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SPAWNiNG FAiLURE

The blue rams were very good parents, they kept the other fish well away from their eggs, kept the eggs clean and removed white eggs (these would not have hatched). Unfortunately by day 3, they were sick of the whole parenting thing. The number of eggs diminished until none were left. I’m assuming the parents ate them. This could just be because they’re new parents, some fish will get it right after a few spawns. Hopefully I will have more luck next time. Even if none of the eggs hatch, it’s still a lot of fun to watch these fish in parenting mode.

 

The fish have all settled in to their current tanks and are doing well. I’ll post when the rams spawn again, hopefully sometime in the near future !

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BLUE RAMS AND BREEDING

Long time, no post. That’s because nothing post-worthy had happened, until now! But first… I only have 2 tanks running at the moment:

 

Tank one- 20g- 5 female guppies, 3 black kuhlie loaches

Tank two- 20g- 5 rummynose tetras, and now two german blue rams.

 

I aquired two german blue rams on Thrusday, 10th September. Thankfully they all looked mature, almost fully grown. They were pretty easy to sex. I chose the dominant male (I actually saw him lip-locking with another male in the store, he came out on top) and the largest female. She is about 1.5-2 inches, the male slightly smaller. Today, just four days after adding them to the tank, I came home to find that they have spawned on a large anubias leaf! There are about 100-200 eggs covering the surface of the large leaf. Both the male and female guard the eggs, and they do it well. I’ll keep you updated.

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JUNE UPDATE

Things have been running pretty smoothly. I currently have three tanks set up; if you’re interested in my current stocking or tank details, take a look my page, ‘The Tanks and Fish.’ I have put a heater in each of the tanks, ready for Winter (it’s getting quite cool here in Australia).

 

I’m still aiming to get that 4 foot aquarium sometime. My stocking ideas have changed yet again. Over the past few months I have become increasingly interested in oscars. I think it would be a pretty awesome setup if I could keep a tiger oscar in the 4 foot (90 gallon) aquarium, and after gaining some experience, maybe I could get another one and try my hand at breeding them. I could use the two 20 gallon tanks as grow out tanks and the 10 gallon to breed guppies and shrimp as feeders for both the adults and their young. Just an idea at this point.

 

Seeming how a 90 gallon is a little on the spacious side for a single oscar, another idea of mine was to try and keep it with a turtle or two. Depending on the breed of turtle, space probably shouldn’t be an issue. My main concern at this point is agression. I have heard that the oscar should co-exist with the turtle just fine, but the turtle may have a go at the oscar. If this is the case, perhaps they would be fine together if I allowed the oscar to grow a little, and got the turtle when it was quite young. I will have to do more research on this idea.

 

Of course, I will update with any new news as it comes.

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Many of you would be familiar with my Siamese fighting fish, or betta, named Ajax. Not too long ago I went away for a few days. You may be aware that most fish can go more than a few days without feeding easily. Despite my clear request that nobody touch my fish while I was away, somebody decided to ignore me, and majorly overfed them. I could tell because they were so fat when I got home. It’s definetally not a good thing when your fish have been fed to the extent where they look as though they might be pregnant. Due to my goldfish recently passing away I had a spare 9 gallon tank that was meant to be for Ajax since day one. I didn’t want any possibility of my betta getting any disease from the tank’s last inhabitants, so I completely cleaned out the whole tank and let everything dry before setting it back up again. I realised after I put Ajax in his tank that all of this was pointless, he was already dying.

I put his filter in there, as his 3 gallon had somehow cycled it’s self – don’t even bother asking me how this happened, I have no idea myself – so I put his filter in the new tank until tje bacteria spread to the 9g’s wet/dry filter. For the fist day in his new tank he hung around the top a lot, which was very uncommon for him. He didn’t even explore the tank. The wet/dry filter seemed to be bothering him so I turned it off for the time being. I thought this was just him adjusting to his new tank.

That night I went to feed him. When I looked at him from above I was horrified to see that his scaled were slightly protruding from his body. I tried feeding him peas, in case it was a blockage, but it didn’t help the situation at all. I would have done a water change, but the tank had only recently been set up, and the water was still practically perfect.

Over the couse of a week or so he only got worse. Unfortunately dropsy is one of those horrible diseases that cannot be treated. Ultimately your fish will probably die. Unlikely as it is, some fish do recover with clean water and proper general care. Not Ajax.

