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    living in Levin, married 2 dogs and an underwater garden
  1. Did you get this?.....seemed to bounce back to me? Caryl, Hows the snail growing business? I imagine these are bigger type aquatic snail than than the annoying little critter i have? Its been sooo hot, much cooler today 21-22 overcast even tried to rain. How are the snails handling the water temp? or are they sub-tropical. Looking forward to my pond next summer...enjoy the heat it is all too quickly gone. Tony;-)
  2. Caryl, 

    Hows the snail growing business?

    I imagine these are bigger type aquatic snail than than the annoying little critter i have?

    Its been sooo hot, much cooler today 21-22 overcast even tried to rain. How are the snails handling the water temp? or are they sub-tropical.

    Looking forward to my pond next summer...enjoy the heat it is all too quickly gone.



    1. Caryl


      My pond snails are large ones, not like you wee flat coils. The pond is deep enough the water temperature does not rise too much. The ones in the paddling pool have been delivered to, and eaten by, the turtles in ChCh.
      We have been 30 - 33C but this week dropped to mid 20's.

  3. Well, I am making more changes to the aquarium and so my knowledge grows. Pulled out 2 x 25L buckets of green matter and in doing so I have discovered quite a few fry some almost half adult size others opaque & really really tiny (scientific measurement, not) so I am glad I held off cleaning up probably should have waited another week. I have been overfeeding a tad. So my imaginary fry stood a better chance, I will keep feeding but reducing over the the next couple of weeks....will be hard cutting back a pinch of this and cube of that. But now I have more of the tiniest flat brown pond snails than I could ever want. I am not not gonna run out and buy eight loaches ( have the good loach book from loaches online) and planned hidey-holes for that number....I am waffling.. my question finally is as the snails die back will I get an algal bloom or another water white out as before? Thanks Tony
  4. Hi Peeps, Just a quick question. I have created some extra space in my aquarium and want to add a 40cm length of Feijoa wood? It’s on the bottom of my tub out back, it sank like a rock (hardwood?) also I cut it a month ago no sap or oozing/s detectable, the bark has 75% come off. The tree is very old bears few fruit (I leave them for the native birds) the tree is 4m wide and at least that high probably from the 60’s. So in short... I think I am going to be fine, I searched here and around the net cannot find anything with the exception of using of leaves in NZ native aquaria, which was inconclusive. I will leave it to soak for a week, but its very light coloured timber no smell and as dense as a brick. If anyone has experience with feiijoa wood please let me know yea or nay. Happy fish keeping Tony
  5. Wow! You make it look sooooo simple, I wouldn't have thought of covering over with a canopy....the sun being too intense in a shallow amount of water? How do you stop birds (like kingfishers) having a quick lunch? Ouch Collar bone I wish her a speedy recovery. I am tempted to head to the wharehouse and pick up a pool and some Barbodes semifasciolatus, the Chinese barb, I have a few males but its been impossible down here to get females the local pet shops have not got the right contacts. My big fibreglass troughs were really chucked around by the truckies and the wife wont let me 'waste' anymore $. Donna Moot I will check out her work....I hate people that just leave or dump pets, the pets deserve so much more. I have two rescue dogs, both off death row, I love them like family hell I love my fish like family! I have three maybe more fry surviving well inside almost to big to be eaten now, but still very wee and hiding most of the time. Thanks for the photos Caryl.
  6. Hi Caryl, its nearly been a year since your last advice, time flies alright! Thanks for that. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine? It would be so great to increase Tiger numbers but I won't hold my breath. I will try your summer breeding pool, next summer that is. I picked up a fiberglass trough but It got cracked getting to me.....so next year it is.
  7. well.....fingers still crossed, two tiny tigers surviving the dorsals have coloured up orange, still bite size and a food source for the the ten adult Tigers and the huge SAE's. The fry are rooted deep in the plants and hard to spot. I have read it isnt possible to breed Tigers in a community aquarium and I know my Tigers are merciless hunters, I have fed garden worms, flys and other insects. Just seeing these little lives surviving and growing makes me happy
  8. Been a while.....but in the same overgrown community tank I have a few Tiger Barb fry! Not spose' ta happen, but it has, I hope some make it, they are clear wth dark stripes and very elusive sticking to the undergrowth and tall grass. I had a few issues, I lost lots of plants squeezed out by others faster hardier ones that now dominate. Tanks a bit of a jungle now. As well a horrible milky 'white out' in the tank and I lost more than half my tigers, all the ottos and after the chaos I had a snail explosion and they cleaned and continue removing green algae now, its low... extremely low in fact. Do you think the snails might thin out population wise causing another spike?.....I got really dejected through all this. But its all humming along well now, the Tigers that made it through (the smaller bottom of the pecking order one made it not the big dominate alpha and entourage they all died) I picked up 3 SAE and they got huge quick. Well thats it, will post a pic if any of my kids make it through.....it really brightened my night seeing them, kind of had a warm glow....fingers and toes crossed. oh....the UVC lamp killed the green water but that I believe in turn gave me the bacterial/fungal 'white out' type infection. Two years on its all about balance but you know all that. Happy Fishy times and I wish you daily wet sleeves! Thanks Tony
  9. Hey back at ya, Too much and too many types of ferts, but all good again now. I got a UVC lamp it decimated & clumped up the algae dropping it out of the water column in less than 6 hours. I may use it to polish up the water periodically? The tanks a bit of a jungle so some machete work needed. Hope all going swimmingly for you to :-)
