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New to the Scene

Today, we were up at Forest Lake Pets getting some Giant Khuli Loaches for one of my aquariums at school and stumbled upon these little wonders. They are the most versatile and most BIZARRE fish in our collection.  They can handle from 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit, fresh-almost ocean level salt, AND they can use their mouth as a lung if the water level gets too low to use their gills.

We are not sure that we actually have a breedable pair here since so far we definitely have 3 males.  The last goby has been hiding effectively in the vals, so we aren’t able to get a close look.  If she is the only female…look out!  I think we will be making another run to Forest Lake soon to see if we can pick up at least one more female.


Surprise Fry

March and April have been quite interesting on the fry front. I moved the java moss from the gardneri killifish pair’s tank into the daphnia tank in February. In the beginning of March, I discovered a FRY in the daphnia tank. Plenty of things for him to eat in there between the algae, the things living in the algae and the daphnia as he gets bigger.

Gardneri killifish fry

Gardneri killifish fry

The shocker this week was when we were getting ready to drain the half moon tank in the office and Phil discovered a single Pseudomugil furcatus fry swimming around freely. I suppose, since we moved the adults and the Endler fry into the hex tank, there is nothing it needs to worry about.

Furcatus fry in 1/2 moon tank

Furcatus fry in 1/2 moon tank

SO there you go! We can’t hatch fry intentionally to save our lives, but these accidental ones are great. Does put a damper on moving this tank for now, but we are smart people and can figure something out.

8 months later…

A lot has happened at our house since the last fish postings. We are up to 12 tanks that are up and running, and another couple to be set up here at home. I also have a 20 gal on my desk at school, and have spread this addiction to 3 other teachers. SO MANY FISH! Here are the pics for all of our various tanks. We just acquired 3 new Habrosus Cory cats and 3 Malayan Yellow Pygmy Catfish.

Displaying living room stacked tanksStacked tanks in October. Bottom is the River Tank.

Top tank in the living room before I pulled the grandifolia out of the back left corner.
Top tank in the living room before I pulled the Grandifolia out of the back left corner. Look how HUGE it has grown.

Displaying main tankMain tank in the living room.

Blue rili shrimp tank in the living room
Blue rili shrimp tank in the living room

Displaying rillies clean moss ballThese are my blue rilies cleaning the moss ball.

Cherry shrimp tank in the living room

Cherry shrimp tank in the living room

Micro tank in the bedroom. Currently housing 5 Chili raspboras, 3 Celestial pearl danios, 5 pygmy corydoras, 1 banjo catfish, and 1 habrosas corydora (to be relocated).

Micro tank in the bedroom. Currently housing 5 Chili Raspboras, 3 Celestial Pearl Danios, 5 pygmy corydoras, 1 Banjo Catfish, and 1 Habrosas Corydora (to be relocated).

Displaying celestial pearl & chili

The little red ones with the blueish stripe are the Chilis and the little trout looking ones are the Celestial Pearl Danios (CPD)

Displaying banjo cat

Here is the banjo cat chillin’ out in the tree. I am always amazed at how he managed to get into these places since he doesn’t really swim. He propels himself by taking water into his mouth and shooting it out his gills. HUGE mouth on this guy though. So far, he is very peaceful and has not tried to swallow any of the other fish. I was worried because he went from being about an inch long to 3 inches in about 3 weeks. He just seems interested in the sinking pellets we put in to feed them, so it’s all good for now. We will move him to the main tank in the living room eventually since he will get to be about 5-6 inches long. Thankfully, he doesn’t move very often, or very far.

Displaying killi breeder

My Garneri killifish breeding operation. There is a pair on the left and the single BULLY male on the right. We tried the female with him first because he is prettier, and was the larger, of the two males. He was downright mean to her and nipped her tail to pieces. We moved him to the cory tank so we could use his tank to temporarily house some habrosus corys, but he violently killed a ghost shrimp in there and had to be relocated. Moving him was good in that it made the little male more competitive and they spawned almost right away. He is now the same size as the other male, but still more friendly. We have not yet successfully hatched fry…or they have been eaten. The java moss is very happy in there.

Displaying Cory tank

Cory Tank has a species of False Julii catfish, which I like better than the actual Julii. We believe these are actually corydoras trillineatus.

Displaying cory quarentine

I rescued this little guy from the Petco in Woodbury. He was all by himself and the other fish in the tank appeared to have ich. We brought him home (Phil teasing me about not being able to save them ALL) and quarantined him in a 2.5 gal on Phil’s desk for a couple of weeks before moving him in with the others.

Displaying ram's horn snails

These are the ramshorn snails that are sharing the cory tank. This tank was a green MESS before we added them. Now it is super clean.

Displaying Corys and Habrosus.jpg

Check out how tiny those Habrosus Corys are next the the others!

Displaying Malayan Yellow Catfish

The Malayan Yellow Pygmy Catfish hanging out in the Amazon sword I pulled from the River tank. These little guys, along with the Habrosus are going to be moved into the half moon tank in the office once we get it cycled.

Displaying office halfmoon

Not ready for fish yet. We picked up some willow moss to put in here and did a serious water change. We’ve been cycling the filter on the main tank for a couple months since we couldn’t agree on what we wanted to put in this tank, but wanted it ready when we finally decided. I think we have finally settled on Pseudomugil Gertrudae or Pseudomugil Furcatus, whichever we can find first. They had gertrudae at an auction the last time we went to a meeting, but we didn’t know what they were so we passed. We have seen the furcatus at the PetSmart in Woodbury from time to time, but not since we’ve had the tank set up.

Displaying fry hatching area

This is our killifish fry hatching area.  We attempted to hatch Racovii fry that I got Phil for his birthday, and some Red Dwarf Blue Gularis that I got him for Christmas. We managed to hatch 3 of the RAC fry, but we were not successful at rearing any of them to adulthood. We will try to get some more eggs and try again. Ideally, we would actually make it to a meeting for the MN Aquarium Society again and pick some up at either the club auction after the meeting, or make a connection with one of the breeders there.

Displaying assassin chases pond snailHere is one of our Assassin Snails chasing down a pond snail. These little killing machines have wiped out all of the snails in the top tank. We are going to be relocating them to the bedroom tank, where the darn mini rams horn snails have taken over AGAIN, and also in the basement tank with the daphnia because there has been a pond snail explosion down there. The tank is nice and clean though.

Displaying Daphnia tank

We are farming daphnia magna and java moss down here to feed to the fish. There were pondsnail eggs in the java moss I moved down here from the killi breeder (I wanted to see if they would hatch down here because there wouldn’t be any predators…and plenty of food). We haven’t seen any killies, but an epidemic of snails. We will be acquiring a smaller variety of daphnia soon due to the magna getting too large for our fry, and even for many of our adult fish.

Well, that’s what we’ve been up to!