Angelfish and German Blue Ram Fish Room Tour with Master Breeder Dean

Angelfish and German Blue Ram Fish Room Tour with Master Breeder Dean


– Hey everybody, Cory from Aquarium Co-Op. Today, we’re visiting Dean’s fish room and let’s go ahead and get started. So, let’s start, let’s just start here. We’ll start here. And so, this rack, I guess, it’s kind of cramped in this
room, if you guys can’t tell. How big is it, Dean? – [Dean] It’s, like 96 square feet. – [Cory] 96 square feet.
– [Dean] It’s small. – [Cory] And you’re gonna see, I guess, what Dean can pull off in, you know, it’s not quite 10 by 10, but, you know, it’s a jail cell, right? (laughs) – [Dean] Pretty much, yeah. – [Cory] Alright, so,
got some discus here, and you were telling me that, what, they ate their eggs this
morning or something like that? – [Dean] Yeah, there’s two pairs that, these ones had fry. They are getting better
and better at raising. They’re still really young,
so, I expect, you know, another six months, they’ll start– – [Cory] And how old
are they would you say? – [Dean] I would guess that
those are just about a year old. – [Cory] ‘Cause this thing,
you know, I’m assuming this is the male here–
– [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] Is like bigger
than my hand type of deal, so young seems … Well fed, but maybe young, I guess. – [Dean] Yeah, he should
get another inch and a half. She should get another inch. They should both get
another inch and a half. – [Cory] And then, are these,
these ones here the same– – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] Like, you got
’em at the same time? – [Dean] Yeah, actually, initially, I bought the two females as a pair. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] And they kept laying eggs, and I said, “Well, okay,
but the eggs aren’t viable.” And then one day, I saw
both of them laying eggs. – [Cory] Well, that’ll tell you. – [Dean] So, I realized
they were two females, so then, I went out and
shopped for two more males. – [Cory] And so, did you
already buy them big, or you can just spot
’em when they’re young what you think are male? – [Dean] I bought ’em about this size. – [Cory] Okay. And how did you determine
male at that size? Like, just by observing behavior, or? – [Dean] Behavior, the look. You can obviously tell this is the male. He has the great big bulk. And also, if you get a good
look at the breeding tube, but you have to get really close. – [Cory] Right, right, right. – [Dean] The males are always
slanted and pointed forward. – [Cory] And pointing forward? – [Dean] Or, one way. Pointing one way. Yeah, they should be pointed forward. Slanted and pointing forward,
the females are blunt. I actually saw that male
spawning with another female, so I took him. – [Cory] Hmm, and was the
female just not very good? ‘Cause I would have been– – [Dean] I already had the female. – [Cory] I would have
been tempted to be like, “I’ll take the female, too,” ‘Cause it’s, they were compatible, in my opinion, or whatever. – [Dean] No, I already had the female. I didn’t have, I can’t dedicate
anymore tank space to that. – [Cory] Sure, and so, these down here. What about these discus? – [Dean] Those?
– [Cory] What are these? – [Dean] Well, my
daughter kind of wanted me to breed some discus, so one of the things that I’ve learned is you can’t miss any
feedings with a lot of fry. So, this is a spawn that
I had pulled and raised and then ended up going
away for the weekend and came back and there
was four left alive. – [Cory] I see. – [Dean] So, those are
the four that made it. The rest– – [Cory] And they get their own 20 gallon while they raise up, huh? – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] How old are those
right there, roughly? – [Dean] Those are about two and a half, three months old. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] And they don’t
have the tank by themselves. There’s mega clown plecos in there. – [Cory] Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. – [Dean] They just happen to
be about the same temperature. – [Cory] I’m gonna have to
get in closer to get those mega clown plecos. Any activity out of those yet? – [Dean] I don’t think
they’re big enough yet. – [Cory] True, yeah, now
that I think about it. Yeah, they’re like four
inches or so, yeah. And then, down here. What’s going on down here? – [Dean] That’s a school of aspidoras. Can’t remember the– – [Cory] I remember they
call them the six ray is the common name, I think. The six ray. But, I don’t, I don’t remember the– – [Dean] I started initially
with three of these; two males and a female. These are all my own offspring. – [Cory] Nice. – [Dean] They will spawn
more in the fall for me than this time of year. – [Cory] And you find, like,
when the pressure drops and things that actually do that, or– – [Dean] Yes. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] I can induce them, if
I know a big storm’s coming, I do a couple water changes
the few days before. They will spawn, but not
very many viable eggs. – [Cory] Nice. – [Dean] And you’ll see these scattered through a lot of my tanks, ’cause I have had many babies that I– – [Cory] Looks like we
have the Finnex light, the Stingray, is that what we’re– – [Dean] Yeah, almost every tank in here’s lit by the Stingray. Some of ’em, it’s right down on the tank. Most of them, it’s up above so it’s out of my way all the time. – [Cory] Right? Everything’s so uniform. That’s what I’m jealous of, you know? Even stuff’s labeled. I mean, who labels stuff? Geez. – [Dean] That’s just so I remember. (laughter) – [Cory] Fair enough. I guess on this rack, we can go, if we can go up tall now. So, up tall, let’s go
to this top right tank. So, obviously, rainbow fish and they’re the Wapoga red lasers. And, where, oh, yeah. I was gonna ask you where you got ’em. I think you got ’em from me, right? – [Dean] I got those from you, yeah. And there are eggs in the mop right now. I don’t know if you can zoom
in close enough to get ’em. – [Cory] Ooh, that’ll be tough. I don’t know. – [Dean] Probably not. – [Cory] That’s something I’ll
have to look at the computer and see if it actually came out or not. – [Dean] What I normally do
is I will leave that mop in until I see babies swimming on the surface and then I’ll take the mop out and hatch. – [Cory] Do you rescue the babies also? – [Dean] I try to, I try to. ‘Cause the parents, they will eat them. – [Cory] Well, yeah, that’s what I was– – [Dean] And if you catch
them on the first day, there’s only a couple babies and then they’ll usually hatch out for about eight to 10 days straight. – [Cory] Okay. It looks like here that, are all of these tanks
running canister filters? Is that what’s going
on, in addition, or … – [Dean] This rack that you’re looking at I want to all run canisters, also. Eventually, I will switch them all to, I have enough Eheims now. I got a couple used at the swap meet. So, I’m going to switch them
all to Eheims eventually. And that’s just, it’s
more so for water flow than filtration. I think the sponge filtration is fine, but I wanted more water flow. – [Cory] And then, I think this is cool. What temperature are
you running your discus and then, I want you to
