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How the tank used to look

How the tank used to look

Guppy Fry

Guppy Fry

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When you purchase guppies and they are fully grown, they are most likely already over a year old. Seeming that I have had him for a year or so, i’d say my blue-tailed male guppy had a pretty good run. Unfortunatelly, he passed away last night. He was very weak and was being pushed about the tank by the force of the filter, so i put him in a breeder net in the 18g. Unfortunatelly, the small guppy species has an average life span of just 2 years. At least I still have the many decendants of him; His fry.

 

I was going through the pictures and videos on my computer and I found a very old video from when I first got the guppies. Way back then I was a modest fish keeper and my tank was decorated with fake coral and coloured gravel. Now days I don’t favor such decor, but I will be keeping the video, as it is the only video I have with all four of the original guppies in it.

 

It’s finally here! It’s not perfect, but here is a video I scrounged up of the 18g. Considering I filmed and produced it all in one day, i’d say it’s pretty good. Enjoy!

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EDIT: Sorry, the video doesn’t seem to be working. It might be because I only just uploaded it. Once the video has been processed and added to my Youtube channel, it might work. If it doesn’t, I’ll post a link to it instead.

THE PLANS HAVE CHANGED!

Well, in hope to set up a marine tank sometime in the future, i’m going after a bigger tank. Instead of a 42 gallon, the tank i’m now looking at is 56 gallons, and a foot longer. The new dimentions are 48″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high. As for stocking, I was thinking:

2x fully mature, already paired off gold angelfish

6x or so Australian rainbowfish

20-30x male guppies (the ones from when I used to breed)

5x rummynose tetras (I already have these)

3x black kuhlie loaches (again, I already have these)

2x German blue rams; and possibly

2x kribensis

I might not get the kribs due to the fact that once fully grown they might have a go at my guppies and because of their aggression, should they choose to breed. I am also concerned about the aggression of the angels and the rams when/if they breed. Hopefully I will never have to deal with more than one spawn at a time, so that all the other fish have space to retreat when the spawning fish set up a territory.

Just a quick update on the current aquarium goal. I’m pretty set on this three foot package deal. The tank is 36″ long, 15″ wide and 18″ high. It’s 42 gallons. The package deal comes with a solid pine stand, a Superwin AHJ752 (internal) or Resun HF2002 (hang on) filter, a submersible heater (100 watts) and a 3 foot single dalbarb flourescant light and housing (30 watts, I will have to get another one). I will be getting a sloping pine hood, but it’s not included in the deal. I am hoping to get it around the 31st of October, the end of this month. As far as stocking goes, I have about 30 male guppies going in there. The female guppies will stay in the 18g. There are fewer females than males. I am also hoping to get a few different varieties of Australian rainbowfish. As with my other tanks, it will be fully planted, eventually. Once I get it, I plan to run the filter in the 18g for a few weeks, rather than cycling the tank. While this is going on, I will set up the tank with the live plants. I am considering sand, but i’m a little worried about vacuuming it all up each week. I may be going to the creek this week with the waterproof camer. If I do end up going, maybe I can get some good underwater snaps.

Ajax is certainly a jumper. This time, he’s gotten himself into trouble. Of course his tank came with it’s own little lid, however it didn’t completely cover the top of the tank, and gaps were left. I didn’t think his aim was good enough for him to get out of the tank, and stupid me didn’t cover the gaps. I feel absolutely terrible. Thank goodness, bettas have a heavinly organ called a labyrinth organ. This means that should a betta jump out of the tank, he can gulp air and get oxygen  this way. Therefore, labyrinth fishes will never suffocate if they jump out of a tank, they will die when their lungs dry up. I found him in a box with some crepe paper. He was pretty dry, only barely sticky from his slime coat. He was stuck to the crepe paper, so i put it in the water to soften, and eventually Ajax pulled himself away. The poor thing is still mainly in one piece. His fins didn’t tear off, but they spit and some rays have stuck together. His eyes are cloudy and I fear he may be blind in one eye. He appears to have minimal sight in the other. Hopefully this will heal in time, and he will still have vision in at least one of his eyes. I have turned off the filter, as he is so weak I don’t want to make him swim against the filter in the state he is in. I have also removed the carbon from the filter and administered Melafix to the tank. Melafix is an antibacterial medication. It should help prevent his wounds getting infected and speed up the healing process of his fins. As I watch him now, about 15 minutes after the incident, he has gotten most of the fluff off his body. He has only just started to become active and is begining to swim a little bit. Before he was just lying on the bottom of the tank, recooperating from the ordeal. Tomorrow afternoon I will head down to the pet shop and pick up a larger bottle of Melafix. I will probably be treating him for one or two weeks. Tonight I will feed all the fish frozen brine shrimp. I am hoping Ajax will be tempted by the meal, otherwise he probably won’t eat for a day or two. On Thursday I will be getting some live food. From what I remember, my petstore currently stocks bloodworms, black worms, white worms and brine shrimp. For now I have covered the tank with a fry screen-like netting, but within a few weeks (hopefully) I will be getting a lid custom-cut lid for not only Ajax’s tank, but for the 18g community aswell. I leave you today with this message:

