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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

Building my Shrimpire …. or is that shrempire?


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I’ve really got hooked on dwarf freshwater shrimp. We have red cherry shrimp in two tanks right now and I’m thinking about the possibilities of a third tank (for yellow shrimp maybe…) I’m also seriously considering a species only tank (or two….)

Why?

They’re surprisingly entertaining to watch. The other day I saw a male shrimp catch a ride on the side of our red mickey mouse platy for about 2-3 seconds…. it was such a funny sight and by the time the platy started to try to dislodge his hitchhiker, the shrimp let go and cruised along on his own.

I’m seriously thinking about the sheer numbers of how many shrimp will be in my shrimpire …. shrempire? and realistically thinking I’ll have to consider some way to get them out of here in a few months.

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April 13, 2011 - 11:48 PM No Comments

Finnex PX-360 Review – All in One Compact Canister Filter


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So…. with the 10 gallon Walstad planted tank I’ve broken down and invested a meager $40 in the Finnex PX-360 compact canister filter. I had researched it and all seemed to say that this was as good a cheap filter as is available. First off, I should walk through why I decided to get a real filter for a Walstad tank. Well, when I first setup the planted tank I had read that you could run it without a filter. I felt uncomfortable just going completely natural and made a pvc pipe sponge filter with seed media from our other tank. Planted, checked ammonia – observed a short cycle and then added fish. Well, as I added fish there was a minicycle – so in went more plants and then things had stabilized, we had baby fish in the other tank and their mother was moved into the Walstad. At that point we started running trace ammonia frequently. So, I made a second pvc sponge filter to put in. Over the stretch of time from the beginning of the tank up until now the ph level had gradually changed from around 6.0 (lowest readable with the test kit) up to the now 7.0 or 7.2.

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April 2, 2011 - 9:47 PM No Comments

Baby Red Cherry Shrimp


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Well, it was March 4th when we added the first batch of red cherry shrimp to the 10 gallon planted tank. We have tons of plants in there and it’s really hard to see more than 5 shrimp at a time. (We have about 30 or so I think….) Anyway, early on I thought I saw one of the female shrimp looked to be berried. Unfortunately I haven’t seen her in weeks. Well…. today I was getting ready for a water change and started to push down a water sprite I had anchored into the substrate yesterday, but floated loose overnight. Between my hand and the glass I saw a little bit of red floating… I thought it was debris. About a quarter inch long. I moved my finger towards it and it jumped the way the shrimp do. We have some baby shrimp! Woohoo…. I have no idea how long it will be before I see it (or another) again though….

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March 27, 2011 - 3:50 PM No Comments

Escapee! High diving fish


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Well I picked up another three neon tetras to add in to the previous three. I was acclimating them to the tank as usual. The bag had floated and several cups of water from the tank added to the bag. Then I gently poured them out into a bucket and got the first one moved into the tank, netted and in the tank with no problem. I caught the second one and was raising it to the tank when I felt a twinge from the net. NO! I looked into the bucket, only one fish down there. I looked into the net, no fish! Then it flinched again, it was on the floor about a foot from the bucket. I eased it back into the net and started to put my hand back over the net (which is what I had started to do when it did it’s high dive. As I raised it up to the tank level and started to move my hand away…. it flipped AGAIN, over my hand and high dive into the bucket !!!!!!!!! A good five foot dive (which given it’s body size…. is really an amazing dive.

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March 10, 2011 - 9:36 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

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)

New 10 Gallon Walstad Natural Planted Tank setup


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So, with the recent batch of fry it’s pushed us over the edge towards getting a new tank. I had already decided that the next setup I did would be a natural planted tank. Plastic plants just aren’t my style and the high tech approach to fertilizers and estimating which nutrients to add, co2 generators/etc.etc…. is too high maintenance for my taste. So here’s what I put together today. 10 gallon Top Fin tank and hood from petsmart. Tetra whisper 20 air pump. An old sponge filter I had laying around (not necessary, but I’m using it to help settle the cloudiness in the water. I had a huge bag of garden pro potting soil which I filtered out to use as the soil and laid down about an inch. On the edges I used the black gravel that they had at petsmart (probably topfin brand. A 100 watt topfin aquarium heater. Marineland plant/daylight bulb (10 watt)/ air check valve and an old thermometer from our other tank. We had some tubing. I also picked up an amazon sword plant, anubias, and wisteria to try out. We already had a boatload of anacharis, some java fern and lots of java moss.

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January 9, 2011 - 9:05 PM No Comments

Learning from Experience


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We’ve had our 5 gallon tank setup and running for over a year now. (14 months.) When we started this second foray into fishkeeping I had studied and learned and felt much better prepared than our shortlived first attempt. My biggest concern was the small tank and going against the recommendations of keeping Zebra Danios in such a small tank. I had picked them due to most reports indicating that they are fairly hardy and so should survive our early mistakes. I resolved to do more water testing than before and at this point it is at a point where it can run for several weeks between changes. (This is a planted tank and so our nitrate levels never seem to get that high.)

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March 21, 2010 - 10:44 PM No Comments