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Update 2006-06-24: OUT: Sy. Petricola; IN: Sy. Pleurops


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#1 BrownBullhead

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 01:35 AM

Update 2006-06-24: OUT: Sy. Petricola; IN: Sy. Pleurops

In an effort to reduce the overall "load" in my 150-gallon aquarium, I traded the following speciments into local shop "X" on Saturday, June 24, 2006...

1. ALL 21 of my 2.5" (F? "Tank Raised") Synodontis Petricola - $300 ($270 USA) store credit; and
2. ALL 28 of my 1.5" (F? "Asia Fish Farms?") - 2.0" Botia Macracanthus - $171 CA ($154 USA) store credit.

I didn't "profit" per se on these as I came out about maybe $20 above what they costed me, minus all the food they've consumed over the last 12 months. smile.gif BUT... sometimes a change is good and it's nice to not "give away" the fish, if you know what I mean?

However, prior to executing my trades, as this hobby goes, I saw something at local shop "Y" on Friday, June 23, 2006, that I decided would fit nicely into my setup: 4 x Synodontis Pleurops, a.k.a. ("F0" i.e. "Wild Caught"). These catfish ranged from about 6.0" to 7.5" were going for $70 ($63 USA) / 1 fish, $178 ($160 USA) / 3 fish, or $315 ($284 US) / 6 fish. Only 4 specimens remained in the shop, so the store was gracious enough to prorate the "6 fish" price ($53 ($48 US) per fish) across the 4 remaining specimens. So in the end, my total, including 7% provincial and 7 % federal sales taxes, was $240 ($216 US).

N.B. A beautiful group (15 - 18 fish) of Haplotaxodon Microlepsis "F0" were in the same tank, but no setup to handle those at this time. I really need a higher paying job. tongue.gif

So in the last two days, I charged $240 ($216 US) to credit card, and received $471 CA ($424 US) in store credits at "X". I am going to tuck this credit note away and see if I can convince my beautiful wife to "allow" another aquarium into the house. At "X", I've got my eye on a 110-gallon (60" L x 18" W x 24" H) with black frames, two glass "flip lids," 60" light hood (2 x 48" T8 ballast) and good quality black finish pine wood stand, for $800 ($720 US) plus the usual taxes (see above). I think this tank would be nice in the living room... maybe setup as more of a Tanganyikan community... or... she tends to like the Malawi (more colours, cheaper prices) which I suppose would be nice too. tongue.gif I'm a bit of a Tanganyika snob. tongue.gif

Here's my 150-gallon (48" L x 24" W x 30" H) stock as of today:

F1 / F2: 30 x Tropheus Moorii "Nkonde" (12 adults + 18 (approx.) offspring, 1 - 3 months of age);
.....F0: _5 x Eretmodus Cyanostictus sp North "Makombe"
.....F0: _4 x Synodontis Pleurops
.....F?: _2 x Neolamprologus Brichardi
.....F0: _2 x Typhlonectes Natans (South American 100% aquatic AMPHIBIAN)

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 09:22 PM

I would imagine that you would need really long arms for that 48" tank of yours smile.gif

I've tended to keep away from the alkaline loving cats/rift set up as the water here in this part of Scotland is very soft, around 2 degress hardness and neutral out the tap which tends to dive down to the acid side of things when in mature tanks, although I have a petricola which is quite happy in a neutral p.H. setup. with coral gravel in the filters.

Nice to hear how other hobbyists are getting on, so more please you members out there. smile.gif
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Posted 26 June 2006 - 01:14 AM

I respect your neutral feedback, in that different fishkeepers will have different results. I have been chastised on another forum for my fish selection, but I've found that generally speaking, fish fed quality food, kept with tankmates that are of good disposition (some species are nightmare for one keeper, blessings for another), and good water (read: frequent water changes) will generally do alright for themselves.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 04:06 PM

Yes I agree, what works for one may not work for another and anyway fish can't read as far as I know wink.gif

Of course there are exceptions to the rule, like putting Guppies in with Pirhanas or Shovelnoses, but that is just common sense.
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 02:45 AM

It's been several weeks since I acquired the S. Plerops, and no concerns whatsoever. They've been chowing down on NLS 1-mm Cichlid Formula, Spirulina Wafers, etc., even earthworms for my Typhlonectes Natans... hilarious watching them spend 3 hours trying to inhale a nightcrawler! Seems no catfish can resist a juicy morsel of a worm! I ended up doing some low-quality video clips with my digital still camera... I'll post them below in a bit. smile.gif

*NEW* Synodontis Pleurops
Tropheus Moorii "Nkonde"
Eretmodus Cyanostictus sp. North "Magara"
Neolamprologus Brichardi

And a couple of stray loaches. wink.gif

It seems most of these pHpBB configurations are not supporting thumbnails with hyperlinks embedded anymore, included some of my older posts which were posted as such. I've seen this on 2-3 forums today.

Anyway, enjoy the videos!



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Posted 19 July 2006 - 10:07 AM

Just getting your password signing in for your videos sad.gif
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Posted 19 July 2006 - 07:24 PM

Me too.

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 05:09 AM

The thumbnails are NOT clickable. Many of the forums I post my messages on... it seems, are not allowing clickable thumbnail phpBB code, so I didn't write it into this message. It also seems the phpBB software on most forums does not like my URL ending in .FLV (Flash Video).

If you copy/paste the URL into your web browser, it will work. smile.gif




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