Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby hx » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:17 pm

Sooooo, back from a six week work assignment in Normandie to find out the observational qualities of the live-in animalsitter have consentrated on something else than the mudskipperarium.
Both pumps of the tank were pretty much clogged. The filter was circulating very little, the pump taking water up to the pools was stuck.

The result:
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All emersed Crypts gone, a lot of the mosses history.

One casualty fish, the male Anableps. Not dead for long, since I found the remains...
Bummer. I blame myself for this, naturally. Next time there will be more training.

On the brighter side, the Samolus did not mind the drought:
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Vals and Lotus are showing very promising growth, still minding the water is 1.003:
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The MTS population is exploding.


I dropped by at a summer cottage on the Baltic shore and collected a couple of plants:
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Any idea of what they are...?

Despite the cons, there is still hope for this setup, maybe:
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All skippers are doing great. Bumblebees are doing great. The two remaining Anableps were a bit shabby, but seem to recover well.
Thanks for looking.
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby cider » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:55 am

Hi ,
I was on vacation as well and just returned to work.

the plants (and snails are doing great ) and so glad your mudders made it but I do agree , you will need to better train the next skipper sitter better ,,, good you came back in time !

can we see more pics of the mudskippers ? please? :mrgreen:

many thanks
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby hx » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:03 pm

Hi, there.

I know, I'm still blaming myself for not showing the sitter the proper maintenance of the tank.
I must say that she did excellent job with all the other tanks and the rest of the zoo.

I don't have much new presentable shots for now. I'll get back in line a bit later.
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby cider » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:26 am

awwww, so cute ! thanks for the mudskippers pic! still love um, trying to talk hubby into a tank for these guys , but he has no interest, and for this I would need some help...I currently have 2 other tanks , and seems just able to take care of them myself..but I am still working on him --he has seen them in the aquatics store , not sure he was as excited as me :wink:

thanks agian, G
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby cider » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:26 am

awwww, so cute ! thanks for the mudskippers pic! still love um, trying to talk hubby into a tank for these guys , but he has no interest, and for this I would need some help...I currently have 2 other tanks , and seems just able to take care of them myself..but I am still working on him --he has seen them in the aquatics store , not sure he was as excited as me :wink:

thanks agian, G
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby hx » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:20 pm

My pleasure.

A couple of quick shots of the fish.

Anableps
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An especially nice reflection from the macro...


Skippies
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All and all, not too badly discolored from the new Valoya led fixture.
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby hx » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:28 am

A short story of how sometimes you don't want to trash plants that look bad.

Here are my Samolus valeradis when I bought them:
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Here's what they looked like a few weeks after planting:
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Initially, they went worse and lost all leafs. At that time I buried the roots onto a pool.

In a month, this happened:
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Kept going:
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...and going
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Made a gazillion pups from seeds:
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And now we're here:
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I think I might need to harvest some of that...
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby palaeodave » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:04 pm

That's incredible!
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby cider » Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:15 am

:D :D :D oh,they are terribly cute, love your pics of them and the tank...nice job , and thanks for the mudders fix !!!! :mrgreen:

keep posting them when ya can . thanks G
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby ClownLoachSharky » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:37 am

Very cool background :)
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You wouldnt have that problem with a V8
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby hx » Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:42 pm

Thx, everyone.

A little update:

The lazy pruner I am, samolus took over a bit
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Still blooming nicely
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Magnificent plant! But I rolled up my sleeves and took some of it out
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Ended up with an airier skipperscape
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Thanks for looking.
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby glenna » Sun Dec 25, 2011 10:46 pm

this is one of my favorite threads. I show it to people all the time when I want to show them something really cool, and about what I might try someday.
The combination of above water life and underwater life in the same set up is really, really beautiful.
Those plants are BEAUTIFUl, but I like the thinned out version the best. Give those skippies some room to roam..

Please keep posting updates!!
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby hx » Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:29 am

Thank you so much for your words, glenna.
I love finding inspiration from other hobbyists' projects. Nothing makes me happier than to hear someone is inspired by mine.
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby wasserscheu » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:15 pm

have always found those skippers as one of the most interesting and fascinating fish, seeing them kept in a breathtaking setup like yours - just perfect. Thanks for this top-thread.
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Re: Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

Postby starsplitter7 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:47 am

Absolutely fantastic. Please keep posting pictures. I love these critters, but can't keep them in the proper setup I like to look at yours. Thank you. :)
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