Massive African Cichlid Store & Hatchery – Something Fishy Tour 2018


Hey Dave, good to be back. We’re back at Something Fishy for the third year. Awesome.
My favorite fish store in the world. So Dave, we’ve never really done any footage up here in the actual shop so why don’t you walk us around the shop and just show us what you have here actually in like the main store for sale. OK. My little shop. This is mainly the fish, kind of the fishroom side but obviously dry goods is on one side and I utilize obviously almost all the space I can with the slat wall up on top and carry most of the aquarium products that most people need. Supplies, maintenance, water treatments, meds, decoration. You’ll see some of that on the other side of the showroom with the display tanks. Carry Northfin, New Life, Xtreme foods. We don’t carry everything, don’t need to carry everything obviously. Then obviously all the cartridges and filter products, etc. Then we get into the nitty-gritty, the fun part, the fish. This is a display tank here with my baby ray, red severum, bichir, and a ripsaw cat and a tigris cat. Very cool. And then this is center rack is a mostly community fish, nano fish. There’s some shrimp on the other side, tetras, live bearers, obviously some plants, etc. Bushynose plecos, and exotic plecos, and cory cats. All the good stuff. I expanded this, oh man, going on two years. There’s been more and more people getting into smaller tank system setups, so I mean cichlids has always been my forte, my main thing. Breeding and stuff. But I like all fish. So I expanded, you know. There’s a demand for it. So all my tanks are individually run. I’ll point that out. I don’t believe in like central systems. Reason being is something, a parasite, pathogen, or virus gets into that system and it’s going tank to tank the likeliness of them getting sick is more apt to happen so I like my tanks all individually run. And we do water changes by tank. We don’t have no…we’re kind of old school here so… but it works. If something gets sick it’s that tank. We don’t have to worry about spreading to a bunch of other tanks. Got another display tank over here. There’s an abei puffer. Got a couple for sale, he’s hiding down in there. He knows he’s getting a worm. He sees the red tongs, he gets excited. These are filament barbs, it’s a male and three females. They’re beautiful. When they’re young…I had some baby ones, small ones for sale. At home I got some big ones in my like, 350 gallon tank. They’re huge and they’re awesome. They kind of remind me of like a parrot fish…of a marine, a marine fish. The fins and the color. Now we have Pocco, that’s the store pet. That’s my yellow Amazon. He was 25 years old in July. Wow. He’s got about a 40, 50 word vocabulary. Yeah you. How do you get him to talk? When he wants to talk, it’s sometimes in the mornings or evening when you running the vacuum cleaner. Depends on his mood. He can be a character sometimes. But not like when there’s a ton of people. He gets a little shy I guess. But this one wall, a lot of cichlids on this side, malawians, tanganyikans, some victorians here and there. This wall is really impressive. Like you just have… It’s about a hundred tanks…you use I fit a lot in this wall. Like you’ve just used the space perfectly. I’ve known, you can talk to my mom about that. How I somehow would squeeze a tank in the basement when I was not supposed to set any more tanks up. I’m like “Mom, there’s one more spot right here. I could put a stand and two tanks on it.” I’d sneak tanks home when she’d be at church or something and she wouldn’t realize, for like a few weeks later, like… tank yeah, I think a lot of us can relate to that. Yeah we’re addicted. It’s a good hobby. Probably kept me out of trouble more than once. Lots of rainbows, we’ve got some cory cats, I love the corys, angels, there’s some deals like two dollars piece on those small cardinal tetras. Good stuff. Substrates. Got all the plant gravel, and regular cichlid gravels. Lots of fry, we…as you know, you’ve done the videos before in the hatchery so we breed a lot of fry, cichlids so a lot of the young come from us. Some of the adults and then I ship in also, obviously, to keep up with demand. I feel like we’re missing all these nice fish, but it’s like a hundred tanks you can’t hit every single tank. It would take a long time to film them all. Very cool. Alright let’s go into H1 A couple more tanks, as usual, odds and ends. Some adult males, show males, needing females. Then I got some lamps in the middle, neolamprologus brichardis and multifasciatus, and shellies which have been a big hit lately. Can’t breed enough. And I did see, it was amazing. I was in tanganyika last month, and diving you had to go like 50 feet or more to see like shell dwellers. I was astounded. A lot of really cool fish in here. Sorry for the dirty tanks. You have this many tanks, they can’t all.. Yeah I have over 500 tanks, and over 35,000 gallons running, so yeah.. and I have two guys and another guy, newer guy so I almost need one more person, just