Clearing out the fish room

Well it looks like hot weather is just around the corner.  I’ve got just a few more CPD’s going out and I’ll be done shipping fish until the weather cools off next fall.  While it might not be immediately apparent, there is a method to my madness!

Tank rack
Photo by Dennis Ball

Over the years when I’ve lost fish while shipping it’s always been due to the fish being exposed to the heat.  One way to combat that would be to ship everything over-night, but who wants to pay those exorbitant shipping charges!  Since I ship everything USPS Priority, my solution is to simply take a break when the weather get too hot.

This system has worked out very well for me.  I basically have two shipping seasons and two spawning seasons.  In a way, it helps to keep the hobby fun and prevents it from becoming too much like a job.

L183’s – a BAP score!

WOW! I am on a roll!  At our last club meeting I scored some fantastic L183 plecos at the BAP auction after the club meeting.  After getting the Zebras at the Swap Meet, this is just icing on the cake.

These fish prefer “Black Water” conditions to spawn, but another club member is keeping them in regular Columbus tap water with great success.  They are just babies at around 1.5 inch long, so it will be a bit before any hopes of spawning these fish.

2013 C.A.F.E. Swap Meet

Last Saturday was our local club’s annual swap meet and silent auction.  To say I had a great time would be an under statement.

Zebra Pleco - L046
Photo by Dennis Ball

First off, I got to see all the local fish heads after a rather long winter.  Second, I sold tons of fish and inverts.  And last, but not least, I won some super nice L046 Zebra plecos in the silent auction!

The Zebra’s, (4 in total), were a BAP submission by club President Jeremy Basch.

This years swap was at the new location in the Marriott Courtyard Columbus West.  It’s an easy spot to get to and we had a great turn-out!

If you are not involved with your local club, you are missing out.  It seems like every event my club has is better than the last.



Tiger Limia – a BAP score!

Limia sp Tiger fry
Photo by Dennis Ball

After each of our local club meetings we have a BAP / HAP auction.  Well at the February meeting I picked up some very cool Limia sp. Tiger (Wayne Cade BAP submission).  It has been a very long time since I’ve kept any livebearers and these cool little fish make an interesting addition to the fish room.

Well, needless to say, it wasn’t any time at all and I found some new fry while doing a water change. WOW these guys are huge! After working with egg scatters for the past few years I was taken back with the size of these new born fry. Thanks again Wayne!

Originating from the island of Haiti, the males grow to around 1.25 inches with the females just slightly larger at 1.5 inches.  These fish are very easy to keep and have eaten anything I offered to them.  They especially like live foods such as mosquito larvae and baby brine shrimp, but just as eagerly eat Repashy gel and Golden Pearls prepared foods.  I have them in a 10 gallon tank with my L201 plecos, but at the rate they are reproducing they will need larger accommodations soon!

If you are a Tropical Fish Hobbyist digital subscriber, Bill Allen has a nice article about these in the April 2010 issue.

Celestial Pearl Danio History

It’s not often that you get the chance to witness the introduction of a new fish into the hobby, but in the case of the ‘Galaxy Rasbora’, I was in the right place at the right time and that was exactly what happened…..

In the wee hours of the morning of September the 6th 2006, Kamphol Udomritthiruj of AquariCORP made the following post on the Petfrd forum, (a Singapore ­based fishkeeping website). Continue reading Celestial Pearl Danio History

Petco $1 gallon sale

What a great deal offered by Petco!  Every year Petco has their $1 per Gallon sale and this year I picked up four 40 gallon breeder tanks.  That a full load for an Isuzu Rodeo!

I purchased these through the Petco located in Troy Ohio.  They were not in stock so the store manager ordered them and even though they didn’t come in until after the sale was over, I got the $1 per gallon sale price.  Thank you Jesse!

I’m going to make some Poret HMF corner filters for these tanks so stay tuned.

Spawning Danios Article

A couple weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to write an article about spawning danios.  The cool thing about it was that the article was to be posted on Pete Mang’s web site.  Anyone who has purchased fish on AquaBid probably knows Pete as Lotsoffish.

Over the years, I received some very nice fish from Pete.  He really knows his stuff when it comes to keeping, raising, and spawning fish in particular.  If you get a chance check out his site, and my article too! (

CAFE Swap Meet – March 24, 2012

My local club had their annual Swap Meet a couple of Saturday’s ago.  What a great time!  And to think, I almost didn’t go.  I had decided it was just too far for me to go, about 3 hours round trip.

Lucky for me, Cory the club plant guru, posted on the C.A.F.E. forum that he was looking for someone to split a table. 

At any rate, I renewed some old friendships, sold some stuff, made some new friends, and had some great conversations.

Swiss Tropicals

What a great day!  I spent the best part of today over in Columbus at Swiss Tropicals.  It’s owned by my friend Stephan Tanner, what an asset he is to the aquarium hobby!

Stephan is the US distributor for the Poret® Brand Filter Foam & Jetlifter lift tubes.  That was part of the reason for the trip over.  I bought enough foam to put dividers in two 55’s and a 75.  The cool thing about using foam is that it works as a filter as well as being a tank divider.

Poret divider 2

I’m planning on using the tanks for grow-out tanks for fry and this looks like a great option to get more bang for my buck when it comes to maximizing tank space.