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Old 11-18-2003, 08:16 PM   #1
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Fish Identification

Greetings All,

First, if this is posted in the wrong place on the Forum - my apologies.

O.K. I confess. The Guppyman DOES occasionally purchase a fish that isn't a guppy or a cory. I purchased 4 specimens of the attached pic. I was told they are killifish, but I went to the AKA web site and looked at hundreds of pics and couldn't find anything remotely close. The photo does not do the fish justice. They are spectacular. They attack their food like barracuda and are blazingly fast. They also love to leap and the 10 G tank they are in has to be kept covered. Any help in positively I.D.ing them would be greatly appreciated so I can care for them properly. Thanks in advance. - Guppyman
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:26 PM   #2
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Looks like some sort of panchax killi to me

maybe green panchax or blue panchax??
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:56 PM   #3
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Thanks possum. That was my first guess - but I wasn't sure. For sure it's the green. - Guppyman
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Old 11-19-2003, 12:19 AM   #4
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No problem


BTW beautiful fish!
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Old 11-19-2003, 03:00 AM   #5
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Guppyman, first cories, now panchax...are you starting a community tank
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Old 11-19-2003, 08:31 AM   #6
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Very funny! I do have this 55 G sitting in the garage that keeps calling to me. I just don't have the time, although I know that as soon as life gets a bit more settled, I'll probably take the plunge.

BTW - I might as well TOTALLY confess. I do have a trio of "show-quality" bettas that I bought a while back with the intention of breeding - but again, I've been so busy building the fish room and centralized system, that I've put that off for a while. I have them in a 2.5 G betta tank with dividers. Next time I go on a photo frenzy I'll add them to the list. Talk to you soon. - Guppyman
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Old 11-19-2003, 06:17 PM   #7
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Holy cow, you have an EMPTY tank somewhere?! You have discipline

And you also have bettas! Geez, you have secret stashes of fish all over the place. What next, bala sharks in your basement?

But since you are manning almost 400 tanks...I guess I'll cut you some slack

BTW, post more pix!
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Old 11-19-2003, 06:29 PM   #8
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Hehe. We might say the same to you, Myriam!
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Old 11-19-2003, 06:35 PM   #9
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I know, madasa, I've been trying to get pix of my crazy fish for weeks! They move too fast for the macro autofocus on my Canon G2. And I couldn't use manual focus to save my life. I need to read up on taking pix of fish, especially spazzy ones.

I promise as soon as I have pix in my gallery I will post
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Old 11-19-2003, 06:36 PM   #10
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Nice looking fish! I've never had killifish myself.
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Old 11-19-2003, 06:57 PM   #11
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Yeah, the tank is stashed at the other garage. It's not a matter of discipline. I'm just too darn lazy to move it.

The bettas? Well, they were the second fish I ever bred when I was 9 years old and they have a special place in my heart. I love the serenity they bring me.

Bala sharks. Never!

BTW - I'm still at the 200 tank stage. Won't be putting the other 200 up 'til this place is completely full and we move to the other garage. The hole drilling is going great. Have drilled 36 tanks and cracked only one, above the water line - so a little silicone seal should fix that. That's what a $100+ drill bit will get you. I'll put a pic up tomorrow of the first completed section. It looks like something from "Young Frankenstein." Hoses, tubes, valves, pumps, motors, sterilizers, etc. This thing better work. It cost an absolute fortune to put together - not counting the man hours.

More guppy pics soon - I promise. I have some Half-Black Greens that are spectacular. Also have 6 tanks with cory eggs, but don't think I can save them. Too much to do. Free food for the guppies.

Thank you so much for your continued interest in my project. It helps keep me motivated. - Guppyman.
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Old 11-19-2003, 07:16 PM   #12
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O.K. - As promised, here is the pic of the first section of the centralized system. That's Baby guarding it from terrorist. My, sweet, sweet girl. - Guppyman
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Old 11-19-2003, 09:07 PM   #13
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LOL, Frankenstein is right! If you didn't have fish in those tanks, I'd expect heads and weird organs, hehe

Gman, I so envy that your job is so fun and so cool, and that you are totally passionate about it! I think a lot of us on this forum would love to do what you do AND make some money, too.

BTW, Baby is a cutie!
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Old 11-19-2003, 10:29 PM   #14
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Hmmmm.......

Well, myriam - fun and cool is all in how you look at it. Yes, it's fun to do something you love and it's cool to be in a hobby that has so many great people in it. That's what I tell myself when I realize I haven't been away frm my hous for more than four hours in the past year. Between the fish, Baby and Twiggy (the cat) I have more rsponsibility than I can sometimes bear. The passion comes from being thick-headed and attempting to do something that for years people have told me can't be done. As far as making money goes - . I should live so long!!! Now that most of the expenditures are behind me I should start to recoup the start-up costs, but truth be told - I couldn't care less if I don't make a dime. I don't smoke, drink, do drugs, gamble or chase women. I haven't been to a movie theatre in 8 years. I have no life. I am possessed by the Guppy Demon. I have never been able to explain it and I probably never will. All I want to do is stare at a tank of guppies and I can do it for hours on end. So that's what I do. I used to be a "normal" person. Now I'm just a "certified guppy nut."

And Baby? The absolute joy of my life. The most incredible friend I've ever had. No creature on this planet, human or otherwise has ever touched my soul like my Baby girl.

I apologize for the non-aquatic nature of this post and I promise that it won't happen again. It's just that sometimes I ask myself just why it is I do what I do and it's perplexing never to come up with a logical answer. I think I just may actually be the proverbial "fish out of water." - Guppyman

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That is what it is all about, and there is a part of us all that wants to be in your shoes, for sure! I drool at the notion of a fish room...
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Gman, your post was actually really touching! It's wonderful to know how happy you are and how much you enjoy what you do. And we are just fortunate that you share your experiences and knowledge with us.

Some kudos for you, buddy 8)
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Old 11-20-2003, 05:44 PM   #17
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Guppyman, how does the water drain out of the tanks? I'am thinking about hooking some tanks up to my barracks system (for bettas) but i'am not to sure on how to get the water out....

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I am such a home body that I would love to do what you do, Guppyman. I am out of work right now and I have a very sick kitty that is the angel of my life. I dread going back to work because I want to spend all the time I can with her before she passes. In addition I have 3 other cats and a dog and love being with them. I wish I could work in a place where I could keep my little family right there to help me.
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That is why I am so blessed to run my business out of my home! I get to stare at my tanks placed strategically around my desk and do water changes whenever the whim strikes me!

However, having to look after two chimpanzees (I mean, um, the twins) means I can't turn my back on the sink where I am running my Python. The last (two) time(s) I did so I discovered a precious little imp had pulled the stopper handle up on the sink, so the tank water would drain onto the floor and make it easier to play in....I digress! I love being a stay at home Mom! 8O
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Hi bettacove. The tanks are drilled about an inch from the top. A bulkhead fitting with a strainer allows the water to flow into a hose which sends it down to the trough where it then goes through the filtration system and is pumped back up and into the tank. See pic below. Happy to answer any questions you may have. One thing - the flow of my particular set-up would be a bit stonger than bettas would like. Keep this in mind when choosing your pump. - Guppyman

Can't get the pic to work - I'm still trying!!!
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