Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Fish made a good adjustment to Erics, he took three Africans off my hands.Aron took one flowerhorn and a 10 gallon. Rob and I want on tour to three fish stores, Highland Tropical, Pet Supplier, and Moby Dicks. Didn't buy anything, saw alot of nice fish. Bought Dolphin Ampmaster pump off of Michigan Reefers, pick up on Wed.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
These are some of Eric's tanks. Met Eric through Aron.
.#1_65g 14" Mozambique Nile Cichlid, 12" Flowerhorn, 12" Red Devil 3 African Clawd Frogs. #2_55g 10" & 6" Texas, 12"&7" Jaguars, 9" Midas.#3-75g_ 20 different species, many Africans. Eric coming over to take some african cichlids off my hands, checked him out and he has a few tanks and raises africans.Guy called on 55gal. with cherry oak stand, picking up today. Aron wants 55gal. tank back, got new fish and he needs room, picking up today. This is tank #7 with Oscar. Oscar moved to tank #6 split with Red Devil. Flowerhorn that was in tank #7 went to tank #18, Red Devil in tank #18 went to tank #15 split with Red Devil.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
The Flowerhorn in tank #20 had to be moved out because of the aggression of the male, never got any eggs. The female was moved back to tank #11 and Black Nasty moved back to tank #12. Guy buying 55 gal. with cherry oak stand is buying this week. In 380 gal Red Devil is showing aggression towards Oscar only, it stopped by 8pm last night. New heater for tank #18, marineland 150watt. Old one burned out, tank was 70*, 80* now. All else good.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Pellet shipment from http://www.kensfish.com/ came today. 5 pounds of pellets? $22 +shipping($11), 5 pounds Hikari pellets at Petco?, $70-$90 bucks! The bag you buy is red, $6.95-$8.95 and only 8oz., that's 1/2 pound. I saw it for $13.95 once at privately owned fish store. Way better deal through Kens even with the shipping added on, and it arrives in 2-3 days. The only place to buy heaters too!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sold!?! Waiting on the call.Cleaned 1/2 of front panel on 140gal. leaker. Aron needed a powerhead for his 29 gal. came over and got one today. Got a craigslist call from Keith going to buy 55 gal. tank, cherry oak stand and hood for salt water set up, $125. He will call later this week. Floor heat out in basement, got to find digital control unit. Floor heat helps with all the heaters I have running, they don't come on as much. I set the temp. on floor to 80-90.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
No eggs this morning in tank#20, give it time. Going to clean panels in 140 leaker today, clean filters and glass tops I've had in the garage for a while in a bucket. Rob's is coming by tonight, bringing barred Midas to breed with mine, not sure who has the female. Lost a cory cat in tank #5, got caught in filter intake tube, R.I.P.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ok, let the games begin! This is tank #20, about 3pm I added female from tank #11. Her color was very black, her tube dropped. The first 10 min he chased her around, then the dance began. Alot of cleaning now, I added a piece of flat rock from her tank, she layed eggs on it before. These are Flowerhorns in case you didn't know. I will watch and hope for eggs.
Monday, November 29, 2010
My favorite tank? 180gal. Red Devil colony-tank #17, 8-Devils from seperate stores, as fry, now they are 3-4 inches.Didn't get to the 140 panel, bon fire instead. Flowerhorn(female) in tank #11turned black, she might lay eggs again. On Wed. I might put her in with male in tank #20 and see what happens.
Vacuumed gravel and 25percent water change in tanks #18-#20. Going to clean silicone off back panel of leaking 140 gal, front panel to go then assembly. Thinking about building enclosed fish room in basement with door to access back of tanks, like a fish work room. Viewing would be from front only, like a picture frame on the wall. Put all live plants in 380-gal sump, divided from african cichlid because he would mess them up.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Did water changes in four more tanks today, tanks #14-#17 vacuumed gravel too. Just a question...What is the most expensive part of this hobby? The tank and stand and light to purchase? Buying your favorite fish? Believe me start keeping track, it's the ongoing maintenance. The cost of food, water, electricity, light replacement soon passes your initial cost of set up.Careful planning and set up are important to reduce maintenance cost. Key is to not overstock your tanks, trust me I've lived this for years and still have trouble overstocking tanks. Just clean a filter with one fish in a 55 gal., then clean a filter with more fish(10-20) in the same size tank. It's unbelievable.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Two of the three Pacus in 380 gal., growing fast. Moved large Pitcus catfish from tank#5 and sailfin Pleco from tank#6 to 380 gal.
