SparkPeople Fish Lovers (aquarium) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=30272 A place for people who keep, or love to watch, tropical and saltwater fish. Come get in shape and relax with the peaceful sounds and sights of aquariums. SparkPeople Fish Lovers (aquarium) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=30272 Todays theme song http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x53547211 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=WrPtmg-rFO8 </link> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:37:41 EST Tank size for betta's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x53523807 I have and believe you can keep a betta in a 1 gallon bowl. But it is a lot of work. I have Blake in a 6 gallon nano cube. <BR> What are your thoughts on betta tank size. Wed, 29 May 2013 14:00:23 EST Water tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x53510183 Did you know you can put things in that water? <BR> Kiwi <BR> Strawberries <BR> Lemons or lemon juice <BR> Having fresh strawberries in my water today. Yum Tue, 28 May 2013 13:59:28 EST Your favorite kind of fish. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x53475888 I got into the hobby cause I wanted Angelfish. I have one pair. <BR> But I love goldfish and have tank of those. <BR> My husband loves the Oscars. So have two of those. Sat, 25 May 2013 15:27:42 EST How far have you seen your fish jump http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x52461320 Had I not seen this with my own eyes, I may not have believed it. While I was doing a cleaning on my tank I apparently scared my 10 inch Bala Shark who promptly took a leap 3 feet in the air (so as to clear my head) and 8 feet out from the tank! I measured it after I got him back into the water. It really was that far! He is now named Peter Pan since he darn near flew out the window. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 19:31:02 EST Happy New Year 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x51381350 I was out on one of my long walks and my mind started thinking of things that happened in the past that had started me on the path to who I am today. One of the things that I had remembered and sparked a deep emotion, was the first time I had to pay a water bill that was mine. Dad had always paid the bill and you knew electricity wasn't free because you always heard "turn off the lights! What? Do you think electricity is free" but water? Waste it, no you didn't want to waste it, but pay for i... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:07:04 EST Fish site links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x51172326 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I don't see much posting on this forum. I truely hope it picks up. In the meantime...here's some links for active fish sites. Hope I'm not breaking any rules here. <BR> <BR> For all fish sites (top 100) www.aquarank.com <BR> For buying and selling fish www.aquabid.com (over 80,000 members) <BR> For an active forum with a chatroom www.fishforums.com Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:44:07 EST Does Anyone Keep Aquarium Snails? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x49750025 Hi everyone, my name is Jenn/Jellyfishattack and I'm quite new to Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I just joined this group. I used to keep goldfish and had a tetra too, but now I just have a big, old apple snail. Sammy the snail is more fun to watch and hand feed than my goldfish often were. <BR> <BR> If you have any snails in your freshwater aquarium, they are undoubtedly a species of apple snail. If you would like to join the group I just created for apple snail lovers, please click here: <BR> ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:22:07 EST Anyone still around? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x47594731 Anyone still on this team? Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:21:21 EST What kind of aquarium do you have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x43118614 Freshwater or saltwater? <BR> How did you get started in taking care of an aquarium? <BR> <BR> <em>14</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:20:30 EST Welcome our new co leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x43102509 SAYYRUHHH <BR> Good luck and let me know if you need anything. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:59:44 EST Great Day: Back to Discus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x41978680 Almost a year ago, I sold my planted 150 gallon show tank with 13 adult Discus in it to pay for a son's car repair. It about killed me. I kept Discus forever and they've always been more than just fish to me. <BR> <BR> So today I grabbed my first four since then. I bought 2 Altum Carnations (Ricky Lim) <BR> and 2 Super Checkerboard Pigeons (Jeffrey Yang). So for now I just have 4 in a 55...but I'm now looking for a BIG tank again. I'm SO happy to have Discus again. Good day! <BR> <BR> Some ... Sun, 22 May 2011 19:36:20 EST Howdy from OKC. New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30272x41846392 Howdy. I'm Shawn. Last November, I had to have emergency surgery on my stomach. I had a hiatal hernia that went bad. Most of my stomach went popped into my lung cavity. Very painful. Surgery went well. I weighed 310 before surgery, now I way 260. When they repaired my stomach, they wrapped the top half of my stomach around my esophagus and stapled together and repaired my diaphragm. Now I can't eat as much in a setting. <BR> My goal is to keep eating healthy and control how I eat.... Sun, 15 May 2011 23:52:41 EST Changed page to private http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x40464609 If you want to see my stuff. You can befriend me. Just feeling exposed these days... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:30:02 EST LOTR virtual walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12816x30272x40020439 Ok lost my walking partner and I need something new to help keep me accountable and motivated. <BR> So dug up this link <link>www.barrowdowns.com/walktorivendell.<BR>php </link> and off I go. <BR> I well also be adding the miles in my day planer since that one does not keep up with it for you. You have to remember how far you have come. <BR> Or I may keep up with it here too <link>exercise.lbl.gov </link> I just think the LOTR one would be more fun. <BR> I also found this one <link>... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 07:42:15 EST Need to shut down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x39305015 At least one of my big tanks. I am leaning toward the 55 gallon with the goldfish. But right now there is no place to go with the goldfish. <BR> My friend is going to put in a pond and I am sure she would let me put all the goldfish in it but I have a couple I don't think would survive in a pond. <BR> It well be heated but I am worred the slower goldfish wont be able to keep away from any predectors. <BR> I just got to many tanks and my house is just way to crowded. Need to be able to mo... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 05:40:39 EST A tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x37765039 My oscar eats all the temperature gages. And I have only a couple that I move from tank to tank. Well I sort of thought of something out of the blue and it works. <BR> Those meat thematores(sp) that you stick in like a turkey (the digital one works best) are great for checking the temp of your tank. Much easier to read too. Sat, 6 Nov 2010 08:41:17 EST Refractometer vs Hydrometer Lesson Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x36836588 I noticed that my open brain coral was not opening up as much, and it appeared that the outer sections started to peel away from the skeleton. I started reading on what could cause it, and what to do about it. I checked all my levels, and kept track of everything that I could. <BR> <BR> I talked with the local fish stores (LFS) and they suggested testing other things in addition to trace elements. I was looking at big bucks for all of the test kids, and was not wanting to head in that d... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 18:50:05 EST Got something to brag about? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x36798698 One of my goldfish (Mystic) recently had a growth spurt. She is looking so great. <BR> <BR> You have a fish happening to brag about? Please share. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 05:09:00 EST Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x36558322 The latest batch of fry from my firemouths are starting to become free swimming. I love watching them try to protect them as they begin to roam around the tank. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 10:28:38 EST Current Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x36337724 So, what is/are your current project(s)? <BR> <BR> Right now I'm finishing up setting up a 20g tropical tank with my kids. It's their first tank and I'm helping getting it up and running, as well as showing them how to take care of them, but the rest is all them. <BR> <BR> I'm also setting up a 2nd 55g tank to split my stock from my first 55g. They're growing fast and need the extra space. <BR> <BR> The 2nd 55g is a direct result of some budgetary constraints that forced me to delay buil... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:41:01 EST So I lost motivation... but I'm back again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x36019300 Hello all! Long time no see, hehe. <BR> <BR> So I got pretty lazy and lost motivation for several months! I was still going to the gym but I wasn't eating so well... I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about. ANYWAY I had a meeting with my old personal trainer and did a body composition test. Turns out I haven`t gained weight, but it makes me sad not to lose so I`m back and remotivated (yay)! <BR> <BR> MORE IMPORTANTLY <BR> I moved on the first and had to move my 40gal reef tank. That wa... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:38:17 EST Freshwater Common Illnesses And Their Remedies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x35984351 I figured this might help some people here. Feel free to add more to it if you know some more common illnesses and are sure of the remedies. I personally have tried each of these and will attest to their success in my own tanks. <BR> <BR> Ich: <BR> Heat water slowly to 86°F. Keep at that temp until 5 days past any signs of ich. The heat will kill all ich in entire tank, so don't worry about washing/treating all decorations and stuff. <BR> <BR> Salt can also be added in the amount of 1 t... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:45:07 EST Ordered some fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16171x30272x35952874 And they are a day late. I sure hope they well be ok. <BR> They updated the tracking number late last night. Should be here today. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 06:51:48 EST Love this website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x35859200 so far. I have not read threw all of it but think we could all use a boost in selfesteem. <BR> <link>operationbeautiful.com/change-the-wa<BR>y-you-see/ </link> Thu, 5 Aug 2010 11:36:57 EST Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12816x30272x35786996 Ok every time you post put a <em>14</em> or something like that here. Just edit your post don't make a new one. At the end of the month I well send a virtual graphics prize for the person with the most. <BR> <BR> Don't worry you won't have to post here a lot to win since NO ONE does. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:10:41 EST Ending letter game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12816x30272x35782239 Just start the next work with the ending letter of the work just posted. <BR> Don't double post please. Unless if dies and we need to remind people to play. <BR> First word. <BR> <BR> FISH Mon, 2 Aug 2010 07:56:13 EST Your favorite tank. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x35456066 I am sure many of us have more then 1 tank. So how about posting about the one you like the best. <BR> For me it is my goldfish tank. They are just so pretty and look like live works of art. <BR> I have four in my 55 gallon with one BN. Yes they are messy and take a lot of extra water changed as well as the extra filters but worth it. Sat, 17 Jul 2010 04:26:02 EST Job Opening (lol!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x35176447 Is anyone interested in being leader of this team? I am outside nearly all the time now that it's summer, & in all fairness I feel like I should give someone else a chance at being leader. Let me know.... --Heather Sat, 3 Jul 2010 00:21:32 EST Team pic..what kind of fish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x35085120 What sort of fish is in our latest team pic? Is that a giant pleco? It's hard to tell in that size .. looks like the giant pleco in my tank actually, but supposing it might be a type of shark or something .. ?? Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:09:59 EST Oh no Algae! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x34314329 Oh the new lights are fantastic. My plants are going NUTS! I need to get in there & do some aquascaping already! <BR> <BR> Unfortunate side effect - I have lots of green algae growing on the glass AND blue-green furry algae on some plants, the driftwood & the filters. <BR> <BR> I've seen blue-green algae treatment - this stuff I can't even pick off with my fingers! Has anyone had any experience w/this treatment?? Sat, 22 May 2010 15:48:27 EST Eheim Sludge Extractor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x34039944 does anyone use the Eheim Sludge Extractor what do you think of it is it worth the $60 to use it only between water changes Mon, 10 May 2010 12:39:02 EST new 90 gal saltwater tank http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x33903934 I just got a new 90 gal saltwater tank setup I have 10 freshwater tanks going but this it the first Saltwater tank now I just have to waite until it cycles I am going Reef & fish Tue, 4 May 2010 11:37:14 EST New Lights! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x33865899 I finally splurged on a new lighting system for my tank. They aren't high end, but they'll let me increase the types of plants I want to add to the tank. They're Nova Extreme SLR T-5 108 watt w/mounting legs. I already have the glass canopies. It's one section of 48" instead of 2 sections. And I got a gift card for shipping costs from Foster & Smith's liveaquaria site ... New plants! Sun, 2 May 2010 23:47:05 EST Looking to meet people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30272x33439061 Are there any Fish lovers in the bay area, who are also looking for a motivating work out pall. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 16:57:03 EST New fish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x33360874 I picked up some clown loach yesterday while I was in Fairfax. There is a shop there that has AISLES of fish tanks. Freshwater & salt & invertebrates, too. I could have gone nuts in there! But I resisted the temptation -- I don't have a lot of fish in my aquarium & prefer to keep my stocking low. <BR> <BR> They were so expensive, but I have had such a hard time finding them & buying them online would have been even more expensive. Well...to me expensive. I've never spent $12/fish before! <e... