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Discussion in 'Trades, swaps, sales' started by Gerryd, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    Hi all,

    I have the following fish that I would like to give to a good home:

    11 Bosemani Rainbows - 7 large males and 2 med and 1 large females. 1 juvenile 1" that I think may be a female and is the only survivor of fry in the community tank from the adults....

    Males qre 2.5-3.5 in total length. Are BIG and fat and beautifully colored.....

    3 Large SAE

    Must take all fish, I will not split up.

    I live in Boca Raton, FL and will deliver if within reasonable distance......10-20 miles, if pickup is an issue for you.

    Fish are in great health and are kept in 180 gallon tank. I have large school of cardinals and 2 schools of dwarf cichlids, and these fish no longer 'fit' with where I want to go. Have enjoyed them a lot, but I am at heart a small fish lover. Pencils and dwarfs are my favorites........

    I want to get some more Nannostomus eques. I have only one left. They will be my new surface fish as the Bosemanis take up the entire top third.....Also need another 50 cardinals to refresh the school.

    Have lost other rainbows and SAE due to jumping out of the tank and don't want to happen to my buddies...... Open top tank........

    Will give to LFS if no takers......

    Please PM me if any interest.
     
  2. tedr108

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    SAEs jump out of tanks? Heck, I'd better get my full-sized hood up and running soon. None of my 4 SAEs have jumped yet.
     
  3. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    I used to have a school of 10 SAEs.....

    they seem to jump in pairs. 1 goes one night, and another the next, as if it misses it's friend, or is a search party that also never returns like a horror flick.......

    I swear that 4 times this happen between the 12 rainbows and SAE that have gone over to the dark side as it were.......

    So, I am now down to 3 large SAE and the rainbows.............

    Here is a pic of the tank and fish:

    You can see the rainbows to the left side......


    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM002006.jpg

    Here is a shot of some of my dwarfs and cards......

    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM002000.jpg

    Sorry,my camera is out of date and I am not that good at photography anyway.....
     
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    The rainbows look beautiful, even from that distance.
    Your cardinals look huge (I just bought 9 that are less than an inch). The cichlids look like they might eat a small cardinal...
     
  5. Gerryd

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    Thanks for the compliments, I will miss them..

    Have about 65-85 cards(?) some of which are >2 years old. They can get big with enough room and diet. Want to get to about 150 total......

    Feed all my fish the following:

    Live blackworms
    Srambled egg (they ALL love this stuff) just be judicious as it oils up the water and breaks up very fine. but great for pencils with their small mouths and for fry...
    Plain grilled chicken. they go nuts for it.

    2 varieties of flake food.

    I switch during the week so they always get a bit of each. Eggs and chicken are a treat, mostly the blackworms and flake.

    Here is a close up of some of the males and a shot of a few of the males and females

    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM001885.jpg

    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM001879.jpg

    Cichlids never harm anybody, even the smallest tetra.....at least for me...

    Wouldn't leave them around newborn fry, but are very peaceful fish...
     
  6. Orlando

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    What dwarf cichlids are those? Bolivians?
     
  7. Gerryd

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    good guess based on the head shape......

    But they are Anomalochromis thomasi - the african butterfly cichlid from Sierra Leone and Liberia......

    The blurry one at top center that is facing right and the blurry one to the right facing the same way among the cardinals are Laetacara dorsigera.

    I have 10 of each species and a single very large (and lonely) male Laetacara curviceps. Still looking in vain for some other L. curviceps so he is not the only one.

    Pic 1: better shot of the tomasi and a hint of their beautiful sheen, there are 7 in the shot if you include the one peeking in on the left..
    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM002038.jpg

    Pic 2: shot of the Laetacara species with the curvicep the bigger one in the middle, and the dorsigera a little up and to the left, they are very similar but different..
    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM002033.jpg

    Pic 3: group shot of almost all 20. again similar but different.
    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM002045.jpg

    Pic 4: better shot of the differences....
    http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg182/gerrydirish/IM002047.jpg


    The laetacara are known as the smiling acaras due to a series of bands around it's head give it the appearance of a smile. I like happy fish lol

    The are all similar in temperment and behaviour.... excellent eaters with a lot of display/mating behaviour. It's funny to see the males square off against another species so close in size.......both are more open spawners and are used to current.....

    Sorry to be babbling on.................:)
     
  8. rcalzadilla

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    I live in Miami and am very tempted to take you on for the free fish but, may be a bit much for my 125gal, which has the following:
    5 Mid sized angels
    3 Bose rainbows
    3 Turquoise rainbows
    10 cardinal tetras
    6 corys
    2 2-1/2" plecos
    It is planted and runs on 2 Eheim 2217 canister filters, 1 Aqua Clear 50 power head with filter,1 25 watt UV.

    I'd like to know how you keep the Wisteria so short.

    tks

    raul
     
  9. Gerryd

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    Raul,

    No effort on my part

    Wisteria (IME) has a great propensity to grow outward at gravel level.

    As it crawls forth all over, the height stays < 2-3". When it finally cannot expand outward, it starts to grow more vertically, as well as start doubling back on itself. It can get very thick in a short amount of time.

    Older sections grow more vertically so you get a nice arrangement of low to high.

    I have found gravel bound stems (runners) over 10" long from this weed that had no leaves on it, as it was under wood or shadows of itself. Soon as it had a clear spot, out shot some leaves........

    I started out with 3-4 stalks 2 months ago and has since covered over 35% of the surrounding area before I trimmed it back.......

    Lovely plant, fast growing, offers shelter, fish like to nibble it, etc.

    As far as your tank load, I have the following in my 180:

    10 bose rainbows
    20 dwarf cichlids
    3 SAE
    75-80 cardinals
    1 ancistrus
    18-22 various corys

    and have no issues........

    That being said, your angels are what would stop me, as they will get bigger eventually and need space.

    Let me know........
     
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