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Gibberosa & friends

4 years 3 months ago #35757 by FishManOwnerofFishboy
10 4 thanks a lot.

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4 years 3 months ago #35756 by RickB
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You don't want to rinse it very well because you will lose too much in the process. I rinse it twice and them put it in. Within 2 days it will be all settled.

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4 years 3 months ago #35755 by FishManOwnerofFishboy
Thanks! I heard people use sandblasting sand. I'll rinse it really well before putting it in just in case.

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4 years 3 months ago #35754 by RickB
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I get mine at Menards, black blast.
Not black beauti.
It is a little lighter than white silica sand. I think it ran around $8 for a 40 lb bag.

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4 years 3 months ago #35753 by FishManOwnerofFishboy
Hello, I searched the forum here and your thread came up. Where would be a good place to get black sand at a nice price? I'm looking to use it in an acrylic 145 gallon so I'll probably need a good amount for such a big footprint. I don't think shipping is an option, I am in Chicagoland suburbs. any pointing in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks.

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5 years 1 month ago #35115 by Razzo
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RickB wrote: Very nice fronts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw some a couple years back that Tom Peterson had in Rockford. and I was impressed with the bars on his and on yours. Almost makes me want to do Zaire's for the ump teenth time. Happy to hear yours are spawning !
How heavy do you feed at one feeding, what and how often ?


Thanks mate!

I feed frozen mysis & frozen plankton. I usually feed pretty light and faste them one day a week. Lean and mean ;)

I have been over feeding since adding a few more wild trios. Just started cutting back to previous normal levels.

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5 years 1 month ago #35108 by RickB
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Very nice fronts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw some a couple years back that Tom Peterson had in Rockford. and I was impressed with the bars on his and on yours. Almost makes me want to do Zaire's for the ump teenth time. Happy to hear yours are spawning !
How heavy do you feed at one feeding, what and how often ?

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5 years 1 month ago - 5 years 1 month ago #35107 by Razzo
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Midknight wrote: -- Those last two photos are kind of creepy. It almost looks like a ghost compressiceps is haunting your C. gibberosa. As always, wonderful pictures, Russ. Out of curiosity, what type of lighting do you have on the tank? Is it heavy on the blue or are those fish just that striking? Also, do you find the black sand more or less difficult to keep looking spick-and-span?


Thanks mate ;)

The lighting is minimal: 1 strip light for a 10 gallon tank on a 72 gallon tank (with a Powerglow bulb). I love the shadows and Cyphotilapia show darker and bluer in lower light situations. With that being said, most of my wild groups were hand picked by a friend who was a long time importer as his own personal hand picked all start group. I ended up getting his personal collection that he sifted from hundreds of imports. Also, I think Mikula is one of the nicer collection points to begin with with dark stripes like the Kaps and a lot of blue pigment in the white stripes which can throw that purpleish color at times (like Kitumba). I tell people, Mikula are the best of Kaps and Kitumba combined. Another trait of Mikula is a minimal crown on the big boys - I really like that trait. Both of my big males are about 10 inches and have almost no crown (couple pics of the boys below).

The black sand has been very easy to keep and look clean. I also feed frozen mysis & plankton so there is a lot less waste than most other situations.

Here's Tau, the wild dad of all those fry. The pic is a little older and he is about an inch bigger but the crown (or lack of crown is the same):
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Here is Nyatzi, the wild alpha in my 2nd Mikula tank. Old pic and he is about an inch+ bigger now too and minimal crown:

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So, they are from a collection that is known for some of the best colors and the parents are all stars from that collection point. Now for those F1 juvies - front fry, more than most species, look as good as their parents.

Thanks,
Russ

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5 years 1 month ago #35106 by Midknight
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-- Those last two photos are kind of creepy. It almost looks like a ghost compressiceps is haunting your C. gibberosa. As always, wonderful pictures, Russ. Out of curiosity, what type of lighting do you have on the tank? Is it heavy on the blue or are those fish just that striking? Also, do you find the black sand more or less difficult to keep looking spick-and-span?

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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5 years 1 month ago #35105 by Razzo
Gibberosa & friends was created by Razzo
Last night, I took some more pics of the 11 F1 Mikula juvies in the 72 gallon bow front tank in preparation for selling/marketing them at a later date. I thought "Gibberosa & friends" would make for a fun series of pics. In the 72, I have a couple growout Calvus BCWP and a couple Muzi gold head comps. I'll try to capture a few pics of these frontosa friends. Here's what I have for starters, hope you enjoy...

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