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Video of Mollies, Endlers, Swordtails, Betta

20 Nov

This little tank of Mollies and Endler’s Livebearers has a little salt in it. The Green Spotted Puffer was in there until a month ago until he decided to start eating everything! So the Puffer has been transferred into my marine aquarium and now the Endler’s and Molly populations are exploding.
In the other tank, you can see my Velvet Red Swordtails, a pair of Marigold Platies and my sister’s male Betta.

Pics and a video of my aquariums

26 Aug

Let’s start with this 30 gallon tank filled with very active fish. Zebra Danios, Odessa Barbs, Tiger Barbs, an Opaline Gourami, Harlequin Rasboras and 3 Kuhli Loaches hiding under the rocks.

Here’s a little 10-gallon tank with young Red Swordtails and a Betta. Since I took this picture I have added 3 Marigold Variatus Platies and some more plants.

Here’s another 10-gallon tank with Silver Mollies and Endler’s Livebearers. Lots of baby fish are starting to show up.

I moved my 3 Pictus catfish into this 29-gallon tank with 3 green Swordtails and my Firemouth Cichlids. In real life this tank looks very nice and I get to see the Pictus Cats a lot more than I did in their previous tank.

When I found the 6-inch Bullhead in the turtle pond I had intended to release him in a nearby creek but instead I put him in the tank with the “bad boys”, the African Cichlid and big Red-tail Shark. The Bullhead just goes about his business, big mouth gulping and gaping as he cruises along. The Cichlid and Shark ignore him. Now the Bullhead has found a place to sleep during the day and I don’t expect to see him too often. This tank is crowded with rocks, wood, and plants (Java Moss).

The Bullhead is in here but he’s hiding.

Here’s the 55-gallon community tank with mostly large Tetras, Angelfish, and Corydoras.

Make your Betta happy

26 Nov

You think your Betta really likes being in a cold, dirty fishbowl getting tossed a few little grains of dry food once a day?

In a heated, filtered fish tank he will be so much happier. Give him brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp, and krill.  He’s a meat-eater!

My Betta is living in a tank of Angelfish and I think this is pure luck.  He really should be with SMALL peaceful fish like Neons and other small Tetras, and Platies, for example. If you put your Betta in a community tank, keep a very close eye on his tailfins. If he is getting picked on don’t let it go on too long, maybe a few days to see if things settle down. You might have to rescue him and put him back in that nasty little bowl but at least you tried!


The Tiger Barb must stay in school

26 Nov

Here’s a controversial fish, the Tiger Barb. Are they fin-nippers? Can they be put in a community tank?

Yes and yes, I would say. They WILL nip fins of male Bettas, Veil-tail Angelfish and others.  And fin-nipping eventually means fish-killing. The nipped fish has to hide and try to escape and it just wears them out eventually.  BUT it is also true that when Tiger Barbs school they tend to nip each other mostly.  So get a group of them, at least 4 or 5, and it helps if they are of equal size. I had a single large adult and added several mid-sized ones. The big guy beat the heck out of the smaller ones (and killed one) until they were his size.

My single biggest fish disaster was because of some ich-infected Tiger Barbs. I had quarantined them for two weeks, and after I added them to my communtiy tank…ICH, a parasite, as I am sure you know.  I lost a LOT of fish, but that could happen with any fish you buy. Set up a little 3 or 5 or 10 gallon quarantine tank if you can.

I like the Tiger Barbs, their vertical bars are striking. The more you can get  the better.  Usually they cost 2 or 3 dollars each but I see them for a dollar apiece sometimes.

Female in the foreground. More colorful, thinner male in the background.

Let me sum it up. A 10 gallon tank is too small unless they are in with very tough fish like the Corydoras Catfish and Blackskirt Tetras and other Barbs. Platies might be alright, too. If you put them in a larger tank, they will generally mess with each other and ignore all others. Mine are in a 30 gallon tank. They are with Long-fin Zebra Danios and a Paradisefish and Harlequin Rasboras. They are great!!