Started today still trying to take apart broken 90 gal. with the purple silicone, it was the hardest tank to date that I have taken apart. Purple silicone was worse than glue, but it is apart. I'm going to use broken pieces to practice cutting 1/2" glass. Did water changes and vacuumed gravel in tanks#2-#12 today, water changes should be 25percent of water, and done monthly or 10 percent weekly.Vacuum gravel monthly also, to remove fish waste. Filter changes(floss change or wash out sponge) should be done monthly too. When I vacuumed gravel in tank#7 with the new Oscar there was about 100 eggs, white and fuzzy in gravel. This fish may be a female, or last fish in tank was. I'm going to watch for a while, this may have been the trouble Nic was having with the aggression in this fish. Went to petco today also and got a dozen goldfish for Knife in tank#14, he ate them all. Knife fish only will eat live, I've tried other things for years(shrimp, pellets) no luck.More tomorrow.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Cleaned filters in tanks #2-#5 today. Noticed Red Devils in Tank #17(180gal) spawned, eggs on middle rock, seperated parents and eggs with a divider from rest of tank. Post pics tomorrow. More filter cleanings tomorrow. Update-Male Red Devil ate all eggs within 30 min. of moving fish and eggs, gonna leave male out, just move female and eggs next time.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Busy weekend, female Flowerhorn in tank#11 ate all eggs, they turned white. Did water changes and vacuumed gravel in tanks #18,19,and 20. Got an offer of $120 for 55gal. cherry wood stand on e-mail from craigslist, told him I would take $135, asking $150. Might start filter changes tonight and work on other blog http://www.giantfishtanks.blogspot.com/
Friday, November 5, 2010
Talking with Rob about Flowerhorn female in tank#12 last night, dark color, acting weird. He looks and says "you got eggs!", took a look, one flat rock full of eggs. First time this has happened for me, gonna sit and watch, if they turn white they die. This male and female are separated by a divider, except there is a small opening in bottom of divider. Could these eggs have been fertilized? I'll let you know in days to come, no white ones this morning. Tank#12 at 84*-86*F.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Built a 52" wall, out from door, this will give me a 30' enclosed wall to line up tanks.Power outage last night again, breaker tripped. I feel the overload this time comes at night when all my heater come on. Electric sensor is broke on boiler to heat floors, I will order this part this weekend and install. I feel this will help to keep basement floor warm and keep heaters from coming on all night long. I lost 3 tropicals in outage last night in tank #8, did water change, R.I.P. Did a water change and vacuum gravel in tanks #14 thru #17.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thanks John and wife
Thanks RodneyStarted to remove black plastic from broken 90 gal., this cracked and shattered as I pulled it off. Of all the tanks I've done this has never happened. I noticed the silicone on this tank is purple, never seen this either. This was a free tank, I wonder if the purple silicone had anything to do with the trouble the guy had with the tank.Got two calls for fish today, first one was Rodney. He had a 8" Pleco that had outgrown his tank. Great fish, excellent water condition, thanks Rodney. This fish went into tank #5. The other call was from John and his wife, wanted to get rid of large fancy tail goldfish. Great fish and again excellent water condition, thanks to John and his wife, good luck with the Oscars. These fish went into tank #3 and Red Devil went back into tank #10, split with Buttikoferi. These were referred by Petsmart, thank you.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Water changes in tanks #11- #13, filter changes in #13. Africans in sump of 380 gal. had to be divided, one in bad shape. Better after water change. Started feeding Flowerhorn fry large pellets trying to increase growth. Cleaned another side panel of 140 gal. leaker, front and back panels left to do. Going to put Rena canister filter on tank #17( 180 gal.) to increase filtration. One H.O.T. filter is not enough for 8 Red Devils in this tank. Took apart a broken 55 gal. and stacked glass, started to take apart a broken 90 gal.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
As the Red Devil Colony grows...I don't know if they will pair off for mating or kill each other. Nothing so far, all good. Picked up the 55gallon from wife's friend , this was a salt water set-up. Great deal, 55 gal., rusty stand, Rena canister filter, whisper filter, two protein skimmers, hood lights, heater...extras-$75. Now I just have to sort through it. Got a fish food shipment from Ken's fish today.
Monday, October 18, 2010
More wall building for fish room. Decided to frame in fish room, wire, drywall and finish before i do the rest of the basement. Other tanks are in the way and I only want to move them once. Placed two 55 gallons on metal stand that I painted, no water yet. Got that call from wife's friend, her son couldn't sell the 55 gallon this weekend at the garage sale. Lots of people wanted it but no one came up with any money, going to try and pick it up tonight. I'll post what came with it after I pick it up.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Painted the double 55gal metal stand that came with the new Flowerhorn. All tanks are cleaned now. Flowerhorn with the white spots is doing better with temp. increase and salt added to tank #4. Filled 140gal. leaker half full, gonna let it sit for a couple days, see if I can find where the leak is. Bought the Knife fish in tank #14 a dozen goldfish today, ate them all. All the rest of the tanks are good!
