Some new fish…..

I treated myself to some new cory cats the other day.  I’ve watched as Holly @ HCA Aquatics listed young fish from her group of breeders and I finally pulled the trigger and bought a group for my fish room.

HCA Green aeneus cories
Photo by HCA Aquatics
HCA Green aeneus cories
Photo by HCA Aquatics
HCA Green aeneus cories
Photo by HCA Aquatics

With a bit of luck this winter, I’ll have some of these beauties ready for the Swaps and Auctions next spring!

On-line Pet Peeves

Nannostomus mortenthaleri
Photo by Dennis Ball

Have you noticed, that on many of the on-line fish hang-outs there seem to be forum members that their only purpose is to spew negativity and tell others that they can’t do something.  You know the type;  you can’t have that many fish, you can’t mix those fish, you can’t cycle your tank that way, you can do this and you can’t do that, blah blah blah.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m not talking about those people who are offering good sound advise.  I’m only talking about that group who never have anything good to offer and simply parrot something they have heard from another nay-sayer.

Maybe I’m just getting old, but I can’t see where this helps new members of our hobby.  In fact I think it has just the opposite affect, and puts them off the hobby.  After all, if it’s so complicated and there are so many strict rules, what’s the fun of keeping fish??? Continue reading =>>

Time for a change…..

Red Cherry Shrimp
Photo by Dennis Ball

While I’m laid-up on light-duty, I thought it might be a good time to make some changes to the website.

No more “Welcome” page.  We have the Fish Room Journal right on the front page.

I may do away with my website, so the stock list is going to list all of the fish in my fish room.  Clicking on the fish name will take you to a page with info about the fish and any sales info.  It’s a “work-in-progress”, so it may take some time to complete.

I will most likely add an Articles page and move the articles from the Danionins site over here as well.  I’ve got some articles on freshwater dwarf shrimp that used to be on the now defunct Arizona Inverts site.  I might resurrect those here too.


Feeling so much better

Devario pathirana
Photo by Dennis Ball

It has been a long cold winter here in central Ohio. Just about the time the weather was breaking I came down with the flu or some other nasty respiratory ailment.  Today is the first time I’ve really felt good in just over a month.

At any rate, my plans for first-of-the-year spawning projects went right out the window.  I have been wildly successful with spawning some ABN’s though.

My very good friend Bob, also a C.A.F.E. member, gave me an extra male ABN he had.  This was around the end of February.  After about 6 weeks of sweet talking one of my female ABN’s they set-up house keeping.  They seem to be a very good match as they are producing about 40 fry every 30 days now!

Male Albino Bushy Nose with fry.
Photo by Dennis Ball

Even though my spawning projects have suffered, there’s been lots going on.  I’ll try to get caught up here in the next few weeks.

Nannostomus mortenthaleri
Photo by Dennis Ball

We had another Convention at C.A.F.E., I picked up some super cool fish at the silent auction, etc.

Be back soon!

Devario acrostomus spawning

Devario acrostomus
Photo by Dennis Ball

Back in October I picked up a bag of Devario acrostomus at the C.A.F.E. fall auction, (  Well for lack of a better place to keep them, I put them into a 20 gallon long that was over-grown with some vals that I had picked up at the C.A.F.E. spring auction.  Can you tell I really like the local club auctions? Continue reading =>>

Intellectually Stimulating

I’ve waited months for this on-line class I signed up for to start.  It’s over at Coursera, (, and called “Human Evolution: Past and Future”.  It’s one of those subjects that my grandfather got me interested in when I used to spend the summers with them.

At any rate, I was watching one of the introductory videos and this lady was stating how her field studies were “Intellectually Stimulating” by making her broaden her interests.  That’s when it hit me.  That is exactly what has kept me in the fishkeeping hobby all these years…  it is very Intellectually Stimulating. Continue reading =>>

Spawning Plans…..

Leopard Danio
Photo by Dennis ball

There are just too many fish and not enough time.  I guess that’s why I feel compelled to put together a spawning plan every year of the fish I’d like to work with.  Going through the fish room it’s easy to rule out some of the fish.  The 046, 183 & 201 plecos are all too young to spawn yet.  I have plenty of Danio roseus, D. kerri, D. rerio var. frankei, D meghalayensis, Devario assamensis, and D. acrostomus on hand already. Continue reading =>>

Happy New Year!

SwissTropicals WebsiteWell another year is in the books, and what a year it has been. Back in February, at the GCAS swap meet, my good friend Stephan Tanner and I began talking about a website make-over for his website.  Ta da….. the new site when live today!  While I may be a bit jaded, I think it’s beautiful. The site is loaded with tons of great information, links to some of the best hobby related websites, and Stephan’s great line of products. Continue reading =>>

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