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Our first post!!

OK, so here we go, our very first blog post on iseefishies.com. Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jeremy. I have been a fishkeeper for well over 20 years in total. My passion was breeding South American cichlids and plecos, but recently, I have decided to dedicate more time to doing this blog and giving our readers a more in depth view of a day to day life of a fishkeeper, and giving the real time struggles of starting a online business in the industry I love, NOT using wholesalers for my stock, but our local breeders.

My future goals for this site is to have a public discussion area as to where the most novice keeper and the most experienced can come together and help promote our hobby, breeding, knowledge in everything aquariums, etc. We are also working on setting up a online marketplace for all the breeders out there that are “pro” members to this site (still under construction). We want a secure, safe and trusted way for our members to be able to buy/sell/trade without fear.

Also, just going to throw this out there, we are also considering doing a couple vlogs throughout the week as well as our posts. What do you think? We’re all about making this site as fun and as interactive as possible. Sure, we will have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc for everyone to keep up to date on what’s going on and all of our tanks, current and future set-up’s (which we have a couple ready to go just for you).

Hopefully, you made it through the blog without leaving yet. Thanks, it really does mean a lot. One more thing I wanted to point out is…do you see any ads on this blog? Nope, didn’t think so. I would love to keep it this way, because I also think they are annoying. There’s a sticky post on the page that will help us keep this ad free and help better this page for everyone! It is affiliate links to all the products we  use currently. from LED’s, food, heaters, all-in-one tank combos, etc. But seriously, thanks for reading this VERY long intro blog. There’s a lot more I could say and talk about, but I will save that for Friday’s blog entry.

Keep on fishin’

-Jeremy

 

So today…

Today kind of started off like every other day, fed all the fish, cleaned the tanks, attempted some stand making and needless to say….the fish store called my name.

We decided today that we are turning one of our 10 gallon tanks into a shrimp tank. It isn’t the prettiest tank, just some fluval substrate and guppy grass with a small bit of algae. So, I went to a favorite fish shop of mine and picked up 7 cherry shrimp as a tester for us. We’ve never kept them. So, I’ll update that tank in a week or so.

We also got the final pieces left to set up our wall of 20L tanks from Amazon today.

6 sponge filters to get cycling the tanks. These will be powered by this

Should be enough to power a few tanks.

So anyways, when I get some progress made tomorrow on setting up the 20L rack, I’ll post some progress pictures and maybe reveal what we got intended for the tanks!

Keep on fishing

-Jeremy

Ok so…

Yesterday didn’t go quite as planned. I was able to get some 2×6 cut for the stand of our 125g tank, got mocked up and looked good. Got the base screwed together aaaaaaand…the drill motor goes out. So now I have a stack of lumber sitting in the office (where the business aspect of this goes down). I guess that’s just one of the struggles and joys of DIY.

We’re also pretty excited about a new project we got coming up. Finally ordered some more sponges and pumps to set up a full rack of 20L’s and get them cycling. Now, we just have to figure out what to do with them. Should we go shrimp? Should we go more dwarf cichlids? I guess we will Leave it up to the readers.

We also are gearing up to get our other forms of social media up, and we really need some designing done. We are fishkeepers here and quite frankly, we suck with graphic design. Someone hook us up?

Alright ya’ll, keeping it short today. Got a lot to do. Finish the stand for the 125, start the rack for the 20L’s, prep the 125 for paint. Oh boy..

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-Jeremy

Allow me to introduce you to….

Hey everyone, Jeremy here and I figured since we’re pretty new and this and are dedicated to the aquarium hobby, allow me to introduce you to our personal fish that we have thus far.

I won’t go into too much detail regarding our endlers and guppies (tanks are being overhauled), but I will introduce you to a few of our freshwater friends.

Meet kind of mascot, our L240 Vampire Pleco dubbed “Draco”. In the pic is one of our bichirs, the Ornate (nameless at this moment). They are growing out at the moment.

Not the best picture, but this is our Senegal bichir, he’s growing out with the Ornate and Draco in the same tank. We also have a rescued Delhezi Bichir that likes to hide in the pot in the picture.

Here is our tank that holds our apistogramma pair. They are in the Fluval Flex 9 gallon (that’s in our What we use menu).

Here is their tank, just completed today (as well as more product we use). The female hides in the cave a lot.

This isn’t the best picture, but here’s a picture of our Jardini Arowana (in qt at the moment). We rescued him from a tank full of peacock bass and had half of his tail missing and was pretty skinny. I swore I would never own a arowana…..yeah… I couldn’t refuse. Now, he’s healed, fat, active and awaiting his new home with Draco in the future. All in all, I’m glad he’s with us at iseefishies.com and will have a good life now.

This little guy, this is Jack. He’s an EBJD that we rescued almost 6 months ago with an additions of 2 flowerhorn, 2 frontosa burundi, and another EBJD (got killed by Jack). Jack is an a**hole, but the wife loves him.

We have some other tanks running with some GBR’s and Celestial Pearl Danio’s that’s getting rehabbed currently.

So, there you have it. This is what we have in a nutshell. We have some awesome plans coming up with the mess of empty 20L’s, a 75g, and a newly acquired 125g (idea’s always suggested). But for now, we will end this long blog. Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, etc. We will respond as much as possible.

Keep on fishin’

-Jeremy