Marco's Fish-room

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    Hi everyone,

    Instead of starting various threads with various topics, I have decided to start one thread in which I will pile all the developments and hopefully interesting things that are happening in my fish-room.

    I will try and update it on a regular basis and post photos of whatever I find interesting or relevant to share.
    I hope this will be of interest to some of you and that you will enjoy sharing these experiences with me.

    Kind regards

    Marco
     
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    Marco

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    I will start by posting some photo's of some discus I will be raising in coming months. These fish are all from Malaysian breeder's Tony and Jeffrey Tan's stock which I recently imported.

    Blue Diamond

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    Spotted Leopard

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    Eruption

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    Whilst I have all the juveniles to raise I have also in this week finally moved my Red spotted female and Male Heckel to a breeding cube in order to try get a spawn from them.
    The Heckels absolutely hate being netted and so I suspect a good while before they will settle and spawn again.

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    The tank is quite dirty because I dont want to go mess around in there whilst the male is still adapting to his new home.

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    I also have a few other fish I am working on at the moment.

    This is a Dicrossus maculatus female with her fry. I unfortunately lost this batch of fry but hopefully they will have a new batch soon enough

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    Then there are a few females of Dicrossus filamentosus that have succesfully raised small batches of fry. The fry are now growing out in a small fry tank after I removed them at abt 1 week age

    Heres the 1 mother with her babies

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    Sjoe .... stunning.

    Yeah the one thread thing for me works way better - on some topics.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Some of you may remember that I have a long standing relationship with the lovely Ram-cichlids
    Well that relationship continues still and I am now working on a possible 2 new strains which can then be added to the South African Ram family.
    The first strain is almost there (maybe another 6 months needed) and the other one will hopefully be at roughly the same time, if at all feasible.

    Here are a few introductory photos of the new addition

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    The male with a healthy batch of fry
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    Eish Marco

    Some midnight eye candy!!
    Looking good boet
    Those Rams are incredible sexy
    Cant wait to get my hands on some
     
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    Wow! Beautiful fish. The dicrosus maculatus and filamentous, I don't know anything about? Are they very popular or are they just a challenge for you to breed?

    How about a FTRS (full tank room shot:))? Must be fairly large with all that breeding going on...
     
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    Very nice. I am keen to learn more.
     
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    Nice thread to follow.

    Those rams looking promising Marco.

    You have always seemed to favour the spotted discus in some way :)

    How is the adoketa doing?

    Regards
     
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    The discus are stunning but I must say those rams are too beautiful..... They exquisite..
     
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    @Marco,
    very very nice Discus
    that Blue Diamond looks very different to the "standard" form - a lot paler.
     
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    Hi
    @Broder-
    Dicrossus are dwarf Cichlids from the Amazon. They should be popular because they are a great deal more peaceful than Apistos, and as pretty if not prettier.
    They are quite tricky to keep though and need very soft acidic water with superb water quality to thrive.
    They are stunning little fish though.
    This is a photo of a male D.filamentosus
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    Thanks Charles and Maria. The Rams are quite pretty and hopefully I get them to where I want.
    @Reedfish-these Blue diamonds are still very small. 5cm at best. Will see how they develop and what their colour is like when mature.
    @Vis - I unfortunately lost the I.adoketa female
    Ill definitly get one again when I can because they are amazing fish.
    The spotted type Discus are a favourite yes. I think maybe I favour all the strains that at least resemble the Wild types, excluding Blue diamonds I guess. These spotted ones are really nice. I also got 2 Ring leopards which are probably the best looking of all the spotted varieties. Will post some photos of them in time

    Rgds

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    Love the discus!
     
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    Ok... That Dicrossus Filamentosus does look stunning! Being dwarf species, I guess they can be kept in a 2 ft aquarium? Does a normal RO filter sort the water out, or do you need to soften it any further?
     
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    Hi @Broder

    As long as you provide ample decoration in the form of wood and plants then yes you should be ok in a 2 ft with a trio of D.filamentosus.
    I use abt 80-90% RO water and the rest aged tap water. No need for anything else.
    Just very important that you have very good filtration on the tank with no chance of ammonia or nitrite.

    Keep a dark substrate cause they are shy fish and they will feel much more at home on a dark substrate. ADA aquasoil is a good choice even though I keep mine on Colorado sand.

    Rgds
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    He he.. I'm rooting for them to make sellable offspring now. Big. Time.
     
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    @Marco,

    What are you feeding the Discus?
    Does Tan grow out his youngsters on beef heart?
     
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