Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The package with my earthworm pellets showed up by UPS July 30th. Also inside was my Tom's small hang on the back canister filter. I LOVE that thing! It set up super easy and the flow is perfect in the 20H. Has a handy little spray arm is compact and fit behind the tank great. I added this filter to aid the Fluval 2 already in the tank. I recently added 10 Corydoras sp. Black babies and a male ancistrus to the tank and felt it needed some extra "oomph".
Another fun item was the WAY to big cave........not sure if I've forgotten the size of an inch or..............but it takes up the entire back corner of the 20H. It will have to be utilized in another tank, one that could use a bohemith sized cave.
I've already posted about my new favorite net, the telescoping shrimp net, sure to be my favorite until I try to pull in a 5 inch fish thinking "eh I can do it" and rip the bottom out.......Yep, I do things like that.
FINALLY I got in some sponge filters and promptly placed one in each tank, never know when you'll need one, want that beneficial bacteria to be numerous when you plop it in a new tank.
The Ken's earthworm sticks have to be some of the messiest food I've ever fed. I have a video that shows the cloud, I'll upload that for a later post. Its like they ran through snow......They like it but its a real mess.
Another couple phone videos so excuse the quality. These little guys are always on the move and you can see how full their little bellies are. I swear they've doubled in size in a week! Watching them eat black worms twice their body length just cracks me up. They're ferocious! LOL
In case you're just tuning in, these are some Corydoras sp. Black purchased from Finatics Tropical Fish Store in Tri-Cities, WA about a week ago. The left video is when they first arrived. The right video is about a week later.
I ordered in a telescoping shrimp net in my Ken's order last week. It is sooooo small I couldn't picture using it. We all admired its design and telescoping handle though. Well today I decided to net some rainbow fry to move too a different tank. No net would do the job but then I spotted the shrimp net, worked like a charm! Would recommend it to anyone moving small delicate fry.
Monday, July 29, 2013
|As you can see he looked pretty rough...|
The two listless and hollow seussi members that arrived have both left for greener waters........Yes, a second male also died. I did finally manage to get some food down him but he died overnight anyway. The remaining 4 are very active with full tummys..............so fingers crossed they stay that way!
I bagged up and shipped off my Australian Rainbows this morning. I guess I should say my son Lane's Rainbows.......... Two of them he purchased when he was 10 years old, so about six years ago. The female was real close to 6 inches and the male not far behind. They spawned almost every morning for most of the spring and summer this year. I have a tank full of their offspring! But, it was time for them to move to a bigger tank and spread their fins. I'm hoping to have a photo of them in their new 120 gallon home in the living room of Finatic's Tropical Fish Store owner, Don Petty. He says they're schooling with some other large rainbows and arrived unscathed. The Zebra Danios are no longer hugging the gravel in and out of the plants and are actually schooling up towards the surface again now that the big bullies are gone ;)
Friday, July 26, 2013
|C. seussi with caudimaculatus in background|
|Baby C. sp. Black|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
|C. seussi floating to acclimate|
Little box arrived on the porch today right at noon. I, of course, was at the airport picking up Ian, my youngest. So fretted about the heat, checking my time and raced home to rescue my Corys.......
Their color is a bit washed out in these videos due to the sun and stress from shipping, and you'll have to ignore the Woody Woodpecker cartoon in the background.......
I have some other video taken a few hours later that shows the C. seussi's beautiful salmon colored fins, distinct tail stripes and dark body pattern. Just a gorgeous Cory with bright eyes and a long nose! I'll upload it to YouTube soon.
They went right to the sand and started rooting for food. I gave them a meal of shrimp pellets. One of them loves the algae on the clay pots while 2 others are really colored up cruising the front glass with each other. VERY pleased with this purchase!!
|Zebra Danio in clay pot cave|
|Very large female Rainbow|
Also today I pick my youngest servant aka son up from the Spokane airport. He's been gone about 6 weeks, visiting his dad in Arizona. Gotta teach the kid how to lift buckets and do water changes ;)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Took me back to when I was a little girl and I would soak the dogs food until I could work it like dough. I would then form it into "loaves" like bread and let it dry part way. Then I'd pop it out and slice it for the dogs. You'd have thought I'd created a treasure! They couldn't wait to eat it. Just like my Corys and this "meat pie" from Repashy. The picture speaks for itself really..........
