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Old 05-08-2012, 09:18 PM   #71
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sorry taz, i don't know where i put those pics. I think if you just scroll up all the way (or zoom out a lot), you should see them.

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Old 05-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #72
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I do not see them still.

I see the post stating they are large but no pictures with it.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:16 PM   #73
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here, try following these links: https://mail-attachment.googleuserco...LNMAmCHSRa9wW0
does it work there?
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:41 AM   #74
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To upload a photo, first have the file on your computer.

Click, Go advanced in the message box.

Next to the smiley face that will appear in the options is a paperclip.

Click on the paperclip

Upload your file and WAIT until it shows up in the box with the filesize.

Then you may close the window and the photo should appear in your posts.

Another way is to upload to a free hosting site like photobucket.

From there copy the image location (the part including [/IMG] and place the code directly in the message box.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:16 PM   #75
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All right, here goes nothing: fish pic 2.jpg

fish pic 1.jpg

are we good now?
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:05 PM   #76
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ok taz, i found some aceis at my LFS, and just picked the healthiest looking ones i could find. they said they couldn't vent the fish, so I let go of gender for the time being. I was hoping you could help me sort out this conundrum. here are some facts about the fish:

-all are about the same size-except for one slightly smaller one
-2 of them have prominent egg spots, one of them i'm not so sure about, and one has no spots
-they seem to "school" together (not much aggression at all)
-the smaller one often gets left behind in the school, not because they chase it, but it just drifts away.
-the smaller one is darker and sort of looks like it has stripes down its side
-the other three are lighter and have no stripes
-they all have sort of neon blue spots near their head
-their fins are all a solid yellow color
-the smaller one is the one whose egg spots i am not sure about-it is like a fuzzy dot, so it could be a sort of pigmentation error

This is all i can come up with now. It would be great if you could determine the gender before i have to vent them, as i am a newbie and would not want for a fish to die in my hands.

Also, my mom is pushing me to buy new fish very soon, so it would be helpful if you could determine the gender before i go out and buy new fish. currently the aceis dont seem to be doing each other any harm, but i assume this will change shortly, right? because if nothing is going to happen with what i have here, i would rather not change anything, simply because it would be easier.

Finally, they have been taking fish flake for the past few days. I don't know if this is healthy for them because it isn't specifically designed for cichlids, but they seem to like it. can i continue like this? also, should i add any extra veggie matter for them, or will the tank's algae be enough?

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Old 05-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #77
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Good job on getting the acei.

Sadly it will not be possible to determine their gender by simply looking at them, there are only two ways to tell a monomorphic (males and females look similar), one either you vent them, or wait until you have a holding female. That is the only way to tell. Sorry but I will not be able to help on their gender.

The recommended food for them is based on flakes containing Spirulina supplemented with veggies such as unfrozen peas with the shells removed, lettuce and carrots.

The coloration of this fish can come in many different varieties but the main way to tell that it is an acei, well at least the ones collected from Msuli on Lake Malawi is they ALL have yellow tails. There are ones collected from Ngara but they are mainly black with white tails.

The bahaviour is quite normal, mine swim in a school and then one gets hungry and leaves the group and goes for a snack on my driftwood or plants!

Sorry I cannot be any more help on the gender. I can explain how to vent them but they do have to be a certain size to truly tell.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #78
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Ok i have had the aceis for about a week now, and I believe they are all male. There is obviously one male, who is the biggest and has two egg spots. Then, there is and other one with egg spots that is a male. The third fish chases the others around a lot and acts like the dominant male when he is not around. Finally, I think the fourth fish is male because in a tank with three other males, i have a feeling a female will not fare very well.

Also, I have noticed that they do not school as much. Nowadays, the dominant male just chases them around. I have noticed that their fins seem slightly nipped, too. I am getting worried that having almost the complete opposite sex ratio will hurt my fish. I have kept these fish for a while, and I don't want to stall on them before i get any other fish, as I have been wasting a lot of time fretting over this.

Finally, I saw some Afras at a Petsmart. They haven't showed up in our LFS, which has much better living conditions, and I have a feeling that they won't show up for a while. These afras were completely yellow, with the exception of faint black bars on some of them. They were also enormous, at least double the size of my juvenile afras,
which I suspect would lead to major aggression. They look pretty much the same as the labs I'm going to get, so I don't know if I should wait or not. I know that they show their coloring later on, but these seem pretty big, so I don't think they will change color at all.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:54 PM   #79
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Another update and a few more questions for you, taz!

I haven't bought any more fish yet, still deciding what to do. Meanwhile, I tried feeding my aceis some leafy greens. They seemed to like spinach, but have barely touched the romaine lettuce. I also tried introducing more greenery into their diet by giving them a pinch every now and then of goldfish flake along with their normal fish flakes and cichlid pellets. It could be just me, but they seem to like the goldfish flakes more. maybe its because of the higher veggie content, i dunno

Also I noticed that on the bottom of most of their mouths, they have black dots. Is this normal? some disease? I noticed that they are on all of the aceis with varying degree except for one. Their heads are also having some neon blue coloring, like that found on neon tetras. Is this normal?

Thanks so much,
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:53 PM   #80
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Great news!!!!

ok taz I HAVE AN ACEI FEMALE WITH EGGS. i THink i told you about this , the one with a lump in her throat. it has been there for quite a while, but recently it got very big, black, and i can see the little eggs through her skin. I went to the pet store and the guy told me she is probably holding. HAPPY! of course i know that 3 males and 1 female is a recipe for disaster, but for the time being, im worrying about the eggs. they have been there longer than they usually hold, so i think the eggs are fertilized. However, I am worried on how to house the fry. i have both an empty 10 gallon and an empty 29 gallon tank. What should i do? should i set up one of the tanks? how would I cycle it? I have several filters: a BIO-wheel for the 29, and an undergravel, an HOB filter, and a sponge filter for the 10 gallon. Im not sure if I have all the parts for the sponge filter though. So please respond ASAP as I the female might blow any day now!
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