The Aquatic Experience show starts soon! It is an event well worth checking out. (www.aquaticexperience.org) I will have a booth, so please stop by and say hello. I will be promoting the Stock Shop website, and will have four display aquariums set up with some cool rare fish to see. I will be selling the Repashy and Ted’s Most Excellent gel foods, and the Paradigm freeze dried foods while I am there. But I will not be bringing a lot of fish for sale. The display fish can be purchased, but not taken home until Sunday afternoon. I will bring pre-sold fish for pick up, however, so if you want me to bring something for you, I will! Just place an order through the Stock Shop, choose the ‘pick up’ shipping option, and let me know in a message with the order to bring the fish to the show. Please note that I will be packing fish on Thursday morning, so plan to pick the fish up on Friday afternoon if possible… or Saturday at the latest.
My friend Todd is a gifted aquarist who has proven that you do not need a lot of space to breed a bunch of different fish. Here is the first video on his video channel. I hope we get to see many more! Todd has bred all kinds of fish in plastic bins… including Lake Malawi mbuna!
New in the Stock Shop… Paradigm Fish Food
Dehydrated foods are becoming very popular, and with good reason. Unlike flake and pellet foods, dehydrated foods are not subjected to extremely high temperatures that degrade the nutritional value. Paradigm is one of the first thoughtfully produces dehydrated diets that is being distributed for retail sales. I like the food. The fish eat it, and appear to be in good health. I feed a lot of different foods, and I still feed gel diets as the staple in my fish room. But sometimes it is just easier to sprinkle a dry food in the tank. I also like for my fish to see a wide range of foods, so that they are apt to eat anything, so adding a dehydrated food to the line up was going to happen at some point. And Paradigm Fish Foods meet the quality ingredient standards are require. Here is a link to the Stock Shop page with the food: Paradigm Fish Food
I was very nervous about making this video… Some friends of mine were sitting around the fish room talking about fish, and the discussion took turn towards all the things that I do associated with selling fish. Two of my guests were customers from out of state who drove up for a visit. They were really grilling me on quarantine, sources, my trips to meet suppliers, packing, feeding… I started to wonder if I had done something wrong! After about two hours one of them said to me, ‘why aren’t you telling people all of this?’ I did not have a good answer.
They started to make a list of all the things that they called the ‘TedsFishroom Difference’, and encouraged me to make a video. So I did. I also sat on this video for a while, because talking about myself in such a direct manner is uncomfortable to me. I showed it to the guys who were pushing me to make this video, and they said, ‘perfect!’ So here it is… The TedsFishroom Difference.
Here is the next installment on the video series of systems in the fish room. The last video was about the filters. This video is about providing the air to run the filters. If you go way way way way back in the video archives (there is an index page link at the top of the homepage), you will find a video about air in my previous, much smaller, fish room. That system was run with a linear piston air pump. My current fish room is set up with a 3/4 horse power regenerative blower. Most hobbyists will not need that much air, and a linear piston is the better way to go. So I did not dwell a lot on the blower, and talked more about the delivery pipes and valves. Hope you find this one helpful….
The Ocean Voyager display at the Georgia Aquarium is the largest single aquarium tank at a public aquarium or zoo in the world. Maybe there is some private aquarium out there somewhere that is larger, but it is hard to believe. This tank has 6.3 million gallons of water and a filtration system that turns it all over in 2 hours…. TWO HOURS!!!!! That is incredible. And it needs a filtration system that strong. There is a part in the video showing a protein skimmer that is literally flowing the foam. Enjoy….
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the premier public aquariums in the country… probably the world. The tenth anniversary of the aquarium’s opening is coming up in November. I was last there 9 years ago, just after it had opened. My family and I were in Atlanta on our way to a family event, and built a few hours into our day to visit. We chose to take the ‘all access backstage tour’, which is worth every dollar. I highly encourage anyone visiting the Georgia Aquarium to do it.
This video is the first in a series from this visit, and it shows the Tropical Diver gallery, which is dedicated to tropical reefs. The main aquarium is impressive, and even more so when you see behind (and above) the scenes. Enjoy….
A couple highlights on the list (and the reasons I am ordering)…
Crenicichla compressiceps… the dwarf green pike cichlid and a very attractive price. I have been passing on this species from other suppliers because the retail price would have been $50/fish. They are on this list for $22.99.
Apistogramma rupununi… not the flashiest apisto, but still a nice, uncommon fish at $9.99 each.
Apistogramma agassizii… these fish are from Brazil, but there is no indication from where in Brazil. They could be from anywhere, or even a mix. But Brazillian aggies are different from Peru aggies, and at $11.99 each they are half the price wild pairs from Brazil are going for right now.
L201 and L204 plecos at $19.99 each!!!
Scleromystax barbatus…. WILD… $22.99 each. The last time I saw this species offered wild they were retailing for $50/fish. But the price is not the issue here. Are the fish really S. barbatus? They could be one of the other Scleromystax, which would make them an fantastic deal.
I am in this for the Sclero and the pikes…. jump on if you want something! I need these pre-orders by MONDAY morning 9:00 AM (CST). Sorry for the short turnover. Order details are on the spreadsheet. This time around the file type is .xls, so you should be able to open it. I have also included a .pdf copy, but it is not interactive.
Have a great weekend!
I recently purchased two pac-man catfish, Lophiosilurus alexandri, which is a very cool ambush predator from Brazil. They look like an Asian chaca catfish, but grow quite a bit larger. And they will eat anything that will fit in their mouth. When I got them they were quite thin, so I have been really trying to push the food into them. Unfortunately, all they are eating right now are live fish. I have tried Repashy gel food and dead fish, but they will not take them. They also seem unable/willing to catch the feeder fish I have in the tank with them. They will eventually figure it out. Once they are in better condition, I will feel more comfortable fasting them long enough to get them on to a non-live food. I do not like feeding live fish, but sometimes it is the solution that is needed. So I apologize to anyone who is squeamish… the video shows the pac-man catfish eating.
Here is the first installment from last month’s trip to Iquitos, Peru. The purpose of the trip was to get our feet wet with visiting Iquitos. We have every intention of going back, hopefully more than once each year. So this trip was pretty loosely planned out, and we scheduled out days based upon what was available to us. This first video is about our first foray out into the city to look at fish sellers. The video specifically shows the aquarium of my main supplier in Peru. Enjoy….