talk about these heaters. – [Dean] The discus are 84 degrees. This one’s 84. This is about 78, the catfish. I believe these are in the
82 range, the rainbows. – [Cory] And, do you turn, are you, so, are you using the
heater to make them 82 or is it because they’re
so high in the room, they’re naturally– – [Dean] No, all the tanks are 82, ’cause we’re in my basement and it tends to stay about 65
degrees year round in here. – [Cory] Okay, so the heaters
are doing that for them? – [Dean] Yeah.
– [Cory] Yeah, okay. – [Dean] Yeah. If I don’t heat them, actually, the unheated
tank in here will run about 68, 70 degrees all the time. – [Cory] And then, next door,
it looks like you’ve got the praecox rainbows,
so, the sister species. – [Dean] Yep, those are always
one of my favorite ones. Easy to sell, easy to breed. Same thing goes, when
I see fry on the top, I’ll pull the mop, start hatching them. – [Cory] So, I think it’s, you know, we’ve kinda shown this first little rack. There’s not an inch of
wasted space, by the way. You guys know I’m not the skinniest man. I can barely walk through this door. But, every inch of space is utilized. So, we’ve seen, you know,
I guess all of these tanks, for the most part,
besides that discus tank, are kind of breeding tanks. And then, we’ll show you,
you know, in my opinion, some of the impressive part, the fry tanks. There’s fry everywhere in here. And, so like, here, these are, which ones? Theses are the praecox, so that’s ones we were just talking about. And is this, like, how
many mops make this? – [Dean] That’s one. – [Cory] One mop made that? – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] Wow. – [Dean] But, you can see that they hatch over a period of about 10 days, and I would guess at a fish farm, these would be sized and
put together by size. – [Cory] Sure, so that
way they don’t outcompete and things like that. – [Dean] But, I don’t
have room to do that, so these will outcompete a little bit, but, eventually, as I net
’em to sell them or whatever, net the bigger ones, the
other ones will catch up. – [Cory] And how many do
you think are in there? ‘Cause that seems like
way more than one spawn. Like, I would have guessed, like, 60. But, that seems like way
more than what’s in there. – [Dean] Yeah, I would
say there’s probably near 100 in there, maybe. – [Cory] And it looks like you’re running the Matten sponge filters in the back? – [Dean] All the tanks
on this level are Matten, and I really like them. The only disadvantage is they create such a current right here, because it’s spraying
forward all the time. So, if the fish get up
here, you can just see ’em, they get blown all over the place. Or like the little guys,
you can really see them. These are baby angels. This is two spawns. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] They’re five days apart. One was a really small spawn. The other was a really big spawn. And I just decided to
put ’em all together. – [Cory] And how long will
you leave this many fry in this 10 gallon like this? – [Dean] Until they get about this size. They’ll outgrow it. There’s not as many fry
in here, but pea size. Pea size, they’re ready to move. – [Cory] And these are
the super red angels? – [Dean] Yes. – [Cory] Is that what these are? – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] We’ll show those
on another rack comin’ up. But, yeah and then, so I guess while we’re on this row here. – [Dean] Those are baby rams, probably 100 or so in there. – [Cory] 100 German Blue
rams in a 10 gallon. – [Dean] A relatively small spawn. Usually if you get up to
about 200 or 300 in a spawn. – [Cory] And it looks like, yeah we do run heaters into these tanks, and then how often do you
water changing in this density? – [Dean] Twice a week, about half the tank. – [Cory] Okay, that’s more
dedication than I have. I automate, which we’ll
have to talk about. So, this is, you know, the guts of this fish room, right there. There’s a lot of gadgets
goin’ on right there to make this happen, but
we’ll go over that in a bit. Then here, we can probably
do a lot of teaching for me, ’cause I know these are, you know, different grades of crystal
shrimp and stuff like that. – [Dean] All of the, these are the PRL, pure red
lines, is what they call them, crystal red shrimp. You’ll see if you catch this
little one on the sides, solid white. – [Cory] Oh, wow. – [Dean] There’s a few solid whites that are coming out of there. – [Cory] And is solid
white more sought after? – [Dean] Much more
desirable, I mean right now– – [Cory] Yeah, I don’t know if
I’ve seen a solid white one. – [Dean] Or the ones like the
one on the very back there, which has the red around the head, and pretty much a little
white dot on the tail. – [Cory] Yeah. – [Dean] These have struggled, but they’re starting to come back now. They haven’t produced a
lot of females for me, and these are very similar, just two different tanks
of pretty much the same. – [Cory] So, one thing I’m noticing, is that it appears like
you’ll let algae grow on the side of these
tanks, but not of these. Or, is it naturally that …. – [Dean] No, it’s … I only scrape the front. These, every time I move the
fry out, I scrub the tank. – [Cory] Wow, that seems
like a lot of work. – [Dean] It takes like, it takes like 30 seconds. Scrub it, let it settle. Drain all of the water. – [Cory] Okay, cause I was, in my mind, I was thinking you were taking
to the sink to scrub it out. – [Dean] No, I do it right here. I just use a plastic, like a dish brush. Just scrub it really quick. I drain it all the way. If I’m gonna, if I’m moving
fry from another system, I’ll put in a third of their
water from that other system. They get a two-thirds water change when I fill it back up. Then the heaters, I’ll plug in so one switch will turn the
whole bank of heaters on. So, I can just turn ’em off – [Cory] Oh, yeah. – [Dean] At the power strip. – [Cory] Looks like, you know, if we zoom in on these heaters here, looks like they’re mostly at 82-83, well this one’s 85. – [Dean] Yeah, and actually– – [Cory] The rams I guess. – [Dean] The numbers
aren’t super accurate. – [Cory] Oh, calibration, yeah. – [Dean] No of ’em come
perfectly calibrated. – [Cory] What have we got goin’ down low? This is my nightmare here. These tanks are on the floor. – [Dean] These are– – [Cory] I gotta get
on my hands and knees. – [Dean] I literally have
to put a water pump in these to change ’em. But, it’s pretty automated. It just, it’s ready to go. – [Cory] Just drop it in. – [Dean] Just drop it in. Set this in a bucket or a
this case set it in the drain. Plug it in, and it’s draining. This is just a power head. This tank is just a catch-all tank. It’s where they’re not breeding, they’re extra fish, they’re extra plants. – [Cory] It looks like
rasboras and danios mostly. – [Dean] Yeah, those are dither fish. There’s a lot of dwarf cichlids in there. They hide. – [Cory] Oh yeah, I
can see like one hiding behind that pot back there. – [Dean] Right. There’d be one or two under here. – [Cory] Oh yeah. – [Dean] So it’s just … – [Cory] Everything’s gotta
live somewhere, I guess. – [Dean] Yeah, don’t have a lot of room. – [Cory] That tank’s impressive – [Dean] These are all F1s
from wild caught borelli. – [Cory] Yeah, ca-sig-a-rella, yeah. – [Dean] And it’s from a
