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
It’s been over 50 years since I first started keeping fish. Well that is, keeping fish properly. I had for several years previous, kept all manner of pond life in jars and buckets, just about anything that would hold water.
What a great week. The weather has been unseasonably warm. I’ve got new fish babies, the first in 2 years! I was also fortunate enough to give my talk, “Not Your Fathers Danio”, at my local clubs first meeting of the year. Life is good.
I’ve been blessed with a group of friend who have worms! If scoring white worms from Bob wasn’t enough, at the last Columbus Killifish Group meeting, I scored a couple of grindal worm cultures from Pat!
Sometimes I think the side projects that come with fish keeping are some of the most fun aspects of this hobby. If you are fortunate enough that the hobby leads you down the path to start spawning and raising fish, you will eventually spend some time with live food cultures. Continue reading Bob gave me worms!!!
While we were at the All-Aquarium Catfish Convention this fall, a fellow YouTuber shot this great video of Stephan talking about Matten filters, cube filters and corner filters, all products of Swiss Tropicals. Continue reading Matten Filters, Cube Filters and Corner Filters
While I don’t keep many cichlids anymore, it’s hard to pass up on a chance to visit the Ohio Cichlid Associations yearly Extravaganza. The event marks the end of the year here in Ohio for most of the hobby related activities. Continue reading At the OCA Extravaganza 2016
It would seem as though I’m in a bit of a rut. I had some big plans for work in the fish room this fall. I was hoping to redo the fish room layout, and add some more tank space, but I just can’t seem to pull the trigger and get started. Continue reading Fall ’16 Spawning Plans
If you have spent much time in the aquarium hobby, you have no doubt heard of Eric Bodrock and Regina Spotti. In the photo above, that’s Regina on the left with Eric on the right and Stephan Tanner of Swiss Tropicals in the middle.
All Oddball Aquatics is the on-line company owned & operated by Eric, and is located in western Pennsylvania, just a bit south of Pittsburgh. Continue reading Visiting Eric & Regina ( All Oddball Aquatics )
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.
As 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!