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A. thomasi
A blog about fish, fish keeping, fish aquariums. Has posts about fish care, fish profiles that include personal experiences as well care on the particular species.
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2008-02-24 05:43:00
Enrichment When people talk about enrichment and animals they are usually talking about enriching the lives of creatures like tigers, apes and parrots. Often not much thought is given to enriching the lives of fish. Many fish however have been shown to have some intelligence. Even guppies can count to the number four! Cichlids have often been considered very intelligent fish and many would
Dealing With Burn Out
2008-02-09 19:26:00
Dealing With Burn Out Burn out No, I'm not referring to water dripping onto one of your many electrical strips, I am talking about something that happens to many hobbyist at one point or another. As you are going along doing your water changes you suddenly realize that your tanks have turned into a chore rather than a pleasure. You used to get a thrill out of your tanks, seeing baby fish or a
Montezuma Sword-Tails (Xiphophorus montezumae)
2008-01-26 02:00:00
Montezuma Sword -tails (Xiphophorus montezumae) Xiphophorus montezumae is a wild type sword-tail that gets an average of just over 2 inches in body length. They do occasionally reach 3 inches in body size. They usually have a black spotting or mottled color on a pale back color. As with many livebearing fish, males can be distinguished by their specialized anal fin. They also possess an
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New Filter
2007-12-30 20:10:00
Fluvals I have . . . well, had . . . been a fluval canister enthusiast for a long time. They do a good job, catch lots of debris and work efficiently. They are however a pain to use. I always have had a hard time priming them. If I was lucky enough water would catch in the hoses that it would prime itself once I hooked them back on and opened them up, however if the hoses need cleaning I was
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Supporting Other Hobbyists
2007-10-15 01:24:00
Why Support Other Hobbyists When I go out looking to purchase certain fish the first place I think of is to go to a fish store (local of course). That is probably everyone's first thought. The second would be to look online. Lately however I have been a bit more thoughtful when I intend to purchase a fish. I would like my livestock to be captive bred. I would like to know it is healthy and
A few fishy overviews
2007-09-30 03:58:00
harlequin rasbora Trigonostigma heteromorpha -I have a school of 7 of these egg layers in my 60 gallon. They are great fish, very colorful and active. They do best in groups of 6 or more in a community to semi aggressive tank (as seen in the picture, with an angelfish). They should be kept in a well established tank, not put in a brand new tank. They stay small, usually about an inch long.
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Pond Predators
2007-09-12 03:40:00
Many people set up a pond in their yard and sit back to enjoy it only to notice a few days later that one or two of their fish seem to be missing. They often wonder where the fish went but don't take much notice until a few days later . . even more fish are MIA. Where Are The Fish? The most common reason to fish disappearances are predators. People often forget that predators are still around
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Potting Amazon Swords For A Goldfish Tank
2007-07-29 08:15:00
Potting Amazon Sword s for A Goldfish Tank <!-- Open class post --> A Need For More The goldfish tank was looking pretty lack luster. The only plants inhabiting the tank were java fern attached to driftwood. It looked nice, but the tank was missing some variety, and some tall plants to fill the upper portions of the tank. Julie and I decided the tank could use some sprucing
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Micro Worms
2007-07-29 07:42:00
Micro Worms <!-- Open class post --> Micro Worms I recieved a starter culture of micro worms yesterday. Today I set it up. Micro worms are similar to the walter worms and banana worms but are larger. They are easy to see; the walter worms and banana worms you can't really see, you can only see a shimmering on the surface of the culture media. Micro worms are a good first
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Common Livebearers
2007-07-23 07:03:00
Common Livebearers - Guppies, Mollies, Platies, Swordtails <!-- Open class post --> Live bearers are often one of the first types of fish people get when starting out in the aquarium hobby. It is exciting to have new baby fish so easily! They are very colorful and active, which draws new hobbyist to them. The livebearers most people start out with belong to the family Poeciliidae.