certain river drainage. I can’t remember the name
of it right now, but– – [Cory] How many are there? ‘Cause there’s a lot! – [Dean] There’s about 180, last time I, when I moved them there, there was 180. And I’ve only seen one
casualty since I moved ’em. – [Cory] That’s a pretty good rate. – [Dean] They get probably a twice a week water change too. I just pump it into the bucket. – [Cory] Sure. Yeah, then we’ve got, oh, get up here off the floor. I’m gettin’ too old for the floor tanks. – [Dean] Yeah, me too. – [Cory] So, some sterbai
corys here, it looks like. – [Dean] Settin’ up, tryin’
to get them to spawn, ’cause I’d like to have baby corys in the bottom of my fry
tanks to clean up the mess. It really keeps the
bottom of the tanks clean. – [Cory] Well, all the tanks, you know, look very clean, complete
opposite of my fish room. I’m the mole master. – [Dean] Right. – [Cory] And then, just
unlimited female, the pistos? – [Dean] Yeah, pretty much all female, a couple that had their fins burned off. – [Cory] Yeah? – [Dean] See this one? That was in a unfortunate
situation that happened for a couple weeks while I was gone. – [Cory] Mm-hmm. – [Dean] But they would
still be okay for breeders. – [Cory] Right, cause it’s not genetic. – [Dean] It’s not genetic, yeah. It was environmental. – [Cory] And then– – [Dean] I don’t know if
these are gonna come out. – [Cory] I can see– – [Dean] She’s back
under there pokin’ out. – [Cory] I can see the male, just a glare. If we can get it on. – [Dean] I don’t know if
you’re gonna get to see her. – [Cory] Well, I can– – [Dean] Oh, there you go. – [Cory] Yeah, zoom in on her, but these are the
pelvicachromis kribensis, and the taeniatus, or
it’s like the yellow form. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] And then, did you say you, do you have fry on these? – [Dean] Yeah, I do have fry on these. – [Cory] Okay, we’ll show
that, like the next racks, may be more amazing than this rack, so we’ll save that suspense. And then, must be a pair of Apistogramma? – [Dean] Yeah, cacatuoides,
the orange flash ones. – [Cory] Oh, there we
go, right in that cave. – [Dean] Man, I’ll put this
here so you can step up. – [Cory] Alright, now
we’re goin’ to the ceiling. – [Dean] Watch your head. – [Cory] Oh, yes, that’s a– – [Dean] You have no idea how
many times I’ve whacked it. – [Cory] That’s how you got so smart, ’cause you’ve whacked your head on that. You accomplished the impossible. There’s four rows of tanks. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] Like that’s
everyone’s dream, right? Is a fourth row, but we did have to get on our knees and on a ladder, so … (clicking) Oh yeah, now I remember
what you have up here. – [Dean] Are they out? – [Cory] They are, they are, totally. So, these are the claro plecos – [Dean] Yeah, and it’s interesting, I just switched how that
wood was set up yesterday. – [Cory] Yeah? – [Dean] I used to have it
just leaning up in the back, and yesterday decided to
lift it up off of the, and put it on top of those, and all of a sudden, they’ve
been out all the time. – [Cory] Yeah, and they’re
hanging out underneath it. – [Dean] And one of
them looked like it went in one of the spawning caves. – [Cory] Yeah, there it is. – [Dean] We’ll see. – [Cory] See, that’s what happens when you put a tank on the ceiling. It get’s so dirty like this. I think you can actually
see they went poop once. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] Compared to all those other tanks that are immaculate. But, the claro pleco is the
true, true dwarf bristlenose and you’ve probably seen those
in my fish room, as well, but I’m sure, I’m sure Dean
will beat me to breeding them, ’cause he just puts in
way more effort than I do. And then, using the polycarbonate tops? – [Dean] Yeah, on some tanks. – [Cory] Oh, yeah, I didn’t
realize that some were in glass. Yeah, down below is glass, and that’s– – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] If you saw, or have
seen these knobs before, I stole ’em from Dean. That’s where I learned
to grab those knobs. Oh, you should show them the dimmer. – [Dean] Oh, okay. Let’s see, which is the best one to video? Probably that one. So– – [Cory] These are all the Finnex. – [Dean] All Finnex lights. I cut the cords, so I voided my warranty. And, we’ll just trace this cord, we can trace it around back and up to this junction box right here. – [Cory] That looks safe
with water. (laughs) – [Dean] Yeah, it’s
fine, it’s only 12 volts. So, half of that’s
positive, half’s negative, and that comes over to here, where a power supply, one power supply that
does all of these lights, comes in to the dimmer and then it goes to the various things. So, I can just turn all the
lights all the way down to off and all the way back up to bright. – [Cory] That’s pretty handy. – [Dean] I tend to run them about a little less than half way. – [Cory] And why is that? – [Dean] I don’t like algae. And I’m not really in the plant
growing kind of mode here. – [Cory] You’re a fish
guy, not a plant guy. – So, for the video, they’re all up full. So, I did that. There’s three dimmers in here. One on this rack, one on that
rack, one on the back rack. – [Cory] And so, yeah, if you guys saw the Aquarium Co-op video on the dimming, I stole that idea from Dean here. Dean’s where I get all my good ideas. So, we’re just raiding his fish room for all the good ideas today. – [Dean] Yeah, and so this
is just a bigger dimmer. The small dimmer is up
on the top of this 20. But, it’s on, you won’t be able
to see it without a ladder. – [Cory] But, I guess, let’s
go into the next rack here and this is, I love this,
because everything is so, like, every rack has
been different, so far. Like this one is literally a baking rack. – Yeah, but it’s, it’s a NSF rack, so
that means it’s kitchen and it’s designed for 3,000 pounds. So, it freaked me out a little bit because what a lot of people can’t
see in this fish room is behind this rack, there’s a four foot piece
of paneling that hinges out. That’s where my water heater is. – [Cory] I see. – So, if there’s ever any problem, this rack has to move
to fix the water heater. The furnace to the house
sits behind this paneling, and this just pulls out
and slides that way. So, I had to work that
into, you know, the whole the whole room. – [Cory] Yeah. – [Dean] So, this rack I wanted to be, I was, at first, gonna
leave it on the wheels, but I figured they would get flat spots and then I wouldn’t be
able to roll it anyway. – [Cory] Right. – [Dean] So, I just decided if I ever have to get in the furnace, put tanks here that are easy to move out. Fives are easy, the 15 would be easy. This would be a little tough,
but we could move it out. – [Cory] So let’s just
start on, in my opinion, the coolest thing here, and that is this, I don’t even know what to call it. Fry raising station? – [Dean] It’s the fry system, yeah. – [Cory] So, it’s, you know,
a lot of things going on here. – [Dean] Yeah, you’re
lookin’ at a 20 long. – [Cory] With sponges in it, apparently. – [Dean] Yeah, it doesn’t really need the extra sponge filters, but I always have them in case
I have one when I need one. – [Cory] Makes sense. – [Dean] So, they’re
