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Archive for July, 2007

MYXAZIN broad spectrum bactericide

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

After consultantion with friends I’ve started to treat the tank with Waterlife’s MYXAZIN broad spectrum bactericide to prevent any secondary bacterial infection. This is a five day course, I’m not sure but I think the area of ulcer is receding.

I’ve like to try Furan-2, but it’s not available in the UK!

I’ve just finished painting another three 30x15x12 fish tanks and they have been test filled in the sun (yes, unbelievably it’s not raining yet!), to check they don’t leak.

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Wild Male Angel Treatment

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

I’ve been treating with API Melafix, but I think I’m going to have to change to something stronger. The ulcer is both sides of the body in the same position.

Any ideas, email me

Here is a picture of the fish. Please click the image to obtain a high resolution version.

Wild Male Angel fish
Wild Male Angel fish with Ulcer on upper shoulder, under top dorsal fin.

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July Update

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

The computer is working again… the motherboard died!

The new tanks added reached a temperature of 22 degrees C, without any heating, so I had to add internal Visitherm 200 watt heaters to each tanks, to get the temperature to 26 degrees C, I also had three spare 18 watt lighting units and tubes, so I’ve also added these.

To mature the tanks, I’ve added Hagen Cycle and also removed a single mature Bio Foam from other tanks in the fish house, and added them to each fish tank.

I’ve since added two Serpae tetras Hyphessobrycon eques, two Zebra Danios Danio rerio to two of the tanks to help mature them.

The remaining tanks is currently being used as a quarantine tank for my Wild Male Silver Angel fish Pterophyllum scalare which could be a Peruvian Pterophyllum scalare which has developed a nasty ulcer on the shoulder near the dorsal fin, I noticed it in the display tank, and thought at first it was an injury from another fish, but has got larger, I’ve been treating with Melafix for over 7 days, but I don’t think it’s getting any better. The fish is still alert, eating well, and doesn’t seem to be in any distress, there’s no swelling, blood or fungus, it’s very odd.

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More Angus & Maltilda Photos

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Angus and Tilda, are a little better with Esther. Angus now plays a little with Esther, but I don’t think Esther understands he’s only 12 weeks old. Tilda is still occasionally hisses at Esther. They’ve had all their innoculations now, and have finished Felix Chicken cat food, and are now on Hill’s Science Kitten dry food.



More Angus & Maltilda photographs

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More Fish Tanks!

Monday, July 16th, 2007

You can never have enough fish tanks…

I’ve finally added a rack of three 30x15x12 additional fish tanks to the fish house. These will help with the fish breeding program. These should have been added months ago, but I’ve been trying to paint them outside, and the weather has been foul – it’s not been easy touching up the paint job, when it’s been raining, and also busy with new Kittens, DIY etc etc

I’ve filled them with water, and added Algarde Bio Foam 200 twin foam filters.

I’ve not added any heating or lighting at present. I’m checking to see if there’s enough heat present in the fish house, to heat them spatially.

I’d add a picture if my computer hadn’t overheated and died!

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Aequidens rivulatus aka Green Terror/Gold Saum

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

“Does exactly what it says on the tin” to repeat that well known UK phrase.

The female Green Terror has killed my Rusty Pleco (L077). I’ve had this pleco for about four years, when purchased it had blue eyes, in the last three years has taken on the more rusty colouration.

I purchased a pair of Green Terrors Aequidens rivulatus, from a local fishkeeper, which had difficulties with the male and female, male almost killing the female, and this resulted in a very shy female, unlike the male, which “charges” the tank everytime you go near it. I’ve had them seperated for four months, and the female has slowly been happier, not as shy, sharing the tank, was a Rusty pleco, which I thought was Indestructible (a bit like Captain Scarlet!), she’s proved me wrong! I don’t know why she flipped!

Male Terror
Male Green Terrors Aequidens rivulatus
Female Green Terror
Female Green Terrors Aequidens rivulatus

I’m hoping to breed them in the future, If I can get them together.

I like the Aequidens group of South/Central American Cichlids, and many years ago had some Aequidens Pulcher Blue Acaras (I think the latin name has changed since!), which is similiar to the Green Terror, but maybe not a killer!

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Front Garden in July 2007

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

The yellow patches are the result of cutting the grass very late, after letting the the daffodils die back. I’m hoping to get some lawn fertiliser on the lawn in the next few days, which I’m hoping should put some colour back!

Front Garden in July

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New Secret Weapon against slugs and snails…

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

This is my new organic, environmentally friendly, weapon against slugs and snails.

Let me introduce you to Mrs Tiggy-winkle


and for those of you who don’t read Beatrix Potter, shame on you, it’s a young Hedgehog that has decided to visit the garden to eat those pesky slugs and snails! I hope she’s road-wise!

The Slug Gone and Copper Rings have worked very well, and my Hostas are doing much better, or is it the work of Mrs Tiggy-winkle?

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More Angus & Maltilda photographs

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

More Angus & Maltilda photographs

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Angus & Matilda

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

The kittens have been named Angus & Matilda, and are doing very well, Esther still not keen, litter trained already – very good. Tilly is the brain, Angus well he’s just mad!

Angus Little Boy. Gus “Honeybun” for short!

Matilda Little Girl. “Tilly” for short.

They have their own webpages here which have been updated again with pictures taken on the 3 July 2007. It’s much easier for me to add pictures to these dynamic pages, rather than add images to the blog!

Folks in Somerset, Devon & Cornwall will understand the Gus reference! Remember the mushroom! That’s mushroom not mushrooms!

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