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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by LeviathanGirl, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. georgedv

    georgedv Member 5 Year Member

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    Not insane

    As you can see many others have shown the list of fish pets they own. So you are not insane. Maybe you are, but you are not alone. Some say we are all insane, but only a few get locked up. Don't worry so much. My wife thinks I am insane, crazy, screwed up ( can I say that in this forum), messed up.... I hope this makes you feel better.

    Ha ha ha ha

    -g-
  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    You might be crazy, but at least your wife knows you are at home playing with your fish - not somewhere else "playing" with some cute girl!:biggrin:
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    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I updated my list of Westies for someone and thought I would share...

    West African Cichlid List 1-17-08

    Anomalochromis thomasi-Guinea form

    Benitochromis:
    conjunctus
    nigrodorsalis
    riomuniensis
    ufermanni

    Chromidotilapia guntheri loennbergii

    Congochromis:
    dimidiatus Leza
    sabinea

    Hemichromis:
    guttatus
    sp. Bangai (guttatus type)
    sp. Guinea 1
    sp. Guinea 2 (one lone male)
    sp. Moanda

    Konia eisentrauti

    Nanochromis:
    parilus
    transvestitus

    Orthochromis stormsi

    Parananochromis:
    caudifasciatus
    longirostris

    Pelmatochromis:
    buettikoferi
    nigrofasciatus

    Pelvicachromis:
    humilis:
    Bofia
    Fria
    Keeli River
    pulcher
    roloffi
    rubrolabiatus
    sacrimontis:
    Red
    Green
    signatus
    sp. Guinea Blue Fin
    sp. aff. subocellatus
    subocellatus Moanda
    taeniatus:
    bipindi
    bandawouri
    Lobe
    Lokoundje
    Moliwe
    Wouri

    Pseudocrenilabrus:
    nicholsi
    sp. Baria Gold (possibly P. multicolor victoria)

    Pungu maclareni

    Sarotherodon caroli (one lone female)

    Steatocranus:
    casuarius
    gibbiceps
    sp. square head
    sp. Red Eye (one lone fish)
    tinanti

    Stomatepia:
    mariae
    mongo
    pindu

    Teleogramma brichardi

    Thoracochromis callichromis

    Tilapia:
    brevimanus
    sp. "Mamfe"

    And several other species coming in tarde in the next few weeks. That is if it warms up at this end...sub-zero temps for a while-incluiding a Packer game!

    Jeff
  4. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    My latest addition is not a fish - it's an aquarium. I just found a gold tone stainless steel framed 7½ gallon (24l x 12h x 6w in./60 x 30 x 15 cm) Pemco brand aquarium complete with gold flourescent hood and matching stand. It's got to be at least 35 years old. The crazy thing? I already had a matching standard stainless steel framed 7½!
  5. aquaticclarity

    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Nice Mike! Pictures please.

    I started down the unhappy road of collecting antique aquariums and literature as well. :rolleyes: The jewel, pardon the pun, of my small collection is a 1920's 8 gallon Jewel aquarium that my wife got me for some occasion-we don't remember if it was a birthday or anniversary gift! I finally found a tiny amount of info about the tank when I found a copy of the original ad for the tank in Klee's updated book The Toy Aquarium. Now I'd like to find the magazine with the original ad.

    I still need to order some handrolled glass to replace the cracked and chipped glass, but the slate bottom and meta work are in great shape.

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    Jeff
  6. freshwaterfishfan

    freshwaterfishfan Member 5 Year Member

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    My List

    Jeff's list got me going. Here is what I have (*=breeding):

    Anomalochromis thomasi
    Benitochromis conjunctus
    Benitochromis finleyi
    Benitochromis nigrodorsalis
    Benitochromis riomuniensis
    Benitochromis ufermanni (only 1)
    Benitochromis sp. "Eseke"
    Ctenochromis polli
    Chromidotilapia guntheri
    Chromidotilapia guntheri loennberi
    Congochromis squamiceps
    Etia nguti
    Hemichromis cristatus *
    Hemichromis stellifer *
    Hemichromis letourneuxi *
    Hemichromis sp. Guinea II *
    Konia eisentrauti
    Limbochromis robertsi
    Parananochromis caudafasciatus
    Pelmatochromis buettikoferi
    Pelmatochromis nigrofasciatus *
    Pelvicachromis roloffi
    Pelvicachromis sp. aff suboccelatus
    Pelvicachromis sp. "Blue Fin"
    Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor *
    Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi (females)
    Pseudocrenilabrus philander
    Pungu maclareni
    Sarotherodon linnellii
    Steatocranus sp. "Square Head"
    Steatocranus sp.. "Red Eye"
    Stomatepia mariae *
    Stomatepia pindu *
    Thoracochromis brauschi
    Thymochromis ansorgii
    Tilapia bythobates *
    Tilapia gutterosa
    Tilapia joka *
    Tilapia synderae *
    Tilapia sp. "Mamfe"

