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    Yesterday, 07:00 AM
    Well, at least your angel didn't get iced like one I had bought years ago when I was keeping tropical tanks. I had just purchased this gorgeous...
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    Yesterday, 06:44 AM
    One would think that the force of the falling water would push any fish back down into the tank that tried to jump the waterfall. Especially if the...
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    04-24-2015, 08:58 PM
    This is a great story of kindness. Thank you for sharing it. As great as this story is, an even nicer one would be the reporting of a cure finally...
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    04-24-2015, 07:59 PM
    A HUGE welcome to you! Internet makes our world smaller every day. You'll find lots of friendly folks, here, and lots of informative, educational...
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    04-13-2015, 02:24 AM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Surprise in Chatterbox
    With the capacity of cell phones to take pictures, text and phone anywhere and everywhere, a whole new capacity for rudeness has been opened up by...
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    04-12-2015, 05:02 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Any suggestions? in Shrimps
    Looks like whatever I get, I'll be feeding my dojos live food. Perhaps if they get enough to eat during regular feedings, they might not be hungry...
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    04-12-2015, 02:23 PM
    I am still looking for LARGE, NON-AGGRESSIVE, NON-PREDATORY COLDWATER SHRIMP for my 65. These must be large enough that the fish can't eat them, and...
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    04-10-2015, 03:11 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread "Yum-Yum!" in Loaches
    Thanks, Slap. Always good to hear from you, too.
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    04-10-2015, 02:51 AM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread "Yum-Yum!" in Loaches
    Kind of reminds one of little living vacuum cleaners -- sucking up large clumps all at once. Giving Dyson a real run for its money. Wish my real...
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    04-10-2015, 02:39 AM
    mermaidwannabe started a thread "Yum-Yum!" in Loaches
    It's always so cute to watch the little dojos whenever I introduce frozen brine shrimp as their meal. From wherever they're hiding at that particular...
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September 15, 1950 (64)
About mermaidwannabe
inland northwest, U.S.A.
gardening, fishkeeping, birding
massage practitioner
About Me:
good-natured senior citizen
Most anything except hard rock, heavy metal or punk
not a movie fan
Who I'd like to meet:
my biological grandfather
mysteries, detective stories
Our service men and women, and our veterans
nature documentaries and detective shows
Why do you like AC Tropical Fish:
Very helpful fellow aquarists of all levels of knowledge and experience. Love sharing my own.
Aquarium 1:
20-gallon-high coldwater, AC50 plus Azoo pump with 4-inch airstone, standard flourescent tube light on full lid, brownish-red pea gravel. Inhabitants include: 1 Zebra Danio, 2 blue Glo-fish, 3 yellow Glo-Fish, 2 pink Glo-Fish, 2 (visible) Red Cherry Shrimp, several hitch-hiker snails.
Aquarium 2:
65-gallon coldwater / stand; Aqueon glass Versi-top, 36-inch flourescent tube light, 2 AC 110s, blue and black pea gravel. Inhabitants include: 1 medium-sized Shubunkin, 1 small comet, 5 Rosy Barbs, 2 blue glofish, 3 pink glofish, 1 yellow glofish, 5 white cloud minnows, 3 zebra danios, 5 dojo loach
Aquarium 3:
No third tank yet, but am thinking of getting another 20-gallon-high. The third one will probably be a tropical tank.
How I got started with aquariums.:
Back in the 1980s I kept a variety of tanks, including saltwater, freshwater tropical, tide-pool marine and freshwater cold. I also had an outdoor pond with small koi. All of this while living in southern California. I got back into fishkeeping in June of 2010, after purchasing some goldfish and snails for my current outdoor pond which I established two years ago, after having lived in the north Idaho panhandle since 1995. I set up my indoor aquarium on September 26, 2010.
Favorite fish:
Dojo (weather loach), variety of others
Fish I have bred:
None, so far. I figure nature will take care of itself, when the time and conditions are right. RCS are invertebrates, and have bred in my 20.
Why I like fish::
Fish watching is as fascinating, peaceful, therapeutic and enjoyable as birdwatching, which I also do.
Best advice:
Learn as much as you can and conscientiously care for our fish and invertebrates. If you don't love your pets, don't keep them. Some food for thought: A sign of humility is being smart without being mean. My comment about giving thumbs up: I prefer to give rep, instead. I do appreciate all the thumbs ups I have received. I'm not being stingy, I just prefer to use the "give rep" function over the "thumbs up" function.
Other pets:
Two thoroughly spoiled and pampered kitty cats.


20 gal. high: planted; 8 white cloud minnows, 10 RCS, 2 blue shrimp, several snails; AC50, Azoo air. 65 gal: planted; 7 rosy barbs, 6 glofish,, 2 zebra danios, 6 rosy red (fathead) minnows, 3 dojo loaches, several snails; AC110 x 2.


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