I am hosting a live stream event each week that we are calling the Tuesday Night Mixer. Tonight was the first one, and it was a lot of fun. The topic was how I work with killifish. Here is the recording… join us next week!
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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!).
I have been working for the past few months on a Repashy Superfood formula of my own, and it is now ready to be offered for sale. I am calling it Ted’s Most Excellent, because it is truly a food that benefits a lot of different kinds of fish. I have not found anything that will not eat it…. yet. Let me know if you do!
Here is a video of the food in action:
TME started out as three different foods, each designed to meet a specific goal. They were eventually combined into one, and TME was born. Those goals were:
- Make a conditioning diet for breeding fish that can replace black worms, especially for Corydoras sp. and Apistogramma sp. I use a lot of black worm, and they are expensive. The food I designed has allowed me to cut my black worm use by 2/3… and I have reports from breeders who tested the food for me that they were able to get good production with no black worms at all when feeding this food!
- Make a highly nutritious diet that triggers fish to feed quickly so that wild fish can get good food during quarantine and be acclimated before they ship. TME does this. I use it with everything within a few hours after the fish arrive in the fish room, and everything is eating it readily within a couple days.
- Make a food so packed with nutrition that fish can be fed less of it less frequently with no malnutrition. I need the food to do this so I can spend less money feeding fish, and so that a well fed fish can be purged and shipped, often no seeing any food for 3-5 days, with no ill effects on the fish. TME has proven very effective at keeping purged fish in good condition, even small tetras.
The biggest difference between TME and the other Repashy Superfood diets is that I chose more expensive ingredients and use them in higher concentrations. Think of TME as a ‘super premium’ Repashy gel food. All the advantages of Repashy Superfood… but amplified.
The keys to the food’s success are in what is in the food, and what is NOT in the food. I emphasized proteins that are very attractive to all fish: mussel, insect, krill, squid, shrimp, fruit… And I stayed away from flavors that can turn some fish off, namely fish. There are no fish proteins in this diet at all. Piscivore species are just as attracted to mollusks and crustaceans, so there is no harm in leaving the fish out. The result is a fish food that fish are immediately attracted to the first time they smell it.
Ted’s Most Excellent is available in the Stock Shop in the standard Repashy jars sizes that I carry: 3oz, 6oz, 12oz and 70.4oz (2 kg). Please check it out. You will also find the ingredients list and nutritional analysis in the Stock Shop:
Here is a video of a new group of A. trifasciata. When I set up apistos for breeding, I start with multiple males and females. Once a dominant male becomes established I remove the extra males, otherwise the dominant male spends ore time worrying about the competition than he does spawning…. as you will see in this video. I removed the extra male after shooting this footage.
This species comes in from the Czech Republic as A. trifasciata ‘Macilliensis’… but that is not really a valid name. This is a basically a nice tank strain trifasciata.
I needed to get some photos of some of my smaller fish, so I placed a couple dozen of each into my 30-gallon planted photo tank. I am always amazed at how cool a tank full of very small fish looks. The three species in there are the classic harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha), the relatively new micro-danio with the common name of neon yellow rasbora (Microdevario kubotai) and the very old school (but hard to find today) African fire barb (Barbus fasciolatus). The African barb is a very cool fish that makes a great dither in dwarf cichlid tanks, or even under schools of larger African tetras. The harlequin rasboras are one of the most historically popular fish in the hobby… with good reason! A school of these beauties is hard to beat for action and color. The neon yellow microdevario is destined to become a classic. It really is neon yellow, and a school of them looks awesome in a planted tank. All three are available in the stock shop right now. 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
I have removed the livestock from the automated shopping cart store. The shipping charges were just too hard to work out accurately. To order fish an plants we are going back to good ol’ email. Send me a list of what you want with a shipping zip code, and I will email you back with shipping options.
If you live in WI, MN, IL, IA, NE, ND, SD or the greater St. Louis area of MO, I can ship overnight or second day using SpeeDee Delivery at a significantly lower cost.
Delivery to events I will be at is still the safest way to get fish to you… and the cheapest!