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Old 04-22-2011, 06:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This vacation of your looks splendid, I didn’t realize these fish, plant, and snail varities were in such abundance that you could just pick them right up without any hassle. Reminds me of an old TV show I used to watch, “Super Market Sweep.” Obviously, this is more like “LFS Sweep.” If you can find it in your heart to send everyone in the club a package we'll be ever so grateful.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There are a lot of cool fish native to the U.S. that people don't know about. Also, in parts of FL and TX, escapees from ornamental fish farms have established feral populations... among the officially listed gamefish in Florida are Oscars and Mayan cichlids. Sport anglers actually set out to catch (and sometimes eat) them o_O'

But anyway, I'm not sending individual packages to everybody (the shipping fees to send priority boxes to each person would be horrendous). I'm just mailing everything in a few big boxes to Kristina, who's in charge of a few holding tanks. She's keeping them happy 'til I get home. I'll bring a few of my scaly souvenirs to the next club meeting I attend, though, to swap with anyone who wants some
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Oops...I guess my attempt at online sarcasm failed. Yes, I’m aware that the shipping costs would be ridiculous. Now, when you mention ‘swap’, I take that to mean—nothing for nothing, right?
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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When I say "swap" I mean that it costs me a good chuck of money to ship all these priority boxes back home and, much as I would like to give out free goodies with no strings attached, I'm not independently wealthy. Ergo, I will either exchange my finds for something else of interest to me or ask that anyone who wants some chuck a couple bucks my way to help recoup the shipping cost. Case in point, the box I sent out this morning cost nearly $40 to send out priority... a lot of fish/plants means a lot of shipping. And they don't fit in a flat-rate either. -.-'

But anyway, I'm not sure how much of what I'm bringing back is suitable for your tank, Bruno. The mollies grow to 4-5" and need very warm water (i.e. 80 degrees), the Erios, Lilaeopsis, and Hydrocotyle are all very light-needy plants. The vals would be okay, excepting that the "smaller" specimen I sent back is about 3 feet tall.

I suppose the mosquitofish would be okay, they're just... kinda grey and boring. I can give you some fry when they breed (and they will breed), but their only useful function is to eat mosquitos in stagnant puddles - the ones that I sent back are going to be on skeeter control duty in my outdoor plant tubs.

Anyway, if I see anything that might be suitable, I'll snag it for you. Just don't expect a smorgasbord of suitable plant species.

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On a more general note, we drove to New Orleans today (ergo I was in the car and not ditch diving). I shipped my mollies home in the morning, too... (along with erios, unidentifiable fish, a val, and some t-shirts as padding)

This city is covered with drunk people, btw. They walk around the streets with cups of beer at 11am in broad daylight... o_O'

Tomorrow we're going to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Seems like a fun place to be.
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Another specimen ID for y'all - the "unknown fish" I sent back home with my mollies are Sheepshead minnows (Cyprinodon variegatus). Got 2 of them. Cute little buggers - pudgy and stripy and a little confused-looking.

I wish I'd've been able to find some of the fundulidae killifish - Lucania spp. or Leptolucania ommata would have made my day... oh well, something for another trip.
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But anyway, I'm not sure how much of what I'm bringing back is suitable for your tank, Bruno. The mollies grow to 4-5" and need very warm water (i.e. 80 degrees), the Erios, Lilaeopsis, and Hydrocotyle are all very light-needy plants. The vals would be okay, excepting that the "smaller" specimen I sent back is about 3 feet tall.

I suppose the mosquitofish would be okay, they're just... kinda grey and boring. I can give you some fry when they breed (and they will breed), but their only useful function is to eat mosquitos in stagnant puddles - the ones that I sent back are going to be on skeeter control duty in my outdoor plant tubs.

Anyway, if I see anything that might be suitable, I'll snag it for you. Just don't expect a smorgasbord of suitable plant species.
Thanks for the consideration, but I was being purely facetious. I'm actually well-stocked at the moment and I want to hold off on any additional plants until summer.
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Well, good to hear your tank is doing well at least.

In other news, New Orleans appears to be more or less devoid of aquatic plants. The Mississippi River is a giant pile of silt and mud that has nothing but rocks along its banks, and the city is (still) filled to the brim with drunk people, especially in the evening. I wish I could've spent the last day and a half in Florida, where there was mre variety.

Anyway, we're flying home this afternoon and should be in by the evening. With luck, my mollies will arrive today and be waiting for me when I get home.

Kristina says the killies are doing fine and the nerites haven't really moved. Of course, they are snails, so I'm not sure if that's a good sign. They weren't moving much when I collected them, either. o_O'

We spent yesterday at the Audubon Aqarium of the Americas, which was pretty darn neat. The amazon river exhibits needed a bit more thought put into the comfort of the fish - a few vals or something would have given the discus in one tank a lot more security, and for the life of me I can't figure out why the main plant featured in the Amazon tanks was an Aponogeton ulvaceus (an African plant), but at least it was a nice looking Aponogeton.

Also, I tried to pet a stingray, and it decided to splash water all over the front of me. It's lucky I like fish...

On the other hand, the tank of ginormous Redtail catfish were awesome.

And I loved the big gulf pier tank.

Photos later, when I decide to not be lazy.
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