Friday, October 15, 2010
http://www.aquabid.com/ describes this as a Butacrossbreed Flowerhorn $79, not mine but I like it. Its overseas shipping too, ugh!Finished tank cleanings, only one to go...the 380gal...always a fun (a pain!).Added a sponge filter to the sump of the 380gal. Decided to switch fish in tank #20 with new Flowerhorn in tank #9, good switch. Tank #20 is in my office, gonna use this tank as a display tank and switch fish every six moths or so. Took apart one of the broken 55 gal. I got. Got a call from my wife's friend, son has 55gal and all the accessories. Hes having trouble selling it on http://www.craigslist.com/ and at garage sale. Sunday is last day of sale, if he doesn't sell it he want to make a deal. We will talk Monday, nothing is selling in this economy.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Buttikoferi cichlid in tank #2Noticed yesterday Flowerhorn in Tank#4 had white spots on body and top fin. Larger spots thak ick, I've had good luck with adding salt to aquarium and an increased temp to 86*, and water changes, instead of medication. I started this last night and will continue for 3 weeks, post on the health of fish and try to post pics later.Sorted through boxes of aquariums supplies last night given to me from last donation, rinsed out and set up the filters that were running on the 140gal. leaker, put them on on tank #5 and #8. Going to do cleaning to tanks #19 and #20 today.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
New Flowerhorn is progressing well, eating like crazy. Hump(kok) on his head seems to have grown over night. Same cleaning to tanks #10 and#11 as others got. Took two broken tanks and good tank and washed them out, moved to basement for disassembly, good tank to be cleaned with razor blade and set up.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
This a 12" Red Devil donated by Rob.Did major cleaning on first nine tanks excluding three shut down tanks. Water changes 25%, vacuum gravel, changed filter material or washed out filter material, cleaned glass inside and out, cleaned glass tops. Try to set up 90 gal tonight for Flowerhorn pickup tomorrow, this tank will be new Tank #18 in place of shut down 29 gal.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
These are some of the fish in the 380gal., top picture is a Mayan 8", and the other picture is one of the three Pacu 8". These fish and others in the tank survive on frozen shrimp(thawed) frozen peas, and pellets. To keep down on nitrates the fish are feed every other day. Worked on the walls I built today, the header for the doorway was wrong so I ripped it out and did it right, my Dad caught my screw up. All fish that were donated a few days ago survived. Picking up Flowerhorn and tank on friday, will post pictures of him after the move. Got some rosies(minnows) for the african knife fish today...ate them all. Water changes and filter changes tomorrow.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Picked up fish, the story is they bought a lizard that was getting to big for his tank, they had to get out of fish hobby and use 75 gal. for lizard. Picked them up yesterday, about 25 fish. 12 tiger barbs, 2 silver dollars,2 tetras, 3 cory cats, electric yellow, african leaf fish, 2 parrots, bala shark, 2 spotted cat fish, 2 other cat fish, small knife. Very healthy, thanks to Ann and her daughter. Called Zak who donated a flowerhorn and some red devils to me about a year ago, turns out he has a 8" flowerhorn wants to sell and will throw in a 50 gal., told him I would be by Fri. to pick him up. Donated two Koi and a goldfish to a guy with a pond, got to let them go, seemed like they adjusted right in.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Want to keep your fish alive? A must have for power outages!No posting since call in at work, furnace blower motor went, power outage-5hrs. My Dad found a 4000W generator at garage sale- $40, worked great, no fish loss. Back to the postings tomorrow. Got a call from Ann at petsmart, daughter has 13 fish to donate, pick up tomorrow or Monday, list them when I get them.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Swapped tanks with Aron, he gave me a 50 gal., 2 lids, 1 from 10 gal and 1 from 29 gal., no lights, to hold for him, took one of my 29 gal.and lid. Plan on painting back of his tank a tan color, and giving him my homemade painted stand. Post pics when done. Filter changes in tanks #16 and#18, #19 today.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Forgot to turn on filter in tank #15, Devils at top gasping for air. Turned filter on, everything good within 3 hours. Water change in that tank today and #17 with gravel vacuum, clean filter in #16 and #17 also. Heater not working in tank #14, might send back for warranty. Possible bacterial infection on Texas, pick up meds today.