Monday, July 22, 2013
All 12 of the C. Trilineatus hatched and were doing well. So, on their second day, I put them in their new home, a small 1 gallon OLD crusty plastic container from the shed. I scrubbed and chased the spiders out, put some sand in the bottom, a low flow corner filter (since the sponges haven't arrived yet) lots of plant clippings and water from the parents tank. It had been up and running for a few days and the snails were happy so I figured it was safe. I get the feeling I won't find them until they are 3 weeks old or so..........they blend real well. Its like feeding ghosts........
|Australian Rainbow fry|
|Parents of the fry|
|1 1/2 gallon corner tank|
|Indian Almond Leaf|
My two sons, Lane and Ian, back from Summer vacation (and my personal servants)
10 Corydoras sp. Black babies from Finatics Tropical Fish Shop in Tri-Cities, WA
4 Corydoras Eques (wild caught) from Mark Chen at Discus Origins in Florida
6 Corydoras Seussi (wild caught) from The Wet Spot
4 Corydoras Caudimaculatus 1.25" (tank raised) from The Wet Spot
1 Bag full of mixed Cherry Shrimp from Finatics TFS
2 Whiptail Catfish from Finatics TFS
1 male BN pleco for the albino BN female below from Finatics TFS
|Cozy cave for the very round female ancistrus|
Friday, July 19, 2013
Just made my first Repashy order online. I ordered their Spawn and Grow for my big breeding operation, Super Green for my algae loving friends, Meat Pie for just about everyone, and last but not least Morning Wood for my sucker mouthed tank inhabitants. Yes, you heard me right, there actually is a fish food called Morning Wood. I read the bi-line underneath the food name while driving in the car (not recommended) and promptly bust out laughing! Then I showed it to my other half, Mike, he says "Seriously??!!" Then also bust out laughing.....
I know I've been gone from the fish hobby for many years.......but WOW! Now that's my kind of marketing. Heck I'm still snickering ;) Well done Repashy, well done.
Who knew how hard it was to find a good old fashioned sponge filter for a fry tank?! Not one store on my end of Spokane County, WA OR Pend Oreille County, WA OR Bonners County, Idaho carries a simple sponge filter for a fry tank. Finally just decided to order some from a store online, but shoot you only get free shipping for orders over $75..........they sure know how to suck us bargain shoppers in! Sponge filter shopping turned into this:
|Oh come on!! LOL ;) And yes, Don, that is Methylene blue........I listen. Sometimes.|
You can see a few wriggle around when I move the container
My experiment of no anti-fungal treatment, just using frequent water changes to keep the water from being stagnant seemed to work as there was no fungus visually present on the eggs. Algae actually started to grow on the sides of the container. I gave the fry a water change as they were hatching which promoted a few more to burst out of their eggs.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|Small dark embryos appearing|
|Corys love sunlight. Will go sit in it for a while, basking.|
|New plant, Anubis "Nano"|
The Corys spawned again late last night. I did not collect the eggs this time . I figured I should see how I do with these twelve eggs first.......bet egg #13 would like to alert FPS (fish protective services)about being dropped back in the parent tank......have my tanks inspected, maybe even my eyesight and sanity scrutinized.
Experiment: I never did add methylene blue, or an air stone, instead I wanted to see if they would hatch and how the fry would do without it. So far 100% egg fertilization and viability in a small cup with three complete water changes a day. Should be hatching within a day or so. Then I'll be scrambling for what to do next!
Monday, July 15, 2013
|5 year old C. aeneus male|
|Why yes, that is carbon under my thumbnail|
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
|Young female laying an egg into her fins|
|T position spawning|
|Mystery C. Aeneus|
I put in an order for a double 20 gallon long tank stand, some filters, air pumps, etc for my upcoming cory projects. Petco $1 a gallon sale here I come! I figure the 20 longs will provide some rearing tanks for my newly expected upcoming eventual fry. Counting my eggs before they hatch! Guess I better be on the look out for hard to find or rare cory buys........ Oh yeah! Just ordered some Corydoras Eques so that's two types of hard to find corys purchased in one month. There's hope for me yet.
Monday, July 1, 2013
The next day I decided to aquascape with a large broken clay strawberry pot and a big flat stone coming up with the above design of a mudhole. Note to self: Aquascape BEFORE you add the water........Flourite is some dirty substrate.
I know, plants like dirt but YUCK look at that swamp!
I went onto a couple of sites and Ebay (waiting for my tank to clear up) purchasing some quality plants for the new aquarium. I added a filter sponge out of the 20 gallon into the chamber of the new hang on back filter for the 36 gallon do add beneficial bacteria. And proceeded to rinse the filter media numerous times during the day to get the clear water you see below, after a day and a half.
Meanwhile, back in the 20 gallon tank, out appeared a red Sakura male shrimp. Guess he felt safe after the (giant big mouthed eat anything that moves) Rainbows moved next door. Made me wonder if he sat looking up at them through their new curved world (would sorta be like the view above) thinking "neener neener" as he picked through the leaves in his new found freedom.