Saturday, July 23, 2005

Pleco cleaning the glass

Here is my spotted pleco hanging on the glass.

They are a really a helpful and peaceful addition to any setup.

They do poop a lot, and eat my driftwood though so keep that in mind.

The kids want to go to the Fish Store this weekend so we should have a new addition soon.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Here is my pair of Serpae Tetras. A perfect fish for a community aquarium and a beginner.They are peaceful and hardy.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

How many fish!

One of the best tips I have ever gotten is on how many fish to put in an aquarium.

The rule is one inch of fish for every gallon of water, and if you follow it you will not regret it. You will have a tank where the fish are healthy, it will be easy to keep clean, and you will save money as your fish will live a long life.

If you have a 30 gallon tank then keep no more that 30 inches of fish.

10 - 1 inch Neons = 10 inches
1 - 5 inch pleco = 5 inches
5 - 2 inch danios = 10 inches
1 - 5 inch red tailed shark = 5 inches

This would be a perfect family for a 30 Gallon Tank.

It is always tempting to buy more fish all the time but if you control yourself and follow this you will have a better end result!

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Cleaning Basics

Last week I received a comment from an anonymous reader who asked for some tips on fishkeeping. I will cover some of the basics in my next few blogs.

This was the comment from Gail :

I really love these yellow gouramis. They certainly do add color. Since you have such a great setup, I'm assuming you're pretty knowledgeable about tropical fish. So I have a question if you don't mind. I've had an aquarium for a about 4 years now and all of my fish have died except for Mr. Tofu (formerly Mabel). He's a hatchet fish which they said would be hard to keep but he's survived everyone else and keeps ticking. My aquarium really needs a good cleaning but I'm afraid to alter Mr. Tofu's environment since he seems to be doing okay. Do you have any recommendations? I'd really appreciate it.

First of all I must say that I have no experience with Hatchet Fish, but if you have kept one for four years you are doing pretty good. Fish do die unexpectedly, and for mysterious reasons all the time. However you should clean your tank before you add more fish.

On the subject of cleaning often people think that this means a complete teardown, which can be a big cause of fish death. I have never done a complete teardown except when I have moved. My current setup is 5 years old. Cleaning should involve the following basic steps:

1/ vacuum the gravel using a siphon tube that removes the fish poo and at the same time removes 10-15% of the water. Available from Aquarium Services or your Local Fish Store.

2/ Refill the water with fresh water that is the exact temperature of the tank water. Very important on the temperature or you will shock the fish. If you only change 10-15% you will not need to add any chemicals, or use distilled water, just watch the temperature.

3/ Rinse, clean, replace your filter material. Rinse with same temperature water so as to not kill the helpful bacteria in the filter material.

4/ Clean your glass with a magnetic algae brush so you can clean it from the outside. Available from Aquarium Services or your local Fish Store.

That is it! Should take about 15-30min and you will need to do this every 2-4 weeks depending on your tank size and amount of fish. Even if you have left it for longer, just do these steps and you will be fine.

By following these steps your fish will be happy with a refresh of water, and you will be happy to clean your tank so simply.

Remember fish do not like perfectly clean water.

More next week.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Here is the Big Shark that Megan and Josh picked out for our fishtank. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

These are my Yellow Gouramis. I have three of them and they make a great peaceful inhabitant in my community tank. As you can see they add great colour, and have been very hardy. I have had these 3 for two and a half years, and still going strong.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Here is Ruby, our Ruby Shark. She is one of my favourite fish. I have had one of these in almost every setup I have had. Ruby sharks are much more polite to the other fish than a Red Tail Shark one of my other favourites. In fact I had a Red Tailed Shark before this one until it jumped out of the tank, and was found dried out on the glass top. Posted by Hello