RIP

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Well i’m afraid I have some very bad news that i’m quite upset about. Captain Gills, my fancy goldfish of 3 or so years, is sitting on his side at the bottom of the tank. He’s breathing slowly and every now and then I see him wiggle, but he’s not even strong enough to maintain his stability. I’m at a loss as to why this is happening. He has not signs of any parasites, bacterial or fungal infections. I’m pretty sure I’ve just turned into the world’s biggest hypocrite. I’m always telling people about how they should never keep any goldfish in anything under 20-40 gallons, because they’re so dirty and they get too big. I tell them about how this will stunt their goldfish. Because I have nowhere else to keep him, and I currently cannot afford to buy a bigger tank, Cpt. Gills has been living in a 10 gallon tank. Because I have no other explanation, I would say he has been stunted. I have been doing extra water changes ever since he moved in, but you just can’t keep a goldfish in something so small. My lesson- never bite off more than you can chew, and always do your own research. A message to all of you reading this- DO NOT trust the information given out by pet shop employees. While some ofthem do actually know what they’re talking about, the majority of them couldn’t care less about the wellfare of the fish they’re selling; it’s all about the money. There’s one simple way to prevent this from happening to you- do your own research! No matter how cool a fish looks, always come home first and look it up on the internet. If it suits your setup then by all means, go out and get it the next day, but if you don’t take this step it’s very possible you could come home with a predator or something similar that will wreak havoc.

   Well, that’s the end of my rant. It’s just silly that this should have to happen. In my opinion, pet shop employees should have to do basic training before getting the job.

   So, what’s next? No, I’m not buying any more fish. As planned from the beginning, Ajax (my male crowntail betta, also known as a siamese fighting fish) will go in there, along with the heater I’ve got for it. It doesn’t get too cold during Winter where I live (Australia), but it’s still too cold for tropicals, so I do put heaters in all of my tropical tanks. This will become his perminannt home. I’m going to completely wash it out, let it dry out, and recycle it before putting ajax in there. Seeming as I have no idea what happened to it’s former inhabitant, I don’t want to risk the chance of any diseases being passed on to Ajax.

   Say goodbye to Captain Gills. As unfortunate as this may be, it was probably inevitable. You get attached to something you can’t care for, or at least not for it’s whole life. This fish will be missed a lot.

 

I have updated my ‘THE TANK AND FiSH’ page. Take a look if you’re interested the tanks I currently have running.

 

Soon I plan to create a new page telling you a little big about my fishkeeping past. I’ll write about what fish I’ve kept, my thoughts on the species, my biggest mistakes, and more.  I’m also thinking about making a page with tips, recommended websites and books, what and what not to do, etc. I’ll let you know what’s happening once I’ve made the decision.

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After quite a long break from blogging, i’m back. I finally got that extra fishtank I needed. My current setups include:

9g- My fancy goldfish, Captain Gills. Temporary.

18g with a filter designed for a 55g- About 15-20 female guppies, 5 rummynose tetras and 3 black kuhlie loaches.

18g- About 10-20 male guppies.

3g- One male crowntail betta named Ajax.

Extra tank- 2 siamese algea eaters that I don’t know what to do with.

I would still like to get myself a good 4ft tank, but I’m lacking the funds to do so. I’m dying to get some angelfish and, sometime in the future, I would love a tiger oscar. Remember that video I was trying to post on Youtube a while back? I’ll try again when I get a chance and let you know how it goes. I have no idea why it’s not working. My video camera’s broken, but if I can’t get the video to upload, i’ll try making one with my camera and see if that works.

 

Thanks for being so patient with me 🙂

I hope I haven’t lost too many readers.

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The last time I tried to add some photos to the site they didn’t work out, so i’ll try again. Before I do i just thought i’d clear things up about the Youtube video. I tried several times to upload it, but it never processed. At any rate, let’s see if I can get the photos working.

Do you remember me talking about getting a new tank off a family friend? It’s finally here. It’s exactly the same dimentions of my other 18g and it’s on a wooden stand. It has a great HOB aquaclear filter, but it’s missing it’s lid, and i’ll have to buy a new filter cartridge. I’ll be putting my male guppies in there, and Cpt. Gills can go into the 9g untill the pond is set up.

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