Going to be moving around tanks and setting new ones up today so going to have some photos to post later on (it's only just 7am here so bit early for fish things).
I moved my uberis pair down onto the second shelf of my small rack yesterday, and they have very quickly settled in. Their tank is getting a change around today. Going to take out the yarn spawning mops, lay down some leaf litter, put in the Malaysian driftwood and java moss from my killifish tank, and then jar the female to give my male a chance to build up some confidence and aggression.
I always thought my new miniopinna male was a rather pathetic father. The water is very dark in that tank and so I can hardly see in. Both the previous time he spawned and the present spawn only ever looked like there was a handful of fry. That was until I got the torch out yesterday and realised there were at least twenty of them! No wonder he has built such big nests. He is a super dad. Just got to work out how to move the tank over to the smaller rack without causing him too much stress.
Unfortunately, it looks like my coccina are not going to arrive in time at the seller's place to make it to Australia in this shipment. Really disappointed as these were the ones I really
On the bright side, at least their tank will be nice and mature by the time they arrive, and the plants will have had time to grow in. I will also still be getting my rutilans so I can work on achieving spawning success with this species and cross it off my list.
Realised I am nearly out of IAL. I am going to have to order some more, which is more $$$. Think I might order some of the low grade stuff from Bettawan as I don't need particularly nice looking leaves. Hopefully customs doesn't think it's dodgy or anything because the leaves are not completely intact.
Looking at my brownorum tank recently, I cannot understand how my brownorum female got so big. She is huge when compared to my hendra female, and both fish were purchased at the same time, were originally the same size, and have been on the same diet since the start. I also discovered I have a juvenile female with only one ventral. The one she has is completely perfect. The other one isn't even a stub. It just never formed, and the skin is completely smooth. It's the first time I've had a wild that has presented any issues with ventral fins. Hopefully someone will want my NQR female for a discounted price.
I also had to laugh. Lately I have been reading a lot of posts (not on this forum) about people that have been breeding X animals for years and that is why they feel free to deride newcomers as completely lacking in knowledge.
Some people don't understand you can do something for years and still be doing a poor job. I know people who have been breeding German Shepherds for decades, but they still have a terrible eye for what makes a good dog and you look at their breeding program and there has been no success anywhere (working or show).
I've found that sometimes people become so entrenched in their beliefs and practices, they refuse to even consider that there might be anything more that they could learn. It's like they have blinders on, and because they have been doing this since 'before you were born', they must be right.
I am someone who is an avid reader/researcher. I don't like to rush into things, and I am like an information sponge. Therefore, I am always surprised by how lacking in basic knowledge some people are, people who have been in this hobby so much longer than me. I know I am certainly not going to be writing a phD on fish keeping any time soon, but I would have thought knowing the basics of water chemistry (such as cycling a tank) or treatment of common diseases, would be something most long-term keepers/breeders of fish should know - and I'm not talking about people who keep their goldfish in bowls.
I see some downright harmful information handed out on various forums and FB pages and because these people are considered as 'experienced' fish keepers, their words carry a lot more weight.
I also find bragging about one's achievements very off-putting. I am proud of what I have achieved with my wilds in the time I have been keeping them. But those achievements don't define my whole fish keeping experience. For example, I may
(I don't know what everyone in Australia keeps and breeds) have been the first person in Australia to breed a couple of the species I keep, but that isn't something I use as some sort of claim to fame when posting online. I personally have more respect for breeders and hobbyists, who I know are out there quietly producing and showing quality fish rather than those who have to use their achievements as a crutch to validate their existence in the hobby.
That was just some rambling thoughts I had after being on a few dog and fish forums the other day. Particularly the dog forum where someone described conformation showing as being 'deadly serious' to them.