Delivery After-Thoughts

‘Fei Fei’ has stopped dropping fries, and is currently resting in the small tank. I decided not to move her back to the main aquarium until tomorrow as her rest would be interrupted by the male guppies there.

So far, she doesn’t really eat much but guess she is probably just too tired. She has also slimmed down quite a bit now. Hope she will recover back her normal active self soon.

310507_handicappedfry.jpgAfter moving all the 39 new fries into the Small Fry Tank, I observed that one of the fries is different from the others. He is very active in the tank, always swimming to be near the surface. However, what made him stood out from the others is his swimming posture — he appears to be struggling to stay afloat in the water, with his body tilted downwards (tail at the bottom, head on top).

I suspect he was born with some handicap in his swimming bladder, thus preventing himself from swimming normal like his other siblings. I am saddened by his plight, but it seems that he has not given up on himself. He is constantly staying afloat, instead of just resting at the bottom.

I truly admire his attitude in living (‘Never Give Up!’) and has named him as ‘Hero’. Although I do not know whether he will be able to survive beyond even tonight, I will always remember him.

As for now, I pray that he will live well and survive past his handicap into adult-hood!

At the big fries tank: A closer look at guppy fries,

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Fei Fei Finally Gave Birth!

I was cleaning the main aquarium just now and after siphoning out the water and was netting out the snails that were crawing on the walls, I noticed a small little thing moving against the wall.

Upon a closer look, I realised it was a guppy fry! I quickly dished out my net and removed it from the main tank, before transferring to our newly set up fries tanks (the one for the smaller fries).

310507_guppyfriesmaintank.jpgAfter that, when I looked back at the main aquarium again, I saw another fry swimming helplessly! This repeated for up to 9 fries, which I managed to successfully brought them to safety. Some of them were hiding tactically amongst the plants, so it took me quite a while locating them.

Meanwhile, I prepared the other small tank which was previously used to house the first group of guppy fries, before I shifted them to the two new tanks last night. After briefing clearing away the algae and rinsing the pebbles, I filled it up with the tank water I just siphoned and caught the only suspected mother – ‘Fei Fei’.

feifeigivingbirthtank.jpgAfter a while, she started to give birth to more fries, though she appeared stressed (due to me netting her up from the main tank, but I had no choice). Till now, she had dropped around 30 more fries, and it appeared that she is still dropping.

The small fry tank is getting pretty congested now, so I have been trying to move some of the first batch fries over to the big fry tank, to ease the overcrowding problem. However, they are getting pretty agile and alert this time round, and catching them is tough.

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I’m so glad ‘Fei Fei’ is finally giving birth, though at a weird timing and location. I have been placing her in the hospital tank for ages but she just refused to give birth until now. Anyway, at least we now know her obesity was partially due to her pregnancy, and she sure looks slightly slimmer now!

Let’s hope the mother and children will grow healthily! Cheers!

New Tanks for the Guppy Fries

Thinking that the guppy fries are getting bigger now and their original tank has been overrun by alage and toxic substances, I decided to move them into a new environment.

300507_smallbigfriestanks.jpgI have intended to move the larger, rounder ones (i.e. suspected females) into the ‘big’ fry tank while the rest into the ‘small’ fry tank, so as to also take this opportunity to separate the fries by gender. I have read that when their colours start to show, fries from different gender should not be mixed together, as it will affect their growth rate.

They are only 21-day old so far and so their colours ain’t showing yet, so my differentiation of males/females is of course not 100% accurate. It should be roughly 70% accurate though, since some of the large fries are already showing the shape of a female (i.e. rounder belly and body).

I used a soup scooper to scoop out the fries one by one, and that was sure a tough operation. However, it sure is rewarding to see the fries happily (I hope?) settling in their new, cleaner environment.

300507_bigfrytank.jpgI have used parts from the CD casing (the transparent plastic) to separate the fries from the inlets and outlets of the hang-on filters, as the water currents are too strong for them to withstand. In order to secure the separators, I have used paper clips to hook onto both ends.

I also made a count of the number of fries in each tank: 23 in the Small Fry Tank and 19 in the Big Fry Tank.

As for the old fry tank, I have been rinsing the pebbles to clear away whatever toxic substances the fries have left behind. As for the hairgrasses, they are already in a dying state so I have to abandon them. Thanks for the sacrifices. Same for the cleaners aka snails, as I will have to flush them down the toilet too.

Aquarama Part 2

It’s an interesting experience being at Aquarama. I’ve taken some photos too so here’s my account(DreamyCat) of Aquarama.

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These strains of Gouramis and Guppies are fresh to me. They are really beautiful.

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Have you seen corydoras lining up? An interesting group which had many people snapping away. They are like cars in a parking lot. Under the new species category, we saw Garra Flavatra! They are really huge too (8-10cm). Hopefully, we will be able to keep our two Garras to this size!

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This was the one Wave mentioned earlier on. Guppy with short tails! I’ve never seen them before cos usually only females will have shorter tails. They are pretty with ‘flame like’ tails. Yellow and orange, my favourite colours.

