Modified shipping, fish room work, and picture updates!

Modified shipping, fish room work, and picture updates!

After the brutal winter, struggling to make ends meet, and having issues with getting in quality livestock, I have decided that the best thing for my mental health is to take some time, revamp the fish room, breed a bunch of cool fish and invertebrates, and recharge my mental batteries! I am traveling a lot, as well as writing a lot (a book is coming out soon in addition to my Amazonas articles, Amazonas blog, Hydra Forum blog, and my work on...

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Pyrrhulina spilota- Species spotlight

Pyrrhulina spilota- Species spotlight

This fish is undoubtedly uncommon, despite its classification by Weitzman in the 60′s. It is rarely imported, and rarely as the correct fish or in good health. They are a very interesting, albeit subtly flashy, fish.  Often, when fish from Peru are imported, there is little information provided about their collection point both because the collector is being proprietary or they just don’t know, as the fish are acquired second-hand....

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CW006! Hopefully a new breeding project

CW006! Hopefully a new breeding project

I went to the Capital Cichlid Association meeting yesterday to see Anthony Tu present on Frontosa. Afterwards, I had the great pleasure to visit Michael Barber’s fish room. Due to travels, he was downsizing many of his tanks. I picked up a lot  of great fish and plants, but what I am most excited about is a beautiful group of nine CW006. As far as I know, they have not been bred yet. They are large and quite striking. I have placed them...

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Bucks County 1st Annual Workshop- a huge success!

Bucks County 1st Annual Workshop- a huge success!

This weekend I had the great pleasure to attend the first annual BCAS Workshop. It was held at a wonderful Nature Center in Bristol, PA. I arrived shortly after 11am with my two daughters. We registered at the desk and then dropped off my donations to the livestock table. I really liked how they set up the livestock sale. People were able to purchase desired livestock (which was pre-priced) in the order that they registered. This gave a lot of...

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Holy crap! Baby pipefish!!!!

Holy crap! Baby pipefish!!!!

As many of you have read, I got in a dozen or so Microphis deocata a few days ago. They have done fairly well, though I did lose an adult upon addition to the tank. When I went down to the fishroom this morning, I saw all sorts of strange things floating about the water column in their tank. Thinking something was amiss, I prepared to do a water change. As I hunkered down (bottom row tank, 6″ off the floor), I realized that the floating...

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Preparing for summer tubbin’!

Each year I move fish outdoors to breed. This year, I decided to put in a small (80g-ish) type pond so that my shubunkin goldfish can live outdoors all year round (freeing up a good size tank in the fish room for the cooler months). Generally I breed meteor minnows outside, sometimes apple snails, and often shrimp. This year, I have not decided what I am going to breed. I will add additional posts and pictures as the various projects unfold. I...

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Love is in the air in the fish room!

I spent Saturday at my “local” club, Capital Cichlid Association and somehow my fish must have known it! I did my normal water change on the discus tank on Sunday and when I went down to the fish room this morning, cha-ching! Eggs! The pair are about 23 months old and have been showing breeding behaviors for a few weeks now, but I still was shocked to have success. This pair was a gift from a local breeder, Van Lam, and they are just...

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Incubating Apple Snail Clutches

Apple snail breeding is what really initially got me involved with invertebrates. I started out with a few and worked on making some of the more recessive colors (pink, purple, etc) dominant. They are still one of my favorite invertebrates and come in a wide range of colors: blue, ivory, “black”, purple, pink, green, gold, many with striped variations as well. They are sex specific snails who lay their clutches above the water line....

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