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    Default Gymnogeophagus cf. Gymnogenys "Arroyo Yerbalito"

    A few pics of my males about 2 months ago.







    And a couple of days ago.







    Brian

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    very nice!!

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    Very nice, what size are those?

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    Wicked cool. I've tried keeping Gymnogeo's before with no luck. Very nice
    I should use this space to promote the photo contest...but I can't think of anything clever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack_Emmons View Post
    Very nice, what size are those?

    That male is around 4.5".

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    Great looking fish

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    Any info on water conditions for these guys? Haven't had any luck finding ideal pH and temps

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    I also keep that variant. It is a moutthbrooder.
    They need a cool down to stay healthy, can be only into the 60s'F although I have had them down to 50'F without a problem. They can also handle 90sF in summer, but when I tried to keep them at tropical temps all year they sickened. I no longer use a heater at all.

    Mine are kept in a pond outside in Milwaukee late April thru Oct where they breed most of that time.



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    Cool man, thanks for that info. Great looking fish! I have unplugged my heater. And am transitioning the pH to 7. I read somewhere that was a good pH for them. Have you noticed any issues with their vision? My two cant seem to eat pellets with very good accuracy, whether floating, sinking or resting on the bottom. They eventually find them all but it's almost funny watching them try and fail to eat food in front of their face.

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    They are earth eaters and I find most Geophagines look awkward trying to eat sinking food.
    I have never worried much about pH, in the pond pH dips with rain, and times of heavy leaf litter, its higher in winter when they are inside and in tap water.
    In the pond they lay eggs in shallow areas (maybe 3" deep), the fry graze on algae and detritus.

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    Nice looking fish "d". Going slightly off topic here, what else do you keep in the pond with these beauties? If you wouldn't mind that is?

    Dave

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    They've spent the last couple summers in the yard with Australoheros red ceibal. This summer I may put the Uruguayan pikes out there too, if I get off my arse and enlarge the pond.

    The ceibals bred like rabbits out there too.

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    Nice. Hopefully the pikes wouldn't find them and have a snack. The pikes must be quite handsome now since you have had them for a while. Thanks for the share "d". The ceibals are magnificent looking as well.

    Dave

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    The pikes have spent the winter in a 125gal with my male Gymo and his harem of 7 females, and a trio of ceibals with little aggression (at least so far, cold temps seem to help).
    The pond is just over 1500 gals at this point, so if I can add another 1000 gals, I'm sure some fry of the 3 should survive. I ended up last fall bringing dozens of ceibal and Gymno fry, and a few adults to the MAS auction.


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    Man they are gorgeous. What else can I say? You must have a ball of fun with all these beauties. I am envious. Thanks "d'.

    Dave

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