Rio 125l ended up as a Cardinal tank

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Re: Rio 125l ended up as a Cardinal tank

Postby Sjaak » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:58 pm

An apposite paradigm (not me being clever, I heard it on Red Dwarf; appropriate example/theory/model, sounds good though).
We have a business and pretty much all our new clients come to us from-
Recommendations from a friend.
Finding us by an internet search and reading the reviews.
Seeing us on Facebook and reading the reviews.
People want to know that they are going to receive the best possible service. Before they come in to our business they can have seen; who works there, photographs of the staff, the front of our building with our name on a sign twenty odd feet long by nearly 3 feet high, with our very distinctive logo over the double shop front (actually a quadruple shop front). Clients have our phone numbers and Email details. We are in a prime location opposite a Tesco store/petrol station. So that’s us.

Would you take your car for repairs to a garage/mechanic without the recommendation of a friend or looking at reviews online?
Would you employ a builder, based only on a flyer with just a mobile number that was stuffed through your letter box?

Yes, we all see a new butty shop/bakery/chippy that we like the look of and try it out. You may be the first of your friends/colleagues to go there and find the food is fantastic, spread the word about how wonderful the place is to your friends and feel smug/happy about how you were the first to find it.
You could get food poisoning and tell the world about it on social media.

Now to the point, based on the above
Why is it that so many people will post a question on a forum and are willing to take advice from-
People who post anonymously, using an alias.
No phone number or contact detail.
No examples/proof of the experience/knowledge of the advisor.
No re-course if the advice makes their problem worse and kills fish.
Facebook is a little better, well in theory. At least you could be able to find out if the person posting a reply is real and in most cases it could be, but again nothing to base the quality of their solution/answer to a problem posted unless you can see their timeline (or whatever it’s now called), with lots of photos of “happy” fish in healthy, clean tanks. Sorry! Terrible punctuation.

So, who to trust?
Fish shops? No! Unfortunately, it’s the bottom line that counts.
Me? My knowledge of fish keeping starts and stops around ph5.65 and much lower KH free super soft water. With the exception of my half-baked venture into the world of soft water to keep shrimps in.

Again, who to trust?
Trust yourself.
It’s fine to have your own theories. Find something that contradicts with your thinking and try to prove it wrong, and if you can’t prove it wrong consider that it might have some worth.

Posting on this thread makes me think very seriously about my fish keeping. My early posts were a little, errrr, pants(?).
If I mess up I have to and do tell you in this random rambling nonsense. Otherwise it would be pointless posting.

Thank you for reading this thread, just seeing that you do look at it has made me much more coconscious as a fish keeper. I have to get it right or I look like a bigger numpty than I know I am.

Ramble has ended.

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Re: Rio 125l ended up as a Cardinal tank

Postby Sjaak » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:03 am

I’ve worked out why the Grindal worm are still not doing too well. OOPS! I think I forgot to mention the ongoing problem with them.
I have been starting culture after culture, I get mature Grindal worm then end up with a lot of ¼ sized worm that are not much use as they will not come out of the media that they are growing in. Nothing to collect to feed to the fish just millions of wriggling tiny worm feeding on the cat biscuits.

The media that I keep the Grindal worm in is rehydrated coconut fibre mixed with John Innes seed compost which should be soil based. I used the aforementioned seed compost to sow a second batch of cucumber seeds and all the seeds rotted off. A very close inspection of the compost reveals that it is garbage with at pH3!!!!!!!
Sifting through it, there is all sorts of rubbish in it; fine twigs, plastic, small stones and some sort of mold.
I have rehydrated all the coconut fibre that I have and in the morning I will try to salvage something from the failing cultures in/on it.

