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Last night I got some quick snaps of my guppy fry and a few of the adults (which i may or may not keep). I just need to touch them up with photoshop (mainly just the lighting) and crop them, they should be ready withing a day or two. Not a lot, just a few. They’re not the best angle or quality, just to let you get a sense of what everything looks like. I’ve got one of the tank with the new decor (first tank picture!) and some of the fry, possibly even one or two of how the adults currently look, as i stated earlier. If you’ve dealt with guppy fry, you will know how tiny they are and how they never stay still, so it was a bit hard to get a good shot. Let’s see how they turn out! =]

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My red-tailed female was pregnant for approximately 2 months when, 1 week and 2 days ago, she dropped her bundle! There are now about 30-40 fry happily swimming about. They don’t seem to hide, they really stay out in the open more than anything, which is fine since the adults don’t seem that interested anyway.

 

Well, all of the older fry are starting to get their colour! Some of them still have their clear tails, but two or three of them are starting to get some beautiful colours and patterns. they are now 4 weeks, 3 days old! Going to be a stunning lot.

 

I am trying to convert my tank from fake marine decorations to more realistic plastic and silk plants. Yesterday I paid a visit to the pet shop and got a small chunk of driftwood. After one night’s soaking in warm water, it was ready to go in and it really does look just great!

 

Please welcome to the Community Tank 3 stunning, fairly young black kuhlie loaches! The first day i got them they were very lively, but now they have become more shy. I only just got them yesterday, so i can’t wait to see if they are any more active after dark!

 

After soaking the driftwood i had to make some room for it in the tank, so i re-arranged a little bit. I took out 2 fake anemones, but left a long, thin yellow one in the tank. The guppies seem to really like it, and it’s been in there ever since i got the tank. The two i removed are now in the goldfish tank.

 

There have been some small changes to my tank plans. here is the current list:

5x swordtails

3x platy (get 2 more, already have 1)

3x molly (get 2 more, already have 1)

2x pearl gourami (aggressive?)

15x cardinal tetras

10x rummy-nose tetras

6x fancy guppies (3 I currently breed, hoping to keep 3 of the fry)

6x angelfish (thinking of reducing to 2-4)

3x black kuhlie loaches (already have)

AND EiTHER:

4-6x upside down catfish

OR

1x bristlenose pleco

OR

1x rubberlip pleco

OR

4-6x corydoras catfish

 

if the gourami’s turn out to be too aggressive, then i will instead get 2x dwarf gourami (gold), 2x dwarf gourami (common colouration). I would love to get some honey gourami’s of the true 3 spot variety, but apparantly they have some problems with territory and aggression. The reason I am thinking of reducing the angels is because of their cichlid breeding behaviour- I don’t want them to harm my other fish. Since it is a planted tank, i am hoping the majority of the cardinals will be able to escape the angels. if i have too many problems (hopefully the angels will be happy with each other and won’t pay much attention to the other fish) then i might (regretfully) have to return, give away or sell the cardinals.

 

Can’t wait for the new aquarium. No changes with the plans for the decor, i still want it plants, but i am thinking of mostly plastic/silk plants. tough decision! either way, i hope it will look great…

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Great news! A while ago I submitted 4 photos to www.thinkfish.co.uk and two of which have been posted in the gallery! To find them, go to www.thinkfish.co.uk > Gallery (under ‘your fishtank’ in toolbar) > Misc. Fish > find the two photos. One is of my blue male guppy, one is my red female. Here is a link to take you directly to the page:

http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/pages/miscellaneous_gallery

Just click on the photos and an enlarged version will show on the screen provided above. It states the name of the photo and who they are by, mine will have ‘by Melinda’. Enjoy =]

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Today I got a few things:

A 9 inch (23 cm) plastic Water Wonders ‘Red Ludwigia’ decorative aquarium plant

Small ceramic turtle ornament for the Green Tank

Two medium golden apple snails

A new light (finally!)

Hear are osme details on my new light:

BRAND: ToM/ OSCAR (???)

POWER:

24 watts

230 volts

50 HZ

Features:

Adjustable length (18″-24.5″)

Daylight 24W flourescent bulb

Waterproof design

Plug-in ballast

Lift-up stand included

On/off swich

I’m very happy with it. Because of the stand i can use it even without a tank lid.

I will be getting a custom cut sheet of glass cut soon with a small hole at the back for a heater, another small hole for cable leads and a skinny strip at the front for feeding. That is how i would like it, my ‘ultimate design’.

 

Lastly, I have gotten a tank treatment for the Blue Room (1 molly, 1 platy). I have realised they have itchy gills. No visible parasites or skin abnormalities. It appears to be only their gills that are itchy. I was stumped as to what it could be so I headed to my local pet store to ask. There is one staff member that is specificly knowlageble in aquatics. He reccomended an ich treatment to me. Aristopet is the brand. The lable reads the name ‘Aqua Master; Rapid White Spot Remedy’. He said don’t be put off by the name, it does more than that. I have already seen improvements. It is currently the fourth day of treatment. I hope to see it completely clear up the situation, it appears to already be well on the way, which is a good sign!

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 Just one thing before I start; I have updated ‘The Tanks and Fish’. Check it out for future plans, tanks sizes, dimentions and more.

Fry update:

Recount- 6+ fry! The numbers have been steady for about 3 or 4 days now. The fry are 6 days old. They have gotten so much bigger, at least double their size, already! I can’t wait tosee what they turn out like.

Cool weather:

Here in Brisbane, Australia the weather is starting to cool down. I put my heater back in my tank a few days ago and the tank is now steady at 26-27*c (78-80*f) to accomidate the fry.

RIP

My green snakeskin guppy sadly passed during the night last night. Over the last few days he had been hiding away in the plants, hanging around the water surface and not eating much. I think this may have something to do with him being bullied by my other male guppy. I found him on his side when I got home, he was unalble to stay upright but still had some ability to move about, though no controll over direction. I put him in a separate comtainer and tried to hold a bloodworm up to his mouth to see if he was hungry, but he appeared to have lost his appetite. I set out to the shops in search of some clove oil which i would use for the oil & vodka method to put him to sleep peacefully (separate into a small tank or container, add a few drops of clove oil to put it to sleep. once asleep add vodka to ensure it doesn’t wake up again). I searched everywhere but could not get my hands on any. I came home and with no other options i just put some plants in the tank to calm him and put a towel over the top to make it dull and peacefull. After performing regular routines on two of my 8 gallon tanks I came back to feed my 20 gallon Community Tank and realised the towel was wet. I lifted it up to find that all his water had been soaked up. i immediately put him into the 20 gall and filled the container up with water. This time i accidentally sucked up a guppy fry. I emptied it again and filled it back up, this time successfull. I then placed him back into the container, this time placing a magazine on top instead. He was still alive at this point, he died during the night. This may have been the result of an infection from a wound as a result of bullying, but with no signs of parasites, a fungal infection or even a wound in the first place, the death remains relitively a mystery.

…RIP…

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