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New German Shipment will arrive September 27th and will be ready to ship by the week of October 7th. 

Only the .75" - 1" unsex will be available for Pre-Order.

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Short description

These fish are sometimes classed as a peaceful species but it should be noted that they are very territorial when it comes to protecting their chosen shells that litter the substrate and will become aggressive towards intruders. They belong to the family of cichlidae and as such like other cichlids can be high waste producers in the aquarium. Although they are not the most brightly coloured cichlids available to house they are extremely popular with fish keepers and make a great addition to the aquarium. Their main body colouration is a pale gold with a pale blue edging to their finnage. The average adult size for mature specimens is approximately 2-2.4 inches making them ideal for medium to larger aquariums.

Lifespan

If cared for correctly the average lifespan for the Gold ocellatus is expected to be between 8-10 years of age.

Sexing

Mature males are larger than mature females and they develop gold edging on their finnage, this will be white on the females.

General care

The Gold ocellatus are not a difficult fish to care for but they do demand a high water quality in the aquarium. It is best to house one male to a small group of females, this will prevent one female being harassed too much. For a small group of one male and two females the minimum sized aquarium that should be used will need to be at least 24 inches (60cm) in length and 12 inches (30cm) in width. For a larger colony the aquarium size should be upgraded accordingly. Place a rock structure at the back of the aquarium and provide hiding places for tank mates but make sure you leave open swimming spaces at the front of the aquarium. Sand will need to used as the substrate as the Gold ocellatus will dig around and add plenty of empty snail shells for each fish to choose from.

Use a suitable filtration system that is rated for the aquarium and as cichlids are high waste producers, perform weekly water changes to keep the quality high. The water temperature should range between 23-25°C (73-77°F) and make sure that the pH ranges between 8.0-8.9. Using coral sand for the substrate should help with this. Suitable tank mates should inhabit the rocky areas, these include the Julidochromis species or similar.

Breeding

These are not a difficult fish to breed if given the correct conditions. It is best to breed in a separate breeding tank which has the same water parameters as the main aquarium and add extra shells to provide more breeding sites for the females to deposit their eggs. Add several females to one male and condition the parent fish with plenty of live or frozen foods. The female will select her chosen shell and display to the male to induce spawning. When the male shows interest she will deposit her eggs which are quickly fertilised by the male. It is the female that tends the eggs which she fans and after 3-4 days they should hatch with the fry becoming free swimming a few days later. Once free swimming, they fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or micro worms until they are large enough to accept the same diet as their parents.

Short description

These fish are sometimes classed as a peaceful species but it should be noted that they are very territorial when it comes to protecting their chosen shells that litter the substrate and will become aggressive towards intruders. They belong to the family of cichlidae and as such like other cichlids can be high waste producers in the aquarium. Although they are not the most brightly coloured cichlids available to house they are extremely popular with fish keepers and make a great addition to the aquarium. Their main body colouration is a pale gold with a pale blue edging to their finnage. The average adult size for mature specimens is approximately 2-2.4 inches making them ideal for medium to larger aquariums.

Lifespan

If cared for correctly the average lifespan for the Gold ocellatus is expected to be between 8-10 years of age.

Sexing

Mature males are larger than mature females and they develop gold edging on their finnage, this will be white on the females.

General care

The Gold ocellatus are not a difficult fish to care for but they do demand a high water quality in the aquarium. It is best to house one male to a small group of females, this will prevent one female being harassed too much. For a small group of one male and two females the minimum sized aquarium that should be used will need to be at least 24 inches (60cm) in length and 12 inches (30cm) in width. For a larger colony the aquarium size should be upgraded accordingly. Place a rock structure at the back of the aquarium and provide hiding places for tank mates but make sure you leave open swimming spaces at the front of the aquarium. Sand will need to used as the substrate as the Gold ocellatus will dig around and add plenty of empty snail shells for each fish to choose from.

Use a suitable filtration system that is rated for the aquarium and as cichlids are high waste producers, perform weekly water changes to keep the quality high. The water temperature should range between 23-25°C (73-77°F) and make sure that the pH ranges between 8.0-8.9. Using coral sand for the substrate should help with this. Suitable tank mates should inhabit the rocky areas, these include the Julidochromis species or similar.

Breeding

These are not a difficult fish to breed if given the correct conditions. It is best to breed in a separate breeding tank which has the same water parameters as the main aquarium and add extra shells to provide more breeding sites for the females to deposit their eggs. Add several females to one male and condition the parent fish with plenty of live or frozen foods. The female will select her chosen shell and display to the male to induce spawning. When the male shows interest she will deposit her eggs which are quickly fertilised by the male. It is the female that tends the eggs which she fans and after 3-4 days they should hatch with the fry becoming free swimming a few days later. Once free swimming, they fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or micro worms until they are large enough to accept the same diet as their parents.

Q: I just completed my order, what's next?
A: Before shipment, we quarantine all fish for at least 24-48 hours. During this period, we closely monitor the fish to make sure they are healthy. We also do not feed them during this time in order to 'clean out' their digestive system and limit their ability to soil the water.  This helps reduce the amount of waste in the bag and will keep the water clean.

Q: When can I expect my order to be ship?
A: Please see Chart below

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Southwest: Depending on your location some cities have limited amount of flights per day. I will normally communicate this with you via email or text the arrival date and arrival time.

Note:  If the arrival date above don’t work for you please let me know on the note section upon check out on when you prefer to receive the package.

Q: Who delivers my order and how much?
A: UPS Next Day Air:
     For a low flat rate of $45 any where in the US with any size box.          

    Southwest:
    
For any order over $200 or order containing mostly large 4+ Males,
    we recommend Southwest Air Cargo for flat rate of $55.

   Delta Cargo:
  
This is available to all customers that does not have the option to use
   Southwest Air Cargo. Buyer will pay shipping at Delta Cargo Station upon pick
   up. (Usually around $75 - $80)

Q: Some or all of my fish arrived dead - what do I do?
A: We offer a Live Arrival Guarantee service for four hours after door delivery. In the event that a fish arrives dead in the shipping bag, you must take clear digital pictures of the fish in an unopened bag and email it to vegasvalleycichlids@gmail.com within four hours of receiving your package. Live Arrival Guarantee is voided after the bags have been opened.

VegasValleyCichlids.com will also refund (Not Store Credit) on any DOA'S that involve carrier mishandling, which includes delays (Less than 48 hours), damaged boxes or water temperature extremes. DOA's must be reported the day of arrival and be accompanied by an emailed photo to ensure refund.

    25% DOA
    We will refund 25% of shipping and the price of the DOA fish. 

   50% DOA
  
We will refund 50% of shipping the and price of the DOA fish.

   75% DOA
   We will refund 100% of shipping and 100% of all the fish.
   You keep the fishes that made it for FREE.

 

Lamprologus Ocellatus Gold

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