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:28:19 EST Just an update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x33306869 Buddy's doing good. I've got him a 2.5 mini-bow now. He's not it as I don't have the money to get a test kit so I can cycle it. <BR> <BR> Pictures are posted on my sparkpage. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:54:38 EST Snail cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x33148938 I have an odd question here... <BR> <BR> In my freshwater tank, I have one remaining snail. Started out with 4 of them, but 3 month later I only have one. <BR> <BR> I have some algae?? (almost looks like fuzzy brown mold) that has started growing in a couple of places in my tank. I have been cleaning it out as best I can. It started growing on one of the display pieces, so it was easy enough to take out and clean out in the sink. <BR> <BR> I noticed that the stuff has started growin... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 09:13:15 EST Freshwater snails http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x33107599 I'm having a terrible time with freshwater snails. They aren't the kind that often show up on live plants though. They're cone-shaped & have very tough shells. My mom constantly overfeeds the fish & in spite of everything I keep telling her (ie-a fish's stomach is the size of it's eyeball) she continues to do it. So these snails are surely feeding on all the detritus in the tank. <BR> <BR> I gravel vac & even have tried hand removal. But there are SOOO many of them! Does anyone have any idea... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:45:50 EST Under gravel filters, your thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x33008056 What is your thoughts on this type of filter? <BR> <BR> I read that they aren't very good and I had orginally planned to get one for my betta that is 2 gallons, but now I'm thinking of going with another. I really want to hear what you think about this type of filter. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 16:17:37 EST Heater Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x32938245 I'm trying to find a heater that can be used in a 1.5 gallon tank. <BR> <BR> I have a betta and I'm going to up grade his tank in a few months from 1 gallon to 1.5. Right now I don't have a heater, but I'm planning to get the tank below. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble finding one. I have find a Tetra one for 2 gallons. I don't really want to get a two gallong tank if I don't have to. Please help. <BR> <BR> http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aquarium<BR>-Cube-Tank-1.5-Gallons-Fish-Aquatic-Pe... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:44:21 EST So?... Just How DO you reward yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x32919296 I'm curious about this. As I've never been one to 'reward' myself. If I need something I get it. <BR> I've been pretty blessed in life not having to really watch my weight or put much effort forth into my physique until I reached my 50s… now it’s changing in ways I don’t particularly care for… (Mom always told me someday it would catch up to me!) <BR> <BR> So, if I reach a goal of say touching my toes… yeah, I’m not very flexible. Or if I reach the goal of losing a certain number of pounds; ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:16:45 EST New frag shipment today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x32814082 After PATIENTLY waiting 3 weeks for healing after being fragged, I'm FINALLY getting my new frag shipment this morning!!! WOOOOHOOOO <BR> <BR> Pictures to come <em>334</em> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 12:42:16 EST To sump or not to sump that's the question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x32534440 I have been reading more and more about the benefits of having a sump. I did not want to go that way for 2 reasons. <BR> <BR> One is size. The opening to where the sump would go is small, so the sump would have to be custom built, and be very long and skinny, and if I want to move my protein skimmer to it, it will need to be tall enough for it to fit also. <BR> <BR> Two is weight. I live in a manufactured home. I have placed the tank as close to supports as I can (and still have the ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:52:23 EST Ug... Red bubble algae is back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x32379473 (Uploaded 2 pictures) <BR> <BR> I noticed a small bubble of the red bubble algae growing on my heater probe. Thought it was odd, since I have not seen any in at least 3 months, and for a small bubble to start means that it had to spawn from somewhere. <BR> <BR> So I started looking under and around the entire tank, and found the culprit. I have a "patch" of green button polyps that is on a small rock, that I positioned into another large rock. When I pulled this out, I found to my horro... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:47:37 EST Oh No! Fish die off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x32312728 Oh dear! I've had THREE fish die this morning! All of them the same type of fish - beautiful long-finned Serpae tetras. OMG I feel awful when my fish die. All 3 are bloated - not sure what disease might be causing it..water parameters are same as they always are...but I did a water change anyway. <BR> <BR> I will have to dig out my fish diseases book. If anyone has any ideas tho I'm all ears! <em>46</em> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:33:54 EST Looking for input on a new team picture. