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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.

Opaline Gouramis, also known as Cosby, also known as Marbled

27 Dec

I can’t figure this out. I like Opaline Gouramis.

Gold Gouramis and Blue Gouramis¬† are basically the same as the Opaline and I never think of keeping them. The Opaline is a “man-made”color variation, but looks so natural and beautiful that I prefer it to the others.

I bought two Opalines in August and they ate everything in sight, and bothered no one. As usual, they fought with each other more than anything but it was all chasing and no biting.

I thought for a time that they were going to co-exist but it got out-of-whack. One Gourami is about 3 inches long and very full-bodied. The other did not keep up. It is about 2 inches long and thin.

I will be removing one of these Gouramis and hoping that the little one grows a lot. Then I want to get them back together someday.

The Opaline Gourami is also called the Cosby Gourami, in honor of Bill Cosby…hey hey hey, I’m just seeing if you are paying attention. But it is true, they are called Cosby Gouramis.

They get over 4 inches long so have at least a 20 gallon tank for them.