Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finatics Tropical Fish : Can I have a drum roll for some Exotic Plecos!?

Finatics Tropical Fish : Can I have a drum roll for some Exotic Plecos!?: First of all most of you know how crazy I am for Plecostomus, Whiptail catfish and especially Corydoras species. The next few orders wi...

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Couple Corydoras Similis Spawns

I recently combined two breeding groups of Corydoras Similis.  Don Petty's group of 6 and my young group of 4.  They are extremely shy and skedaddle the second I show up in the fish room.  I knew they were spawning but they would just sit and stare at me while I was in the room.  I tried out waiting them...........that didn't work......I finally caught the typical Cory spawning T position on this short video though.  I think you can see some eggs on the sides in a few spots.

I had removed the eggs from the current spawn and a previous spawn to the 10 gallon tank right above the C. similis tank.  Also in the tank, I placed a group of Cherry Shrimp and some Bladder Snails along with some live plants.  I had, the previous day, put a Pleco cave with a large German Blue Ram spawn into the empty 10 gallon tank.

Just now I was enjoying watching the Ram wrigglers flit their tails on the sand when I noticed a tail hanging out of one of the older C. similis eggs.  I started watching the maple leaf the egg was adhered to, when a Cherry Shrimp came walking around the edge of the leaf.  Guess that was all that Cory needed to blast the rest of the way out its egg, land on the sand and go skittering off through the tank!

If all goes well this should shortly be a VERY busy little tank ;)

Happy tank keeping!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sales (Trade) List ~ Pick up at fish room only

Crismore Corys Sale (or Trade!) List
February 22, 2014

  • New animals and plants in bold
  • Limited to availability, animals and plants may have already sold
  • None available” either means they are to small to sell or that is a species we are currently trying to breed.
Inverts and snails

  1. Cherry Shrimp ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------$10.00 for 5
  2. Blueberry Shrimp ---------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  3. Crystal Shrimp ------------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  4. Large Ramshorn snails------------------------------------------------------------------------$ 1.00 for 4
  5. Leopard Bladder snails (great in fry tubs!)------------------------------------------------ $ 1.00 for 10


  1. Unsexed juvenile Fancy Guppy varieties  ---------------------------------------------------$2.00 each
    Sexed juvenile Fancy Guppy varieties -------------------------------------------------------$3.00 each
    includes Nebula Steel, Supercross, Red Russian Lace Snakeskin
  2. Fancy Young Guppy Trio's (if available)---------------------------------------------------$15.00 group

Plecos & Odd Catfish
  1. Bushy Nose regular short fin -------------------------------------------------------------------$5.00 each
    regular long fin------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$8.00 each
    albino short fin -------------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
    albino long fin -------------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
    lemon drop short fin -------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
    lemon drop long fin -------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  2. H. Hasemani Whiptail ------------------------------------------------------------------------$10.00 each
  3. L204 “Flash Pleco” -------------------------------------------------------------------------none available


  1. Corydoras Aeneus spawning groups ------------------------------------------------------$20.00 group
  2. Corydoras sp. Black --------------------------------------------------------------------------$ 20.00 each
  3. Corydoras similis -----------------------------------------------------------3 available------$ 7.00 each
  4. Corydoras sterbai ---------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  5. Corydoras concolor ------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  6. Corydoras eques ----------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  7. Corydoras seussi ----------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  8. Corydoras caudimaculatus ----------------------------------------------------------------none available
  9. Corydoras "Orange Laser" ----------------------------------------------------------------none available
  10. S. barbatus "bearded Cory"----------------------------------------------------------------none available
  11. Corydoras tukano---------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  12. Corydoras virginiae-------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
Live plants
  1. Amazon Frogbit (floating)---------------------------------------------------------------------$6.00 for 5
  2. Rotala Vietnam (potted) ----------------------------------------------------------------------$7.00 each
  3. Water Primrose (potted) ------------------------------------------------------------------------$8.00 each
  4. Sunset Hygro (potted)---------------------------------------------------------------------------$6.00 each
  5. Water Wisteria ------------------------------------------------------------------------------none available
  6. Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia (potted) --------------------------------------------------------$8.00 each

*Local Pick only - no shipping at this time

*All our fish are raised on Repashy Superfoods, live Daphnia (seasonal), live black worms, micro worms, fresh veggies, frozen bloodworm and brine shrimp, high quality flake and pellets. Our fish are raised in a natural environment with planted tanks and sand substrate. We do 25% or more water changes once a week to all tanks and have a low incidence of illness.
*Our plants are fertilized with Flourish and Azomite Minerals in a low tech environment. We do not use CO2 or high intensity grow lights.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Adventures Last Week

My nasally mumbly video showing the fish room layout. 

I made my trip to Finatics Tropical Fish in Kennewick, WA and brought home 7 species of Corydoras.  Any of you folks out there with Green Lasers we have two lone males in need of a fat healthy woman!

Also while at Finatics I cleaned them out of Lemon Tetras, Stendker Discus and Blueberry Shrimp.

I also picked up 3 Tylo Snails.  If you've never seen those they grow a sponge on the outside of their shell and are live bearers, in fact there is already a new Tylo snail in there this morning.  The freshwater shrimp love to pick at the sponge, in fact even the baby Otocinclus was hitching a ride.

Right now I'm cleaning up the fish room after all the shipments of supplies in the last few weeks, plus all the fish arriving late Saturday night.

Fish room is open by appointment only, feel free to email me CrismoreCorys@gmail.com 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Update On Our Fish Room Progress

Its been an interesting few weeks setting up the new fish room.  Due to inclement weather and deep freezes throughout the country, many of our orders were delayed and we even had a "train derailment" hold up our HMF filters from Swiss Tropicals........... interesting ;) So instead of having our filters on Friday we didn't get them until Monday.  The trickle down effect has been cancelling trips to Finatics Tropical Fish to pick up a few groups of Cory breeders, live food and filters for my fry/hatching tubs, plus dropping off youngsters I've raised freeing up tank space.
Train derailment??

6- 10 gallon filters 2- 20 gallon filters and 2- 29 gallon filters

Hooked up the air pump and started running lines

I decided not to run pvc pipe, buying a 500 ft roll of python air hose instead

I ordered in some LED lights that were on sale AND 30% off with free shipping
Meanwhile, Corydoras Caudimaculatus had their first small spawn.  I left most of the eggs in the Cherry Shrimp Colony tank, which is where the parents reside, removing about 10 eggs, 7 of them hatched the other day.

Then three nights ago the fish room heater malfunctioned and fried out the "on" switch.  Room was 74 degrees by morning.  I placed emergency tank heaters in a few of the sensitive tanks, while in others the guppies and corys enjoyed the cool waters.  Purchased another heater at Fred Meyer, not the one I wanted but a temporary replacement, brought it home last night and wa la it doesn't work........  I just quit screwing around and ordered the heater I wanted from Amazon, it will be here today.

Messy Fish Room progress

Two 29G tanks with HMF filtration