|Baby ghost shrimp on magnolia leaf.|
Hi! My name is Daniell and I've been invited to contribute to this space. I have been keeping fish since I got a betta fish from a residence hall event in college around 2002/2003. Right now I have two tanks in operation; one 40 gallon fancy goldie tank and one 29 gallon tropical tank with an angelfish, a quartet of Congo tetras, about a dozen ghost shrimp, and innumerable MTS and ramshorn snails. A couple of 10 gallon tanks are getting set up tonight for two new bettas to join the "school," but ultimately they will be living in the same 10 gallon tank with a DIY planted divider between the two spaces and each having its own sponge filter and its own drastically different decor theme.
While I do not have any cool betta things to share right now, I do want to take a moment to recommend looking into aquarium clubs in your area. Most aquarium clubs will have monthly or bi-monthly meetings which are free and open to the public to attend. There will generally be some group housekeeping matters discussed followed by a speaker or other presentation concerning the hobby. These presentations are usually very informative and also sometimes very entertaining. The information alone is worth attending meetings, in my opinion, but getting to know the fish folks in your area can be an invaluable asset. Getting to know these folks and/or joining the club can get you amazing deals on equipment and live foods, superb quality stock for your tank (sometimes things that are not readily available on the commercial market depending on where you live), and an incredible wealth of experience to query if/when something goes awry with your own tanks or stock.
Another really great aspect of aquarium clubs is that many will host seasonal auctions where members (and non-members) can sell fish, tanks, food, and other aquarium-related goods. If you know what you're looking for and have an idea what prices usually run, you can sometimes get really great deals. Or maybe you don't mind paying around retail price for some things if, like me, you're normally very busy, let's say you take care of a toddler all day, and it's worth it to you to pick up something you need without having to make a special trip. Joining my local club has been one of the best fish-keeping decisions I have made and I feel I cannot state enough how much I recommend at least checking out what's in your area. Tomorrow is the monthly Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. meeting where I will be picking up two young male bettas and selling my tetras to a fellow member. I'm also really looking forward to learning about cory cats from speaker corydoras breeder and expert Eric Bodrock.
Cheers for now!
|40 gallon fancy goldie tank with newly anchored anubias and java fern wood pieces.|