Claire Corlett

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African Cichlid Fish Room Tour

African Cichlid Fish Room Tour

– Hey YouTube, this is
Cory from Aquarium Co-op. And today, I’m here with
Jay and Carol Guiller. We’re going to check out their fish room. They do lots of cichlids,
lots of livebearers, and we’re gonna get started. So this is the full room tour, it’s 350 square feet they say. This whole wall here is 40 breeders. It was kind of panned down here. Looks like one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Is that what it is? One, two, three, four, yeah, eight. – [Carol] Three rows of eight. – [Cory] Yeah, so 24,
40 breeders on one wall. And you got all the 10s in the back there. And then on the other
wall, you got all the 20s. And one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight again. So, you got 24 of those. Got a couple of fans up top there, couple of overhead lights. They did really cool tables through the center. They’ve got 55s down low. But then they’ve got the
platforms to work and do stuff up here, which
worked out awesome. They’ve got a heater, they’ve got more shelves for fish food. – This is the air exchange– – [Cory] Yeah, they have an
air exchanger they put in– – [Carol] Which holds the
humidity out and rewarms it, brings it back into the room, so it’s not bringing in cold air. – [Cory] They’re running
air through the top. Attached to the ceiling, PVC linear air piston
pump, for the all air. They got the DYI tops with kind of a greenhouse siding, if you will. And then they used the, as I call them, chicken brooder lights. And they’re just stuck up
above there, it shines down. That’s one of the things
most impressive is lighting their tanks really well. I like the way they mounted
it, and super cheap. This fish room was put
together well all together. – [Carol] Well, obviously, this
is Apistogramma cacatuoides. And this is one of our
breeder Orange Flash, and I’ve got several
females in there with him. One of the interesting
things about the cacatuoides is that they have to like each other. – [Cory] Sure. – [Carol] So we’ve got
several young girls in there. And I’ve got another young
male in there to kind of… You can see a small one in here. To try to keep him busy,
try to keep his interest up. But anyway, he’s one of our, what I consider one of
my select Orange Flash. – [Cory] And how do you tell
the males from the females? When they’re young like that? – [Carol] Well, you can kind of start to see the coloration on them here. And of course, your females
turn a nice, bright yellow. – [Cory] Okay. – [Carol] It can be tough because they all look the same when they’re younger, and I have a couple tanks of younger ones. – [Cory] Sure. – [Carol] So you can get some that you think are female but end up showing color. – [Cory] Okay, probably what
they call a sneaker male. – [Carol] Right, the sneaker male. But there’s a little guy back there that I probably thought was
a female at one point. And you can see the flames on him, he’s going to end up being
a double or triple red. He’s pretty small in there. – [Cory] If I’m right,
don’t those two lines come out of the same fish? – [Carol] That is correct. – [Cory] Okay, yeah. – [Carol] That is correct, yes, yes. And some breeders will work with lines for a period of time
where they can guarantee that you’re going to get an Orange Flash or whether you’re not,
you’re gonna get a red. I don’t have it that technical because people like all
different varieties. And when we get to the other tanks, you’ll see that we’ve
got a variety of both. – [Cory] So down here in a 10, looks like a good bunch of fry from– – [Carol] Those are unsexable
from June of this year. – [Cory] Okay, so from June. – [Carol] Yeah, they’re most slow growing. – [Cory] Then we got some
medium guys over here in a 20. – [Carol] Those are coming into their… They’re starting to color up. You can still have some sneaker males, but when you really look at them, you can see, for example, this guy here got some really
nice flames growing in on him. – [Cory] Yeah, and then up above. – [Carol] And then up here,
these are all sexable. And again, you can see there’s a variety between the Orange Flash, and the doubles and triples. They’re all different, you never
know what you’re gonna get. Here’s grandpa and grandma. He’s big, they don’t spawn anymore. They just kinda hang out together. – [Cory] They just live and look awesome. – [Carol] They’re in retirement, yep. They live in retirement. Those are the milinwe. These are pretty. – [Cory] And a pair? And these are the Lobis? – [Carol] And those are the Lobis. And I keep them next to
each other so that they can see each other to keep
their pair-bonding up. – [Cory] Okay, that makes sense. – [Carol] That way, he doesn’t turn his aggression onto the
