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Old 01-31-2006, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guaiac Boy, or anyone else near Boston or Worcester who may be interested,

I noticed you have a Congo Tetra in your avatar.

I'm probably going to put 10 Congos up for adoption. My only hesitation is that I'd want them to go to a good home. I don't want to "trade them in" to a petstore, because they might end up in dire circumstances.

But I'd be OK with them going to someone who is a planted tank enthusiast.

I got these as juveniles, through a local petstore, where the owner just ordered the fish (one dozen) and I picked them up when they were delivered, still in the shipping bag, so they had one less transition through the dealer's tank. I lost one immediately, and another within a week. The remaining 10 have been happy in my 30 gal El Natural for nearly 2 years now. They're all between 2.5 and 3" (from mouth to flesh (not fin) of tail) long now.

There is one dominant male, a rival male, and two "males in waiting". I believe these are males whose expression is supressed by the dominant male's presence. The rest I presume are female, but last summer, when there was a lot of spawning activity, only three seemed to get that magic glow, and regularly cycle between ripe and somewhat depleted, then quickly ripe again. They're in a community tank, so I didn't bother to remove the eggs, and they dwarf cories had a field day.

They're beautiful fish, but they've gotten too big for my 30 gal. I'd only seen them either solitary or in a small group of 3-4 fish together before I got my school of them. They're pretty boisterous in a school 10-strong! And, as my plans to put in a (used, custom made) 65 gal last fall got stalled, I'm not sure when my time schedule would allow to set up the larger tank. (There is an issue with the weight of the overbuilt home-made stand. Coming in at an estimated 250-300 lbs for the stand alone, I need to find out the load bearing capacity of my condo's floors before I put it in, add the tank, and fill it up with water and rocks.)

So, back to the fate of the Congo Tetras. I'm hankering to tear down and re-work my 30, and the Congos are kind of impeding that. So, I'm looking for a home for them, in a non-rushed way.

Anyone Interested?
-Jane

Upton, MA near Hopkinton.
I could drive them in to the Boston/Cambridge/Arlington area.

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Sure!

I have six at present and always feel like more would be better. They are absolutely my favorite fish. I don't have room for all of them, but I'd love maybe 2 or 3. I think I have 4 males and 2 females. I'd probably like 1 male and 2 of the females.

Anything you'd like in exchange? Your welcome to trimmings of anything I've got. If you're in Upton, I'm only a few minutes away in Worcester near Holy Cross college. Send me a PM & we'll figure out a way to meet.
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Are you sure you can't take them all? I don't want to be left with a few lingerers. Or, if someone else wants to split the "batch", that would be OK.

Sure, 2 or 3 is OK, but how about the remaining 7?

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All 10 are going to a well-know fishkeeper from the Boston Aquarium Society. They will have a nice home in a 125 gallon.


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