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  1. Ben Rhau

    ADA Aquasoil and TDS

    Which species?
  2. Ben Rhau

    Cacatuoides Fry Instructions

    What company sells frozen glassworms? I can't find them at any of my LFS. It looks like San Francisco Bay Brand used to, but it is no longer listed on their website.
  3. Ben Rhau

    Stocking question with intended fry growout

    They figured it out, lol. I didn’t realize how easy it is to hatch BBS with a hatchery dish. I see no reason not to just have a new batch going every couple days!
  4. Ben Rhau

    Stocking question with intended fry growout

    Thanks. I did move the micros and cory habrosus, to give me better flexibility as the apistos produce fry. I also hatched some BBS. Question: For the adults, what percent of their feeding do you typically supplement with BBS? I tried feeding only BBS, but they are so accustomed to the chunkier...
  5. Ben Rhau

    Stocking question with intended fry growout

    Hi all, I had a community tank, and removed the predatory occupants to make it a breeding tank. I’d like to know how much capacity I need to leave in my tank if I want some of my apisto fry to grow out to juveniles, at which point my LFS is happy to take them. I’m not trying to scale or make...
  6. Ben Rhau

    water parameters for resticulosa-complex?

    Update: Both females now have free-swimming fry. :) Assuming they hatched roughly a week ago, that would have been around TDS 250, consistent with them being white-water. Not expecting too much this time, since they are both first-time mothers and I do not have BBS hatching yet. I am hoping they...
  7. Ben Rhau

    water parameters for resticulosa-complex?

    Thank you! I guess I didn’t scroll down far enough the first time I saw this
  8. Ben Rhau

    water parameters for resticulosa-complex?

    Thanks, Mike. Keeping an eye on her for sure. Where can I find information on which species comprise resticulosa-complex (besides Wangenflecken, which you've eliminated) for an eventual species ID?
  9. Ben Rhau

    water parameters for resticulosa-complex?

    Updated photos: Male showing maybe a little bit more blue iridescence in the body, and more transient color changes, generally. One female with slight yellow coloration. Hangs out in the cave, but comes out to feed. Other female just hangs out in the cave and chases away the male. She really...
  10. Ben Rhau

    water parameters for resticulosa-complex?

    Hi all, Following up on my first post <linked>, looks like I have some as-yet unidentified resticulosa-complex fish. Can you please give me some guidance on the ideal TDS to breed? My params: Tap water GH3, KH3, pH 8+, TDS 138 Peat-filtered tap: TDS 104, pH 6 50/50 tap + peat-filtered tap: TDS...
  11. Ben Rhau

    Do you discard the dying parts of anacharis?

    Darrel, Thanks for your suggestions. Since I just have the one tank, I don't mind replanting, and I do like how the rosette shape of the anacharis contrasts with the leaf shapes of the other plants. I do have another question though: From the Hovanec article on aquatic plants, it seems that at...
  12. Ben Rhau

    New to Dwarf Cichlids

    Darrel, I read through these articles you linked to above. They are compelling, yet prompt some questions: 1. If ammonia-based cycling is irrelevant, why does appear to work, empirically? By "work," I mean that an ammonia-cycled tank can accept a moderate bioload of fish with no ammonia or...
  13. Ben Rhau

    Do you discard the dying parts of anacharis?

    I'm not much of plant guy, so please bear with me. I have a planted tank with anacharis, anubias, java fern, java moss and pellia moss. Since these are all really easy plants, everything is growing like crazy. But I have a question about the anacharis that I have with all long stem plants (e.g...
  14. Ben Rhau

    sexing borellii or steel blue

    So I went back to my LFS guy and he acknowledges they're not borellii, but swears they are are wild-caught and not steel blue. Maybe they are caetei? He says he's happy to swap them out later, so I may wait till they get a bit bigger to make a more positive ID.
  15. Ben Rhau

    sexing borellii or steel blue

    Hi, I have a trio of apistos that were sold to me as borellii. Two of them seem obviously female (more yellowish, rounded dorsal fin tip). Two pics of the same female attached. One was sold as a male, but I'm not sure. It is less yellowish, and has more blue on the face. However, it has black on...
  16. Ben Rhau

    Hello from SF

    Used to keep Malawi cichlids and returned to the hobby a few years ago after a long hiatus, when my daughter wanted a betta. Of course, I couldn't abide by keeping the poor thing in a bowl, so I set up a 5 gallon. That escalated quickly to a 20L community tank, and it was only a matter of time...
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