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Friday, September 28th, 2007
1:54 pm
[eeyrg]
Complete System For Sale
Well, I hate to do it but I must sell my entire established reef. I just don't have the time to maintain it any more. I'm willing to sell it, completely intact, to a good home. Must be picked up, but we'll help you break it down.

Here are the spec's...

This 58 gal Oceanic tank with matching oak stand and canopy is in excellent condition and has only been used as a reef tank for about 6 years.

Includes:
• Tank: 58 gal Oceanic tank with matching oak stand and canopy Corner overflow.
• Light: Aqua-Medic Oceanlight T5 MH Combo - 250W HQI + 2 x 24W T5 (less than 2 years old and probably worth about $400 on their own)
• Live Rock: Approx. 55 pounds LR encrusted with star polyps, various mushrooms and purple coralline algae and 3-4 inches of sugar sand
• Mature Corals: Several hammers, frogspawn, pagoda, large finger and other leathers, xenia, star polyps, and various mushrooms
• Skimmer: Euro-Reef 80 protein skimmer
• Pump: Mag 7 with Oceansmotions Squirt wavemaker with 4 returns located throughout the tank
• Sump: 38 gal glass aquarium sump, custom built with PVC plumbing, baffles and refugium
• Misc: Digital stainless steel heater


Asking $1800. Located in Groton, MA

Current Mood: sad
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
2:28 pm
[nucleotide_boy]
I might be going to inherit some fish off someone who is moving away and I want to make sure of something.

What sort of size tank would I need for 1 paradise fish, 8 zebra fish, and 4 gold barbs?

I have kept fish before but never so many!
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
10:08 am
[suehypno]
Finding a fish/aquarium club near you!
Folks have been asking about clubs in their areas, so I'm posting here to offer ideas on how to find them. They're a lot of fun, you can learn a lot, and you can participate in some very great auctions that feature fish, plants, food, and equipment.

First thing to do is check out the listings here at Wikipedia.

Next I recommend going to your local book store (the bigger the better) and picking up a copy of Tropical Fish Hobbiest. In the back are pages of club listings and events!

You can also try doing a Google search on fish/aquarium clubs.

If you're in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia region, please visit the <ahref="http://pvas.com/index.htm">Potomac Valley Aquarium Society</a> for more information on our monthly meetings (next one is this coming Monday night). We're also having our big Spring All-Day Auction this April 15th!
Monday, October 16th, 2006
6:48 pm
[thefishiefiles]
Live Fish Lables
Hi there! Does anyone know where I can A) Buy Live Fish Labels, B) Print Live Fish Labels, or C) get a photo of a live fish label that I can use to make my own.

I am importing fish to the UK from the US, have all the permits, have the fish, hand carrying them myself, just need to get some labels!

Thanks!!
Saturday, October 14th, 2006
10:06 pm
[sweetmsbehavin]
new
HI all , i  am a newbie here, there is a list on my profile of all my tanks and fish, i am so glad to see communities like this.

have the following fish tanks 10 gal with gold fish, guppies and a male beta named Rainbow(Dani's tank), 10 gal with baby parrot fish , a 20 gal of Goldfish and a pico and a snail, 30 gal that is golds and guppies, 2 pico's and 2 snails, 40 gal with Zebra Danio's, Spotted Danio's, rainbow danio's, black tetras, 2 snails, and a pico, and our new 90 gl that we are still trying to find out what all was giving to us in it , we know there is a pair of white parrot fish,black shark, 3 huge pico's,a orange swordfish, a  puffer, a huge gold, red crab, fiddler crab, 4 snails, a beautiful yellow stripped angel, 3 red barbs, a red eyed barb, a painted glass fish(orange), and other fish i am trying to find out what they are. We also have a 27 gal octagon tank we will be setting up soon.
 
So are you can see i may need help with lots of things   Thanks in advance !
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
9:40 pm
[thefishiefiles]
need to medicate goldfish but have weather loaches in as well - ideas?

I have a tank with goldfish (5) and weather loaches (3) The goldfish have a thin fungus coating going on, one is looking very ill, and my levels have been off as there were serious pH issues calling for the removal of all the gravel and putting new stuff in, which has helped sort some of it (I can now get the pH to 6.4... whole other issue as it wont go up no matter what goes in) so anyway, the tank is basically re-cycling except the filter is the same as is most of the water (standard 25% water changes weekly) so I did a water change, treated with stress coat as per norm, but noticed the smallest of the goldfish (a beat up rescue who just finished quarantine) has come down heavy with fungus. The sick tank currently has a very very small goldfish in it that this one could possibly eat, so I would have to move the small goldfish to isolate him, but the other goldfish have it anyway, so have to treat them all, so could move the loaches to sick tank and put the little fish in another container and put the loaches in there and treat them with 1/2 the meds as you do with scaleless fish, or put them in a large tub (the sick tank is only 2x1x1foot) so they don't get crowded. I just have no idea what to do as all the goldfish have it (in various degrees) and the loaches look fine, so its shifting everyone around as all my sick tanks have quarantined fish in them - even the tropic one! Any ideas guys? Also I am out of the normal fungus stuff I have, so all thats left is the Protozin, which says it does fungus as well. The worst off goldfish has started to lay on the bottom and really doesn't look well!!

