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Algae starts to grow

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Algae has started to grow on the new growing-on tank for the Sturisoma Aureum catfish, so the Power-Glo tube is working correctly this should help their feeding requirements.

Snails are also getting out of control in one of the aquariums, I knew it was a mistake to leave that single snail!

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Electrics labelled

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

I’m pulling the late shift at the office again, this week. So not got much time after work, so I’ve spent some time this evening doing the boring jobs, and labelling the electrics in the fish house, it needed doing. I’ve also finally completed all the electrics for Aquarium No.9. I’ve just found out that nPower are increasing their electricity and gas prices from the 1 January 2006, so I’m glad I switched!

I’ve been feeding an empty fish tank to help it mature. So I didn’t think a picture of an empty fish tank would be exciting enough to post in the blog.

Tomorrow evening time permitting, and poviding the water quality is okay, I’ll move some hardy Zebra Danios and Guppies into the tank to help cycle the it.

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Hypostomus sp. L137

Friday, December 9th, 2005

I purchased this pl*co from a local “pet shop” 12 months ago, it was sold as a Blue-Eyed pleco, it did have pale-blue eyes at the time of purchase.

It was very thin, when purchased with a hollow stomach, I think the “pet shop” was feeding it on flake, it could also have been starved for export to the UK, which is a common practice for exoporting fish.

It’s been feed Algae Wafers, Courgette, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale, Prawns and Bloodworm, it’s grown and put on weight, but it’s lost it’s pale-blue eyes.


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Nobody told me there’d be days like these!

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Overcome by the smell of acetic acid (vinegar smell) after re-sealing Aquarium No.9, I’ve left the fish house early this evening. I’m surprised this fish tank held water, because after cleaning it out, the silicon sealer in the fish tank, just fell off - well this tank is 18 years old! - only new aquariums seals, are guaranteed for 1-2 years today.

L001/L022 feeding on courgette with the help a Screwcumber.

Ancistrus feed on cuc
Albino Ancistrus sp. feeding on cucumber with the help of a Screwcumber.

It’s the Christmas Party tomorrow evening, so I don’t expect I’ll be adding a blog entry tomorrow!

There’s a little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu

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Sturisoma Aureum

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I’ve managed to obtain some better pictures after getting my Leica Digilux wet, after dunking the lens in the tank, I hope it’s waterproof.

Sturisoma Aureum feeding on courgette
Sturisoma Aureum fry feeding on courgette.

Male Sturisoma Aureum on eggs
Male Sturisoma Aureum guarding and fanning the eggs.

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Sturisoma Aureum Fry - 4 Days Old

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

I’ve been experimenting with different food sources for the fry, I’ve not reared Sturisoma Aureum Fry before. I’m currently feeding the following:-

  • Spinach
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Courgette
  • Algae and plant vegetation (amazon swords and vallis)
  • Brine Shrimp
  • ZM 300/400 Fry Foods
  • Spirulina Cubes

They are growing very fast, I’ve broken my ice cube tray, I think it was the freezer, so I’ll need to purchase another one, now I’m making Spirulina Cubes in bulk. How you seen the price of Spirulina tablets in the health food shops!

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Happy Bonfire Night

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Not one for liking fireworks, I’ve been in the fish house most of the evening spring cleaning and tidying it up for the winter.

I wish the neighbours would stop launching fireworks, I thought my fish house was under seige!

I’ve purchased some powdered Spirulina which is filamentous blue-green algae from ZM Systems to feed the newly hatched Sturisoma aureum fry, after reading an article by Adrian R. Tappin he made a food source based on Spirulina and agar to feed to the fry.

I’ve been told that UK Catfish Enthusiast/Expert/God David Sands has written an article in Practical Fiskeeping about feeding and rearing Sturisoma aureum, if anyone has the article, I would like to read it. Please contact me.

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Sturisoma Aureum Day Three

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

The eggs from the pair of Sturisoma Aureum are developing well, the embryos are developing well in the eggs, and you can see the “eyes”. Here is a picture at Day three after lay. There are approximately 100 eggs. If you compare earlier pictures, with this photograph, you will notice a difference, these have become much darker as the embryos grow and develop.

Sturisoma Aureum eggs day3

It was lucky I caught the male parent fish, feeding, and away from the eggs chasing the female away. The male fish is usually guarding the eggs and fanning them constantly. Sorry about the quality, I’ll try and get a better in focus shot, But I was more concerend in getting a shot, so I could count the eggs.

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PTFE Tape and Superglue

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

I’ve not posted for a few days, I’ve been away from home and the fish house with my job at Storage Expo, Olympia, London and compounded by a cold/flu, not been too well, so apart from daily routines feeding the fish, I’ve not been on top of all the projects for the fish house. I don’t think it’s bird flu, although I was in Vietname earlier this year!

Eheim 2030 Pic 3

I’ve obtained an Eheim 2030, flow rate is 1200 l/h and uses an oil cooled Eheim 1030 external pump, this is an earlier version of the Eheim 2260, filter capacity is 18l, because the Eheim 2260 was based on this earlier model, it shares the same parts, this filter has a grey finish, unlike the 2260 which is green, and the latter uses a new external pump a 1060 or 1260.

It has a small leak on the inlet, so I’ve been using PTFE “plumbers” tape and superglue to seal the leak. I hope to have it installed shortly on another new tank.

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Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

….The Witches Cauldron Brew, the
bogwood is still soaking nicely.

I’ve seen the
this evening, it’s still in the tank and feeding. I visited
Petland in my lunchtime today in York, they have an excellent collection of Ls
in stock, I almost parted with an

but needed to catch the bus! Maybe next time! I don’t think they
have a website, but here’s a
by the Ryedale Aquarist Society.

I’ve just noticed that I use the
terms Ls and Lxxx numbers a lot, and some readers may be confused with what I am
referring to. The group of catfish I keep are in the scientific name
Loricariidae, this is pronouced
Lori KARI Iday or more commonly referred to Suckermouth Armoured Catfishes (yes
they do stick to the glass!), they have rows of armour plating covering body,
underslung suckermouth. They all come from South America. Originally when a
suckermouth armoured catfish was discovered, it was given a scientific name (latin),
and a common name, as more were discovered in recent years it became impossible
to readily identify them, and give them common names, so the L numbering system
was invented to uniquely identify each catfish, and hence the L series was born,
there is also an LDA series, the same has also been done for Corydoras
catfishes, Cichlids and Rays.

Endlers’ are doing well, and have another four fry.

Purple Spotted Gudgeon in the fish house are massive compared to the fish in the
display tank. Sexual difference possibly.

Many projects still to complete, fish house needs a tidy for the forthcoming
cold weather, and I’ve got a new temperature project finished, but need to
relocate the computer system in the fish house.

Again, I’m pulling the late shift all week, at the office, so not much time to
organise the fish house.

Had an excellent response from

Pond Supplies UK
, and a replacement end-cap for my Hailea air compressor
has been posted. That’s Excellent Customer Service, I’m still awaiting to hear
from Java-Plants (I think all
the Vallis is now dead!).

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