Corydoras aeneus

Corydoras aeneus

Corydoras aeneus – March 13, 2012

This is one of the more popular Corydoras varieties. In my experience, cories are most at home in tanks with a sand substrate. Searching for food, they will suck in the sand from their mouths and expunge it from their gills. Every now and then, they’ll rocket up to the water surface for a gulp of air. A fascinating fish to be sure.

Mr. Firemouth

Mr. Firemouth

Thorichthys meeki

Just saw this photo in my slideshow. Mr. Firemouth (Thorichthys meeki) was an interesting little fish. At one point, he shared a tank with an oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) twice his size, and ended up bullying the oscar all the time. Later, he had a little tank of his own and ended up hiding all the time. He was most comfortable sharing a planted tank with many smaller “dither” fish. This photo was taken shortly before he was given away.

40 Gallon Acrylic Natural Aquarium

Here’s a (long, 1+ hours) video of my 40 gallon acrylic tank, my first acrylic and also the last tank that I kept. I don’t know what compelled me to take HD videos of my tank each night, but at this point in my life I knew that things were about to change (having resigned from and with the last few months of work approaching), and perhaps I wanted to document this phase of my life. By this time I had been in the aquarium hobby for well over 10 years, and I had lost a lot of the enthusiasm I had had during the early days of my hobby. I considered weekly tank maintenance a chore and would actually go many weeks without changing the water or cleaning the tank. At the same time, I designed the tank to be “natural” with lots of plants, minimal feeding, and a relatively low bio-load so that I could stretch out the maintenance cycle.

Below is a list of flora and fauna that inhabited the tank. From time to time, I put on this video and just let it run, and it’s kind of nice. I hope you find it that way as well.

Flora

Vallisneria spiralis (“Tape Grass”) – a grass that kept growing and growing.
Vesicularia dubyana (“Java Moss”) – I bought the moss early on in my hobby and it lasted over a decade.
Microsorum pteropus (“Java Fern”) – these were from 2007.
Cryptocoryne wendtii (“Brown Crypt”) – amazingly, these plants sprout up in my tanks that never had them in the first place; all it took was some substrate from a previous tank that had them.

Fauna

Thorichthys meeki (“Firemouth Cichlid”)
Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps (“Leopard Pleco”)
Mikrogeophagus altispinosus (“Bolivian Ram”) – the last remaining member of the Bolivian Ram clan from my old 50 gallon tank.
Hemigrammus rhodostomus (“Rummy-Nose Tetra”)
Corydoras elegans (“Elegant Cory”)
Corydoras aeneus (“Bronze Cory”)
Poecilia reticulata (“Common Guppy”) – I had bought some feeder guppies to use for cycling a tank, and unbelievably most of them survived for a very long time. By this point, though, there were only a couple of them left.

A Dozen Fish Photos

Was digging around and found a set of a dozen photos of my fish over the years… I surely miss keeping a fish tank and will certainly keep one once I’m settled into my new home, but for now these photos will have to do.

Goodbye For Now, Aquarium Hobby

For the first time in over 10 years, I do not have an active aquarium running. I gave away my last few fish today, a plecostomus and a cichlid, and tonight I begin the tear-down of my last tank. I started with a lowly 10 gallon and finished with a 40 gallon acrylic, with many in between. Here are pictures of some of them from over the years.

20 gallon long, November 2001

20 gallon long, November 2001

10 gallon, May 2002

10 gallon, May 2002

50 gallon, June 2002

50 gallon, June 2002

10 gallon goldfish, August 2002

10 gallon goldfish, August 2002

50 gallon, October 2002

50 gallon, October 2002

50 gallon glass, June 2006

50 gallon glass, June 2006

50 gallon glass, November 2006

50 gallon glass, November 2006

20 gallon long, November 2006

20 gallon long, November 2006

29 gallon planted, April 2008

29 gallon planted, April 2008

50 gallon planted, March 2009

50 gallon planted, March 2009

29 gallon vals, July 2009

29 gallon vals, July 2009

50 gallon oscar, August 2009

50 gallon oscar, August 2009

75 gallon glass, July 2010

75 gallon glass, July 2010

40 gallon acrylic initial setup, May 2011

40 gallon acrylic initial setup, May 2011

29 gallon glass, July 2011

29 gallon glass, July 2011

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012 (side view)

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012 (side view)

40 gallon acrylic near tear-down, April 2012

40 gallon acrylic near tear-down, April 2012