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  1. Took some updated photos of my Lab.caeruleus Ruarwe colony yesterday. The dominant male was showing off to two of his ladies who are both gravid and ready to spawn. These guys were breeding like clockwork for quite a while but haven't spawned in a while. I did a 50% water change and increased the feedings and they're back at it again. I've raised a few spawns from them and the juveniles are growing out with the rest of the colony now. Extra males will be taken out as they reach maturity. Differences from Lion's Cove: -no blue iridescence in the caudal fin -the anal fin is yellow instead of white -blue metallic band in the dorsal fin -thinner black banding in dorsal fin -overall colour is bright orange with no white bellies
  2. This is great and I found this video while trying to figure out how to do LED lighting for my aquariums without spending hundreds of dollars. You can buy these LED strips on eBay for very cheap. 5 metre strip plus all the components is about $35 with free shipping. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QSxJymRBak
  3. Group Of Corydoras Sterbai

    Got a group of 10 young Corydoras sterbai last week to get a breeding group going. Took them a couple days to start eating and now they're little gobble monsters. Thankfully I was able to dig up some earthworms and chop them up fine so they could fit them in their little mouths. That got them going and now I have them on chopped earthworm and flake. I snapped a few pics of them tonight. Should be a few months before they start spawning but already they're looking good. Can't believe how active they are! They're in a species tank with sand and small stones from a local mountain stream.
  4. Group Of Corydoras Sterbai

    Awesome! Eventually I'd like to be able to be self-sufficient with a red wriggler culture, white worm culture, and a blackworm culture. But that won't be for a while, still convincing the girlfriend that they can't get out. lol
  5. So I found some "White Worms" under some logs in my wood pile and I'm thinking they're very similar to the ones we keep to use for live foods. I was searching for small earthworms to chop up to feed my Corydoras sterbai and found a bunch of these 3/4-1.25 inch long white worms in amongst the moist soil. They look identical to white worms and I'm curious if these are in fact the same!? I put about 2 dozen of the worms into a small plastic container and set it up like I would normally setup a white worm culture. I placed a small piece of bread in with them and it looked like a clump of eggs was laid under the bread. I just removed the bread and replaced it with some fish food. I haven't seen the worms feeding on the bread or fish food so I'm not sure if these will survive or not. I live in the mountains so access to any starter live food cultures is a problem. Anyone have any insight on this? Nick I'll try to take some pictures of them.
  6. Collecting Wild White Worms?

    Ya! Now I just need to find some wild microworms, blackworms, and mysis shrimp. lol
  7. Collecting Wild White Worms?

    So I found out they are the same species. I found a concentration of worms sandwiched between two pieces of plywood with grass clippings between. I picked out a bunch and setup a culture.
  8. Request & Reply Line

    Thanks Harold!
  9. Request & Reply Line

    On-going have been looking for: Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae (Dwarf Egyptian Mouthbrooders) Synodontis schoutedeni (Yellow Marbled Synos) Pundamilia nyererei "Makobe Island" (males) Thanks, Nick
  10. Request & Reply Line

    Hey Harold, I picked up a bunch of Pundamilia nyererei Makobe Island and was wondering if you had any males available? I have 12 girls and no boys. What're the odds of that eh? Haha
  11. Picked up 16 of these from Spencer Jack in Winnipeg. I trekked them across the prairies to Golden, BC and I'm currently raising them up. Looks like the group is male heavy with at least half of them being males. I separated the largest males from the group to a separate tank to allow the subdominants and females to catch up in growth. Currently I'm doing daily 30% water changes and power feeding them to boost growth on the tank with the smaller ones. I'm feeding small amounts about 4 times a day. These guys are stunning with solid yellow/orange throughout the entire body. No white at all on these guys, even as juveniles. What sparked me to work with these is my utter disappointment with modern Electric Yellows. The ones you see now a days for the most part are washed out and don't do the species justice. So I'm hoping to pump out some top quality, non-hybrid, true Yellow Labs back into the hobby. They're getting close to breeding age and I'm excited to start getting these going. Of the males I've separated, I've chosen the two best to be my breeding males. These having the most black in the fins. Here's a couple pics from about a week ago before the trek to BC. They've since grown but I haven't got a chance to snap any updated pics yet.
  12. Labidochromis Caeruleus "ruarwe" (Yellow Labs)

