It’s done (enough). I have to get the plants planted properly and aquascaped, maybe buy some spider wood to accent the huge hunk of driftwood that’s in there now. I want to put a canister on it since I can’t stand HOBs. Definitely a work in progress. But he really seems to be enjoying it.
Still need a ton of substrate that I have to order because my LFS didn’t have any that I wanted (flourite black sand). So this tank won’t be done for a few more days. I got a new, larger Current Satellite Plus LED fixture. My LFS had it in their clearance pile and it was marked down to $75 (from $142) because “the thunderstorm option didn’t work”. But being such a large fixture that I can keep as I move Linnaeus up in tank size I bought it. Once I got it home and plugged it in I discovered that all of the fixture works perfectly and that the original buyer had never removed the tab to activate the battery on the remote. I can only guess that’s the reason they returned it since it performs exactly like my smaller fixture! I’ll post more updates as I finish.
"I’m getting a new tank? Really?"
Linnaeus is getting a little upgrade! As fish that can potentially grow 2 1/2-3ft long he’ll need a lot of space as an adult. But tonight he gets a modest upgrade into a 40b now that I finally got the stand back for it.
I’d say minimum starting for a juvenile is a 30-40gal. I like the dimensions of the 40 better for a lung and will be moving mine into my empty 40 once I get the a truck to move the stand back to my house. Tank size for an adult lung is more in the 90-100gal range. These guys are exactly Olympian swimmers and tend to lay around or crawl over things, so as long as they can stretch their legs (so to speak), and have adequate room to move around the aquarium without looking cramped that’s fine. Monster Fish Keepers has a small care sheet here and another one here but I feel like they’re kind of lacking in some aspects, and I do have my own caresheet in the works. You can also search through the lungfish tag on my blog which has lots of info and photos.
There’s another lungfish at one of the LFS in my area. If anyone wants him let me know! He would be $50 plus shipping. He is around 5-6in and is in good shape with dark colors. This is a Protopterus annectens, common name is the west african lungfish. If anyone does want him I’ll buy him and we can work out shipping and such, I’d really like to see him go to someone on the fish community here so I have someone to talk lungfish with!
I’m reblogging this from the first time I visited him on April 30th(I had to go back and check since I originally thought it was June). He has sat in the LFS for five months now. While this store does take good care of their fish the lungfish really is in a tank that is too tall for him to easily get to the surface. He is also on gravel when a much better substrate for his fragile fins would be sand, and he is housed with no plants or places to hide or rest. So while the lungfish is being cared for he would really benefit from a proper setup and environment. These guys are all wild caught and it bums me out to see them in unnatural tanks :( Help me find a home for this special sarcopterygian? Here is the newest update about him (posted yesterday 09/10/14). He is a really pretty example of the species and needs a good home and an even better diet to regrow his severed pelvic fin.
West African Lungfish (Protopterus annectens) from June(?) is still available at my LFS. It is a fairly small juvenile around 5-6in. Missing most of his back right “leg”, which will grow back in. If you’ve read my posts on them before you’ll know WALs get around 2 1/2 - 3ft in length and do best when housed alone. I suggest a starting aquarium size to be 30-40gals but they will need a large aquarium as they grow. Typically any tank 90gal or larger will suffice for a full grown adult. They are very long lived and this species tends to live 20+ years in aquaria. WALs are not sexually dimorphic so it’s sex is not clear unless an ultrasound or probing is performed. (I tend to just use male pronouns but it doesn’t matter)
I’d love to get him in a home with someone here in the fish community. He’s priced at 40 but if someone really wants him but can’t afford his price tag let me know and we can work something out. I have a huge soft spot for these oddballs and want to do everything I can to get him somewhere ideal. Even if you can’t take him reblog this and spread the word! Let’s help find this unique fish a forever home.
What are these things?
Why they’re goldfish teeth! Goldfish don’t possess teeth in the front of their mouths like some fish do, but rather have them set back in the mouth near the throat (called the pharyngeal arch). These are called pharyngeal teeth and they help break down food materials. Pharyngeal teeth are in one row and are somewhat molarlike, but narrow and smooth edged, without extensive grinding surfaces1 When you see your goldfish chewing food these are what they’re using! They come in lots of different shapes and sizes, and are constantly being replaced and regrown. They look a bit like ours don’t you think?
I’m a tad horrified by this
My first thought was minced onions, but I guess not…
I’m trying to think of ways they extracted these teeth without ripping them out of the poor fish
The fish actually spit them out on their own. Just like sharks they are lost and replaced. If your tank is barebottom you can easily pick them up and collect them. No fishes were harmed! This is a few weeks worth of teeth from one of my tanks.
No, it is actually quite inaccurate. They will grow regardless of tank size but growth is heavily dependent on diet, water quality, and genetics. And they certainly need more than two gallons at two inches in size. The rest appears to be fairly sound. The amount of eggs a female will produce is actually highly dependent on the individual as well as age and diet.
What are these things?
Why they’re goldfish teeth! Goldfish don’t possess teeth in the front of their mouths like some fish do, but rather have them set back in the mouth near the throat (within the pharyngeal arch). These are called pharyngeal teeth and they help break down food materials. Pharyngeal teeth are in one row and are somewhat molarlike, but narrow and smooth edged, without extensive grinding surfaces1 When you see your goldfish chewing food these are what they’re using! They come in lots of different shapes and sizes, and are constantly being replaced and regrown. They look a bit like ours don’t you think?
Just try your best! If it is an injury or something on the fish (and if you feel confident/capable enough) you can gently cup the fish using the aquarium glass as a brace and take pictures that way. If you can get zero pictures I’ll just need you to be as descriptive as possible. It’s better to tell me as much as possible so I can get a feel for whats going on and also so I don’t have to ask the same questions 100 times. c: Give it your best shot but don’t get upset if they don’t come out well. If you have a smartphone the app Snapchat takes better pictures than the software built into the phone in many cases. It’s typically how I get such clear and in focus pictures on my iphone.