Adventures in Fishkeeping or A Fish Tale

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I remember you lost a zebra & an altum. You shouldn't feel bad about them, your 046 was quite old even with your good care. Your 1 surviving altum, well, the rest of its original group had died.

I think you can cut back on at least some of your tank maintenance. Maybe not the pleco fry grow out tanks as much adult fish tanks. I admit I have lightly stocked heavily planted tanks & do both smaller & less frequent WCs sometimes. Your clown loach tank probably has the most "fish mass" & might need more than say your plant tanks. Now, your altum tank has only 4? plus some other fish probably but fairly lightly stocked I think. It's a larger tank with plants & water that needs extra prep...hmm, I might cut back on that 1. You have TDS meters...use them to help decide WC needs, a little raise in "usual" nitrate level isn't a great big deal & TDS meters are a fast way to check. Go slowly on cutting back & judge by fish behavior too.

The adult pleco breeders...maybe they'll breed a bit less with fewer WCs, not a terrible thing. Or (egad!!) start pulling the females & put them with their same species fry? I know that's a difficult option but you'd still have proven breeders to make up "sale breeder groups" & no new fry...Otherwise you'll always have more eggs & fry...just when you want out of this wonderful breeding pleco madness. I don't see another way for you to stop this year...or 2?...
 
Apr 2, 2002
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It has been a while since I updated this thread. I am inthe process of downsizing. I am down to 3 breeding groups and I have committed on one of the remaining 3. But I still have a ton of offspring. I have taken a 200 sq ft. space in the Vendor Room at the Keystone Clash, I am hoping to sell a lot of fish and equipment there.

I also had to do summer tanks again as a result of the above. I needed places to segregate fish. So I have 5 x 20L tanks going. $ hsve fish and one of these in an H tank for my second biggest clown loach which had severe wasting disease. I managed to cure it but I have been power feeding it three times a day for a while to bulk it back up. I need another week I think and then the tank is free for segregation purposes.

I finally broke down the zebra pleco tank which I have been ignoring for some time. I still have 18 fish. 5 or 6 were huge anf likely all in thr their late teens or early 20s. I was not expecting much of anything in the tank as I have not been working with ot to make fry. So I was pretty surprised to nab 9 very recently free swimming fry. There was also one fish at just over an inch so it was also born there. ANd there may be one or two more that were as well.

The WC 173 are still spawning and the breeder tank is filled with offspring :( I recently broke down the Super white Breeding tank and I now have about 56 offspring of assorted sizes from about 3/4 inch to over 3. The offspring at 1.5 inch or more will all be going to the Clash for sale.

I will finally be joining some social media to sell fish but on a laptop which has no connection to anything else but fish. *sigh* I am not sure where to go. I will not use Twitter for sure as all it does is to empower idiots as far as I can tell. I really am not a fan of Google but may need to be active on YouTube. I am not sure on Facebook, but I need and want none of their suggestions on anything. I may just have to set such an account as not able to receive anything from any other member there. I have no clue how it works but I HATE SPAM and will do aanything and everything to block it. Plus I refuse to store any cookies or history on my PC and won't on the laptop either. I have never stored passwords. The laptop has a VPN that activates when the laptop starts.

I actually bought a smart phone that was supposed to be how I accessed the net for the laptop. But much of the wor kon it would be done at home rather than at fish events. There are not enough bars here from the phone to be able to use it as intended. I got 3 months worth of minimal data for it. Once I discoverd the lack of a strong connection, the plan was changed and I did not sign up for any more minutes. So I now have a $400 camera and video device I can barely work. Had I known, I would have bought a camera instead.

I edit my fish pics on my PC. So I planned to use the phone camera to take the pics and then move them onto my PC to edit. I do not use the cloud because I only have one device basically and have no need/use for the cloud. I figure I will not need the laptop any more in about a year. So, I would blank it all in terms of any personal information, anything related to social media etc. and then use it around the house. I do not do wireless on my PC, so it would be nice to be able to be online in other rooms in the house. But I hate small screens and the laptop is only 15 inches. I use much bigger on my PC.

I have never sent or received texts and still would not have had I kept the smart phone active. I have a flip phone for voice and I had ATT disable the texting because I pay as I go and I was getting spam texts I had to pay to receive. Privacy is not so easy to come by these days, but have done OK in that respect. As far as I know, there is not a sinle picture of me anywhere on the net. So except for things related to fish (like this site), I do not exist in the online world. I am registered almost nowhere.
 
Apr 2, 2002
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I'm getting old for sure. When I said I had about 56 sw 236, I forgot I had put 12 into one of the terrace tanks. So, I actually have more like 68.
 
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