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First up, i have some sad news. One of my females, the one with many colours and the black spots on her tail, has unfortunately died after fooling me into thinking she made a full recovery from this whole ‘swimming nose-down’ thing. It was completely unexpected! It may just be that she was getting old, though i had only had her for 6 months or so. who knows how old she was when i got her. That leaves just one female and male left. I saw the most beautiful male at the LFS (Local Fish Shop) the other day. he was like a green snakeskin guppy but his colours were very light and he had amazing shimmery rainbow spots on his tail instead of black blotches. I wanted to get him sooo badly but i should have at least one more female as it is. The only reason i don’t is because i am going to convert my tank once the guppies are gone. I want a male (or female, it depends) betta, my black kuhlie loaches (of course, they are great fish and very entertaining), a small school of rummy nosed tetras and possibly, depending on how stocked my tank will be, a small school of neon tetras. More information on that as it comes.

 

After a population explosion of guppy fry (babies) I have decided to give them away.  Some to my sister’s friend, some to a few of my friends and the remainders (the majority of them, actually) to a close friend’s friend. I think i’m off breeding any species for a while, to be honest. A display tank is what i am interested in at the moment.

 

My platy has been moved from that awfull 3 gallon to my 18 gallon with great results! It truely proves that any tropical fish is so much better off in a suitable environment. The temperature has a lot to do with it.

 

A close friend of my sister has offered me a tank for my small goldie, named ‘Captain Gills’. Anyone who has played the latest Paper Mario (for the wii) would understand my reasons:D Although it is in need of a good filter (In fact I don’t believe it has any filter at all right now) it will certainly be a huge improvement from that scarily-undersized 3 gallon. In the short meantime I have put in a new filter. i used to use it in my tank before i got the sponge filter. it’s for tanks up to 50 litres (approx 13 gallons) and my tank is a mear 12 litres (3 gallons). Little did i previously know, that filter was way too small for my 18 gallon tank.

 

I have changed my gravel to small-sized black stones. They look great! They really make the colour of the plants stand out.

 

Instead of a monsterous 6 foot tank in my bedroom, i am considering a more modest 3 to 4 foot. I have found I don’t have as much time as I used to, however i still like the idea of being able to have angelfish, small schooling fish, gouramis…. pretty much any small fish that floats my boat. The only problem would be the angels, they would have to move once they get bigger, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Many aquarists would simply jump at the chance of a matured, large, beautiful angelfish (or two). The tank will still be natural with live plants and whatnot.

 

I am considering switching to live plants for my tropical tank and using the plastics for my goldfish tank.

 

I’ll keep you updated on everything. Thanks for reading!

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As you may or may not know, my molly recently came down with ‘pop-eye’, a bacterial infection. Pretty much, fluid builds up behind the eye. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, it was a downhill struggle and he didn’t make it. Rest In Peace, 18th May 2008.

 

On a lighter note, a new generation of guppy fry have been spotted! First seen on the 16th, they are growing well and seem to love the tank.

 

All guppy fry have been seen nibbling on the adult’s tails. If the problem continues and/or gets worse, something will have to be done, i’m just not sure what at this point in time.

 

Once I get the 6′, if i do end up getting it, i am hoping to continue with the guppy breeding, and possibly take up breeding platies and swordtails. My planned method is to have a few breeding nets and put them in there if i spot them before they get eaten. If they do get eaten before i get a chance then it’s not really all that of a big deal, it will be good for the other fish and help keep them happy. Live food is an excellent treat for fish. There will always be more fry. As for the angelfish breeding in the new tank; if they do, great. If not, it’s not a big deal. What may be a problem is their aggresiveness while spawning and caring for the young. Let’s just see how things turn out before jumping to conclusions.

 

One of my females has amazingly recovered from what i believe was a pregnancy problem. She was having a few bouyancy problems, but it does not fit the desccription of a swimbladder disorder. When in a resting state her head would tip down and her tail would almost appear to float upwards. I draped a net into the tank and put her in there. Just as a precaution, I tried feeding her shelled peas, but I got no results. I was expecting to wake up to a sad sight, but after a few days it appeared to just clear up. She has now been released into the tank and looks very happy and jsut as active, as if nothing ever happened. maybe she just needed a break from the others? Particularly the male!

 

I’ve just re-arranged the tank slightly. i took out some screen i had at the back to make the tnak look wider (it certainly worked!) and I moved the filter to the back corner of the tank so it could be hidden by some plants. It looks a lot better now.

 

I’m just having a little bit of trouble uploading my photos now that Worpress has upgraded it’s sight. I jsut need to get the hang of it. I also have taken some photos of the whole tank (before i hid the filter, unfortunatelly) that are just waiting to be posted.

 

I have just one guppy with a slight deformity. It’s one of the oldest ones and it’s lateral line (the line going from the body to the tail, you cannot see this in all guppies) is a bit bent. Other than that it lives just the same as any of the others. I will be keeping it. The guppies’ colours are really coming along and some are developing unique personalities. I am pleased with their progress.

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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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The goal:

To have a 105 gallon / 400 litre aquarium set up with fluresant lights and normal lights, that can be set up to support freshwater and marine set-ups, and also turtles (of coarse not all at once, just that i want to experiment over the years). It will be equipped with all the best accessories, including a reverse cycle chiller.

