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by gtp
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Slate cave size
Replies: 6
Views: 2848

Thanks for all the responses guys. :wink:
by gtp
Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Slate cave size
Replies: 6
Views: 2848

Slate cave size

Just wondered what you guys thought would be the best cave dimensions for three inch zebra plecs? Thinking of getting some of those recktangle slate caves but unsure as to exact height/width/length dimensions, or does it not matter too much? Any general estimate would be good though. :wink:
by gtp
Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Tank cave setup
Replies: 9
Views: 2454

Yep, the caves are around 3.5" long. They are cirular in shape. I have them half submerged in the substrate. The entrance is just tall enough to allow the fish in with their dorsal fin fully extended. They are actually plastic pipes with a diameter of around 1.5". The slate caves I'm thinking of get...
by gtp
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Tank cave setup
Replies: 9
Views: 2454

I'll try and get some pics up soon over the next few days. At the time me and the guy I bought them off were pretty sure they were two males and two females. The males had the longer 'hairs' at the side of the head, extending past the start of the pectoral fins. There was a difference in body shape ...
by gtp
Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Tank cave setup
Replies: 9
Views: 2454

When I ay they haven't 'claimed space' I mean they haven't claimed any of the proper caves. One or two of them have favourite locations and I have seen some minor territorial activity in the past once or twice. I'm thinking about getting those slate square caves that everybody has. I'll re-arrange t...
by gtp
Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Tank cave setup
Replies: 9
Views: 2454

Hmm I believe these Zebra plecs have long since reached maturity. I am not sure as to their exact age but they are, at the very least, 4 years old.
by gtp
Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Tank cave setup
Replies: 9
Views: 2454

Tank cave setup

Ok, I have 4 adult zebra plecs in my aquarium. It has four 'proper' enclosed caves in it, but also bogwood and slate. None of the zebra's have taken up territories in any of the 'proper' caves in the past 9 months, they all insist on just random locations like behind the bogwood or underneath the sl...
by gtp
Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: starting my rainy season with ro water.
Replies: 10
Views: 2865

You wouldn't be able to measure the GH of your water as well would you Zeb? Trying to find out exactly how it relates to TDS.

And I'm guessing the PH isn't dropping because of a high KH. Would be interested to see what the experts recommend to get around that.
by gtp
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: whats the best species of corydoras to put in with zebs
Replies: 10
Views: 2671

I just have your standard 'Bronze corydoras' in with my zebs, and both groups are pretty active and the temp is currently on 86f.

I am worried about them eating any possible future Zebra eggs/fry though.
by gtp
Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: suitable tankmates
Replies: 12
Views: 3081

If you want to keep bottom dwelling tankmates with the zebs that may out compete them for fod, then I use a rather good, but simple method....put a load of flake or pellets in there first, wait till the active catfish are bursting, then put in the proper stuff for the zebs. Works a treat with my zeb...
by gtp
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Small tank vs larger?
Replies: 8
Views: 2670

Aye, 20 gal I would have thought at the least. Therefore if you have the option, go for the larger of the two. They won't have trouble locating food, unless there are many other tankmates in there?
by gtp
Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Rainy season
Replies: 20
Views: 4845

I have had the fish 5 months now, its only in the last couple of months however that I've been gearing them round to breeding. My only concern is the lack of interest in permanent cave settling.
by gtp
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Rainy season
Replies: 20
Views: 4845

By cleaner I assume you mean softer water, i.e. lower dissolved substances in it, thus a lower GH? So: Dry season>weather change>big water change with cool, softer water, and lower temperature to 76f overnight>two weeks of softer, cooler water with a lower PH> gradually build back up to dry season c...
by gtp
Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Rainy season
Replies: 20
Views: 4845

Thanks for that TwoTankAmin:) Basically I have done all of what you said, regarding the dry season, even the optional environment changes. They haven't had a water change now for a good two/three weeks, have the temp high on 86f and have made the water quite hard at 10GH (330 TDS, I think). Plus I h...
by gtp
Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: General Care and Breeding
Topic: Rainy season
Replies: 20
Views: 4845

gtp, my zebras are the same way. Only the older, adult males take up residence in the caves. The rest of them are under rocks, slate, driftwood, and whatever else they can find. I think that when they are younger, they tend to roam more than the adults. Good luck. Hmm, well I'm pretty sure they are...