always cycled sponges. It’s got a heater in it and the heart of it is, kind
of, the powerhead water pump, whatever you want to call it, and the sponge that is the blue. – [Cory] Okay, fine sponge, yeah. – [Dean] So, that is
pushing water up to here, through the PVC, where these valves control the
water going into the trays. And there’s all sorts of various trays. These trays here are actually
ones that I used 30 years ago. – [Cory] That means you’re
at least 30 years old. – [Dean] At least, yeah. And, we’ll get a, we’ll get a close up of
one of them right here. So, this was a microwave dinner tray. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] And, compared to today’s, this is very strong plastic. – [Cory] Well, 30 years ago,
it was built to last, right? We didn’t know plastic
was totally gonna kill us. – [Dean] So, I cut a
hole, I glued a screen, the screen was made, well, 30 years ago, was
made from my wife’s nylons. Now, it is made from a
piece of coffee filter. So, it’s super fine mesh. Just glued it on with PVC glue and it seems to be holding super strong. It floats in a PVC thing that, this is glued. It’s not just pushed together, ’cause I pushed ’em together, and eventually, they– – [Cory] Yeah, they sink–
– [Dean] Fill with water. – [Cory] And you got a problem, yeah. – [Dean] The little rings are just so– – [Cory] That’s my favorite
design right there. – [Dean] I can hold ’em in place. – [Cory] Yeah, he’s got these little pins. – [Dean] That you just drop through. – [Cory] If you were to
take these two pins out, these rafts kind of leave
the dock, so to speak. – [Dean] Right, they
could move around, yeah. – [Cory] So, what do we have, so we’ve got, looks like
we’ve got air coming in, and we’ve got water dripping in, but what fry are we lookin’ at here? – [Dean] Okay, so, these
are rams, a small group. – [Cory] Okay, german blue rams? – [Dean] Yeah, and these
are the orange laser cories. – [Cory] Yep, which you
guys have probably seen, I did a video on harvesting them for him. – [Dean] Right. These are the pelvicachromis– – [Cory] The taeniatus ones–
– [Dean] Yeah, whatever. – [Cory] The yellow form ones. – [Dean] And a kind of an
unsuccessful hatch here of angels. – [Cory] Yeah, not that many in there. – [Dean] No, those’ll probably get mixed with something else eventually. – [Cory] And so, like,
that one, I noticed, doesn’t have air in it. Is that, any reason why, or– – [Dean] Just so I could show
you what I did with the air. So, this is a zip tie that
is designed for a screw. – [Cory] Right, yeah. – [Dean] It just happens
that the rigid airline tubing slides in it perfectly. – [Cory] Well, that’s the million
dollar secret right there. – [Dean] And I can just turn
them and put them in here. The air is really only
to break up the biofilm. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] It’s unnecessary. I don’t think it’s
necessary, except for that, because when I’m feeding these, all the brine shrimp, the
little tiny powdered food, it gets a lot of biofilm and
it will seal off the top, so the air is, that’s all it’s really for. And it’s just designed, you know, I can swing them out of the
way, swing them back in. Can pretty much move them wherever I want. – [Cory] But, yeah, I
mean, so one 20 long, and we have hundreds of fry
from four different species, you know, maximising
your three square feet out of your less than hundred square feet. – [Dean] Right. There’s a few stragglers in the bottom. Some catfish. I think there’s a couple early spawns. When they first spawned,
there was only three babies. I think they’re in the bottom down– – [Cory] Yeah, I think I, yeah. I see the reflection of them hiding out. – [Dean] That’s mainly, the
bottom always stays clean and, you know, really, the
only maintenance I do in here is I stick the siphon in and
siphon half the water down, and I clean the prefilter on, and this is just for flow. It really keeps that bottom clean. – [Cory] That makes sense. – [Dean] ‘Cause I don’t have anything other than that down there. – [Cory] And so what happens, like, I’m seeing over here, we’ve got, like, a little hang on tank, and then more things going on? – [Dean] Oh, yeah, this. I ran out of space. – [Cory] Okay, ’cause
I was gonna say, like, what happens when you need
to put more fry in here? Where do these go from here? – [Dean] So, this is another hatch of, of baby rams. And they’re just, they’ll probably be free-swimming in two days. – [Cory] And how many you
think are in that batch? – [Dean] I haven’t really determined, but there was at least 300 eggs. – [Cory] Wow. ‘Cause it doesn’t look like
that many, but they’re so small. – [Dean] No, they’re clustered around and under the rock, though. I have to be really careful. If I move the rock right
now, it would crush them. – [Cory] Oh. – [Dean] So, I gotta wait
til they’re free-swimming and then I can grab the rock. – [Cory] I see, so what
we were seeing is like the already hatched out egg casings. – [Dean] Right, right. – [Cory] And then, looks like you have the blue container here. – [Dean] That’s Methylene blue. It’s about a gallon. I think it’s a vase. – [Cory] Did you steal it from your wife or did you buy it for fish? – [Dean] I actually bought it. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] And there’s angels on here. Angel eggs, and they
are wiggling right now. – [Cory] See where I can zoom in. Yep, you can see that. – [Dean] In the back, there’s
a small batch of angels. It’s more, a lot more of them fungused. We’ll get to where I have four pairs and kinda determining which pair’s the most viable right now. – [Cory] Yeah, ’cause dedicating
that much space to that, that’s half your fish
room almost over here. – [Dean] Right. – [Cory] Then looks like we’ve got, what, orange flash in here? – [Dean] Yep, mmhmm. – [Cory] And then– – [Dean] There’s some fry
in with them right now. – [Cory] I see that. Will she stay yellow while
there’s fry in there– – [Dean] Yes. – [Cory] Or is she ready to breed again? – [Dean] She actually has spawned again before I had a chance to get those fry out and they were cannibalized by the male. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] So, you can see
her picking on those fry ’cause she want’s them outta there. – [Cory] And so, does that mean one day you’re gonna get in and remove ’em then? – [Dean] Oh, yeah, have too, soon. Probably this coming week. – [Cory] I see. – [Dean] And then, I have
to find a place to put them. – [Cory] And then it looks like there’s a barrier between this tank. So, I guess they must fight
when they can see over there? ‘Cause … – [Dean] Yeah, that’s … – [Cory] Just so they can’t see in? – [Dean] I just have, I think
a lot of fish like the pistos, they need something to back up to. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] So I wrap that tank endwise, and they were just too
skittish with just the little– – [Cory] And is this a five gallon, is that what this one is? – [Dean] Yeah, yeah. – [Cory] Alright. – [Dean] So they were just too
skittish without that there, and so they calmed down
once they got that there. – [Cory] And these are
the what, the fire reds? – [Dean] Yeah, that’s fire red agassizis. – [Cory] And this is, you
