A new cichlid tank, pt. 2

 

New 33g long shellie and julie tank. Photo by the author.

If you read my post on May 9th, then you know I ordered some new fish. They delivered on May 15 and still look great. Currently, they’re all in quarantine. Yes, I quarantine all my new fish regardless of where they come from. My typical quarantine is 4-6 weeks. Many illnesses and maladies will reveal themselves within that timeframe.

So what did I get?

  • ‘Lamprologus’ caudopunctatus red fin
  • Telmatochromis sp. “temporalis shell”
  • Julidochromis dickfeldi
  • Julidochromis regani Burundi
  • ‘Lamprologus’ ocellatus “gold”

I also got some nerite snails.

As I mentioned in that previous post, these new fish will be spread out among three tanks once quarantine is over. Only the caudopuncts will have a tank to themselves. The occies and one of the julie species will share a tank. The other julie species and the temporalis will also share a tank. Actually, the tank with the temporalis is a Tang community tank that already contains some trets and calvus.

This is my first fish order in a couple of years and my first from Dave Schumacher (Dave’s Rare Aquarium Fish). Located in Texas, Dave’s got a truly exceptional list of fish if you’re a Tanganyikan fan. Also, he knows how to bag fish. For smaller fish like I order, he uses a tall, slim bag that lacks the corner creases of typical bags. Small Tangs, like shellies, often get pinched in the corner creases of bags when shipping boxes get jostled. This sometimes leaves them out of the water where they suffocate. That doesn’t happen in the bags he uses.

The tank in the photo above is the 33g long from that May 9th post. It now contains the L. ocellatus. “But wait,” you say. “Weren’t you quarantining each species you ordered?” Yes I am. Since the 33g long was new and the occies were going there anyway, I’m just quarantining them in that tank. Once quarantine is over, I’ll move one of the species of julies over…or maybe split the julie order and put half in the occie tank and the remainder in the Tang community tank I mention above.

I have some live plants I’ll move into the tank eventually and I’ll rescape the tank when I do that. If you look closely at the photo, you can see an occie hovering just above one of the rocks on the left. That’s a big male…and he’s already commandeered that 1/3 end of the tank. His shell is over near the intake filter on the left. Those two larger rocks where he is hovering were put there about 24 hours after unbagging the occies (all six of them). He was quick to take charge, and I’m trying to keep his view across the tank obscured.

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