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Old 06-08-2005, 10:17 AM   #1
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Calvus are here!! *updated pics*

Finally, after quite a wait, I have my Altolamprologus calvus. I ordered them from Eddie at Bluegrasscichlids.com, and I am very pleased. I got 4 to hopefully get a pair or a trio for my 37gal office tank, but at 1" I can expect to wait 2 years for these wee things to reach spawning size. They are likely at least 9 months old now, and this is the reason many people don't want to grow out calvus, since waiting for them to grow is like "watching paint dry," as they say. I will be patient!

I also received 5 juvie Neolamprologus pulcher, a member of the Brichardi complex, commonly called "Daffodil" but very similar to what many know as the brichardi cichlid. These are in my 44gal office tank, formerly home to my Aulonocara of death (stuartgranti peacock) and L. caeruleus, which I reluctantly sold off since the peacock killed the two female peacocks that were in there with him. I had enough of him and decided to build a colony of pulchers. No pics yet of these since they are still very much in hiding. They are about 1.5" but should grow pretty rapidly.

Here is a blurry pic of the calvus - auto focus does not always choose the fish to focus on, and there is no manual setting.

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very nice! congrats!
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Old 06-08-2005, 11:08 AM   #3
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Very nice TankGirl! I love calvus. My stint with them wasn't so successful, but I know yours will be. I intend to try again.... someday.
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You have 2 of my favorite African Cichlid species. I seem to be watching the paint dry with my calvus too. And my Daffodils, the paint has long dried. They will not stop breeding. I have about 100 fry from 3 seperate broods. It has been about every 3 to 4 weeks with them.
Anyway, congrats!
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I am just one step closer to having tanks like yours, ML!

I know calvis can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially when it comes to feeding, but so far they are eating mosquito larvae, though the rainbows in the tank as dithers do get a good portion of them. I wish the tank was big enough to keep cyprichromis as dithers but it just would not work.

Fluff, what problems did you have with calvus? I think I have read myself to death on these fish but I like to hear about the experiences of others.

And thanks again to Lori who sold me her UV sterilizer that finally got the tank in shape for my calvus!
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Congrats, TankGirl! The calvus are very pretty!
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Old 06-08-2005, 12:36 PM   #7
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Thanks Deb - I just looked over and saw one of the calvus attached to the side of another, swimming around, until it finally let the fish go, like it was holding it in its mouth. 1" fish, mind you!

The fish that was apparently bitten on the side does not appear injured, though I know they have very sharp, rigid scales on their sides as a defense, so maybe I should be checking the lips of the attacker. The fun starts already 8O

You just gotta love them cichlids.....
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Hope they'll grow to like eachother!!!!

Congrats on the new additions, I remember you talking about getting these fish for a loooong time now.
And they do look great
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Congrats! Are those the kind that live in shells?
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These are not really shelldwellers, but often they do spawn in larger shells like welk or conch. They like to squeeze into tight crevices for spawning, so the female can block the entrance with her body, and the male is too large to fit in to eat the egss. The males will get about 5", the females about 3.5" or so, eventually. Ad Konings indicates about a three-year wait in the wild for maturity!
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