Australoheros Oblongum

Discussion in 'American Cichlids' started by bolivianbaby, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    I heard this fish mentioned in another thread, but I didn't want to hijack.

    When I google them, I cannot come up with any information.

    Does anyone have a profile on these fish?

  2. ToddnbeckaValued MemberMember

    You won't find much info on them, they're very rarely imported. TFH magazine did publish an article about the Austroloheros family last summer, but didn't have any pics of the oblongum.
    Males grow to 5" max, females 3". They're almost unbelievably mellow for cichlids (aside from conspecifics) and will mix well with anything too large to eat that won't beat the snot out of them IME. They don't require a heater, coming from a cooler part of SA with winter water temps in the 60's, same as some of the Geophagus from the same region. In the wild they live side-by-side with a species of Geo, but I don't remember which one offhand. They're substrate spawners, but after the eggs hatch the female will move the clump of adhesive wigglers onto live plants in the tank (if available.) The person I got my group from had java moss. My tanks are loaded wth Najas, and that worked quite well too. They are very strong pair-bonding fish, but the fry will disappear several days after they're free-swimming if left with the parents. Apparently they eat them when they start preparing to spawn again.

  3. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    Is 70 degrees close enough? It was your post that started this:) I've been avoiding geos because of the whole "wintering" thing.

    Is there any possible way you could take a picture of yours and post it, please? It may end up being a fish that I have to get later on, but I'd love to see if it's going to end up on my "fishy wish list".

  4. ToddnbeckaValued MemberMember

    I don't know whether the lower winter temps are necessary, just that they don't hurt anything. I started w/7 juvies growing out in the 30L with groups of BN and L-333's. The cichlids matured first, and I had to move 3 to other tanks. The dominant pair kept the other pair banished to the far end of the tank, barely letting them stick their noses out for food, but no real harm done. They spawned 5 times before I moved them to another tank to allow the fry (cichlid and BN) to grow out. They have spawned twice since then, but I haven't bothered saving any more fry since I still have several dozen 1.5-2" juvies to move along. None of my tanks are as low as 70, and I did have a pair of the larger juvies (sold off a while back) spawn in the growout tank.

    Big Daddy:

    Showing off the blue highlights better:

    Little Momma:

    Both together:

    Wigglers in the Najas:

    The Swarm:

  5. Tony G.Fishlore VIPMember

    those are some beautiful fish Toddnbecka! I think BB is gonna send you a pm soon :)
  6. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    Thank you! Yep, on my list! Gorgeous fish, by the way. What are their tank size requirements? I'm assuming as NW cichlids, it's the normal omnivore diet? Is live food good for them, bad for them, does it matter? PH the normal 6-8? Lots of plants and hiding places good as a tank set up? What are their compatible tank mates? JD's, cons, other NW cichlids? I'll send you a pm regarding pricing once I know if I can house them properly (Tony, you know me well).
  7. DigglyWell Known MemberMember

    Oh wow nice fish!

    Filthy enablers you all are :( I am already trying to find space for 2 more tanks lol.
  8. DRock914Valued MemberMember

    What is the generic name for this fish because I have seen it at my LFS and forgot what they called it. I think it was a brown or red ______.
  9. Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    I like those fish, they are pretty, but most importantly, my mom likes more :) I feel a tank in my future... Eventually
  10. btate617Well Known MemberMember

  11. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    I was hoping you'd see this thread, Brian. So we're looking at a 55g for two, maybe as the only tankmembers?

    Yep, PM is on it's way. Thanks everyone!
  12. kacieValued MemberMember

    Hi BB, I just got a trio of 1/2 inch Oblongum from a hobbiest in Va also. He has them with Keyhole cichlids so they must be peaceful. Mine are active and eat everything. I put them in a 55g with 4 gymnos, tetras and bn pleco. Dedicate an unheated 55g to them and get some Balzani too.
  13. btate617Well Known MemberMember

    I thought you had some too but couldn't remember for sure....

    A 55gal will work BB for sure, like Kacie and others said, with this species of Australoheros, you could do some tank mates just pick a mellow species.

    Oh Balzanii should be in everyones tanks......

  14. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    You guys are killing me:;scuba Always providing me with new species that whenever I look them up, I HAVE to have them. Brian, you're still grounded for the black nasty's that I don't have a big enough tank for::anim_35::nono:

    Anyone care to make a wager that I'll be after Balzanii after I look them up? Mercy, I'm going to need some contacts for some breeders if you guys keep this up:;toast

    But please, keep the suggestions coming. I still have empty tanks:D
  15. btate617Well Known MemberMember

    Just to help make ur decision I will post a few pics of mine here in a minute.....
  16. DRock914Valued MemberMember

  17. kacieValued MemberMember

    She can get some from toddnbecka right? They have some up on aquabid also.
  18. pepetjWell Known MemberMember

    Check the pic of your fish of interest in the following thread of chichlid-forum

    Astonishing red arc in the tail. Some info on them is also on this thread

    Santo Domingo
  19. kacieValued MemberMember

    Montess is who I got mine from. Check out his posts on his Oblongums too.
  20. ToddnbeckaValued MemberMember

    I have several dozen juvies between 1.5-2" available. They won't be relisted on aquabid for a couple more months after the current auction ends. By that time they'll be pairing off, and likely sell better. If anyone is interested in getting some after the holidays are over (really bad time for shipping USPS now) shoot me a PM.

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