My PI Dr. Ron Coleman (as in Principal Investigator and head of the lab I'm working in, not Private Investigator haha) discusses some of my favorite, and coincidentally most unique, fishes in the lab - two species of Crater Lake Cichlids (Stomatepia pindu and Pungu maclareni). I have to hello to the pindu every day - they are so beautifully and completely jet black and have the funniest mouths. Dr. Coleman's colony is at least 10 years old and going strong! Learn more about the lab's research at his Cichlid Research website.
Playing around with the room temperature white worms and also an update on the killifish fry :)
Disgusting worms!!! >.<
An entire video devoted to my little red eye red belly puffer fish! Love this little dude.
Betta rubra is my favorite mouthbrooding species. You really can't beat their vibrant colors, friendly behavior, and the fact that they breed like rabbits!
Thankfully the levamisole appears to be working on whatever mysterious parasite my fish were carrying. They are eating again and I hope that they can start growing again as well. I will be repeating the treatment twice more in the coming weeks to really make sure that it is fully eradicated.
Some basic tips on spawning this prolific species:
- They are a very hardy species that is not picky about water quality.
- Pairs or reverse trios (2 males with 1 female) work best with this species. Although they spawn in group situations, they can concentrate on each other much better in a pair or reverse trio situation.
- Removing the female after spawning helps the male concentrate on holding the fry to term. I usually cover the tank as well.
- Let the male recover after they spit fry! Sometimes the female will insist on spawning again right away. The male can literally starve to death!
- Fry are large and take BBS as soon as they hatch.
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Little stinkers are already starting to fight!
I had SO much fun livestreaming that I decided to do it again the next day. I really can't make this a habit! It's just too addicting!
Anyways, I do want to start "Q&A Demonstrations" - that is, in the livestream I will be doing something, and then people in the chat can ask questions and I will answer them as I get to them. I again had technical issues (skip to 12:00 minutes in lol) but otherwise I thought it went well. It was really fun to share some of my fish room doodling with other fish addicts on a Saturday afternoon :)
Took a quick video of feeding my gardneri killifish and an unboxing of a very special species of killifish...Fundulopanchex sjoestedti Loe!!! This is a different location that the previous Loe than the pair I had a long time ago. I think I have enough room to devote to this beautiful species and I'm hoping that I can do them justice! Crossing my fingers...