to get on board for the busy season. The winter gets busy cause people are indoors and they pay attention to their tanks more, so. Like this one. We call that B2, the old one I called Bertha. It’s a boulengerochromis microlepis or the emperor cichlid. It’s from Lake Tanganyika and get up to about 40 inches and 30 pounds. I did see them about two foot, maybe not too much bigger than that. I did see them on my dives. That was a highlight for me. That synodontis cat, thalamus. That things like over 25 years old. I guess I should feed her. She’s begging. I’m a sucker. It’s like a dog Like my boxer at home. Treat treat treat. Once in a while, like three times a week I’ll give it night crawlers. Missed one, looking at me. A little bit of everything. Some wild tanganyikans, there’s peacocks, ngaras, lwandas. Some wild flavescents, there’s some kipili regani down there that are really nice. I seen that, I dove kipili the last dive I did, and I only seen one in the wild. It was absolutely gorgeous, it was bigger than what I have in my tank. It was a good-sized one. Yeah there’s always some… it’s like everywhere you turn in here you can see something cool. These guys haven’t bred yet. Triglachromis otostigma. If I said that right. I don’t know, I need to practice that one. We’ll show em it’s written on here. They’re a deep water.. I didn’t see those on the dive but they’re like a deep water mud pit, like holes, whatever and that’s why I put those pipes in there. See if I can instigate them to spawn. See if we can get some of these guys. What I call the red passion peacocks. Oh OK. Young ones but they’re beautiful, color in those things. Very cool, just tanks on tanks on tanks. Tropheus duboisi, maswas which are almost extinct, pretty much extinct in the wild now, unfortunately. Overfished. Alright, let’s go check out H2. These are zaire kitumba, frontosas. I had them, the other side, most of the frontosas are on the other side watch I call H2, but I had an incident early this year, elderly lady decided to drive through the storefront. So it made a big mess and had to move a lot of things around and a little crazy. Here’s some central americans, couple south americans, beating each other up, it’s uh, nature of the beast. I just threw the festae in there and he’s gonna have to come back out. I pulled the trio of a male bocourti and two females. Sorry, that’s a blower in the background, the noise. These are argenteas, and some Honduran red points. I like the fish but they’re a little bit more challenging cause they’re co-species, definitely aggressive. This is what I call H2. There’s a lot of frontosas and then other things. The wild buccochromis rhoadesii. Love that fish. They’re breeding really well. I have a lot of variants and multi groups. Wild, F1, F2, I guess. Nangus, zaires, samazis, ikolas, kigomas, maswas. Yeah, it’s probably my favorite fish. It’s been my favorite for a long time. I was lucky to see them on at least one dive in Tanganyika. That guy is..gotta get that guy. He’s so beautiful. If it’ll focus on him Yeah he’s real nice. Chilumba, that’s a nice fish that mbuna. This was a rare one. Dimidiochromis dimidiatus. Those are like fifth, sixth generation that I originally got in Chicago years and years and years ago. Hopefully breeding. These are pindus. That’s a rare fish. They’re on the CITES list. They’re on the CARES program. They’re from a crater lake in Africa but we do breed them. I’m been breeding those things for at least 15, 16, 17 years. Ikola frontosa group, breeders, and then my otter point jake. Where’s my bushynose there. These are the zaire kapampas. Dad is in the pipe, when he comes out he’s gorgeous, long fins. And that’s what I call Stubby. He’s a cute little character, oddball. It happens and matter of fact I actually seen a petrachromis in the wild that was a stubby and it was like fluorescent orange. I was the only one to see this thing on a dive and I got video of it. I had to chase this thing down because it caught my eye. I’m like, it just stood out like a sore thumb, whatever and it was a he was like a, a stubby petro. These are samazis, with a bunch of babies in the tank. The males fight and fight, with the females. Ikolas Really nice fins on those guys. I know. He’s getting in the mood I think. Steve, check this out. If you can get them on there. I can’t believe this sexafaciatus is in there. This is called a gnathochromis permaxillaris. Another deep water Tanganyikan fish in the mud, mud sand I guess. Over a hundred feet deep you have to see those in the wild. I call them the Tanganyikan geophagus. Their mouth, these guys mouth can probably expand at least two inches. It’s like a vacuum cleaner. They’re unique. They’re odd. This is my third attempt to raise them and breed them. They get cospecies aggressive, they can be a little challenging. Those are gold sexafaciatus, another Tanganyikan egg layer. These are burundis. That’s the old and true, but they’re still nice. I, some people get on this, you know, because it’s on the internet, or magazine whatever is new whatever. But