know when we’re talkin’ about, I always tell people, “You need
to buy big groups, ’cause,” so, Dean’s got some in
here, lots of males. And then he’s got more males up here, You started off with what, six? And ended up with what, six males? – [Dean] Six males,
and we thought for sure we had picked– – [Cory] Yeah, but luckily– – [Dean] Two, or three and three. – [Cory] One came into my store, and she’s already spawned, so we know it’s a female. So, even though he’s
seven of these deep now, he can finally start makin’ ’em, so. – [Dean] Right. This one is obviously the dominant male. He keeps this guy pretty – [Cory] Now are you–
– [Dean] Subdued over there. – [Cory] Intentionally leaving
that other male in there? – [Dean] Until I get viable spawn, yeah. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] ‘Til I see babies,
then I’ll pull him out. – [Cory] I see. And then, so this must be the actual wild pair of the borelli. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] So crazy to me you’re spawning stuff in five gallons. I’m always too chicken to like, “Oh, I’m gonna kill ’em in a five gallon!” – [Dean] No, they’re fine. You get as good sponge
filter going in there, they’ll be fine. – [Cory] Definitely wild-caught in hiding. But yeah, so that pair
spawned the 150 of ’em. And then, oh up top, I didn’t. I should look at those guys, ’cause I haven’t even seen these guys. So, I’ll get on the ladder here. Oh yeah, the head crusher. – [Dean] So, what you have, is you have an electric blue female,
and a German male. And the only reason is, is because I don’t have a lot of room for extra fish in here. So, I had a pair of electric
blues, but I lost the male. And so I had three pairs of the German red and lost one female, so I just said, “You know what, those guys
are gonna like each other.” – [Cory] And have they
liked each other yet, or? – [Dean] No. – [Cory] Not yet. (laughs) – [Dean] But, you know,
eventually those might end up in that tank down on the floor. – [Cory] Yep. – [Dean] And something else
would go in there to spawn, or raise, or both. But, I don’t have a lot of room for a lot of extra fish to hang out. – [Cory] Alright, and
there is another rack. This is, quote unqoute, the “big rack”. And this is where a lot of fish are, ’cause this is where your 40s are. – [Dean] Right. – [Cory] So I guess, let’s start, tell me about the red angels over here, ’cause you’re giving a lot
of space to these red angels. – [Dean] Well, we originally
got 12, I believe. And then we had one pass away, and we ended up with five pairs. – [Cory] That’s pretty good odds. – [Dean] Yeah, that’s pretty good odds. So right now, each pair
basically has 10 gallons, but it’s shared. And that actually works
with angels really well, because like this pair here, when a cory gets in there,
they don’t have eggs, and they’re protecting
them from the other pair. – [Cory] If I can get,
if I can block the– – [Dean] The glare. – [Cory] Here we go. Yeah. – [Dean] So, part of our idea is to get the white out and
develop more of a red, or a dark orange and black angel. – [Cory] Mm-hmm. – [Dean] At first, none of these pairs were very prolific at all. These are all about, what
do think, about a year now? – [Cory] Maybe, I– – [Dean] Maybe a little under a year. – [Cory] Yeah. – [Dean] Yeah. So, but they’re gradually
getting larger and larger spawns, and more prolific. They’re more better hatches. – [Cory] Gonna have more than you know what to do with here soon. – [Dean] Yeah. And you know, we might end
up narrowing it down to, you know, one pair here, and– – [Cory] Or at least
one tank-worth of ’em. ‘Cause giving up one of
your tanks out of what? How many tanks do you have in here, 20? – No, I don’t remember. Let’s see, there’s five, 10, 11, 12, 13. 14, 15, 18, 19. We already get to 19. – [Cory] Oh, okay. I guess I forgot all the 10s racked. – [Dean] 25, 35, 36, 37. – [Cory] So, 37 tanks in
under 100 square feet. – [Dean] Right. – [Cory] So, a tank every
two square feet almost? – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] Or, three square feet. – [Dean] A few of ’em are head bangers, but life will go on. – [Cory] So, this is a
cool tank, obviously. There’s a lot of money in this tank. – [Dean] There’s electric
blue rams in there. – [Cory] And so, that must
be from the previous spawn. – [Dean] That’s from the previous pair. That was before the male bit the dust. I only had I bought a pair of those. I ordered ’em from a breeder, rather than try to get ’em from a store. I wanted it from a breeder that actually was raising ’em. – [Cory] Mm-hmm. – [Dean] So I got, you
know, one pair from him. – [Cory] And are you
gonna use some of these to make more generations? – [Dean] Yes, that’s the idea. – [Cory] Yeah. And, how do you like the intake sponge? – [Dean] The prefilter? – [Cory] Yeah, the prefilter
that’s made to do it. – [Dean] It’s amazing, actually. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] Because you can reach in there, literally if you just popped it off, and take it to the sink to clean it, the filter part stays fairly clean. I don’t have to do much to that. – [Cory] Nice. – [Dean] And that particular sponge, tends to hold the stuff while you’re gettin’ it out of the tank. – [Cory] Wow, I would’ve
thought for sure– – [Dean] Unlike this type of sponge, so this is, it looks the same. – [Cory] It’s made by the same
company, but it is different. – [Dean] This is a lot coarser, doesn’t seem like it is. But even this one, compared
to the five inch one, it’s different sponge. – [Cory] Right, yeah. – [Dean] I can get that
without a cloud in the tank, but this one, it’s a mess. And I’ve heard of people
putting plastic bags, or wrapping them. No, I’m not into that. – [Cory] That’s what I do. (laughs) – [Dean] I just lift it outta there. – [Cory] Then, looks like more rams. – [Dean] Yeah, those are the german rams. There’s a few super red plecos in there. – [Cory] Oh yeah. – [Dean] But again, even like, this is a good example right here. If I had cories in this tank, all that stuff on the
bottom would be not there. – [Cory] That’s amazing to me. I haven’t seen it, so it’s
hard for me to believe, but I believe you,
’cause I see what you do. – [Dean] Plecos will grind it up and you’ll end up with this, which is easy to siphon, but cories will grind it up so fine that it comes into the sponges. – [Cory] Wow, I’ve gotta
try that, ’cause that’s, well, I run gravel, so it’s gonna end up in the gravel regardless for me. – [Dean] This is a good example. There’s cories on the bottom of that tank. – [Cory] And true enough,
there’s, you know, there’s a little bit of dust, maybe, but nothin’ like that physical
poop like you see up there. And, you know, dwarf
cichlid, dwarf cichlid, they’re not the same dwarf cichlid, but, you know, I bet their
poop’s fairly similar. – [Dean] It is, yeah. – [Cory] And these are all the– – [Dean] These are the lobe. – [Cory] The pelvicachromis, yeah. Lobes, yeah. Lotta those, too. – [Dean] Yeah. And the females are starting to show now. – [Cory] Mmhmm, yeah, now you can start pulling out sexed pairs. – [Dean] Right, right. – [Cory] There’s another
tank of lobes, it looks like. Lots of lobes. – [Dean] And this also
