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Now THAT’S a fish show!!

31 Mar

I joined our local fish club a few months ago and today I went to their annual aquarium show.

I was impressed. The tanks were beautiful, the fish bigger and prettier than any I have ever had.

This Altum Angelfish is about twice as big as my Scalare Angels.

This Altum Angelfish is about twice as big as my Scalare Angels.

I think people who see these aquariums will say to themselves, “That is so pretty, maybe we should get a fish tank!”

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What do people say when they enter a pet store? “Look at all the fish.”

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Typical petstore aquarium. Nice fish, but not something to put in the living room.

Display tanks, both large and small, may not be a waste of space in a retail store if it motivates customers to get an aquarium. To anyone who thinks that aquariums take up too much room, you should have seen some of the little tanks at the fish show.

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This tank is only a few gallons. Maybe 10 liters or so.

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Another little one.

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One of my favorite fish, the Harlequin Rasbora.

One of my favorite fish, the Harlequin Rasbora.

Big Sterbai Corydoras.

Big Sterbai Corydoras.

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I’ve never seen this fish species before. I need to get Googling.

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Platies are great for beginners and experienced aquarists. Maybe the perfect fish.
Hardy, many color variations, easy to breed.

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See the big Pleco tail sticking out of the cave? There are tons of juvenile Plecos in this tank, too.

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This Plecostomus must be nearly 2 feet long.

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The fish show is held at a greenhouse. Here is a banana tree. In Iowa, we don’t see banana trees very often. I was impressed.

More fun and freebies at the Fish Club

21 Mar

This is coming from a person who never joins ANYTHING!

JOIN YOUR LOCAL FISH CLUB!!!

I went to our fish club meeting last week. I joined 3 months ago so it was the third meeting I had ever attended.

I bagged 12 bags of assorted aquarium plants to sell at the meeting. I had saltwater Caulerpa, freshwater Java Moss, Hornwort, and Water Lettuce.

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There weren’t too many people at the meeting, only a dozen or so. They quickly snapped up the plants for a dollar or two per bag and I donated that to the fish club. Like I always say, I am in this hobby to lose money.

Earlier in the meeting there was a presentation on how to set-up a tank for a fish show. Every year, this fish club holds an aquarium show on Easter weekend at a city-owned greenhouse. I’m not displaying a tank there this year. I am a chicken, simple as that, but next year, look out!! I have some big ideas!!!

Two members brought in four Dwarf Red Gularis and those sold for $1 each. I’m sure those beautiful fish are worth much more but I knew nothing about them and I have tried to abide by the rule not to buy a fish until I know how to properly care for it.

Just to show you how pretty a Dwarf Red Gularis is, here is a picture I stole off the Internet:

Insanely beautiful fish. If only I had an empty tank!!!

Insanely beautiful fish. If only I had an empty tank!!!

Then, a fun part of every meeting is called Mystery Fish. Clues are given about a fish that is hidden in a bag. The clues start out vague and then get more specific until someone guesses what the fish is. The winner gets to keep the fish. At this meeting, a cute little Pearlscale Goldfish was the prize.

Finally, the raffle!!! I spent 2 bucks and got 6 tickets. Would I win anything this time???

The first number gets called and…It’s me!!!

Over 5 ounces of fish food! Great for Angels, Firemouths, and the catfish love it too!

Over 5 ounces of fish food! Great for Angels, Firemouths, and the catfish love it too!

A few minutes later, me again!!

A sponge filter. I love these! Very efficient design.

A sponge filter. I love these! Very efficient design.

Then, I had a third ticket number called!

Once the fish food was off the raffle table, I grabbed this water dechorinator.

Once the fish food was off the raffle table, I grabbed this water dechorinator.

I’m not especially lucky, I think nearly everyone at the meeting won 2 or 3 prizes.

On top of all that, there was a 12 oz. sample of this product given to every club member:

Start Smart Complete is live bacteria that allows you to add fish to a brand-new aquarium without waiting weeks for the tank to go through it's natural bacteria cycle.

Start Smart Complete is live bacteria that allows you to add fish to a brand-new aquarium without waiting weeks for the tank to go through it’s natural bacteria cycle.

You know that TV show “Tanked” where those weirdos set up crazy expensive fish tanks? They set up the tank and throw the fish right in. How can they do that?? I bet they use this Start Smart Complete or something like it.

This Spring I will try it in my outdoor 30 gallon pond. I’ll clean the pond , fill it up, dechlorinate it, add the Start Smart, and put in the fish.  I’ll be adding Velvet Red Swordtails and Marigold Variatus Platies.

