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04-06-2009 05:09 PM
mybrotherdarrell Hi, all! I got one tank set up, but then found out I have to move to Iowa for 4 months - so I didn't set up any more...

So, I have a 29 tank with three blood fin tetras and one female betta. Would anyone be interested in babysitting them and some of my plants for a few months this summer? I am leaving April 16th, so I need them out of here by then. I can give you my whole set up to babysit or just the plants and fish! Any baby plants that you get while you are babysitting you can definitely keep. I have low-light, low maintenance plants - a couple crypts, anubias nana, a ton of java moss and fern, some jungle val and a pretty lotus. I am sure I can fit everything in the a 10g - so if you have room in a kid's room or something and want to borrow my fishes and plants from April 16th until August 23rd ish - let me know!

If anyone is interested in just babysitting one or the other, let me know too. I just want my babies going to a good home!

Thank you so much!

(I've had my set up running for two months without disease or problem - a small miracle considering I got them from petsmart and wally world)
04-03-2009 05:51 PM
jargonchipmunk I have a *somewhat* related question.

How many left turns did Bugs Bunny miss while passing through (or under) Albequerque?

Every time I hear the name I think of him popping out of that hole. "Oops. Guess I should have taken that left turn at Albequerque" lol
04-03-2009 05:23 PM
binders Welcome to Albuquerque. Have you gotten your tank set up yet? Would love to get together a group of aquarium plant lovers. There seem to be so few of us here and I am finding it really hard to find any supplies. Has anyone a good lead on a place? Talk to Clark's and they said they would order things and plants but haven't tried that yet.
Let us know how the setup went.
02-04-2009 03:30 PM
mybrotherdarrell Hello, everybody! The move went well, thank you. All of my plants lived! Hoorah! I only have one of each kind right now, so I'll have to wait a while for them to multiply before I can trade them or give them away (which may take a while in my super low tech tank).

I have read about fish getting ich from 'infested' plants before, but the article also said that you just have to quarantine your plants in a fish-free tank for a few days because the ich needs a fish to continue it's life cycle, and if there are only plants, it should die pretty quickly.

I'll be setting up my 40 soon (I still haven't checked if it sprang a leak on the trip down...). So, if anyone has an experimental substrate they want to try or wants to help, let me know. I'm game for just about anything as long as it's cheap. Maybe Lucky Buddy would enjoy calling it home. *shrug*

Let me know if you all do want to get together some time to talk fish, plants, 'fancy dirt', etc. I haven't actually met anybody with a planted tank yet (except for store employees), so I think it would be fun.
01-29-2009 04:35 PM
DebbyS Spot treat an area with a shot of H2O2 (which can be bought about any where, usually in brown plastic bottles). I found that it spreads around a 2.5-Gallon tank quickly, though, and causes everything to bubble (which Bob didn't seem to notice; it didn't bother him, and I think extra oxygen wouldn't bother common freshwater fish). Within an hour or so, or as long as overnight , the BBA (short, dark, hairy looking stuff) begins to turn a sort of orangy red, rather pretty actually... and eventually it dies away. The treatment seems to last a long time, too. I also had BBA in some water sprite (in my 10G tank), in the center of the plant, so I poured H2O2 there (maybe a tablespoon full), and it worked fine.

The only ich I have dealt with was in September of 06, I believe, not long after I set up my 10 gallon. I had some cory cat fish and some black neons and I think that was all (I have it in a diary somewhere at home). The BNs developed the ich. I raised the temperature and added a little sea salt (which I use in the kitchen anyhow), then got on line and started reading everything I could. Someone developed a natural cure that I twisted with my own ideas: more sea salt (maybe totally 2-3 tablespoons over the course of the treatment), a tincture of chile powder (local roasted and ground red chile) to scare the ich, maybe a tablespoon or two; no doubt some bits of fresh garlic, also to scare the ich; a few sprigs of fresh mint (scary and gives fish fresh breath); and a few slurps of aloe vera juice to heal any ich scars. The ich disappeared pretty quickly, no fish were harmed at all, all the plants were fine, and I eased the temperture back down from 84 to ~78, but I waited a month to buy and add the glowlight tetras I had planned before the ich, since ich has a life cycle one has to take into account. Raising the temperature might have been enough... but I like to experiment with natural remedies if I'm sure it won't actually do any harm.

At the PetSmart on Eubank I think I have seen a fish or two in with their plants. More fish in with the plants at the PetCo. And a fish or two in with the plants at Clark's on Lomas. In all cases I thought maybe the fish got in there by accident (or via a customer). Lately I notice Clark's plants do have a lot of algae growth, so if I were to buy any from them, I'd probably give the plants a quick dip in H2O2. Not a long dip though: I did that to an anubias nana one time, letting it soak for 10 or 15 minutes in straight (3%) h2o2 to kill the algae, and the plant nearly died... but it has returned, so it wasn't a complete, expensive (~$8) loss, whew! From now on I'll only add h2o2 to water, or for a new plant maybe swish it in h2o2 quickly (15 or 20 seconds maybe).
01-29-2009 02:53 AM
intermediate_noob
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--I just noted the board calls me an "Algae Grower". I'll strike back with advising the use of hydrogen peroxide. It kills the hairy stuff, particularly on Java Fern. It turns that algae a bizarre orange red color...
The algae grower name is only because of the number of posts and other things. Personally, we ALL are algae growers.

