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Tau's first spawns (Cyphotilapia gibberosa Mikula)

5 years 9 months ago #34469 by Razzo
Motsumi & Tau have spawned again. Motsumi is the same female that gave me 41 fry last time. She has another big mouthful! She is going on Day 10 holding. Here’s a few images of her from a couple nights ago. BTW: she OWNS this side of the tank!






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5 years 9 months ago #34467 by dakwas1940
:P Glad to hear everything is good. Dad is a good looking guy.

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5 years 9 months ago #34466 by Razzo
Fish are OK after the storm and power outages. Motsumi and Tau spawned before the storms and Motsumi is still holding a large mouthful (every bit as big as the last batch that she gave me 41 wigglers from). Looks like a good spawn. I'll try to get a new pic of her.

Here's an updated pic of dad (Tau)


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5 years 10 months ago #34452 by Razzo
Here’s another shot of one of the Mikula fry that likes to sleep in this same spot every night (they are creatures of habit too). This shot was right after I turned the lights on. At night when they sleep, the turn on all of their blue pigment in their “dark mode.” Not long after I captured this image, he scooted away.


Normally I don’t like to post images with reflections. I don’t mind these two as it gives you an idea of how I get these images.



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5 years 10 months ago #34450 by ziggy2
Wow, those are some nice shots. They are looking very nice.

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5 years 10 months ago #34448 by Razzo
I have not been happy with my photos of the 40-gallon tank. As with any tank and shooting in manual without a flash, it takes me a little time to dial in on any given tank. I am a little excited as I feel I made some progress on the 40 today ☺

I confess white sand is probably not the best choice when wanting to show off the color of any fish. It was, however, what I had and it was seeded with plenty of good bacteria from another established tank (actually the parents tank where they were spawned) and helped me to cycle this 40-gallon nursery tank without skipping a beat. So, white sand it is.

This first image was taken right after I turned the lights on. This will give you an idea of all the wonderful Zaire blues these baby Mikula inherited from their wild parents.







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5 years 10 months ago #34446 by dakwas1940
:cheer: Great looking fish and they do have great color. Great job.
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5 years 10 months ago #34445 by Razzo

bwestgsx06 wrote: Need. More. Updates.


Hey guys, here is the requested update on my Mikula fry: they are doing very well and are eating & growing like little pigs. I have been power feeding them 3x daily and have been giving two 50% water changes each week. I have really enjoyed seeing a school of 51 swimming in the 40 gallon nursery tank. In a couple weeks, I will start shipping most of them to their new homes:







Here is a FTS of the 40. I have been very impressed with their growth and color. White sand may not have been the best choice to show off their color; however, even though they are over white sand I have been very pleased with their blues.

Note to self: don't wear a white t-shirt when shooting images :lol:


Now don't judge me on the dirty pre-filter :roll: Keep in mind that I do two 50% water changes weekly and vacuum and clean these filters with each water change.


Thanks for coming along for the ride :)

Russ

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5 years 10 months ago #34424 by ziggy2
They have really got some nice color.

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5 years 10 months ago #34422 by dakwas1940
:) Thanks for the update. Again, great picture's. Great looking fish. Keep up the great job..

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