I feel lucky to have discovered the fun of joining a fish club. The people at this club probably know twice as much as I do about fish but they don’t show off their knowledge , they want to share it. I bet most fish clubs are like that. Try it!

Weird fish tank pics with a cell-phone

7 Mar

First I have to tell you that I know almost nothing about my cell-phone and it’s capabilities.  I have an LG phone with the Android operating system. There! Does that sound like cell-phone talk?

Anyway, I have been impressed with the camera on this phone, especially the outdoor pictures.

It’s always a challenge to get good shots of our fish aquariums. I’ve never messed with the camera settings until just a few minutes ago. The first setting I found was called Negative and it resulted in these pictures:

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I saw an art exhibit recently and this looks better than some of the stuff hanging on those walls.

I like the Hatchetfish in this one.

I like the Hatchetfish in this one.

The black things are Water Lettuce plants floating on the surface.

The black things are Water Lettuce plants floating on the surface.

Don't the Tiger Barbs look awesome! it looks like an oil well has sprung up in the fish tank.

Don’t the Tiger Barbs look awesome! It looks like an oil well has sprung up in the fish tank.

This was the Sepia setting. Wouldn;t it be fun to set up an old metal frame tank and take pictures of it on this setting?

This was the Sepia setting. Wouldn’t it be fun to set up an old metal frame tank and take pictures of it on this setting?

I only took these 5 pictures and I’m using them all. That never happens.

I don’t have time for a fish tank! (yes you do)

21 Jan

A fish tank takes very little time to maintain.  I’ve been sick this past week and haven’t done anything to my tanks except to turn the lights on and off and feed my fish. All of the tanks look great! The glass is clean.  The water is clear.

Daily chores are simple. Turn on the lights, feed the fish 2 or 3 times. Shut off the lights. Of course, you want to have some general awareness about the water temperature and overall health of the fish, but you will be watching your fish so that is easy to do.

Let’s do some monthly maintenance on one of my fish tanks:

This tank is about 35 gallons. It’s full of very active healthy fish. It also has a big clump of Java Moss and a large population of small snails.

It will take me longer to write this post than to spiff up this tank.

This tank has an outside filter.  I change the filter pad or just take out and wash the old one. One filter pad can last several months.

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The water level is already down a little bit so I can reach in and scrub the glass. I think this is an old piece of indoor/outdoor carpeting!

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Here’s one of the biggest snails in my tanks.  The SECRET to my tanks is two things. LIVE PLANTS and SNAILS!

I don;t have any Mystery Snails or Aplle Snails. I like the little Pond Snails. When they start to overpopulate I squish them and the fish eat them.

I don’t have any Mystery Snails or Apple Snails. I like the little Pond Snails. When they start to overpopulate I squish them and the fish eat them.

I keep a bucket or two of de-chlorinated water ready to go.

I siphon out about 20 percent of the tank’s water. I do this right after I scrub the glass.

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I keep my thumb ready to stop the water flow in case a fish gets too close to the other end.

I keep my thumb ready to stop the water flow in case a fish gets too close to the other end.

If your heater clips the the side of the tank don't drain the water down too far.

If your heater clips to the side of the tank don’t drain the water down too far.

I lightly scrubbed the heater tube.

I lightly scrubbed the heater tube.

DSCF5387You can see I do things the old-fashioned way. I have heard about a better way to change water without lugging buckets around. It’s a product called a Python.

So I went to the Petstore and bought a Python. I hate to say it but it didn’t help at all.

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I refilled the tank. After a few hours the water cleared up.

Cleaning the tank took half an hour.

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Baby Turtle and Jack Dempseys

2 Jan

While I was selling the Angelfish, VERY cheap I might add, I was giving away young Green Swordtails and Zebra Danios. I also have a group of small Jack Dempseys that I tried to give away but no one had a place for them.

I recalled that I once had a tank of Convict Cichlids and Tinfoil Barbs and also a Map Turtle. The Map Turtle would actually display mating behavior with the Convict Cichlids. Maybe the Jack Dempseys could live with my little Red-eared Slider?

The little Red-ear that hatched so late this year has gotten stronger and stronger and I just moved him into a 20 gallon tank. The water is about 8 or 9 inches deep. He has a basking platform, of course. The bottom is bare glass for easy cleaning. I stacked a few flat rocks on the bottom for the Jack Dempseys to swim amongst. I think they are all doing fine so far.

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A view from the top

2 Jan

The water lilies have done well in the aquarium. I thought this tank has seemed a bit dark lately.

Here’s why:

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Looking down at a Gold Angle baby.

Looking down at a Gold Angel baby.

The latest fishy pictures and videos

24 Nov

The momma Marble Angel.

The Silver Molly male and the tank full of baby Endler’s and Mollies