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31955016 Does anyone want a new team picture? Since a lot of the old members have dropped and new members have different interests, I thought maybe we should replace the cichlid picture with something new. If anyone would like to share a new image, let me know. I think we can use one of our own photos, if you post it in a blog, everyone can view it, then I'll upload the one most people agree on. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 19:27:57 EST I'm pouting =( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31887473 My favorite new zoo frag fell over yesterday (I didn't notice)and now only 2 of the original 6/7 mouths are left! Saaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!! <BR> <BR> At least it was only $10 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:41:38 EST Automatic Feeders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31834794 I'm going to be leaving the country for two weeks (running away from the olympics which have taken over my city) and I'm SUPER nervous about using an automatic feeder. My friend (freshwater) had some sort of disaster over spring break with his feeder that destroyed everything in his tank. Does anyone here use an automatic feeder? Any pros/cons? Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:22:58 EST Random Rant... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31676636 So I was digging through my tank to try to reach a shrimp molt. My tank is deeper than my arms are...so I always struggle with things on the sand. Well my elbow knocked over one of my TEENY new frags and now it is lost into the abyss that is the back of my tank. Now I have to take everything apart this weekend to find it. UGH!! I hate doing that <BR> <BR> also, i added pictures. enjoy! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 22:33:50 EST Withdrawal! Empty Tank http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31619252 I took my very overgrown Dojo Loaches to the fish store today. They are going to give me a store credit. Not only had they acquired the ability to dig up every plant in the tank, leap out of the tank, eat all the white cloud new borns, but were getting big enough to straight eat all my clouds. <BR> <BR> I use to have over thirty clouds and now I'm down to six. <BR> <BR> I wish I had on video attempting to round up the feisty dojos with a too small net. They must have thought it was a... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 03:06:39 EST Best ways to photograph a tank http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31524550 I'd love some info about taking good pics of my tank. I have a Canon Rebel- not a 35mm digital - without a stand of any kind to hold the camera still while taking a photo in a dark environ. My tank is a 55 gal freshwater w/fresh plants & 18" standard flourescent bulbs- 15 w each - so not alot of light output at night. Daytime too much reflection on the glass. <BR> <BR> What's the best way to get decent photos? My tank isn't anything special, but I'd love to share it with you all. <BR> PS-My ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 18:04:10 EST Gloves for aquarium upkeep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31523737 A while back I commented under the 'Latest Project' thread about finding new gloves for taking care of my aquarium. I did a search at Ebay and did find a pair that weren't too bad. They seem sturdy enough compared to the last nice pair I had from an actual fish supplier. <BR> <BR> They were called 25" gold panning prospecter gloves sold by darylarlene. I think I paid about $17 plus shipping. They come in small, med, large - but they tend to run large according to the seller. I bought a small... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 17:24:25 EST Second sighting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31493940 This is the second time I have now seen this little star fish (he is missing one leg). The fist sighting was early in the morning, and by the afternoon, nobody could find him. <BR> <BR> Today I snapped a picture of him (it is very hard to get a good picture with the "night lights" on, and him being on the glass and the camera wants to focus on stuff in the tank, and I don't have a flash on my phone). It almost looks like a ghost... <BR> <BR> Guess it was a bonus with my live rock or live... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:10:25 EST Poor Lightning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31318011 This morning, I came back home for breakfast (after going to the Dr first thing). I was sitting on the couch in front of the fish tank, watching it when the "day" lights came on. I am usually at work when that happens, so it was interesting to see things "wake up". I am at home when it is "bed" time, so I get to see that a lot. <BR> <BR> I was watching my cardinal fish (Lightning), swimming, and noticed a part of his tail was missing. I got up closer, and sure enough the bottom half of ... