Saturday, June 8, 2013

My Berried Blue Velvets

Finally my Blue Velvet Shrimp are laden with eggs...

And I got my Orange Poso Snail fun to watch!

And the big surprise is that my Pygmy Cories have had two babies!  I have not been able to photograph them yet but the are very tiny and very cute!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dirted 2 gallon Betta Jar

Found a 2 gallon cookie jar...

It is going to be my Betta's new home.  An inch and a half of organic potting soil capped with Flora Max, Planted with some Needle Leaf Java Fern, Crypt , Xmas moss, Naja guppy grass, floaters and some Ramshorn snails.  Lit with an Ikea LED desk lamp and a nano heater and he has a new home!

 He sits just to the left of my keyboard.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Blue Velvet

I got my Blue Velvet Shrimp!  They are small but growing fast. 
Here they are eating along side the Cory pygmaus, I see five in this shot. The shrimp are about 1/4 inch long and should be about an inch when full grown.

So three cory's , 10 BV shrimp and some snails!


10 gallon update/ my first berried shrimp!!!

I have a bunch or yellow Neocardina Shrimp in my ten gallon.  One of my bigger gals is first ever berried shrimp.  I feel like a new grandma!  
She is in the middle under the leaf.

See that belly full of eggs?

I have made some changes in this tank as well.  Got rid of the Pencil fish.  They became very aggressive once full grown and were attacking the other fish and shrimp.  Replaced them with more CPD's (crystal pearl danios), and some Rasbora Maculata juvis.

Here are a few professional photos of the fish gang:

Rasbora Maculata


klown killi fish

Pseudomugil gertrudae

All these fish are considered nano fish and stay under an inch long when full grown.  They live well with my yellow shrimp but will eat the baby shrimp if they can find them.  I have a lot of moss in the tank for the baby shrimp to hide in so hopefully some will survive.

fuval edge 6gal update

Well, modifications have been made, as always.  

Pair of Bamboo Shrimp
Lost some PFR's and my wood shrimp due to a huge PH swing from Petco black sand that was added.  Live and learn.  Now have two bamboo shrimp and about 20 PFR's locally sourced.  One of the adults is berried already!  She is so solid red that it is really hard to see the eggs unless she is backlit.  I thought she was moving kinda slow.  When they are loaded up with eggs they really tend to slow down!

Berried PFR ( Painted fire red cherry shrimp ) on mini Christmas moss

Also in the tank are 5 Juvenal Corydoras Hastus.  Sweet as can be!  I love these little miniature cory catfish.

Still houses Mr. Pagoda snail
 I've had this dude a long time!

Sunday, March 17, 2013


He's so handsome, and very friendly too!
I am shopping for a bigger bowl for him.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My 55 gallon Rainbow Tank

This tank was a low tech Rainbow tank that I sold to my Dentist in late 2011.  I still enjoy visiting my fish every six months!

I special ordered the rainbows from a breeder in CA. 

He they are at the Dentist Office March 2013
They are still growing!  The tank itself looks like crap, oh well.


Monday, March 11, 2013

6 gallon Fuval Edge

This tank has been up and running several years.  It evolves as all tanks do. It is the standard Edge with no modifications.  

 Look closely and you will see three PFR's, the fan shrimp and a nerite.

Fuval Edge 6 gallon tank
Petrified wood
clay fan shrimp house

 Java ferns ( three diff. types), Marimo moss balls, C. Parva, Ceratopteris thalictroides, C. wendtii 'bronze' and Anubis nana petite.

8 Corydoras hastus
10 Painted Fire Red Cherry Shrimp Juvis
1 Singapore fan shrimp
1 Pagoda snail - Brotia pagudola
Nerite and ramshorn snails

I love this guy, he is fun to watch but afraid of me.  I have to be very still and not spook him.

My new little juvenile PFR shrimp.  They are doing well, hope we have some berried shrimp once they get a little older.

The bigger clown killi, almost half an inch long.  Moved to my 10 gallon to make way for the 8  Cory hastus on their way!

Five PFR's , a pygmy cory and a big nerite!  Cory pygmaeus moved to the 5.2 gallon Mr. Aqua to live with the Blue Velvet Shrimp that should arrive soon!

Mr. Pagoda Snail
This snail is very cool!

10 Gallon Penn Plax Radius Community Tank

This is still a work in progress, waiting for some driftwood to arrive. Meantime I stuck a nice hunk of petrified wood in there as a place holder.  Looks good, maybe it will stay?

10 gallon Penn Plax Radius tank
Eheim classic 150 canister filter
Light: Archaea 27 watt CF

Petrified wood

Flora: Tiger lotus, Nymphoides sp 'Taiwan', Needle leaf java fern, Echinodorus vesavius, Cryptocoryne wendtii 'bronze', Persicaria sp 'kawagoeanum', Crypt Parva, Ceratopteris thalictroides, Crium, Anubis nana petite, Dwarf Pennywart, Amazon sword,  and a banana plant.

2 Pencil fish
3 Pseudomugil gertrudae
17 yellow Neocardina shrimp
3 Corydorus hasbrosus
1 horned green nerite snail
1 horned bumble bee nerite snail
1 tiger nerite snail
several ramshorn snails

Roy from 'the planted tank' forum also contributed wonderful plants to this tank as well.

Here is one of the pencil fish, a juvi yellow shrimp above and a cory hasbrosus below to the left.

 Yellow Shrimpy on the java fern lookin' at you!

5.2 Mr. Aqua Shrimp/Cory tank

I have always loved fish and aquariums.  As a small child I enjoyed watching my dad who raised fish during the 1940's thru the early 1060's in Anchorage Alaska.  He would bring his treasure back from Washington State and the East Coast, raise and sell fish and plants to the local pet store.

My latest tank...soon to be a shrimp tank with tiny corys and a nerite snail.

Many thanks to Roy from the planted tanks forum for some lovely plants! 

5.2 gallon Mr. Aqua bow front tank                    

Fluval C4 HOB                                                           
Fluval 13 watt CF light
Substrate Brightwell Rio Escuro-XF

Seiryu Stones

Ceratopteris thalictroides
Needle leaf java fern
Echinodorus vesavius
Cryptocroryne wendtii 'Bronze'
C. Parva

3 corydorus pygmaeus
1 zebra nerite snail
12 blue velvet shrimp

Love these Echinodorus vesavius