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Half Beaks
2007-07-23 07:02:00
Half Beaks <!-- Open class post --> Half beaks are (mostly) a live bearing fish belonging to the family Hemirhamphidae. Half beaks have an wide range of reproductive modes ranging from egg-laying and ovoviviparity through to true vivipary where the mother is connected to the developing embryos via a placenta-like structure. Half beaks are a long, laterally compressed fish. Half beaks
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Update on Killies and Pictures
2007-07-23 07:01:00
An update on my killies. My 2 A. Bitaeniatum "ijebu ode" are doing well. I lost the first 9 eggs I collected to fungus:( I'm sure there will be plenty more to come though. The female is still eating really well, the male is still a bit picky. The "dwarf baby tears" that I had planted in their tank all died. I will be getting something to replace it soon. The fish are starting to get a bit
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Pictures of My Killi Set Up
2007-07-23 07:00:00
Pictures of my Killi set up <!-- Open class post --> I took some bad pics of my killie tank with my camera phone. I put a black sweater behind it for the picture because I haven't gotten a background yet. The container & the medicine bottle next to it have eggs in them (and some extra plant stems), I have like 12 or 13 eggs now. Plants are rotala magenta, bolbitis fern,
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I Have Been Converted
2007-07-23 06:58:00
I have been converted to the world of Killies. Today Paul, Don and I went on a little road trip to a fish store in Buffalo. They had an awesome selection and they had killies . . . more than just the golden wonder killies I am used to seeing in stores. Actually, I don't think they had any golden wonders. Anyway, the two that caught my eye were blue gularis and A. Bitaeniatum "ijebu ode".
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Starting Out With Goldfish
2007-07-23 06:58:00
Keeping goldfish can be a fun and rewarding experience if done correctly. If properly cared for, goldfish can easily live to be 15 years old, and have been known to live to be 43 years old.Size Considerations Goldfish get very large. Fancy varieties often get 6 to 8 inches and the single tailed varieties often get up to a foot and a half long. Not only do goldfish get long, but they have a
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Keeping Goldfish Outdoors
2007-07-23 06:57:00
Goldfish were originally bred for and are best suited for outdoor ponds. Their large bio-mass and active demeanor means that they need a lot of water space per fish. More so than most tropical fish. Their feeding habits also make them more suited for outdoor living. Goldfish tend to feed through out the day, scavenging for little tidbits of food here and there. Outdoors bugs and plant bits
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White Cloud Minnows
2007-07-23 06:56:00
White cloud minnow White cloud minnows (Tanichthys albonubes) is a member of the carp family (Cyprinidae). White cloud minnows are naturally found in China and Vietnam. The fish gets its common name from the mountain it was discovered on (White cloud mountain). This species was discovered in the 1930's. White cloud minnows are small fish, growing to an inch to and inch and a half. They are
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Goldfish Varieties
2007-07-23 06:55:00
<!-- Open class post --> There are many different types of goldfish. Even though they may look different they are all the same species of fish, and can interbreed and produce viable young. Just like there are different breeds of dogs, but they are all still dogs. Goldfish get large, with the smallest usually getting up to 8 inches, and the largest up to 18 inches. They are best
Amazon Swords
2007-07-23 06:49:00
Amazon Sword s <!-- Open class post --> There are two plants commonly sold as amazon swords. They are Echinodorus bleheri and Echinodorus amazonicus. E. bleheri is sometimes called the broad leafed amazon sword, and E. amazonicus is occasionally referred to as the narrow leaf amazon sword. I have read and heard that E. bleheri is the more commonly available of the two. Hybrids and
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Good List of Plant Books
2007-07-23 06:48:00
List of Plant Books <!-- Open class post --> Left C on the forum posted this great list of recommended plant books. Left C said I could repost it here. Does anyone have any of these? Did you like them? I am also posting this over on the Book Club Blog. Aquarium Plants (Hardcover) by Christel Kasselmann (Author), Ulf Kotlenga (Translator) http://
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Fish and The "Outside" Environment