you know some of the old stuff is just as nice as the new stuff. I mean we kind of neglect because it’s been around for a long time. Still can’t beat a burundi frontosa. And it’s the least expensive of all the frontosas, so. But they’re still nice. There’s nothing wrong with the fish or having that fish keeping the fish. You don’t have to have a zaire frontosa. Those are wild mobas. Yeah they’re awesome. I wish, you gotta get a better light on this tank, man. I can’t hardly see. Yeah, we’ve had to switch, we had shop lights and those you know, fluorescents are going out so I’ve been switching over and these guys are shy. The wild fish tend to be more shy, tend to be more aggressive a lot of times. Then you see babies in some of these tanks. There’s the kigomas, two males right, there there’s a female holding in there somewhere, probably hiding. Big bump on their head. Another, these are babies from those breeders, so these are F1s, kapampas and they actually started spawning. There’s a female holding but I don’t know if she’s holding anymore. He’s getting pretty aggressive. He’s, look at the blue in that fish, the color is just… They’re actually, his tube’s down trying to spawn now. He’s roughed her up. That’s cichlid world. More kigomas. I always keep, these came from those guys. I always keep a back up fish in case something happens. It all happens to us sooner or later. Somebody crashes into into the building. But you know, things happen so I always try to keep some of the first fry and raise them up so that if something happens I have a backup group. Then there’s copadichromis geertsi. Male and female, I actually was with Martin Geerts who’s named after that, the fish is named after in Tanganyika. It’s a malawian cichlid but it was cool. Old guy, he’s like 77 years old. What a trooper. Then another kitumba, and then christyis. Where’s the big male? I don’t know. Oh there he is. Duh. I was gonna say he’s right there. Looking a little dull. Not in his breeding dress I guess. More babies. Another chiluma male that had to come out. Because obviously two males in the same tank. A few more tanks, this is the other storefront next door. I own the building so that’s the luxury ,I get to do whatever I want. So obviously I needed more room, more tanks and here we are. This is one of my display tanks, my own personal, that’s my big arowana, some different types of dollars, red hooks and black belts, then there’s a black wolf there. Then a mishmash, some central americans, gold jaguars, motaguense. Some extra pindus, there’s some extra julis. So sometimes we get stuff we don’t have enough room, or we have somebody that’s a troublemaker, we have to separate them. Sometimes they come over here and get isolated in their own tank. Moorii blue dolphins, cyrtocaras, they’re malawian. Yeah I got a couple of those guys. Flowerhorns, get them on occasion. There’s definitely a following for those. Oh yes. Controversy. Yeah, a very controversial fish. They are, I kept one, I tried one out my home tank in my living room and he was a character. Oh my gosh. Yeah he was interesting. He was…had a lot of personality and was very…he was a pretty fish. Somebody end up giving me quite a bit of money for him so I’m like, OK. Some more of my fish, my pair of stingrays. The other one’s hiding there. Female and there’s a male and that vulture cat. A pair of red point hondurans with fry in this tank. Tying up this whole tank. I had a bunch in there and obviously that didn’t last long, so I had to move out the other ones. Pretty fish, they breed easy. If you can’t breed any that centrist convict family, red points I don’t know if you should be in the hobby. That’s easiest. That’s uh, she’s mean. This is a female gold dovii with a major attitude. I originally had the wild pair, bred them a few times, sold lots of babies. Eventually the male killed the female, high in domestic violence. And I kept one baby. Ended up being her. And she sometimes lays eggs. She looks like she’s clearing a spot. They won’t be fertilized. But when she has eggs in there, oh man she is even meaner. Teeth hit the glass and so. This is a red wolf. I caught bunch of these when I was in South America years ago. He’s goofy because, it’s been a year and a half two years. He actually jumped out. I had the tank half filled doing water changes and he hit the floor. So he’s got screw loose. But he’s fine, he eats. He will bite you. Eats worms, pellet food, but he just, his equilibrium is off. Fahaka puffer, which are freshwater puffer, mean. Another tig cat. Feed me, feed me, feed me. That’s a tigrinus, a rare zebra shovelnose cat from South America. And he is for sale. That’s a black diamond rom piranha. He’s about 15 years old. A tube tank with some butterfly koi left over for the pond season. They actually will swim though. Do you want to try and go hit the other building? Well go to H3? Hatchery. Yeah the next building. We’ll have to uh, we’ll have to drive it’s about a mile away. That’s where we raise more fish, breed more fish, keep more fish. That’s probably my