I left the ada alone all break for thanksgiving, and I come back to this!
What did I do? Well I doubled the lighting on the tank just before leaving, appatently that’s what it needed. I came back to a tank with dead BBA, dead hair algae, and dead soft green algae. Three of my blyza have great color and all my melted staurogyne have grown two digits already
My next project
I love killifish, beyond the looks, the growth rate of the annual S Am species is astounding. The way they’ve adapted to the seasonal pools of water is stunning. I have kept a few, but never for long, they always jump or refuse to eat, and it’s sad to see them go. I don’t think they belong in the enclosures I’ve previously provided for them, and after finding poor normani killifish on the floor by my 33 I’M DONE keeping them in any old tank.
I have had a thought for a while of how to provide them with a great habitat, while creating a unique and awe inspiring tank for myself and others to enjoy. As I consider more and more how to design the best tank the same idea keeps entering my head, and it comes from what their natural habitat does.
I want to get eggs, (seems like the males never want to eat when they are pre-hatched / grown when purchased) and create a dry start scape, with all the goodies found in nature, maybe peat, leaves, plants reaching up around and through rotting leaves, the natural habbitat basically, and once the eggs have incubated for long enough, introduce and fill the tank.
With any luck I’ll get at least a male and a few females, and as they grow up quickly and spawn, I’ll either save the eggs or leave them be in the substrate (more research needed)
Once the killis grow old and die off, I’ll tear down the tank and start a new with a fresh dry start scape, which I’ll keep dry for a few months, then when the ‘rainy season’ comes again I’ll re-introduce the killi eggs, (java moss, spawn matt, substrate, more research needed) and raise a new batch of fry in a new scape.
I love this idea beacuse it allows me to frequently reinvent a tank, which is what I want, and provide a species with the closest replication of its natural environment I can.
Ps: the tank would have a lid
Stunted growth means stunted lives
It’s fair to assume that not many of us consider animal cruelty or neglect to be positive things, yet in one respect the aquarium hobby is arguably among the worst offenders in the global pet trade.
In the first of a series of articles in support of BIAZA’s ‘Big Fish Campaign’ we explain why, in some cases, size really does matter…
Why are fishes viewed as disposable?
Consider for a second your favourite non-aquatic animal. Be it bird, cat, dog, chameleon or panda, would you condone it being maintained in cramped, dirty housing while being offered an inappropriate diet, with the animal unable to display natural behaviour, suffering extreme growth issues and early death as a result?
Most reasonable people would surely answer ‘no’. Yet why do we as aquarists, and the ornamental fish industry in general, appear to turn a blind eye when it comes to fishes which clearly grow too large for the vast majority of home aquaria?
The popular view appears to remain that fishes have not evolved the neuro-anatomical and physiological characters that permit sentience, despite scientific evidence suggesting that they do in fact percieve pain, fear, and stress in pretty much the same way as tetrapods (Chandroo et al., 2004).
Ergo, the same myths and excuses regarding ‘big’ fishes continue to be peddled and their availability remains undiminished.
Every time I see gator gars, bala sharks, pacu, arowana, oscars and the like for sale without clearly communicated requirements, or hear ‘what’s the biggest fish I can put in my 10 gallon?’ I smh. It isn’t all about you, it’s about tending to the needs of an animal properly and enjoying the process of getting up a great living space for them. When people say that I don’t presume they’re a soulless jerk, it’s as the OP said: people don’t pay attention to it, they don’t consider them as equals to other more amiable animals, abuse is easy when there is little outcry and death is a presumed occurance. ‘Idk why my goldfish always die, I think they just aren’t meant to live for long…’ it’s THIS thinking that has gotten us into this mess.
