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Re: Introduction

Vicky - so glad to "meet" you!  We live in Perth, Ont. and are even newer
than you.  We've been at this for about a year - started it up for the
kids - they got bored, we got hooked.  Not as badly as you, only 3 tanks
running, one in waiting and hundreds on the wish list :>).  Must admit, I'm
absolutely green with envy - a bucketful of fishy treasure!  I am still in
the dreaming stages with Apistos.
Currently keeping Angels, corys and tetras.
What shops do you like in Ottawa?  We have found a shop in Kingston that we
really like, but nothing too out of the ordinary to be found there.
See you 'round the groups.


- -----Original Message-----
From: Brown, Victoria: TMI <Brown.Victoria@ic.gc.ca>
To: apisto@majordomo.pobox.com <apisto@majordomo.pobox.com>
Date: Thursday, March 05, 1998 8:55 AM
Subject: Introduction

>HI Folks
>Let me introduce myself,, I have been lurking here for about a week or
>My name is Vicky Brown, and I live in Ottawa, Canada. I have been in the
>fishy hobby for a little over two years now, and am totally addicted. I
>have 20 tanks on the go now, and breed guppies, panda corydoras,
>swordtails, platies, and 3 strains of angels.  I have joined your great
>group, from information people were kind enough to give me from the
>cichlid news group. I posted a note there a couple of weeks ago, about my
>new little beauties.
>Two weeks I was very lucky to receive a wonderful present from a dear
>friend of mine. He has a 58 gallon plant tank, that he is in the process
>of converting to  marine reef, and he has given me most of the fish that
>lived in the tank.  I received a bucket full of little fish, two Sundays
>ago. A whole tank of Amazon plants, a whole bunch of Otto Cats (20), 14
>Cardinal Tetras, and the real beauties, a group of 10 Apistos!!
>These are the species,, It took me quite awhile to figure out who was
>who, (lot's of "nose pressed to the tank, with book in my lap, nights")
>Agassizii  - 1 male, no female, I'll need to get him a couple of females.
>He is four inches in length, and is absolutely gorgeous.
>Cacatuiodes - 1 male, 1 female, (I went to my pet store, and purchased 2
>more females and 1 more male, I just couldn't stop myself,, grin!!).
>Biatianata - 2 males, 3 females, and they have a nice territory set up,
>and one of the males  is doing funky dances for the females, I think they
>all like each other.
>Nijsseni - 1 female, and she is very aggressive, and chases every one,
>but doesn't seem to bite anyone. I'll have to find her a boyfriend.
>Anyone know about these guys, and why she is so agressive?  (I ended up
>moving her to another tank a couple of days ago, she is now living with
>some angel fish, and has taken over the whole bottom of that tank)
>And one fish, I can't find in any of the books I have bought. I think
>it's a female, though, and have no idea what type it is. I'll let you all
>know if I ever identiify this fish. (I also put this little guy in with
>the Nijsseni, for company, and they hang out together)
>I rushed out the same day I received these fish, and bought another 20
>gallon tank, for them to live in. The tank is cycled now, and heavily
>planted, with little flower pots separated by thickets of anubis. The
>fish have settled in nicely, and are at ease, and swim at all layers of
>the tank. The Agassizii swims around looking very majestic.
>I already love these little guys!!! They are so cool to watch.  They move
>gravel around with their mouths,,, VBG!!  I sure wish I had more room for
>more tanks,, maybe start getting rid of furniture,,,,,,,, :).
>About the angel thread,,
>I have a pair of black super veil angels, and when they are taking care
>of eggs or fry, they both are vicious. I had the male grab the skin on
>the top of my hand, and he shook it like a dog with a bone.  They also
>head butt me if I am in the tank too long. They have sharp little teeth,
>and you definitely feel it when they bite you!!
>Considering the size of us, and the size of them, these fish have more
>courage, and would probably fight to the death to protect their young.  I
>am always impressed when I watch my angels, and their babies. I have 3
>mated pairs right now, plus another 10 angels, that I'm waiting to see if
>some pair up.
>>When my Angels spawn, they don't even get along with me.
>>>>>>>>>>BIG SNIP<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
>>Hahahaha!  Well said.  =:>/).  I was doing a water change last week when
>>Angels were fanning eggs and Dad bit me!  Boy, did I jump!  Felt like a
>>little electric shock.
>>I'm interested in more details of this fellows experience.
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