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:26:14 EST Adding Sand Shifters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31193551 I am looking to add some sand shifters/sifters to my reef tank. I have a brown algae that grows on my sand, and while it is "healthy" for the tank, it just looks dirty. I don't want to vacuum it out, and was told that if I get some nazareth snails, or a spotted blenny (or goby depending on who you talk to) that they will stir the sand enough to help it stay healthy, but not disturb it so much that it kills all the "good" stuff. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions????? Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:18:34 EST Green Hairy Mushroom Scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31117685 When we woke up this morning, and checking out the tank (I put my shoes on sitting in front of the tank), I saw one of the mushrooms looked like a clove of garlic, and the "green hair" was just a few strands sticking out the top. <BR> <BR> I panicked, and thought something major had happened, and that I need to do something, and fast. I have been told that if you have a medium or large animal in your tank that dies, it will start to decompose quickly and can pollute your entire tank and c... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:12:13 EST Green Brain (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi) Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x31086961 Does anyone out there have any experiance with a green brain? When I first got him (don't know the sex of it, but it sounds better than it) he would open up, and the little "arms" would come out and grab food. He would also "baloon" up and almost double his size. <BR> <BR> He has been in the tank for 3 months now. For the last 3 weeks, he has been "deflated" and his arms have not come out at all. He has started to loose his color. He almost looks like he is dry (like a sponge that has be... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 14:39:44 EST Anyone interested in a New Year's challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12816x30272x30626929 Maybe just something like consistently tracking your fitness for a month? I know lots of us quit tracking once we get comfortable with our program. (Good job to the ones who do currently track!) Maybe a short burst of tracking would help the rest of us to see if we need to change things up, add more exercise, get back on track, etc? <BR> <BR> If you have other ideas, please post them! Let's find some new challenges that we WANT to succeed at! Thu, 31 Dec 2009 09:12:05 EST What would you have in your dream tank? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12816x30272x30524296 This is just for fun. Just post one item you would have if you could each turn. It doesn't have to be in alphabetical order. It's a quick way to make your 5 daily posts, too! I'll start... <BR> <BR> <BR> Anemone <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Dec 2009 19:20:26 EST Two Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12816x30272x28221215 Rules: change one of the two words in the post below you. Word order can be changed. Sun, 6 Sep 2009 18:28:24 EST Weekly Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12816x30272x28221048 Post your weekly progress here! Pounds lost, inches lost, distance increased, whatever got you closer to your goals this week. Sun, 6 Sep 2009 18:15:42 EST Weekly Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x28058800 I figured it was high time to tie this team back into why we're all on this site. Post your weekly weight and, optionally, measurement changes here. We don't need actual weights or measurements if you're not comfortable posting them, but something like,"I lost 2 pounds this week!", or "1/2 an inch lost on my waist this week." Sun, 30 Aug 2009 16:18:21 EST LIVE PLANTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x27988299 Many of us love to use live plants to give our beloved fish a more interesting and healthful habitat. Plants are living beings with their own needs and life cycles, so here is a place we can share information. There are many wonderful websites, but it's nice to be able to exchange personal experience and advice. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:03:57 EST New Discus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x27790635 We got two blood red pegion discus. They have orange skin with red markings. They are a little shy and are hiding. When they become more at ease with their new surroundings, I will take some picutes and post them Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:06:30 EST Profile: Balantiocheilos melanopterus - Bala Shark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x27748110 Scientific classification: <BR> <BR> Kingdom: Animalia <BR> Phylum: Chordata <BR> Class: Actinopterygii <BR> Order: Cypriniformes <BR> Family: Cyprinidae <BR> Genus: Balantiocheilos <BR> Species: B. melanopterus <BR> <BR> Binomial name: <BR> Balantiocheilos melanopterus <BR> Bleeker, 1851 <BR> <BR> Origin: Balantiocheilos melanopterus is native to Sumatra, Thailand, Borneo and Malaysia <BR> <BR> The Bala shark, B. melanopterus, is also known as Silver shark, Tricolor Shark and Tricolor... