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Last month, I had the opportunity to visit with Ted Judy at his fishroom near Madison, WI. Ted is an expert in West African cichlids and he has visited Africa to collect these interesting fish twice. Need I mention that he is a frequent speaker to aquarium clubs and a very knowledgeable hobbyist, too?

I met Ted at his beautiful home and got to see his amazing and spotless aquariums. Ted had an awesome planted tank in his living room. These always impress me as I'm pretty awful keeping plants alive. This tank was a carpet of green! Almost all of his aquariums have plants in them.

Ted is active in aquarium clubs in Milwaukee and he started one in Madison which is doing great. We got to chat about running clubs and he is very knowledgeable.

Ted keeps a variety of fish including, of course, lots of West African cichlids, but he also had a very nice selection of livebearers, too. It is always great to visit someone's fishroom because I always learn something new! For example, I found out that water hardness affects the sex ratio of some livebearers. Interesting!

Ted sells fish at very reasonable prices. I came home with Chromidotilapia kingsleyae, Pelvicachomis taeniatus "moliwe", and Limia sp. "Tiger".

Ted recently has begun selling Repashy gel foods. I've tried a couple of them and they are terrific. Even my large, predatory cichlids will eat the veggie food. I've also tried the Community Gel and my fish love it.

Ted was nice enough to donate enough samples for everyone at the last GCCA Meeting to try the food.

You can see what Ted has for sale at www.tedsfishroom.com. You'll find a lot of other great information there, too, so it's worth the click!

I've included a few pics below.

 
Most Ted's tanks have very nice plants like these two above.

 
Ted netting out some Limia sp. "Tiger" for me.

 
GCCA Members holding up samples of Repashy gel food donated by Ted Judy.

 

All we recently upgraded our classifieds to provide some really nice features

  • Youtube support – have a video display directly in your classifieds ad
  • Status of ad’s waiting approval via the website, you can see ad’s in the my ad’s section prior to approval
  • Confirmation that your ad has been posted prior to approval via email
  • Confirmation once your ad is approved via email
  • Pictures can now be resized during the upload process; a number of users had challenges resizing pictures. Well the website will now handle that for you.
  • All of our emails have been updated to communicate to users to correctly categorize hybrids, almost every hybrid that was posted on the site was never posted under the hybrid section (people seem to not like to call the fish they sell hybrids)

In my article, A Visit to Tank and his Amazing Fish Bins, I talked about a great deal I got on a large, 55-gallon plastic bins for growing out fish.

Here, I'll discuss how to double-plumb one of these bins to make water changes easy and to prevent accidental overfills. You can use this technique with just about any large container.

Here's what you'll need:

- Two one-inch bulkhead fittings
- One-inch PVC ball valve
- PVC Elbows
- Two PVC Barbed Connectors (for hose)
- One PVC barbed T Connector
- One inch ID flexible thin wall clear tubing

The actual parts you use may vary, but the basic principle is to drill two holes in the bin. One hole is the drain and other is the high-water level overflow. The high-water overflow bypasses the drain valve.

To drain the bin, you turn the valve at the bottom. To refill, turn the valve to off. The high-water level drain prevents flooding or may be used in a trickle system. The drain line runs to floor drain or sump pit for your home.

Ever have a tank get cloudy?

I think everyone has experienced this at one time or another. Most recently, I had a really bad snail outbreak in a 90-gallon tank, so I removed the fish (which I was selling anyway) and bleached the tank. After 24-hours of snail-killing  bleach, I stirred the sand substrate and siphoned out as much debris as I could. Then, I refilled the tank.

This is where the "cloudy" happened. After filling the tank and re-starting the filter, the tank was cloudy with very fine sediment. Usually, the filter will remove this in 24 hours. but after a week the tank was still cloudy. What to do?

AccuClearAccu-Clear to the Rescue

I was a bit stumped at this point, but then I remembered that I had won a goodie bag at one of the GCCA Meetings in the raffle. Inside, was an 8 ounce bottle of Accu-Clear from Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. This, I thought, is worth a try.

Using the product is simple. Just dump in 1 teaspoon (5ml) per ten gallons of water. The cap offers a convenient measure built in.

Bonus! Within 24-hours my tank water was sparkling clear!

How does it work?

Accu-Clear is a flocculant. The chemicals in the product bond to particles in the water a bit like glue and aggregate them. The result is that the particles fall out of the water column to the bottom of the tank where you can ignore them (I did) or siphon them out.

Although I didn't have fish in the tank at the time, you can use this product even if your tank is stocked.

Final Thoughts

What else can I say?

This product does what it claims to do. An 8 ounce bottle will run you $7 to $10 and will treat 480 gallons of water. I think this is a good product that every aquarist ought to have on hand. 

GCCA's Auto-magic Report Writer is an online, fill-in-the-blank tool that allows you to easily create a spawning article for the Cichlid Chatter or other aquarium publication. Instead of having to write an article from scratch, you can save time by adding in a few key facts. The Auto-magic Report Writer then creates the report for you.

When we migrated to GCCA's new website about a year ago, we didn't migrate this tool. Since we made the move, I've had a couple of folks point out that it was missing. Today, I received another from the Capitol Cichlid Association, so I thought it was time to bring back this tool.

Anybody is welcome to use this tool for free.

How it Works

Start by clicking Article Writer.

Fill in the blanks in the form:

Click the Make my BAP Report link at the bottom of the form.

Your report will then open in a new window:

 

 

 

Over 55 GCCA Chatters available online to up date members.

Finally a use for my Ipad other than my daughter playing games on it. I find these are great to read on my ipad.

Some sample articles from our 2012 Chatter -

- Cheap and easy low tech water change system

- Walter Worms

- Breeding the Red Cap Lethinrops Itunga

Or read some great blasts from the past articles such as

Here is a nice National Geographic video with some dramatic footage from Lake Tanganyika.

Check out the aggression of a pair of Emperor Cichlids (Boulengerochromis microlepis) defending their young from a hungry turtle. Isn't this why we love cichlids? Amazing parental behavior!

 

A woman in Vancouver was standing on her front lawn when a fish fell from the sky . . . a Red Devil!

See: http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=7042116

A flyihg fish

All here is a cool video by Pisces fish farm on the different Altolamprologus variants

 


What a great video of the Blue Flash Cyp's - I have a group of these and they really do look this nice.

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