Over a year ago I posted a series of videos of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when I was there the Open Sea exhibit was undergoing a major renovation. I was able to use my iPhone to shoot some footage of the completed tank when I was in Monterey last weekend. To be honest, I had forgotten that I had not been able to include a video of the Open Sea exhibit in the original series, and did not take my video camera to California with me. The iPhone did a decent job, though the resolution is not as clear as I would like and the brightness is lacking. But the aquarium is dimly lit… Our timing of the visit was good though. We caught one of the daily feedings! Enjoy…
I just got back from a fun weekend visiting friends at the Pacific Coast Aquarium Association in San Jose, California. Whenever I get a chance to go to northern California I make a pilgrimage to one of my favorite places, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I actually did not think that we would have time this trip, so I did not take any cameras with me (shocking… I know). Luckily I had plenty of storage space in my iPhone! Here is a video featuring three cool animals. Leafy sea dragons are always very photogenic. The Pharaoh cuttlefish were only 4″ long the last time I was here, and now they are all grown up and spawning! The new fish to me, however, were the alligator pipefish. These I am going to have to get… Enjoy.
Allen Repashy has released six new gel superfoods for fish, and they are all now available on TedsFishroom. Two diets are intended for use in freshwater. Morning Wood is a meal replacement designed for wood scrapers, and Redrum is the high carotenoid color enhancer food we have been asking for. (Click on images for more specific information).
All has also released the first four marine diets: Reef Hunter, Reef Prowler, Reef Scraper and Spawn & Grow – Saltwater. Marine fish have different nutritional requirements than freshwater fish, and these diets have been produced to meet those needs. Reef Scraper is truly unique in that it matches the diet of reef aufwuchs scrapers perfectly. Moorish idols thrive on Reef Scraper! Try is with any of the tangs or surgeon fish. Spawn & Grow – Saltwater does for marine fish breeders what the freshwater version have proven to freshwater fish breeders: condition breeders fast and effectively, grow fry faster, healthier ans with fewer losses.
All of these foods are available here: Repashy Superfoods
I visited the COAST aquarium club in southern California a few weeks ago, and one of our tour stops was Dr. Anthony Mazeroll’s fish room. Dr. Mazeroll is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Soka University of America. His work on wild fish genetics and environmental impact of humans takes him all over the world. His fish interests are just as broad. He has a huge DIY aquarium in his living room that is full of Lake Tanganyika cichlids. His fish room has a fish diversity from fancy bettas to wild discus. Dr. Mazeroll is a man truly dedicated to tropical fish, both professionally and as a hobby. Enjoy….
I have always liked puffers, but I have not taken advantage of many opportunities to keep them. When this species popped up I decided to import a bunch of them and see how they do. What an awesome aquarium fish! C. borneensis is very uncommon in the hobby, which is why we do not know a lot about it. It is very similar to the C. irrubesco, which is more common, so we can extrapolate a lot. My first surprise was how large he males came in. When I think of the genus Carinotetraodon, I think of the pea puffer fron India (C. travancoricus). The Borneo red eye is larger… but does not grow as large as the true Tetraodon sp. I learned one lesson the hard way… do not kep them with cory cats. You will see what I mean in the video….
I have changed how my list is posted in the Livestock section. Trying to keep up with the tables has become a pain. Now there is a link ot a downloadable PDF document price list. I will use the space on the livestock page to post pictures of fish in stock and describe some of the highlights.
Weather is finally starting to warm up, so I think we can start 2nd Day AM shipments next week. There are a lot of cool fish in the room right now…
Click here to download the In Stock List
Here is a little jewel cichlid that is listed on the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program priority list as being vulnerable. They come from Nigeria, where their natural habitat is under siege by deforestation and oil drilling. We are not entirely sure what the future hold for these fish, but he do know that they are infrequently exported (usually by accident as a different species). They are the smallest of the red jewel cichlids, and have a unique red over yellow over red color pattern when spawning. The fish in this video are not in their brightest coloration, but you can see the yellow stripe down the lateral line. Enjoy…
I just got back from a great trip to Seattle to give a couple presentations to the Greater Seattle A. S. Great trip! Great club! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality. While I was there, some time between all the wonderful seafood meals, I was taken to the Seattle Aquarium. Here is the video tour, enjoy!
Bob Schneider is one of the icons in the Chicago area aquarium hobby. He is actively involved in the Greenwater Aquarium Society, and participates in most of the club swaps and auctions in from southern Michigan to Wisconsin. Bob raises a lot of Corydoras sp. catfish, and he does it very well in a relatively small fish room. I have several catfish that I have picked up from Bob at various events, so it was a real pleasure to have the chance to see where they were born and raised. Enjoy…
It was pointed out to me that the pricing on my disc feeders was funky, so I did a review and decided to reduce the prices on the multi packs AND put them all on sale until March 16. 10% off the reduced prices. Here is a link to the ordering page for disc feeders: Disc Feeders