Haha! If you've got money to blow right now, it sounds like a good idea to blow it on your African 'tope. Your 20 gal sounds like a crazy hodge-podge. Loaches would be a great addition! Add to the crazy!! Cories and frogs breeding? Do you actually have any fry yet? Do your frogs make noises? I heard that ADF's will chirp.
I've seen a ton of betta blogs, too. I think your idea for a monster fish blog is a great idea! I'll certainly read it. I forgot how much fun oddballs can be. The same fondness I had for bichir, ropefish, and botiine loaches is returning. I can smell another tank in my future. >,<
I think I've been doing my blog now for about 4 months (goes to check). Yep it's in its 5th month. There were some times when it seemed like more work than it was worth, but I can imagine almost anything is like that. I wish you luck! We can always use more good sources of info about fish online!
Yay loaches! Maybe someday. I've made a pact not to add any new species to the 20 gallon until I'm done throwing money at the 90 gallon. Besides, my dwarf frogs and my cories are both breeding (well maybe for the frogs, she looks full of eggs) so I may be stuck raising babies- because I can't pass up the opportunity to try!
I... I made a fish tumblr today... D: Except I wanted it to be different from everyone else's (there's like 5 billion betta blogs out there now?!). So I figured.. let's do freshwater oddballs and monsters! Perfect! Let's see how long this lasts.
Ahh I see! All my tanks are in my room, where I spend most of my time. I'd still love one in the kitchen, tho.
Banjo catfish? Another one I had to look up. They look pretty cute! ^-^ And ya, I still consider a 5 in fish small. I was just out with my koi and I think they've hit 20 inches.
I think most Pangio loaches would be fine there. It's at the high end of their hardness range, tho. I wouldn't go any higher. They will always appreciate a lower pH, but 7.6 should be fine. Almost all Pangio loaches have the same types of needs, so even though there are 3 species commonly traded as brown kuhli loach and another 3 seen as the striped kuhli loach, they should be fine in your tank. Going to put them in the 20G long?
Yea. I don't think the upstairs could support 1000lbs of weight in such a small area. Plus, I've always wanted a tank for the basement, that's where I spend a lot of time!
There's tons of tiny oddballs! Like gobies, they're very odd fish. I don't know what your definition of small is, but I love banjo catfish- they only hit 5 inches. I'd get some.. if my tank wasn't full of shrimp and tiny fish. xD
Do you think kuhli loaches would do okay in pH 7.6 and 12dH hardness? Also would they eat shrimpies?
Is it in the basement so you don't have to worry about placement in the house?
I don't think he'd be too keen on me getting a saltwater pond. He'll just have to enjoy them at the public aquarium like me and my sturgeon.
That website sounds like it would be a good resource for scientists! Go buy some new things and study them! But I can see how that would be very daunting for someone like me who has never taken care of inverts ever. I just toss a few MTS into my tanks and be done with it.
I must admit, another oddball I've never heard of! They are pretty wild-looking. It's odd to think that some oddballs are actually small enough to keep in normal aquariums. When I first began keeping fish, the only oddballs I ever saw were redtailed catfish and stuff like that. I tend to forget that they can be small, too!
The 90 gallon goes in the basement actually.
And no, I don't think most of those eels are brackish, might be some exception but none of them are freshwater for sure. Most eels are saltwater.. And they need huuuge tanks. So tell the boyfriend that and maybe he'll change his mind.
I found that site during my invert craze. They have gorgeous shrimp and crabs. Half those things aren't described by science and you'll never find care instructions on though. So they are quite the daunting endeavor.
One of my favourite little fish are peppermint crocodile fish. A 40 gallon is fine for them.. but they are crazy sensitive and apparently are prone to dying within a few months with no symptoms at all. O__O
Goliath groupers are amazing! I, too, have a thing for huge fish, but I like the ones that are literally too big for tanks like bluefin tuna, marlin, swordfish, and goliath groupers. I'll either have to dive, fish, or visit public aquariums for these guys! I also like the river giants like sturgeon, arapaima, and alligator gar (river monsters was my favorite show for a while). But of all those fish sturgeon are the only ones I love enough to try to keep. I just like looking at the others. It's pretty awesome to see a fish 2x bigger than you are!
So are you going to have a monster tank right next to your betta tanks? xD
Where do you find these crazy sites? Also I better keep quiet about some moray eels being brackish. My boyfriend loves those things and he'll never shutup about me getting one if he finds out. He knows I might do a brackish tank in the future. Free tanks and money in your pocket? That sounds like a bad combo!
Maybe they are protected. Mangroves don't exist in Canada. xD
The space for gobies.. YES. They are so worth it! The top can have some, purple dottybacks or even some 6 line wrasse or something similar. If you want a goby collection you gotta go saltwater!
Plus, gotta monster in the saltwater department. I loveeee the polka dot groupers (even if adults aren't as striking). I love groupers in general.. probably my favourite salt water fishies, after seeing photos of them in dive books.
THAT will take some serious gallonage.
And of course eels.. Oh eels.
I LOVE this website. You can order the WEIRDEST things here, even those freaky frogfish. I wonder if it's whole sale only. o-o The moment I have extra tanks and lot'sa cash I'm sending them a message.
I've never seen a saltwater fish that I would want to devote the tank space to. A few of my friends who kept fish at one time (he did large cichlids and I almost got a 150 gal + stand + filter for free >.< ) asked me if I ever thought about saltwater. Honestly I've never had a desire for it.
Those mangroves look amazing! I think they have the potential to become invasive in the lower regions of the US, but I also know mangroves are protected in a lot of states. Maybe if this is a different species it would be okay. It would be amazing to have these in a tank.
Saltwater.. for the gobies, some day. Not a huge fan of most saltwater fish but the saltwater gobies are amazing fish.
Mangroves? Illegal? Big Al's in Canada sells them.. maybe they could become invasive in the US? I don't know. They're nice because you can use them in fresh, brackish or salt. You get these little sprigs, gotta put a stick along the top and attach them to it.. Here's some in a saltwater aquarium.