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Sunday, January 24, 2016

HB Pastels

This is the sire of my next generation of HB pastels.

These are some of his offspring.  He has sired over 500 fry for me.

The video is of the Grand offspring of the HB Pastel Male in the above photo.  All my HB Pastel males now carry his Y chromosome.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Green Deltas

More of the Gorski Green Deltas 3/28/2013

Gorski Green Deltas 3/28/2013 - Very few people have these fish.  They go all the way back to Mike Regent's original Apple Greens via Mike Lastella.  Mike Lastella was 5 time winner of grand male overall.  I received these from Paul Gorski in 2004.  Some very original American stock.

Tom Allen Greens
I always get strong, large fish out of Tom Allen's stock.  He has some of the oldest American genetics in the country, much of it unpolluted by crossing to foreign fish.  I crossed the males he sent me to my Gorski Green females.  Note the excellent body shape, depth of the body and peduncles.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hb Purples

Half Black Purples

Here are a couple photos of my HB Purple line.  I have kept them since 1997.

Third Best of Show at the 2012 IFGA Annual Show

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Catalpa leaves

The IFGA Annual show is in 3 weeks.  Just received a new order of Cattapa leaves to help condition the males.  The botanicals that diffuse from the leaves into the water help to prevent fin splits and infections.  Also helps to enrich the colors, especially greens, probably due to the tannins released into the water.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Multi-Colored Strain

New Multis:   As defined by the IFGA standards, a multi-colored guppy is determined by three or more colors in the caudal fin.  The least prevalent color must be at least 15% of the the caudal color by surface area. You could have four colors or five as well, as long as three of the colors each were greater than 15% of the caudal surface area.  I had a very coarse patterned multi line for years, which I lost during a series of moves.  In the last year I used three lines to create a new line.  I used a fine a fine patterned snakeskin line and two different lines of a fish sometimes referred to a a Mosaic.  This is one of the males.  He took first place at the 2016 East Coast Guppy Assoc. show in the Multi class.

Some pictures of my old multi line.

Multis – I purchased these from an auction at a New York show in 1993.  They threw large fish with a very bold course pattern.  These have always been on of the hardiest and most fertile guppies in my fish room.  Presumably this is due to the diverse genetics required to produce the many colors and patterns in these fish.  Many of the males have body color markings that resemble those of wild-type guppies.  In 1999, the line produced a sport, a male with a very fine and distinct pattern.  I was able to capture that pattern and now carry the two lines of this strain, the coarse, bold pattern and fine variegated pattern.  Some females will produce both color types in the same drop of fry.  By line breeding the two strains, I am able to maintain and improve both lines.  The only outcross I have made with this line since 1993 was in 1997, I crossed them once to the gold MGO reds to increase the amount of red in them.  Red is still the least predominate color in these fish.  The females come in two colors, brightly colored caudals with streaks opf green, white, and red, and clear colored caudals. Recently, I have broken out a red bicolor and purple bicolor line from these fish.  Their genetic diversity and plasticity never cease to amaze me. These are one of my favorite lines of fish due to their variation in colors, hardiness and fecundity.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Foods and Feeding

Just bought:

I routinely get 95 % hatches from my Artemia cysts.

I attach the clean sieve to a acrylic fish container using a plastic towel clamp.

The shrimp are drained into the nylon sieve using the airline to to shrimp hatchery.  If I use the valve at the bottom of the hatchery, I get too many hatched egg shells in with the shrimp.

In this photo, all the nauplii a collected.

They are rinsed in clean cold water and transferred to a hang on the tank acrylic specimen container.

Next the hatchery is sterilized using one cup of Chlorox in 5 gallons of water and allowed to bubble for 30 minutes

After refilling the hatchery with five gallons of fresh water I add 2 cups of salt (25 tablespoons), 5 tablespoons of Epsom Salt (MGSO4) and 4 1/2 tablespoons of artemia cysts.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

California Blackworms

I have been breeding and raising guppies almost continuously since I was twelve years old.  Along the way I have developed an array of equipment and supplies that are both economical and highly functional.  In this string I will share some of the things I use in my fish room that have served me well over the years.
For the past couple of years I have been feeding live California Blackworms.   Years ago these were raised in the effluent from duck farms and worse and carried a plethora of diseases.  Now they are raised independently in a clean farm environment and fed a high protein diet.  I feed about one pound per week and have not had any problems associated with the worms.
Black worm facts:  140,000 lbs are sold in the US each year.  Who is buying all  those worms? 
Albuquerque Aquarium
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo
Cleveland Metro parks Zoo
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Fort Wayne Zoological Society
Fort Worth Zoo
Georgia Aquarium
Jacksonville Zoological Society, Inc.
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Monterey Bay Aquarium
NC Aquarium Roanoke Island
Oklahoma City Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG AQ.
Riverbank Zoo & Garden
Saint Louis Zoo
San Antonio Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
Tennessee Aquarium
Virginia Marine Science Museum

US Army Corps of Engineers
USFW Willow Beach
USFW Greers Ferry NFH
USFW Mammoth Spring
USFW National Conservation Training Center
USFW San Marcos
USFW Warm Springs Hatchery
Uvalde Fish Hatchery
Alabama Aquatic Bio diversity
California Dept. of Fish and Game
Chattahoochee NFH
Colorado Division of Wildlife
Conservation Fisheries Inc
David White/USGS
Dexter National Fish Hatchery
Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Hancock Biological Station
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery
Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries

Arizona State University
Belmont University,Biology Dept
Bowling Green State University
California State Univ. Fullerton
Cape Breton University
Carnegie Institute of Washington
Carolina Biological
Clark University
Columbia Environmental Research Center
Creighton University
Eastern Illinois University
Harvard Medical School,Dept of Genetics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Humboldt State University
Indiana University
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Johns Hopkins University
McGill University
McMaster University, Dept of Biology
Muhlenberg College
Minot State University
Mississippi State University
Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries
Missouri State University
New Mexico State University/Dept. of Biol
Ottawa Hospital
Penn State University (Biology Dept.)
Southern Illinois University
St. Lawrence university
Stanford University,CEE Dept.
Texas A & M University
Texas State University at San Marcos
UCLA Dept. of Ecology & Evol Biology 
Univ of Maryland, Baltimore
Univ. of Miami, RSMAS
Univ of Texas at El Paso
Univ. of Florida, The Whitney Laboratory
Univ. of South Carolina
Univ. of Utah/Cardiology Div.
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
University of Ca. @ Berkeley
University of California Riverside
University of Colorado at Colorado Spring
University of Dayton Biology Dept.
University of Delaware
University of Florida, Tropical Aquacult
University of Florida/Dept. of Zoology
University of Guelph
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland/College park
University of Memphis
University of Michigan Biological Station
University of Minnesota Duluth
University Of Nebraska
University of New Mexico
University of Oklahoma
University of Ottawa
University of Saskatchewan
University of Texas A & M
University of Texas at Austin
Section of Neurobiology
University of Texas
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin/River Falls
Vanderbilt University Med Center
Washington University
West Virginia University

California Blackworms sells these handy trays that separate the worms from the water.  The worms are immersed in about 1/2 inch of water in the top compartment and most of the water is in the lower compartment.  Care consists of rinsing the upper compartment and emptying and refilling the lower compartment each day.  By doing this religiously, the worms will last over three weeks if properly refrigerated.

Young fish show remarkable growth when fed blackworms. The high protein content promotes body size growth.  Many say they are too large for young guppies, but they delight in battling to ingest them.  My young fish will begin to eat them as early as three weeks.  They promote egg production and fertility in females as well.