This large fish bowl is about 18″ wide at the center, with an 11″ opening at the top. When filled with water, it proved to be 11 gallons! The Bolbitis is my favorite, so I used those as the dominant plant. The wood had to be boiled so it sank. This air pump is super […]
After a few months of a serious green water problem, some more experienced aquarist friends suggested installing a UV sterilizer. I don’t know very much about aquariums generally, but from what others have said and from a little research I’ve done, there aren’t any big downsides to using the sterilizer. The appliance “utilizes a germicidal fluorescent […]
Plakat Bettas are short finned versions of Betta splendens. It is pronounced pla-COT, and they were originally bred to be stronger fighting fish. Their short fins were less susceptible to injury. In Thailand they are referred to as Plakat Morh. This is a Plakat from the Wet Spot, who I’ve named D.H Lawrence.
by Chuck Nishihira This is the incredible loricariid catfish Pseudohemiodon apithanos. This beauty is from Peru.
by Chuck Nishihira In 2005, a stop at a drainage canal to get my bearings turned out to be the most interesting observation spot on the road leading South from Lambarene. Looking for streams in the area proved to be very unsuccessful, as not a single one crossed the road. Sitting by this drainage canal, I was convinced that I had gone […]
by Chuck Nishihira Here is a species that takes me all the way back to my earliest days keeping killifish. This species along with Aphyosemion australe and Aphyosemion gardneri (at the time), were the very first killies that I worked with. I suspect this was the case for many killie keepers from that time period. It was a time when a […]
by Chuck Nishihira A small very infrequently encountered species of african darter tetra from Gabon. This is a male that was collected in the shallow faster moving water of the River Menguengue near the town of Ndjole. A small interesting river that the local used to wash their clothes. Here we also found a beautiful […]
by Chuck Nishihira When I was young and Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine was small in size (pre 1981 🙂 ) There were many fascinating fish that I thought I could only dream about. Malpulutta kretseri was one of them. A rarity in the wilds of Sri Lanka and no commercial collectors in the area meant that […]
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by Chuck Nishihira I was not sure if these two photos were worth posting here, but since they are of two such rarely seen fish I decided to go ahead. I remember seeing the line drawings of these two species from the Congo in Jacques Gery’s Characoids Of The World which was published in 1977. […]
by Chuck Nishihira So the quest continues to produce a nice school of this subtle, but very beautiful rarity. The fry hatch out large for a killifish and can easily take brine shrimp nauplii as a first food. Overall, they do not seem difficult. That is a positive when my hopes are that I can keep them […]
by Chuck Nishihira So it was a nice day in the fishroom. I have been trying to breed the rare lampeye Hypsopanchax aff. zebra, but most of the eggs have been infertile. I was only getting a few good ones each week. As the temperatures started to drop, I have been seeing a larger quantity of […]