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Re: Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi

Post by Kelly on Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:46 pm

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Post by Guest on Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:22 pm

Very nice indeed!

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Post by daviddarcy on Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:53 am




f1 male
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Post by jimmyx on Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:15 pm

cracking looking fish mate .. are u breeding them ..the bottom 2 pics look great..are u breeding them .. thumbs up
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Post by jimmyx on Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:17 pm

just read that post ..its my stutter lol or an age thing lol thumbs up
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Re: Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi

Post by Kelly on Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:22 pm

Yeh interesting to see if you have any young, very nice thumbs up
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Post by davcummo on Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:29 pm

great pics dave man
these riverine fish are way overlooked and there is some beauts out there
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Post by andrewo on Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:36 pm

cool photos thumbs up
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Post by phily t on Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:56 pm

nice can you keep them with jewels? help
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Post by derekfrontosa on Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:31 am

phily t wrote:nice can you keep them with jewels? help

they are too small to be kept safely with jewels and too agressive to be kept with normal community fish. best kept with bigger barbs botias or large tetras or maybe kribs.

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Post by Kelly on Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:16 am

Good bit of advise there thumbs up
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Post by derekfrontosa on Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:59 pm

I have been keeping these for a couple of years now and they are certainly a very nice species. I started with f1 stock and recently lost my breeding female but I have plenty of offspring and will attempt to get some new unrelated males of a good line. This species like the closely related multicolor and phillander is prone to faults such as shortened body after just a few cases of sibling inbreeding so it is always a good idea to try to outbreed when possible. Breeding any of these species is very easy and at one time they were very popular in the hobby but the arrival of the bigger more spectacular malawis led to a decline in interest. If good stock of the very pretty nicholsi becomes more readily available it will definitely attract a new generation of fans and I have supplied offspring to a few of my friends in the hope of re establishing them here in ireland.

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Post by Kelly on Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:01 pm

Have you got any young for sale, I would love to get some of these thumbs up
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Post by derekfrontosa on Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:30 pm

Yes, I have plenty of well grown young and also some spare breeding adults.

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Post by Kelly on Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:53 pm

Are you in Dublin I'm coming down hopefully on the 21st January and would love to get some of these of you if possible
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Post by derekfrontosa on Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:09 am

Yes I am in dublin and we can arrange a meeting closer to the date of your visit. I have good stocks of this species and it is good that other serious fishkeepers are interested in working with them as it is almost impossible to get good stock from the normal commercial sources.

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Post by Kelly on Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:12 am

Brillant that's great news as soon as I seen them I wanted them i'm sure there will be a few other guys from here that will be contacting you. I'm trying to get a stock list of what I'm picking up up to now so I can set up new tanks for them thumbs up

Need to go and do my research on them now. What do you stock them with or do you have them in there own tank?
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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:15 am

I am not sure yet on these? don't get me wrong its not the fish its the light the pics have been taken in. One of my favorite fish is the astatotilapia calliptera that did not photograph well and i think this is another one that you have to see in person to see there real beauty. Can they be kept in a mbuna (dwarf) tank.

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Post by Paul on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:01 pm

I doubt they would do well in a mbuna setup man, but would love to hear the answer myself wink
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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:13 pm

What size do they grow to?

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Post by derekfrontosa on Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:57 pm

Admin wrote:Brillant that's great news as soon as I seen them I wanted them i'm sure there will be a few other guys from here that will be contacting you. I'm trying to get a stock list of what I'm picking up up to now so I can set up new tanks for them thumbs up

Need to go and do my research on them now. What do you stock them with or do you have them in there own tank?

I stock mine with different species depending on age. adults with juvenile/smaller malawis or vics, or for breeding they are best in harems on their own. fry are grown on in company with ancistris or sometimes similarly sized malawi or vic fry. The best way to keep them long term, would be in a decorated and planted aquarium with hardy barbs tetras or botias. any loricarids are fine but corys would not do so well. they could also be kept long term with the smaller victorian species but not with any astatotilapia species, as they would probably cross breed.

@chris. the males max out at less than 3 inches with females a bit smaller. they can be kept with the smaller mbuna such as careleus or acei but are soon demolished by afra or demasoni. they are considered omnivore but ime they do better on a mostly vegetarian diet and they are not over fussy re water hardness/ph.

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in the two pics above by mick and dave I would say that micks pic is of an older male while i know daves pic is of a younger fish at less than 18 months. the bronzy face only develops in older males. the males will colour up quite well in just a couple of months while the female stay a silvery colour much like astatotilapia.

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Re: Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi

Post by Kelly on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:01 pm

Thanks Derek that answers a few questions I was gonna ask, gonna set a planted tank up with the bristlenose for the ones I'm hopefully getting of you.
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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:12 pm

That's fantastic info Derek thank you clap

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Re: Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi

Post by Paul on Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:02 am

Cheers man thumbs up
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Post by davcummo on Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:38 pm

great info derek great prefessional reply. cheers
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Post by mickdeja on Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:52 pm

Nice one Derek
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Post by fishmad1978 on Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:21 am

hello derek just hoping u have more of these for sale thanks

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Post by minky on Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:57 am

Really interesting fish, one ive never heard of. I have to be careful cause all the fish i see in this forum wants me to get more and more aquariums so i can house all these different varieties lol
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Post by francyboy on Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:58 am

me too its so addictive. these are real beauties
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Re: Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi

Post by Kelly on Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:16 pm

These wee guys are unreal, I am waiting on another one spitting tha'll be the 4th batch out of them, for such a small fish it's unreal how many young they spit and how small they are
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