female or vice versa. – [Cory] That’s kind of
a smart move, actually. – [Carol] More concerned with each other, and if I do have any problems, I can put a paper divider
in between the two, if they’re having too
many problems with that. – [Cory] And what do we have down here? – [Carol] And then those are the Checker, commonly called the Checkerboard Cichlids. We acquired those not too long ago, so we haven’t had any spawns on them yet. – [Cory] Yep, growing them out. – [Carol] Very cool. – [Cory] And then, what do we got here? – [Carol] Those are the
Brachyrhaphis roseni. We started with the reverse trio, and we’ve had a couple of spawns. They’re kind of up and in the plants. Really cool, a very active fish, but really neat, nice colors. I know people say you’re supposed to have lots of plants in there. They look great if you do that, but we’ve not had any problems
with them this way either. – [Cory] Yeah, they look great. – [Carol] That is the
Signatus, one of the Shelly. It’s just fry, we started off
with he adult pair in there, allowed them to spawn. Once these guys got big enough that they were on their own, we pulled the pair out and
then just left the fry. – [Cory] Yep, and these
guys are shell dweller. And you look like you’re
using the PVC to– – [Carol] Right, Jay likes
the PVC, it’s easier to clean. It’s also easier to get, if you’ve ever tried to get the fish out of the shell, it’s impossible. – [Cory] It’s my worst
nightmare, actually. – [Carol] It’s putting
them on top of a cup and waiting until they decide to come out. And this way, you can
just twist the PVC off. – [Cory] So, we’ve got
an adult right here. – [Carol] So that’s a female. The Signatus, and then
there’s a male back there. And they kind of pick their territories, we do the same thing
with the PVC in there. – [Cory] Yeah, and the females get that silver belly or patch going on. It’s almost like Kribensis in
the fact that they get that. Instead of purple, it’s
kind of that silver. – [Carol] And they get kind of a blue eye, which is kind of hard to see but… Well, both of them have a blue tint. And then of course, the males
have the dark on the fins. There’s a couple more pairs in there, but they’re kinda… There’s a pair in the middle. They like their spot there in
the plants, kind of hiding. – [Cory] So the rack of 10 gallon tanks, looks like we’ve got 18 of
them or so, is that right? Yeah, three, six, yep, 18. – [Carol] Down on the bottom’s Panglo, the dark blue Panna guppies. And Characodon lateralis, Rainbow goodeid, CARES species, quite a
few CARES species in here. – [Cory] They’re thriving. – [Carol] The next one to the left is Cryptoheros myrnae, fry. Those are just a couple of months old. And they’re in there with
some Longfinned Plecos. And then those are
African Cichlid, Victoria, Yellow Belly Albert’s
the common name on those. So it’s a fry there. Then those are the unsexable Apistos. And then the far left is
the Pelvicachromis moliwe fry from the adult pair that you caught up there in the 10 gallon. So you can see a lot of
those smaller species. We do have some spawning pairs in here. Those are the Gold Ocellatus. Lamprologus, the shellies. Those are a batch of fry. – [Cory] Then here. – [Carol] Those are just
the Lemon Yellow Guppies, along with the Characodon. Is it pronounced audax? – [Cory] Yeah, I think it’s audax. – [Carol] The Black Prince Goodeid. – [Cory] Yeah, Lynnwood guppies, that’s what blew my mind
when I walked in the room, is that I just thought they
would of eaten them up, but apparently not. – [Carol] We had a big patch
of the guppy grass in there, which will prevent that. We pulled it out because
as everyone knows… We got some Frogbit in there, so we decided to perch the Frogbit, and then we’ll put the
guppy grass back in there. – [Cory] Alright, so these are the breeder Gold Ocellatus in the 20 here. He’s displaying next. – [Carol] Very pretty, yeah. We can’t really tell male from females other than size and behavior. Other than that, they’re identical. – [Cory] And more of the PVC ends. Works awesome. – [Carol] Makes it, again,
easy for collecting the fry. And like all shellies,
they will attack you when you stick your hand in there. They’re very territorial for little ones. – [Cory] And then what do we got up here in this 20? – [Carol] These are, and I
use a lot of common names, but this is the Southern
Egyptian Mouthbrooder. This is the fry colony. As you can see we’ve got a couple different generations in there. And then the adult colonies,
we keep in a 40 gallon. – [Cory] We’ll be taking a look at those. – [Carol] Not a lot of color in those. – [Jay] Not in the fry. – [Carol] Not in the fry. – [Cory] And what do we got here? – [Carol] And then these
are the Sunspot, the Ikola. – [Cory] The Brevis, is that right? – [Carol] The Brevis Ikola Sunspot, right. We got those not too long ago, so they’ve just kind of
