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  1. Uberhoust

    Feeding the Birds....Fish

    My wife and I participate in the Cornell Feeder Watch and Bird Watch. Below are some images from our feeding station in our yard. Great Blue Heron at the Minnow Bar: Northern Flicker coming in hot: Northern Flickers sharing the sue
  2. Uberhoust

    Possible Conditions Favoring Cyanobacteria Growth

    Most of us that have raised fish at one time or another have run into an issue with cyanobacteria, myself included. Frequently a number of people suggest that we are out of balance or that we have too large of a nutrient load in our aquariums. Conversely there is some anecdotal statements that...
  3. Uberhoust

    Blast from the Past - Working Silent Giant Airpump

    A trip to visit my parents resulting in me finding one of my Dad's old Silent Giant airpumps. The thing still works except the foam standoffs have compressed to the point it sits without a gap under the unit meaning the air cannot get in (an easy fix). These pumps are weighted to reduce the...
  4. Uberhoust

    Feeding the Bird

    We have a new bird that has been coming to our feeders. He drops in about once a week and scares off all the other birds. I haven't seen it catch anything yet but have found the feathered remains of a Eurasian Ring Neck Dove in the yard which I assumed it ate. I believe it is a Coopers Hawk...
  5. Uberhoust

    Some of my Angels P, F1, and just starting F2 Generations

    Not that familiar with Angelfish genetics but here is a start. Feel free to correct anything I got wrong. Parents: Ben (Male P): I believe Ben to be essentially a Silver but I suspect with an S/+ at the Stripeless Locus. Ben is a relatively gentle fish "Gentle Ben" is his full name. I do...
  6. Uberhoust

    Thoughts on Heater Free Aquaria

    The Cichlid entry, https://www.fishbase.se/summary/69375, by @I Like Rare Fish brings something of interest to me and I expect others as well. And that is, is it possible to have an interesting cold water tank and save a bunch of power. Right now I mostly care about angel fish, since getting...
  7. Uberhoust

    Pet Store Employee Berated for Giving Good Advice

    Just an observation: I think it is important to realize that being the point of contact for customers at fish store is not always a pleasant task. A couple of days ago I was browsing the fish one of the big pet stores, I always do, when a customer asked the young man at the fish section about...
  8. Uberhoust

    LLeaf Fluoresent Plastic Shifting Unused Spectra to Longer Wavelengths

    Just came across an article in the New Scientist regarding plastic product that will take normal full spectrum light and in one case absorb the green and release it as slightly longer reddish light, they call it Spectrum Shifting. It is being tested/used to improve green house productivity...
  9. Uberhoust

    Angelfish are not Necessarily Monogamous

    I have read many articles on angelfish that state they are monogamous when given the choice, especially when they choose their mates. My personal experience is outside this norm, I have one actively breeding male in a tank of 8 angels, who has been spawning with one of two females. He has...
  10. Uberhoust

    Various Sands and Mineral Substrates Compared

    I am always on the lookout for unique hardscape and substrate material, either purchased or preferably self collected. Right now I am using a version of QuikCrete Play sand in most of my tanks but I have gone through a whole gamut of other types of substrate. What I am really looking for is a...
  11. Uberhoust

    What Ever Happened to a Fish Only Having a Five Second Memory

    I remembered hearing from a number of people that a fish only has a 5 second memory. Anyone that keeps fish knows that this isn't true, but the video in this article suggests that fish can be quite smart. Envision your fish, maybe named "Klaus" tooling around the living room, or perhaps...
  12. Uberhoust

    Are Canister Filters Worth the Cost if Your Prime Goal is Quiet

    I have used HOB filters for almost every aquarium I have ever setup. I started with the Dynaflows then moved to the Aquaclears. Functionally I really like the Aquaclears because they are essentially a large box that I put whatever media I want in them. I am sure that other manufactures have...
  13. Uberhoust

    Stupid Mistake

    Today when feeding my angel fry I noticed on my 60 gallon what appeared to be water coming out from the bottom of the tank. Of course my mind filled with images of a broken glass on the bottom or a blown seal, especially because a couple of days ago when cleaning the tank I had a rock fall...
  14. Uberhoust

    Angelfish Breeding Log 2nd Attempt

    This will be a log of my 2nd serious attempt to raise some Angelfish fry to maturity. I will try to do a daily documentation of the progress from eggs to hopefully adults. This go round I have removed the angel fry consuming blue stream goby from the tank, so I will be primarily focusing on...
  15. Uberhoust

    Thoughts on Nitrate Levels and Water Changes

    Just some thoughts: If you have a limited amount of water you can use for water changes less frequent larger changes remove more contaminants than smaller more frequent changes of the same resulting amount. Why? Primarily you are removing more water at a high concentration and replacing it...
  16. Uberhoust

    Help Raising Angel Fry

    When I got my fish I had no plans on breeding them, but the few Angels I have seem to have other plans. I have been leaving the fry in the aquarium with the parents but within about 10 days all the fry are gone. Two batches of eggs ago I transferred about 30 fry from the parent's tank to a 10...
  17. Uberhoust

    Blue Diamond Shrimp "Berried" Listlessly Sitting On Bottom (Neocaridina sp)

    I am new to keeping shrimp. I have 11 shrimp in a 10 gallon tank. The tank only contains shrimp, plants, and some copepods. Parameters as follows: pH 6.6 NH3 0 ppm NO2 0 ppm NO3 <5.0 ppm (not zero but not 5 either) gH 60 ppm kH 0 ppm 23 degrees Celsius I have had the shrimp for about 2...
  18. Uberhoust

    Damn - Not Baby Shrimp

    I have only been keeping shrimp, blue diamonds, for a week and have very little experience with them. When I bought the shrimp there were a couple that were "berried". This evening I got all excited because I saw these very little swimming dots around the slice of cucumber I put out for the...
  19. Uberhoust

    Betta with White Growth Under Scale

    Hi All: I have an otherwise healthy female betta on which I noted a white growth under a scale near her tail. She has been removed from her home aquarium just in case and I am setting up a 10 gallon to put her in. Parameters: pH 6.4 NH3 0.0 NO2 0.0 NO3 15.0 ppm dGH <= 2.0 temp 25 C She is...
  20. Uberhoust

    Looking for Guidance on Nano Tank Denizens 10 gallons

    I am setting up a nano tank, for the sake of a nano tank not as a hospital or quarantine tank. I have a reasonable amount of experience with larger tanks but never looked at a 10 gallon tank as anything but a temporary residence for my aquatic friends. If successful might set up a similar tank...
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