|14 liter - this is now a nursery|
One day he asked if he could adopt 3 fishies looking for a new home...
It may sound strange, but I knew that once we would have those 3, it would only be the beginning. I knew his love for fishies and maybe that is why he asked my approval, so I said "I don't know where this will bring us, but it's OK, as long as you don't ask me to care for them." (He's had fishies when he was a kid, and loves water; I actually don't like water that much)
|60 liter for the 3 adopted fishes,|
now he shrimps and 2 little baby GF
are living in this one
|60 liter - first home of the|
Ancistrus, this is now a 'Medical' (empty)
tank (filled only in case of need)
With the big tank a couple of Ancistrus also came along... they now are in a 100 liter in the living room and have had 4 reproductions and dad ancistrus is taking care of his 5th nest... They are so many, I can't even count them. We are trying to find the right filtration system for them... have tried a few pumps already. Don't believe what is written on the box, if it says 700 liter, it makes you think that it will filter 700l. per hour. that is a lie. Grand maximum will be the half, and most of the time only a quarter of that.
|100 liter tank with Ancistrus, hiding|
in the decor. The babies are not
present in this picture - it is now
We hope to be able to differentiate the young males and females soon, to sell or give them. If we can't find a home for them, we'll need to separate the female from the male... Which would sadden me, because they are so cute when they 'date'.
New friends arrived (more GF). Shrimps too, which were supposed to be in the same tank but the GF were too much after them... So they now live in the 60 liter tank. We regularly bought new plants, some are constantly eaten by the fishies, some not and become bushy...
|400 liter, planted, before introduction of GF|
It is between me and hubby in our 'studio'
Because our last Christmas was horrible. All our fishies became terribly sick and 9 out of 10 died.
We did everything we could to save them. I cried everyday for another one, or sometimes two, passing away. It litterally broke my heart. That's when I realized that I loved my fishes and that there is nothing I could do to help them, and that in our country we don't have access to the right medication for fishies, because of legislation, only very mild products. We could not even find something to ease their suffering.
Surprisingly, one survived, bravely, all alone. A chocolate Gold fish (the brown, 'wild' variety). It took him some time to eat again, but real appetite didn't seem to come back. If we hadn't had two babies in a little nursery, I guess that we would have given him to another fish lover. The two babies gave us the courage to start the tank over. Cleaned everything and introduced new sand, new plants, and new fishies, because gold fishies need to live in groups. The veteran is the biggest fish in the tank now, strong and always hungry. It is wonderful to see him like that again, after weeks of no eating at all...
This video is not the best quality. Will do better for the newbies next time... But it is worth watching, because you can see the parents laying eggs... those eggs which gave birth to our two little babies.