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I've been looking for some Placidochromis phenochilus tanzania for a while (really hard to find in Canada) and discovered some at The Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland, OR. Since I head down to Portland on a regular basis to visit family, I thought I would pick some up and bring them back. I'm also a fan of Placidochromis electra as well and also don't usually see those available here in Canada so I grabbed a group of 6 of each. They're only 1" - 1.5" in size though and my adults in the 90g would most likely turn them into a snack. Thus the hunt for a grow-out tank began before my trip. Thanks to a couple very nice folks here on BCA, I was able to pick up a 29g tank and some used equipment. I literally painted the back of the tank (5-6 thin coats) and built that stand all the night before I left for the long weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing them grow up. The idea is to put a male of each into my 90g once they hit around 2.5" in size. The rest I will put up for sale here on BCA or possibly start a breeding tank for one of them with the 75g I have laying around (needs new silicone first).

Here are some pics of it, just taken today, after bringing home the fish from Portland, OR last night.







Placidochromis phenochilus tanzania


Placidochromis electra
 

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They look awesome. Going to turn out to be some nice fish. Looks like Im going to Portland some day soon. Now that you have a grow out tank I might need you to grow some out for me. LOL. I will be stoping by your house on the way home from The Wet Spot. Theres just too many nice Africans out there. I want them all!!
 

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Hahaha the grow out tank could get a little full once these 12 fish hit 2.5"+ but sure I wouldn't mind. As long as you sign a disclaimer that I'm not responsible for any deaths! LOL

I actually have a 25g tank that needs a re-seal and I could set up another fry/growout tank.

The stand is easy to build. It took 4 2x4's and some screws. It's probably the most structurally sound stand/plan I've ever come across too. I'm using the same frame for a custom stone cabinet/stand for my 90g if I ever get around to finishing it.
 

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So ever since I got home I've been trying to count them all and was only counting 5 tanzania's. They're fast and like to hide when I get too close so I kept checking in case I was missing one.. Just now I decide to check the bucket I emptied the bags into after I thought I had dropped all the fish into the tank and sure enough, there was a little guy swimming around inside. No heater or filter for over 24 hours and the water was pretty cold. He seems fine so far but I'll be keeping a close watch.
 

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I did when I built the stand for my 90 and this one was just from memory. It's pretty easy to do. 2x4's are overkill but they're the cheapest and it never hurts to have extra support.

In terms of hardware/equipment. I borrowed a chop saw and a power drill from a friend and it took 4 2x4's and a box of screws from home depot. I bought extra lumber just in case I made any mistakes, but they weren't needed. Make sure you look for the straightest 2x4's you can in the pile.

I could probably draw one up for you if you have the dimensions. I can also take/post pics from all angles of the frame/stand I built for the 90, so you can see how it all went together.
 

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Nice find, i cant wait to c them when they are bigger :)
 

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Thanks Claudia! This is my first grow-out tank so I'm looking forward to seeing them grow up. If it's successful I'd like to start a breeding tank for one of them (I'm leaning towards the Placidochromis phenochilus tanzania just to see the male showing his full mating colours) and use the 29g for the fry.
 

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Thanks Claudia! This is my first grow-out tank so I'm looking forward to seeing them grow up. If it's successful I'd like to start a breeding tank for one of them (I'm leaning towards the Placidochromis phenochilus tanzania just to see the male showing his full mating colours) and use the 29g for the fry.
Thats cool, i am setting up a 50g breeder myself :D lol
 

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nice tank and fish!! lol...i did a search to see what they looked like as adults...and kicked myself afterwards when i scrolled down and saw you already posted it. =) heheh! anyways...beautiful fish man!! i like the tanzania ones...reminds me of the OB splotches, but in blue. myself, i feel im starting to move away from mbunas. i've been into them since i started keeping fish and i feel bad admitting this, but I've kind of started to get bored with them. i never really wanted to go into the haps and peacock route, but after picking two up (still juveniles)....im really excited and looking forward to seeing them start colouring up. maybe it'll be my new thing? but i love my fuellebornis and i dunno if i could ever let them go. anyways, can't wait to see more pics of your fish!! they're beauties!!
 

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nice tank and fish!! lol...i did a search to see what they looked like as adults...and kicked myself afterwards when i scrolled down and saw you already posted it. =) heheh! anyways...beautiful fish man!! i like the tanzania ones...reminds me of the OB splotches, but in blue. myself, i feel im starting to move away from mbunas. i've been into them since i started keeping fish and i feel bad admitting this, but I've kind of started to get bored with them. i never really wanted to go into the haps and peacock route, but after picking two up (still juveniles)....im really excited and looking forward to seeing them start colouring up. maybe it'll be my new thing? but i love my fuellebornis and i dunno if i could ever let them go. anyways, can't wait to see more pics of your fish!! they're beauties!!
Dont feel bad about being tired of a paticular species. We have all been there. Thats the beauty of Africans. The more the marrier. Keep the fuellebornis. I have 4 in my African tank and they do just fine with peacocks and haps. Nothing wrong with mixing them. They are not aggresive like most mbunas. They seem to chase each other more than anything
 

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hey justin, it's me bingerz. i got rid of my males fuels. i had two large greys and 5 fry males. i traded it with noodles and got 4 OBs and 2 blue empress juvies. i re-vented all of them and it's true that male OBs are rare. All the ones I have are female. I have 10 orange morph fuels also that are still young. they look female, but there are a few that are questionable. i gotta give it more time. That would be cool though to have a male orange morph. But my female OBs are getting aggressive with each other. I've tried taking out all the rocks with that whole thing about, "taking out the rocks, takes away the territories", but there's one female that's really punkin everyone. i think it's cuz she's in "heat" cuz her junk down there is swelling up. she was picking on some other female who's ripe too. i guess if you have a whole crapload of females in a room....they're gonna start getting catty with each other. made me start second guessing myself about trading my males, but i have that set of hybrids from when my male fuell was gettin it on with my red zebra, that i dunno what to do with. one of these days, im gonna put my rocks back in - when i get some time.
 

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nice tank and fish!! lol...i did a search to see what they looked like as adults...and kicked myself afterwards when i scrolled down and saw you already posted it. =) heheh! anyways...beautiful fish man!! i like the tanzania ones...reminds me of the OB splotches, but in blue. myself, i feel im starting to move away from mbunas. i've been into them since i started keeping fish and i feel bad admitting this, but I've kind of started to get bored with them. i never really wanted to go into the haps and peacock route, but after picking two up (still juveniles)....im really excited and looking forward to seeing them start colouring up. maybe it'll be my new thing? but i love my fuellebornis and i dunno if i could ever let them go. anyways, can't wait to see more pics of your fish!! they're beauties!!
Thanks! I'm pretty excited to watch them grow up and picking one of each for my main tank. I'm pretty sure I'll setup a breeding tank for the Tanzania's but we'll see. I have a 75g tank not doing anything (it needs a re-seal) but the trick will be finding space for another 4ft tank.

My main tank is my first African tank and so far I love the Peacocks/Haps. Lots of character and they're really active and use the entire tank.

How big is your tank? If you have the 2 Blue Empress (Protomelas taeniolatus) in a 33g tank you'll need a bigger tank for sure, they get 9" long.
 
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