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It happened in the Thicket

I never seem to see everything there is to see when I’m looking into my 120 gallon community tank. The tank sets in the family room right next to my lounge chair and not far from the TV. So while watching the boob tube, I can also catch glimpses of the on goings in the tank. The tank is home to various Rainbowfish and several pleco types. There is a gorgeous pair of Pelivachromis nigrofasciatus that keeps disappearing into the Java fern forest. A trio of Geophagus labiatus forever change the landscape with their sand sifting. A six inch Clown loach goes swimming by. This is a rather rare occurrence because, more often than not the Clown loach is resting on its side, looking very much like a candidate for the trash can. But, after seeing this for ten years I have learned that most likely he is just tired. Every once in awhile , like twice a year, a four inch Botia hymenophysa makes an appearance, and I find myself once again saying to myself “I thought you died”. A pair of Bolontia hasselti act like they want to spawn but every time I try to catch them to relocate to a separate tank they disappear into the jungle of Java fern. Various barbs and danios chase each other through the tank. A six inch spotted Raphael catfish comes out but only if I feed worms and only if the Synodontis schoutedeni leaves any. I also seem to have a three inch Bitterling that I don’t remember buying. But perhaps that’s an-other story.
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AA (Aquarist Anonymous)

Hi, My name is Tom and I am a fishaholic. I also suffer from MTD (Multiple Tank Disorder) of which there is no known cure. There is, however, one temporary cure for MTD which includes setting up a massive tank that takes up so much space that you have no room for the small tanks…thereby curing your MTD. This works but is only temporary cure. Before long, you will have found space to re-set up those tanks that you took down so you could set up that massive tank and the MTD starts all over again. Continue reading AA (Aquarist Anonymous)

Bristle Nose Pleco

A couple February Auctions ago, I won bids on a bag of 3 small Marble Bristlenose Pleco’s, also a bag of 3 small Albino’s. As time passed those 6 dwindled down to 2 adults, a male Marble, and a female Albino. Both have been in my 44 gallon Community tank located in my living room which has plenty of family and pet disturbances. I mention this as this is where these two have been spawning on some what of a regular basis of approximately one or two months between. Genetically speaking I wouldn’t recommend crossing different types but adding the recessive Albino gene into Marble might even be a plus to a breeder for more sales. After this Marble Albino cross was done and the fry grown, I chose the best pair from this first generation or F-1 and I’m using them for Breeders. Breeding this brother sister pair should give 75% Marble and 25% Albino in their offspring which is where the extra sales having two types comes in, Nice genetic experiment too if you want to dabble bit deeper than just a single B.A.P. spawning. Recently, this brother sister spawn took place and the results were about as expected and a bit of excitement too. There are 20 fry in this batch 11 are Marble, 6 are Albino and the excitement is there are 3 which appear to be Red Marble. Percentage results in this batch being 70% Marble, 30% Albino, which is within reason when it’s a roll of the genetic dice, and for so few in the batch. For me, I’m going to keep the 3 Red Marble fry and with a little luck I’ll get a pair. Speaking of rolling dice, if you have an even amount of males and females in a batch and you net out a random 3, the odds of getting a pair works out to be 75%, those aren’t bad odds for my three red marbles, I figure, and I’m keeping a few others just in case. Random percentages are good to know if your interested in getting a pair whether your buying at auction or other fish place. Here are a few others. If there are 4 random, 87.5%, 5 random 93.8%, 6 random 96.9%, 7 random 98.4%, 8 random 99.2%. If you selected fish based on color intensity for example, the percentage could change significantly. For the most part I stand by the odds. I usually try to get at least 3 or 4 and I have a pretty good chance of getting a pair. Continue reading Bristle Nose Pleco

Hatching the Pomacea Bridgesi

Snails are amazing creatures to watch. Pomacea Bridgesi are also known as “Briggs” or “Mystery Snails”. This species is sought after because they will not overrun your aquarium and they do not do damage on aquatic plants like pond snails and ramshorn snails will. There are some Apple snails that have a different latin name and they will eat plants as well. Make sure you get the Pomacea Bridgesi. They will eat dead plants and clean up your tanks. There are different color variations and you can strategically breed different colors to obtain a certain color offspring. Continue reading Hatching the Pomacea Bridgesi