Angelfish Fry at Feeding Time

Angelfish Fry at Feeding Time

This is a feeding of live artemia given to angelfish fry that are a few weeks old.   The lighter colored fish are the koi from a Koi/Wildcross mating. Our procedure for feeding artemia is to feed once, maybe twice per day for the first week after free-swimming.  Then, twice per day for the next few weeks, when we then transition them to dry foods.  To transition, we feed artemia in the morning, and then no artemia in the evening.  Instead, we put in a very small amount of fry-sized dry food – but not nearly enough to feed them all even a little bit.  After a 2-3 days of this, they are vigorously seeking the dry food and we then start adding a bit more each time.  Within a week, we can completely remove them from live feedings of brine shrimp if we choose to. As always, comments are encouraged....
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Creating Longfin Super Red Bristlenose

Creating Longfin Super Red Bristlenose

In 2009 we acquired an ornamental Ancistrus labeled as Super Red Bristlenose. Throughout 2009 and 2010 we raised many standard fin Super Reds in substantial numbers. We also continued to keep Brown, Albino, and Blue-Eye, in Longfin and Standard (wild-type). I remember having a few discussions with Steve concerning putting longfin into the Super Red but we knew we were at least two years behind the curve on creating them. We expected the longfins to show up any day from Germany or from one of the US breeders that were working with Reds. Some of the early stock we were working with: Early in 2011 we had plenty of standard Super Red in the hatcheries but for some reason we were still not seeing them being offered by anyone in Longfin. I had conversations with Steve about how to start the project. It was unclear which of the Bristlenose would make the best cross into the Reds. The wrong cross could mean many additional generations getting them to a good clean intense color. Calico Red would have probably been the best choice but we the ones we acquired two years earlier had died in quarantine so that wasn’t an option. Steve felt that Longfin Albino X Standard Red would work. I was leaning toward Longfin Blue-Eye X Standard Red. We setup both crosses and got spawns from the Albino X Red fairly quick, but not the Blue-Eye X Red. The Blue Eye seem to be quite a bit more difficult to get spawning, which proved to be true here, so these are lagging behind the Albino/Red cross. To complicate...
Swordtail Project Evolution

Swordtail Project Evolution

I’ve enjoyed working with more types of fish than just angelfish since I was a small child. I’ve always had fancy livebearers of some type, usually guppies, but often other ornamental types.  There was a period about 25 years ago that I had some amazing swordtails.  They were huge, vigorous and prolific fish.  I hadn’t seen anything like them in years.  I was keeping my eye open for something similar, but never ran across any.  Finally, I decided to try to create my own.  I usually go back to wild when I want fish that look and act like they’re supposed to. My search for good wild stock led me to Select Aquatics, where I purchased a couple strains from Greg Sage a couple years ago.  I picked up some Xiphophorus alvarezi in albino form and some X. nezahualcoyotl.  It was the “nezzies” that really caught my eye – very thick bodies,  deep caudal peduncles, wide dorsals and a bold attitude. No matter where I get my fish, they all go through an extremely intensive quarantine and treatment period.  In fact, the original stock never leaves quarantine.  All in all, it takes me about 6 months to a year just to get newborn fry that I can move into a breeding room.  The albino alvarezi didn’t do too well in quarantine.  I put the last male in with some red Hi-fins before I ended up losing all of the alvarezi. Fortunately, two generations later I did get a couple albino offspring, so I know those fry contained some of alvarezi genetics.   The nezzies did well and since my...