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…
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.
Here is a glimpse of the fishroom and homestead of my good friends the Bireley’s. Rich has a love of large tanks and the monster fish that go into them. Most serious hobbyists have one or two large tanks, maybe up to a 220 gallon (my largest is only 110!). Rich has several large aquariums, and some even larger vessels for holding fish. At one point in the video, Rich explains that the fish he is talking about needs a larger tank… the 180 it is in just will not do! You will also meet Anjoli, Rich and Laura’s daughter, who loves her big fish as much as her dad does. Great family. Great fish room. Enjoy….
I brought in some fish last week. Everything is acclimated, doing well and will be ready to ship next week. I figure we have about another week of safe shipping before the Holiday crush sets in. Here are the highlights:
Galaxy rasbora (Danio margaritatus, wild)
Danio choprae (wild)
Botia kubotai (wild)
Clown loach 1.75″ and 2.5″ (wild)
Corydoras loxozonas (wild)
Corydoras metae (wild)
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (wild, Columbia)
Apistogramma alacrina (wild, Columbia)
Pea puffer (wild, India)
Indian medaka rice fish (Oryzias melastigma)
Sewellia lineolata (wild)
Dawkinsia (Puntius) rohani (wild, India) VERY RARE
Rose badis (Badis singenensis (sp. Buxar) (wild, India)
I went to Germany in May (2012) to meet with my co-editor of Aquarium International – The Freshwater Magazine and attend the huge InterZoo trade show. Most of the time was spent ‘working’, but i did manage to do a bit of sightseeing. We drove through Berlin to get this wholesaler… is that close enough to ‘sightseeing’?
AquaGlobal is not a huge wholesaler, but what the lack is size they make up for in quality and variety. There are some pretty rare fish there! They are well known for their catfish selection, and this is due in no small part to one of Aqua Global’s employees… Ingo Seidel. Anyone into catfish, especially plecos, knows who Ingo is. Author, photographer, explorer and international speaker, Ingo is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He gave me free access to explore Aqua Global. Here is a little video tour….