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This is my favourite species of goldfish. They look so adorable. The fish on the right won the First Prize. A beautiful huge goldfish. How long did it take to grow to such a size?

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Plecos really look like some kind of sea-monsters. Odd fishes yet have beautiful skin texture. Their skin looks ‘furry’ instead of scales.

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The competition Aquascaping tanks. The plants are all so healthy and many of the designs are really great.

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The seawater tanks for competition looks roughly the same. They are all colourful and full of ‘Nemos’ and ‘Dorys’. Mostly use yellow fishes too. This peculiar fish caught our attention. Purplish!

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Not really interested in Arowana but this first prize Arowana deserves its prize for the amazing reflective scales.

Aquarama 2007

260507_aquaramacorals.jpgI have been waiting for Aquarama 2007 since two months back, when I first heard about this event which will be held this May. This is a 2-yearly event and if I missed this exhibition, then I will have to wait till 2009 for the next exhibition.

On the morning of 26th May 07 (Sat), Cat and I left our house for the exhibition. As we needed to purchase some hardware from Sim Lim Square, we had lunch and shopped for the stuff we needed, before heading down to Suntec City.

The Aquarama exhibition was held on the sixth floor, so we had to take several rides of the escalator right to the top. We then queued up at the ticket booth and went in when we have bought the tickets.

My first impression was the huge area of the exhibition; the stalls were suitably spaced to provide ample space, and as the crowd is nowhere close to the PC shows (where people were cramped into sardines), we had no problem breathing fresh air while walking leisurely about.

We decided to start off from one of the corners, so that no stalls would be missed. Incidently, we started off at the competition fishes section, where all the competition fishes for the various categories were being showcased. We started off with the platys, swordtails and like, followed by the guppies.

260507_aquaramaguppies.jpgThere were some pretty interesting strains of guppies that were submitted for competition, and the one which caught my eye were the ‘flame-tailed’ and the pure black strains. For the former, the guppies’ tail were short (called ‘short-tail’) with a fire-like pattern, with a mix of orange and red. Very refreshing look. As for the latter, the guppies appeared to be polished a complete shiny black, which made them so beautiful. How I wish I could get my hands on one of them (or pair).

We then moved on to the goldfish section, and it was probably one of the biggest sections at that area, populated with large beautiful goldfishes of all types. It was then followed up by the arowana, coral and planted tank sections, which were all very pleasing to the eyes.

We were also all tired from the walk and had a short break at the resting area on the other side of the exhibition. Had chicken pie and a can of Sprite to quench our thirsts. It was sure tiring to have stood/walked so long.

Our next stops were the various stalls selling different fish/pet merchanises. We considered getting a clip-on light for our guppy fries but in the end thought that it was not really necessary.

fishfood.jpgInstead, we bought a small bottle of Ocean Free’s SuperBaby food, a kind of powdered food especially for baby fishes. Only then we realised that Ocean Free was actually made by Yi Hu, one of the companies under Qian Hu. So we have been using Qian Hu’s products all along.

We also eyed upon a small bottle of veggie food for the fishes, as we thought our fishes (e.g. gouramis) could be getting insufficent fibre from our guppy food.

At the ‘New Products’ section, I noticed a snail catcher device, which will trap the snails once they moved to the container. However, having experienced the gourami-stucked-in-ornament incident, we decided against putting such a device into our aquarium. Another fish could become a victim of it.

260507_aquaramaplanted.jpgLastly, just before we were about to leave the exhibition after a 4-hour stay there, we saw a very nice granite structure which looked like a mountain with a passway underneath, selling for S$50. I was tempted to get it, but realising that the edges of the rocks to be pretty sharp, I pushed aside the urge for the safety of our fishes.

Overall, though a S$8 entrance fee was applied, I felt it was a worthwhile trip, with lots of eye-opening things to see for fish lovers. Also, with this entrance fee implemented, it helped to prevent overcrowding, which will spoil the experience altogether. Will be looking forward to the next Aquarama!

Leopard Cory depressed

Xiaobao the leopard cory is acting a little strange. Seemed to be depressed and not looking for food often. I caught him at a corner looking at the glass for ages. He’s often facing the glasswall and just lying there. Usually he would be digging the sand for food and being very active. So if he’s just lying there, there may be something wrong. As corydoras are not very receptible to medication, we daren’t put him into a hospital tank. Could only observe him and pray that nothing is wrong with him.

Obese ‘Fei Fei’

fei fei guppyDecided to move ‘Fei Fei’ (the female obese guppy) to the hospital tank last night, after seeing her with a bloated stomach, and staying quietly in one corner.

On several occassions previously, we have shifted her to the hospital tank in suspect that she was going to give birth, but she never did.

This time round, the quarantine was for her ‘slimming’ needs, since she is getting too obese. We will stop feeding her a few days to see if her condition improves, while monitoring if she has any sickness. Possible aliments would be internal parasite or dropsy.

Hopefully she’s just obese, or really getting pregnant.