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A Guppy Out of Water


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May 29, 2012 - 5:36 PM No Comments

Red Cherry Shrimp Wild Ride and Outdoor Platy Update


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I’m still a bit stunned. I came back inside from looking in on our outside fish and noticed two dark objects bouncing around in the flow of the uplift tube from the undergravel filter in our 5 gallon tank. Now….. from time to time, gunk has accumulated in the tube and will come if in sheets that can be about the size of a small leaf. But I kept looking at these…. they didn’t seem to be appearing smaller and then larger as usual. (When you see the sheet of gunk from the side it appears much smaller….) After about thirty seconds I realized that there were two inch long cherry shrimp in there. (Both female.) Now, I had worried about cherry shrimp in our other filter being drawn in through the intake tube, but never imagined one (much less two) would be stuck in the uplift tube.

I carefully pulled the tube loose and they both seem alive (!) I don’t know how (or when they managed to get in. I suppose they could have climbed in at the top the last time the power was out and the tube was quiet. I’m amazed they’re still alive.

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May 22, 2011 - 8:41 PM No Comments

Platy Fry Sexual Maturity


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Well…. I’ve already updated this on the platy fry post, but…. in looking at our oldest tank of fry. They’re now almost 2 months old. (Born 2-19-11) They’re still quite small fish and all look female at this point. There is an adult male in with them and today I noticed that they must be looking good to him because he’s starting to behave a little different around them, sidling up next to them much the way I saw Mickey court a couple fish….

So, as I’m reading it looks as though most people say that platies reach sexual maturity at around 3-4 months. I’ve seen one account suggesting as young as 2 months. I’m not sure how precise these counts are. We may get to pin down an exact threshold though because I’ve seen 23-25 day gestation periods with the mother platy at this point. What to do….

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April 14, 2011 - 7:55 PM No Comments

Nano Fish


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This may not be an idea for beginners, but you know those small 5 gallon tanks…. I’ve recently come across several species of nano fish. See some for sale here. One that really jumps out is one of the nano rasboras – phoenix rasboras. They’re pretty colorful and max out at under one inch long. There are quite a few other kinds of nano size fish out there and some might just be good inhabitants for a smaller tank. (You certainly don’t want to put them in with anything much bigger or they might become snacks…)

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March 8, 2011 - 9:53 PM No Comments