been in here growing. We haven’t really been concern
about any spawning yet. I think they’re getting close to it. We’ll probably have to, may have to upgrade them
to a slightly larger tank. That’s the one thing with the, with the shellies, you wanna not have too many, even though you think it’s a small fish because they have such a big attitude. And they are territorial, you want to be careful about how many you put in this space. – [Cory] You got a little
fry tank here it looks like. With some Ruby Green, Victorians. – [Carol] Right. – [Cory] Then down low here. – [Carol] That is the Jenynsia lineata, which is the Onesided Livebearer. This is the Pogostemon. – [Cory] In a pot there. – [Carol] Just to kind of keep… Because they’ll also eat their own fry. So we try to keep that up. But if we notice pregnant females, we’ll move them into
one of these fry savers, until she has her fry. And then we’ll put her
back with the colony. – [Cory] Alright, what
else do we got over here? What are these guys? – [Carol] These are Thorichthys, gold mix deco, firemouth. – [Cory] Thorichthys, gotta
be a firemouth species. – [Carol] Yep, they’re
the golds, they’re young, they’re only fry, we don’t have
the adults here in the room. So they’re just kind of growing out. They’re wanting to know where food is. Those are the Volcano Goodeid. And we have that full colony in there. – [Cory] They’re a curious fish. These are what, Z tequilas? – [Carol] Yes, Zoogoneticus tequila. If you want scientifc names, let me know. – [Cory] It’s nice just
trying to remember– – [Carol] This is a different
age bracket of Ruby Green. – [Cory] You guys got
some babies over here. – [Carol] These were 14 November, so these are just a
little over a month old. And then of course, this
is, gosh, what are these? Probably somewhere around the, three, four months mark. – [Cory] Just starting,
there’s a real nice male there. – [Carol] These are nice males,
but certainly not adults. – [Jay] Oh no, not at all. – [Carol] Also fry tank,
Pundamilia nyererei. – [Cory] These guys are
curious fish too yeah? – [Carol] Yes, and then
these are Ruby Island. – [Cory] What else we got? – [Carol] Another curious fish there, there’s a lot of small ones in
there, Four-Spot Livebearer. – [Jay] So, we got a
green shrimp in there. – [Carol] Yeah, just a wild type shrimp. Which is nice, because this
is like a nice nano set up, where you can see, we got the Plecos, the Val, the shrimps, the Four-Spots, and they all live really well together. – [Cory] These are some
of my favorite fish that I’ve yet to keep at home. – [Carol] They’re really
actually kinda neat. They are neat. You think, ah, but they
got a nice yellow color. – [Jay] They’re about four months old. – [Carol] They’re really engaging. – [Cory] They’re almost
school a little bit, they got the blue eye, and they’re livebearers
on top of all of this. – [Carol] And they’re too
young to spawn, but they didn’t really meet. And then like the rest of the fish, as soon as we turn off the filters, they come right up top, they eat really readily so it’s nice. – [Cory] And what do we got up here? – [Carol] These are Tiger Maneus. – [Cory] That’s not one
you see everyday either. As they get bigger, is it more
hunched of a back, is that? – [Carol] I don’t know, I’ve not really… – [Cory] Because I think I’ve seen some of these in Great Sages for sure. And when they get to be grandpa, there’s like a crescent moon shape. – [Carol] This one’s really pretty, I don’t know if you can see all the black on the top, the dorsal fin here. That one looks really nice. And then of course,
there’s fry up in there. Try to keep, because again,
like a lot of livebearers, they all eat their fry if we don’t… We started going through a lot of the red velvet sort and then we slowly worked to a point where we were trying to get them darker and darker. So this what– – [Jay] This is what we’re at now. – [Carol] This is where we’re at. – [Cory] They’re mighty dark red. Coming through on the camera, people should see that, for sure. – [Jay] We’re trying to get that little bit of white out of their eye, on the little half moon on the bottom, I’m trying to get that
all the way red too. – [Carol] So these are unsexable
right now, they’re young. But these are some of the darker ones that we’ve hung on to. And then these are the Alcolapia alcalicus,
they’re the Lake Natron. And if you’re familiar with that, that’s the really, really, super salty, high alkaline lake, and high heat, which is in Africa. The temperatures on it
get above 90 degrees. Is it highly alkaline or highly acidic? – [Jay] It’s very hardy. – [Carol] So anyway, really cool fish. They do need some extra heat and some extra buffering in order to thrive. – [Cory] And you guys are keeping what, like 90 or something like that almost? – [Carol] It was like 89
