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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:47 am Post subject: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 hi  everyone,
 
    i  am   just  starting  out  in  my  journey  in  keeping  this  lovely  fish.
    i  purchased  11  of  them  (2-2.5  inches)  recently  and  currently  keeping  them  in  my  3  footer..
 
    i  will  be  transferring  them  to  my  6*2*2  tank  in  2-3  months  time.
 
      so  in  the  meanwhile  i  am  planning  out  the  layout  and  doing  the  aquascaping  for   this  tank..
    
    i  am  confused  with  what  type  of  substrate  u  guys   are  using  specific  for  fronts
      is  it  the  orninary  consrtuction  yellow  sand  or  something  else.  or  the  2-3  mm  gravel  used  for  planted  tanks
 
    i  have  a  black  background..  and  i  think  the  substrate  will  play  a  vital  role  in  highlighting  my  fish...   how  about  white  quartz  gravel  as  substrate  ?
 
    i  hope  u  guys  will  help  me  in  this  wonderful  journey  
 
    thanks  in  advance
 
    regards   
 
    david
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:37 pm Post subject: Re: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 I  wish  i  kept  Fronts  too.  Sad
 
 No  one  here  to  suggest??
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:47 pm Post subject: Re: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 Hey  David
 Good  choice  Thumb Up  If  I  were  you  I'd  get  a  bigger  tank  asap
 In  the  meantime,  suggest  that  you  keep  the  juvs  in  a  bare  bottom  tank  with  a  few  pots  for  shelter...makes  cleaning  and  WCs  much  easier...grow  them  to  size  or  atleast  to  a  semi  adult  size  and  then  setup  a  display  tank,  thats  just  my  opinion...all  the  best  Smile  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:57 pm Post subject: Re: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 since  your  fronts  are  very  young  ,  i  would  recommend  you  not  to  go  for  a  set  up  right  now  ,  house  then  in  a  bare  bottom  tank  with  some  1  inch  pipe  fittings  wich  make  a  good  hideout  .  
 
 fronts  are  not  like  other  ciclids  ,  they  are  very  very  sensetive  for  any  change  in  water  parameters  ,  and  will  not  feed  properly  for  a  week  if  they  are  not  comfortable  .  
 
 I  dont  think  your  fish  at  this  point  of  time  will  appriciate  any  kind  of  aquascape,
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:10 pm Post subject: Re: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 Great  to  see  you  on  IAH,  Nimal.  Welcome.
 
 I  would  stick  to  what  Lawrence  and  Nimal  have  said  here.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:49 pm Post subject: Re: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 Hi  David,  The  black  background  is  a  good  idea.  
 Do  not  use  construction  sand  or  white  quartz  gravel  which  have  sharp  edges.  
 Use  the  2-3  mm  rounded  gravel  meant  for  planted  tanks  but  with  shells.  The  fronts  will  design  their  own  landscape.  
 They  will  soon  get  busy  shifting  the  gravel  with  their  mouth  and  spitting  it  out  in  another  location  and  generally  doing  their  own  stuff.  
 
 Add  a  couple  of  rocks  and  some  untreated/unpainted  mud  pots  for  them  to  take  cover  in.
 I  have  noticed  that  Fronts  do  not  care  much  for  lights.  So  put  in  lights  for  your  viewing  pleasure  and  switch  them  off  when  not  required.  
 The  shells  are  for  hard  water  which  they  prefer.
 Addition  of  tank  mates  is  not  recommended.  Maybe  an  exception  is  the  Blue  dolphin.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:30 pm Post subject: Re: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 many  thanks  for  the  prompt  replies..
 
    @Lawrence,  Nirmal  and  Suraj..
      well  actually  i  am  keeping  them  in  a  barebottom  3  footer  as  a  temporary  measure.  while  i  do  the  aquascaping  in  the  bigger  tank..   i  am  collecting  the  materials  that  i  need  to  set  it  up  in  my  display  tank  ..i  am  looking  for  what  are  the  options  available  for  me  to  set  it  up
   
    @Trevor   
    i  am  using  tubewell   water  where  the  hardness  is  very  high..      what  other  substrate  can  be  used  to  highlight  their  colour  especially  the  blue  ?
    i  was  thinking  of  the  white  gravel  because  of  the  contrasting  colour   of  the  fish...
 
      thanks  again  
 
    regards  
       david
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:45 pm Post subject: Re: guidance needed for keeping frontosas Reply with quote

 White  gravel  besides  being  unnatural  to  look  will  probably  darken  the  fish  to  such  an  extent  that  they  will  look  black.  Stick  to  regular  gravel.
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