Saturday, 31 January 2009

Electrics Are In, New Aquariums in Place.

I need to get 2x 4ft aquariums for the white stand... Then the room will be at full capacity ;-p

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Photos of the Fish Room

Received a phone call today from Jez @ my 8x 10"x12"x12" and 2x 20"x12"x12" breeding tanks are ready. Jez is dropping them off tomorrow night. So I took some time this afternoon to re-arrange the 30" metal rack(as I had previously set up as two smaller units) and take some photos.
So here goes, here is the room without any tanks. Ill take some photos once the tanks are in.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Small Update

The room that will be my 'Fish Room' has been decided. It is a 'Cloak Cupboard', previously used to stored Coats & shoes (And Course Fishing Gear amongst other things).
Room measure 3ft Wide by 5ft Deep. So not much room.
I found a nice 3ft tank shelving unit on eBay, which ive set in the room against the back wall.
I have also ordered 10 custom spec'd tanks;
8 x 10"x12"x12" (LxWxD)
2 x 20"x12"x12"
which will fit snug into the shelving unit. I had to have the tanks custom made, because the 3ft width isnt exactly 3ft, its slightly less which ruined my plans for simply 12" tank. So 10" it is.. and they should fit just right.
I'll take some photos of the room in the next day or two.

The Kribensis fry seem to be doing well, they are still in the 6ft tank. I plan to relocate them to the fish room once its setup and running correctly. For the moment, however they are 'stuck' in the big tank.
The Blue Lobster who also lives in the 6ft-er, being an opertunisitc feeder has decided to relocate his home from the far side of the tank(Where he has his own coconut house), to inside the front section of the sucken ship. Which just happens to be right outside the Kribs spawning site...hmm. Crafty bugger! Ive witnessed him attempted to grab fry, so far the parents have been fighting him off.
I must say, its quite a sight seeing a Krib fight a Lobster..(esp. one that is 3x larger or more in size than the fish). Attacks are made to the face/eye area of the Lobster. Avoiding the pinchers, attacks are also so fast the lobster doesnt even see them coming. If I can get a video of this, I will...
Well, its late time ive fed the fish tanks, its time for bed.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Photos Of Community Aquarium

I received a request today from a friend to put photos of my Main/Community Aquarium in my Living room on my blog.. So here it is.
Ive only recently got my own not the best photos.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Kribenis Fry, In Community Aquarium

After the unfortunate fry loss, the 1st time parent Kribensis were relocated to the main Aquarium (6ft, 72") in the living room. (Which recently had to be completely re-setup, due to a leak before christmas).
Both Kribs were still showing very strong spawning colours, so I provided them with their original coconut shell from the earlier breeding setup. This was an instant 'hit' with the fish, who took to it straight away.
Two weeks have passed since, and I am very proud to say they have successfully spawned a fresh batch(making this their 2nd batch) of fry.
As this is also a community tank, there are other inhabitants. 2x8" Green Severums, 2x3" Red Spotted Severums, 5x Mustached Danios, 1xRainbow Shark, 1xSwordtail, 1x 6"Eartheater, 1x 6"Blue Acara. As you can see these are some quite large fish, however this is not preventing the proud parents from taking their newly hatched fry on 'day-trips' round the tank. At the moment the parents are keeping to just the left side of the tank, as this contains the most cover(large sunken ship, rocks and a few plants).
Below are some of the photos they let us take..

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Krib Fry ;-(

Unfortunately there is some sad news on the Kribensis Fry that hatched in November 08. Over the Christmas & New Year holidays - I have been noticing the volume of fry reducing. The fry were still in the same breeding tank as both parents. Today I had a good look around and found 2 fry. The female is also acting like she wants to breed again...

Could this be the reason for the disappearance of the first batch of fry?
Since this batch of fry was their 1st time as parents, they may have confused their young for food?

Any suggestions as to future Fry/parent handling or ideas on what went wrong would be greatly appreciated.