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  1. MikeG14
    Today 10:17 AM - permalink
    Rummy Nose tetras in quarantine! Can't wait to get them in with my Rams! Clown pleco & Neons to make an appearance in the next few months...
  2. MikeG14
    Yesterday 08:02 AM - permalink
    My sister insisted the that take the kids to WWE and volunteered to stay with Grammy last night. I tested the cichlid tank right before I left and thought that my ammonia looked like it was getting towards 0.25PPM!? I didn't have time to do a water change so I dosed with prime right before I left. I'll do a proper 50% water change this morning.

    The show WWE show in Trenton was lame. I'm not really into wrestling, I stopped watching as a teenager but the kids love it so when I'm there, I'm all in. My family is making me go to the Rumble on Sunday. I'd rather be with my Gram but they say I need to get out. I guess they are right, sleeping in the same room with a dying woman fighting for every breath for the last month might be getting to me.
  3. MikeG14
    01-23-2015 05:59 AM - permalink
    My Grandmother asked to see my new fish on Sunday. I sat her down in front of the tank, it took a while but she finally saw them with her fading eyesight. She always took such joy watching Sparky & Abe. I'm going to miss her so much. These next few days are going to be rough. This new cichlid tank has really done so much to take my mind off of losing the most important person in my life if only for a few moments a day.

    I'm supposed to take my Niece & Nephew to WWE tonight in Trenton but I really just can't see that happening. It's just one Birthday surprise I have in store for them. The biggie is Sunday night when the WWE comes to Philly for the Royal Rumble. They Have no idea they are going. And they will no matter what happens this weekend. My brother-in-law will take them to Trenton and the Rumble in my place, I just can't leave my Gram at this point, my heart's not in it.

    Sorry Nikki & Ant :(
  4. MikeG14
    01-21-2015 09:50 PM - permalink
    My new girl, snug as a bug!
  5. MikeG14
    01-20-2015 08:01 PM - permalink
    My shy little guy!

    Mikrogeophagus altispinosus or Bolivian Ram Cichlid
  6. MikeG14
    01-18-2015 08:47 AM - permalink
    A minor miracle has happened this morning. My female Ram disappeared and was sitting in the corner with my stressed out male. 10 minutes later I look over and they are both hovering over a piece of slate right smack dab in the center of the tank! Way to go girl! He's still pale but with the love of and support of a good woman, I think he is going to pull through.

    Pictures soon and maybe a thread!

    Why do I post this stuff here and not start a journal? I can be a volatile person at times, I'm from Philly what did you expect? My little corner here has a edit button that might come in handy if I decide to go off and do a CM Punk style pipe-bomb promo on moderator or something.
  7. MikeG14
    01-18-2015 08:16 AM - permalink
    Bolivian Rams!

    I got a pair of Bolivian rams last night for my new set-up. It's very difficult to sex them but I got lucky and found a breeding pair. After too long of a car ride, a leaky bag and a 1.5 hour drip acclimation they are finally in the tank. The female has responded well and is perky and has already staked out a territory for herself. The male on the other hand is really stressed. He made it through the night but is pale and showing stress bars. It was a bad choice on my part to add these as my first fish in the tank. I was going to go with Lemon tetras but none were available to me until next week. I came across the pair of Rams and had to jump at them. I feel that they are going to need dither fish to make them feel secure.
  8. MikeG14
    01-15-2015 09:35 PM - permalink
    Convict cichlids are the terrorists of this hobby. I just watched one practically beat to death a smaller tankmate at Petsmart tonight while another one huddled terrified in a corner. There is no way that fish lives until morning. I'm not bringing a convict into my home, I detest bullies.

    My LFS just got some amazing Bolivian Rams in. They are a perfect fit for my water parameters and are very accepting of tankmates. Spent nearly 50 bucks on mediocre plants tonight. Rams are also accepting of plants, unlike convicts. My tank is cycled and I'm ready to go!

    Feels so good to be out of the hospital.
  9. MikeG14
    01-12-2015 09:28 PM - permalink
    I wish I could post a picture of my new buddy, but for some reason the hospitals network won't let me access Photobucket. His name is "Oscar". How creative, right? But that's what they call him here. I have a feeling we are going to be bunk mates tonight. The nurse who kicked me out of my Gram's room last month is already giving me the evil eye. Luckily, there is nice comfy couch right underneath his tank.

    Here's Oscar at 4 AM this morning. Kinda spooky! See the pleco in the background?

  10. MikeG14
    01-12-2015 08:01 PM - permalink
    I came home from the hospital today to find that Sparky had injured himself. He somehow did a little damage to the leading edge of his dorsal fin. I can't imagine what could have caused it. Anubias? Java fern? Craft mesh betta tubes? I'm at a loss to what caused this but he got himself wedged in between something pretty good. I didn't notice anything strange when I did his water change yesterday. I immediately did another water change when I noticed and added another Indian almond leaf. It's critical to keep a close eye on him at this point so that a fungus doesn't develop. The thing is, I'm at the hospital nearly 20 hours at day and can't watch him as close as I'd like to. One more thing to worry about. I could just dump some aquarium salt in there 'cause that cures everything, right?

    It's so weird and unexpected. It almost looks like a burn.

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    Out of place, out of step and running out of time.
    Traditional Archery, Airplanes, Dirigables & History, specifcally early 20th century, Old Movies
    Aerospace, I make fighter jets & helicopters. I wish it was the 20's and I was working for Curtiss
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