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Pictures of my new Lamprologus Ocellatus Gold!

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by vwill279, Feb 29, 2012.

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    I just got 7 new gold occies today! They will probably color up a bit more, but I couldnt resist getting some pictures. They're so darn cute I cant even handle it! My bf is a wonderful fish photographer :D

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    Here's a pic of the whole setup (pre-fish)
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    Awesome pickups!
     
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    They look awesome!! Any losses with shipping? Mine are coming Tuesday!!! Yeah!!!
     
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    Nope, no losses! They were packed really well in a breather bag in a styro lined box with a heat pack. They even sent me one extra occie, for a total of 7, though I bought 6, a plant, and some food for no extra charge! Couple of fins are torn a bit, but after being in a bag for 2 days, I cant blame em. They're all feisty and behaving well. No major fights yet, but lots of interesting displaying as they pick their own shells! They are also usually ignoring the rainbows, who my boyfriend describes as the fish "lemurs from the Madagascar movie" - spacey and hyper, waggling their fins all around at eachother XD. I think my occies are 4 males and 3 females, just based on size, but some could just be younger. The smallest one has claimed one of the largest shells next to the shell that the "dominant" male has claimed. She is currently digging out underneath it. The second smallest female had a large shell and the whole far left section to herself, but she has since been ousted and now spends all her time trying to sneak back in. Its like a soap opera almost and they're just so adorable I cant stop watching them! It took me a long time to type this cause I had to take breaks to peek at what they're doing.
     
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    LOL!! I was too nervous as I have had some losses with priority mail...so I sprung for express. I am glad they did well with shipping!! I can't wait! They were supposed to come tomorrow, but we have a stupid snow/ice strom today and overnight. So now I have to wait!
     
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    They are too cute! I keep thinking what I want to put into my 40b once it's up and running.
    There are about 5 different species but these guys are on the top of my list now,lol! Now for
    some research, they're adorable!
     
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    Definitely go for it! They're one of the cutest fish I've ever seen. Close call between them and my DP's. They're pretty hard to find, but I got mine from Arch Aquatics. They have a group of them on aquabid (under mixed lots) and they are also selling them on their website. I'm very happy with their service and with the fish. In a 40 you could probably have another tang in there too.
     
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    Aw the whole set up is so CUTE!
     
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    Here's a vid of the whole tank!
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    Everyone made it through the first night! No injuries on any of the occies or the rainbows. Its all going swimmingly so far.

    My boyfriend has named the occies with numbers depending on size. So the biggest one is #1, and the smallest is #7. #7 is the only one I've seen use the "bulldozer" technique so far. She has picked a shell right near the front of the middle of the tank. #6 has picked the shell closest to #7's. #4 (smallest of what I think are the 4 males) has decided that it is his job to oversee #6 and #7 and spends most of his time hanging out with them and inspecting their shells. #1 Has picked the entire right third of the tank and shells as his own. He's the macho man and doesnt tolerate any kind of fighting or displaying anywhere near his area. Other than that he is pretty calm and doesnt go bugging anyone else or picking on anyone. #2 and #3 have been arguing over who gets the left third of the tank. They do the most displaying. They got into quite the scuffle before, which prompted #1 to come over and settle it. They're all pretty submissive to him when he gets serious and the "fight" ended pretty quickly after that. Then #1 swam the entire length of the tank a few times with all his fins and gills flared out as if to parade his awesomeness. #5, which is either a larger female or the smallest male (leaning towards female, just based on size and temperament) has been stalking #7's shell and really doesnt like it when #7 gets chummy with #4. Not sure why.
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Where did you get those shells?
     
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    I was going to ask the same thing, they're so much nicer then the
    escargo shells I've seen.
     
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    They are silver mouth turbos and I got them here: http://www.cichlidbreeding.com/products.php?cat=10 They have tons of pretty different shells on this website. Shipping was fast and the guy was really easy to deal with. He also sent a few extras in case of breakage during shipping, which is really nice.

    I chose them because they are very similar to the shells that they have in lake tangyanika but are way prettier. They are, however, pretty heavy, so my occies cant move them around like they please.
     
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    Mine come Tuesday!! Mine come Tuesday!!
     

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