While the Grindal worm cultures have been failing, I have ended up having a nightmare feeding the various tanks.
I have my Microworm cultures that I have been feeding to the Adolfo fry in the Egg/Fry tank and to the “live feed” loving fish in the Mosquito Rasbora Tank. The MR tank also gets powdered JBL Gala fish flake.
The Cardinals will only eat Tetra Prima Mini Granules, crushed Hikari Sinking wafers for the Peppered Corys (oh, the male Peppered Cory was just having a bit of a sulk and is back to his usual antisocial self)

Goth tank; crushed Hikari sinking wafers for the Adolfos, but the Tetras will only eat powdered JBL Gala!
The Egg/Fry Tank has to be fed; Liquifry No1 for the “Infusoria” for the freshly hatched fry, Microworm for the bigger fry and a bit of flake for the young Halfbeak!
Rolled oats and frozen blanched spinach for the Lobsters!!!!
And so it goes on for the other tanks, AAAAAAARGH!

For some reason, after being a “short order chef” for some fussy fish I decided to relax by setting up the camera to get some “good” photos of the shrimp.

I wish I was keeping bees instead of fish, at least bees feed themselves for most of the year!

The photos?
The “Happy” Green Neon Tetra ascending, with almost no red colouration and full on Electric Blue stripe made it all worthwhile. They go this colour when they are “larking about”, having fun in the power head outlet flow and are virtually impossible to photograph as they are just too quick.

Feeding time.

Loose egg.

The glass is still not clean.

Who invited him to dinner?

Ever changing colours of Green Neon Tetras.
The Green Neon Tetra photo failed to appear

None rant post for a change.

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Re: Rio 125l ended up as a Cardinal tank

Postby Sjaak » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:14 am

Let’s see if this works……

“Happy” Green Neon Tetra.

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Re: Rio 125l ended up as a Cardinal tank

Postby Sjaak » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:15 am

Photo Bucket is being as awkward as Mrs S when she’s on a diet, so no fish related photos of the Cardinal Tank (yawn).

First up;
The young and fry Adolfo Corys are doing great in their temporary home (the Mosquito Rasbora Tank). These extra fish in the tank might be small, but it looks like their addition has dropped the pH a “tad” and this plus a couple of Catappa leaves seems to have got the Mosquito Rasboras putting the Barry White CDs on and getting in the mood. A quick search of the web for how to breed Mosquito Rasboras reveals! The usual forum garbage and a few videos, none of it backed up with photographic evidence or video footage.
My guess is that they need a very low pH. Something around pH4, plenty of tannins, and a rise of temperature to 26/27C, dimmed lighting and lots of live food in the form of Microworm clumps and Grindal Worm (oh, more of this later if I remember). Taking into account the water parameters for the other fish in the tank as the stocking stands, could I have a go at getting the MRs to breed? Yes, all the fish in there could easily cope or rather be perfectly at home in the guessed at water parameters. I have been seeding the MR Tank with algae and “Infusoria” for this reason. Then my brain started to work. How long would probably very small MR eggs last in a tank with Dwarf Anchor Catfish? Not very long at all. Do I have the time to set up a breeding tank? Nope, not now, thanks to Mrs S and her wanting me to go into business with the photography thing (NO, not fish photography, I’m pants at that, but she has hit on a brilliant idea that we have set up and is doing rather well…….. That’s the nail in the coffin of my semi-retirement then!). The point of this is; Watch your fish and your water parameters and make a note of what happened and why, good or bad. If your fish start doing the business, engage brain, grab a note pad and pen and write down everything, including the last water change parameters.

I ordered a couple of Grindal Worm cultures on next day delivery from a trusted fish and live food culture breeder, the Royal Mail/Parcel force/The Post office were supposed to have delivered them on Saturday. The Grindal Worm have not turned up yet (Wednesday), do I think my supplier has failed to dispatch the order? NO! I think that they are somewhere in a Post Office depot, hopefully stinking the place out and putting them off their egg mayo butties!

Hands up time again. My water is too soft for Panda Corys, or rather is too soft with a potential Ph too low for Panda Corys. The 60l Koralux is too small to maintain my water parameters for them. They are not sick, they just do not look “happy”. The original Pandas were fine in the much bigger Goth Tank and in the breeding tanks, but I have decided to let them go and found a new home for them with a great fish keeper who has some KH hardness in his tap water 30 miles away.

