Here is a video of a recent aquarium makeover I did. The tanks are two 350-gallon monsters set side by side so that they look like one long 700-gallon tank. These aquariums have been running for several years, and were not very well maintained. Unfortunately (or fortunately for me), the previous keeper was unable (or unwilling) to keep the filters clean, and the owners went looking for someone else to do the job. I apologize for the iPhone video. I did not think about documenting the project when I started, and the phone was all I had with me when I realized I should probably make a blog video.
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Here is an event I am very sorry to miss. The Aquatic Experience is happening right now for the first time. This is the first all aquarium consumer trade show I know of ever happening in the USA. Lots of all pet industry shows, but this one is just for the fish geeks. If you are anywhere near Chicago, you should go. If you are no near Chicago, try for a cheap flight into O’Hare (relatively near the event) and get there. This video is really just a preview. I was able to godown there today and shoot it. GO TO THE EVENT!!!! (go to www.aquaticexperience.org to get specific information)
Summer is coming to an end, and I am now back to getting in some fish. Watch the blog for some video posts about what I have been doing all summer. Here is a link to the current stock list. Jump on these fish early, especially the wild fish from Peru. I do not have many and when they are gone they are gone until next year.
Matthew and I were in southwest Florida a couple weeks ago for the first Florida Aquarium Fish Expo in Ft. Meyers. We took a morning field trip to hie around in Lovers’ Key State Park, and came across a group (pod? herd?) of manatees swimming around in a shaded backwater area. We heard them first, and it took us a few minutes to figure out what all the noise was. We have seen wild manatees before, but not in this kind of setting. The most visible animals were a calf and its mother. Neat experience…
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 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
Where can you get cool plants like this Mayaca seweliniana? I get them from Singapore when I am able to put in an order. Unfortunately, I am only able to take advantage of it a few times a year. Now is one of those times, so I thought that we might try something different. I very, very, very rarely do pre-orders for anything. I prefer to get stock in, acclimate it and then offer it once I know it is good. Plants are different than fish though. They come in GREAT and are best when they can be sent out as fast as possible. So let’s see if doing pre-orders works out.
Please note that this list is all the aquatic plant species that the exporter MIGHT have, and that the fill rate is usually 70% or less. So please do not get mad at me if they do not send that really rare plant you desperately want. The stem plants are priced per stem, and will come to you as loose stems… no rubber band or lead weight. You should also assume that if the description says ‘bulb’ that it will not have a shoot coming out of it.
I need orders (use the contact button above) by Tuesday, January 22. The plants will arrive to me the following Monday. I will let you know what filled and give you a chance to add to it from other stock, then invoices will go out. I need to be able to ship on that Tuesday or Wednesday.
Here is a link to the plant list: SINGAPORE PLANT PRE-ORDER LIST
I am running a series of auction on AquaBid for the next couple weeks. I do not do this very often. When I am selling something on auction I remove the price from the in stock list and will not sell the fish until the auction in done. In place of the prices there are links to the auctions for that species. Here is a link to my auctions on AB: Ted’s Auctions
I have a ton of fish and plants here that my wholesale accounts are not going to be able to take advantage of before the Holidays, and I leave town on Sunday for a week. Plus, shipping is done until after the New Year… HELP!!!! I will host an open house on Friday (12:00PM – 9:00PM) and Saturday (10:00AM – 6:00PM) if anyone wants to come over, take a look at the fish room and take advantage of some steep open house discounts on livestock. I will also put my stock of Repashy Superfoods on sale for the open house (pick up here only). I will not be able to hold anything until after the holidays… the point is to try to move these fish and plants out before I am gone for a week. If you think that you will be able to make it, send me an email and I will make sure you have the address/directions to get here. On Saturday, the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists will also have a social get together in conjunction with the open house. If you want to join us, please plan to bring a dessert/cookies to share.