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 Post subject: Opinions, please
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:18 am 
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I'm seriously considering attempting to set up a 6' tank as a Yala swamp biope. I'm thinking X. phytophagus, M. lutea, and A. alluaudi. (I'll need some help with the alluaudi and maybe the lutea, Kevin 8) ) Plenty of reeds and grasses, darkish substrate, flat rock in places, stacked low, that sort of thing.

What do we think? Thanks!


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I would love to see this work out. I think it would be a great show tank. Axel in Germany is doing a Makobe isl., I hope he will post and tell us how it's doing.

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Alowishus wrote:
(I'll need some help with the alluaudi (snip), Kevin 8)

Not a problem at all. They breed constantly. A mom spit 32 more yesterday

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(I'll need some help (snip) maybe the lutea, Kevin 8)

After two quick spawns, nothing much has happened for quite a long time.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:58 am 
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It wasn't until after I'd posted that I remembered yours are the Makobe lutea. I'll want the spot bar variant. Yours are the Makobe, right?


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KevinB wrote:
Not a problem at all. They breed constantly. A mom spit 32 more yesterday


Cool, thanks!


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Post pics! I would love to see this :D


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Post pics! I would love to see this :D


I definitely will. It's still at least a few weeks off, though - I've got to break down and sell off some tanks to make space in the fish room.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:58 pm 
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I got the tank. Now to make some space..

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Hi I wouldn't keep the phytophagus with the M.lutea as this one can be very territorial and is one of the most agressive mbipi but if this is the lutea from Yala swamp then it's different, I never heard about Mbipia lutea found in swampy aeras as Yala swamp ..... so I have doubts about this...
but even in this case, the both fishes seem to be close in coloration.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:43 am 
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I've seen the common names "cross-bar" and "spot-bar" applied to the Yala swamp variant. They look somewhat different from the Makobe in pictures I've seen - less yellow, for one thing. Dave S. is offering them presently, here's his pic:
http://www.davesfish.com/images/Mbipia%20lutea.jpg

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Hi To me it's not a lutea at all, the body color is a diagnostic characteristic for this species so...
Also the snout form is too far from the original lutea form. To me it's an undescribed species that doen't belong to the Mbipi genus...
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I think these also come out of the HCCC. You might have another fish to talk to Greg about. These have been around here in the USA for a couple of years.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:53 pm 
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Well, here it is. My original plans turned out to be very expensive, so I had to cut a lot of aesthetic corners - especially with the plants. The result is something of a departure from what I had originally envisioned, but I can live with it like this until I've got some extra money I can sink into it.
It's just the X. phytophagus in there, and they're coming in so pretty I'm thinking now that I'll keep just the one species in there for the foreseeable future.
Comments, criticisms, and questions are welcome, of course. Thanks for looking!

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WOW !!!!
maybe not the original idea but looks A+++


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+1 I think it's a great setup. The balance of rocks, plants and open space look ideal, and it is very pleasing to the eye.


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