2007-07-23 06:45:00
Fish and the "outside" environment <!-- Open class post --> Due to an eye injury in one of my two cats, my bedroom has needed to be in complete darkness. She has a scratch on her cornea and is being given a pain killer that is applied directly to her eye. This causes her pupil to dilate, so she needs complete, or near complete darkness or it will hurt her eye. Both the fish
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Walter Worms and Banana Worms
2007-07-23 06:43:00
Walter Worms and Banana Worms <!-- Open class post --> The two live food cultures I had ordered for my baby killies (when ever I get some to hatch) are walter worms and banana worms. They arrived in little containers and smelled a bit like vinegar. I am guessing the seller sent me a portion of an older culture so that there would be plenty of worms. When they arrived, I
More About: Alter , Nana , Walter
The Basics Of CO2 Injection For The Planted Aquarium
2007-07-23 06:40:00
The Basics Of CO2 Injection For The Plant ed Aqua rium Providing some form of carbon to plants in a high light system is a necessity. Plants utilize carbon during photosynthesis to produce glucose, which is what the plants use for energy. In a high light situation the plants are growing quickly and require a lot of energy to maintain health and the quick growth, therefor they need a lot of carbon
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2007-07-23 06:32:00
Cryptocorynes are widely spread genus of plants. They can be found from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia to India and New Guinea. The number of species that are known is increasing due to chromosomal research. Many plants that were thought to be varieties are actually different species. Many of the crypts available come from Sri Lanka. These include C. wendtii, C. walkerii (C. lutea), C.
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Oscar care
2007-07-22 00:45:00
<!-- Open class post --> Oscar s (Astronotus ocellatus) Oscars are possibly one of the most widely known and most popular of the cichlids. Many people who are not even into fish know what and oscar is. Their popularity is due to their great personality and their great appetite. Oscars quickly learn to recognize their owners and are more than willing to just about anything they
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Trying a new fertilization regime, Estimative Index
2007-07-09 09:14:00
I am going to give the estimative index fertilization a try. I do not want to do such large weekly water changes though so my doses are going to be a bit lower than recommended. I am planning on weekly 30% water changes on my 60 gallon tank (so roughly 18-20 gallons a week). Estimative Index recommends 50% weekly water changes. I do not think my crypts will like that, and I just don't want to
Some fish foods contaminated . . .
2007-06-29 21:59:00
Some fish foods have been found to be contaminated with melamine. Whether or not melamine has a negative impact on fish is not known, but better to be safe than sorry right? If you are worried your fish food may have melamine in it, read the label if it has any wheat products in it, toss it, or call the company that makes it and ask where their wheat products come from. Some companies in China
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Jordanella floridae
2007-06-14 02:17:00
Soon I will be in possession of some very young american-flag or florida flag fish (J. floridae). Currently they are eggs, by the time I get them they will probably be a week or two old. I plan on either keeping them individually in gallon jars and changing half the water daily, or putting them into breeder nets in my 60 gallon planted tank, which will be their eventual home. I have yet to
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African Cichlids
2007-06-09 07:50:00
When a person thinks of African cichlids, they usually think of the cichlids from the three great lakes of east Africa. These lakes are lake Victoria, Malawi and Tanganyika. These lakes are also known as the rift lakes as they are in and around the Great Rift Valley. Lake Malawi lies in the eastern region of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Tanganyika lies in the eastern region of the valley.
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2007-06-04 21:45:00
We have launched a new website called Aqua It is a social networking site for aquarists. Its not a forum, but has communities, blogs, you can upload pictures, have friends. I think it will be a great site for meeting other people interested in aquarium keeping, and a great site for bouncing ideas off of other people. Its easy to use and for everybody . . . beginners and
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