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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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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 www.catfish-cataclysm.com, where you can also register for the event.  Also check out the FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/catfish.cataclysm/ 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 CustomAquariums.com.  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

Catfish From Peru

Here is a video highlighting some of the fish that recently arrived from Peru.  The order was predominantly catfish, and so is the video.  Enjoy…

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Catching Up with the Bireley’s

I had another opportunity to visit the Bireley family in California recently, and shot some more video of their home and fish room.  I was last there two years ago, just after Rich had taken possession of some large catfish (and some that would be getting larger), and now we can see the plan for those fish complete.  There is a lot of debate about whether or not large, ‘monster’ fish should be something we keep in captivity.  99%  of hobbyists should not keep them.  But if you have the resources to provide adequate space and adequate food, these animals can become wonderful pets.  Yes…. pets.  And they can live for a very long time.

The pond that these catfish are housed in is a 24-long fruit liner used for hauling fruit from orchards.  Rich has one of these big tubs and two smaller.  It is truly one of the most unique fish room features I have ever seen.  Enjoy…

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Bolt (Volt) Catfish – Aguarunichthys torosus

Here is a ‘monster’ fish that is not so much a monster.  The bolt catfish is predatory cat that grows up to be about 13″, so not outrageously large.  They are active catfish with voracious appetites, and are really really good and chasing down and killing small fish.  The fish in this video have only been here a few days, and they are settling in nicely.  When they got here they were in pretty bad shape, as evidences by the few that are really thin and some bent and eroded barbels, but they are coming around.  I am feeding them guppies, Repashy Meat Pie gel food, black worms and chopped earthworm.

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New Peru Order

A new import from Peru arrived last week with a lot of cool fish that I have not brought in before.  The price lists are updated on the livestock page.  Here are some of the highlights:

Corydoras stenocephalus – Rio Ucayali

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Corydoras cf. semiaquilus – Rio Napo

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Corydoras orcesi

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Elachocharax pulcher

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Trochilocharax ornatus

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Hyphessobrycon sp. ‘bleeding blue’

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Hyphessobrycon ‘red’

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Lots of splash tetras…

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Candelita tetra

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Odontocharacidium aphanes

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I have not started photographing the Apistogramma yet, but new fish include:

  • 3 different locations of A. cacatuoides
  • A. nijsseni
  • A. sp. Oregon
  • A. pantalone
  • A. bitaeniata ‘Rio Yavari’
  • A. atahualpa
  • A. alphuayo
  • A. baenschi
  • A. paulmueller ‘Apache’
  • A. ortagai ‘papagayo’

There are also some oddball catfish:  Helogenes marmoratus, Myoglanis koepckei & Denticetopsis seducta

And… because lots of you have asked for them….  more red wolf fish!  Erythrinus erythrinus

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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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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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Pier Aquatics, England

If Pier Aquatics is not one of the top ten aquarium stores in the world, I want to see video of ten that are better….

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Shipping Fish Again… New Stock List

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.

Stock List

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