So…summer has flown by and I go back to work/school on Monday. We were so busy having adventures and fun that I didn’t get around to blogging. Well, there are new additions to the fish tanks and some of the residents have grown considerably. Here is a photo journal of what’s been going on.

At long last!

Here are the Sewellia…or rather, here is THE Sewellia. We went to Aqualand to pick up a trio of them, but they only had one. They have not had any shipments of them since, so the pride and joy of the river tank is all alone. For now.

Sewellia (hillstream loach)

Sewellia (hillstream loach)

Sewwllia 2

Sewellia 2

Farlowella

Farlowella, which is type of catfish with a mouth similar to the Otto, but chews wood like a pleco

Brine shrimp hatchery

Brine shrimp hatchery

Thai Micro Crabs

Thai Micro Crabs, which we put in the tank and then have never seen again

So it turns out, when you do a water change and feed the fish brine shrimp, they think that it is time to breed. Our Peacock Gudgeons tried to spawn. It was really neat to watch the male court the female and then get her to go into the plant. She spawned while we were in bed, so I wasn’t able to get the eggs out, so I woke up to a feeding frenzy among the ringed loaches, zebra danios and golden white clouds. The poor male Peacock Gudgeon was trying to protect his area, but he just wasn’t going to stand a chance against that hoard. That’s ok. We weren’t looking to get into the PG breeding business.

We FINALLY decided to get rid of the mini rams horn snails in the original shrimp tank. The Ottos moved to the main tank and the male Endler guppies went to the breezeway for now. We did a bunch of research, and came up with this plan: 3 tbsp alum per gallon.  killsnailsOkay…so it looks like a serious blizzard hit in there. It was successful!

We dismantled the whole tank 3 days later. These are the plants that we got out of there. YES, they ended up filling the 20 gal and half the 15 gal on the breezeway.

Jen's 15 gal

Jen’s 15 gal

20 gal

20 gal

We also got around to putting together a 5 gal shrimp tank for me to breed blue rilli shrimp. This is exciting! Apparently, I won’t be able to put anything else in this tank, except maybe an Otto, because everybody will eat baby shrimp.

Young blue rillies. The males will eventually get red heads.

Young blue rillies. The males will eventually get red heads.

In the dark tank, we have some fun going on. Here is a blue rilli shrimp riding Crash around the top of the tank.

Here is our large male goby. He is getting more blue in the tail and face every day. We will have to try to get a couple more so that he will seriously start sporting those colors. Unfortunately, these don’t spawn in the tank without MAJOR work on our part, so we will have to enjoy the ones that we have.

Male stiphodon goby

Male stiphodon goby

That is all that I have got going on right now. I am hoping to have Jen and my tanks up on Tuesday in our classrooms. We already have a couple of 2.5 gal tanks set up and cycling to get ready for our next adventure KILLIFISH! We’ll see what we get in two weeks at the Minnesota Aquarium Society’s meeting. I believe we are bringing home a pair of F. Gardneri.

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