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Diary of events in the fish house.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2009 05:14:00 -0600

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE ROOT OF http://ANDYSWORLD.ORG.UK. Look for the fish house category/section/topic.

It's been fives years since I've been blogging with out of date blog software, and I thought it was about time to migrate to WordPress. Sorry old friend time to retire!

I've finished the migration of all the data to WordPress.

New Aquablog Fish House posts will be posted to

POSTS ARE NOW CLOSED HERE (unless I need to return!)

New Long Term Breeding Project

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 15:35:45 -0600

Apologies for not posting for a while, life just gets in the way. But with the arrival of some new fish, starts a New Long Term Breeding Project.

I saw mature large "breeding pairs" of these fish three years ago at a local auction in West Yorkshire, they were advertised as a breeding pair, definately males and females but I suspect the owner, had no success in breeding them and hence they were up for auction. To this very day, I regret not keeping my hand up for longer, they sold for little money! and it's taken me that long to obtain some young fish so I can grow on, and hopefully ontain some breeding pairs.

Let me introduce you to the Electric Blue Jack Dempseys

Alot has been documented and written about these fish, click the link above to search for it.

Two sites Practical Fiskeeping Article Blue Jack Dempsey identity revealed and have some excellent information, rather than me retype it here.

But first things first, they need to grow......and then I can select males and femles.

Electric Blue Jack Dempseys

Electric Blue Jack Dempseys

Touch Wood!

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:35:43 -0600

Fish from the auction are settling in well. I've also started my Fish House spring clean, and have emptied some fish stuff from a tug, that was collected when I dismantled the display tanks, when I moved a few years ago! Doesn't time fly!

The repaired tank is currently soak testing, I let the silcone cure for 48 hours before, half-filling with water, I completed filing the tank with water this evening. The tank holds 254 litres of water. Tomorrow evening, I'll be emptying the tank, and adding sand as a substrate and rocks, and re-filling with water at the correct temperatures. I've already got a mature external Eheim Professional 2 Thermofilter filter this tank, that I've had for some months. The special fish will be added on Saturday!


Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:37:10 -0600

I've noticed more tropical freshwater fish shops converting over to tropical marines only, and I hear rumours that our local Maidenhead@York, and Pets@Home are both adding Marine sections to their portfolio!

Also, have you noticed the popularity of CO2 fertilisation kits in stores, once upon a time, there was only Dennerle! Now we've got kits from Aquamedic, Dupla, Ferplast, Hagen, Hydor, JBL, Sera, Tetra.

There must be a market for growing plants!

Empty and Cracked

Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:29:06 -0600

Some months ago, I moved a very heavy 48"x18"x18" fish tank into the fish house, despite soak-testing for many weeks outside, on re-filling in the fish house it cracked!

It's been sat, empty and cracked in the fish house for months, and I've finally decided to do something about it.

I measured it this morning, and purchased some replacement glass, to re-glaze the bottom in hope to patch it up. I purchased a 18"x12" 6mm section, and this evening, cleaned the tank with meths, and siliconed in place. I'm going to leave it cure for 48 hours, and test fill!

Corys, Platies and Mollies by the bagful!

Sun, 20 Apr 2008 16:51:29 -0600

Well if you wanted any for a pound a bag you should have gone to the 1st Sheaf Valley Aquarist Society Auction today in Sheffield. Congratulations to Sheaf Valley Aquarist Society on a great auction. Auction promptly started at 1.00pm, and closed at 4.30pm, 20 large boxes (lots) of fish and stuff, and the first ever Fish Auction, I've been to where, they had a catalogue of the Lots, booked in, in Advance! Guppies, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Corys, Angelfish, Endlers, Bristlenoses (LDA016), and some very unusual home bred corydoras. I purchased the following :-
  • Five Bosemani Rainbow Fish
  • A pair of Nothobranchius rachovii
  • A pair of Bolivian Rams (breeding in the bag!!)
  • Ten Lamprologus ocellatus "Gold"

Arcadia ArcTank

Sat, 05 Apr 2008 10:35:08 -0600

This is my Arcadia ArcTank, it's the first aquarium I've ever purchased that has arrived in a box! But I think that most modern aquariums arrive in boxes these days.

ArcTank 20L Boxed Aquarium

The Arcadia ArcTank includes an ArcPod 9w lighting unit, which contains a built-in reflector which a 9w tube fits into. It also includes an internal filter not shown. I've decided to purchase another ArcPod 9w lighting unit because of the plant selection for my aquascape Nano tank, and these plants require lots of light.

Only one ArcPod 9w lighting unit is included, I've purchased the second to double the lighting for plants.

To help the plants, I've also order a simple CO2 plant fertilisation set from Sera, called Sera Plant Care Kit, it includes
  • Sera CO2-Start - ideal CO2 fertilization for aquariums from 60 l up to 200 l.
  • Sera CO2 diffusion reactor and the Sera CO2-Tabs plus (20 tabl.).
  • Sera florena, 100 ml - plant fertilizer with iron, minerals and trace elements.
  • Sera florenette A, 24 tabs - growth promotor tablets with macro nutrients
  • Sera guide "Feeding aquatic plants according to nature"

It works by filling a vessel with CO2 from a tablet, which then diffuses slowly into the water. I may have to cut the tablet in half, as this tank is only has a volume of 20L.

I've also purchased a Dennerle Boden-Fluter 4 watts substrate heating element and sera floredepot, which is a long-term gravel substrate with growth promoter for freshwater aquariums. I've also purchased some aquarium substrate called AquaClay.

These are the plants I have selected for my Nano tank.
  • Wood with Anubias barteri, Vesicularia dubyana (Java moss) and Microsorum pteropus (Java fern)
  • Cyperus helferi
  • Echinodorus tennellus
  • Rotala wallichii
  • Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
  • Cladophora aegagrophila (moss balls)

I haven't decided where to obtain these Tropica plants from yet. But I have several local stockists. I maybe able to do a deal with!

Happy British Summer Time!

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:36:45 -0600

It's been months since my last posting, I cannot say I've been busy, just not finding the time to do stuff. But now full of vigor, now that the dark nights have come to an end.

I've just purchased an Arc Tank 20L made by the lighting guys from Arcadia, it's a small 20L "Nano" tank, which I intend to plant-up and add a small number of fish. I've also decided to make some big changes in the next few months in the fish house, and start adding substrates and plants to some of the tanks in the fish house.

Happy New Year 2008

Mon, 31 Dec 2007 17:04:53 -0700

Happy New Year 2008

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 16:19:10 -0700

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

External temperature probe has reset itself! It's very mild, wet and damp outside!