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Forum: Fish   02-05-2016, 08:27 PM
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Posted By spdskr
Exactly what makes it so exciting when you end up...

Exactly what makes it so exciting when you end up with fish. :wink2:
Forum: Fish   01-08-2016, 09:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,777
Posted By spdskr
Amber eggs are viable. Ready to hatch eggs will...

Amber eggs are viable. Ready to hatch eggs will look back at you with well-defined eyes. Dead eggs will turn cloudy and mold, or dissolve altogether.

Congrats!
Forum: Fish   01-04-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 48
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Posted By spdskr
I understand your excitement in awaiting the egg...

I understand your excitement in awaiting the egg shipment. I have raised annual killies for over 20 years and still find it amazing when I get fry from a bag of dirt that I either collected from my...
Forum: Fish   07-08-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Posted By spdskr
Killies in community tanks are problematic for...

Killies in community tanks are problematic for the reasons already mentioned. While a varied group, these fish have evolved to exploit what are often considered marginal habitats: stagnant water;...
Forum: Fish   04-10-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,210
Posted By spdskr
Kryptolebias marmoratus

Kryptolebias marmoratus
Forum: Lighting   10-28-2014, 02:06 AM
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Views: 96,401
Posted By spdskr
30" Ray II on standard 29 gallon Had this...

30" Ray II on standard 29 gallon

Had this light for over a month. Stem plants pearl easily.
Forum: Fish   09-22-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By spdskr
Great news: The majority of killifish breeders...

Great news: The majority of killifish breeders use unheated tanks. Among African species, Aphyosemions and Diapterons, prefer cooler water.

Bad news: You may rarely see them in a 29 g if it is...
Forum: Fish   07-10-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 373
Posted By spdskr
Fish from dirt never gets old for me......even...

Fish from dirt never gets old for me......even after 20 + years of raising annual killies.

You will need a constant supply of live baby brine shrimp if you want to be successful in raising...
Forum: Fish   03-27-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By spdskr
Here is a species info page with photos of males...

Here is a species info page with photos of males and females:

http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/content.php/662-Melanotaenia-boesemani-Boesemani-rainbowfish
Forum: Equipment   12-06-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 910
Posted By spdskr
+1 Hydrogen peroxide works great.

+1

Hydrogen peroxide works great.
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium   05-07-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 17,713
Posted By spdskr
Great looking Tarnok blooms, Eden! Those rubras...

Great looking Tarnok blooms, Eden! Those rubras should be blooming in another week or so. Glad to see the plants are doing well for you.
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium   04-01-2011, 12:20 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 17,713
Posted By spdskr
I fear your overwintering method may be limiting...

I fear your overwintering method may be limiting your plants ability to flower. Stress during overwintering or early in the growing season can cause healthy plants to abort flowers and use stored...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium   03-31-2011, 11:29 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 17,713
Posted By spdskr
How do you overwinter your sarrs? Four year old...

How do you overwinter your sarrs? Four year old plants should produce blooms. I have divided my Tarnoks and rubras the past two years and they have bloomed for their new caretakers both times. What...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium   03-31-2011, 07:28 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 17,713
Posted By spdskr
Eden, Looks like the sarrs are doing well in...

Eden,

Looks like the sarrs are doing well in their new home. You are going to have a lot of blooms in a few weeks!

Duane
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-09-2011, 01:31 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,731
Posted By spdskr
Dave, That link is somewhat confusing. I...

Dave,

That link is somewhat confusing. I use this controller. It comes with a relay that plugs into the wall, or your timer (whatever you prefer) that powers your solenoid. The controller is...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-05-2011, 01:33 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,731
Posted By spdskr
I do not use a timer in conjuction with the...

I do not use a timer in conjuction with the controller. Also, I notice the controller keeps the solenoid turned off for much of the night since plants are not uptaking CO2 and, therefore, the pH of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-01-2011, 11:45 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,731
Posted By spdskr
Dave, I'm sure you will do well with a...

Dave,

I'm sure you will do well with a controller. Just remember it will require some fine tuning in the beginning to acheive the proper CO2 level and bubble rate. After that it is relatively...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-01-2011, 11:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,731
Posted By spdskr
I attribute it to suspended CO2 bubbles further...

I attribute it to suspended CO2 bubbles further dissolving into the water. This has only occured for me at very high bubble rates. I fear your reactor would develop a very large air pocket at these...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-01-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,731
Posted By spdskr
Degassed tank reads 7.1 in the morning.....higher...

Degassed tank reads 7.1 in the morning.....higher in the afternoon due to O2 production by plants.

The controller makes my life easier. As long as the pH reads 6.1-6.2 I know I'm in the right...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-01-2011, 09:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,731
Posted By spdskr
I have actually experimented with this by turning...

I have actually experimented with this by turning up my bubble rate so high I could not count it. The pH continued to drop in the tank a couple of tenths after the controller turned it off, and it...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-01-2011, 08:41 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,731
Posted By spdskr
Here is my input as someone who has used a pH...

Here is my input as someone who has used a pH controller for the past 5 yrs. Here are some observations during that time:

1. Slowly and carefully determine the stress point for your fish and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-20-2011, 03:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,454
Posted By spdskr
DC, Just been doing some calculations, since...

DC,

Just been doing some calculations, since I'm changing over to dry ferts, but have all the Seachem 500ml bottles. I want to dose one capfull liquid (5ml) of each fert rather than dumping dry...
Forum: Plants   01-26-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,189
Posted By spdskr
Hi Tyrone, C. furcata is a very difficult...

Hi Tyrone,

C. furcata is a very difficult plant to maintain for an extenteded period of time. Yes, C. caroliniana is much easier. To be successful with furcata, the consensus is that you will...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   01-05-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By spdskr
I raise killie fry in my RCS breeding tanks. The...

I raise killie fry in my RCS breeding tanks. The shrimp will not harm your mollies and will do a good job of consuming uneaten fish food. As long as your water quality remains stable and the shrimp...
Forum: Fish   01-02-2011, 11:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By spdskr
Awsome cam Andrew. Really shows how annual fish...

Awsome cam Andrew. Really shows how annual fish live fast and die young, so to speak.
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