1/2, but we changed it– (indistinct chatter) You could keep them, but if you want to do
spawning and get their get your best out of them. – [Jay] Keep them hot. – [Cory] Do you have to feed them extra since they’re so hot or anything? – [Carol] When we first got them, we were feeding them twice a day. If you can do that, it’s better to feed them a little bit twice a day. But they seem to be doing okay. I call them the chipmunks of the fish world, too, because they will pack everything in their mouth if they can. And they all look like they’re holding. – [Jay] Fry. – [Carol] So they’ll
just pack it in there. So, if you do have other fish, they’re in the tank with it, you have to be really careful about that because they’ll stick six,
eight, 10 pellets in their mouth. And anything else in there
with them won’t have a chance, so that’s probably the other thing. A really cool fish. The adult colony of the
Pseudotropheus polit, there’s the big dominant
male back there in the back. We’ve got some real (mumbles) in there. These guys are super shy, super darty. Once we put the Otopas in there, they actually started
coming out and behaving more like normal fish. Working with dithers
is always a good thing if you find that you’re having issues with some fish being shy or darty, or having problems with them. This is the adult colony of the Lamprologus stappersi, or we just call them the Pearly Ocellatus. They’re so pretty. Again, same kind of thing; the females are the ones guarding in front of the PVC’s there. We’ve got female here, female in the
middle, female in the corner. And then the males run
around and do their thing. And then the females will guard the fry. Once we see them, then we’ll pull them out of those PVC’s and put them in one of our fry savers because they’ll get
picked off, unfortunately. And then this is the
Cyprichromis leptosoma, it’s the Kerenge Island. The yellow tail male has acquired his home here underneath the log. He’s kind of tough to see. There you go, you got him. And we also have a blue tail male in there. And then the only other thing we have– – [Jay] Because they come in
both the blue and the yellow. Some people like the blue,
some like the yellow. – [Carol] And some of those are younger, that’s why they’re smaller. We’ve been working on getting
the colony up to size. And then you’ll also notice there is a breeding pair in here of
the Xenotilapia kilesa which is another tank species, so they’re co-habitating, because they’re both tank species. There’s the male and
female there in the corner, you got them. And then we’ve got fry in the (mumbles). This is the adult colony
of the Pundamilia, the Ruti Island that we talked about. The adult male is off to your right. – [Cory] Oh yeah, yeah. – [Carol] He’s actually young, he’s only about a year old. His father, we had for numerous years, he has moved on to fishy heaven. But that is his son and
he’s now taking over. – [Cory] Yeah, we got him. He’s another CARES fish, I assume? – [Carol] Yes. And then of course, we
got younger ones in there because you want to try to
keep enough fish in there to keep your aggression down, and then an adult female back there. – [Cory] Alright, what do we got… – [Carol] This is the adult
colony of the Williamsi, the Pseudothropheus, the Blue Lip. The male is the big guy
back there in the corner. That’s the kind of the solid ochre color. And of course, the female’s there. You can see how they
get their Blue Lip name. – [Cory] Yeah, lipstick on them. – [Carol] Bigger fish, bigger Mbuna. Very pretty. – [Cory] Probably about
six inch of a tail or so? – [Carol] Not the biggest
we have,by no means, but one of the larger
ones that are out here. So you wouldn’t want too many, unless you got a bigger tank. – [Cory] What do we have down here? – [Carol] And then this is the Southern Egyptian Mouthbrooders, the females are in here. Unfortunately, we do not have
a dominant male at this time. We got a new one growing out. And then also, the Butterfly
Cichlids are in there. – [Cory] You don’t see people
work with those very often. – [Carol] They’re kind of
back there in the back. They seem to co-habitate pretty well. The Butterfly Cichlids are really not in the best parameters by
being with the Egyptians, so for spawning we would put them in their own tank and change
their parameters a little bit. But for cohabitation, they’re fine. Up top, the Julidochromis… – [Jay] T. – [Cory] Transcriptus? – [Carol] Gosh, I just totally blanked. – [Cory] Well, you only
rattled off about 180 so far. – [Carol] So, the Julis, I love these. These are really personable fish, they’re a lot like the Multis. They come up when the tanks