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 21:24:02 EST Profile: Astronotus ocellatus - Oscar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x27047348 Scientific classification: <BR> <BR> Kingdom: Animalia <BR> Phylum: Chordata <BR> Class: Actinopterygii <BR> Order: Perciformes <BR> Family: Cichlidae <BR> Subfamily: Astronotinae <BR> Genus: Astronotus <BR> Species: A. ocellatus <BR> <BR> Binomial name: <BR> Astronotus ocellatus <BR> Agassiz, 1831 <BR> <BR> Origin: A. ocellatus is native to Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and French Guiana <BR> <BR> Oscars are an omnivorous cichlid from South America. They are regarded as one of the most intelli... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:30:16 EST Profile: Steatocranus Casuarius- -Blockhead Cichli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26805902 Scientific classification: <BR> <BR> Kingdom: Animalia <BR> Phylum: Chordata <BR> Class: Actinopterygii <BR> Order: Perciformes <BR> Family: Cichlidae <BR> Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae <BR> Tribe: Tilapiini <BR> Genus: Steatocranus <BR> Species: Casuarius <BR> <BR> Binomial name <BR> Steatocranus Casuarius <BR> Poll, 1939 <BR> <BR> Origin: Congo River in West Africa <BR> <BR> The Blockhead, or Lionhead, Cichlid is definitely a unique addition to your tank. Simply looking at their pictur... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 12:35:02 EST Latest Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26681827 So, I want to hear what you're working on. Whether it's fish-related, or not. If you're like me, you always have at least one largish project on your plate, or in your near future. So, what is it? <BR> <BR> Currently, I'm working on helping my wife with some flower beds, gettting my tank changed over to sand from gravel, and putting up new flags for the 4th of July. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:51:41 EST Profile: Betta Splendens (Siamese Fighting Fish) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26658485 Scientific classification: <BR> <BR> Kingdom: Animalia <BR> Phylum: Chordata <BR> Class: Actinopterygii <BR> Order: Perciformes <BR> Family: Osphronemidae <BR> Genus: Betta <BR> Species: B. splendens <BR> <BR> Binomial name <BR> Betta splendens <BR> Regan, 1910 <BR> <BR> Origin: Thailand and Cambodia <BR> <BR> Betta Splendens, also known as the "betta fish" or just "betta" (correctly pronounced bet-tah, not ba-tah), is one of the most popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. They ... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:28:24 EST Sick Fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26568841 I wish I could post pictures here, but SP doesn't allow it. I'll post a couple in today's blog along with symptoms. I'll also be posting on a website at a fish forum somewhere...probably <link>www.cichlid-forum.com </link> . <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can find an answer for what's wrong with him and make him well. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:39:55 EST Profile: Polypterus Senegalus (Dinosaur Eel) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26475795 Polypterus Senegalus <BR> <BR> Scientific classification: <BR> <BR> Kingdom: Animalia <BR> Phylum: Chordata <BR> Class: Actinopterygii <BR> Order: Polypteriformes <BR> Family: Polypteridae <BR> Genus: Polypterus <BR> Species: P. senegalus <BR> <BR> Binomial name <BR> Polypterus senegalus <BR> Cuvier, 1829 <BR> <BR> Origin: Africa (East, West, and Central) <BR> <BR> The gray bichir, Polypterus senegalus, also known as the Senegal bichir and Cuvier's bichir, is sometimes called the din... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 16:04:04 EST Fish Profiles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26475241 OK, once a week I'm going to pick a fish, either one of mine, one of yours, or something I just run across, to post a full profile of them in the sticky thread. I'll change the sticky every week so that there's a new sticky about just the new fish. Feel free to comment on anything, or add information that's missing. I think this week I'm going to start with the eels that looked so cool. <BR> <BR> Please, send me a Sparkmail to let me know what fish you'd like to know more about. Also, if... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:29:14 EST New Team Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26279671 I hope everyone likes the new pic. Please let me know if you don't and I can try to change it back or find something more to everyone's liking. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 23:58:28 EST Fish: A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26253676 This is for fun. Name a type of fish beginning with the current letter starting with A and continuing alphabetically to Z. Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:34:37 EST Fishtank size and type of fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26253015 What type of fish are you keeping? What are you keeping them in? How many tanks do you have? Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:05:57 EST New Team Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26250894 OK, looks like I'm the new team leader. I'll send out an email to all members to remind them that we're here. <BR> <BR> I'm also going to set up some challenges and a couple of revolving posts to gather participation. Anyone have any particular things they'd like to see? <BR> <BR> Let's get motivated! Fish are peaceful, but when I get too peaceful watching them I get fat. So, peaceful, but active...not easy for me. *grin* Thu, 11 Jun 2009 19:16:06 EST Team Leader Nomination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26131964 I nominate D_K455 as the new team leader. :) Sun, 7 Jun 2009 11:34:49 EST Tank Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x26018716 So, today I did some major maintenance (see my blog for details). When I was working on my tank, I had a question pop into my mind that occurs to me almost every time I clean the tank: isn't there an easier way? For the below, please keep in mind that I'm working with a freshwater tank. <BR> <BR> So, today I siphoned the water directly into the yard, which is nice, but it doesn't allow me to use the gravel vac. Now, I know I could rig something up to do that, or I could fork over some ca... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 19:26:02 EST Did you spoil your fish today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x25936888 Today, my fish got two large nightcrawlers that they got to fight over. I'm not sure who was the greediest of them. Both severum did pretty good, and the largest firemouth managed to score at least 1/2 of one. <BR> <BR> The fish are happy for the day. Their world gets stirred up tomorrow though as I do a major water change, do some terraforming, and finally level the tank properly (it's been bugging me for almost 10 months now). Sat, 30 May 2009 22:21:03 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30272x25725128 If you can't tell from my sign-on name, I'm a cichlid-lover, although I'm new to fishkeeping in general. <BR> <BR> I had one tank as a 10 year-old, but then it died during a move. I now have a 55 gallon with 2 severums, 4 firemouths, 3 danios, 5 corys, and a pleco. It's been going well for the past six months or so and all of them seem to be getting along and maturing decently. <BR> <BR> As for weight loss, I'm trying to lose about 29 pounds. I put a lot of weight on when dealing with so... Thu, 21 May 2009 21:30:37 EST So for the fish... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x24491250 So.. as for my fish stuff <BR> I currently have a 150 cichlid tank, with a pair of Flower Horns, a Jaguar, a female Auratus, a Senegal Bicher, and a few common plecs. <BR> I have a 75 gallon with 7 Giant Danios, 2 common plecs and 2 Clarias Catfish that are only 3 inch babies.. I will have to move the others out of there soon because they will get very big and very hungry. <BR> I have a 50 gallon tropical mix with lots of leftovers from other people that I have picked up along the way. ... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 17:48:08 EST Hello!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30272x24491123 Hey fish group! I can't believe there was actually one on here! Well, I am 33 and started this process in January at 253 lb. I am now 220 lb and going strong!!! Exercising, Eating Right, the whole shabang! I have only been a spark for just less than a week and am learning what there is to see. Thanks for letting me join this group! Woot Woot!!! <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2009 17:42:55 EST Rearranging my tank today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x23450769 Its spring and time for the "rains" to wash out a new environment. I've held out some water to naturally de-chlorinate and then I'm going to change the location of plants etc. I've waited to allow the smaller clouds to have time to be able to grow large enough to defend a territory. <BR> <BR> I have a belief that stressing and then giving an abundant environment helps to increase numbers. My clouds have done well, but I'm hoping to encourage my dojo loaches to bring me a new batch. (I kn... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 17:00:12 EST Questions about keeping up with your tank? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30272x22496977 If you have issues with your tank crashing, diseases in your tank, breeding certain fish, or anything else post here and we can all help each other. Mon, 2 Feb 2009 02:36:47 EST IF YOU ARE NEW... START HERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30272x22496951 Hello my name is Jessica I am currently 24 years old and have one 55 gallon tank, one 20 gallon tank, and one 10 gallon tank in my apartment with assorted tropical fish. <BR> Every August I enter my fish in the Kentucky State Fair. This consist of decorating a tank in a theme that will match the fish in either color or name. <BR> Last year I did The Wizard Of Oz and entered 2 different types of Rainbow fish since Dorothy says they are "Somewhere over the Rainbow". <BR> I have been doing this... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 02:33:03 EST