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February, 2011 | Home Fish Aquarium Guide

Home Fish Aquarium Guide

Fishkeeping Information and Resources for the Home Aquarium

Kordon – Rid Metals


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I purchased a bottle of Kordon Rid-Metals during my quest to determine why anacharis always melted in my tank. We have a house with older copper pipes and the familiar blue-green stains in the tub from water. Test kits reveal that the first water out of the tap tends to be around 0.5 ppm of copper. Since anacharis and some of our other aquarium plants are copper sensitive (and I’m hoping to add some shrimp at some point) I decided to try to treat the problem and see if that helped the plants growth.

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February 28, 2011 - 9:35 PM No Comments

Platy Fry! (Again)


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Okay – yesterday Billie was looking quite plump. Starting to look a bit squared. I really was expecting another week yet based on when she and Mickey were first together, but…. This morning we had fry. When I first got up and looked, she looked a bit thinner than yesterday. I looked and looked and finally found a little baby fry zipping around. We had either 4 or 5. Twice I thought I was able to count 5 in the tank. This evening I’ve only been able to spot 3 at a time. We do have a lot of plant cover including some floating water sprite which they’re currently hunkered down in. mom looks thinner, but…. still a bit plump. I’m suspecting there may be a few more fry to drop.

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February 19, 2011 - 10:11 PM No Comments

An Aquarium Horror Story – aka our first Tank


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Our first fish tank. I don’t know exactly how long it’s been. It was probably around 1998 or so. Aquarium information was hard to come by online still. I remember at one point during that nightmare thinking I should get a book, but didn’t know where to start. We had always liked looking at the fish at the wal-mart in town. Years ago we looked at fish in a pet store that was in the mall in town. It was just part of our routine. One night though – they had a sale on 5 gallon tank kits. It included “everything you need” to start and was 30-40 dollars I think. We bit at the offer and took it home. It was a hex tank and just fit on our bookshelf in the hallway. It was a tight fit getting the light cover off to add water, but it was manageable. The tank has a rim around the top as well so you can’t get to the entire surface, but…. well why would we need to get at it too much?

I don’t think we got fish that night. We did get gravel though and two bright neon decorations – cave and mountain.

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February 15, 2011 - 5:10 PM No Comments

Canister Filter for a 10 Gallon Tank


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So, I now have this 10 gallon Walstad Natural planted tank. I have a homemade sponge filter powered by an air pump. Technically planted tanks shouldn’t need much in the way of a filter although I’m starting to think about a canister filter just in case. It would give water movement and probably be quieter than the air bubble that is pushing the sponge filter.

So, I’ve been looking at the low end canisters. There is the PX-360: Finnex All-in-one Compact Canister Filter over at amazon.com for about $40. It comes with a hanger to hang it on the outside of the tank. It also seems fairly well rated. Another low end canister is the well rated Zoo Med 501 Turtle Canister Filter for about $35, but it doesn’t come with the hanger – that is separate: Zoo Med 501 Canister Filter Hanger for about $8.

I haven’t ordered anything yet, I’m leaning towards the PX-360 if I were to get one.

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February 13, 2011 - 10:15 PM No Comments

Pregnant Platy Burst


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Can a pregnant platy really burst? Sadly, Yes.

Well for several weeks we’ve known our twin bar platy “Mrs. Fish” was pregnant. We had moved hte other fish to leave her alone in the 5 gallon thinking that after the birth she could move out and her fry could inhabit the 5 gallon until we replace it. The last week or so she’s of course gotten bigger and the last dya or two I thought it really could be any day. You hear people saying their platy is getting so big they think it could burst but you rarely see anyone saying that they really did burst. Well, this morning looking int he tank I see a bunch of eggs hanging out the side of Mrs. Fish and she is struggling to stay alive. Her lower abdomen has given way. I don’t see any fry alive at the moment. I don’t think there is anything I could have done. (I tried a water change two nights ago to see if I could induce birth, but if they’re still eggs that wouldn’t make a difference.) Very sad.

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February 5, 2011 - 10:46 AM Comments (2)