go off, and really cool. – [Cory] They breed them in a colony here? It’d be awesome if we have maybe more plants in there but… He tries not to do too many plants. It makes it easier to work in, keep the tanks clean if you don’t have too much in there. But anyway, super fun fish. And then this is a Brevis, this is the Ruziba. They probably look familar to you. And then again, the PVCs. These pair breed, as
opposed to colony breed, so they will actually mate up. And they won’t mix,
they’ll defend their spots. – [Cory] Alright, what do we got down low? – [Carol] This is grow out
for Cyprochromas and Kilesa. – [Cory] Oh, okay, yeah. There’s a lot of them in there. – [Carol] Got a lot of the Kilesa, and then different generations of course. We always have Plecos in every tanks. – [Cory] Nice. – [Carol] That pot of Val is going crazy, we need to pull a little
starch off of there. – [Jay] I’ll make another
pot out of those, yeah. – [Carol] That’s one thing that grows well in our low lighting conditions. – [Jay] It’s a mixed tank of… – [Carol] Victorians. Also, the darker ones here, they’re still not fully matured. They’re just coming into the color. This is another Pundamilia,
but it’s called a Black Widow. It’s also one that you
don’t see very often. There’s three males
starting to show in there, and then some females. We also have two females, our trio and a male of
the Yellow Belly Albert, which is the Astatotilapia,
another Victorian. Also an CARES fish. I don’t know if this Pundamilia is on the CARES list or not. Down on the bottom, we
have another CARES fish, we have the Pseudotropheus saulosi. This is a younger colony, so the males are starting to turn blue, the females are yellow. We’ve had numerous of those. We get adult colonies, then
we keep some of the fry, sell the adults, and then… Anyway, these are some
of the ones we’ve kept. They’re also in their
house with the Greenwoodi. No, it’s Neochromis, it’s a
Neochromis Greenwoodi, sorry. He’s a little pale right now, but when they do their thing, they’re black. Kind of a charcoal grey right now, but they become very black. – [Jay] Should be two and two in there. – [Cory] Looks like it, yeah. – [Jay] Yeah, Neochromis Greenwoodi. And they’re looking good. – [Carol] And this is our Multis, every, ever, every popular favorite, nice community fish, they can actually spawn in
a community environment. They don’t pair breed. The females will pick their shells, males will run around, do what they do. There’s so many different
varieties of generations in here. We leave them and let
them do what they do. Camera probably doesn’t pick it up, but they got yellow tinges on their fin, and their really pretty blue eyes. – [Cory] You got to see them in person to really fall in love with these. It’s the behavior that sells them and makes you want to keep them. – [Carol] Great behavior. You can have quite a few in a tank. Their colors pop better if
you have more plants in there, which again, we don’t do because it makes it easier to keep the tank clean and get fish in and out if we need to. But a super popular fish. One of my favorites, a lot of fun. – [Cory] What’s this guy down here? – [Jay] He is lividus. – [Carol] Haplochromis
lividus, Murchison bay, which is where they were collected from. This is another species that was thought to no longer be in existence. They were brought back and then finally identified not too long ago as actually being a lividus. There’s a lot of activity in there because there’s a lot of males. – [Jay] Those are three boys in there, and they got an only female in there. – [Carol] Got to kind of keep enough in the tank so that the males don’t beat up the girls either. – [Jay] You can see, none
of their fins are tattered. – [Carol] If you’re gonna do it, don’t just get one or two. You want to get six, eight, to 10, depending on the size of your tank, so that you can allow them to keep that high level activity focused
on a variety of fish, rather than one or two. – [Cory] What do we got up here? These guys have been
waiting to hear about them. Because they look awesome. – [Carol] Well, we’ll have to get you the really good adults when we go inside. This is a trio. The male is the big one there. They’re still young. These are of twos, they’re
Taeniolethrinops laticeps, which is an African type of
earth eater, beautiful fish. Haven’t completely colored. But we’ll see the bigger
ones when we go inside. Very cool fish, very peaceful. They will eat fish that
are smaller than they are, but they’re not like typical
cichlids in the sense that they’re just gonna beat up, attack, and kill all your other fish. We’ve had Swordtails in
there with them with dithers, we do need some Dithers in there. And they’re fine, as long as they’re not, they don’t look like
food, they’re good to go. So, very cool fish. – [Cory] What do we have up here? – [Carol] And then this is
the Haplochromis Ruby Green. And the dominant male is off on the left. Someone begged us, begged
