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Shrimpy’s shed his skin again!

Our  Cameroon Armoured (African Filter) Shrimp  has shed his skin again.

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Here’s som film of the other wigglers that he lives with: Our Fish Tank

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Our little wigglers (fish)

A quick flick of our wigglers;

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‘Dyson’ passed on… Was quite a creature…

We’ll after 8 years our Bristle Nose Ancistrus ‘Dyson’ has thrown in the towel.
We got him as a fry about an inch long and over 2 years he grew to about 5inch long.
After 8 years, and seeing other more fragile fish come and go, he has given up the fight.
An amazing colour, amazing creature and an amazing character.
He played tailball with the apple snails, tolerated the fire eel, but other than entertaining us with his festy antics generally kept himself to himself.
He struggled over the last 2 days and then flaked out…
Goodbye Dyson.

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Post-leak, wet friends…

Those following the tweets, will have seen that our 125l tank started dripping. Argh! a leak, half way up back corner.
So we carefully emptied the tank, and fish one by one, into plastic toy box, and sealed the [supposed] culprit. We refilled the tank after 24 hrs and guess what, still leaking. *#Plec**!
So we emptied the tank again and sealed a bigger area [the full corner section]… we left it 48 hours and carefully put the wigglers back…

No leaks.

So here’s a stock check for the record:

We lost 2 Guppies and alas we lost the Peacock Goby (Gudgeon) which is a shame as it was quite unique.
We do still have:
6 Leopard Danios
1 Blue Dace
1 Red Tailed Black Shark
2 Long Finned Congo Tetra
1 Head Tail Light Tetra
1 USO Tetra (unidentified swimming object)
1 Schultz’s Cory Doras
1 Bristlenose Pleco Ancistrus
1 Fire Eel
1 Cameroon Armoured (African Filter) Shrimp
2 Apple Snails  [Pre-leak video]

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Fish Tank Stock Check March 2012

Well ‘Shrimpy’ our Armoured Shrimp shed his skin again today, that’s about 4 times in the last 2 years. See it here: Armoured Shrimp Skin
We have an increasing selection of pretty Guppies if anyone wants some just shout! ‘Eli’ our Fire Eel eats his fair share of newborns but can’t eat um all and the population is blooming!
Here’s a rare photo of ‘Dyson’, our Bristlenose Pleco Ancistrus. He’s usually hiding in his cave until the light goes out:

And here’s a stock check for the record: click name for details

An increasing selection of Guppies
1 Peacock Goby (Gudgeon)
6 Leopard Danios
1 Blue Dace
1 Red Tailed Black Shark
2 Long Finned Congo Tetra
1 Head Tail Light Tetra
1 USO Tetra (unidentified swimming object)
1 Schultz’s Cory Doras
1 Bristlenose Pleco Ancistrus
1 Fire Eel
1 Cameroon Armoured (African Filter) Shrimp

If anyone wants some guppies just shout!

Feeding Eli…

You may be aware that we have a menagerie in the household with the beloved Cheese, Pickles and Bryher, (as well as umpteen inanimate bears and things) but our wet friends always give us cause to chill and wonder.
Over the years we’ve had a healthy tank and been lucky to only seen a handful of residents depart for the tank in the sky (bin). One of the oldest present residents is Dyson the 4″ Bristlenosed Pleco Ancistrus, alas not seen in the above vid as he hides under a log now and lets the younger fish strut. We have a Cameroon Armoured Shrimp who again resides mainly in his hole, but does venture forth to shed his skin occasionally. Another oldie is Cory the Corydoras who we’ve had from early days, about 4 years. The others are an assortment, with this spring’s addition of a few Guppies now continually populating (and feeding the big boys) with live young! Talking of big boys, of course there’s the prowling Sharky the Red Tailed Shark, who the little-ones let believe ‘is in charge’.
The video above shows the bidiem ritual of feeding Eli the Fire Eel. We got Eli while almost an elver about 2 years ago, then ~ 3″, now you see he’s about 6″ but he could grow to 20″…  w-e’ll see.