 

If you’re going to have a betta, COVER THE TANK!!! Don’t be stupid and make the same mistake I did. Don’t assume it will be okay. Chances are, it will not. It is in the betta’s nature to jump. They jump from one rice paddy to the next in the wild. I’m incredibly lucky to have found Ajax in time and he will probably make a complete recovery, but if it happens again I might be too late.

As my guppy fry grow, they are maturing, and fast! As i was watching my bustling tank after a large water change, I realised the male juviniles have begun to chase the females around. I don’t want any pregnant females, so i put all of the males in the 9g. I’m having to really bump up the water changes, as this drastically overstocks the tank, and to make matters much worse, it didn’t even have time to cycle. Of course there is no way they would all be able to live in there perminantly. My next goal is to get a 3 or 4 foot tank (42 or 56 gallons) within the next two months (roughly). I would like to get a large corner desk, put the tank on one side, and my computer etc on the other. All the guppies are slowly developing some very beautiful colours. They will make such a beautiful display once they have matured.

 

I spent the day running around looking at small tanks for a betta. I ended up getting:

  • A small 10 liter acrylic tank
  • White gravel
  • A broken vase aquarium decoration
  • JEBO JB09 Small Aquarium Light With Holder (wattage not specified)
  • A small bunch of moneywart and elodea (aka anacharis)
  • AristaPet Plant Food (fertilizer), which I am also using on the other tanks
  • BettaMin Tropical Medley
  • A few Hikary free samples
  • VitaPet Crystal Clear Aquarium Filter 200 (200 litres per hour); and
  • A betta, of course!

The light is in a slick silver hood. I’m hoping it will be good enough to support some hardy live plants. The filter is pretty good, about double as good as it needs to be, however I will not be cycling the tank due to it’s small size. You may have realised the tank does not have a heater. This tank is only his summer home, in the winter he will be going into the 9g. By next summer the 9g will be cycled with a full-on live plant setup, i’m considering a CO2 system. It will have neons and possibly WCMM (white cloud mountain minnows). During the colder months the new 2.6g will probably remain running with the live plants. Back to the heater issue, you will have to keep in mind I live in Australia, so it is now just coming into Spring. The 2.6g’s water is currently sitting at 25*c, and it’s night. I’m actually more concerned about the water overheating rather than getting too cold. I administered the first dose of plant fertilizer today. Hopefully I will get some good results. Once I have used the free samples I will report on what ones the fish like best. I do like the BettaMin Tropical Medley food for bettas. It’s a combination of small, thin red flakes and freeze dried brine shrimp. It seems to be pretty nutricious, if you read some of the ingredients:

Fish meal, ground brown rice, shrimp meal, brine shrimp, potato protine, dehulled soybean meal, omega-3 fatty acids, algae meal etc…

My betta seems to really like it. While i’m talking about my betta, I’ll take the chance to tell you what he looks like. He’s a dragon crowntail. His base colour is a deep purple-blue colour, his face is black. The fins below his body are a beautiful deep red colour, that fades into a deep blue. His tail and the fin on the top of his body are a metalic green which blends into a deep blue and dark purple at the ends. He has descent finnage and i’m very surprised to find such a specimen in a pet store (PetBarn). He seems to be quite placid and will not flare at bright objects or even his reflection. This could be a good thing when I mix him in with the tetras in the winter. He is still quite small and seems to be pretty young. He really enjoys exploring the tank and you would be lucky to catch his sitting still. He doesn’t hide much at all, which is surprising, seeming he was only introduced to the tank today. He did have horizontal bars earlier, but he is settling in quickly and they have almost completely dissapeared. The most important piece of advice I could possibly give you regarding bettas would be to keep them out of small bowls, containers and vases. They will be so much happier, healthier and lively in a descent tank.

