Water change and fish posing

75g Tanganyikan community tank. Photo by the author.

If you read the blog regularly, you know that I am constantly advocating for frequent water changes. It’s the single best thing you can do to maintain a stable tank and keep your fish healthy. 

I usually do half of my water changes and sand vacuuming on Fridays and the other half on Saturdays. I couldn’t get half done yesterday, so I did all nine tanks today. My 75g Tang community tank was looking a little rough, so I spent some extra time cleaning. By rough, I mean I hadn’t cleaned the inside glass in a while nor had I removed half of the tank contents. The left side stack is fresh and clean. 

Anyway, right after I cleaned the tank, I caught a couple of the fish posing out front. I’m convinced fish perk up a little right after water changes. Could have something to do with the dilution of nitrates.

Below are a couple of photos of the posers. Not sure why my photos always looked washed out. I’m using an iPh0ne 11. I think it’s because of the lighting, and the outside glass hasn’t been cleaned in a while. I’ve got a couple of digital cameras. I’ll take some photos with them and see if they’re better. 

Adult female Julidochromis regani. Photo by the author.

The photo above is of one of my adult female J. regani. She’s a solid 4′ and pretty thick. She is an absolutely gorgeous fish. The yellow on the pectoral fins and blue on the dorsal and caudal fins are spectacular. If you look at the photo at the top of the post, you’ll see some J. regani juveniles in the middle of the cave/rock pile. The female above is not the parent. However, she does help protect the juveniles. I have another breeding pair that stay in the pile. 

Adult female Neolamprologus tretochephalus. Photo by the author.

Above is my adult female N. tretocephalus. She’s about 4″ long like the Julie but she’s much bulkier. However, she’s about half the size of my adult male tret, which is the dominant cichlid in the tank. He’s about 5.5″ but twice her height. that’s him in the background. You can just see the top of him. 

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