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‘Out of the Closet’ with Todd!

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!

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Air in the Fish Room

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….

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Georgia Aquarium – Ocean Voyager

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….

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The Georgia Aquarium – Tropical Diver

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….

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Pac-man catfish – Lophiosilurus alexandri

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.


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Iquitos, Peru – Part 1

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….


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New Fish from Peru Video

Here is a video showing most of the fish that I received on this last Peru order.  Everything looks great, and there are some species I have never had before (or even seen before!).


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Laimosemion (Rivulus) rectocaudatus

The fish that we collected on the trip to Peru arrived yesterday.  We got a couple dozen killifish, Laimosemion (Ruvulus) rectocaudatus, that we found in the ditch along side the road.  The little run is water was lousy with these killies.  We could have collected hundreds of them.  The fish is pretty and mean, and also good jumpers.  I put them into a 20-gallon tank with only a few inches of water to acclimate them.  They were spread out a day after this video was shot, but I noticed that they were doing their best to jump out of the tank, and grabbed the video camera…  Enjoy.


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Cataclysm 2015 Video

We are about 50 days out from the inaugural Catalysm event hosted by the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists, and there are already a lot of fish in ‘storage’ for the rare catfish auction.  So many that I set up a 150-gallon display tank to house some of them, and am going to show videos of the tank on a regular basis until the event.  So what about Cataclysm?

  • October 16 – 18, 2015
  • Great speakers – Mike Hellweg, Barbie Fiorentino, Nathan Lujan, Rob McLure, Stephan Tanner
  • Rare catfish auction held through out the day on Saturday (17th)
  • All aquarium swap meet on Sunday
  • Vender room and room sellers
  • Food and beverage
  • An open house in my fish room on Friday afternoon

You can see the details at, where you can also register for the event.  Also check out the FaceBook page: which is where we will make a lot of updates and announcements.

What about this tank?  Well… it is a 150-gallon Aqueon aquarium.  The stand and filter system are from  The light is from Current USA.  In all, there are bits and pieces of this set from as many of the Cataclysm sponsors as I could cover.  I will be making a video about that too…  Here is the introduction of some of the great fish into the tank:

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August 27, 2015 · 12:02 am

U.S. Virgin Islands

This has been a Summer for checking items off of my bucket list.  We took a family vacation in June to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and I finally had the chance to see Caribbean reefs in person.  I shot a lot of video, and will post several from the trip.  These first two are from St. Thomas.  The first is from a boat trip we took out to a sanctuary, and the second is from the cave at the hotel.  The third is a snorkling tour in Trunk Bay, one of the highlights in the Virgin Islands National Park on and around St. Johns.  The shorelines of the US Virgin Islands are covered in reef animals.  You can hardly go wrong putting on a mask and jumping in the water…



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