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Forum: Fish   01-03-2013, 04:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By kevbshields
The only thing in my fish medicine cabinet up...

The only thing in my fish medicine cabinet up until November was the water testing kit. If something came up during quarantine, I went out and got something for it. The livebearer fiasco with...
Forum: Fish   12-27-2012, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By kevbshields
In essence I've done close to that, starting...

In essence I've done close to that, starting over: bringing the tank home for more careful observation, disposing of the water, thoroughly cleaning the filters, dosing meds upon restart. I used...
Forum: Fish   12-27-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By kevbshields
I'm having this issue of salt as well. Now, I've...

I'm having this issue of salt as well. Now, I've kept livebearers a long time, but left them around 2005 by donating my fry to the fish shop for tetra. Having been big into the tetra, cories and...
Forum: Fish   12-27-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 584
Posted By kevbshields
I ordered (online): Contortion Vals ...

I ordered (online):

Contortion Vals
Jungle Vals
Italian Vals
Host of platies & swordtails
Forum: Fish   12-22-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By kevbshields
Levamisole is apparently difficult to come by...

Levamisole is apparently difficult to come by here--for some odd reason. That being said, I've maintained the platies in the hospital tank; in the meanwhile, my tank has set empty, minus the snails....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-10-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,485
Posted By kevbshields
Likewise with my experience. The shrimp did not...

Likewise with my experience. The shrimp did not last long once those platies hit the water. Swordtails are worse, but much the same.
Forum: Fish   11-10-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By kevbshields
I moved the fish to quaratine because I had not...

I moved the fish to quaratine because I had not yet diagnosed the problem. Once in a smaller tank, I could more easily see the problem, so that is a done deal. Also, I come from the school of...
Forum: Fish   11-10-2012, 04:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By kevbshields
Months. Wow. That defeats the purpose of my...

Months. Wow. That defeats the purpose of my tank at work. The Vals and Crypts are nice, but the fish are my reason for keeping one.

I wonder if either med will have a negative impact on the...
Forum: Fish   11-10-2012, 03:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By kevbshields
Fun with Parasites

Alright. I had a couple mysterious deaths in my livebearer tank at work. Despite quarantine, the little darlings (or at least one of them) hauled in Camallanus.

I've removed all the fish from...
Forum: Fish   10-06-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,610
Posted By kevbshields
Sometimes popularity of certain strains surprises...

Sometimes popularity of certain strains surprises me. The "Peppermint Platy" was a recent, past example. They were unusual at the time of their introduction, but not all that colorful. Whenever I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-30-2012, 03:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,468
Posted By kevbshields
Wink I adore these Metaframes. My grandmother had one...

I adore these Metaframes. My grandmother had one that she'd exported out of her classroom when she retired. She used it for the last time somewhere around 1983, had 2 Kissing Gouramis and some...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-20-2012, 05:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,239
Posted By kevbshields
In my perfect world . . .

I'd have a lottery-sized bank account, which would allow me to fill my home full of whatever-the-heck kinds of tanks I wanted and afford me the chance to pay a reputable person to provide them the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-20-2012, 05:01 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,083
Posted By kevbshields
I love your response. I've always felt justified...

I love your response. I've always felt justified in exploring fresh water to my interpretation of its fullest, with absolutely no interest in salt water since I was about 12 years old. The only...
Forum: Fish   09-17-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 600
Posted By kevbshields
I don't think I know the answers to all your...

I don't think I know the answers to all your questions, but might know some. The platies could be eating their young, or the other fish eat them. Many times with platy fry they will not come out...
Forum: Fish   09-15-2012, 11:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,145
Posted By kevbshields
Depending on the size, I recommend small, frozen...

Depending on the size, I recommend small, frozen brine shrimp. They sell tiny packets of them especially for smaller fish or fry. Because it tends to sink and float about in the water, that might...
Forum: Fish   09-11-2012, 12:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 934
Posted By kevbshields
My grandmother kept swordtails and mollies...

My grandmother kept swordtails and mollies together for an eternity--late 70s, early '80s. Although I tried it many times over, I do not have the hand for Mollies.

Although I concur that...
Forum: Plants   09-09-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,357
Posted By kevbshields
I wish I had this problem. Used to I couldn't...

I wish I had this problem. Used to I couldn't grow it for anything. I had to throw out about 10 net fulls of the stuff; in less than 5 days it had overrun my Xiphophorus tank. I'm concerned about...
Forum: Plants   09-07-2012, 03:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,688
Posted By kevbshields
I've had trouble with Val in the past--probably...

I've had trouble with Val in the past--probably all of them. My latest attempt in the Xiphophorus tank has been to anchor each Val with a "rainbow" rock; after just a little more than a week, I am...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-07-2012, 03:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,063
Posted By kevbshields
Absolutely. My African Violets have stayed in...

Absolutely. My African Violets have stayed in bloom this year thanks to "old" tank water.
Forum: Fish   09-07-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,320
Posted By kevbshields
False Neons are also referred to as Green Neon...

False Neons are also referred to as Green Neon Tetra--P. simulins. Though similar, they are smaller and I find more interesting. Mine came from separate batches and school instantly.
Forum: Fish   09-05-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,320
Posted By kevbshields
False Neons. I have both those and the Ember . ....

False Neons. I have both those and the Ember . . . both of mine school tightly.
Forum: Fish   08-28-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By kevbshields
That's absolutely what I expected. The fellow is...

That's absolutely what I expected. The fellow is so nice and tame (if not timid at times) I'm going to put him in with my Cories and Embers. He'll have a lot of space and be relieved of his...
Forum: Fish   08-27-2012, 05:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By kevbshields
Pacifist Gold Gourami

I find humor in apparently obtaining the only pacifist Gold Gourami on earth.

This Gourami is housed in the quarantine tank with female platy. She dropped somewhere in the ballpark of 25 fry. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-13-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,250
Posted By kevbshields
African violets. They love artificial light and...

African violets. They love artificial light and as long as they're watered appropriately (I use the throw-away water from my tanks), they're easy to care for.

If the art of watering is still...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-12-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 808
Posted By kevbshields
Agreed. I got some really amazing deals off of...

Agreed. I got some really amazing deals off of this site several years ago. Enough to stock a 55 gallon and a 20 I had at that time.

Everytime I order online, I get an expensive bag of...
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