I must say i am loving every bit of this. I have sat and admired every bit of this. You were always very enthusiastic but the ability to remember such detail is something i am still in awe of. Keep it coming.
Thanks for your help Nikhil
Nayak, I blame you for the belly ache I am suffering from laughing – It’s a good thing dinosaurs are extinct and we have nothing bigger than elephants.
Thanks Preetham, Having been with us on a fish catching trip I think you have an Idea about our discussions in the car. Very educative :grin:
An improved upgraded version of PMDD for planted tanks is in the pipeline. Serious planted tank gardeners can contact Nayak and Madhu.
You could well contact Adipo too. An ADA dealership doesn't mean he is out of our own R&D. Infact I remember him being the man behind the Eagle Feather hypothesis.
Yes! True. You tell Trevor, Madhu.
To be continued?????????????? Iam already felling jealous about your collection
Nice post, keep them coming
My Mom's place is Honnavar and my Dad is from Sagar, so I could connect to the Kumta trip's so well...
One thing for sure, unless it is something vvvvv important that makes me miss it, I want to be a part of the next fishy camp .... pleeeeease. My ASK membership no is 249 in case it is compulsory
Sorry Nayak for hijacking your thread which is amazing (its the Raymond feeling...the complete Hobbyist thats how I feel now). But the boy next door feeling that your post gives made me do it...else would have thought twice before venturing.... Keep it up and an congrats on an amazing write up
Awsome, awsome, awsome... Cant get enough of this.
Nayak, probably you should write a book with all your experience. Have learnt lot of things from this thread apart from being entertained.
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience.
This must be made a sticky , so that any newbee on the site will get to know all the stalwarts soon.
Nayak - could not meet you in Banglore , but i was telling trevor that the story telling is so awesome that it has everyone gluded on the same.
Hope to see you next time
Hi Ranjit, Sorry I missed meeting you in Bangalore.
Thanks for the encouragement.
Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2922 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:17 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH
As My tanks,Plants and fishes increased so did consumables. Yes the different chemicals/foods. No matter how much I avoided, either the necessity or the hype made me purchase it.
Here are a few.....
1) Dried Tubifex worms- Discontinued after joining ASK/IAH
2) Live Tubifex worms- Useful for conditioning before breeding(Be very careful).
3) Dried Blood worms- Discontinued after seniors warned me of negligible nutritious value.
4) Frozen Blood worms- used in planted tanks as diet variation. Useful.
5) Live Blood worms- Excellent for conditioning before breeding.
6) Tetra bits- Excellent for Angels.
7) OSI Chichlid pellet-Excellent for my Cichlids.
8 OSI Brine shrimp flakes- Excellent for my Tetras. Useful for feeding Fry's.
9) Hikari Sinking wafers- Excellent for my exotic bottom dwellers.(Expensive)
10)Hikari Algae wafers- Excellent for my exotic bottom dwellers.(Expensive)
11)Unbranded sinking shrimp feed- Excellent for my bottom feeders(Cheap)
12)Micro worms-For my fish fry's.
13)Blanched and frozen Spinach leaf- Excellent for my herbivorous bottom dwellers.
14)Blanched Cucumber slice- Excellent for my herbivorous bottom dwellers.
15)Himalaya drug's Spirulina tablets- Excellent for my herbivorous bottom dweller Fry's.
1)Common rock salt- Primary medicine for any fresh water aquarium hobbyist. Do not use in Planted tank or tanks having Corydoras or Loaches. Excellent for mucus secretion, healing of sores, removing fungus and parasites.
As explained by Madhu- See Nayak, sea water kills fresh water fishes and fresh water kills sea fishes. So too with parasites.
2)Methylene blue- Used for ICH cure. Later discontinued and cured ICH using increased temperature and water changes. Do not use in planted tanks or tanks having Corydoras or Loaches.
3) Methylene green crystals- Extremely potent for curing fungus. If not used in right dilution can and will kill fish. I used to mix three crystals only in a litre water mug and give the effected fish a bath for approx 10 seconds.
4)Antibiotics- Used in the early days of my joining ASK/IAH. Later discontinued because of insufficient experience to judge when antibiotics is needed.
5)Garlic extract, Eucalyptus oil-no Idea
6)De-flagellating/De-worming-never done it(Dark area in my knowledge)
7)Pimafix- Avoid like plague. I added it to my 3 feet planted tank as per the instruction on the back of label. Within minutes my Characins were gasping at the water surface. A massive 80% water change brought the situation under control, But not before a few of my golden pencil's were Killed.
8 Hydrogen peroxide- I forgot why I purchased it.
9)Formalin solution- To preserve my dead rare fishes. Never got to using it.
1) Ammo lock- Used initially. As my tanks increased became expensive.
2) Tap water conditioner-Used initially. As my tanks increased became expensive.
3) Sodium Thiosulphate- My primary water conditioner crystals. Trevor sir saved me a lot of money by suggesting I use it.
4) Stress Coat- Essential. The seniors in ASK/IAH swear by it. During the fish competitions at ASK it was added to every aquariums in which fishes were displayed.
5) Stress Enzyme- Supposed to add beneficial bacteria to the aquarium. Used it since I had purchased it. Never mind.
6) Indian Almond leaves- I swear by it. Almost all my Characin and Loricariidae tanks had it. I had also added it to my Angels tank. But never to tank #3.
All the chemicals except the food and Macro fertilizer solutions were kept on the loft. I had to stand tip-toe on a chair to reach it.
But since the food and Macro's had to be used daily I kept them somewhat near at hand. I kept the Macro fertilizer solution in 500ml soda bottles. To distinguish the fertilizer solution from drinking water and create awareness among my kids I called them one day and drew skull and cross bones on the fertilizer bottles. This amused the kids no end.
That day on reaching home from my factory I was not greeted by the usual, Papa what have you brought for us today or do you know what happened in school today. The house was silent, The door was opened by my furious looking better half, and the kids were sitting in the corner with their eyes brimming with tears.
She-See what your kids have done.
Me(realising I was in trouble. They were my kids when they do mischief)-What?
She- Go to the kitchen and see!
Me(venturing tentatively into the kitchen)-He he. Correct no?(Snickering, Trying hard to control myself)
She(All the wrath of the gods directed at me)- You are laughing? You have not taught them how to behave themselves nor good manners. (Sarcastically) The kids behave themselves when the elders behave like elders. When the elders themselves act like kids what to do? and blah,blah
Impressed by the sketch on the fertilizer bottles the little darlings had taken it upon themselves to have a skull and cross bone drawing competition. The canvas? Mommy's fridge and some cooking utensils.
So being responsible indirectly I was given the punishment of having to clean the drawings. I had to get kerosene to do it. The little imps had used permanent marker pens.
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