Also - Next time you get into planted tanks w/ CO2 injection, please review the role Drop Checkers can play and mention the special benefits canister filters confer on CO2 injected tanks.
I really like all of the camera discussions of late. My "point and shoot" is dying, so I guess it's time for me to get a D40 or something similar. My mom has an older (seldom used) Nikon film camera with some excellent lenses that I would not mind using (despite having to manually focus them) with a dSLR.
Each week for a long time our fishy pal, Robert in New Jersey, has scoured the Internet for interesting news about fish. He sends us an email with those links, we post them, and then discuss them at the beginning of each show. We encourage you to click on the underlined links and read some of the stories. Then call us during any live show and talk about it. You too can send us a link to an interesting story about Fish in the News.
San Diego Tropical Fish Society's Show
This weekend, October 31 - November 1, 2009, the San Diego Tropical Fish Society has it's annual show in beautiful Balboa Park. Tom and Nevin were there chatting it up with lots of wonderful fishy people.
Neon Green Rasbora - Yikes!! Beautiful!!
Mark Ferguson, who we've known for a long time, had a fabulous aquarium with a few of these Neon Green Rasbora. Someone said that they grow to a maximum of about 3/4ths of an inch, which is a little less than 2 centimeters, and that they are easy to breed and to raise. Tom said, "Dang, I want some and want to breed them too, and Robert in NJ probably does too!!." Several nearby aquarists nodded their heads in agreement.
The same aquarium with the Neon Green Rasboras also contained some of these Harlequin Rasboras. Probably because of Mark's good care, they looked fabulous. These are wonderful aquarium fish, and seem to be very compatible with the Neon Green Rasboras.
Silver Tip Tetras
Shown above are a male and a female. As the male matures, he develops more colorful brassy appearance. The females remain less colorful, as you can see in the pictures above. Silver Tips grow to about 1-1/8" long, which converts to about 3 centimeters. So they are a small Tetra, but they can be nippy and often bother Neon Tetras, Cardinal Tetras, and Glowlight Tetras. Silver Tips seem to do well with slightly bigger slightly more aggressive fish. These two Silver Tips were photographed on Saturday in an aquarium filled with beautiful plants on display at the SDTFS show.
Ben Ivy's Fancy!! Guppies
Whoa! Ben Ivy's Fancy Male Guppies were on display. His Albino Red Guppies were national champions this year. He said, "My Blue Guppies are coming along too." I guess so. Charlie Pratt also showed his Fancy Guppies, which were also fantastic, and the aquarium with Charlie's Guppies won the big "Favorite Aquarium" award. Another famous Guppy Breeder named Clyde, was also there. Ben said, "Clyde's Guppies are better than mine." Tom and Nevin wondered how that could possibly be true?? Ben's Guppies are out of this world! If you'd have been there Charlie, Ben, and Clyde would have been happy to talk and share their knowledge with you.
Red Tail Shark
Shown above, a young Red Tail Shark about 2" long looked very good and very energetic in Bill Cline's fabulous aquarium, which also contained a Black Ghost, Clown Loaches, Congo Tetras, a beautiful Panaque, and two Flagtail Porthole Catfish, which we'd not seen anywhere in a few years. Plus there were beautiful pieces of drift wood and lots of live plants, making a wonderful aquarium. Of course, Bill is about the nicest guy you'll ever meet too.
Split Level Cut Away Aquarium Cave
We like this cave. It's quite big and features two levels: an upstairs, where you can see an nice Tropheus moorii, and a downstairs with a nice spotted Plecostomus. From time to time there were several Synodontis catfish inside too. At times it was crowded. The inside of the cave was rather dark, but the flash from the camera lit it up so you can see better. The cave is cut in two vertically, so the cut-away side can fit right up against the glass of the aquarium, which allows us to see inside the cave easily. We've never seen a cave like this one. We think it is innovative, and Tom was heard to say, "I want one, right away."
Live Plants Everywhere
There were many many types of live plants, including this beautiful plant that was about 5" tall. Tom thinks it's probably a Crytocoryne species. Many types of Crypts are easy to keep in aquariums and add great beauty.
These Clown Loaches drew a lot of attention. They usually stayed together and were beautiful in a nicely planted aquarium.
Fred was at the show on Sunday afternoon. Just about every time he saw someone, he was heard to say, "Yup, that person used to work for me in my store." Fred owned Clairemont Tropical Fish in San Diego for many many years. He was actually Tom and Nevin's first, best, and favorite customer. However, Fred's comments were apparently exaggerated, because some of the people he identified as former employees said that actually they had never worked for Fred. But they loved his store so much and were there so often, that Fred just thought they worked for him. We all had a big laugh about that. Wow, these people were funny and fun to talk with.
The picture above shows the patio just outside the room where the SDTFS had their annual show in Balboa Park which is very beautiful and enjoyable.
More Pictures Next Week
We'll have some more pictures of fish from the SDTFS annual show next week, including some really interesting pictures of a group of Congo Tetras in Bill Cline's aquarium. Click here to read a great article featuring comments by several members of the SDTFS.
So-Called Red Malawi Peacock
This fellow hid inside a piece of black plastic pipe most of the time for the first couple of weeks he lived in Tom's basement. Finally he came out but still does not seem too confident. He is of course a Cichlid and every Cichlid seems to have a different personality. This guy was very shy but is now warming up. No he didn't make an appearance at the SDTFS annual show, but it's nice that he finally made an appearance at all. This fish does very well in aquariums and is obviously very beautiful.
Bonnie from Iowa's Paludarium
We just got an email from Bonnie saying, "This is my Paludarium It has plants and fish in it." Maybe she'll call the some sometime and tell us more about her Paludarium.
Robert in New Jersey Sent some Pictures
We're thinking that Robert will call during the show and discuss these pictures.
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