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matthewchambers11
Oct 02, 2023
In In The Tank
Now that there are fewer fish in this tank (thanks to PVAS for the auction), my A. thomasi are spawning again.
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matthewchambers11
Sep 18, 2023
In News & Events
Good story from the National Aquarium about how the staff there dealt with Hurricane Isabel 20 years ago: https://aqua.org/stories/2023-08-18-the-20th-anniversary-of-hurricane-isabel(https://aqua.org/stories/2023-08-18-the-20th-anniversary-of-hurricane-isabel)
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matthewchambers11
Jun 27, 2023
In News & Events
Big Washington Post story about a project to use duckweed as a main protein source for humans: "Rubisco doesn’t just provide the protein we crave. It’s one of the world’s most versatile proteins, shape-shifting into forms resembling egg whites, meat, milk, gluten or even steak — all extracted from leaves. If we can harvest enough, it may elevate plants from a side dish to the main course — and as I found, it tasted delicious." I knew that all that duckweed in my tanks would be valuable someday!
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matthewchambers11
Nov 13, 2022
In News & Events
Cool new book available for free download in PDF format: Fishes of the Pantanal. https://www.imasul.ms.gov.br/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Montagem-livro-Peixes-VERSAO-FINAL-MARCO-2022-ISBN97865-81066-05-5-ONLINE_FINAL-1.pdf Only catch is that the text is in Portugese. Pictures are pretty cool, though.
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matthewchambers11
May 08, 2021
In Fish Mongers
I'm looking for a 30 gallon tank or another tank with the same footprint (basically, 36.5 inches long by 12.5 or 13 inches wide). According to www.aquariumdimensions.com, there are several tank sizes that have these dimensions: 30 gallons, 38 gallons, 40 gallons high, and 45 gallons. If you've got one of these tanks sitting around and want to make space in your fishroom, please let me know and perhaps we can make a deal. Matt
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matthewchambers11
Apr 27, 2021
In News & Events
More than 100 goldfish rescued from abandoned pond in NW DC, by the Humane Rescue Alliance: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/takoma-goldfish/2021/04/26/dc899eb6-a6a6-11eb-8c1a-56f0cb4ff3b5_story.html
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matthewchambers11
Apr 12, 2021
In Fish Mongers
I've got a lot of Anomalochromis thomasi, the African butterfly cichlid, that I can bring to the Great Fish Tailgate. $1 each. I will only be at the Tailgate from 1-2 p.m. Please order in advance, because I will not bring any extra fish. Anomalochromis thomasi is a peaceful West African riverine cichlid that gets about 3 inches long. It is adaptable to a wide variety of water conditions. It loves outdoor tubs and ponds, but can be kept in relatively small aquariums, say 20 gallons and bigger. As Seriously Fish says, "actually one of the best choices for the newcomer to dwarf cichlids. It is relatively undemanding, peaceful, easily bred and quite beautiful once settled into the aquarium." More information here: https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/anomalochromis-thomasi/ EDIT: I emptied a tank this morning and realized that I've got a few more fish to sell. I've got a group of six Badis ruber, the Burmese badis, to sell, for $30. I'll try to include at least one female. B. ruber is a very pretty fish, and not that easy to find locally. Can fit in a 10 gallon aquarium, although you'd want more space if they are breeding. More information here: https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/badis-ruber I've also got a group of six Glowlight danios, Celestichthys choprae, for sale for $30. This is a pretty danio, on the smaller side, but fairly active, so you'd want at least a 20 gallon long aquarium for them. More info here: https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/celestichthys-choprae/ SECOND EDIT: I had a tank start leaking today, so I had to move some fish and discovered that I have more Corydoras teniente (the Lieutenant cory) than I thought. Accordingly, I can bring a group of six young adults (about a year old). $40 for the group. Matt
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matthewchambers11
Jan 26, 2021
In News & Events
Interesting study here: https://phys.org/news/2021-01-litter-habitat-diverse-animal-rivers.html "The scientists found that the surfaces of the litter were inhabited by different and more diverse communities of invertebrates than those on rocks. Plastic, metal, fabric, and masonry samples consistently had the highest diversity, meanwhile, glass and rock samples were considerably less diverse than other material samples. They observed that flexible pieces of plastic, like plastic bags, were inhabited by the most diverse communities and speculated that the types of invertebrates they found on flexible plastic suggests it might mimic the structure of water plants." Guess we are going to have start adding trash to our tanks!
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matthewchambers11
Oct 10, 2020
In In The Tank
One of my bucephalandras is flowering. This is a new experience for me, so I'm excited.