The  new lives:

On the morning of Tuesday 26th Febuary, I woke up and headed to my tank to feed my fish. I saw something tiny swimming around the top of my tank, thought it was just a snail, looked again and found out I had guppy fry in my plant! I raced to the bathroom and washed out a vase I have. don’t worry, the fry have ample room to swim around in it. sadly, I could only find 3 fry. The others must have been ‘consumed’ by the males or the other female I had in the net breeder. They were all a silvery-whit, light colour except for one, it is a dark colour. all over his body is like a dark brown. On my way home that afternoon I stopped by at ‘Petco’, one of my fave local pet stores, and purchased four more bushy plants and a plastic ten gallon tank from ‘The Wearhouse’. Also I picked up a thermometer. When I arrived home I put the thermometer in the vase (ie the nursery) and I put the males in the 10 gallon tank, now to be known as the Yellow Room, so that the fry from my other guppy will have a better chance of surviving when they are born. after my other guppy has had her fry, the males will be going back into the main tank. The Yellow Room will then be used as the maturing tank. I planted the plants in the main tank and released the females from the net breeder. at that point I had realised that there was a guppy in the bottom of the net breeder, the rest had squeezed out but this one chose not to for some reason, or it just could not fit. he must’ve been damaged when I was releasing the females, I was unawear it was in there untill i saw him at the bottom of the tank (i had seen him earlier but thought he escaped, i thought he was one of the ones in the jar). I put him in the vase and watched. he seemed to have difficulty staying at the top of the vase with the others, but over the days he seemed to grow stronger and was having relatively no problems at all. he was my special guppy; he was darker than the rest. i thought for sure he would make it, he was growing bigger and stronger every day! however, he sadly did not make it. he was fine this morning. i clean out my fry’s vase every second day. today was was a cleaning day. i caught all the guppies in a plastic cup and put them in a jug. i then go and tip out the water in the bathroom sink, clean the vase and the thermometer , bring back the vase and fill it with water from one of my other guppy tanks. I put all the guppies back in, he seemed to half-float to the bottom, and was kind of rolling. at this point i was very worried, but when he got to the bottom he jumped up and started swimming around again. i thought he was just being silly or something, but i was going to keepo an eye on him. i checked in on him later. he was on his back at the bottom of the tank. i put my hand in just to make sure, but he was definetaly dead. i have no idea what happened, but i think he may have been damaged with all the moving. RIP.

The disaster:

This morning i woke up to find that my glass top had broken in half, and my light had fallen into my tank. the glass and half of the light were submerged. thank god my light was unplugged. both of the females are okay, but i suspecy the female who has not yet gived birth will most likely reabsorb the babies due to the shock. Now I am in need of a new light AND a new custom made glass lid. this will put a serious dint in my savings towards my aquarium. with my birthday being next saturday, 8th march, i am hoping to have some repairs done by then, but i don’t think i will have enough money.

One last thing that you might be interested in, I had a bit of black algae on one of my ornaments. i scubed it with a toothbrush but being on the tips of a fake anemony it’s pretty hard to get off. i got rid of what i could with a toothbrush, the rest i killed by soaking it in hot water for an hour or so, changing the water as it cooled. it is now all gone, as far as i know.

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MEET THE GANG

well, i figure it’s about time you meet some of the fish. these pictures were taken while all my fish were in my community tanks. the Blue Room, Red Room and Green Room are all new additions. i will be taking  more pictures fairly soon, i hope! you can click on the image for a bigger version. try it, the pictures look great!

blue tailed guppy. you can’t tell in these photos due to the effect of my light, but he has a beautiful gold tinge towards the front of the body.

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this is my dalmation sailfin molly. yes, that’s right. he’s actually a dalmation. he used to look like an average dalmation, but he turned mostly black some time ago. under his gill covers, his eyes and the tip of his tail are still white. don’t worry, he is perfectly healthy.

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sorry this next one is so big, it won’t let me use thumbnail. click on it for a proper image, it has a picture of one of my beatiful females, and my blue-tail male

click to see my stunning female with my blue tailed male

click here to see my goldfish. no thumbnail available!

click here! goldfish, mollie and platie. please note goldfish is now in a coldwater tank!

click to see my green snakeskin guppy. sorry, terrible image quality

click here! a great image of my guppies swimming together

lastly, click here to see my red tail female guppy when she was in the earlier stages of pregnancy

well, that’s all i have to share at the moment. hopefully i will be able to share with you at least one picture of my chinese algae eaters, but it can be hard to get a good picture of them. today i went to a local pet store (the australian version of pet barn, they own it) to look at tanks. when i get my new tank (hopefully 105 gallons, 400 litres) i will be putting my guppies in there, along with two or three dojo loaches. hopefully later on in the track i will be setting up a saltwater system, but i need more income first. while there i bought a small container of tetraColor tropical granuals, natural colour enhancer. they had flakes, but i thought they would enjoy granuals as a bit of variety. they do like it, so long as i crush it us. i now currently have a stock of algae wafers, color enhancer granuals, tropical fish flakes, goldfish flakes and frozen blood worm aka. mosquito larvae. oh and one last note: my female guppies, both, are now in the very late stages of pregnancy! =]] one of them is due pretty much any time now, the other is a little further behind. both are most likely within a few days. yay!

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