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Videos of Ted’s fish room is organized and functions.

Unpacking A Fish Order

Here is a video on a subject that I have been wanting to show you for a while…. unpacking a large order of fish.  A lot of planning goes into getting a new order of fish into the fish room, especially am import from out of the country.  In this case, 30 boxes from Peru!!!

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My New 180-gallon Aquarium

I have a new aquarium.  180 gallons.  One of the largest I have ever owned.  This tank and stand was built by CustomAquariums (click the link… ).  I will show some more videos in the future about the aquarium hardware, but for now this video is just showing the fish after they have been in the tank for 24 hours.

The community includes a lot of odds & ends, lonely hearts and personal favorites that I cannot bear to part with.  You will see the original Chromidotilapia kingsleyae that I brought back from Gabon in 2011.  There is a big Pelmatochromis beautkofferi that lost his mate to my own stupidity, and a big male Betta patoti that lost his mate to his own aggression (let’s see how he likes living with these big fish… hah!).  There is a redtail shark that is the lone survivor from a tank crash when I first opened the new fish room.  The pair of Pelvicachromis sacrimontis are the grand-offspring of a wild pair I owned four years ago, but the male beats the female up a lot, so I put them in here to see if they can get along in a busier tank.  There is a single Bryconaethiops boulengeri tetra that is the sole survivor of a group of 6 that I bought four years ago.  There are also some alestes tetras that I have had for nearly 10 years!  The Sayhadria rohani barbs are personal favorites that I swear I will spawn someday.  And the Pelvicachromis humilis ‘Friya’ are in there to grow up.  All the smaller fish are African tetras that have been sitting in my fish room for months with nobody buying them… so I brought them home.  I like them!  There are Arnoldichthys spilopterus, Micralestes cf. acutidens, Micralestes occidentalis, yellow-tail Congo tetras and a few red-cap moon tetras (which I have had for years).  Plus a few things I did not list… see if you can find them.

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Ted’s NEW Fishroom – Aquariums & Racks

There are many factors that you need to consider when planning a new fish room, but one of the first is to decide what size tanks are needed and a lay out for the racks (at least a rough layout… the final result rarely fits exactly).  The numbers and sizes of the tanks will define the racks, which in turn will guide the layout.  The other systems are dependent upon that.  Think of the aquariums and racks as the functional skeleton of the fish room.  It is the framework around which the rest of the room will be built.  Here is a video about the tank sizes I used, the racks I built for them and how they are laid out in the room to make use of space.

 

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The New & Improved Ted’s Fishroom!

Here we go…  it has not been a secret that I had to tear down my old fish room and build a new one, but I have not been posting much specifically about the new space.  This is the first video in the New Fish Room series.  Enjoy…

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Packing Corydoras Catfish for Shipping – Part 2

Here is the conclusion of the shipping cory cats video…

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Packing & Shipping Corydoras Catfish – Part 1

We have covered the basics of shipping fish, now let’s take a look as some of the specific types of fish and some special considerations for shipping them.  First up, armoured catfish of the Genera Corydoras, Brochis and other similar species.  Catfish are probably some of the more difficult fish to ship because of their frequent puncturing of the bag and the toxic skin excretions.  These challenges can be overcome with a few tricks in packing, which I share in the video (in two parts).  Enjoy…

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Sneak Peek… the Plant Tanks

I know that many readers are anxious to see the new fish room.  Well, it is still being built, and there will be no full tour until it is done.  But the last of the racks in the main fish room went up today, and they will get tanks on them this week.  The first rack went up in the photo/video room today also (yes… there will be an aquarium room dedicated to tanks for taking pictures and video… I am spoiling myself).  Once those areas are complete I will get my office and the display tanks set up.  Then… or sometime shortly after then… I will do a full video tour.  I will also start putting out short videos of how the fish room systems are set up.  Gotta love simple automation.  This video sneak peek shows the plant holding tanks.  I got these up when a chance to do a Singapore plant order popped up.  Only a few times a year, so I had to jump on it.  Enjoy…

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You’ve Asked for It…

Here is a video tour of my fish room.  Warning… this is the longest video I have ever posted.

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10-gallon Planted Nano Makeover

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We were snowbound on Thursday this week, so I decided to to a much needed makeover in my 10-gallon planted nano tank.  This aquarium is an unfiltered tank that sits on my work bench.  Honestly, it gets neglected a lot, which is why it was a bit over grown.  Some of the plants were so think that they were shading themselves.  And I had let the foreground plants get too large and obstruct the midground plants.  This simply would not do!  I received a shipment of plants on Monday (hint hint… check out the livestock page), and there were several that I wanted to play with.  Most notably the Cryptocoryne tonkinensis and the Myriophyllum matagrossense.  I have never done much with myrio plants, so I incorporated two in this cleaned up aquascape.  I also put in different fish, including the very cool neon yellow Microdevario kubotai.  Check it out…

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Fry Rack – Part 2

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Surprise!  No wait…

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