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  1. Jay0173

    20 Gallon Tiger Teddy Species Tank

      I most certainly plan on keeping everyone updated on the tank's progress.     Thanks for the input. The tank was planted. You have to look real carefully to see the hairgrass though, since I didn't plant it in large clumps but rather a few strands about a centimetre apart.   Considering the...
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    20 Gallon Tiger Teddy Species Tank

    Hello everyone!   It's time to start an aquarium build ... again!   A local breeder has recently introduced me to a new livebearer that he recently acquired. They're called Tiger Teddies (Neoheterandria elegans) and they have to be the smallest livebearer species I have ever seen! These active...
  3. Jay0173

    Canister Filter.

      The canister filter I use is the API Filstar and I am very happy with it. The construction is solid and the filter runs quiet. I too looked at the eheim filters, but after looking at them in the store thought the construction was a little weak. I plan to get a couple more of these Filstar...
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    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

    It seems the quality of the batch of Koi swordtails the LFS received was not the best. The majority of them have passed away, most after only the first couple days. I do still have several though, and they seem to be doing pretty well in the tank. They absolutely love the algae growing on my...
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    Aquarium Timer

    I use a timer on my aquarium and it works really well. I set it to a 12 hour cycle, which does cause a slight algae problem, but as my livebearers are species that particularly love algae, they doe a decent job at helping keep it under control. What they don't is easily taken care of using an...
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    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

    So, last week I was hoping to pick up a few Koi Swordtails from my LFS which finally had them! Unfortunately, the stock they received was not doing well at all. Discouraged, but still determined, I head out once again to some other stores. First I tried a store in Toronto, but contrary to what...
  7. Jay0173

    Starting To Breed Livebearers

      Of that I have no doubt. I'll have to look into hatching brine shrimp. Last time I investigated it it made my brain explode with all the conflicting advice people were giving.
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    Starting To Breed Livebearers

    Brine shrimp I have plenty of, of the freeze-dried variety though.
  9. Jay0173

    Starting To Breed Livebearers

      Well I certainly wouldn't try feeding them those huge pellets. As for the Daphnia, culturing them can be a pain in the wazoo can it not?
  10. Jay0173

    Starting To Breed Livebearers

      What about New Life Spectrum Small Fry Starter - High Energy Micro Particles?
  11. Jay0173

    Starting To Breed Livebearers

    Alright, as some of you may know I have a 55 gallon aquarium that I've dedicated to livebearer species. Because I'd actually like to see the fry produced by my fish survive, I need to set up a breeding/grow out tank. I plan to buy several of these, actually. In fact, a few of my Endler's...
  12. Jay0173

    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

    Yeah, I checked with my LFS and they told me they have some in quarantine that should be ready for sale by now. They're beautiful fish.
  13. Jay0173

    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

    Thanks. Just wait until I get some swords in there. I will be heading off to the LFS tomorrow after what promises to be a long grueling day at work to pick up 6 Koi swordtails.
  14. Jay0173

    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

    Well, as I mentioned, yesterday I received my Mickey Mouse platies and now, after a day, they've had a chance to get settled into the tank. I've noticed that they've begun to pair off. As promised, here are a couple of photos of them in my tank:
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    Anybody Want To Rant? 2

    People who, while shopping, block an  entire isle by parking their buggy on one side while they browse through product on the other making it impossible for other people to pass. Or, people who decided a group meeting in the middle of an isle, blocking the path of other customers, is an okay...
  16. Jay0173

    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

    Just received a shipment of Calico Mickey Mouse Platies today. I will post pics of them tomorrow when they've had a chance to get use to the tank. It was a little funny when I put the bag in the water to level out the temperature. All the endlers came to visit the newcomers. They were all...
  17. Jay0173

    I Swear I Didn't Mean To Buy Him! He Fell In My Tank!

    Very nice! Sometimes we just can't resist those impulse buys and more often than not we never regret doing it.
  18. Jay0173

    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

      I should say with livebearers, especially Endler's Livebearers, that would be inevitable. In fact, I believe one of the females is pregnant. I'm keeping a close watch for anything that develops. I did find, to my disappointment, a few snails. They most likely came with the plants.
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    Oh, You Brushed Your Pet Once?

    LOL. I have a cat the same way. Every spring you could brush enough hair off him to clothe the population of a small town in sweaters.
  20. Jay0173

    55Gal Livebearer Aquarium

    And here, for your viewing pleasure, is the long awaited video of my set up as promised. The video includes photos from the initial placement of the aquarium and video of the Endler's Livebearers I just recently received. I hope you all enjoy the video.  ...
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