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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!

<object width=”425″ height=”350″> <param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/CxuzKFu7Pas“> </param> <embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/CxuzKFu7Pas” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”425″ height=”350″> </embed> </object>

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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