Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Rainbow Boesemans spawning?

Sorry, I have still not been able to post pictures of my tank. I am still experiencing some problems with my blogger account.

A weird thing happened last night. I had 3 rainbow boesemans at around 5PM but at 8PM one of them was dead. He was doing just fine the whole day! When I checked the other rainbow boesemans for disease, I noticed that the female had little silver balls coming from ther anus. At first I thought it was a problem with her digestive system, but on closer inspection I became convinced that they must be eggs! The next morning (this morning), I saw that the string of "little silver balls" (eggs) became longer.

Have any of you successfully breeded these fish?


Monday, March 26, 2007

First post in a LONG time

Hey everyone,

I'm experiencing with Blogger at home. I can't log onto my blogger account from my home PC, so I'm forced to use either email or another PC at varsity, for example.

Since my last post, my tank population has grown to about 44 fish. It sounds like a lot, but it's not much considering that my tank's plants will still grow nice and big and thus provide hiding space for the fish.

I will post some pics of my fish tank when I get home today. The plants in the tank have grown really well. I use fertilizer and leave the light on for 12-14 hours a day. My tank also benefits from direct light in the morning.

I bought 7 neon tetra's last Saturday, bringing my total number of neon tetra's to 10. Sadly, 3 died overnight (probably due to stress) and another 3 were missing... sounds suspicious ey? I'm wondering if my festive cichlids ate them.

Please please feel free to post pictures of your fish tank(s) on this blog!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

How to set up a fish tank, Part I

Setting up your aquarium requires patience and diligence. A lot of people usually brush off this important step and thus do a bad job creating a healthy and comfortable environment for their fish. So, if you do a good job, your fish will thrive and live a long and healthy life! Here is how you should set up your fresh water aquarium.

Clean out your fish tank with warm water. Do not use any chemicals as this will poison your fish. Place your fish tank in a room that gets a lot of naturally light. Positioning your tank in front of a window will definitely stimulate great plant growth.

Hook up your filtration system, lighting and under gravel filter. Make sure you connect everything correctly and that your gravel filter is clean.

Thoroughly rinse the sand. I usually pour the sand into a big bucket and rinse the sand with running water. Use your hand or a stick to circulate the sand so that all the dust and dirt can float to the surface and out of the bucket. Once the water in the bucket is clean, you can pour the sand into your tank.

Soak your driftwood for a few days and change the water regularly. Failing to clean your driftwood will color your tank.

If you have plastic plants, place them in boiling water and leave them there for a few minutes. This cleans the plants and revitalizes the plastic.

Scrub any rocks that you are planning to use in your tank. Make sure that you do some research before choosing the rocks. You cannot simply go outside in your garden and pick up some rocks as these may contain metals. I suggest that you go down to your nearest pet store and buy your rocks there. These rocks are usually safe to use.

Part II is coming soon. In the meantime, check out this video... hopefully it will serve as some inspiration.

Monday, January 29, 2007

My new tropical fish tank

Hey everyone! I thought it kick off this blog by showing you a pic of my fish tank. It's a 250L tank (66 gallons) stocked with some neon tetras, harlequins, a plecostomus, some rainbow boesemans, danios, catfish (not sure what kind), guppies, red eyes, and tiger barbs. Honestly, this is my first time running a tropical fish tank so I decided to buy beginner's fish.

Anybody is welcome to share pictures of their fish tanks and fish!!

Visit my tropical fish store for informative books on breeding and tropical fish in general.


Welcome to The Tropical Fish Blog. I am still building this blog but will be done very very soon. Take care.

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