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?
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!
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.
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.
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
A woman in Vancouver was standing on her front lawn when a fish fell from the sky . . . a Red Devil!
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!
Terry Tankersley, or Tank, as he is often called, is a frequent vendor at GCCA Swap Meets. Terry lives near the Wisconsin border and is active in the Milwaukee Aquarium Society.
Tank had posted an ad at the 2012 ACA Convention for 55-gallon polypropylene totes. That sounded like just what I needed for some growout space but we were not able to connect at the convention. To my good fortune, Terry agreed to meet a week later and I drove to his house to see the totes.
The totes are used, food-safe totes used in the pharmaceutical industry and they hold 55 gallons. They are heavy-duty plastic and double-walled. That appealed to me because I thought the double-wall would hold heat better. They are meant to be moved with a pallet jack, so they have feet which elevates them about 3 inches. Terry has about 100 totes and they are inexpensive at 3 for $100 or $35 each. I bought one but would have bought more if I could have fit them in my car. Unfortunately, I only had my Camry and I could fit just one in the back seat. I had contemplated taking my wife's minivan, but I would then have had to explain that I was buying more fish tanks. That, my friends, is fishkeepers Catch-22. Sharon doesn't know I bought the tote yet. Or another tank from Terry.
Terry was nice enough to show me his fishroom. He keeps a variety of fish and inverts including livebearers, cichlids, bettas, shrimp and snails. It was a great visit to a super nice guy.
All here is a cool video by Pisces fish farm on the different Altolamprologus variants
THE BALD TAX BLOG
Welcome!! You are reading the inaugural installment of The Bald Tax Blog!! I hope to update this at the beginning of each month, day job permitting. Selfishly, I intend on using this blog as a vehicle to journal my experiences with the fish I keep. Over the last few years, I have somewhat used the GCCA Forum as a means to this end, but I thought with the new online application our club has built-out, I would try and take advantage of documenting more.
The other intent for this blog is (hopefully) to pass along my experiences to you, to help you set and reach your goals with this hobby and to avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls I have encountered. But please note, I do not consider myself a fish-keeping expert in any regard, but just an avid hobbyist who loves cichlids. Ten years does not sound like a long time with any hobby, but with keeping cichlids, or any fish, you encounter many different situations and events as you progress with a species, and those situations and events add up very quickly.
Who am I? My name is Scott Womack and I have been a member of the GCCA for 9 years. I am a simple tax accountant who discovered cichlids in 2001. I kept community fish as a kid and once had a55 gallontank in my firstChicagoarea apartment. But then I got married, we bought a house, had a couple of kids, and every now and then I found myself drawn back to fish-keeping. When we bought our house in 1996, my priority was a basement, thinking I wanted the space for “something.” A fish tank was one strong possibility that I considered. I sometimes wonder whether I would have been keeping cichlids if we had bought a house with no basement.
Ted Judy, a friend of the GCCA and an all-around awesome guy, created a nice video recap of ACA 2012.
Ted was a vendor and the show and you might know that Ted also sells Repashy Foods from his website.
Thanks, Ted, for the video!
The Greater Chicago Cichlid Association — GCCA — is a not-for-profit, educational organization, chartered in the state of Illinois, dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of information relating to the biology of the fishes in the family Cichlidae, with particular emphasis on maintenance and breeding in captivity. We are simply cichlid hobbyists who love cichlids.