Daily thoughts by a guy that doesn't like to think deeply too often!

Friday, June 30, 2006

All's Well in Fishland!

My aquarium has been set up for about 5 weeks now and all of the fish are doing fine. I'm starting to get a little algae now, so it's time to get some algae-eaters to clean up a little. I would also like to get a couple of big angel fish... they are my favorites. I couldn't find them anywhere a few weeks ago... maybe I'll have better luck this weekend. I'd love to have a couple of Kissing fish (Gourami's?), but I've had bad luck with them in the past, so I think it's probably safer to stick with gentle fish like neons, tetras and angels. Are there any big tropical fish that aren't aggressive?


Blogger epgraves said...

You know what I think about too many fish but Kissers are fin nippers.

Something a little bigger that is not agressive are Dicus, you need at least 55 gallons for those. In a less crowded tank Maybe Rainbows?

Stay away from Ciclids and Oscars and pacus 200 gallons for one oscar and a lot more than that for pacus, tin foils. All aggressive accept for the tinfoils but get HUGE! Try Chinese Algea eatters, Plecostomus get way to big (Think 2 pounds of cat fish) But Chinese AE's are a little agressive. There is another type but they are short lived.

You can control the algea without any AE's. You have one chemical or the other thats off.

Is it green or is it Brown?

10:21 PM

Blogger epgraves said...

Otocinclus is the name of the small eatters, below is an article.

Otocinclus are diligent algae eaters, but are best kept in schools due to their small size. One per 10 gallons is a useful rule of thumb. Various species of otos are seen in the shops at various times; most are good algae eaters but some seem to prefer the slime coat on fish to algae. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to distinguish the "attack otos" from normal otos. Otos seem to be very delicate fish, but this is probably due to capture and shipping abuse rather than an inherent weakness. When a fish shop gets some in, it is wise to wait a while before purchasing to account for die offs. Most people report getting a dozen and having them die over a period of a few months until just a couple are left. Those then seem to last for a long time.

10:26 PM

Blogger Brian said...

I had both green and brown algae-- probably caused from putting the aquarium in the sunroom- full sun most of the day.

I bought two algae eaters last weekend- I haven't seen them since. I think they hide during the day and come out at night. Like I said, I never see them, but the algea is gone.

I also got two "bubble-bellied" orange mollies. They were shy and kept to themselves for the first couple of days, but they are starting to venture out more and more lately.

6:15 PM

Blogger =^..^= Kitty =^..^= said...

........and Neptune smiled!!!

9:28 AM


Post a Comment

<< Home