OnlyGenusCaps Posted February 13, 2022 Share Posted February 13, 2022 The main place I have to keep tanks of various sorts is underneath the stairs to my basement. Glamorous, I know. Actually, it's even worse than that. To get there, you need to exit the basement into the garage (cold in a Minnesota winter, and hot in a Minnesota summer), then through a cramped storage area, past the well tank and water treatment equipment, near the boiler, finally to access the one wall I can put tanks on. This rabbit warren of a space, is my little sanctuary. And inspired by @Atitagain's description of his aquatic vivariums, I have also decided to give this odd little space a Latin name - "Subscalarium", which roughly translates as the under stair -arium. Basically, I've decided to combine all of my efforts in this one place into a single journal. And I thought it needed a... Unique name. Yes, let's go with unique. I'll get photos of the space at some point soon, partly because I have plans to make it much nicer. You know, so I want to spend time there. I'd been thinking about this for a month or so, but then Zenzo's new vid really sold me on the importance of finding ways to spend time with your tanks. I mean, how can I enjoy them if I am never near them?! And this part of the house is about as far away from anything as I can get - so I have to go there. The thing that made me decide to post something today, is this: These are hatched but not yet released wrigglers of desert gobies (Chlamydogobius eremius). I have been trying to figure out how to get the fry for a while now, a little like @HillstreamBoy's efforts with his Rhinogobius. The problem is that the male cares very well for the eggs, and any time I pulled them they fungused on me quite quickly. So, I've been working on timing the pull correctly. But I've also figured out that the flow I was getting in my Ziss breeder box was woefully insufficient for this species. I suspect the male is fanning them almost constantly. I wasn't quite sure what to do, until I got to chatting with the guy who owns Twin Cities Guppies. He told me that the Fluval hang-on breeder boxes can be hooked up to a small desktop fountain pump and provide way more flow that way. So that's what I've done here: You can see I've stuffed some 30ppi Poret foam in the main overflow to try to keep the wrigglers in. And here is the tiny pump I bought on Amazon: I'm pretty encouraged. For one thing, one of the wrigglers went free swimming while I was finishing getting this set up! Sadly, it was pulled over the tiny stream of the secondary overflow, which lead me to put a second strip of Poret over that. I am a little worried that the current will be too strong for the little guys when they release. I need to go and get some moss tomorrow. I don't have any on hand. A big breeder no-no. But I'm excited because I am getting so, so close! Wish me luck on this batch. I'd love to BAP these. They are the coolest fish! 11 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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