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by TwoTankAmin
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Keeping Fish is never Quite easy
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Keeping Fish is never Quite easy

In the last 10 days I had an Eheim canister go leaky. No matter what I tried, it would not stop. Fortunately, I have a couple of then on the shelf and was able to replace the entire head which is where the pump is. I was able to deduce that the leak was coming from inside and was neither the head ga...
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: 13 spawns in 6 weeks: It doesn't get much better than this (for me, anyway... oh wait, it does-17 spawns in 8 weeks)
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: 13 spawns in 6 weeks: It doesn't get much better than this

@ bekateen Looking at your graphs it appears clear to me that the barometric pressure drops preceded the spawning activity. It's like a leading indicator in economics. That the second drop is not as big as the first is not really an issue. Once most Hypans are triggered to spawn, they tend to contin...
by TwoTankAmin
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: 13 spawns in 6 weeks: It doesn't get much better than this (for me, anyway... oh wait, it does-17 spawns in 8 weeks)
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: 13 spawns in 6 weeks: It doesn't get much better than this

Nice work Eric @bekateen I have had this happen with my Hypans a number of times and at a similar time of the year. All of a sudden I am getting spawns in almost all of my pleco tanks. I am wondering if there is some event of which we may not be aware, which triggers them? I am usually looking for s...
by TwoTankAmin
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: TDS, RO/DI and question.
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: TDS, RO/DI and question.

A TDS meter does read conductivity. It then applies a formula to that result and converts it into TDS. My continuous monitor offers me three choices, conductivity and then two TDS readings which use different conversion formulas. One drawback to the TDS setting I use is that it basically reads in 10...
by TwoTankAmin
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: A Link to a Lot of Great Fish Related Info
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: A Link to a Lot of Great Fish Related Info

TY Jools- I just found it and changed the addy in my post. I am getting slow in my old age :character-oldtimer:
by TwoTankAmin
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: A Link to a Lot of Great Fish Related Info
Replies: 3
Views: 238

A Link to a Lot of Great Fish Related Info

Over the years I have accumulated a lot of links that relate to the hobby. Many of these are papers or university publications. I had a couple of good articles bookmarked which moved over the years and I could not find them. I was trying to dig up two of such articles again recently having failed se...
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: RO water
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: RO water

I do ro/di. I would caution your re a pH pen. I do not know about the lab field quality ones, but the more inexpensive ones are crap imo. I burned through two very fast. Instead, I now use a continuous monitor that reads conductivity/TDS, Temp inf F or C and pH. This works great and only needs the p...
by TwoTankAmin
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L134 - when to move over to adult's food
Replies: 2
Views: 705

Re: L134 - when to move over to adult's food

I believe the answer depends on the specific foods being fed more than anything else. My experience has been that some foods are fine for both new fry and adults while others are not. I have never had issues with feeding fry anything that is soft or which gets soft in water. Sinking sticks and wafer...
by TwoTankAmin
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Congratulations Planet Catfish on reaching a milestone!
Replies: 20
Views: 3573

Re: Congratulations Planet Catfish on reaching a milestone!

To repeat what I said earlier in this thread. between what I donate to PC v.s. what I get in return, I am getting the better end of the deal. Thanks to Jools, to all those who help keep the site working and especially to all those who offer their scientific expertise. You have made this site one of ...
by TwoTankAmin
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: A little toe tapper
Replies: 0
Views: 839

A little toe tapper

If you are feeling worn out and tired,
If your get up and go got up and left,
If you could use a little uplifting........
(Turn up the volume.)

by TwoTankAmin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project
Replies: 25
Views: 2880

Re: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project

The final WC 173 count is in- 36 fry in the breeder tank. They are 1/2 to 1+ inch. I had about 30 in there before I went out of service for a couple of months. Since about 2/3 of the above babies were about 1/2 inch, they had to have been born pretty recently. This means I had to have lost a bunch f...
by TwoTankAmin
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project
Replies: 25
Views: 2880

Re: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project

TY @bekateen But the truth is I have amazing well water and I try to feed my fish well and give them a decent set-up. The rest I chalk up to good luck and great advice along the way. Got through the RB 236 breeder tank yesterday/ I removed 11 fry to the grow space giving me a total of 24. I redid th...
by TwoTankAmin
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project
Replies: 25
Views: 2880

Re: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project

Under the heading of better later than never. Here are pics of some of offspring from my second group of L236. 13 went into a terrace grow tank and then the reverse trio and their 14 assorted fry went into another. These pics are of the 13.
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by TwoTankAmin
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L-173b from Glaser
Replies: 87
Views: 23208

Re: L-173b from Glaser

One more pic-
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by TwoTankAmin
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L-173b from Glaser
Replies: 87
Views: 23208

Re: L-173b from Glaser

Here I am years later and It is time for this species to depart my tanks. They will be going to new homes shortly. I recently did a head count of offspring I still have for the recipient. I thought they would bring this thread to its conclusion by posting the pics. Unfortunately I breed much nicer f...
by TwoTankAmin
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Moving Fry

For plecos its once a day. I rarely have issues with leftover food. The Repashy and the sinking sticks can last a while in the tank. The frozen not so much. When I had angel fry that was different, they got fed 3 times a day on live for the first 10 days. Then they were weaned onto cyclops. I do not...
by TwoTankAmin
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Electric eel powers Tennessee Aquarium's Christmas lights, in shocking use of science
Replies: 3
Views: 692

Electric eel powers Tennessee Aquarium's Christmas lights, in shocking use of science

An electric eel named Miguel Wattson is shocking visitors at the Tennessee Aquarium by using its blips of electricity to power Christmas lights. A system connected to his tank allowed the eel's shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree, resulting in rapid succession of blinking lights, acc...
by TwoTankAmin
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Moving Fry
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Moving Fry

This does not apply to situations where "bad" dads are the problem and are either eating or booting viable eggs. The ove pleco I have worked with that did this were my P. compta. My experience with Hypancistrus has been that the fry do best when they can be left in the breeder tank,I discovered this...
by TwoTankAmin
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L134 and Helena snails?
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: L134 and Helena snails?

I lean towards the better safe than sorry school of thought here. I have been told by invert folks assassins will eat eggs. I used to keep them in pleco tanks. In tanks with fry I seemed to have losses when there were assassins in the tank. So I have since removed these snails from pleco breeder tan...
by TwoTankAmin
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project
Replies: 25
Views: 2880

Re: Any interest in a documenting of my summer breeding related project

I must apologize for having stopped posting in this thread, but two days after the above post I had a heart attack and 5 days later I had bypass surgery. I am just now getting back close to normal. I do have a few observations about what went on in my tanks over the past 11 weeks or so. The first tw...