favorite fish room because it’s the newest and it’s all like industrial pallet racking. There’s some big growout tanks like a 450, 375 and there’s some nice fish and I got some some stud males over there that will be pretty impressive. Alright so let’s go check that out. Sounds good. Welcome to I call H3, it’s my other building where we raise more fish, more cichlids. Anybody that gets addicted knows that you can never have enough tanks. And we do this to raise more of the fry grow out some bigger stuff or when I ship in large volume I have somewhere, like a holding facility almost. And potentially, I wasn’t really planning on breeding fish here but, it’s, you’ll see there’s fry behind me and stuff just starts breeding and next thing you know I’m working on trying to figure out where I can put some small tanks for more fry because it’s just happening and can’t them him go. So this is a 375 growout. It’s got some samazi frontosas, and some mbunas, greberis, and red top mbenjis, and z-rocks,
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aceis, azureus, copadichromis, peacocks. A little bit of this, little bit of that. There’s some nangu frontosas, future breeding colony and then some albino aurora and red empress, copadichromis mbenji. These are all 125s on the bottom? Yeah 125s on the bottom. They’re some 40 breeders, then it goes into some 10 gallons. There’s on 20 on the end. Like I was just telling the other guy that was here a little bit ago. I had to upgrade my blower. I had a 1/8. It wasn’t strong enough to pump deeper tanks. This is a tetracanthus, or the cuban cichlid. He’s a male, unfortunately he killed his mate about a week and a half ago. Shame on him, he’s a beautiful fish. He’s really cool Just wish he’d be nicer. Some more mbunas and then a female compressiceps. Sometimes a raise this stuff up and end up with females. Most people that come through the business, the store, or the service accounts want the males obviously because of the color so I end up with stray females here and there. It’s a young breeding group of burundi frontosas. And I actually have another colony of burundis at home. I’ve got three colonies, breeding colonies of burundis alone. Nice. That’s a younger version the Boulengerochromis microlepis, emperor cichlid. And he doesn’t play well with others either. Actually a customer, client bought him and I told him not to put him in his 210 gallon. It was great for a while, then fish started missing and then he would catch them hanging out of his mouth well, of course I adopted him back. Some pearseis, obviously tearing each other up and the honduran red points. Got some junk peacocks down there Rubescens and what they call the dragonbloods. Nice little male there, that one’s coloring up really nice. That’s what we want. I wish I could raise them up quicker and have a lot more of these 2 inch, 3 inch young males. That one’s coloring up. People like that color. Same here, you got a little ngara already starting to color. Now we got some really nice ones. Dimidiochromis, used to be intermedius lethrinops They change the name. I gotta take full of females over there I’m gonna stud him out probably soon. That’s an F1 lwanda male, he’s a show winner. One my favorite peacocks. That one and the ngara are probably my two favorites. Can we move this light along with us? Yeah. I have some more babies and yo-yo loaches. I put them in the tanks to help eat the snails. And I grow them up. You never see them, big ones for sale, so I’ll throw them in just like I raise the cichlids up to the bigger sizes, I’ll throw them in some of the big tanks and raise them up to three, four inches and of course I get more money for them, getting up to size. You know people need bigger fish with their bigger, you know in a bigger tank with other larger cichlids. Saulosi, that’s probably my favorite mbuna. That’s a male, it’s black and blue the females stay that nice and orange They’re not overly aggressive, they don’t get too big maybe about three inches. Four inches would be big. That’s awesome. You can have those in the thirty gallon tank, a group of them. Here’s a young stud lwanda. Future breeder, show fish / whatever. I got a bunch of females behind me, but I’m debating which male to throw up there to them. And in these tanks, are these just matten filters back there, what’s the deal? Those are, a long time ago somebody built they made like ABS, it’s basically the kind of same principle idea they’re drilled holes and there’s AC70 sponges stacked in there or you can put whatever. The one chamber for like a heater and you had to glue them in. Obviously the new version the matted sponge filter is very popular. I like these because it just, it’s more permanent, it’s not taking up too much tank space. But the silicone, they do wear out eventually but I’ve had them for years. There’s some more young stuff and then, I don’t know why he didn’t fill that up. Sorry He was here all day yesterday. That’s a grammodes, and a female black nasty. And I just got a male, a young male for her. She lays eggs in there