Antifungal property of leaves on fish eggs

I have always preferred to approach fish keeping in a very natural way. While I have no scientific proof to offer up, my success rate goes hand-in-hand with a simple natural approach as apposed to using more hi-tech methods. It was this “nature’s way” of thinking that lead me to explore the antifungal property of leaves on fish eggs. Continue reading Antifungal property of leaves on fish eggs

Catfish Convention and new fry…..

My fish room was in ‘maintenance mode’ for about the last 10 months.  By that I mean I was keeping up on water changes and regular feedings, but I wasn’t doing anything in the way of encouraging any of the fish to reproduce.

Everyone took the hint, except the plecos!

Even my L183 Starlight Bristlenose, Ancistrus dolichopterus got into the act. Their tank is very over-grown, but I believe there are 4 generations of fish in the tank at this time.  The video shows the youngest two generations.

We all know how important high quality food is when growing out fry, but large frequent water changes are also every bit as important for steady, even fry growth.

All-Aquarium Catfish Convention 2016 LogoAs catfish are the topic of this post, I’ll be leaving tomorrow for the Catfish Convention in Herndon, VA.  I’m traveling to the convention with my good friend Stephan Tanner of Swiss Tropicals . We are planning to stop over at Eric Bodrock’s All Oddball Aquatics.  I’ve heard how Eric’s fish room is just fantastic so I’m excited to get the chance for a visit.  Both Stephan and Eric are speaking at the convention.

Once at the convention, the plan is to meetup with Bob & Jeremy, my most excellent friends from CAFE.  Bob is a lover of all things Corydoras, and Jeremy is the first person to have spawned Jaguar Catfish, Liosomadorus oncinus, in captivity.  I seem to be surrounded by catfish royalty!!!

With a bit of luck, I’ll have photos and video to share when I return!

Spawning Devario sondhii

These fish were first described by Hora & Mukerji in 1934 as Danio sondhii, and later reclassified by Fang Fang Kullander in 2001 under the genus Devario.   By any name, Devario sondhii the Fireline Danio, brings a subtle beauty to any aquarium.

These fish can only be found in a remote mountainous area of Myanmar. According to fish exporter Kamphol Udomritthiruj, they are collected from the same high altitude wetland pools as that of the Celestial Pearl Danio, Danio margaritatus. Currently, they are only know to exist in an area east of the village of Hopong, in the southern Shan States of Myanmar, but it is hoped, that further exploration will discover that they can be found in other areas near by. Continue reading Spawning Devario sondhii

Spawning Danio choprae

Danio choprae is without a doubt, one of my favorite Danios. Practical Fishkeeping magazine in the UK lists Danio choprae as one of the 10 best fish for the beginning aquarist. It was also a favorite of the late Mr. U Tin Win of the Hein Aquarium in Myanmar.  The fish was rediscovered by the Hein Aquarium in 2000, and it was mainly through his efforts that it was made available to the hobby, and rose so quickly in popularity. Continue reading Spawning Danio choprae

Spawning Devario xyrops

In July of 2012, I came into possession of some very hard to get Blue Moon Danio (Devario xyrops).  My good fortune came about due to my friend Dr. Stephan Tanner of Swiss Tropicals. Stephan has some super contacts in the aquarium hobby and often comes into possession of fish that are nearly impossible to obtain.  As I understand it, these fish came into Aqua Global in Germany as a bycatch of the fish collectors.  In other words, when the collectors are out catching fish, they happen to net a few, often unidentified, fish in the process. Sometimes these fish go unnoticed when the exporters are shipping the main group. Continue reading Spawning Devario xyrops

An early escape…..

Papa "Pucallpa Gold"
Photo by Dennis Ball

Things are heating up in the fish room and Papa “Pucallpa Gold” is tending eggs again.

At some point last night, this little dickens made an early escape from the cave.

Probably be a few days before the rest of the brood joins the escapee!