irmuddled's fish journal

very very fishy…

Coming Soon: Killifish Eggs!

I’m not sure why, but as soon as I accomplish something I can’t just sit back and enjoy it. I have to start something new. Updates on my 55gal will go in a separate post, but to summarize, baby tears are THRIVING, the marseila is not, and I have not been fertilizing for the fear of ammonia… but in better news the german blue rams are still alive. 🙂 A few cardinal tetras were eaten by the larger angelfish, so I’ll have to rehome that guy :C

Back to my main point – I’m getting Killifish! My water is moderately hard, and with CO2 injection it becomes neutral. Since most killifish like softer water, my choices are pretty limited but there’s still some. I’ve already won an auction for 100 eggs of gardneri lafia gold. Challenge on these: they’re more successful with soft water, but they do survive in neutral conditions. Other than that, they’re fairly easy to keep and breed. They’re going to a 10 gallon tank, possibly 20 gallons depending on the amount of eggs I hatch.

Fundulopanchax Gardneri Lafia Gold

Fundulopanchax Gardneri Lafia Gold

I’m also bidding on 25 eggs of Aphanius Fasciatus, mainly because they thrive in harder water. They’re not as colorful and they require brackish water, but they were recommended to me so they better thrive. I’m not going to get as excited over these guys because I haven’t won yet! I’m still hunting aquabid for more colorful killies that would survive in my conditions. I have a lot of small tanks to spare…

Aphanius fasciatus

Aphanius fasciatus

So… another expense I just realized is that I need to buy brine shrimp eggs now to feed the baby killies. I’ll probably have to post a new entry on brine shrimp hatching, I’m eyeing the stuff over at BrineShrimpDirect, especially the super cool artemia hatchery dish. It’s probably overkill, especially since I’ve got the supplies I need to make a cheap DYI, but I know myself.


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CO2 Oops

So I apparently wasted a new 5lb bottle of co2 because I didn’t seal the regulator/cylinder tight enough. Whoops! I was re-organizing the things I have inside the stand’s cabinets and I noticed it was on empty. No leaks anywhere in the tubing, so I contact Orlando and I see the light. Only I can mess up on something that simple!

Bad thing is that westair and the welding supplies stores that sell co2 are open when I’m working, so I’m going to have to see if someone can fill it up for me. Arrrg. In other news, my HC is growing so fast, but I definetively see the contrast in the HC that has no plants blocking its way and the ones that do. The shaded ones grow thin and long, and the ones with good light grow thick, shorter and carpety.

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About the Author

My name's Maria, and I live at San Diego, CA. Hablo español! When I'm not writing 100 paragraphs about my fish's swimming patterns, I work at a popular chain pet store's corporate offices being a robot. I also go to college, studying web design but I'm reconsidering my major into marine biology. I wonder why?

Tank Specs

Capacity: 55 US gallons (48", 12", 21")
Lighting: Coralife Aqualight @ 2.4 wpg
CO2: GLA Primo Pressurized CO2 System
Filtration: Marineland Emperor 400b HOB
Substrate: Caribsea Eco-Complete
Dry Ferts: CSM+B, KN03, KH2P04, K2S04