So hydrogen peroxide works on BBA (Black Beard Algae)? Will wonders never cease. Why have I never read about that before? I have two Anubias barteri that are covered in the stuff because my cichlids eat the leaves. Anubias are always touted as "hearty" with cichlids. Guess my fish never read that part.

A couple of notes on PetCo and Petsmart plants. I have seen that they put fish into their plant tanks, which may be pleasing to the eye, but if the fish are diseased (which they always seem to be in my luck/experience) and you put your great new plants in and baam...your fish have Ich. Once again my one experience that has made me never go back.

Just my $.02
01-28-2009 08:10 PM
DebbyS I hope your move-in went well. Sorry about this sudden bout of cold weather (though it's at least 30 degrees colder in the area of Colorado Springs, according to a client who lives up there). But rest assured the weather will warm up again quickly and we'll be dry...

I also regret not checking back here sooner. I don't need any plants though. Lately (seems like every two weeks) I've been giving extra water sprite to Clark's (on Lomas) because that plant has been growing like mad. It's proper, though, to give it to Clark's since I bought the original plant from them.

If anyone needs a fish, Lucky Buddy (no longer Phrie) is now close to 3" long and while he seems to enjoy his planted 10-gallon tank, he doesn't know any better and I'm sure he would be happier in something no less than twice as big. If he goes to a better home, come spring I can get more appropriate fish to keep my four pygmy cories company in the same tank. I'd be happy to give away LB, an Australian Rainbow who is smart enough now to almost realize that seeing me may mean he gets fed. But I don't have a car nor a plan to catch him (a few ideas based on his darting up to grab food), so anyone who wanted me would have to visit me in downtown Albuquerque.

I also have a betta, Bob, who developed pop eye in one eye, argh. He gets a 1/3 to 1/2 water change in a 2.5G tank about every 3 days, so I don't think it was unsanitary conditions. But if it was, I've added coloidal silver and aloe vera juice to his water (just a bit of each) and even some garlic, all to kill problem infective agents or to sooth. He seemed to be able to see out of the affected eye until recently. I don't know what I'll do for him if the other eye starts popping. He is otherwise looking fine, eating, and swimming about... poor little guy... but a good buy at Walmart last year (Clark's bettas always look a little worn...).

Buying plants in town I've discovered the PetSmart on Eubank is pretty good. The long bus ride and 1/2 mile walk are good if the weather is nice. I would visit the one near CostCo on the north end of town from time to time (if I got a ride there) and was always disappointed -- until recently, when I found they had TopFin tube plants, including some nice looking anubias nanas! I bought one for about $4 (not the $6 rung up, I showed them the proper price) and it is doing well. Clark's plants are nice -- when they have them. They seem to get in a shipment and sell them immediately, most of the time. When they do have plents of plants... I don't need any. Again, this is the Lomas store. I've given up on the PetCo store on north San Mateo.

I have bought all my fish (or got Lucky Buddy by accident) from Clark's, mainly because they are the closest. The WalMart on San Mateo between Central and Zuni has a pet department with fish. The last time I visited they had some tempting plants but no clerks to help. I felt sorry for the fish, though, because taking any plants from their tanks would deprive them of a bit of variety in life.

I'd like to join a local fish club, too, if only to pass along extra water sprite and one big fish

--I just noted the board calls me an "Algae Grower". I'll strike back with advising the use of hydrogen peroxide. It kills the hairy stuff, particularly on Java Fern. It turns that algae a bizarre orange red color...
01-11-2009 11:03 PM
mybrotherdarrell Okay - so the fish could make it - I'm just saying it will be a pain - and I don't have a tank set up to put them in once I get to Albuquerque - which is a shame, I went to Clark's pet emporium today (we're visiting to pick out a house to rent - I'm going to be in the Tanoan community - it looks like a nice place, but I digress) - the fish are tremendously expensive here - $4 for a molly? $10 for a clump of java moss!? - hopefully some of you need to do some online ordering soon....

Looks like my 'move in' date will be the 20th - so I'll post back then!
01-08-2009 03:51 AM
redman88 heck thats another reason to make a trip to ABQ. on the 17th some free plants


oh and as to transporting the fish get a 5 gallon bucket a heater, and power inverter, place the bucket on the floor board in the back seat, place the water heater in plug it into the inverter, plug the inverter in. cover the bucket, might not be a bad idea to put and simple air stone in as well pump plugged in the inverter as well. if you plan in any over night stops bring an extension cord and a filter. happy travels.
01-08-2009 02:30 AM
intermediate_noob Most of the fish I purchase online come in overnight with at least 24-30 hours of "bag time", I think they will be fine as long as they are warm.