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matthewchambers11
Sep 17, 2020
In Fish Mongers
I've got lots of fish and plants to bring to the Great Fish Tailgate on October 4! I'll be at the Tailgate only from 1-2 p.m. Here's a list of the fish, with the preorder prices. The prices are quite low, because I have so many fish after six months of no PVAS meetings! I may bring additional fish (same species) to the Tailgate, but the prices will be higher for the ones that are not sold beforehand. I'll happily take payments through the Venmo app or the Cash app or cash at the Tailgate. If you're not coming to the Great Fish Tailgate but would like to get some of the fish, you would be welcome to pick them up at my house. I'm in DC at ZIP Code 20012, just over the border from Silver Spring, Maryland. If you'd like to order something, please either reply in this thread or send me a message using the Chat function in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Matt Fish Corydoras CW014, the orange stripe Corydoras. 6 for $20. Different species than the gold laser Corydoras, with a slightly more orange stripe that does not extend quite as far as the stripe in the gold laser. Corydoras CW097. 6 for $20. These are F2, Don Kinyon having collected the grandparents in Peru. This is a rarely seen species. In my experience, adults will spawn as soon you turn on the powerhead in their tank. Corydoras species unknown, possibly schultzei. $2 each, for a mix of adults and juveniles. Very prolific breeding Corydoras. Anomalochromis thomasi, the African butterfly cichlid. $2 each for juveniles; $3 for adults. Relatively peaceful dwarf cichlid from the rivers of West Africa. Very easy to keep. They are difficult to sex, however, so I can't promise you that you will get a pair if you order two. Glowlight Danios, Danio choprae. $4 each. Small egg scatterer. Stock photo, because these fish are constantly in motion. SOLD OUT Dwarf Ancistrus, species unknown. $2 each for juveniles. Grow to about four or five inches. Relatively easy to breed. Plants Pickerel weed, in a pot. $10. Native pond plant that will overwinter in our area. Easy to grow in ponds and will attract pollinators when it flowers. Will also grow in wet areas of the yard. Arrowhead, Sagittaria latifolia, in a pot. Also a native native pond plant that will overwinter in our area. $10. Miniature cattails, potted. $15. Rarely seen plant. Great for a pond or boggy area. Grows to about 4 feet tall. I have not had any catkins on these yet, but it may require time and a sunnier location. Light. I've got a 48" Fluval Planted Tank LED light for sale for $25. It's the first generation of the Fluval Planted Tank LEDs. It works fine, especially for low and medium light plants. I'm selling it because I upgraded to another model.
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matthewchambers11
Sep 06, 2020
In News & Events
I recently read this book, Why Fish Don't Exist, by Lulu Miller and thought a few of you here might enjoy reading it. It is only partly about fish. It spends a lot of time discussing the life and career of David Starr Jordan, who was responsible for identifying hundreds or thousands of species of fish. He was also the first president of Stanford University. Beyond that, the book is also part memoir, part science, and lots of other things. It's a strange combination of topics for one single book, but it works pretty well, and, since it is partly about fish, I thought some people here might want to look at it. The author is also one of the people behind the quirky NPR radio show Invisibilia. The title of the book refers to a scientific concept that fish, believe it or not, are not a valid scientific category. That is, different species of fish are less related to other fish than they are to other animals. Here's an interview with the author:
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matthewchambers11
Jul 02, 2020
In News & Events
Louisiana man arrested for swimming in fish tank at Bass Pro Shops. https://www.fox26houston.com/news/man-arrested-for-swimming-in-bass-pro-shops-fish-tank-says-he-was-seeking-tiktok-fame
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matthewchambers11
Jun 01, 2020
In News & Events
Here's a cool article on photographing Microgeophagus ramirezi (German blue rams) in the wild, in Venezuela. https://www.mikolji.com/articles/ram-cichlids-mikrogeophagus-ramirezi-in-the-wild/
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matthewchambers11
Apr 13, 2020
In In The Tank
A pair is guarding eggs, in a very crowded tank.
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matthewchambers11
Apr 08, 2020
In In The Tank
I bought a couple of packets of water lotus seeds, which arrived in the mail this week. If anyone has particular tips for growing water lotus from seed or can point me to a particular website with good advice, please let me know! Matt
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matthewchambers11
Apr 05, 2020
In Breeder's Award Program
Corydoras similis spawned on April 4, 2020. New species for me! About 75 eggs on the glass in various corners of the tank. Fish apparently did not read the social distancing memo I taped to the side of their tank. Temperature 73°F; TDS 067. Four females and three males. Need to recalibrate my pH tester, so no pH reading. The fish spawned a week after being moved out of a large community tank into a 15 gallon tank by themselves.
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matthewchambers11
Mar 21, 2020
In Fish Mongers
A restaurant in DC needs to rehome some Koi. https://www.popville.com/2020/03/save-teaisms-koi/
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matthewchambers11
Mar 19, 2020
In In The Tank
I really wasn't expecting this, since I've got way too many thomasi in one tank, but a pair has formed and is guarding eggs.
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matthewchambers11
Mar 17, 2020
In News & Events
Thought everyone probably needs a laugh, so here's a fishy laugh.
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matthewchambers11
Mar 13, 2020
In In The Tank
Amazingly, our pond temperature is already up to 54°F! Looks like the weather is going to cool down a bit over the next three days, but I'm pretty comfortable the water temperature in the pond will stay above 50°F and then start warming up pretty dramatically. I have two groups of black banded sunfish I got from Frank last fall. One group is in the pond and spent all winter in there, but the other group has been in an aquarium in my fishroom. It may be time to add the second group to the pond, or perhaps hold back a pair in the aquarium to see if I can get them to spawn. Also, some Asian fish, like Badis ruber, are pretty comfortable with temperatures down to 60°F, so I need to start thinking about which non-native fish to move in the pond.
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