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  1. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 08:07 PM - permalink
    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.
  2. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 05:03 PM - permalink
    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.
  3. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 12:02 PM - permalink
    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?
  4. thekoimaiden
    08-09-2012 02:18 AM - permalink
    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.
  5. thekoimaiden
    08-08-2012 11:38 PM - permalink
    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.
  6. thekoimaiden
    08-08-2012 10:53 PM - permalink
    That stinks about the bichirs. Have you checked AB? My petsmart actually carries sengals. They claim they only need a 55 gallon tank. *facepalm* They actually offered me a job the last time I was there. I think I would blow my lid on too many people and get fired.

    I'll take your word about the reseal. Not looking to do that. It's going to be a few years before I get my large tanks. And even then I don't think they'll be as large as yours Ms Future Monster Fishkeeper! :P

    So MFK isn't the best place for advice? I was hoping to go to them about a discus setup I had planned for the next few years. I'm rethinking that now after I've heard what you and Sanguinefox have to say about them. Also I find it funny how you've progressed from bettas to monster fish! :D What exactly do you want to keep?
  7. thekoimaiden
    08-07-2012 05:13 PM - permalink
    It's pretty common because the fancies have a lot of digestive issues. I've got a word doc filled with recipes. Most every single goldfish keeper I know makes their own. And we all seem to use a slightly different recipe because of the differing food availability.
  8. thekoimaiden
    08-07-2012 02:57 PM - permalink
    I sense a new subform: fish food recipes!

    Wow. Sounds like a pretty exclusive place! Also if I you replace the word "fish" with almost anything else, it would sound like a mafia deal! LOL!!
  9. thekoimaiden
    08-07-2012 02:37 PM - permalink
    I wish that could happen to me. My LPS seems more focused on the furry pets than the fish.

    Haha! Why not? You're already making food for the rest of the tank! Don't want the cichlids and tetra to feel left out! :D
  10. thekoimaiden
    08-07-2012 12:55 AM - permalink
    Sounds like a great tank to me! You must have a pretty good LFS to only have to worry about getting the bichir.

    I'm no aquatic nutritionist, but I wouldn't include the plant matter. It's mostly used as a binder and because the majority of fish in the hobby are omnivorous; it's rather rare to find true predators. But most of these fish are. If it were my call I would leave it out and find another binder.

    My first batch of goldfish food... didn't turn out so well. But I learned a lot from it. Since then I've gotten better at it. Make smaller batches of food, so if you mess up you won't have to feed that batch for too long! :P

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    Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world!
    Kingston, Ontario
    hmmm I like hiking, fishkeeping, and concerts!
    Organic Agriculture Student
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