  10. Hey colour genes, Cool I think the koi look is great, I don't know much about bettas apart from quite short life spans and bubble nest (which are fascinating) and when I was in the middle east local people kept the beautiful little Emperors in the tiniest containers, which I find unkind? Good luck with your breeding program, I would love to see some photos!!!!! I saw a huge swordtail koi probably an older female that has undergone the change was so spectacular I nearly moved over to livebearers from the carp family. However I like a tank of fish that all look the same and 20-23 degrees. I have the dreaded milky white green water at the moment, 50% water changes and holding off all ferts apart from excel , its looking sooooo sad. Its been 8 days, I have ordered a uv light to kill the bacteria and I hope that whatever my error/s are (prob light and excess ferts or leeching pond substrate) all will come right.
  11. Thanks Caryl, Your so young looking in your profile pic....mind you by that account I am a little hairy! Thanks for the feedback I am finding lots of interesting stuff on the site. I hope you get sent this reply also??? Barbs are great fish and yes plants first fish second.....Odessa eggs, I imagine they wont survive or is the forest that thick that they have a chance, I hope so. Thanks for the intelligent reply, more icthyologist than well... telling me my fish will be best friends or they will be happy :-).
  12. Hey Coloured Denim! Thanks for the kind words, I agree on the 'more of less' but visitors always have opinions, yesterdays comment was 'are you just waiting for the tank to cycle before you get some cool coloured ones'...sheeesh! I was very much into xiphophorus & found selectively breeding them not as easy as the noobs think, traits never always carried over and I was basing a blue/green strain on a cross that included some platy DNA and to cut a long story short my final batch was almost powder blue with green spots I think, they were really really short lived (barely coloured up) and may have been sterile (could only see U shaped gonopodium under a magnifying glass). So that was that, now I am just going to keep fish to observe their behaviour. Are you working towards anything or are you letting mother nature and chaos surprise you? ><((((º>`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>·`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸.><((((º>`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸<((((º>`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>
  13. I purchased a complete aquarium set, useing low iron white glass on the front and sides, allowing viewing of plants and fish in 100% natural colour. Matching cabinet, arrived with unexpected grey & black striped doors. T5 Lighting – 4 x 54w & one strip LED night light Nautilus 1400 Canister Filter 200w Glass Heater x 2, temp set at 25 degrees Aquarium: 150 x 60 x 65cm 398L Aquarium has been set up since December 2017. Substrate: bagged Glengobal pond mix, mixed with a cup of ironic iron sand & a handful of slow release native fern mix prills. Terraced and sloped toward the rear using new plastic unprinted corrugated signage board, then capped with at least 3cm of fine aqua one natural grit (just shy of 20kg) Planted heavily, here is my best guess (as they were sold under fanciful names) -Hygrophila Polysperma Corycombosa, -H.P Difformis, -H.P Sunset, -H.Polysperma (Blue or narrow leaf). Unidentified plant maybe Rotala Walliichii (red pine)?, Tropical Lilae St, Louis Gold, Elocharis Acicularis (needle rush), Echinodorus Melon sword?, E.Tenellus, E. Unknown little thing ;-). And plants just hanging in there: Didiplus Sandra (star grass), Bacopa Monnieri (dwarf Baby tears), Cryptocoryne Wendtii and 2 lilaeopsis, Brasilinesis & Nova Zealandae (if there was a difference its lost now). Of course I also spent a wad of money on non aquatic plants I watched some rot, then tried to i.d the rest and hawked them out if they were unidentifiable. Month one, I added 7 Otocinclus, that is all they had at the pet store, 1 was dropped from the 2nd story tank on to the tiled floor, that poor sod died after 2 weeks. The others are still with me I believe hard to find them all in one count, I have 3 different subspecies marked by different size, spots and dorsal fin size, also 1 ventures out more by day the others under the night light. Month two: I added 10 tiger barbs from a different pet shop 3 hour round trip and it was an unreal, untidy smelly mess. I took home 10 Tiger Barbs (tetrazona) and when added they where exhibiting signs of early ICH so I raised the temp high & fed frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms & mosquito larvae (which I bred) 3 weeks later (approx) I added another 20 making 30, they spent a week in a plastic tub set up as a quarantine tank (I know thats not long enough). Questions for any readers: 1/ I have read that ottos can not be with Tiger Barbs, it has only been a short time but the tigers exhibit no interest in anything but food, dominance behaviours & perhaps some mating rituals? Will I loose my ottos or have I got enough water & distraction to keep them otherwise occupied? 2/ People have commented on the lack of fish stocking, I was happy to leave it low but now am considering if I should either get 6 equally sized barbs sachsii or padamya or 6 Botia Striata, I have 3 excellent hide holes built in at construction time (bet they are full of snails) I do have snails, but not disproportionate to expectations. 3/ I purchased a cellulose capsule making machine and have been making my own root tabs, which I push under using pinsett/long tweezers these are working well. I have apart from the initial fill been using R.O.R.I water and have only now just started adding in a mix of some aged & dechlorinated tap stuff (I wouldn’t drink the Levin goop) and now I have some black algae appearing on the foreground lilaeopsis. I am not going to co2 and even excel carbon, which I have used in tiny amounts which will be too expensive. Any ideas? Or should I just wait & watch. 4/ I have 4 species of Hygrophila Polysperma -I am wondering about the possibility of this family of plant releasing anti-competition chemicals or is it simply a matter of these being hardier and the other plants perhaps not so much? Thats it, only low res photos loaded, but enough for you to get the picture (pun intended) please feel free to comment. Thanks Tony 2 month tank If only the tiger stayed this still Tiger lily Tigers in the grass I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate
  14. Ugh!...but I know exactly what you mean about Chinese. A. Eaters- like a lot of catfish, cute when small but a beast when older. Looks like 10 little Otocinclus to help with the dusting and vacuuming until the aquarium has some maturity. Thanks q;-}
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