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posted by [personal profile] cyprinella at 01:25pm on 05/07/2009
Currently in the Battlestar (my 125 planted Walsted-type tank for the new folks) I have an ancistris fanning a pile of eggs, at least one mouthbrooding female Geophagus steindachneri and a pair of keyhole cichlids thinking about laying another batch of eggs after eating their first. Oh, and two of my outdoor water gardens have tadpoles. Anyone else have breeding going on?
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posted by [personal profile] gwenhyffar at 07:03pm on 23/06/2009
My aeneus was dead this morning, and since there had been only 2 left, I decided to get the other aeneus some company. These aeneus had been 3rd or 4th hand, traveling from tank to tank until I got them 2 years ago, so I have no idea of their age.

I trotted off to the LFS, since I had been intending to extend my cardinal tetra group as well. The 10 I had bought a few months ago to see how they would work out in my tank are fat little piggies, so I wanted to bring their group up to strength with another 10.

I settled on Corydoras metae, as they stay small and they do well in a community tank.

When I came home, the aeneus wasn't dead. I leave dead fish in the tank for 24 hours, any remains not eaten by the snails and the shrimp are then removed. It's natural recycling. However, the aeneus was settled in next to his mate again, albeit heavily listing. He's not a healthy fellow, and he looks old. You can tell with some fish, they get that old man fish look.

The metae are settling in nicely. The aeneus looks dead again, but I'll wait until tomorrow to see. My fish seem to like new inhabitants. When I put new fish in, everyone comes out of the woodwork and they have a party in the tank. The cardinals were schooling peacefully within 5 minutes and the fanhand shrimp and the metae were bobbing about on the bottom together. Jack the Hat, my Zebra Oto was all excited and is bobbing alongside them and cleaning all the plants he can find.
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posted by [personal profile] red_trillium at 09:12pm on 14/06/2009
We cleaned the tank tonight, pulled out our large piece of driftwood (seen on the left side of the tank in this intro entry. I hadn't cleaned under the wood well in awhile, usually vaccuum around it as best as I can but it's pretty huge and hard to get in and out. We know to check the wood for the 2 whiptail cats and the stick cat/farowella (spelling?). The farowella once hung onto a piece of wood when we'd pulled it out of the tank and wasn't about to let go so we are really careful now.

The driftwood I pulled out tonight doesn't really have any hiding holes, it's smooth and no crevices. The closest we get to hidey-hole in it is a fairly thin bit of java moss we've got tied onto the top. Since it's pretty big we'd debated whether we should just dump it in a bucket while I cleaned under it or wrap it in a towel. Fortunately we went for the bucket idea. And fortunately we hadn't tried to clean the wood, just set it in the bucket. After I'd vaccuumed about 1/3 of the tank out and while my wife was filling the buckets to fill it I grabbed the wood to put it back in. And noticed something in the bottom. "Oh, must have gotten some rocks too".

Uh, no.

One of the strata loaches had somehow hidden himself somewhere in the crevice-less drift wood and was lying in a little bit of water in the bottom of the bucket. I panicked and dumped him in the tank. Fortunately the heater had been off for about 20 minutes so the water was a little cooler than it usually is. He swam around listing slightly to one side but seems to be fine now.

Whew. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next few days (that's easy, while we have 4 strata loaches he's the only one that is missing an eye) and dose the tank if he picks up white spot or some fungus.

That's the closest we've come to loosing a fish while we've been cleaning. Usually the fish stay IN the tank and we're careful to check for the sucker ones before we pull things out.

So, any other close call stories? What is the best thing to do if you've had that happen? I didn't think that I should have put a bit of water in with the fish to slowly bring it's temperature up instead of dumping it back in the tank until a few minutes ago. Fingers crossed the little critter makes it.
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
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posted by [personal profile] cyprinella at 08:38pm on 26/05/2009
I just had to share this super adorable shirt I found.

The store has a bunch of other stuff like tetras, other catfish and cichlid cartoons. Very cool!
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posted by [personal profile] cyprinella at 01:12pm on 21/04/2009
Tropical Fish Hobbyist is offering a year-long subscription to their digital magazine for only $1 for Earth Day.


