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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.

Saltwater tank maintenance

27 Mar

Every few months I need to pull out the Caleurpa (a macro-algae) that grows in my salt tank. I donate it to our local fish shop, along with Hornwort and Java Moss from my freshwater tanks. I also like to do a water change at the same time.

Too much Caleurpa! I can't see the rocks and coral and shells.

I mix salt into the aged fresh water.

After I yank out the Caleurpa the water gets a little cloudy from disturbing the bottom. That's the best time to siphon out the old water.

While the water is low I clean the glass.

Use a hydrometer to get the Specific Gravity (essentially the salt concentration) correct.

It's best that I have no idea how much the petshop sells these for!

Additional maintenance on this tank includes changing, or washing, the filter cartridges, and cleaning the protein skimmer. The protein skimmer is so important I think I’ll write a separate post about it sometime soon.

My nephews tank with some of my plants!

6 Dec

Look how fat these little beauties are!


I mailed some plants to my nephew in Missouri last week. They arrived in about 4 days and were all healthy. This picture shows my Hornwort, Java Moss and Vallisneria in his tank. Yay!!

I see Black Neons on sale and  they just don’t grab me. Now I see my nephews photo here, and I like the red around their eyes, and the blue edges on the dorsal and tailfin. They are much prettier than I had thought.

If you take good care of your fish you will see colors on them that you don’t see at the petshop.

Snip and Ship a.k.a. Share the love

1 Dec

Vallisneria, Water Lettuce, Elodea, Hornwort

At some point I will post more info about growing live plants, and their benefits to your aquarium. I do it as simply as possible,  very low-tech.  When I get too many plants I have been giving them to our local Tropical Fish Shop but this time I am shipping some to my nephew in Missouri.  I used a bubble-wrap mailer, a zip-lock bag and just a little water. I think that next time I will use one of the Post Office’s 5 dollar boxes.  For now, the plants are in the mail and let’s hope they get there soon.

Sharing plants and sharing fish, it makes Fishkeeping fun!