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Current Mood: Freaking Out

Thursday, September 14th, 2006
1:07 am
[thefishiefiles]
I'm taking fish on an hours trip tomorrow, should I add oxygen tablets to the bags?

I'm taking fish on an hours trip tomorrow, should I add oxygen tablets to the bags?

I know some people use "Bag Buddies" (http://www.theshippingbarn.com/bag_buddies.htm) but I can't get ahold of them in time. The fish will be in bags for at least an hour and a half on the trip there, and if some aren't sold (he isn't sure if he wants the females) I'm not sure how long they will be bagged for. Sites like this (http://www.atchison.com/ArticlesandStories/Shippingfish.html) suggest that I don't really nead tablets in it, but I just want to make sure all the fish handle the trip as well as possible. These are the tablets I can get ahold of tomorrow before I go: (http://www.goldfishsupplies.co.uk/goldfish-meds.htm) They are the "Supa oxygen tablets" at the top of the page. I am taking 8 male endlers and about 16 females, I've split the fish off into males and females already, haven't fed them today, and so on. Also, how many fish per bag? I have really large ones that are used to ship 6-8 inch fish. I am more worried about the fish that don't get sold, as they will be with me til I go home and I have a lot of things to do and can't afford to take them home then go all the way back, but I don't plan on being there more then an hour or two tops as I will after all have live fish with me (or may, hopefully he will buy them all...)



EDIT: Fish got there in good shape, went with the bags (1/4th tank water 3/4 air, no tablets) to keep them from hitting hard plastic and packed them in a padded Styrofoam box as well, all were happy and all were sold :) I brought some more weather loaches home though and did the same thing - worked like a charm! Thanks everyone! I've ordered the breathable bags for next time though! lol!

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, July 10th, 2006
10:15 pm
[sircheverificus]
New additions
Alrighty you guys! Something different- a fish update! YAY!

So, I've been wanting to re-do my 29 gallon tank for quite a while and I FINALLY figured out what I want- 3 Congo Tetras, 2 Albino Congo Tetras, and kinda go from there. Today I bought 7 Rosey Tetras (yeah, I had never heard of them nor seen them until today and they were just beautiful so I had to snag a school of them) and 1 Apistogramma Borelli. Don't worry, I got pics. Obviously, that's why I'm making this post. Here they are:

Comments? Questions? Concerns?

x-posted
10:53 pm
[jhimm]
unfiltered fish
are there any other types of fish
which can survive easily
in an unfiltered environment
the way that bettas do?

we have a small tank
that we heat with a lizard heating pad
and we've enjoyed having a single occupant there.
now that we have a vacancy
i'd like to find something
that looks a bit more sedate than a betta.

do they ever sell females?
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
11:15 pm
[sircheverificus]
How about this....
So, I think I may have figured out what I want to put in my 29 FW tank:

3 Congo Tetras
1 Apistogramma Borelli (beautiful little guy)
5 or 6 Neon Dwarf Rainbows (maybe)

So, yeah. I'm not trading in my bottom feeders but I will need to get new algae eaters because all I have in my 29 are my Otocinclus Catfish and those belong in my 10. I'll be looking for another school of fish but I'll be thinking about that a little bit more.

Does anyone have any information and/or experience with any of those fish? All I really know is what I find online and what I'm told by my LFS guy who knows a butt load about fish since he's been in the business for so freaking long. I especially would like information on Apistogramma Borellis because all I could find online was stuff in a different language (isn't that just irritating?)

Thanks in advance!

(x-posted)
Monday, June 19th, 2006
6:22 pm
[sircheverificus]
A little more specific...
I want to redo my 29 gallon tank but it's so hard to describe to people what exactly I want. Since I've had it, I've had tetras and danios but I really want it to calm down and have color but not too much. Here's the best description of the kind of fish I'm looking for:

2-3 diamond-shaped (i.e. tall body such as gouramis or discus) 2 1/2-3" fish with nice color (preferably some blue because they really bring out the tank) that stick together and can be kept with smaller fish and don't cause chaos. This is what I've been having the most trouble finding! I was almost thinking about Discus but they're just too freaking expensive!

1-2 schools of some sort of small tight-schooling fish with color that offsets the larger ones.

Help? Anyone?

(x-posted to fish communities)
Monday, June 12th, 2006
9:22 pm
[sircheverificus]
New tank arrangement
Alright you guys, I need your help with something. I have a 29 gallon aquarium that I want to turn a little more exotic than it is, as in have more color with a more.... interesting variety of fish whether it be small cichlids, rams, angelfish, gouramis, colorful barbs, etc. I know 29 gallons isn't much to work with but does anyone have any ideas for what I could do? Experiences for compatability would be nice. Basically what I'm asking for is everyone's input on "If you had a 29 gallon freshwater tank, what would you put in it?"

Thanks in advance!

