Over a year ago I posted a series of videos of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when I was there the Open Sea exhibit was undergoing a major renovation. I was able to use my iPhone to shoot some footage of the completed tank when I was in Monterey last weekend. To be honest, I had forgotten that I had not been able to include a video of the Open Sea exhibit in the original series, and did not take my video camera to California with me. The iPhone did a decent job, though the resolution is not as clear as I would like and the brightness is lacking. But the aquarium is dimly lit… Our timing of the visit was good though. We caught one of the daily feedings! Enjoy…
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I visited the COAST aquarium club in southern California a few weeks ago, and one of our tour stops was Dr. Anthony Mazeroll’s fish room. Dr. Mazeroll is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Soka University of America. His work on wild fish genetics and environmental impact of humans takes him all over the world. His fish interests are just as broad. He has a huge DIY aquarium in his living room that is full of Lake Tanganyika cichlids. His fish room has a fish diversity from fancy bettas to wild discus. Dr. Mazeroll is a man truly dedicated to tropical fish, both professionally and as a hobby. Enjoy….
I have always liked puffers, but I have not taken advantage of many opportunities to keep them. When this species popped up I decided to import a bunch of them and see how they do. What an awesome aquarium fish! C. borneensis is very uncommon in the hobby, which is why we do not know a lot about it. It is very similar to the C. irrubesco, which is more common, so we can extrapolate a lot. My first surprise was how large he males came in. When I think of the genus Carinotetraodon, I think of the pea puffer fron India (C. travancoricus). The Borneo red eye is larger… but does not grow as large as the true Tetraodon sp. I learned one lesson the hard way… do not kep them with cory cats. You will see what I mean in the video….
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
My panda barbs are some of my favorite fish. Very active, very pretty, very prolific and always willing to put on a show. Here they are engaging in their daily spawning routine. This happens about an hour after the lights come on, and continues until I feed them. I am sure that if I removed the fish from this aquarium I would have thousands of fry appear in a few days. When I want to collect eggs, all I have to do is move the male and one female to a 2.5-gallon tank with a yarn mop and they will happily fill it with hundreds of eggs. Enjoy…
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
The common name of this fish is all it took for me to want it (I am a bit of a batman fan). The pictures sealed the deal. This is a typical paradise gouramie in just about every way, except that it comes from some pretty temperate climates and prefers its habitat cool. I am probably keeping them too warm, but that will change with I give them the 75 planted tank in the living room. That aquarium stays in the low seventies, and dips into the high 60′s in the Winter. I have a group of six, but these two are the pair. They colored up nicely this week, but I think the water is too warm for them to spawn. Hopefully moving them to a colder tank will help. Cool fish! (literally… LOL).
I am working on trying to spawn the African butterfly fish (Pantodon buccholzi) again. This is one of my favorite oddball fish. Obtaining a good pair has been a challenge. Most of the fish that are imported are half starved to death. Their bodies are very bony, however, so it is not easy to tell if they are thin or not. Feeding them is pretty easy to do, however, unless the fish are so starved that they will not longer eat at all. If wholesalers would do nothing more than toss a handful of small crickets on top of the water the morning after the fish arrive, then we would see a lot healthier butterflies in the stores.
The male in this video I have had for about a year, but the female is a new arrival. This is the first healthy female I have found in a store since getting the male. I have seen lots of males, and a few dying females. The way to determine gender it to look at the anal fin. A male looks like it has two of them, a long one under a short one. A female looks like it has only one anal fin. Mature females are also larger and heavier than males. I condition the pair by feeding them live crickets, about a dozen small crickets in a week. I usually feed them very heavily twice a week. I have not found a limit to the number of crickets they will eat in a meal! Here is a video of them being fed. Enjoy!
I have been interested in barb species from India for a while, and recently managed to import some Dawkinsia rohani. This is one of the tear drop or filament barbs with a lovely green sheen to the body. I have been keeping aand breeding Dravidia fasciatus for a couple years. This is the melon or panda barb (depending upon which common name you prefer). The trio in this video have produced hundreds of offspring for me, and they are three of my favorite fish. I felt it was about time to showcase them in a video. Enjoy!