has these guys, the– – [Cory] Oh, the L333s. – [Dean] Yeah, there’s– – [Cory] Yeah, there’s some right there. – [Dean] There’s some in the sticks, there’s some in the caves. – [Cory] Oh, yeah. Yeah, I made Dean take these, ’cause I want him to work with them, ’cause they look amazing. They’re hard to get on
camera, unfortunately. They’re all hiding perfectly. I can only see tails everywhere. – [Dean] We can move
that, maybe they’ll move. They’re pretty cool little fish. There we go, here. – [Cory] Yeah, they’re amazing. They’ve grown! – [Dean] Yeah, quite a bit, quite a bit. – [Cory] They’ve definitely grown. – [Dean] These are the small ones. I think the big ones– – [Cory] There’s one under there. I don’t know if it’s big or not, but … – [Dean] Nope, that’s a small one. I think the big one is in the cave. And that’s, I think, the
dominant male to be, or whatever. – [Cory] Those guys are amazing. I want you to spawn those badly. – [Dean] Yeah, those are cool fish, too. – [Cory] And then, it
looks like panda cories? – [Dean] Yeah, I think
that’s what those are. – [Cory] Yeah, they look like pandas. And are those, so do
you have those in there ’cause you’re gonna wanna spawn them or because you want them to
grind down the waste for you? – [Dean] Yeah, I actually got those, they were in a smaller fry tank, but they outgrew the fry. – [Cory] Oh. – [Dean] I probably got those when they were a half inch long. – [Cory] Hmm. There’s a cool pleco there. – [Dean] Yeah, that’s a 201. – [Cory] And is it just one of those, or do you have a colony of those? – [Dean] I only have one, but I have three little babies in that, in that 10 gallon ram tank
that we looked at before. – [Cory] Oh, okay. So, just project in the future then. – [Dean] Yeah, I got the
three babies from Barbie. – [Cory] Oh, okay, yeah. And then, so I’m, let’s see, I guess we gotta go up– – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] For more tanks? – [Dean] I don’t know, you might end up scaring the zebras, but we’ll see. – [Cory] Yeah, we’ll try and, ’cause this is, you don’t
get to see this every day. I’ll get up here on a ladder
and hopefully I won’t … Oh yeah. So, it’s not, you know, the most well lit, but, lots of zebra plecos. This is your colony
you’re raising up, right? – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] And how many are in here? – [Dean] I think there’s four, maybe five. Four or five. – [Cory] It looks like
some cherry shrimp also. – [Dean] Yeah, and that
was kind of an experiment. I don’t know if it’s gonna work out. I just think, everybody says cherry shrimp can go up really high temp, but, I don’t think that’s
gonna end up working out. – [Cory] Oh, it looks like these rams right here are on eggs. – [Dean] Great. – [Cory] Yeah, there’s a big old thing of, and it’s on the– – [Dean] On the saucer? – [Cory] It’s on the saucer and you can see the breeding tube. – [Dean] Yeah, she’s got her tube out. – [Cory] Yeah, so that’s the breeding tube on the female there that’s, so they must have just laid,
or at least, today, at least. – [Dean] Yeah, ’cause they
weren’t there earlier today. – [Cory] And so, they just
laid all on this saucer and there’s a lot of eggs. I don’t know how many is there. Someone on YouTube should
count that and let us know so that way, we know
when Dean raises ’em up, how many he actually kept alive. And there’s another pair
over here, it seems. Or at least, yeah. – Yeah, here’s a good way, I used to, what I considered, colony spawn these. I would put, like, 10 females and maybe five
males in a 40 breeder and I’d put the little flower
pots all over the place, pointing away from each other, and get the females all conditioned, throw the males in,
feed ’em, water change, and you’d have eggs in everywhere. Then, you take all of ’em
out and raise the babies up. – [Cory] You were more like
mass production back then. – [Dean] It was like a ram factory. (laughter) – [Cory] And then, what
have we got up here? – [Dean] Those are some lobe. – [Cory] Okay, are those the original ones that made the other ones? – [Dean] No. – [Cory] Oh, just, okay. – [Dean] They’re just something
that I netted out early. – [Cory] And then, what’s
in the super secret hidden tank down there? – [Dean] That has those,
what is it, apisto panam– – [Cory] Oh, the panduros, yeah. – [Dean] Yeah, yeah. – [Cory] Yeah, they’re
hiding way in the back there. – [Dean] Yeah, those are,
again, they’re very shy. But, have not produced anything yet. – [Cory] And this little,
what is it, a two and a half? Is that what this is? – [Dean] Yeah, yeah. – [Cory] There’s the wapoga
red laser fry in there. I don’t know if I can get it on camera. They’re pretty small. Oh, there we go. How many are in there, do you think? – [Dean] I don’t think this
method was very successful, but I’m guessing 50, 60? I think next time, I will hatch them and move them to the tray. More successful fry rate, I think. – [Cory] 50, 60 sounds
decent, but, you know, you’re the man when it
comes to breeding fish, so, low yield. Looks like brine shrimp
factories or hatcheries. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] And you, if I
remember right, is it, you feed brine, is it morning and night? – [Dean] Twice a day. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] So, I’ll point on there, this one has very little eggs. It’s already been drained and sorted. So, tonight, I just drain that through the sieve and feed it. This one is in the hatching process. I usually hatch for 36 hours. So, every night, I start one,
and every morning, I will, like, tomorrow morning,
I will settle this. The brine shrimp will be about to here. I’ll drain it, I’ll keep the water, but I’ll separate the eggs out. I’ll pour it back in and
it’ll get to about this level. Feed half of it in the morning, and then I’ll have brine
shrimp for them at night. – [Cory] Right. That’s commitment, morning and night. So, how many times do you feed in the fish room a day, then? ‘Cause you still have a
full time job and all that. – [Dean] My first feeding
is at 5:15 in the morning. – [Cory] That’s about
the time I’m going to bed after editing videos. – Right. And then, I get home about 2:30, 3:00. The fry I will give dry food. All of the fry, including these. Sometimes, if it’s rainbow fry, I will use dry food and vinegar eels. I found that they work
really good for rainbows, to an extent. Once I get them on baby brine, they don’t get any of the
microworms or vinegar eels. And then, the last
feeding is brine shrimp, and that will happen about 8:00 at night. – [Cory] And I see lots of,
I’m gonna give myself a plug, like, even the breeder
uses the fertilizer. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] So, I’ll put a link to that if you guys want some of that. And then I see, so this is a question I
always like to ask people. So, you’ve got your liquid
test kits, I see, there. How often do you actually
test water in here? – [Dean] Not very often. – [Cory] ‘Cause I, like,
in my own fish room, I’d say, like, maybe I’m testing once or twice a month, tanks that I think might
be having problems. – I probably use that most for if I see a problem, I’ll test, and, if I get a shipment of fish in, I know it’s gonna have
ammonia in the water, but sometimes, I still wanna