about every other month. They don’t get fertilized by the other guy. That’d be a weird cross. Two mean a** fish. These are Neolamprologus. I’m looking for them. There’s a breeding pair, their parents are at the other building. They’re probably hiding in the pot. They’re an aggressive little Tanganyikan cichlid. The pretty, they’re not like, you know fancy with color. But the fins, the male can get like a little bit of a knot on his head as he matures. Oh there he is hiding in the barnacle. I sold most of them and I think this one ended up, was pairing off in the bigger tank so I pulled him so I have another breeding pair. Um, yeah some more growouts. Nangus, greberi. I end up losing my wild male greberi I had. He killed the wild females so I bred him with tank raised females and it was a great strain. Those, the males get the nice gold head with the lilac or purple body. They’re hajomaylandi greberi or something, they’ve changed the name. They’re, they’re pretty and not usually overly aggressive but I’m raising some up for my next breeding group. Here’s a nicer, mean. That’s a grammodes. It’s kind of dirty, sorry. Very aggressive, they don’t get as big as like the dovii and some of the other guys. He’s really cool looking. Lot of detail, yeah it’s a pair, female back there. I tried keeping the 75 over here and he beat the living snot out of her so they had to be separated. So this wall is more 125s. 30-gallon breeders up on top and then right here, 5 gallons and a 40 breeder or something, plumbing underneath so I had to improvise that. And then this rack in the middle is all 75? These are almost all 75s, there’s a couple 55 squeezed in, and then 30 gallon breeders and what they call the 45 gallon frag tank they are 48 by 18 by 12 so again I utilize every bit I could on these particular racks I was able to buy, and then there’s like one 33 long at the end on top. But lot of fry, young stuff. The Otter point jake, some OBs, I sold most of them, there’s a couple extras. More saulosi babies up there. Those they call the hongi sweeden. I’m raising up those for breeding They’re pretty. A labidochromis species. Then some borleyi, copadichromis, kadangos. Taiwan reefs, and a buccochromis spectabilis. Young male right there. I’m hoping those are females. And like that rhoadesii I’ll have these breeding in the near future. Alright I feel like we’re missing all the stuff behind us. These are just grow outs? Some of it’s grow outs, a lot of babies, aceis, there’s some of my baby burundis and peacocks, more peacocks I got most of the baby peacocks in this general area. Then some taiwan reef and borleyis. Oddballs, extra females, where I have no males. Labeotropheus trewavasae, marmalade cats. It’s just tanks on tanks on tanks. Champsochromis caeruleus, the trout cichlids. They’re awesome, they get decent size. They can be on the aggressive side, and then I have fossorochromis rostratus, the sand diver. I have many of those. I like that fish, especially like the one in the wall tank at the other shop. That blue, green, black. It’s an impressive fish. They get to be decent size. Then you see more baby red empress up here More babies, hongis, or red top labidochromis. Then we got the strigatus. Then we got baby borleyis in the container here which need a tank soon. Very cool man. A young pair, trio. Look at the color in that male. They’re from the same spawn, look how big he is to them two little females. He like, I actually I might put those females in that 450 to keep up to his his. This is a bunch of veil angels and put some bushynose plecos I bought from a dealer, vendor, and I just had not enough room at this store to put them all there so this would be the overstock. Oh yeah or do I just yeah this is all more fish all the time everywhere. Like a kid in the candy store. Exochromis anagenys. That’s a great fish, you don’t see him too much anymore they’re kind of semi making a comeback. I bred them years ago and now I’m up to, babies, they’re breeding so, some fry. Cute little buggers. They don’t look like the parents right now, but down the road. Another breeding group. That’s the parents of those saulosis. One male, a bunch of females. With OCA I got people that’s got females so I’m hopefully gonna end up with a bunch more females. That’s a 450 gallon which we just pulled fry out. That’s going to end up a whole new batch of young to grow out. Usually four to six months we’ll put stuff in here. So it’s just empty right now. It’s empty, there’s one angel in there I threw in there just for the fun of it a couple of bushynose plecos. Very cool man, well I’m glad we were able to get over to this side, Thanks for stopping. Yeah thanks as always for the tour, I guess until next year we’ll see a see you later. I’ll try to do something different. Next year there might be two big tanks right here. 500 gallons. That’d be cool. So that’d be a new addition. I try, every year I try to up it, you know. Yeah for sure Top yourself. Cool, well thanks Dave appreciate it. No problem.

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