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  1. How have you been enjoying nature recently? Whether it’s the nature you keep and maintain in your home, or somewhere you explored, if it has brought you joy feel free to share! I have mostly been working outside the store since returning to work. The other day I got to enjoy a few moments of this visiting dragonfly between customers.
  2. Autumn fishing this afternoon with Fish Folk Jr.
  3. Early morning search for elusive Lincoln’s Sparrow We may or may not have been trespassing… 😬 Monarchs migrating…
  4. If you think you know what type of worms these are please let us know. I posted a short youtube video at the bottom of this post. I netted some floating plants out of one of my tanks tonight and then set it over a container so that it didnt drip all over my desk. Later when i went to dump the net out i realized the net had strained all of these worms out of the floating plants ans down into the container seeking water. I have no idea what type of worms these are. Apparently they were living in the roots of the floating plants i would assume eating the detritus that is caught there. Anyway they are pretty interesting and actively seek out bits of floating plants when i added them to the container. Im wondering if i should add them back into my tank or not. They seem like they would be a great live food source for small fish. Let me know what you think i should do. Aquarium Mystery Worms Video - Youtube
  5. I have been thinking a lot about how substrate exists in nature, especially with gravel vs sand. My hobby context is with organic soil underneath, where I prefer gravel as a cap, but I don’t want to be too specific. I grew up on Lake Champlain, which has some of the oldest former reefs in the world, from when it was the Champlain Sea. However, there are very few sandy beaches on the lake. The two big ones are Sandbar State Park on the Vermont side, fed by the Lamoille River, and Ausable Point on the New York side, both cases where the rivers have been depositing sand for millennia. In the marine environment, we expect tons of flow, grinding down rocks and coral. Freshwater seems to have more conditions.
  6. Potomac River, waaaay upstream ... Riverside walking path... “Home Tree” Fledgling Peregrine Falcon (ca. 1/2 mile out)...
  7. Saturday morning, birding some new areas. Enjoying the golden hour.
  8. Spent some quality time with Fish Folk Jr. today in a Nature Preserve about 15 mins from our home. Here are a few miscellaneous items in the "Enjoy Nature Daily" vein. Thinking as aquarists, we sometimes gather alder cones for our fry tanks, breeding projects, shrimp tanks, etc. They grow wild here. We've tested them before, and found that they don't yield an equal amount of tannins into the water. Some are more potent than others in that regard. Nearby was evidence of a beaver at work. Murphy isn't the only fella who needs to cut his teeth! Last year we filmed the beaver pair swimming around in the pond. Fish Folk Jr. caught and released a few Bluegills today. They're nearly as colorful in spawning dress as any cichlid in the hobby, but aren't well suited for the home aquarium. Memorial Day is about the right time of the year to find them nesting. They clean out a 2 x 2 dirt / stone bottomed crater in shallow water, and spawn over it. And when the fishing got too tedious (aka we must now sit patiently and wait) . . . there's always fun to be had catching a few water lizards. All were released unharmed.
  9. We have non aquatic folk worrying that sinister death is attacking our beaches right now.... what they don't realize is it's a crab molt! I guess it would be shocking to see that many little bodies washed up in the tide. https://uclueletaquarium.org/the-crabs-arent-dead/?fbclid=IwAR0xFSAQ1ekqbOIz3R5pLZGZw4rm4U4AB8JEOyXX5_3UXQ50oIblifpPDZU
  10. I'm looking for a cool gift for a young girl, 10 years old, who is pretty into nature. She has a 55-gallon tank in her fish with fish she caught herself, a paludarium with a gecko, and a few tanks with turtles. She loves to collect insects. I was thinking maybe a cool, information book...I don't know. Looking to spend $10-20 (there are a lot of kids to buy for...but she's the only one who is super into nature, like I am). Any suggestions from the crowd?
  11. When @Cory, termed the phrase 'NERM' awhile back, it may have been out of his subconscious genius. I consider myself, a self-proclaimed 'NERM' & have drawn a few conclusions, of which, some even may be valid. Why do people keep aquariums? IMO, It's an extension of nature into their homes for enjoyment & furthering life itself. If you look at the 'term' 'NERM'; is it just a word or even more; perhaps an acronym. For everyone, the word, term, phrase, acronym or # 'NERM' may indeed mean something very different and often times very personal to each individual, in their relationship with the hobby. For me: I classify the N.E.R.M. as an acronym, using each beginning letter, as follows: N.E.R.M. Natural Environment Respective Mentality Be a good Aquarist, be a NERM, today.
  12. Full disclosure: I am no expert at fish keeping and always pushing myself to learn from my tanks and others to improve myself and my abilities with aquariums. I have had some success in 35 years in the hobby first with my dad then as solo over the past 5 years or so but like us all have learned when things went wrong and when things went perfect. Recently I have been wondered if parameters of native habitats were actually a deal breaker for most fish to reproduce or if stable conditions generally within the ballpark of their natural habitat along with some fluctuation to trigger spawning are more important. Nature finding a way seems to occur for me more often than not. Do you find that there any parameters which when different from the natural environment of a species is a deal breaker to getting a species to spawn successfully? More importantly are those conditions more detrimental to being able to raise fry to adulthood? I have had plenty of learning experiences over the years when things did not work out but have also managed to set the stage right for a few species to reproduce with my setups over the years: Goodeids: Characodon lateralis, and Zoogoneticus tequila; Other livebearers: platies, swordtails, and guppies; Mouthbrooders : Strawberry betta, betta macrostoma ( was awesome to learn from but fry did not survive due to an equipment issue), and golden mbuna (my first non livebearer way back when); Miscellaneous unintentional success : panda corydoras, flag fish (guarded eggs like sunfish), and Khuli loach Current projects: Gold Stripe Panaque (3yr old colony); Hairy Puffer (1.5 year old group); Dwarf Pike Regani (1.5 year old pair from group); Dwarf Chain Loach (1 year old group)
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