 

I’ve gotten some anacharis for my 9g, along with another live plant with a beautiful red colour underneath the leaves. I forget the name of it. The tank is looking better with the new additions and I look forward to adding more in the near future.

That’s right, I have reached my goal! Though I must inform you, the goal has been changed. What i changed it to was to have an aquarium that I am happy with, that I can use to keep various species, a mini display. What I now have is a very sleek, modern-looking 9 gallon Aqua One AR-380 aquarium! Don’t dispare. While it may be small, that does not in any way mean that it has to be boring. Besides, I still have my 18 gallon and I will soon be getting a 20+ gallon for Cpt. Gills. Perhaps one day I will gather up the time, money and knowlage needed for a 50g marine tank? Anyhoo, here is some info on the exciting new addition:

  • Acrylic glass, meaning it has seemless curved corners
  • A base with built-in stabalising styrophoam
  • It’s silver
  • The hood is neat and tidy and shows no cords. It houses the light with a protevtive plastic splash cover, a fantastic (and very quiet!) wet/dry filter and the non-submergable top or the heater. It has a switch for the light on the topwith a plastic casing and a very handy swivel lid along the front, very convenient
  • As I have just said, the filter runs very quietly and effectively
  • The dimentions (including hood) are (approximately) 37cm long, 46cm tall and 25cm from front to back

I have natural coloured gravel in the bottom.  I have live plants in there, including one small smazon sword and a clump of dwarf hairgrass. I did have cabomba in there, but it died (I have never been able to keep cabomba for very long). The sword and hairgrass don’t seem to be doing to well either, I suspect it is the lighting. I will experiment a little more with my current lighting, then upgrade if needed. It may also be that I have not added enough gravel. I do have half a bag spare and will be adding some more soon. At the moment I am attempting to cycle it with my last remaining male guppy and three male juvinile guppies. I have my driftwood in there. I have bought a new 50w heater and  a smaller gravel vacuume. I have been trying to tiptoe around the ammonia spikes to avoid any major health issues with the fish, however my adult blue moscow has come down with tail rot. I do have aquarium salt on hand, however no medication. i have done a 40-50% water change via vaccuming the gravel, so the tank is very clean. If it does not clear up within a few days, or if it gets much worse by tomorrow, I will drop into the pet shop and get some medication. I’m not in too much of a rush as this particular male has come down with fin rot in the past (a few months ago) and it seemingly cleared up after doing a major water change every day for 4-6 days. Let’s see what happens before rushing into anything.

 

All the guppy fry seem to be maturing very necely. The three males in my new aquarium were seemingly trying to harass the females, which is why they were put in the new tank. They are all mainly red in the tail with some yellow and a few black dots. Their body is developing a dark blue colouring. Looking down on them from above they all seem to have a vibrant, almost flourescant violet patch along the top of their bodies, linking from their dorsal fin down to the base of their tail fin. Very beautiful, especially for a crossbred batch.

 

My golden apple snails have been relocated to the 9g and seem to be very happy in there! They have had no effect on my live plants and their antennae have fully grown back. I balieve it is only the youngest guppies that tend to nip at them.

 

To everyone with a heater in their tank, I want to share my recent experience with you. yesterday i was performing weekly water changes on my 18g tank. I vaccumed the gravel. I was changing my regular amount of 5 gallons (25% of the water) and without realising, the heater had come out of the water. I went to empty out the second bucket and when i came back I heard a sizzling noise and realised what I had done. With no thought at all of the consequences, I slid the heater down into the water and It practically exploded. huge bubbles came flying up and the glass cover shattered. I immediately unplugged the device and checked what damage I had done, still unawear of what had happened. Thank goodness I unplugged it in time, the water was creeping up the inside of the remaining top half of the heater. Dangerously, the VitaPet heaters I use have no transformers, making them risky to use. Thank goodness, all my fish and I are perfectly fine. It jsut serves as a reminder of how carefull you need to be when working with electrics. I replaced the heater, this time with a smaller 100w (my old one was 150w), that better suits my tank.