“Cycling” A New Freshwater Aquarium

One of the most common questions asked at fish stores is “I just bought an aquarium, and now what?”. For most people just starting an aquarium, the “…now what?” means “what fish can I put in my aquarium today?”.  The correct answer is “none today”, and is generally not what the customer wants to hear.   Following this advice will result in a much more satisfactory result, however. This process of starting the aquarium is often referred to as “cycling”, which[…] Read the full article&#8594

By Denny | November 22, 2010 @ 10:35 pm | 3 comments

Vinegar Eels

Vinegar eels are extremely easy to culture. I use a quart to half gallon container with no aeration and a 50/50 mix of water and apple vinegar. The apples are cut up and put into the liquid, and then the starter culture of vinegar eels is added. The apples float for several days, and unless you look really close you won’t see much indication of a viable culture for 2-4 weeks. A word of warning – the cultures really look[…] Read the full article&#8594

By Denny | November 22, 2010 @ 10:28 pm | 1 comment

Microworms/Walterworms/Banana Worms

Microworms/Walterworms/Banana Worms are another of my favorite live foods. There are several methods which can be used, and most will work very well. I have had the best success using instant potato for the culture medium. There are many other ingredients that will work, but I had the least amount of mold problems with this medium. I’ve used small tupperware containers up to large plastic shoe boxes with good success. Which works best for you will be determined by how[…] Read the full article&#8594

By Denny | November 22, 2010 @ 10:26 pm | 1 comment

Brine Shrimp Hatcher

The hatching of brine shrimp eggs is a pretty common method of feeding small fry after they’ve hatched. The cost of good eggs is one of the few negatives I’ve run across, although there have been times when I’m feeding a lot of shrimp that I’ve had an infestation of hydra. There are a lot of places on the Internet that go into great detail on hatching the eggs, but the easiest method I’ve found is using a plastic gallon[…] Read the full article&#8594

By Denny | November 22, 2010 @ 10:21 pm | No comments