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Old 06-20-2014, 12:08 AM
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So of the latest fish I came across, I have finally got their tank complete. The tank is a 55 gallon standard tank. Substrate is a mix of black diamond sand blasting media and pool filter sand. Rocks are Black obsidian, shiny river stones, a couple rocks from the Flint River in Georgia and the shells are an assorted group. some just generic, about half came from Lake Tang purchased through LAA. The calvus are being tough to get pics of since I put them in, but I will get them one day. the Enant's and the Brevis are not too bad. Check it out, let me know what you think. here are the fish in this tank: 5 (2M 3F) Brevis, 4 (2M 2F) Enantiopus Mleanogenys, and a wild pair of Kipili Zebra Calvus. Enjoy the pics.









I will get the Calvus on here once I can catch them out and about.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:29 AM
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Looks awesome!!!
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:32 AM
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One suggestion I'd remove that big rock on left side of tank. Looks like it takes up space. Don't really need a dividing wall for Brevis. Taking it out would allow more sand for enantiopus. Just a thought.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:06 PM
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^good idea. I will remove and see how it looks. Many have mentioned to have the shells near rocks and I thought maybe it would make a good divider for them. If you think they will be fine, then I will try without it. I just really do not want the calvus to think about trying to get in those shells. there are a few the female could get into. lol we will change it up and see how it goes for a few days. Thanks for the comments.
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:05 AM
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Looks very nice! Should be a pretty active tank, entertaining to say the least.
Love the melanogenys, always wanted some but haven't gotten around to them yet.
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:19 PM
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Well if the calvus female picks a shell on the Brevis side move it to the opposite site of tank lol. Usually once a female calvus finds a cave/shell she likes they stick with it. Good luck!
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Going good so far. the calvus are staying in the right end of the tank for the most part. Brevis stay around the shells. Once in a while, one of the males ventures to the other side, but all seem to be happy in their spots I made for them. Looks better with out the big rock divider. Good Call!
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where did you get these awesome fish? nice looking tank too!
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The wild Kipili Zebra Calvus pair came from Mike's Cichlids( http://www.floridatropicalfishdirect.com/ ) in New Smryna beach, FL along with the Melanogenys. The Brevis came from a friend in one of the Facebook cichlid groups I am in. Thanks.
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