I recently (as in today) sent a letter into Animal Planet urging them to take action against the show Tanked. The cast on the show really have no knowledge of many of the species they stock their tanks with, leading to overcrowded and unhappy fish. As well as doing things like putting them in drumsets and skate ramps; or cramming dozens of goldfish into a tank with only an airstone, things that can really stress these fish out and kill them quite easily. As someone who tries hard to expel the myth that fish are lesser animals that should not be treated as objects, shows like Tanked who hold so much potential to educate the public but fall so short are a huge step back in dispelling many myths regarding aquariums. Even if it’s only a few sentences I urge you to send a message to Animal Planet stating that the show needs to be changed or not aired. This was the rather strongly worded letter I wrote.
I had begun watching Tanked hoping to see a quality show that educated viewers on not only on tank builds, but also on proper stocking and housing of the fish. I was sorely disappointed. All of the tanks they build end up overstocked or stuffed with incompatible species. The episode where they stick dozens of fancy goldfish in a small baby bottle shaped tank with nothing more than an airstone was particularly disturbing. As a marine biologist seeing fish treated as objects and sticking them in drumsets or skate ramps is really disappointing. Animal Planet should be trying to properly educate the public using their TV shows as a platform. Shows like Tanked that portray fish as disposable and expendable objects rather than animals are sending the wrong message to the general public. The team on Tanked can build any fish tank but seems to lack fundamental knowledge of how these organisms actually function; and also lack proper knowledge on the species they stock their tanks with. I will not be watching Tanked or giving any of your other programs my viewing time until Animal Planet as a company cleans up its act and goes back to making programs that are actually based around the animals and not the people.
giving this a little signal boost!! Every message to them helps!
I saw the episode where they put a bunch of fancy goldfish in a converted drum, and I heard them say something about how goldfish “have adapted to live in small spaces”, which is complete bullshit
Fish people are catching on to how fucking terrible Animal Planet has become these days I see.
Will sign but there’s more wrong with this channel than this POS show.
Animal Planet, I have an idea for a cross-program spin off you can air! It’ll be called “Animal Cops: Busting Irresponsible Animal Planet Shows”
I used to watch it, I knew very little about saltwater so I didn’t catch on until they put a rainbow shark in a 10 gallon tank, let someone keep crocodiles at their home, and set up a tank for a single night and stressed the crap out of fish for some shoe release of some famous person.
It is a far cry from what it could be: educational AND entertaining, there is far too much drama and joking, not nearly enough about animals. Wayde is fat and they like joking about it, we get it, family banter la de da, just teach people about proper care of other beings.
Pregnant Rili and her possible baby-daddy checking out the freeze dried tubifex worms I stuck in there on a coffee spoon.
They haven’t had this before but they came right over and started making a mess, flinging bits of worm into the currents. They also nom up the worm fragments like eating Pocky. Very cute.
You can kinda see the Rilis eggs in this photo (they’re reddish).
what SP name do these shrimp go by? they don’t look like CRS
OH MY GOD <3
My moss scape I made in Ireland
#fishmostly, I can totally see you doing this
Okay so I need stocking ideas for a 29 gallon tank. The tank will be in the living room. My mom wants to get angelfish but a 29g is a little small, even for a pair. So far I want to stock it with cardinals and corydoras. I rather stick to a Amazon theme tank but need an idea for a centerpiece…
I really want to see some more keyhole cichlids.
Centerpieces: apistogramma are great if you have a LFS that sells them at a reasonable price. Cardinal Tetras get along well, maybe a few corydoras, and then a pleco, maybe a colombian zebra? that would give you top, bottom, and mid dweller. I think there are some killifish you could have in place of the apistos, and would mean a more peaceful tank, but they are of course going to be more of top dwells, (nothing wrong with that) and the SA varieties are all ANNUAL to the best of my knowledge. This means you could either turn it into a breeding experiment, letting them mat spawn, (I believe they use mats not ground, double check that), and dry it out, then when your pair inevitably dies, you can submerse the mat/substrate in a separate tank, have the fry grow, (they are full grown in a few weeks!), introduce some into your 29, and possibly sell / donate the others to fellow hobbyists.