    Looks like a great looking Yellow Lab. The biggest thing is black in the fins and solid yellow colour throughout the body. Hybrids will have a different shaped mouth (not the pointed mouth) and won't have the solid black in the fins. Some will also have faint barring in the body. Yours looks like a beauty!
  13. During the summer months I work above the Arctic Circle on Great Bear Lake, NWT and Tree River, Nunavut as a fishing guide. Here's a few pics from this past summer. August Northern Lights. Gotta love having to look straight up and south in order to see the lights. 20 lb lake trout caught with the fly rod from shore. My biggest I've personally caught on fly gear. Redfin Lake Trout (different morph) caught from shore on fly gear. Redfin release. Third Falls on the Tree River, Nunavut Tree River Sunset
  14. Pics From The Arctic (Fish Pics)

    Nothing like it. =) Truly wild and untouched up there.
  15. Member's fish lists

    3m 3f Labidochromis caeruleus "Ruarwe" (Orange Labs) - currently breeding with 16 fry growing out 12 juv F1 Pundamilia nyererei "Makobe Island" (Super Reds) - growing out 13 juv Pseudotropheus acei "Yellow-tail" (Msuli or Luwala) - growing out 3m 1f Synodontis multipunctatus "Burundi" (Cuckoo Catfish) - female is separated at the moment
  16. Any Tanganyikan Breeders In Edmonton?

    I've known Spencer a long time. Great guy and his fish are awesome. Have bought fish from him for years.
  17. Any Tanganyikan Breeders In Edmonton?

    Check out Spencer Jack's list. He always has a pretty good selection of Tanganyikans. Shipping is very reasonable and fast to major airports as well. www.cichlaholic.com/lists.html
  18. Diy Led Aquarium Lighting (Inexpensive And Easy Way)

    I did it similar to how the video showed but with only one strip. It's only a 36" tank and I think with more output it would be better. However, I don't think adding a second strip would get the same amount of light as one T5 bulb. It's good enough for now but you definitely couldn't grow plants. Our local Home Hardware just switched over to Rona, and apparently they're now carrying the LED lighting you mentioned. I'll have to check it out. Nick
  19. Diy Led Aquarium Lighting (Inexpensive And Easy Way)

    Well I built the light hood with the LEDs. They're not super bright so I wouldn't suggest them for growing plants or anything. Kind of cool to be able to change the colour though with the remote. Would be great to combine the LED with a T5 tube and get the best of both worlds. You could switch up the LED colour to add more of a colour enhancing element to supplement the T5. I might add a T5 fixture eventually into the hood but for now it's good enough. I'll try to snap some pics as some point.
  20. Labidochromis Caeruleus "ruarwe" (Yellow Labs)

    Ya there's a lot of crap out there unfortunately. =/
  21. Labidochromis Caeruleus "ruarwe" (Yellow Labs)

    Third female spawned today. She's the smallest of the three at just under 2 inches. Terrible photo but she was being shy and I couldn't get enough light on her.
  22. Hey, So I have spawned Cuckoos in the past but always with cichlid hosts. I've heard of people spawning them successfully without a host and wondering if anyone has advice or experience doing this!? I have a small group of 1F 4M and I'm thinking of selling off 2 of the males to leave a reverse trio. The female is the most dominant fish by far. If I separate her with a divider I can target more food to her directly and start conditioning her. The cuckoos I have are nearing breeding age, approx 2.5 years old (3+ inches) I'm thinking of doing the method normally used for spawning S.lucipinnis/petricola, with the clay pot over a grate/marbles and a clear glass dish underneath. This would allow them to spawn in private but I could still look for eggs in the bottom of the glass dish. Any advice on this would be great! Cuckoos were definitely one of the most fun species of fish I've spawned and it'd be great to not have to sacrifice my cichlid fry and get a larger yield of cuckoo kitties. Nick
  23. Cuckoo Cats Spawning Without A Host

    Ya when I used to breed them they would fire up whenever cichlids would spawn. I found that 2 pair was a good group for a smaller tank (50-gallons). There seemed to be a dominant pair that tolerated each other more. I might have to pick up a female from ya on Sunday if you have one. I'll keep her separate at first to fatten her up and once the cichlids are ready to spawn I'll put them together. One of the most fun fish I've had the pleasure of breeding. I love watching the cuckoo fry grow for the first 2 months. Seems everyday they're noticeably bigger than the last. 2-inches in 2 months was the growth I had with them with daily 50% water changes and lots of food.
  24. Cuckoo Cats Spawning Without A Host

    Ya that's some great points. Unfortunately I had a pretty big set back in breeding these guys. My lone female got beat up pretty badly and I had to separate her until she recovers. She was the most dominant in the group of cats and I moved her to another tank because I didn't want them breeding yet and unfortunately the lone male in that tank must have taken out his frustrations on her. Hopefully she'll recover, otherwise I'll have to find a replacement female for the group. She's eating and seems to be enjoying solitude despite being in rough shape. The joys of fishkeeping...