Flake Food Offering Upgrade

Flake Food Offering Upgrade

Fish food is one of those products that needs regular monitoring, research,careful thought and experimentation in regards to improving it.  We personally test new formulations on a continual basis. In fact, there is hardly a time when we aren’t evaluating at least one new formula. After accumulating the results of a lot of recent experimentation, we have decided now is a good time to upgrade our formulations and make changes to what we are now offering to our customers. In some cases, it’s a small improvement to an existing recipe. Others are completely revolutionary in their makeup.  And a couple are simply a name change to better represent what we are offering. It will probably take us a week or two to get the website fully changed over to the new selection, but some are already up. You will see more changes over the next couple weeks and we didn’t want you to be caught off guard when looking for one you may have ordered in the past, but is not there now.  Some flake types will be dropped completely because they offered little over what another in our line already has.  Where we drop a flake type, we will recommend the improved version that replaces it. Our main goal has been to develop flakes that fit into a “Wellness” program using holistic ingredients and supplements. For years, fish foods have been a combination of mostly proteins and fats with very little attention paid to the effects of various vitamins, minerals and hormone stimulating compounds.  Health is so much more than a few macronutrients and more research and attention...
Longfin Confusion

Longfin Confusion

For years I have watched people offer standard fin bristlenose for sale to people, stating that these fish carried a gene for longfin. I felt very bad for the people wasting their money and worse wasting the next year or two raising and breeding these standard bristlenose just to findout that all of the babies would look just like mom and dad. As recently as last week we received a call from a customer wanting to place an order for some standard fin, or “normal” super-red bristlenose that carry the longfin gene. It is an understandable mistake to think that the gene that is responsible for the longfin trait might be recessive, but this misunderstanding has been going on far too long now. We are primarily known for our work with angelfish since we have worked with the longfins or veiltails in angels since the 1970’s. It is well known, and has been for years, that the gene responsible for veiltail in angelfish is dominant. In other words, if the fish carries a gene for longfin, it will be a longfin.  An article written in 1982 for FAMA magazine by. Joanne Norton described the veiltail gene as follows: Veiltail in angelfish is due to an autosomal (not on a sex chromosome) dominant gene (Sterba). A double dose of the gene for veiltail results in a very long, droopy tail. The double-dose veiltail is smaller and less vigorous than the single-dose veiltail and is not a prolific breeder. A mating in which both parents are single-dose veiltail is unsatisfactory because this produces 25% normal, 50% single-dose veiltail, and 25% double-dose veiltail. You...
Our Platinum Blushing Pair

Our Platinum Blushing Pair

  This pair is the result of a 3-year project to create a wildcross Platinum Blushing pair.   They are F2 Peruvian wild-cross.  Our experience has been that the gene for Blue, when homozygous, causes some negative effects on angelfish.  The fry are weaker, slower growing and not quite as fertile in many cases when they mature.   We developed this project to see if we could combat these problems.  This female always puts down spawns in the 1500 to 2000 range.   We couldn’t ask for much more at this point.  The fry have been vigorous and are growing well, though still not as fast growing as most other strong strains.  On the plus side, fertility was fantastic and hatch-rate was as good as it gets.  Body shape and fins are tremendous, so overall, we are very happy with the results.  Their offspring will likely be for sale sometime before Feb/2015. Comments are welcome....
Angelfish That Are Group Spawning

Angelfish That Are Group Spawning

It is not uncommon for angelfish to spawn in a group. It usually happens when there isn’t enough space in the tank for the number of fish it holds, so that a pair can successfully defend a territory.   The problem is that literally every time they spawn in a group, they also eat the eggs almost as fast as they lay them.  So, what seems like it might have been a good thing, is actually a sign that the pairs need to be separated and given their own tank. In this video,  there are 6 fish participating in the spawning, and a few fish that are not allowed to. (sorry for the video quality, but it was a very dark tank, with mostly darker colored Orange Marbles in it).  I don’t often have a camera on me when this happens, so I grabbed this short video even though conditons weren’t ideal for viewing. Hopefully you can see it well enough to make out what was happening.   As usual, the eggs were eaten as fast as they  laid them. Here’s another video I took awhile back:   Once we move a couple pairs out of this tank, the remaining fish are not likely to group spawn again.  As always, comments are welcome....