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Krinedawg 08-05-2009 02:58 AM

Hello all,
I'm 39 years old, I started my first aquarium about 3 months ago, I now have 2 running tanks and one in the setup stage. I guess I became addicted to the aquatic life. I got into this hobby by my co-worker and good friend Mac, who used to run a pet store, but went into the field we are in now. I've learned allot through him and from others on forums such as this.

I'm not gonna say I'm a breeder, but, I must be doing something right.

My main tank is a 30 gallon long, that I keep my guppies, five albino catfish, and snails in.

My second tank that I set up today has my Apistogramma cacatuoides (Orange Flash) in and a few snails. I currently have one male and two females that should be here by tomorrow. I hope!

The 20 gallon tall tank, I'm thinking of down grading to a 10 gallon long, and using it for a Cherry shrimp colony, I haven't decided yet as to what I want in there.

If you would like to see the critters and tanks just check out my profile. I will apologize now for the low quality of pictures but my battery died in my camera I resorted to using my cell phone.

If you have questions, comments, or advice, I am willing to listen, and I give advise when I feel I maybe able to help.

Thanks for having me, and Nice to meet you all!

Fishin Pole 08-05-2009 07:11 AM

Welcome Krinedawg!

Good to see another PA resident here!..............One tip, for the cherry shrimp........Use the 10 gallon for the shrimp colony and keep the 20 gallon free for a quarantine tank if needed..........I've been raising blue pearl, banana yellows and cherries for about a year now, and found out they seem to breed quicker in a smaller tank........Are you raising any special type of guppies?..........If so, would you be interested in some kind of trade?.............Maybe some shrimp for some guppies?............Just a thought...........Take Care

Krinedawg 08-05-2009 07:50 AM

Well to be completely honest, I don't even know what type or strain I even have. I've been so busy researching and reading and researching then setting up/tearing down, and setting back up again I'm lucky to remember what my name is. I'll add some pictures of the guppies I have, and since they are breeding I assume I'm doing something right. As for trading, of course I'm willing to trade, If someone will enjoy them as much as I do, then I want them to have some, not just stare at my pictures. I think eventually once I get more familiar with and confident in what i'm doing I'll move up to breeding certain strains, but for now, It's just pure enjoyment, and if you happen to like what you see, I'm more than happy to share.

As you can see I started a second tank for the Orange Flash Cacatuiodes. I have the single male in the same aquarium as the guppies and I notice I'm getting less and less fry! So once he is moved over I hope things will return to normal. I have 2 females which should be here sometime today, so if I have the second tank set up correctly I will have their fry as well in time.

On a side note, I am very pleased that the none of my guppies eat their fry. I have yet to see them even bother with them. and I leave them all in the same tank I don't use a breeder net for them.

The orange flash on the other hand, I will see how they do with the first batch, and if all goes well I will leave them alone as well. But I'll keep my breeder nets on stand by.

Thank you for the warm welcome,
It's nice to meet you!

Krinedawg 08-05-2009 08:18 AM

Oh and my Long Haired Domestic Calico cat is pregnant too, I will be willing to share her fry as well! :)

Fishin Pole 08-05-2009 08:19 AM

Isnt fish keeping addictive?...........I'll give you some time to get everything settled in your tanks and then maybe in a few weeks we can get together and see what we would like to trade...........I have read the accounts of guppies eating their own fry, but i havent had an issue with that either.........I have 3 male Red Swordtail guppies in with a breeding pair of Dwarf Crayfish and 6 females in their own 10 gallon tank..........Occasionally, put one of the males in the females tank and let him do his thing............I should be seeing guppy fry in a few days, so i will have some of those to get rid of shortly............Let me know, what type of shrimp your interested in.........I have hundreds of blues right now, and my yellow tank has at least 6 females berried up, getting ready to drop there eggs soon.......My cherries arent quite as numerous right now.......Got rid of about 50 a few weeks ago........

Dont be discouraged if your apisto's dont do well with thier first batch of eggs........In my experience, it seems like the first time for a fish rearing eggs, doesnt turn out successful always..............If you really get into apisto's, thier is a woman in York who imports and breeds them at a very successful rate and she has some very rare species from time to time......She has a top notch operation and i highly reccomend her for quality fish...........

Take Care

Krinedawg 08-08-2009 10:02 PM

A little update...
Okay, So I started out with a 30 gallon long, that some of you have seen in profile pics. Then I got a 20 gallon long, and figured I would jump right into this hobby. Well I think I am going overboard now! I just picked up a 29 gallon, and 125 gallon. Needless to say my wife asked if I was planning on starting a store...She asked me to hold off for a bit...(yeah right). So now I'm going to tear down the 20 long, and replace it with 29 gallon. Where in my house, I have no clue, to set up the 125 gallon or what on earth I'm even putting in it. So far I still only have a few guppies and the lonely apisto. I lost a male guppy the other day, and don't know why? He didn't show signs of illness, just there one day gone the next.

I need to start deciding on what I want to raise, something easy, as I'm still learning, I'll have to start researching more, and see what I can come up with.

Still waiting on the Apisto's mates to arrive, They were to be here last tues- wed.

On a happy note, My brother and his wife just had their first child. She is a healthy little girl at 7lbs 7oz, 20 3/4 inches long. Leah Grace

As well the calico I mentioned above also had her litter of 6 kittens all healthy.

That's about it, I'm off to look at all your tanks.

Fishin Pole 08-09-2009 07:35 AM

OMG!.....Williamsport must have some fertile water..........Brothers having babies, calicos having kittens......Are you sure you want to put guppies in that magic williamsport water?..........I can see it now 125 gallon with guppies everywhere!!!...............Ok, just kidding!.............For the 125, if your looking for an easy to breed fish, you could go with convict cichlids..........They usually breed in the bag on the way home from the petshop........It would limit what you could put in the tank with them, but they are fun to watch and great parents.........Just a thought and suggestion..........Let us know how your apisto's make out when you get your other fish......Good Luck!

willow 08-09-2009 02:11 PM

hello and welcome.
i hopes you will be very happy here with us.

Krinedawg 08-09-2009 04:11 PM

Lol, Thank you all for the warm welcomes.

I hope it's the water! I want more guppies, I'm down to two males and a bunch of females now. I'm waiting for a few more spawns, I still have most of the bigger fry, some of the smaller ones became lunch for the Apisto while he was in there waiting on his tank to be finished.

Yeah the Cichlids are a nice fish, and I love watching my orange flash, the way he swims and then just stops and puffs out makes me smile. Like he's telling the plants to step off, this is my tank.

I think I'm addicted to the forums as much as I am raising fish.

dramaqueen 08-09-2009 04:23 PM

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