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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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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