I am always willing to share whatever kinds of plants I have...and I have some pretty huge swords if you would like some for your 50+ tanks. I also have so many Endler's live bearers that I do not know what to do with them all so you can have a whole bag of those too!

When you get into town post on the forum and we can all meet or something. Best of luck in the move!
01-08-2009 12:24 AM
redman88
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Originally Posted by mybrotherdarrell View Post
Hello all! I live in Denver right now - my fiance just got a job down in ABQ so we're making the move soon. (hopefully my the middle of January)

I have some plants that I am of course willing to share (java fern and moss, jungle val, two crypts (one is tall, narrow and green, the other is short wide and brown), hairgrass and sunset hygro) - but if you guys have anything specific you want me to poke around up here for, I'd be happy to bring it down - it's only a 6.5 hr ride - too much for fish I think, but fine for plants.

Also, I am very interested in joining or starting a planted tank club. I think that would be fun and very helpful.

I will be setting up a 50g+, 20g, and 10g down there. So, if anyone is restocking their tank or had some babies - let me know. I'll be needing a lot of fish, and from what you have written, it sounds like there isn't a heck of a lot of choice as far as stores go. (I've been so spoiled - three really great local store within 25 minutes of me here in Denver).
i read some where that some one made a move of over 2000 miles with their fish and they all made it.
01-07-2009 08:27 PM
mybrotherdarrell
Moving to New Mexico

Hello all! I live in Denver right now - my fiance just got a job down in ABQ so we're making the move soon. (hopefully my the middle of January)

I have some plants that I am of course willing to share (java fern and moss, jungle val, two crypts (one is tall, narrow and green, the other is short wide and brown), hairgrass and sunset hygro) - but if you guys have anything specific you want me to poke around up here for, I'd be happy to bring it down - it's only a 6.5 hr ride - too much for fish I think, but fine for plants.

Also, I am very interested in joining or starting a planted tank club. I think that would be fun and very helpful.

I will be setting up a 50g+, 20g, and 10g down there. So, if anyone is restocking their tank or had some babies - let me know. I'll be needing a lot of fish, and from what you have written, it sounds like there isn't a heck of a lot of choice as far as stores go. (I've been so spoiled - three really great local store within 25 minutes of me here in Denver).
08-17-2008 08:11 PM
DebbyS Sorry I haven't checked out this part of the board for a while. The last few times I did, there was only my last post. Today -- more New Mexicans chatting!

Pat, my tiny fry, now known as Lucky Buddy Fry, turned out to be a male Australian Rainbow. He went from being no bigger than "o" (not including tail) and hard to see to easily 2", so I did something right and I'm proud of raising him to a strapping young teenager without actually being prepared for him. A fish his size costs $8.99 at Clark's "on sale".

I put him in my 10G tank when he was at 1/2" and he started enjoying himself immediately. He's turned into quite a little pig, eating anything that I drop onto the surface and recognizing me and the chance for more food when I approach. Sometimes I fear for the 4 black neons originally in the tank but they are getting enough food with no one appearing to starve.

Because I'd like to have more tetras and pygmy catfish, but think I'm at optimum stocking right now (one Australian Rainbow, 4 Black Neons, 2 pygmy catfish),
I'm thinking seriously that I need to find Lucky Buddy Fry a new home. Here he won't get anything bigger than the 10G, and though he has fun navigating through all the plants and he's healthy as a race horse and doesn't know any better, I think he'd thrive in a bigger environment.

I'd happily give him away to a good home (that home would have to be fully described), though his new parent(s) would need to come get him and bring a big net, too I'm not certain how I would catch him, but some preplanning (lowering the water level, cordoning off areas of the tank, etc.) will probably mean success, tricking him into a net or a jar perhaps, using against him his penchant for darting to the surface (but not out of the tank ever so far) to grab food.

If you or any reader knows of anyone with at least a 20G tank and in need of a 2" fish approxiately 10 months old and full of character, a person with transportation or who lives in the Downtown Albuquerque area, we should chat

Oh, and since I last wrote here, I set up a 2.5G tank just for plants, but it looked so nice that I found a homesteader for it at Walmart, a common red betta named Bob, who is as far as I can tell quite happy. Walmart beats Clark's at Bettas at least.
07-31-2008 03:40 AM
intermediate_noob Hey there Pat! Always good to hear from a fellow New Mexican Aquarist! What types of shrimp do you currently have?
07-31-2008 02:19 AM
adimeatatime Hi DebbyS - What did your fish end up being?

How are everyone's tanks doing? I live just south of Albuquerque and have mostly shrimp tanks and a couple others that are planted.

Pat
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