if i had a mansion i would have a room with a tv tank in it, but it would be properly filtered and aerated etc. it would obv. be a decent size and i think it would be really cool to go into the 'tv' room and watch the telefish. i would have the room set up like a normal sitting room and i would take visitors there to confuse them. the base tv would be a huge wall size thing, or a tank set into the wall and a frame built to look like a plasma hanging on the wall! the sealed tank with the feeding slots is just wierd. what kind of fish were they?
youd be better off doing it the right way, with a proper tank mounted in the wall and a hidden room behind for maintainence, like a garage onto a livingroom wall. i want to do this but im not allowed. might be something to do with living upstairs and in a council flat, but im sure i could talk my neighbour into it. we could share!
got a bit of mystery white fish from the fish (food) shop and broke that up for them. the froglets seem to love it, they look like they've swallowed marbles! the big ones aren't that bothered. but then if they're not well then they wouldnt want to eat.
i know they love crickets, ive fed them crickets before and they will actually attack my hand in excitement! but getting crickets is a problem for me as is storing them (curious children + insecure box = disaster). but i do get them when i can.
i think they'll take the white mystery fish over time to suppliment the bloodworm. i tried brine shrimp and prawns but they didnt like them! so fussy! they will eat tropical flake but the size theyre getting this cant be sufficient for them.
the newts they live with are fat porkers as they do eat everything and spend their time hoovering the tank floor!
i thought they were just getting fat but when they move their skin ripples and just looks horrible. it looks like fluid trapped under the skin. checked the internet and it said it would most likely be bloat and to use tropical fish ani internal bacteria meds. have done so but have since learned it could have been caused by their diet of (nearly totally) bloodworm. thing is they only eat that, live fish and crickets. crickets are iffy to get and i dont want to feed them live fish... any idea on alternates???????
theres a new one in kilsyth - he sells fish and exotics and he just starting out. hes ok, knows his stuff and all that and wont sell you something you cant handle. (such as the guy that wanted a large white cichlid to live with his goldfish).
also woth mentioning is dobbies, both in ayr and cumbernauld. the team in ayr esp. as they are all fishkeepers, ive never seen dead fish and its more like a branch of deep sea world than a shop. they are really informative and dont mind any 'silly' questions from novices or advice when theres something they dont know (rare). dobbies in cumbernauld refused to sell me malawis until i could proove i had a tank ready!
you get a gravel 'hoover' from the shop and its basically a siphon (?) with a bigger tube on the end, you can get in a lot of different sizes. you stick it in the gravel and the siphon action moves the gravel about (or at least it does in mine) and you just hold it there until that patch comes clean, then move on. your aiming to do 3/4 to all of the gravel each hoover and so long as you dont take the water level below the level of the heater or the filter you'll be ok. if in doubt just turn them off while you do it, thats what i do. remember to replace with suitably warmed and dechlorinated water.
i was told once you could hoover the gravel every day if you wanted but i dont know if thats true. i do mine twice a week roughly as and when its needed.