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  1. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes fish will develop cancer just as humans do and there is still no cure. You have a nice growth of Myriophyllum though.
  2. First, my Parents and Grandparents told me to wash my hands. Second, there is an Amoeba that lives in the mud at the bottom of lakes and rivers of the US that if it gets stirred up and gets into your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears, it gets in the bloodstream, goes directly to your brain, eats brain cells until you die, there is no cure or prevention. I wish I could have been a little more positive.
  3. I have 2 HOB filters that I've been using for a little more than 10 years. They are both Aqua-Tech 10-20 filters available from Wally World that I have one each on 10G tanks. These are made by Marineland and so far, I have not been disappointed with their effectiveness, ease of use, or their ease of cleaning. I have had times when I'll put everything back together after cleaning when the filter wouldn't restart. What I'll do is lift the siphon tube with the impeller out of the impeller housing while the filter is still plugged in, but not remove the impeller out of the water, and then push the impeller back down into its' housing and I'll not only hear the impeller start again, I'll feel it. I'm pretty sure that you can do this with other makes of HOB's, but what do I know? Buy a soft-bristle tooth brush and a nipple brush normally used for cleaning the nipples of baby bottles. Use the tooth brush to clean the magnet and impellers, use the nipple brush to clean the magnets inside the impeller housing. I also have a Marineland C-220 cannister filter that I've been using for 12 years, I still have the sales receipt. This filter has 4 media baskets which are all filled with filter foam to increase the amount of Nitrifying bacteria in the filter, the HOB filters have foam inserts I cut to fit from a Fluval filter foam block for the same purpose. I mention all of this because I live in a part of the US where the power goes out about once a month on average. Most of the time it's only for a few seconds, just long enough that I have to reset several clocks, but can be minutes, hours, or even days. Even during the longest outage of 3 days, I never lost a single fish. Stay smart, keep learning, this is a great forum to do just that. Sincerely Gator
  4. Yep, I was just as surprised, but it works and that temp prevents diseases.
  5. My Bronze Cories laid eggs yesterday, the second time in two months. I wanted to make sure they had finished laying before I collected any of the eggs so today I collected the eggs to put in a bare-bottomed, 4g tank, with a sponge filter and no heat, just the ambient room temp. to discover if they'll hatch quicker. When they hatch and are free-swimming, I'll feed them Tetra-Min flake fish food that has been crushed into a very fine powder, and then gradually work up to larger foods such as pureed nightcrawler and then Bloodworms. ARMYVET; It's hard to tell the difference between a male and female Cory when you buy them at your LFS. What I've had to do is buy several at a time, place three in each of three tanks with the temp set at about 85 degrees ( A book I have on keeping and breeding Cories says to keep the temp at 86 degrees), feed them a variety of foods to condition them for breeding, and wait. The males are smaller and skinnier than the females which are larger and rounder than the males and the book ( Hobbyist Guide to Catfish and Loaches ISBN 3-89356-138-2 by Tetra Press ) states that we should have a ratio of three males for each female so obviously the sperm count for male Cories must be quite low (?). This book also has a section on Pleco's. If your LFS doesn't have this book in stock or doesn't carry this book, you can call or write to Tetra at Tetra Sales U.S.A., 3001 Commerce Street, Blacksburg, VA. 24060, or call 1-800-576-0650, or by email TETRA-FISH.COM. This email address may be all lower case letters, I don't know, I've always just called them if I've had a question about one of their products and you'd be surprised at all they own. Sincerely Gator
  6. I believe the rod and reel record was the Alligator gar, but I don't remember where it was aught.
  7. I hope you don't plan to release the Gar into the wild after it outgrows your tank. The largest I've ever caught was 6' long, the largest I've ever seen was 10' long, and I think the longest that has ever been caught on rod and reel was 15' long. They have a voracious appetite and will eat anything that swims, but I'm sure you already know this.
