Here is the follow up video that shows the planting of the level-bottom aquarium in the fish room. The plants for this tank are all Tropica 1-2-Grow! tissue culture stem plants.
Here is a look at the other tank that I am working on in this planted tank project. I apologize up front for the messed up footage of attaching suction cups to the piece of wood, but it is a pretty simple procedure. Just tie suction cups to the wood, and leave some slack in the line to accommodate for the depth of the substrate.
The second part in this series on planted aquariums will focus on installing the soil substrate, the sand cap and the hardscape in the tank that will have a contoured bottom. The tank that appears in the video is located in my living room, and will be the centerpiece aquarium in the house.
I am finally getting around to working on a few of the display tanks that are coming back home since closing the warehouse. I decided to tear all the planted tanks down completely and start over with new substrates. One 75-gallon tank will be in the family room and be the centerpiece display in in the house, so I am taking my time and being careful to get everything just the way that I want it to be.
The first step is mixing the soil substrate that will be on the bottom of the tank under a cap of fine sand. The mixture I use is something that hobbyists here in the Madison, WI, area came up with years ago the works well for us: 3 parts clean topsoil, 1 part peat, 1 part calcined clay (Turface). Some people will also put a medium gravel in the mix, but I do not (the calcined clay serves the same purpose).
This video is the first in a series of however many parts it takes me to tell the story. Part one is about making the soil mixture….
The island nation of Bermuda is surrounded by the Sargasso Sea in the western Atlantic Ocean. There is an aquarium and zoo there, and the aquarium is dedicated to the waters around Bermuda. I was first there several years ago, and the facility has since been totally remodeled. This is a very nice little aquarium that is well worth a visit. Enjoy…
I am in San Jose, CA, this weekend visiting friends and giving a talk to the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association. I made the pilgrimage to Monterey for lunch and a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I only shot video of one gallery this time. I have several videos of this wonderful aquarium already posted, but I cannot go to any aquarium without making at least one video. The Open Sea gallery is unique. There are lots of places with kelp forests, tide pools, coral reefs and rocky shores. Monterey Bay Aquarium is the only place I have been to with big tuna! Enjoy…
I have been looking for an opportunity to start working with some small livebearer species for a while, but I have not pulled the trigger on buying small groups of fish that would take a long time to build up into a good size colony. I want some livebearers types that are desirable as aquarium subjects, but will also produce enough culls to feed my growing collection of small predatory fish like dwarf pike cichlids and small wolf fish. A member of our local club (Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists), Jeff Zwicker, recently posted an ad to sell his colonies of Endler’s livebearers and other guppy types, so I took a trip out to see them… and made a purchase. Six different colonies! Enjoy the video….
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.
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….
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!