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by Scleropages
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: Synodontis Lucipinnis suitable tank mates and biotope.
Replies: 4
Views: 2350

Re: Synodontis Lucipinnis suitable tank mates and biotope.

If you want to stay true to their biotope, I would check out some pics of coastal lake Tanganyika. It's quite rocky with lots of nooks and crannies. Most of the smaller species that are readily available from that lake are cichlids, which tend to be quite territorial. However, there are some species...
by Scleropages
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: Combining Syno species
Replies: 6
Views: 1378

Re: Combining Syno species

They should be fine together. I have S. lucinpinnis in a riverine type tank with my monster 9+" TL S. angelica and they get along fine. The S. lucipinnis are okay with a pH around 7.0. I imagine the S. petricola would tolerate water around that pH as well.
by Scleropages
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Mysterious Royal Pleco Illness
Replies: 22
Views: 4164

Re: Mysterious Royal Pleco Illness

Low pH could definitely be a source of the problem. I've personally seen it happen quite a few times over the years. Panaques eat a lot of wood, releasing tanins. pH plummets. Panaques stomachs start to get very sunken in. Add sodium bicarbonate and within a few hours, stomachs look more normal.
by Scleropages
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Mysterious Royal Pleco Illness
Replies: 22
Views: 4164

Re: Mysterious Royal Pleco Illness

I agree with Narwhal72. If you don't already have driftwood in the tank that panaques will graze on, I would strongly recommend adding some. And, keep feeding them zucchini regularly. Panaques need a lot of fiber in their diet. As such, a lot of panaque poop comes with the territory. FWIW, after I c...
by Scleropages
Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Archerfish recognize human faces
Replies: 5
Views: 1719

Re: Archerfish recognize human faces

Thanks for sharing, Viktor. I have a school of Toxotes blythii in my 55gal tank and it sure seems like they can recognize me. I am the only person in my family who feeds them and they certainly react differently if I walk into the room as opposed to if my wife or daughter walk in.
by Scleropages
Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: Syno Angelicus... have we made a terrible mistake?
Replies: 9
Views: 2592

Re: Syno Angelicus... have we made a terrible mistake?

Great deal on the S. angelica . When you say full grown, how big do you mean (TL)? I have a trio in a 125gal. The male is 9" TL and the females are 10" + 11" TL. They are all over 20 years old. I don't think I'd worry about keeping small mbuna with them as long as you have plenty of rocky hiding pla...
by Scleropages
Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: Synodontis schoutedeni
Replies: 9
Views: 2451

Re: Synodontis schoutedeni

Beauties! How big are they (TL)? How long have you had them? Did you do anything special to get them to spawn?
by Scleropages
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: Synodontis brichardi
Replies: 7
Views: 1821

Re: Synodontis brichardi

I too have acquired a Brichard's syno within the past few months. I don't see them as regularly as I used to in the 1990's and when I saw this one and saw that it looked healthy, I bought it. It is also wild caught from the Congo. I changed up the lighting on my tank in an effort to get more plant g...
by Scleropages
Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: confession time: worst fishkeeping screw ups! come on folks we've all done them!
Replies: 34
Views: 3574

Re: confession time: worst fishkeeping screw ups! come on folks we've all done them!

There was that time during a WC where I accidentally bumped the thermostat on the heater in my former 65gal tank with Uaru, pearl gourami, and giant danios in it. Wound up killing all of the danios, a few gourami, and one Uaru before realizing the temp was ~100°F. I quickly brought it down with a wa...
by Scleropages
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Heads Up: Shark Aquarium in NJ Closing
Replies: 3
Views: 1469

Heads Up: Shark Aquarium in NJ Closing

Just a heads up to my fellow PC forum members: Shark Aquarium on Rt 22 in Hillside, NJ has announced they are closing and putting everything on sale 30% off... and I bet that percentage will go up as they get closer to closing the doors for good. This is the first LFS in the garden state to go down ...
by Scleropages
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: the illegal pleco list
Replies: 34
Views: 8947

Re: the illegal pleco list

I'm just back from the Xingu BTW, there are plecos there that are found nowhere else and there are plecos there that are found in other countries. However, the majority are not. Now that sounds like one heck of a trip. Looking forward to the write-up with multiple pics in the Travellers Notebook se...
by Scleropages
Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Travellers note book
Topic: Catfish in Chengdu, China
Replies: 22
Views: 12191

Re: Catfish in Chengdu, China

I recently visited Chengdu with my family again. This time, I did some research to find out where the good aquarium shops are. It led me to visit the pet market on Xinkai Street just south of Tianfu Square. The amount of fish shops on that street is overwhelming. I've never seen anything like it bef...
by Scleropages
Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Peckoltia greedoi in the news
Replies: 0
Views: 511

Peckoltia greedoi in the news

Peckoltia greedoi is in an article at CNN describing how it was named after a Star Wars character. After reading the article, the first think I did was check the Cat-eLog to see if it's already listed on PC. Of course, it is! Anyway, here's the article: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/17/us/feat-greedo-...
by Scleropages
Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:35 am
Forum: Asian Catfishes
Topic: Don't house iridescent shark catfish or channel catfish with a Harlequin shark
Replies: 28
Views: 8709

Re: Don't house iridescent shark catfish or channel catfish with a Harlequin shark

Labeo cyclorhynchus are among the nastiest freshwater fish I've ever kept. Certain species got a pass, but many were ruthlessly hunted down in a few of my tanks before I decided I was not going to put up with it and got rid of the shark.
by Scleropages
Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: African Catfishes
Topic: Synodontis lucipinnis: pH and GH (Hardness)
Replies: 7
Views: 2513

Re: Synodontis lucipinnis: pH and GH (Hardness)

Out of curiosity, did you add the guppies before or after the S. lucipinnis started breeding?
by Scleropages
Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Using deep gravel and bacteria to control nitrogen
Replies: 107
Views: 36423

Re: Using deep gravel and bacteria to control nitrogen

bekateen, you wrote that your local tap water may suffer from variations in quality from time to time. Rather than doing something to try to improve your tap water, is there any chance that you can collect rain water? A large rubbermaid garbage can placed under a gutter pipe can collect water quite ...
by Scleropages
Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:45 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: catfish and cowards
Replies: 12
Views: 2095

Re: catfish and cowards

You obviously have a nice school of dither fish. I would build up the driftwood piles more. Make them twice as big as they are now. If the Malaysian driftwood is dark and soft, it will be better for your plecos than the mopani pieces you currently have. Then, give the plecos a month or so to settle ...
by Scleropages
Thu Jun 05, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: My Public Aquarium: exhibit blues - how to make them?
Replies: 425
Views: 115902

Re: My Public Aquarium: exhibit blues - how to make them?

Looking good Viktor! Keep up the good work!
by Scleropages
Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:30 am
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: Sold as a Royal Farlowella, Help I.D. Please!
Replies: 12
Views: 1884

Re: Sold as a Royal Farlowella, Help I.D. Please!

I agree with kamas88, looks like Sturisoma or Sturisomatichthys. They commonly call these species "Royal Farlowella" at the LFS near me.