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  1. Ekona

    Laetacara curviceps

    A few more photos just before and after spawning, so just about as colorful as these will get. Just 2".
  2. Ekona

    Laetacara curviceps

    I do plan to breed them. I don't think they have fully settled in as I just moved them from an initial 10 holding tank to their 20L breeding tank.
  3. Ekona

    Laetacara curviceps

    Fin.al.ly got a pair of good looking L. curviceps. These have been fairly rare over the past few years.
  4. Ekona

    Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi

    Yes, I saw that low conductivity reading and a interestingly enough, a pH of 7.4, if I recall correctly. I'm consistently lowering the conductivity with each water change.
  5. Ekona

    Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi

    Good points on the humic substances and wholesalers. And Ha! that you live so close to the Dragon Rock. Yes I've seen the photos of that castle and interesting that there is a zoo and aquarium in it. The research of A. Lamboj, et al. on the reclassification of genus Pelvicachromis was partially...
  6. Ekona

    Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi

    Thank you Darrel. I'll give it a read.
  7. Ekona

    Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi

    They are soft water in nature. However, the commercial importers and dealers sometimes find that keeping softwater fish at higher TDS actually prevent some problems. I don't know the science behind that observation.
  8. Ekona

    Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi

    The came in at 300ppm and I've been lowering the TDS gradually with each water change, adding peat pellets to the filter to add tannic acids. Right now TDS down to about 200ppm. pH about 6.5. Trying to keep nitrates about 5ppm or lower. Feeding frozen spirulina brine shrimp, live gridals, and...
  9. Ekona

    Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi

    Just under two weeks after acquiring these, they have healed up and filled out fairly well.
  10. Ekona

    Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi

    With the recent imports from Cameroon, I was glad to get P. drachenfelsi (fromerly P. taeniatus "Wouri") again. I received a WC pair three days ago. They came in somewhat worse for wear. With good water, frequent changes to keep nitrate low as possible, and regular feedings they are beginning to...
  11. Ekona

    Procatopus similis "Idenau"

    Been a while since posting on the forum. Good to see continued activity in an "old school" forum and some of the improvement adding phots etc. So, I got a few of these lampeyes from a recent W.A. import. Never kept Procatopus before. They are pretty, very active, and this male (about 1.5") is...
  12. Ekona

    A. trifasciata source USA?

    Carter, no on the trifasciata, but I've picked up another species to work with. One of these days...
  13. Ekona

    What type of apistogramma is this?

    The caudal spot in A. sp. 'Rocafuerte', from my experience, tends to be more of a square and extend somewhat into the caudal fin. And, as Mike W. has pointed out in a previous post, A. sp. 'Rocafuerte' tends to have diagonal rows of dark streaks. You can see both characteristics in photos below...
  14. Ekona

    What type of apistogramma is this?

    But more connection than most A. allpahuayo? And do not female A. cacatuoides females have the same black on their chins as the female pictured here?
  15. Ekona

    What type of apistogramma is this?

    It sure could be A.allpahuayo, but I'm not seeing a clear separation between the lateral band and the caudal peduncle spot, as it diagnostic of A. allpahuayo.
  16. Ekona

    What type of apistogramma is this?

    Video shows female, and photos show both male and female, so you should be good to go with breeding them if you choose to. Looks like a good setup with plenty of leaf litter. Keep us posted!
  17. Ekona

    What type of apistogramma is this?

    It looks like wild form A. cacatuoides based on dorsal fins extensions, abdominal stripes, caudal fin shape and pattern and lateral line/caudal spot pattern. The black coloration in the fins in the first photos you posted is somewhat unique (in my experience) and thus it could be an A. cf...
  18. Ekona

    What type of apistogramma is this?

    Well you lucked out. Can you get photos of the female and maybe a better photo of the male with fins more open?
  19. Ekona

    What type of apistogramma is this?

    What fish store did you purchase it from?
  20. Ekona

    A. trifasciata source USA?

    Thanks for the leads. I know about Wetspot but Beantown Aquatics was new.
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