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Old 12-10-2012, 11:07 PM   #16
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All of my favorites are cichlids. Rams are easy to spawn. Getting the eggs to hatch and the fry to live is harder. The eggs need soft water and fry are very small, bigger than bettas, but about as small as cichlid fry come. I'm not sure the male is doing his job as I haven't seen a single tail yet.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:18 PM   #17
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Well I suppose I'll try my hardest and maybe see how breeding angelfish goes first, I've only ever bred livebearers before.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:50 AM   #18
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Really for Rams all you need to do is buy a group of young fish, have soft water (mines at like 6.8) and provide flat spaces for them to lay their eggs on. Consider taking eggs out to artificially hatch as most Rams will not raise their own fry. Apistos on the other hand will, but are cave spawners. I had a female with her babies for a month. I just took them away as they are getting very big, and she was getting fat again.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:12 AM   #19
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Ok, I'm going to try this for sure then. Probably Rams? I don't know, they just seem to be more popular? If you think I should go for Apistos then I'll take your advice though.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:08 PM   #20
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Both are pretty popular. Rams are a bit more difficult then apistos and depending on the kind, apistos are normally more pricey.... It's up to you. Apistos seam to be less of a hassle than if you get a bad pair of rams who eat perfectly good eggs.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:30 AM   #21
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blue acaras are very peaceful cichlids and great for a community tank.. the green terrors are exactly that terrors lol... seems one of my acaras is a GT or acts like one, a real bully so off to the shops i go.... lol
be careful when stocking, it seems they are very difficult to tell apart when young, the more i look the more i see slight differences
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:51 AM   #22
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This is a really tough question...because my fish interests are constantly evolving.

Currently, I'm really fascinated by clown loaches (have a group of 20) and South/Central American Cichlids. Unfortunately, Maine is very restrictive when it comes to fish...my options are limited if I wish to stay on the favorable side of the law.

I recently acquired a large gold Severum that I really like...seen in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=8yzkQDTIe-o

One of the recent additions to my collection was a group of juvenile Keyhold Cichlids, and I'm expecting a shipment of Rainbow Cichlids (Archocentrus Multispinosa, formerly known as Herotilapia Multispinosa) this weekend.

I also recently journeyed into the realm of African Cichlids with the purchase of some Blue Dolphin Moori and a couple Frontosa.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:44 AM   #23
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That collection of fish you have sounds pretty awesome mainefish.


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Old 12-12-2012, 10:14 AM   #24
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Maine Fish, Wow, the Severum is beautiful! So I suppose there's a big interest in Cichlids right now... and you do have an awesome collection of fish!
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #25
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I love cichlids year in and and year out. Trendy now is is little colorful fish for planted tanks, CPDs, harlequin rasboras. Planted tanks are the rule in Europe and really taking off here.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:54 AM   #26
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i have been forcing myself to stay away from the severums....i used to breed them by the thousands...golds and rotkeils.....they are awesome fish....my first pair of golds was back in 1974.....when i finally sold them the male weighed just a tad over 2 lbs....he was a beast only in size and excavating capabilities..spawns from that pair were always over 600....they were very friendly and personable fish....
i love cichlids ; but in a wholesale world it is very difficult to make any kind of money off of them...
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