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LionelC
02-01-2014, 05:12 PM
Hello, I was just wondering if anyone else keeps gulf killies? I have 7 in my 55 planted with about 20 tiger barbs. Around my area gulf kkillies are refered to as mud minnows and are mostly used as bait fish. I decided to catch a few in a brackish creek near my home and raise them in freshwater. From what I have read they can handle fresh water to nearly a marine type enviroment.

Mine took to strait freshwater with no issues at all. They are raised comertially in freshwater ponds so no reason they would not do well in an aquarium. I couls not find alot of info on them using google except that everywhere i read said that they were hard to raise in an aquarium because thier normal food was small crustations and shrimps, but mine took well to ANYTHING I gave them.
Actually they are raveous and very agressive. That is the reason I decided to try tiger barbs with them and over the last six months they have done well together.

I will attach a few pictures.
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375747.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375747)

LionelC
02-01-2014, 05:13 PM
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375753.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375753)
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375752.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375752)
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375751.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375751)

LionelC
02-01-2014, 05:15 PM
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375749.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375749)
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375746.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375746)
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375745.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375745)
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375735.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375735)

LionelC
02-01-2014, 05:16 PM
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375734.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375734)

http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/7032375732.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=375732)

Slaphppy7
02-01-2014, 05:19 PM
Wow, that is a nice tank...those are mud minnows??...not like any I've seen around here before, the ones I used to fish with were just a plain gray/silver color...those you have there I would have never guessed that's what they are

LionelC
02-01-2014, 05:19 PM
I do have a qustion about algea if anyone can help, I strugle to keep it at bay. I do regular water changes, keep my lights on less and less, but still stugle with algea.


LionelC

LionelC
02-01-2014, 05:23 PM
Well, the femails are more silver/gray, but hte males have a brighter tail and the light blue spots. Also, they seem to spawn about twice a month and when they do the males darken up to almost brown and the tails and blue spots really shine. Actually they are very atractive fish.
Thanks for the complement on the tank also!


LionelC

Slaphppy7
02-01-2014, 05:30 PM
Thanks for the info...that is really neat that you can catch your own fish!...what sort of algae are you having problems with?...what kind of lighting setup do you have?

LionelC
02-01-2014, 05:38 PM
It is just reguar old green algea.
As far as lighting I have Fluval Daylight Aqualife & Plant LED Aquarium Lamp 48"
It is 46 watt so it is bright, but I have it on a timmer so it is only on for about 6 hours a day now.

LionelC

Slaphppy7
02-01-2014, 05:51 PM
Hmm...not familiar with that LED...is there ambient light in the room too (windows, etc)...was that tank recently planted, some of them look like like they have more growing to do...maybe once that happens, they will help with the extra nutrients the algae is using to grow

To be honest, I really don't see any algae problems in the pics, but of course seeing the tank in person is a whole other thing

On a side note, I wish steeler1 were able to see those Gulf Killies of yours...I'd really like to hear what he has to say about them...do you have males and females?....how big do they get?

steeler58
02-02-2014, 07:11 AM
I agree with Slap, nice looking tank. I know native fish get overlooked but thats a neat looking fish.

jgranata13
02-02-2014, 07:18 AM
I don't have anything to say on the matter of the fish or algae, but I needed to comment to say that your tank is absolutely gorgeous! The composition is perfect, and the colour palette of the fish perfectly complements the rest of the colours. Way to go!

Cliff
02-02-2014, 11:25 AM
It is just reguar old green algea.
As far as lighting I have Fluval Daylight Aqualife & Plant LED Aquarium Lamp 48"
It is 46 watt so it is bright, but I have it on a timmer so it is only on for about 6 hours a day now.

LionelC

You certainly have a very nice looking tank

Can you provide a little more info on the LEDs, like what color temp they have ?

DeboraBremner
02-02-2014, 01:49 PM
Your tank is stunning and so are your fish!

William
02-02-2014, 06:52 PM
I agree with every one else that you have a stunning tank.

FrozenTundra
02-02-2014, 07:42 PM
I agree as well that is a very nice tank.

1Sarah
02-03-2014, 01:49 AM
I love those minnows, nice job on the tank.

LionelC
02-03-2014, 01:48 PM
WOW! Thanks to everyone for the compliments on my tank. I am glad that others can also appreciate a fish that would most likely be overlooked by the general aquarium community.

LionelC
02-03-2014, 01:59 PM
You certainly have a very nice looking tank

Can you provide a little more info on the LEDs, like what color temp they have ?

Fluval Daylight Aqualife & Plant LED Aquarium Lamp

Honestly, I dont kow what colors are in the light.

http://www.petco.com/product/122154/Fluval-Daylight-Aqualife-and-Plant-LED-Aquarium-Lamp.aspx?cm_mmc=CSEMBingAdExtProd-_-Fish-_-Fish%20Hoods%20%26%20Lighting%20-%20High%20Price-_-2171188

Above is the petco page where i purchased the light.

LionelC

KevinVA
02-03-2014, 05:52 PM
Wow... those killies are beautiful. Really like them. I wonder if they're as aggressive as Golden Wonders? Mine are pretty aggressive, but they still get picked on by my Black Ruby Barbs. It took them several months before doing so, but they finally did. Keep an eye out for that. The Goldens can pretty much take care of themselves, but they do get picked on from time to time.

Also, your tank is stunning. I love those pieces of driftwood you have.

gronlaura
02-04-2014, 12:02 AM
Very nice fish and a super tank.