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by apistomaster
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Catfish Die off no other fish affected
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Catfish Die off no other fish affected

Two Tank, You really nailed it in your Columnaris comments.
by apistomaster
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: C sterbai coloration
Replies: 9
Views: 1235

Re: C sterbai coloration

I have this photo of juveniles I raised. They were over coarse, basalt, river worn sand.
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by apistomaster
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Eco-Complete substrate and cory catfish
Replies: 7
Views: 4231

Re: Eco-Complete substrate and cory catfish

Kink your siphon hose to control the flow. There is always a sweet spot between the density of the material and the water where the substrate will fall back into place. Crimp off completely as needed.
by apistomaster
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: How do you do a "cool water change" to stimulate corys and plecos when you've got this?!?
Replies: 22
Views: 2491

Re: How do you do a "cool water change" to stimulate corys and plecos when you've got this?!?

A small touch, which may contribute to the production of the simulated rainy season, is to lower the water levels to about 50% and use a powerhead to spray recirculated tank water so that it falls like rains or tributary inputs. This is also a good way to aerate the tank water; well oxygenated water...
by apistomaster
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Planiloricaria cryptodon problems
Replies: 20
Views: 2254

Re: Planiloricaria cryptodon problems

I may be full of beans, but I suspect that success with this species is highly dependent upon the vagaries of the conditions they are in kept in subsequent to initial capture through their way through the extended distribution system. I've long been amazed that the survival rates of wild caught fish...
by apistomaster
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Planiloricaria cryptodon problems
Replies: 20
Views: 2254

Re: Planiloricaria cryptodon problems

I don't see any reasons for using any Ich/Velvet meds especially a copper based preparation. It sounds like this specimen has been stressed too much by the other competition and successive treatment trials. I'd would put it in solitary. Be sure to give it some fine sand and refuges. Use high water q...
by apistomaster
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: How do you do a "cool water change" to stimulate corys and plecos when you've got this?!?
Replies: 22
Views: 2491

Re: How do you do a "cool water change" to stimulate corys and plecos when you've got this?!?

The benefits of simulating seasonal water cooling are likely overestimated by hobbyist breeders. The most influential factors with regard to water are usually the water change volume, frequency and chemistry.
Feeding of live foods is extremely helpful when it comes to obtaining breeding success.
by apistomaster
Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Eco-Complete substrate and cory catfish
Replies: 7
Views: 4231

Re: Eco-Complete substrate and cory catfish

It's fine for Corydoras. The material is not sharp edged and is, as you noted, less dense than most aquarium substrate materials. If it has any effects on water chemistry I never noticed it nor did my fishes' breeding ever seem inhibited by it. It is very expensive. It's worth it so don't mix in oth...
by apistomaster
Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:05 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Corydoras hastatus fry
Replies: 12
Views: 6594

Re: Corydoras hastatus fry

Hi Dave,
Thanks. That hadn't occurred to me.
by apistomaster
Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Corydoras hastatus fry
Replies: 12
Views: 6594

Re: Corydoras hastatus fry

In the prior posts there are somethings called "venus factor" and "red smoothies to detox". Those are inserts not originally mine. Please correct. I have said many times that I hatched brine shrimp then harvest them all. That is more than I would need for a single feeding so I stored the unused shri...
by apistomaster
Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: My L134 Breeding efforts
Replies: 71
Views: 16495

Re: My L134 Breeding efforts

I always maintained breeding colonies with only one species per group. Who knows if pheromones are used by these fishes for some sort of signals or stimuli. It doesn't seem too farfetched although I never have depended upon this hypothetical. Liberal, frequent water changes plus several feedings of ...
by apistomaster
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Long fin ancistrus pleco: Homozygous lethal?
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: Long fin ancistrus pleco: Homozygous lethal?

I think there is something to your hypothesis. My experience with breeding LF Albino BN produced similar results.
by apistomaster
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Raising TDS Using Calcium Carbonate?
Replies: 77
Views: 11741

Re: Raising TDS Using Calcium Carbonate?

TwoTankAmin,
Good explanation of the variables which are probably the most important factors affecting Hypancistrus spawning frequencies in captivity.
by apistomaster
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Raising TDS Using Calcium Carbonate?
Replies: 77
Views: 11741

Re: Raising TDS Using Calcium Carbonate?

This is a great thread and I'm glad you guys all talked about this subject of TDS and experimenting with it. I had one question and forgive me if it was said already, I just skimmed through this thread didn't get the time to read all of it, but what is the TDS like in the Amazon for dry season and ...
by apistomaster
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Salt vs Cory
Replies: 20
Views: 5069

Re: Salt vs Cory

I've never observed any obvious problems among a variety of Corydoras species when they have happened to be in circumstances where salt in the water may help with healing raw skin or fin tissue injuries or disease. I haven't had any reason to treat any C.panda in salty water. I have only used salt a...
by apistomaster
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L134
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: L134

Much of the variation in the intensity of their normal yellow color is due to their distress colors because they have been moved into photo tanks for better control over the fish by the photographer. Photoshop works well to artificially restore their usual looks. I agree that their patterns may vary...
by apistomaster
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: C. Aeneus Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: C. Aeneus Problem

"Stress Coat" does nothing to diminish stress in fish. It is distress we do not want and it doesn't work on that either.
I recommend SeaChem's Prime as a de-chlorination product.
It sounds like you bought an already dying Corydoras.
by apistomaster
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Dither fish for L397 breeding tank?
Replies: 17
Views: 2015

Re: Dither fish for L397 breeding tank?

When I was breeding Peckoltia compta and small Hypancistrus species, I used to keep Cherry Shrimp with them. Never any other fish. I'd thin out the shrimp and feed them to my wild Scalare and Blue Discus as a side benefit. Congrats on the spawning of your L397's. They appear to be a pretty pleco. I ...
by apistomaster
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: All Resolved Issues
Topic: Very slow intra-site navigation
Replies: 8
Views: 1078

Re: Very slow intra-site navigation

I wish my knowledge was deeper on this subject. My thanks for you fellows for looking into this and trying to help. My simplest solution is to enjoy planetcatfish by using Firefox. My ISP is Cable One, a ViaCom subsidiary. They have forced upon it's subscribers a strange hybrid of their infrastructu...
by apistomaster
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: All Resolved Issues
Topic: Very slow intra-site navigation
Replies: 8
Views: 1078

Re: Very slow intra-site navigation

I seem to get about the same results as your's although I'm not certain I am interpreting the tests correctly. I could not get the link/URL you used so I used the planetcatfish homepage for the tests. Google Chrome is my default browser using Adblock Plus and LastPass extensions. Here is the link to...