Use the code EDAY9.

Offer good today through 4-23. Payment must be in USD, but there are no residency restrictions.
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posted by [personal profile] red_trillium at 10:44am on 21/04/2009
Hi! Since this is a small (ok, tiny) comm I thought I'd introduce myself and post a pict of our tank. We're in New Zealand (I'm an American transplant)

We have a 197 liter (52.04 US gallons) tropical tank. We've had our tank maybe 8 or 9 months? My wife has had tropical fish before, I've had coldwater fish before. She wanted a tank because she missed having one and well, here we are. We've recently changed out our Fluval internal filter for an Elite external one. We also have a UV filter and it seems to have made a difference for our fish.

We've got a community tank with a nice variety of neon, rosey & cardinal tetras, a female honey gourami, a pair of pearl gouramis, a farowell (sp?), a royal whiptail and a red whiptail, some clown, strata and kuhli loaches, 4 platties, 4 flying foxes, a pair of dwarf rainbows and 2 panchax (father/son combo).

Here's a pict of the tank. Our youngest (and lightest) cat has taken to sitting on top of the glass. He will sneak in and curl up on the top. As we are about to head into winter he'll appreciate the warmth of the light. Fortunately he's the only one who has made a habit of getting up on the tank. The heaviest one is content to sit on the table near the tank or on the chair under it (tank is on a desk) and the other 2 don't really care about the tank.

I'm looking forward to DW and this community!
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posted by [personal profile] cyprinella at 11:10am on 20/04/2009
If anyone US-based is looking for pond plants, my local (DC Metro area) Lowes had a really nice selection of marginal plants I had only seen at specialty shops as well as your typical lilies. Be warned that some of the things they were selling can be very invasive (water lettuce, for example) so you may want to be careful if your pond has any sort of run-off to natural waterways. I mostly container garden, so I picked up a couple of species like horsetail rush that can spread like crazy if not contained. If you're in need of a fantastic water garden plant book, I really recommend Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants by Greg Speichert and Sue Speichert. It has been incredibly helpful in describing proper care and helping me pick out plants for my area.
cyprinella: A cyprinella trichroistia (male), silver, blue and red minnow (Cyprinella)
posted by [personal profile] cyprinella at 04:28pm on 14/04/2009
Arboretum koi 04

Koi at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. They are not shy.

Battlestar 4-13-09

Battlestar full tank shot. I had a pH drop that I didnt notice until I ended up with a lot of black brush algae. I added a bunch of crushed coral to the substrate to bring the pH back up and buffer the tank better. The BBA is not growing on any of the new plant leaves in the tank so basically I just need to go and weed out all of the stuff that still has it. Click for extra large version of this picture. Lots and lots of pictures under the cut.

Close ups of plants and fish )Native fish )DIY lights for my nano )
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posted by [personal profile] maryavatar at 08:46pm on 13/04/2009
Anyone have any tips on keeping Blue Eyed Medaka (Ricefish)? I have several cold water aquariums, containing many species of fish, but my Medakas never seem to make it out of the quarantine tank. I've tried different fish suppliers in case it was poor stock, but no - it's me.

The water here is on the acidic side, so I've tried adjusting the pH, buffering salts and leaving a small lump of calcium carbonate in the tank. I've tried increasing and decreasing the aeration, adding and removing a fast-moving water areas, live food, flake food, pellet food, fresh food, plants, no plants...

I'm stumped. They're supposed to be very easy to keep. Why are my Medakas dying?
Mood:: 'confused' confused
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posted by [personal profile] katemonkey at 05:00pm on 13/04/2009
Chegwin the goldfish

I'm only posting one photo, because there are 954 other photos to see if you want.

He is a Comet goldfish, a happy six-year-old bachelor in a spacious tank. He likes Hikari Gold fish food, aquarium plant roots, and mushed-up peas. He also likes knocking over every statue in his tank and expecting anyone walking down the stairs at any time to feed him.


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