    Steve
  7. aquaticclarity

    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Steve,

    Very nice. This is the second time this week I've been envious of someone else’s fish list! Hopefully you start spawning a few more fish on that list so I can get some from you.

    Jeff
  8. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I also have a Jewel aquarium. It is a 1950s era black iron framed 25 gallon with a brass plaque "Jewel Chicago, Ill." on it. It weighs a ton & sadly the top has rusted out. Have you thought about how you will replace the glass in your tank? The asphaltum (or is yours 'red lead'?) is nasty stuff to work with. I've done it before, but it's not fun.
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    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Thankfully almost all the original sealant is missing. The is a little bit of hardened "black tar" in a few places but it's nice and brittle and should come out easily.

    I'm only as far as starting to look for some hand rolled glass to use. I've been told that stain glass shops handle the hand rolled glass. As far as sealing the seams...I haven't gotten that far in the plan. What would you recommend?

    Jeff
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I know that they used rolled instead of float glass way back then, but float glass is flatter and has fewer distortions. Will you have to pull the slate bottom out? On most metal framed tanks the bottom was the last piece to fit in the tank. If so, you will need a propane torch or an electric iron to heat the frame & soften the asphaltum so it releases the slate bottom. If you decide to use an iron - especially if it's your wife's:eek: - cover the base plate with aluminum foil. Once you get asphaltum on an iron, you can't get it off very easily. Anyway, I always used black silicone sealant. I ran a heavy bead of silicon up the sides and along the bottom rim of the metal frame. It needs to be a heavy bead because it needs to fill the area where the thick asphaltum originally existed. Then I set the front & back panels in, & quickly pushed them in place with the side panels. Then I would press in the slate bottom. If the tops of the glass panels don't fit tight, then get some wooden lathe and form braces at the top of the glass panels (& the bottom is the slate doesn't fit tightj). Allow a day or two to cure. Then I put a very thin bead of clear silicon (so it seals the joints, but isn't obvious) on the inside edges of all of the panels and bottom slate. I find that silicone doesn't adhere very well to slate. I usually take coarse sand paper and "rough-up the outer edge of the upper surface of the slate bottom. The silicone grips to it better. Let it cure for 2 - 3 days. Fill with water & pray it doesn't leak:biggrin:.
  11. Nebraska_cichlids

    Nebraska_cichlids Member 5 Year Member

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    I keep almost exclusively West Africans. Here is a list of what I currently keep, in addition to various tetras and (micro)synodontis:

    Benitochromis sp. Eseka
    Benitochromis nigrodorsalis
    Benitochromis ufermanni

    Chromidotilapia guntheri guntheri
    Chromidotilapia guntheri loennbergi

    Gobiocichla wonderi

    Hemichromis sp. Moanda

    Iranocichla hormuzensis

    Pelvicacromis taeniatus Moliew
    Pelvicachromis taeniatus Dehane
    Pelvicachromis pulcher Isokpo
    Pelvicachromis cf. suboccelatus

    Steatocranus sp. Squarehead
    Steatocranus casuarius
    Steatocranus tinanti
    Steatocranus sp. Red Eye
    Steatocranus gibbiceps

    Teleogramma brichardi

    Thoracochromis brauschi

    Tilapia joka
    Tilapia bythobates

    I'd be really interested in adding Chromidotilapia linkei and/or nana to my list. Send them my way if you have any.

    Janos
  12. aquaticclarity

    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Nice Janos! I'll be stopping by your place this summer (mid July) to help lighten your load of fish a little :biggrin:

    Jeff
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    Mike what is your experience in keeping Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus? Did they hunt apisto eggs?


    2 - 5 year old Belgian Flag Tetras (Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus) - never got around to breeding them
  14. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I haven't had these in decades. They were fine in a community setting with dwarf cichlids, but this wasn't a breedng tank. In breeding tanks I only use pencilfish - if any dithers at all.

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