us, begged us to sell our breeder and we did it, and it was the worst mistake of my life. But they really, really
wanted it, so we did it. He was absolutely stunning. So this is his son. Probably one of the most colorful, I think, that are out there. And he’s not even as dark as he should be because of the activity that’s going on. – [Jay] Nobody’s in here
during the day, it’s always me. – [Carol] Anyway, great fish. – [Jay] Good size for a 30 pound tank. – [Carol] They don’t get huge. And I don’t think they’re as aggressive as some of the others like, for example, the lividus, the Pundamilia. Are they aggressive? Sure, they’re (mumbles) cichlids, but they’re not as severe
as some of the others. So it’s a nice intermediate cichlid, as far as size and
aggression is concerned. And then we saw the Signatus in here. – [Cory] Yeah, Signatus. – [Carol] And we’ve been into that. – [Cory] What do we have down low? – [Carol] Down at the bottom is another one that was
thought to be extinct. If you kind of slowly
come to the left there, I don’t know if you have
enough light to even see. – [Jay] These are the really
shy fish we got in here. – [Carol] This is wild caught, brought back with its eggs. They were also finally identified in the last six months and known to be Astatotilapia brownae. Another one which was thought to no longer be in existence. – [Cory] Well, they’re in
existence here, you got fry. – [Carol] Yeah, we have fry of both the lividus and the brownae. – [Cory] And over here? – [Carol] And then here, we have another mixed tank. We’ve got the Leleupi, which are younger. They’re not of breeding age yet. They kind of come and go for the yellow and orange color varieties. Super pretty, color lemon cichlid. And also in there, we have the Harpagochromis species gold duck. – [Jay] Harpagochromis. – [Carol] Harpagochromis, sorry. Also fairly new to us. And there’s a male and some females. They’re a little shy yet, they’re still getting
used to their environment. The male tends to hide in
that left cichlid stone. Their face looks a little
bit like a duck’s bill, so that’s how they get their name. And the male is a nice dark
green, really pretty fish. We’ve got them in there
with the Leleupi to try to get them to be less shy. They’ve learned now that
when the air comes off, it’s time to come eat. They come right to the top and eat. – [Jay] Yeah, they are super shy, let’s see what we’ve got. – [Carol] But they’re shy as well. – [Jay] Let’s see if we can’t
get these little guys out. Because I’d never seen them in the Hobby. You won’t find them in your pet stores. – [Carol] Here he comes. He says, oh, power’s
off, where’s the food? – [Cory] Time to eat, yeah. – [Carol] And you can see how
nicely dark colored he is. It’s actually like a forest green, which your camera
probably isn’t picking up. – [Cory] What do we got above here? – [Carol] We don’t have too
many Swordtails in here, but this is one of my
favorites, super popular. It’s the Showas, some
people call them the Koi. Swordtails, where they got the white, the black, and the orange. So this is the adult breeding colony, lots of activity going in there. Some are smaller because we’ve thrown some in with white because we want to try to continue to perpetuate the white ones, not just the gold and the black. But some people like
the red and the black, but some people like just
the red and the black, so it’s really interesting. Everybody has their preference. We have a ton of fry, and those are growing up in
the house in the 29 gallon. But this is the adult colony. And then there are some Longfinned Green Dragon Plecos in there as well. – [Cory] Kind of on top there, yeah. – [Carol] And then this fry saver has got some of the little Black
Prince Goodeids in there. We like to keep the younger
fry in the fry savers. First of all, it keeps them safe. Second of all, it allows
for isolated feeding. Because if you have them in a tank that’s got guppies and adults, they’re never gonna get any food. They’re not going to have a chance. So by keeping them in
this isolated container, I can ensure that I grow them to the size and the strength that I want before we put them into a
colony-type environment. And that reduces our losses. – [Cory] Awesome, then
who do we got up top here? – [Carol] Probably not gonna get them without the air coming off also. They tend to hang out at the bottom. We had a guest speaker come to the club, he brought some (mumbles) fish. They’re super beautiful,
they’re still growing up. And these are the Salvinis. Which, these are the Riavo, which are the ones that get the red. – [Jay] Super bright red. – [Carol] They keep the red. We have two males that are emerging, coming out, starting to show their red. Don’t have a lot of light. – [Cory] You can just see
