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amberjade 07-24-2010 06:51 AM

I've been naughty!!
Well, someone tie me up already! LOL

I've been very busy of late. I decided that I wanted to change things around a bit, because my breeding tank is FULL of platy and guppy fry. So, I created a tub pond for my fantails (who were in my 40 gal) - and aren't they happy fishies! But wait! My 40 looks kinda empty and boring! What to do?

Move the adult guppies, platies and mollies into it, of course. Which gives the fry much more room to move and grow. So now my 40 has the guppies, platiies, mollies, a bn pleco, black widow tetras, peppered and albino cories (I couldn't help myself when I was at my LFS - they just jumped into a bag and into my car! I swear!) and neon tetras. Oh, I got 2 more female mollies because I have a VERY randy male - I had to take one of my females out for a night because she was exhausted! He seemed to really really like her. But things are good now he has a bigger harem.

So my 10 gal has fry - about 15. And I have a 2 gal with a crowntail betta, and a 1 gal with my daughters crowntail.

I have also gone a bit nutty with the plants! I'm a gardener, so I've got a green thumb on land, so we'll see how we go in water! All good so far though! But OMG - I have to stop or there won't be any room left for my fish! LOL And I can't find any more room for tanks or ponds! :shock:

All is well with all tanks - tested the water, and stats are perfect. YAY! lol

kitten_penang 07-24-2010 07:48 AM

lol your fantastic little breeder cum gardener cum mom =p

Inga 07-24-2010 10:24 AM

Well, not to be an enabler or anything but I hope you are watching Craigslist for a 100 gallon tank so you will have a place for all your fry to grow up. lol More fry every once in awhile should take you no time to fill the 100 gallon. lol This really is an addictive hobby, isn't it?

redchigh 07-24-2010 11:52 AM

Just wondering, what's your Ph? Only wondering because tetras and cories like it more acidic, and the livebearers like it more basic...

amberjade 07-25-2010 07:08 AM

Now, Inga, don't encourage me! LOL And yes, I'm keeping my eye out! That is part of the reason I put my livebearers in with my black widow tetras - the black widows are GREAT at population control! I had a molly give birth in the 40, and the tetras picked off all the fry in no time!

Redchigh - my ph runs at 7, not sure what my hardness is - I'm waiting for some cash to get a test for it. Already have the API master test kit. :) My tanks are all rainwater - we don't have town water where we are. And all the fish are tank bred (I asked about that when I bought them) so they are more accustomed to different water conditions than their wild counterparts.

I've been running my tanks for a few years now and haven't had any issues with death or disease - I've only lost fish that haven't been well to begin with, and those were in quarantine. Oh, there was one platy who decided to jump out :shock:

kitten_penang 07-25-2010 08:09 AM

rain water??? amazing. research has shown that fish bred in tanks with clear stream water grow bigger and healthier 0.0 wanna try???

amberjade 07-25-2010 08:28 AM


Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 431139)
rain water??? amazing. research has shown that fish bred in tanks with clear stream water grow bigger and healthier 0.0 wanna try???

Well, just so happens I have a creek running down one boundry......I could get another tank and use that water! LOL

Could be an interesting experiment.....hmmmmm
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kitten_penang 07-25-2010 09:12 AM

^.^ music to my ears .... good luck with it.i want pics lol

Inga 07-25-2010 12:01 PM

Now Stop it! Pretty soon you will be posting adds on Craigslist. "Large Tanks wanted, any that will hold water, My fish are getting too big for their homes!" I can see that you do not need any encouragement from the peanut Gallery. Still, it is more fun for me to live with your excited purchases, then my own. lol

amberjade 07-25-2010 06:13 PM


I'm beginning to think I need to LIVE in a fish tank! I'm thinking about getting another 10 so I can have a shrimp colony......

And if I can get myself a 100, well, I can use my 40 for gourami's........

Then I would just have to get another 100 (well, a 75 at a pinch) for african cichlids.......


And that is just the fish! I haven't even gone into the birds I want to add to my flock, or the horses I would like to get....... :shock:

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