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by Mol_PMB
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: Hypoptopoma sp. Rio Tigre?
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Hypoptopoma sp. Rio Tigre?

Here's a quick snap of two of mine, making fancy shapes out of a home-grown yellow courgette. They love their fresh organic veggies.
Forgive the photo-bombing Brachyrhamdia...
by Mol_PMB
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Disease of my blue Eye Panaque Suttoni
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: Disease of my blue Eye Panaque Suttoni

Please can you tell us a bit more about your setup, tank size, maintenance regime, water parameters, water flow rate, what you're feeding, how long you've had the fish, etc.
by Mol_PMB
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Which "pleco" would eat this?
Replies: 17
Views: 1336

Re: Which "pleco" would eat this?

It depends on the type of algae too. They're not that interested in hairy algae.
In my experience, Hypoptopoma ('giant oto') are excellent algae eaters on glass, wood and plants, but they don't keep on top of hair algae.
by Mol_PMB
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Which "pleco" would eat this?
Replies: 17
Views: 1336

Re: Which "pleco" would eat this?

In my experience, Panaqolus will strip algae off wood quite effectively. They won't necessarily eat the algae, they're more interested in the wood underneath. So you would need to siphon up the remains (and the pleco poo). Panaqolus are also a suitable size for the tank, and would be fine with those...
by Mol_PMB
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Mustard spot pleco (Panaqolus albomaculatus) project
Replies: 138
Views: 16497

Re: Mustard spot pleco (Panaqolus albomaculatus) project

Fins crossed for you, Eric! I hope you see some more action soon.
Cheers,
Paul
by Mol_PMB
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: Hypoptopoma sp. Rio Tigre?
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Hypoptopoma sp. Rio Tigre?

Great find :) They certainly resemble my H. cf. guianense, which were also imported from Peru. I agree with Eric, a better photo of the caudal fin would help to confirm their identity. Mine have proven to be excellent algae eaters and I haven't lost any over the two years I've had them, so in my exp...
by Mol_PMB
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Brineshrimp Naupli and microworms for adult C. panda?
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Brineshrimp Naupli and microworms for adult C. panda?

My adult Cories enjoy these foods just as much as the fry do.
by Mol_PMB
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: Any help on sexing my Pseudacanthicus needed
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Re: Any help on sexing my Pseudacanthicus needed

I'd say most are male, but the one in the third picture is female. I'm judging on body shape and this can depend on how well fed they are, so I may be wrong.
by Mol_PMB
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L114 Color Morphs
Replies: 22
Views: 3049

Re: L114 Color Morphs

I managed to get some slightly better photos of my Pseudacanthicus sp(l427) It's now about 2.5" long having grown well since I bought it at 1" in March this year. It eats Repashy gel cubes, Tetra Prima and (defrosted) frozen prawns, sometimes challenging its larger tankmate a 6" Hypostomus sp(l233) ...
by Mol_PMB
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Catfish Study Group Convention 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2688

Re: Catfish Study Group Convention 2018

Excellent. It's in my diary already.
by Mol_PMB
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Bog wood and Drift wood
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Bog wood and Drift wood

I'd say the most important thing is LOTS of wood and other hiding places.
I use a lot of oak and beech wood collected from local woods and parks.
by Mol_PMB
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L075 Question
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: L075 Question

I'm going to hazard a guess that the one in the middle is male and the one on the right is female. The difference in body shape is subtle but since you've had these for a while and have presumably fed/treated them all the same I think there is a meaningful difference there.
by Mol_PMB
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: A good primer on describing/identifying fish species
Replies: 9
Views: 988

Re: A good primer on describing/indentifying fish species

I got my head screwed up by all of this a couple of years back. A really important thing to remember is that 'Nature' does not recognise the concept of a species. 'Species' is an artificial invention by humans in an attempt to describe nature. It is useful, but it is over-simplified. The concept is ...
by Mol_PMB
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Cory ID - Sold as C. aeneus
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Re: Cory ID - Sold as C. aeneus

C.rabauti and C.zygatus can be told apart by the colour patterns of their fry. Best start conditioning them for breeding!
by Mol_PMB
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Rainwater harvesting setup?
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Rainwater harvesting setup?

Thanks again. I think the IBC would work well for me. For domestic usage a black one is recommended to prevent algae growth, black ones are a little bit more expensive and I guess algae isn't such a bad thing for fish usage - i certainly have plenty in my tanks!
by Mol_PMB
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Rainwater harvesting setup?
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Rainwater harvesting setup?

Thanks!
I do have a couple of outdoor troughs in a sunny place which have a good population of daphnia in the warmer months - they are used as fish food. I guess the rain can't be too bad then.
Cheers,
Paul
by Mol_PMB
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Rainwater harvesting setup?
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Rainwater harvesting setup?

Many thanks Shane. Perhaps I'm over-thinking it! Using some activated carbon is a good idea to solve pollution worries.
by Mol_PMB
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Rainwater harvesting setup?
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Rainwater harvesting setup?

Many thanks for your thoughts. You're right, I'm a bit west of Manchester and the wind normally blows from the west, so the main sources of pollution are likely to be in the Liverpool area (including Warrington and Runcorn). There's a fair bit of heavy industry including oil/chemical plants in the a...
by Mol_PMB
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Rainwater harvesting setup?
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Rainwater harvesting setup?

I'm considering setting up a system to harvest rainwater for fish tank use. My tap water is pretty good but I do use a lot of it for the fish so considering alternatives. After a moderate amount of online research and coming up with lots of advice on rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing or warmt...
by Mol_PMB
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Everything else)
Topic: Xanthic Brachyrhamdia?
Replies: 11
Views: 1747

Re: Xanthic Brachyrhamdia?

Phenacogrammus aurantiacus 'lefini'
So you are correct!