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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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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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Well, first of all:

I have more guppy fry! This time I am keeping them in the community tank to see for future reference if they can survive. I had virtually no hiding spots in my tank but I spottend them shortly after birth and was able to put in some hiding spots before they were eaten. i put in lots of little things like the lid and removeable bottom of a breeder tank, an old plastic plant, some fry screen etc. i have spotted about 10 still alive and swimming about happily in the tank amongst the adults who, surprisingly, seem to take no notice to them. maybe they cann’t see them?

Next, I went to the petshop again today!

This time i picked up a few things, mainly for the benifit of my guppy fry.

Sponge filter:

I got a sponge filter to use untill my guppy fry get a little (or a lot) bigger. it’s a pretty big one! The box says it’s an Aqua One FilterAir 136. it’s the biggest one they had available at the pet store and cost me AU$20.00.

Fake Plants:

These are plastic and bushy. they came in a pack of four. Their length is adjustable, the stem is a click-together kind of a design. It looks kind of like foxtail, but there is more than one variety of plant, all are slightly different shape and colour.

HBH brand ‘BABY BITES’

This is a very fine powder like substance. It’s apparantly really good for developing fish. Here are just a few of the ingredients:

Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, fish meal, krill meal, squid meal, calcium and a whole heap of different kinds of vitamins.

Sound good? The person at the pet store seemed to know what he was doing. He highly reccomended it to me and said that he knows many professional breeders that buy it regularly. while it is a small container, you only need such a tiny bit each feeding. it will last me for months! When they get big enough I will treat the whole tank to some live bloodworm, brine shrimp or maybe some white worms. I don’t know too much about them but the pet store said they usually carry them. I also have freeze dried bloodworms they get fed a few times a week. I really hope at least a couple of these fry grow up to be healthy!

 So, anyway, now my tank is pretty much fully equiped. Filtration is provided, there are many hiding spots through out the tank and I have a variety of foods on hand. Bunch of pretty lucky guppies if you ask me!

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