know what the pH is close to, so I know whether I can
just net ’em and move ’em– – [Cory] So, if you were
to get fish in the mail, then, do you just net and drop ’em in, or, what’s your acclimation method? – No, I usually get them to temperature. I think temperature is very important because netting and dropping
them could sometimes shock ’em, even though a lot of people do it. Temperature, I think, is one of the keys. And then I will check the pH. If it’s anywhere close, then
once they’re to temperature– – [Cory] Which is, like, how far off? – Say like six to seven, that’s good, that’s close enough. But, if it’s six to eight, or, ’cause a lot of fish, you know, around the country, a lot
of ’em are at a higher pH than what we’re used to here. – [Cory] Right, liquid rock water coming out of Florida, or, Texas, or– – That’s the other thing,
if it’s super hard, then I might acclimate them really quick, you know, over a half hour. And so, that’s usually
when I use the test kits. Or, if I see something going wrong. Usually, if something’s going wrong, that means something is
crashing in the tank. – [Cory] Sure. – And sometimes, you just
have to figure it out. – [Cory] Yeah, let’s
see, I wanna talk about more utilized space, tiny little totes underneath
the bottom of these things. That’s how you know you’re
in a breeding fish room, ’cause you start labeling things of, that’s an entire tote of breeding caves, and the next one is an entire
tote of fry traps and boxes, and there we’ve got sponge filters. – [Dean] And I have no
idea what’s in those, so– – [Cory] That’s ’cause
they’re not labeled. – [Dean] That’s fish junk. (laughs) – [Cory] It would be more
impressive if you pulled it out and it was, like, “Oh yeah. “I’m hatching out discus down here,” or something. – [Dean] No, no. I actually thought about
using some of that space for growing shrimp or mosses because they don’t need the light, but that might be what happens
under there and under here. – [Cory] Sure, yeah, you
don’t have to get on the floor to clean a tank down there, yet. – [Dean] But it has to be something that I can physically lift
the weight of the water. – [Cory] And this is the most multipurpose bucket that’s
ever been made, I swear. There’s a lot goin’ on in this bucket. Huh, so it’s an actual water
pump that’s connected to the flow valves.
– [Dean] It is a water pump. It’s not a sump pump, it’s a water, like, – [Dean] It’s a water pump–
– [Cory] An aquarium pump. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Cory] Yeah. – [Dean] The reason it’s not
a sump pump is the level. I needed this to be pretty low, and sump pump takes another
two or three inches of head. There we go. And the sump pump works flawlessly. I could give you a demo. What tank should we drain? How about the cory tank? That works good. So, we take the lid off, obviously. Now, there’s two
different hoses hooked up. There’s a larger diameter,
a smaller diameter. That just depends on the
speed that I wanna drain at. – [Cory] Okay. – [Dean] Okay, usually,
the larger diameter, I’ll use on the 40 breeders, the 20s, the smaller on this rack. There’s always water in those hoses. – [Cory] Right, you’ve told me about this. I’ve never seen it in, I’ve
never even seen this happen. – [Dean] So, there’s
always water in the hoses, so I’m gonna use the
small one to go in here. So, I usually come up and I’ll kink it, shake a little bit of that water out, pull it out of here. Now, there’s water in there, stick it in the tank. Obviously, there’s some air there, right? – [Cory] Yeah. – [Dean] That’s gonna go right down. – [Cory] That’s pretty handy. And then–
– [Dean] Siphoning. – [Cory] You’ve just got a wand. – [Dean] Yep, just a wand to drain. – [Cory] And there’s the sump kicked on. – [Dean] The sump kicked on. – [Cory] To pump the water out. – [Dean] So, you know, I can siphon, I can get the garbage, whatever. Catch a fish, if I want. (laughter) And then, I kink it. I can move to the next
tank, or back there. – [Cory] That’s pretty ingenious. – [Dean] Put it back in the bucket, and it’s ready to go for the next time. – [Cory] Wow. – [Dean] The sump will come on. The sump is the hardest thing, because see, I don’t have
water and a drain in here. – [Cory] Right. – [Dean] So that’s a problem. – [Cory] That would take
up too much valuable space. – [Dean] This water literally
goes out of that bucket, up the wall, all the way to the ceiling, you can see it’s the smaller pipe, goes into the other room, goes back down, and it ties into the washer drain. – [Cory] Wow. – [Dean] And the water
is pumped all that way. It does not have a check valve. – [Cory] Wow. – [Dean] So, when it runs, the only thing that’s gonna come back is what’s in that vertical
space of the pipe, which is about a quart. So, when the pump comes on, I mean, you can run it manually, just by lifting up on the pump. It’ll run. It’ll click off. And you’ll hear some water rush back in. – [Cory] That almost
helps you keep the prime on your hoses and stuff, though, ’cause you’ve always
got water in there, too. – [Dean] Right. And yeah, occasionally, I
find stuff in the bucket. – [Cory] Sure, that’s– – [Dean] Shrimp, catfish, babies. – [Cory] A few hundred rams, you know, whatever makes their way into there. – [Dean] Whatever got sucked in. – [Cory] Yeah, that’s … I swear, this has gotta
be the most efficient under 100 square feet I’ve
seen so far in a fish room. Like, if I was to do this with mine … – [Dean] Couldn’t do it. – [Cory] Well, there
would be so many tanks, I couldn’t manage ’em all– – [Dean] Right. – [Cory] Like yours is crazy efficient. And you can see other DIY or Quick Tip Tuesday videos. I stole this one from Dean, as well, the night lights for his
discus and stuff like that. So, you’ve seen that video. Dean came up with that idea,
or at least, taught me that. He’s taught me a lot of things. – Yeah, the whole key behind that is is fish are never in
total, total darkness. Rarely. I mean, even in a storm,
there’s lightning, there’s the moon comes back out, so when they’re watching fry, you know, having a little
ambient light in the room is a good thing. – Yeah. Alright, well, I think that
covers the actual fish room. Might do some other videos
on some other stuff, but, that’s the most
efficient 100 square feet you’re ever gonna see in a fish room. I challenge you to show me
something more efficient with more fry and more things spawning than what Dean can do. I can only imagine what
Dean was able to accomplish when he had much bigger fish rooms, ’cause this is, is this your
smallest fish room you’ve had? – [Dean] It’s tiny. – Well, I’m not, I mean,
we’re basically sitting shoulder to shoulder here. But yes, it is tiny, but, you know, I knew you’ve run some big ones, but maybe you had other small ones, ’cause this one’s pretty efficient. – [Dean] This is probably the
smallest I’ve ever had set up. – Alright. Well, yeah, so go ahead and
put your questions down below, like, subscribe, check out
our other videos like this, and I’ll try and put some links
if we do some other videos, like on how to spawn the
rams, and things like that, ’cause you probably wanna know from a guy who’s got, you know, hundreds, if not a thousand rams sitting around, how he does it, so, check for that.

