I am scheduled to speak at the Tropical Fish Club of Burlington (TFCB) next Thursday – March 14th – and I am looking forward to it immensely. I am in the process of building a brand new program designed for new and intermediate killiekeepers – A how-to program. I am going to focus on a couple different ways of breeding mop spawners, but to be honest, you know I have to stick something about annuals in there.
For the first time in years, I am planning a couple trips to shows – the NEC annual convention and the AKA National show. I’ve missed several years of both – mostly because after my heart attack and the after affects, I stopped keeping fish except for a couple display tanks in my living room (which are now empty due to old fish dying off).
Once UNYKA reformed last year, I could feel my desire to breed killies come roaring back and I have now a few things going, but very little reproducing yet.
I began working on a redesign of the fish room this morning. While there are still easily a hundred tanks down there that all I need to do is clean, I decided I wanted to move several 10-gallon tanks to a higher level and move the 5s elsewhere. Of course to make this work I need to go get some 14-in wide planks that go across the sitting 10-inch wide 2x4s that held the 5s. This is so I can slide the 10s out from beneath the level above or I won’t be able to get into the tanks. Oh well – its only a 10 minute drive.
What I really want to do is breed Nothos in the 10s and my mopspawners in the 5s against the back wall. (I know no one really knows what my fish room looks like but …) In the pic to the right, you can see a 10 set up the way I want it and several 5s before it. I want to replace the 5s with three 10s. After that I can work on some other sections. Of course I do need some fish.
What I really need to do is revise my blower system. I’v been using a varierty of pumps for some time now, but I have a perfectly fine 1/8 hp blower sitting idles. I need to take the time to install 2-inch PVC pipes around the entire room and then hook the filters to that system. I have everything I need except the pipe. I guess I need to head to Home Depot very soon. I suppose I will need a bunch of new plastic tubing also.
Sadly, amongst my fish I have several singles which I will need to grab partners for. Maybe with a bit of luck I will find them at one of the shows before I have to start begging. I am mainly after Rivulus and annuals. I might do a couple popular species (gardneri, etc.) to sell in the BNL simce there does not seem to be much activity there anymore.