram (named Koolaid because of the blue lipstick on her lips) she started pseudo spawning even though there were no males in the tank with her. This happened several times about every 2 months. We were trying to find a home for her with someone who had a male and was wanting to breed, but could not. I know she was carrying eggs because of her red belly, never saw her lay them or any fish eating them. Her last pseudo spawn, she must have been egg bound or something, but her belly swelled up as usual and was red but she must not have been able to pass the eggs for some reason. I tried feeding her peas thinking that might help with the constipation, but she would not eat. The water parameters in the tank were fine, all of the other fish were fine, she was not being picked on, had not changed her food, no other explanation. She just sat at the bottom of the tank and would not get up, RIP Koolaid we miss you!

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post #45 of 80 Old 12-15-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Added 2 off these to my quarantine tank yesterday. Now to look out for some dwarf gourami disease .....
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post #47 of 80 Old 12-17-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any idea what this is on my anubias? I've wiped it off on a previous occasion but as I presumed it's back. Is it bad for plant or fish? Should I remove it? And how?

Lots of questions there
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Does anyone have any idea what this is on my anubias? I've wiped it off on a previous occasion but as I presumed it's back. Is it bad for plant or fish? Should I remove it? And how?

Lots of questions there
Looks like algae or diatoms. If it easily comes off with your fingers, it is probably diatoms, often called brown algae. This is common in new tanks, but after 3 months should not return. If it does, look into the possible causes (low light, silicates in the tap water, organics).

If it does not easily come off, then it is a form of green or red algae, I always think related to brush algae. I see this but usually on plants closer to the surface (light source) and worst on filter spray bars. Light is obviously the cause. This should not be present on Anubias, which being a low light plant should not be in direct bright light. In the shade of other plants, or under floating plants,m should keep this off Anubias.

Any type of algae on plant leaves is a concern since it can increase to the point where it smothers the plant respiration and assimilation of nutrients.

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post #49 of 80 Old 12-17-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Iv just given it the quick finger wipe check and it does indeed just wipe straight off. So I'm going to hope that as this tank isn't 3 months old yet it will disappear and I'll just continue to clean the plant. Thanks.

Next question, as I'm just full of them tonight and I can't find a good answer anywhere.... when putting new water in my tank, looks very cloudy and has 'bits' in it, look like small fibres. Any ideas here?
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post #50 of 80 Old 12-17-2012, 07:54 PM
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Water taken quickly from the tap can have a cloudy appearance. Mostly it's air bubbles. The fiber thing is puzzling. Try letting the water run for a little while before adding any to your bucket or whatever. Could be some sort of residue from the pipes. Then again, and this is really reaching, maybe it's just stuff being stirred up from the bottom.

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