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by Bas Pels
Wed Jan 19, 2022 4:30 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Is pet insurance worth the money? Who here has it?
Replies: 11
Views: 12313

Re: Is pet insurance worth the money? Who here has it?

Now most of us have more pets than our fishes, and for those such an insurance might be a good idea.

For my fishes? I would not even know where to find a vet knowing anything about my fishes. For them it wil lcvertainly be a waste of money.
by Bas Pels
Sat Jan 01, 2022 8:50 am
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: Mini ranger pleco?
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: Mini ranger pleco?

Once I got similar fish, which grew out to be Pterogoblichthys punctaus or similar.

Perhaps not the most cvolorfull one in the genus, but very nicely sized at max 30 cm.

Perhaps you will be as luckey as I was.
by Bas Pels
Thu Dec 23, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Heater for pricy plecos
Replies: 20
Views: 2586

Re: Heater for pricy plecos

Fluval E series heaters are my preference. In tanks over 50 gal, I place 2 underrated heaters to keep tank at temp. Cheers, Eric What I would suggest - the problem with heaters, expensive or cheap, is that they tend to overheat one day. Now, you can put say a 300 watt heater in a tank, and wait for...
by Bas Pels
Wed Dec 22, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Heater for pricy plecos
Replies: 20
Views: 2586

Re: Heater for pricy plecos

What I would suggest - the problem with heaters, expensive or cheap, is that they tend to overheat one day. Now, you can put say a 300 watt heater in a tank, and wait for this to happen, but you can also use 3 heaters of 100 watts each. When 1 burns, the others will scale off, or do less work, resul...
by Bas Pels
Tue Dec 21, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: The Role of Sand in a Pleco Tank
Replies: 7
Views: 1480

Re: The Role of Sand in a Pleco Tank

Sand would most likely help, just as dithers. But you have wrong examples of dithers. Dithers are fishe swimming around, near the surface, telling other fish no predatory birds are around. Bristlenoses are hiding themselves and an Apisto would need dithers to know it's safe hinself. However, any Tet...
by Bas Pels
Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Feed your fish well
Replies: 10
Views: 1438

Re: Feed your fish well

For example, livebearers are largely herbivores, while tetras are more carnivorous.
While this is for the most common kept species more or less true, livebearers are not vergitarians.

The all nib dead fishes, and some - may I mention Belisesox belisanus - are downright carnivorous.
by Bas Pels
Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: German Fish Foods
Replies: 3
Views: 1101

Re: German Fish Foods

With regard to your point in carbohydrates in fishfood, please do remember, the vegitarian plecos mostly eat algae. Now I'm not aware of the precise content of algae, but I would assume they are a lot like most other plants, that is they will contain carbohyudrates, as starch, as an energy source. F...
by Bas Pels
Fri Oct 29, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Everything else)
Topic: Hisonotus notatus bred... now what?
Replies: 10
Views: 2549

Re: Hisonotus notatus bred... now what?

With regard to your question - what to feed them? I think they would prefer algae, just as their parents do.

Presenting them algae might be hard, but I'd be surprised if they would eat anything else.
by Bas Pels
Thu Oct 28, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: How would you heat small fish room?
Replies: 6
Views: 2116

Re: How would you heat small fish room?

Another tip, run everything first - if you're using power filtration and heat emitting lights, you'd be surprised how much they heat the water themselves. Jools Good tip I used to have my garage filled with fish, and I did not need any watt for heating I did need to have the door open in summer - i...
by Bas Pels
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Snails in Pleco Tanks
Replies: 2
Views: 909

Re: Snails in Pleco Tanks

When the snails are placed into the tank, they can pose a risk of carrying a desease. In this case the snails are in the tank, and nobody is ill. I would not fear any risk.
by Bas Pels
Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Guianacaras/Bandit Cichlids with L397?
Replies: 10
Views: 2607

Re: Guianacaras/Bandit Cichlids with L397?

If it is a display, provided there are lots of places for the plecos to hide, it should work fine. The biggest issue I find with such set ups is that the Panaqolus will gorge on any uneaten cichlid food. This can lead to bloat issues over time. I would use high protein dry foods sparingly. -Shane A...
by Bas Pels
Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: F1, F2, F3... SO confusing!
Replies: 7
Views: 2739

Re: F1, F2, F3... SO confusing!

It is always applied to crosses, although the crosses can start with two wild-caught parents of the same species This is actually one I don't agree with in any form. There is no way to know if the wild-caught parents are from the same lineage or not. Not all fish are migratory, meaning they will ma...
by Bas Pels
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Taxonomy & Science News
Topic: Pectoral-fin glands in Brachyrhamdia
Replies: 1
Views: 1223

Re: Pectoral-fin glands in Brachyrhamdia

Athough I've kept Brachyrhamdia, I did not know they are venomous

Lucky excape?
by Bas Pels
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Lifetime of your fish
Replies: 6
Views: 2529

Re: Lifetime of your fish

My oldest fishes were 2 Platydoras costatus - later I found out they were P armatulas which I got in 1988. They died last year, after 32 years

A pleco, Pt gibbivceps lived 24 years

I did not have any other fish over 20 years.
by Bas Pels
Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Sturisomatichthys panamense?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 2436

Re: Sturisomatichthys panamense?!?

I don't know about these fish, but unless the fishes were sold as wild caught, or decendents from wild caught ones, I would assume they descended from the genepool available in Norway. I do know that the genepool available in the Netherlands is most likely a mixture of several species, but that is a...
by Bas Pels
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Sturisomatichthys panamense?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 2436

Re: Sturisomatichthys panamense?!?

Quite a while ago I had a few Sturisomatichthys sp, of the Dutch genepool, and Sidguppy, who used to be active on this forum came along. Wow he said, those S panamensis are huge. Huge they were, around 20 cm (8 inches). But, I did not believe them to be S panamensae, I always believed they just happ...
by Bas Pels
Sun Jul 18, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Taxonomy & Science News
Topic: Morphological deformities in Trachelyopterus galeatus in the Upper Parana
Replies: 1
Views: 1357

Re: Morphological deformities in Trachelyopterus galeatus in the Upper Parana

This is a bit odd to me. The fish, T galeatus is not native, and most likely this means a few have been "liberated" in this river. Now, quite a few years later, deformities are found. I would have expected that a population, based on only a few animals, that is, wityh high inbreeding, will...
by Bas Pels
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Everything else)
Topic: Video showing cave catfish
Replies: 1
Views: 4422

Re: Video showing cave catfish

It still had eyes, the skin is still not completely without pattern - it must be a recently new addition in the cave system.

Exciting little fish
by Bas Pels
Fri Jul 02, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Adding fish to my aquarium, need help to choose!
Replies: 17
Views: 5062

Re: Adding fish to my aquarium, need help to choose!

As you have L397, you will keep the tank warm. And neither Apistgramma or Cleithacara maroni like it that warm. So I think you better refrain from keeping them in this tank. increasing the school is always a good idea Yes, I agree the bigger tetra school is a better idea, but fwiw,, both Apistogram...
by Bas Pels
Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Adding fish to my aquarium, need help to choose!
Replies: 17
Views: 5062

Re: Adding fish to my aquarium, need help to choose!

As you have L397, you will keep the tank warm. And neither Apistgramma or Cleithacara maroni like it that warm. So I think you better refrain from keeping them in this tank.

increasing the school is always a good idea