Cooler weather is starting to creep in, and so are new livestock orders. Price lists are updated with the few new fish that arrived last week, all through quarantine and ready to go. Wild cardinal tetras and tank-raised rummynose are rock solid. The male congo tetras are a good size for shipping. The assassin snails are bigger than usual too. Clown loach season is still on, and the stock I have look awesome… fat loaches!
Livestock orders over the next two weeks include
West Africa – Pelvicachromis, Benitochromis, Synodontis, Polypterus, Pantodon, Micralestes and more
I am back from vacation and shipping again. So long as the temperatures are not above 85 where you are at, 2nd day will work fine for a while. if it is hot where you are at, overnight is best. Priority Overnight will arrive to most destinations by 10:00 AM. It will not get picked up here until after 5:00 PM, so the box will be in transit less than 18 hours. You can see the stock lists here:
Here is a short video of a Betta patoti pair that I have been working with for a month or so. This is a big, active fish, but they hate the video camera. They do not particularly like me, except when I give them food… and even then they will not come out to eat until I walk away from the tank. My son Matthew, however, is welcome. He was able to shoot pictures of this pair for an hour without spooking them at all. Enjoy…
Thanks to the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. I had a chance to play with my video camera’s underwater housing in an Ozark stream this week. North American native fish would be an addiction easy to succumb to. Unfortunately, the Wisconsin invasive species laws prevent me from being able to collect fish all over the midwest and bring them back to my fish room. I will just have to stick to video and pictures… they are easier to transport anyway.
We spent half a day filming and netting in Whittenburg Creek, at the town of Steelville, MO, which is a tributary of the Meremac River. The conditions were great. Clear, shallow water on a sunny day. Take a look at the video:I thought the variety of fish we found was great, but the MASI members on hand told me that they usually find more at this location, especially darters. I netted this nice male fantail darter (Etheostoma flabellare)
There were two common minnows in the stream, southern redbelly dace (Crosomus erythrogaster)
and bleeding shiners (Luxilus zonatus).
We also found two species of Fundulus killifish: the black spot top minnow (F. olivaceus)
and the northern studfish (F. cantanatus)
Banded sculpin were very common (Cottus carolinae).
Unfortunately, we disturbed a madtom catfish nest, but did not catch the catfish. Here is a picture of the eggs. They were hard like a cory cat egg, and very well attached to the underside of this rock. Mike Hellweg (my host for the trip) took them home to try to hatch them. If anyone can do that, it will be Mike!
We also collected fish in the Meremac River itself, but the water was cloudy and filming poor. Maybe next time!
This video shows a pair of Apistogramma defending their spawning site from their own reflections in a mirror. I use ‘mirror therapy’ to keep cichlid pairs bonded, especially pairs that I do not have extra fish of the same species for. I am convinced that an individual in a pair kept in a tank without tank mates has the potential to go nuts and start seeing its mate as a threat. I usually keep extra fish in with the pair as targets, but it that is not possible a session with the mirror once a week seems to reset their bond.
I am going to try something new… a newsletter. Right now the plan is to send one out once each month with updates about the blog, hobby events, industry news and anything else that is timely and not something that I would normally put in a blog post. I am also going to use the newsletter to offer specials and discounts on livestock and products. Please sign up for the newsletter at the top of the right hand side bar. If you do not like it you can always unsubscribe at any time.
If you are a customer who has already purchased from me, you may be getting a customer newsletter as well. These will go out every other week with current stock lists, specials, clearance items and anything else I want to offer my customers in way of thanks for the support. How can you get on that list? Place and order!