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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:56 am Post subject: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Dear  All,
 
 I  need  some  advice?
 
 I  am  in  the  process  in  setting  up  a  frontosa  tank  and  I  have  no  idea  what  so  ever  about  the  do  and  don’ts  
 
 Well  I  am  planning  to  set  up  a  3  feet  tank  and  I  am  not  looking  to  keep  more  than  4  to  6  of  them.
 
 I  will  be  getting  them  by  Friday  and  before  I  pick  them  I  am  looking  at  how  best  I  can  set  up  their  new  home  
 
 I  am  looking  for  the  below  information  
 
 What  base  should  I  use  (color,  size  etc)
 How  many  hiding  places  should  I  have?  
 
 Most  important  will  a  3  Feet  by  2  feet  by  2  feet  tank  size  be  enough  for  about  4  to  6  of  them?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:21 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Hi  Clive,
 
 A  3  x  2  x  2  will  not  be  enough  and  you  will  have  to  upgrade  when  the  time  comes.  I  would  not  recommend  anything  less  than  5  feet  in  length  and  2.5  feet  in  width  -  to  have  a  good  /  sufficient  foot-print  area
 
 Substrate  -  Sand
 
 Hiding  Places  -  Either  one  for  each  fish  or  just  one  for  the  alpha  male  and  none  for  others
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:54 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Clive,
 
 Fronts  are  best  to  be  kept  in  a  colony  of  6-8,  would  need  150G  but  I  would  rather  prefer  min.180G  for  them.
 In  your  space  tank  constraint,  you  will  be  inviting  constant  fighting  of  fronts  if  you  limit  their  number.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:00 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Thanks  chinkz
   in  that  can  I  will  have  a  bigger  tank  for  them  
 
 just  one  question  will  they  stay  with  a  pearl  arrow?
 
 regards,
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:04 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 thanks  Yogesh  
 
 The  i  might  as  well  give  away  my  Pearl  arrow  and  keep  the  fronts.
 
 thanks  
 
 Yogesh  can  i  put  river  sand  and  my  base  for  them  ?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

                                                   
Whitesnake  wrote  (View  Post):                
can  i  put  river  sand  and  my  base  for  them  ?                

 I  always  liked  them  under  light  color  substrate,  best  would  be  coral  sandbed  for  maintaining  pH.
 Its  not  that  river  sand  would  not  go  with  them,  some  people  say  dark  substrate  darkens  their  color  but  knowing  their  nature  I  would  avoid  fine  particles  like  River  Sand.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:33 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 thanks  Yogesh  
 
 by  the  way  where  can  i  get  coral  sandbed  in  Mumbai  
 
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 You  have  a  PM,  buddy.  Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:51 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Thumb Up  thanks  Boss  just  read  it  will  do  the  needful  today  its  self  
 
 Thanks  
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:26 am Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Hey  guys,
 
 I  have  finally  got  my  frontosa  they  arrvied  yesterday  in  al  i  have  12  of  them  and  they  are  about  1'  in  size.
 
 my  question  here  is  what  do  i  feeed  them?
 
 is  beefheart  ok  to  feed  or  is  there  any  special  food  ?
 
 kindly  suggest?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:29 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Yesterday  was  a  very  bad  day  I  lost  4  small  fronts  
 
 The  rest  of  the  gang  is  swimming  and  eating  well  
 
 I  had  12  of  them  now  I  am  down  to  just  8  
 
 Sad  but  the  good  thing  is  that  the  rest  of  the  Gang  is  eating  well
 
 And  seeing  them  eat  is  a  god  sign  
 
 I  am  feeding  them  New  Life  Spectrum   and  the  are  eating  I  feed  them  small  quantity  3  time  day.  
 
 I  have  also  but  a  black  background  and  also  added  some  small  pipes.
 
 Will  get  the  lights  done  by  today  as  well.
 
 Regards,
 
 Clive
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:03 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 Clive,  thats  bad  news...   Like  I  mentioned  before,  please  check  all  water  parameters...  not  sure  what  is  wrong...  you  may  need  to  add  some  epsom  salt  as  a  precaution...   also  reduce  feeding  to  very  small  quantity  once  a  day  only  till  all  fish  are  settled  for  15  days  atleast...  nothing  will  happen  to  your  fronts  by  feeding  less....do  a  WC  50%  ..  use  aged  water  or  use  a  good  water  conditioner...keep  changing  water  over  next  15  days  --  about  10%  everyday  should  do  good...  
 
 IMO:  Either  the  fish  you  got  was  not  very  good  --  with  disease  etc...  or  the  crushed  coral  was  not  right/  washed  properly/thoroughly..   OR  the  beef  heart  did  your  fish....  or  you  are  feeding  the  fish  just  too  much...  
 
 if  you  can  post  pics  it  will  help  to  provide  some  solution,  otherwise  what  I  mentioned  above  is  a  general  precaution/remedy  when  this  happens..  if  you  have  any  more  symptoms  to  share  -  please  do
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:50 pm Post subject: Re: Keeping frontosa Reply with quote

 thanks
 
 the  water  is  fine  i  thing  they  were  to  stressed  with  the  travell  and  also  the  tank  has  no  background  so  there  was  a  lots  of  brightness  
 
 well  i  will  now  start  feeding  them  twice  a  day  and  will  definately  do  a  wc  of  10  %  every  day.
 
 I  wanted  them  to  settle  first  
 
 as  of  now  i  have  covered  the  tank  from  all  three  sides  
 
 the  coral  sand  was  washed  well  by  me  almost  4  times  before  adding  to  my  tank  i  have  a  feeling  its  the  BH  that  did  the  job  even  though  i  did  clean  the  tank  completely  and  made  sure  that  I  had  removed  all  the  BH  from  the  tank.
 
 well  I  am  sure  now  that  there  will  be  no  deaths  in  my  tank  I  can  at  least  try  my  best  to  keep  it  that  way.
 
 will  definately  post  some  snap  today  or  tomorrow.
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 Clive,
 
 Give  them  couple  of  hiding/caves  like  clay  pots,  also  any  substrate  like  CC  would  hurt/scratch  them,  keep  them  in  a  bare  bottom  tank  till  they  add  some  weight  or  they  get  to  2"  mark  where  in  you  can  experiment  with  things  as  their  immunity  gets  better!  if  possible  give  only  branded  food  no  home  made  ones  please  :-)
 and  to  make  them  feel  more  secure/comfortable,  add  any  similar  size  compatible  tangayika  cichlids,  they  will  love  to  venture  out
 
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 Clive,  All  the  best  in  keeping  the  fronts.
 
 I  feed  mine  a  large  prawn  everyday  and  a  few  pellets  of  branded  food  and  if  available  in  the  kitchen  -  Pork,  Beef,  Mutton  and  Chicken  pieces.
 
 My  fronts  generally  eat  what  I  eat.  Chuckle  
 
 And  at  rare  times  quarantined  feeder  fish.
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