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 Post subject: Re: Altolamprologus compressiceps (Muzi gold head)
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Just an update on a group of the F1 Altolamprologus compressiceps Muzi gold head fry that I have saved for myself to grow out. I had removed a group from the general population and put them in the 55 with the wild calvus to grow them out a bit and until I make the 72 gallon bow front tank ready for them.

These guys were first noticed in the mouth of their spawning shell on 11/4/11 and that would make them approx 10 months old 9/5/12. Btw: the oldest ones are from that spawn and there are younger groups most likely mixed in too (so, not all are 10 months old). I would guess the larger ones to be somewhere between 1.50 and 1.75". Here's a few pics.... Thanks for looking :)

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amazing fish!


Thank you :)

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Very nice! I can't wait for my Gold Heads to get their full colors in.

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Just an update on the Altolamprologus compressiceps (Muzi gold head) factory. I kept a group of F1 fry from my very first spawn and have been growing them out to, eventually, be put in my frontosa tank. I have them in a 72 gallon bow front right now and the biggest one have got to be close to 2" now.

Gold head comps are one of the hardest cichlids to photograph for me. The reason I say that is, it is so difficult to get the warmth of their color to show up in pictures. When I got my wild group, that frustrated me and I took it as a challenge to be able to capture them the way I actually see them. It took some time but I felt I accomplished that with the parents. I am now experiencing the same issue with the their fry.

I plan to photogrpah this group for a couple weeks, getting them used to the camera and all so I can get some good poses. In any event, here are a couple images that I liked....

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This one and a few others seem to have the trait that I liked so much on one of the males that produced half of my fry.
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Here's the wild dad when I first got him. He kinda had lighter bars and a glow to him which eventually turned really dark contrasted against that gold head. I love that. It will take a while for them to grow up and color out, but they have early signs that they may turn out like their dad. Here are a few pics of the wild dad throughout the years from when I first got him to recently.

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It wasn't until about 4 to 4.5" that he really got dark

Here's the latest batch of F1 Muzi fry mixed in with some calvus fry.
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I always look forward to your pictures Russ. I know the comps are a shy group. I have several downstairs and I am about the only person they see. I have my two year old grandson who likes to help Papa feed the fish on Sunday when they come over for dinner. My comps will not come out because they don't see the 2 year old very often. So I am sure your gold heads are a little shy when you break out the camera.

:moba :moba :moba :moba :mpimbwe :mpimbwe

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JRD wrote:
I always look forward to your pictures Russ. I know the comps are a shy group. I have several downstairs and I am about the only person they see. I have my two year old grandson who likes to help Papa feed the fish on Sunday when they come over for dinner. My comps will not come out because they don't see the 2 year old very often. So I am sure your gold heads are a little shy when you break out the camera.

:moba :moba :moba :moba :mpimbwe :mpimbwe


Yes, they are very smart fish. They know and recognize people. Pretty amazing.

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Thanks :)

Here's one of the one's that I have in my personal growout tank - he thinks he is the alpha :lol:

He does have nice color though.

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