the red starting to come in. – [Carol] If we had better lighting, we’ve got the iridescent
blues on their sides. So anyway, they’re younger. These are F1’s. – [Jay] Stand by for fry. – [Carol] We’re just getting
them up to grown size. No doubt, we’ll probably
have to separate those. – [Cory] Yeah, they’re not
going to live in there forever. – [Carol] They’re not going
to stay in there forever. – [Jay] They’ll kill
everything around them. – [Carol] We did have
other fish in there and, they did okay, but– – [Jay] They were younger too. – [Carol] They were younger and they’re pretty quick
about getting the food. So if there’s anything
else in there with them… We were having a hard time feeding them because they’re so
aggressive with their eating. That’s another thing you need to look out when you companion your tanks is how well can you feed all of the species that are in the tank. And so we have them in there. There’s Plecos, of course, on the bottom. I don’t know if you want
to call it overflow, mishmosh tank, and then of course, it’s also our pet tank because I think that you guys
both got your puffers roughly at the same time, didn’t you? – [Cory] Yeah, I’m not sure
if I got Hank before or… – [Carol] You got him a
Conway also, I think, right? And you were there at the time. So this is Paco Nacho, I don’t know why we
came up with that name. But he’s a Baja Ca Puffer. Oh, he’s going to do a yawn for ya. And we’ve got him in there with a variety. There’s some Honduran Red Points in there. Sometimes if we have fish
that need to be separated, or we’re not sure… They pop out of a fry
saver into a 20 gallon, we go, gee, you don’t belong in there, but we don’t know what you are. Since we aren’t confident what it is, we’ll go ahead and put him in there. This is just a nice mishmosh tank. There’s a mated pair of
Honduran Red Points in there. They spawn in there, have their fry. – [Jay] And then they defend it forever. – [Carol] And they do,
they defend it forever, until we take them and
give them to the (mumbles). And then of course, Paco is, we’re really lucky, he’s pellet-trained. He does eat the Hikari Massivore Pellets. The Ramshorn Snail, which we do keep in a few very select tanks so
that we can give him those. – [Cory] And in the center column here, they’ve also got their 35 gallon trash can full of Daphnia,
which is just thriving. And this is indoors,
so I’m gonna have them teach me some things on this because their Daphnia looks amazing. – [Carol] And he just mounted
that can on casters on wheels, so it actually rolls. So it is movable, it’s not… – [Cory] They’ve got it figure out here. Mine crashed indoors, I think
it was temperature issue. But they’ve got some tricks. – [Jay] We’ve had them up to 87 degrees. – [Cory] I’ve taken them pretty warm, but I think mine shut down from being cold because right now it’s
probably 40 in the garage– – [Carol] Yeah, that’s too cold. – [Cory] Awesome fish
show, 350 square feet, how long is it, 30 by 10? You can fit 28, 40 breeders, or 24, 40 breeders, 24 20’s, some 10’s. You got a 125, you got some
stuff through the center. – [Jay] It’s still got room to work. – [Cory] Yeah, they’ve got plenty of room, and that’s key there. A lot of people, they try
and fit a 4th tank in or something like that and they
realize, their life is hell. – You got the short nets here,
so you can work, and then– – [Jay] Anything less would
be a pain in the butt, wouldn’t even enjoy it. – You can get your long handle nets. If we’re getting down to the 55s and so, that would make it a little bit tough, but if you’re using your shorter ones… – [Cory] Very well put together. – [Carol] A lot of
planning went into that, as I’m sure you all know
when you did your planning. Planning is really important. – [Cory] They didn’t miss anything here. They got stuff going over
cords, stuff like that. A lot of people, it’s a tripping hazard. There’s water on the
floor, stuff like that. – We didn’t want all
the power cords and air to be coming from above and over. – Easy working around all that. – Just dropped them down, behind and over. – Notice the racks on the
bottom are on pressure-treated– – [Cory] Yeah, I noticed that. – We have come out here a time or two and a tank has leaked. It’s gonna happen. The concrete allows everything
to basically evaporate, and then the pressure-treated wood, we were able to level on
top of the pressure treated. And then the gap that we have down there. You’ll notice, we’ve also
used for additional storage: air parts, Catappa leaves,
bagged foods, pipettes, air parts, all that
provides additional storage. – [Jay] No extra room required. – [Cory] And this is
just a little subdivision you’ve built in your garage. It’s a very air-tight room,
this thing is amazing. And I hope you guys can
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