The new fish juggling plan is made very complicated by Mrs S’s insistence on keeping the massive female Peppered Cory and her 2 grumpy males. These will go into the ex-Panda Tank with the Glowlights.
She wants to keep the first lot of Adolfo Corys that we bred, they will go into the Juwel Rio 125 to replace the 3 Peppered Corys. We can’t count the number of Cardinals in the Cardinal Tank and I can’t remember how many are in there; 24, 26, 30? There are 6 Green Neon Tetra and 3 Ottos. Adding our first 8 home bred Adolfos will probably see the water drop to Ph4.5-5. The Adolfos will love it, as will the Ottos. The Cardinals? They will colour up very nicely and be as happy as Larry.

Life is odd, very odd.

Just over a year ago Mrs S and I walked into a LFS to buy Pond Sticks for Goldfish, we do not have Goldfish, but we do have a country park near us called The Burrs. Go there early in the day, lob a handful of pond sticks onto the water and watch the Goldfish and Koi that idiots have released in there rise up to the surface and wolf them down. Now we have a house full of fish tanks and happy fish.

A few months ago, I bought a camera to replace my outdated one. Now I have;
loads of cheap Chinese built photographic lighting equipment in a room in our business premises that was let out Ad Hoc and a list of bookings for portrait/pregnancy bump/kids/ funking French Bulldog/Pug things to be photographed and processed. Hence the lack of posts!

What I want to do is………
Put Sjaak Junior to bed have a couple of beers with Mrs S and watch the fish………..
Blur summed it up……
Modern Life Is Rubbish.

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Re: Rio 125l ended up as a Cardinal tank

Postby Sjaak » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:05 am

I love cleaning Bubbles the Betta’s tank, he seems to enjoy watching me cleaning his tank. I put a hand in his tank, he follows it. I trim the plants, he follows the scissors. I have noticed that re-arranging the plants in his tank keeps him entertained for days, he explores every inch of his territory looking at. I was thinking about giving him some score cards 1-10 so he could pick one up and give me his verdict. He is like a cartoon goldfish in a bowl, when he sees anybody in front of his tank he swims to the front to have a good nosey and show off.
A 22l tank is too small for any fish really, but a Betta will be fine with very regular tank maintenance and tap water that has consistent parameters acceptable to Betta.
Somebody should start a campaign, “Don’t keep goldfish in a bowl, Betta are better in a cube?”
Bubbles the Betta

Proof of life.
Yup, those are very small juvenile Adolfo Corys, behaving just like mature ones now. I am running the tank a little messy for the Infusoria and the next lot of Adolfo fry that will be going in there.
These are definitely going into the Cardinal tank.
And on the subject of the Cardinal Tank.
Everyone that has turned the corner from the kitchen dining room and walked through the arch has gone; WOW/Oh my god/I love…..
At last! After what seems like a thousand years of fish keeping, I will have my “Bucket List”/ perfect Tank;
The £20 Azalia root centrepiece,
A back wall of Amazon Swords,
Water Lettuce on the surface, breaking up the light,
Sand substrate,
Green Neon Tetras “up top”,
Cardinals omnipresent in the bottom 2/3d’s,
Adolfo Corys patrolling the bottom,
Ottos, it’s a thrill to spot them occasionally.
22mm baby Adolfo Corys.

With a mouth this small, Mosquito Rasboras should be perfect with Red Cherry Shrimp?
RCS need soft water at the very least, pH6+ .
Mosquito Rasboras naturally live in KH free water with minimal GH and some levels of tannins. pH5.65 to much lower
Mosquito Rasbora mouth open

Gravid RCS. Pants photo, but it gives a good indication of how many eggs the female carries.

No “Rant” and nothing controversial, I must be going soft. I’ll just add; if you have room to squeeze in a small tank, do it and keep a Betta!

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