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

BBS 101

I can’t remember when I didn’t hatch a batch of baby brine shrimp (bbs) on a daily basis. That said, after years of producing a daily batch, I started to notice that my hatch rates were falling and I was at a loss as to the reason why. Well after checking all the obvious causes without any improvements I though perhaps a refresher course was in order, BBS 101 if you will. Continue reading BBS 101

HMF aquarium filtration

Corner HMF Aquarium Filtration
Photo by Dennis Ball

If you have a fish room, and you are NOT using HMF aquarium filtration, then you my friend are missing out. HMF, or Hamburger Mattenfilter, is an aquarium filtration method invented by aquarists near the city of Hamburg Germany. While it’s considered fairly new in the US, it’s old school in Europe dating back to the 1960’s.

The original HMF aquarium filtration, or Mattenfilter for short, was simply a foam sheet  inserted vertically in the tank, about 2 cm from the side wall. This works extremely well in a working fish room where tanks are placed on end into tank racks.  There are also several variations on this basic theme, like the corner HMF pictured above.  Continue reading HMF aquarium filtration

Poret Corner Filters

When I heard my friend Stephan was moving out of the area, I knew the clock was running for me to get all my tanks converted over to HMF filtration.  Normally with largers tanks I just use the typical HMF where the sheet of foam goes from front to back / top to bottom on one end of the tank, but with my new 40 breeders I though I’d make corner filters.

Using HMF corner filters saves on the amount of foam needed and gives you a cleaner look in your tank.  If you leave enough room behind your corner filter you can hide things like heaters, bulk heads and pumps.  It’s also nice to syphon your water out behind the foam when doing water changes on tanks with fry.

Roll up your sleves and I’ll show you how I constructed my DIY corner filters in a future post!