(x-posted)
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
12:09 pm
[sircheverificus]
There's only so much an aquariist can take of a snail infestation! Today, I drew my line! I got a tupaware container, filled it with water from my 29 gallon, went to my 10 gallon, caught all my fish, stuck them in there, put them in my 29 (And I hope my other fish don't eat them!), went back to my 10, and poured a bunch of .01% chlorine bleach in there. Minutes later, I look in there, and the snails have detached themselves from the rocks. I don't know if that means they're dead or if they're trying to protect themselves. Either way, I'm going to continue this for a couple days and then siphon out as many of them as I can. I hope it kills off the eggs, too!

(x-posted)
Friday, March 24th, 2006
9:20 pm
[flirting]
Just wanted to let everyone know that I made a add me community for betta lovers. The community is called addmebettalove. Come and join if you want :)
Thursday, February 16th, 2006
10:38 pm
[sky_mapping]
I am a newbie to the fish world and I admit to this right up front. I bought a female swortail who is pregnant though I didn't realise it at the time and now she is about to give birth I think. I have other aggressive fish in the tank with her and don't particualrly want to lose her...though I have heard the birthing process is stressful on live bearers. I also don't particularly want the fry as my tank is just large enough for the fish I have and any more would be overstocking. What do I do with the fry? And how do I keep my female safe during the birthing process so she stays alive? Anyones help would be great. I have already read a bunch of sites but they mainly are for people who want to raise the fry.

Thanks in advance.
Saturday, January 28th, 2006
11:16 pm
[nucleotide_boy]
Hi,

I just need a quick hand remembering the name of a type of cold water fish.

It was a black and red variety of something that I think might have begun with an O (but don't quote me on that).

Can someone throw some names of types of cold water fish that it might have been (I know it wasn't a shub).

Thanks
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
9:29 pm
[sircheverificus]
Fishies!
Aquarium Pictures
January 1, 2006
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Thursday, November 17th, 2005
10:29 pm
[sircheverificus]
Easy Keepers
I finally got my 29 gallon stand! I'm so stoked. So, anyways, tomorrow I am tearing down my 29 gallon and my 10 gallon (which is resting on the bottom of my current 29 gallon stand) and putting in the 29 g stand and putting my 10 gallon tank out in the living room. Now for the reason of this post...

At the beginning of December, I am enlisting into the US Army and will leave at the end of the summer (delayed entry- I have school still), and while I'm gone, my mom will be taking care of my fish. Now this is about a 4 year term, may be longer. Because my 10 gallon tank will again be up on display instead of hiding out, I'm going to get a couple of small schools with real nice, pretty, easy fish.

Here are my ideas:
-White Cloud Minnows
-Gold Cloud Minnows
-Cherry Barbs
-Neon Tetras (I'm actually rather worried about the tetra disease they get pretty easily)
-Cardinal Tetras

I really adore the minnows and my LFS has a ginormous school of them combined and they seem to school rather tight with each other. What of those do you think is pretty hardy that will do well with Pygmy Gouramis (I have 2 of those in my 10 right now)?

Like I stated before, I need them to be hardy and I want peaceful schooling fish. Any thoughts?


Also, here's an update on my 29 gallon:
2 Julii Corydoras Catfish
2 Corydoras Catfish of an unknown species
4 Zebra Danios
1 Leopard Danio
3 Pristella Tetras
4 Pearl Danios (What can I say? I'm attached)
1 Flying Fox
1 Rainbow Shark
2 Madagascar Rainbow Fish

Seems like a lot of fish but there's actually a lot of swimming room for them all.

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies!
Thursday, November 10th, 2005
4:46 pm
[jhimm]
eye trouble on a betta
so, i noticed this morning that our betta has a swollen eye.
it kind of looks like those creepy goldfish
with the huge bug eyes.

treatable?
terminal?
benign?
Friday, October 14th, 2005
7:25 pm
[sircheverificus]
Fish update
Alright, a bit of a fish update.

Yesterday, I ordered a wooden stand for my 29 because the iron one is a little iffy and I feel the 10 gallon tank settled on the bottom is the only thing keeping it from toppling over. Should be here in a couple of days, give or take. Only $130! I'm stoked!

A while ago, I bought 5 Pygmy Gouramis. They weren't doing too well in my 29 with all the other fish; they just lingered on the bottom and missed out on all the feedings, so I moved them into my 10 gallon tank. One of them died yesterday; looked like one of his gills was eaten up. I'm keeping a close eye on the other ones; I'm hoping it's not a fungus or a parasite or anything. Also, my two shrimp have gone mysteriously missing. Hrm...

29: Yesterday, while at my LFS (I gotta stop going there! It burns a hole in my pocket!) I bought 2 Madagascar Rainbowfish and 4 Pearl Danios. They're beautiful! I also purchase a Flying Fox a while ago from Petco and he's surprisingly still up and running!

I also just got my CO2 running again, after many battles against it. It started working after the first few hours. I was real happy.

So, here's an updated list of my 29 inhabitants:
-4 Zebra Danios
-1 Leopard Danio
-4 Pearl Danios
-3 Corydoras Catfish
-1 Flying Fox
-2 Madagascar Rainbowfish
-3 Pristella Tetras


Still debating on whether or not to get rid of my Tetras or not. Hrmm...



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