Aquarimax Episode 149: Shrimp Bowls, Fishy Talk, Well Water, and More

Join Aquarimax hosts Rus and Kelly as they discuss comments and questions from Tony in New York; Greg in Jamestown, CA; and Tom in Provo, UT.

Here’s the link from Tony about Diana Walstad’s method for a low-tech planted shrimp bowl–a great read and a great project!


Here’s Greg’s Leopard Ctenopoma:

Photo: Leopard Ctenopoma, this pic is almost 2 yeas old, i dont like to photograph this fish much cause of the size of its eyes. i hate flashes and think i would more if i couldnt blink like this fish.

And here’s what he very fortunately received:

Photo: hi all aquarimaxiens,  i have a question about water. im going to give a betta to my niece, and they use well water, and not the local water system. so im not sure what advice to give her about preparing the water. i did give her a clump of java moss and a handful of gravel from one of my established tanks. they havent gotten the fish yet. so i looking for advice to give them, any ideas?</p><br /><br />
<p>on a different note, wanted to share some good news with some people who are into this hobby. my wifes sister was helping a women pack for moving and they lady asked if she knew any one who might like some fish stuff, and my wifes sister called and asked my wife. my wife said yes, knowing ive been wating to get a few more tanks, but being broke cause of the holladays i havent been able to aford to get  more.</p><br /><br />
<p>when she brought the stuff over this is what i got:<br /><br /><br />
30g plexi tank, 10g wood framed tank, 30g cast iron stand, lights canopy for each tank, 30g hob filter, 30g heater, 2 sets of undergravel filter plates(air driven, not powerhead) 2 air pumps(one for a 75g and the other im not sure but its bigger), and vacume and hose, tank scrubber and net, 6 large ziplock bags of white and blue gravel, 4 ziplock bags of plastic plants, airline tubing, and misc decorations and conditioners. see attached photos for a better idea.</p><br /><br />
<p>also on a different note, my bettas.  it getting to that time of seperating them for one another, and i was going through the whole "where am i going to put them?????) that all first time breeders go thought when u dont plan that far ahead. i went to the local petsmart to get some food for my Leopard Ctenopoma(also see attached pic, if u dont know that fish) and while i was there i asked a employee what they did with the betta cups if the fish dies while on route or at the store. one said they keep them just in case they need them for replacement for a cracked cup, but when i asked another employee a min later, they said they had tons of them in back, and gave me 15 with lids. just a idea for those out there that might be breeding bettas also who will need cups for seperating them.</p><br /><br />
<p>p.s. sorry about the long winded post, but i know no one that is into this hobby,and so when i can talk about fish stuff i tend to go on and on. humm can ponly post one pic it seems, so ill have to post again for the others<br /><br /><br />
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