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.
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.
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)
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:
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…
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.
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!!!
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…