  8. My observations are of fancy-tailed male Guppies and one female Mosquitofish in a 29g tank in my living room. The difference between female Mosquitofish and female Guppies is that the gravid spot on a female Mosquitofish never lightens up or goes away after giving birth as it does in a female Guppy. The female Mosquitofish I had in my 29g was bought at one of my LFS and I knew it was a female Mosquitofish because of that gravid spot, my LFS did not know and still doesn't, I wanted to see if I could breed it to a male Guppy, and I did very well. The male Mosquitofish does look similar to a male Guppy, but without the colorization on the body and fins, they have a Gonopodium like a Guppy and in the same location, but they look more like the feeder Guppies you might find at your LFS and this is what I used them for when I caught them in the wild, feeding Jack Dempsey's, free live fish food. I'm sure people have in the past, released live Guppies into the nearest body of water once the Guppies reached critical mass in their tanks, anything's possible. Back in the '60's people released live Piranha into some lakes in Florida, and in the '80's and '90's, people were releasing live Lionfish into the Atlantic off the coast of Florida. Those Lionfish have now become a nuisance species in the coral reefs of the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  9. I hope that one of the shows will be close to where I live and for those who are interested, go to AQUASHELLA.COM/ORLANDO for a possible preview.
  10. So now they're called Crocodile Toothpick fish, I've always heard them called Pipefish. The second photo is a Halfbeak, a livebearer, the third photo is a saltwater fish I've recently seen advertised as a Walking Toadfish, but I don't know enough about salt water tanks to have a saltwater tank so, what do I know?
  11. In the early 1900's, Mosquitofish were native only to Cuba, but because the US was in the clutches of an outbreak of Malaria and Yellow Fever, the State of Florida brought thousands of Mosquitofish to Florida to eat the Mosquito larvae hoping to stem the tide of the two diseases, with little effect. Unlike other non-native species, Mosquitofish have never negatively affected the environment where they are found. Though female Mosquitofish look like female Guppies and are livebearers just like Guppies, but are capable of having over 100 babies each time they give birth, they're also food for Bluegill (Bream), Crappies (Specks), Bass, and Mudfish. It's not illegal to catch and keep Mosquitofish in the home aquarium, I used to catch them in swamps and lakes in Florida to feed to my Jack Dempsey's, but don't try to breed a female Mosquitofish to a male Guppy. Female Mosquitofish are very aggressive and will nip the fins off of the male Guppy to the point of death and the male Mosquitofish isn't as colorful as the male Guppy. I once bred a female Mosquitofish to a male Guppy, she killed the first three, but not the fourth. It took a while before she finally gave birth but when she did, she had 187 babies. She swam around with her head down at a 45 degree angle for the first 24 hours after giving birth, then at a 30 degree angle for the second 24 hours, and swam normally after that. I believe that carrying so many babies put a great deal of pressure on her swim bladder so that it took a couple of days to recover. She died about a week later and I'm still wondering if female Mosquitofish die off a week after giving birth in the wild. If you're wanting to breed Mosquitofish to satisfy your curiosity or to have access to cheap feeder fish, have several plants that grow to the surface since you're not going to be able to provide the shoreline shallows where you caught your Mosquitofish. I don't know if a female Mosquitofish will kill a male Mosquitofish or not, but mine may have done so because of the bright colors on the Guppy's fins. Keep a record of everything you see your Mosquitofish do and everything you do to the tank, one of the Land Grant Colleges in your State may be interested in your research, in Florida the two Land Grant Colleges are the University of Florida (Go Gators) and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), I'm particularly interested in whether or not the females die shortly after giving birth. Good luck. Sincerely Gator
  12. It doesn't matter if I'm breeding or not, if my blackwater fish such as my Neon Tetra's are happiest and most likely to breed at a pH of 6.0, I'll keep their pH at 6.0 or as close to it as possible, but you may have other ideas and that's OK.
  13. Streetwise; This is somewhat off topic, but I hope you weren't adversely affected by TS Ida when it came through. I wanted to mention the other day, but I didn't think TS Ida would make it's way in your direction, but there are 4 quadrants to a Hurricane or a TS and they each have their own characteristics. South and East of the eye is where you'll see the most wind and tornadoes, the East and North is where you'll receive the most rain, the West is where you'll find the cooler temps. There is no dispute, Hurricanes are dangerous, but they do serve useful purposes. The winds bring down dead limbs and uproot diseased trees, Hurricanes bring rain to areas that may need it, and they equalize temps between Northern and Southern Latitudes. Unfortunately, we're in their path and they're getting worse. When TS Ida came through here, the eye of the storm was to our West and I expected the worst here, but here we got a slow rain while those folks to the East and West of here got torrential rain and high wind, Hurricanes are unpredictable so it's best to be prepared, watch the Weather Channel or your local news station to see if it's headed your way and if so, which way the eye is going. Sincerely Gator
  14. Take those old records off the shelf, I'll sit and listen to them by myself, today's music ain't got that same soul, I like that old time rock and roll.
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