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  1. thekoimaiden
    08-11-2012 07:00 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    I don't know what to tell you about those little guys either. I thought they chirped. I was thinking about getting a tank of them for just that reason.

    I'm a much better writer than photographer, so I try to stick to wordy posts. I've been reading your blog, and I really like it! It's a great way for me to learn about oddballs because I love a picture to go along with a description. That last one you posted, the humphead perchlet, is... something else. Man that fish is ugly.
  2. thekoimaiden
    08-10-2012 08:50 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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!
  3. thekoimaiden
    08-10-2012 04:09 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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?
  4. thekoimaiden
    08-10-2012 10:27 AM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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!
  5. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 10:24 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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!
  6. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 07:07 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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.
  7. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 04:03 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    Discus are supposed to be crazy hard to raise. Not something I want to try. If I do breed, it'll be loaches ^-^

    Spikefin goby on the list now? Going to try your hand at saltwater?

    I guess I always thought bichir were a bit more in the water column kinda like dojo loaches. Good to know in case I ever have the tank space for some.

    That does sound like a good idea. Leave the bottom free to see the fish, but still have those wonderful live plants in there.

    Mangrove trees? Aren't those things illegal to have/sell? At least I thought they were in the US. Wow. Your anubias are pretty expensive. $9 gets you a pretty good sized one. Maybe another Canadian member can send you some anubias.
  8. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 11:02 AM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    From my reading the hard part about discus is getting them to the adult or subadult size. When they are juveniles, they need daily water changes. While it would be nice to see fish grow, not at that expense. I'd rather shell out the big bucks and have someone else do that for me.

    A lot of the goby articles I found on PFK were about new gobies being discovered. I also saw some pretty wild looking fish. That rare spikefin goby was like an anglerfish!

    Would angels and bichirs actually work (aside from the whole biotope thing)? I've never looked into angels because the only cichlids I've ever really cared for are discus.

    That is a gorgeous tank! Is that what you want yours to look like? I never thought anubias were very expensive. Do they cost more in Canada?
  9. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 01:18 AM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    I do imagine I'll see a lot of small-mindedness with discus people, but I'm very confident in my ability to keep fish alive. The way it sounds, if I don't get juveniles it'll be just like taking care of the goldfish. Weekly large water changes. Imagine what the discus people would think to hear their precious fish compared to goldfish! >:D

    He was cute in a grumpy old man sorta way. Like the main character from UP. The whale catfish was kinda freaky. I thought the candiru were the creepiest thing in the amazon waters. Guess again!!

    Are there many freshwater gobies? I always seem to remember them from ichthyology as mostly salt and brackish.
  10. thekoimaiden
    08-08-2012 10:38 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    Derp! Sorry. Sometimes I forget you're in Canada. Have any family in the US willing to do you a favor? ;)

    When I looked through the discus forum on MFK I did find a lot of good information. People talking about the specifics of their setups. Really useful stuff, but I've heard bad things about discus keepers in general: they tend to only attend to the needs of the discus with little care for the rest of the fish in there especially with regards to temperature. When I do join I'm probably not going to venture anywhere near most subforums. Thanks for the tip on the overstockers. I'll try to stay clear of those threads and not ask them for stocking advice.

    I looked up the water cow goby and came face to face with the grumpiest-looking fish ever! You do have a taste for oddballs. Also I read the blue whale catfish also likes taking bites out of people! The oddest fish I'd probably ever have would be archerfish or bichir.

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    rabbit god, ferret jester, goldfish slave
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    Kingston, Ontario
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