Getting Ready for the Show (Mine is second from the left)
My tank is on the right. Next to Hank's tank on the left. His tanks are amazing, beautiful, well planted and he has a horde of happy, healthy fish that breed like crazy for him. Why am I next next to him? I shove the plants in the ground and wait for the catfish to pull them up. Note all the river rock which is intended to be plant anchors. More than half of the picture got cut off when I uploaded it?
My Tank -- Cool Cats! How many catfish and snails do you see? I see 3 of each in the picture. I hope people understand the purpose of the tank. The red lizards are really cool.
Here's what's in the tank.
5 C. sterbai (Sterbai Cory)
3 C. pygmaeus (Pygmy Cory)
1 A. adonis (3" Adonis Catfish)
2 Ancistrus (Bristlenose 3" female and 4" male mated pair)
1 Hoplo Cat (1.5" -- no idea the species)
2 Glass Cats (2.5")
5 Rineloricaria sp. (Red Lizard Catfish 2.5")
1 Peckoltia sp. (2.5")
My old club used to do something similar at a local agricultural show and the local library, these events were usually a month or so before our open show which gave us quite a bit of publicity and brought a few new people to the hobby.
Pardon my honesty - I am a Northerner
14 loach species bred, which will be next?
I hope a few new members are a result of the show committee's work
I really like your Red Lizard Catfish. I had some in the past, but I could not get them to spawn.
I have not seen them at auctions since that time.
What are the dates of the show ?
Thank you. I am very fond of my Red lIzards too. When they are adults I will attempt to breed them. Hope I have males and females. I really love these fish. Peaceful, pretty, interesting. A friend took pictures tonight, so I'll post them when she gets them my way.
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Check out the sea horses in picture 18. They have laid eggs since the picture was taken.
The Australian Biotope River tank in 19 and 20 is amazing.
I have never seen Axolotl in person before. I definitely want a tank for these now. How can someone call them grotesque? I watched them for 20 minutes mesmorized, watched their gills. Amazing and beautiful and the legs looks like double legs.
They are in the first couple pages.
Tanks were judged today, so I will take a look and see who placed.
BAck when I lived in Louisville, KY, there was always a HUGE aquarium display at the state fair. It has been years since I have been back at the right time to make it to the KY state fair, but if anyone is around at that time ( i think early to mid Aug), it was always a real treat to see that many different tanks (both salt and fresh) in the same place.
I am looking forward to seeing some more photos.
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As they do interfere with the fishes lives very much.
Moving them here and there, having lots an lots of flash photography taken.
Not having the well established tank they would like.
However your tanks do look great for the inhabitants.
They can hide from any nosy audiance and flashes.
I am afraid that your tank will not get as much atention as these natural and fish-friendly tanks deserve.
Not seeing the fish just doesn't interest people as much, but who cares if the fish are happy
The value in a show like this is education. Members of the club attend the tanks and answer questions, correct myths that people have, explain how to set up planted tanks and provide correct housing for the fish, . . . Education in the US for the fish hobby is very important, because for the most part our LFS can provide no information. New people to the hobby struggle trying to cycle their tank, struggle picking the right fish for the right environment, . . . the job of the LFS is to sell fish, so they sell fish that incompatible and they sell fish to people with new tanks. The fish die, they buy more fish and the LFS is happy. Unfortunately, the fish hobby is failing in the US, as more and more people get frustrated and drop out. Our club hopes to encourage people to enjoy the hobby through education and by seeing what beautiful tanks can look like.
At this show there are seahorses, angel fish and cichlids breeding at the show, so their stress levels can't be too high. I take pictures of my fish all the time, so they are used to flash. I had a cichlid once who would pose for the camera. You pulled out a camera, he swam to the front of the tank. He faced front, faced to the side, faced to the other side, pushed the other fish out of the way, so he could hog the camera. He was a character.
When I attend the fair, I draw people's attention to my tank and show them the catfish. There are mostly planted tanks at this show. The tank next to mine has 3 goldfish and is a child's tank, and people are drawn to the goldfish. Next year I will make sure I don't set up next to goldfish.
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