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  1. I am attempting to set up more of a fish room for myself [ as much as my wife will allow anyways 🙂 ] and this video is incredibly inspirational as a younger hobbiest!

    I have fallen in love with apistos! How does he remove the fry for his breeding? Does he remove the eggs? Remove the parents? or how does he remove the fry? Net? Siphon?

    Would love to gain some of this knowledge from such masters as you two!

    Thanks!!!

  2. Iam a newby to the Hobby sexing fish in the shops iam fining that the staff don't know how to sex guppy's please help

  3. I enjoyed the whole video! It is great you support your local breeders and get quality fish from them!

  4. Definitely! I want to buy some of those small angels ….I think you called the super reds angels?the ones on the second row of tanks first tank in the row

  5. after seeing Deans fish room, i really want to get back into the hobby, i had tanks all the way from 8 years old until my late 20`s, now in my mid 40`s with 2 kids i want to get some tanks and start breeding again, like dean I love chiclids , especially the dwarf… love the setup. lovely fish

  6. If no one else has suggested already….. add a diffuser made from pvc on the outlet of the uplift tube to disperse the turbulence similar to a silencer on a gun…..

  7. Hello Mr.Dean & Aquarium Co-Op.Im Iniyan from Nagercoil,Kaniyakumari,Southern tip of India.Im breeding angels and just started breeding Rams(Bolivian) too. My Bolivian pair spawned in my community tank and raised the fries until they are free swimmers (after which the babies were eaten away by other fishes).So i shifted the pair to a breeding tank sized 15-15-15 inches dimension.After a week the male started fighting with the female . I thought that i might have by mistake shifted another female and checked many times and found that the female which he is now chasing away in the breeder tank is the one with which he spawned. Im worried now,Kindly guide me or help me in this issue Dean

  8. What an elegant system! I dream to one day have something similar. Does Dean ship any fish to Canada? Those German Blues are undeniable!

  9. Wish you could make a complete vidoe on how to raise GBR. My GBR do lay eggs, but then after 1 or 2 days they eat them up. Icant find a complete and relyable video on how to artificially hatch and rais them. (English isnt my main language, so sorry if i spell things wrong)

  10. Lovely fish room, I love those German Blue Rams. Mine lay but don’t manage to keep the eggs for long. They’re only young though.

  11. Can’t love this video enough! We’re using the trays to grow out goldfish eggs, and it works superbly. Thanks tons again for sharing!!

  12. "If I know a storm is coming" – how is this related to breeding behaviors? water temperature fluctuations, or is he using captured rainwater perhaps ?

  13. Cory, your videos are clean and detailed as always. I hope to see more videos about your guppy projects and especially your turtle project, I'm a turtle and guppy fan myself 🙂 Dean is a good example of a passionate and dedicated aquarist, thank you both for taking the time to film this awesome video The fish look healthy and very active. Does Dean has a website or a facebag page? What is the best way to contact him to order fish from him?

  14. I love German blue rams and angels where can I order some, I need like 30 or so of each? I go to the store where I live and it cost like $10 a fish, can I find them for less if I order a bulk order?

  15. On the chance that Dean has a chance to answer, I’m confused about the fry system. How do you clean the small fry tray’s? Seems the mesh would allow water to flow into the 20 gallon below, but isn’t food, debris trapped in the trays?

  16. CAUTION: I used pvc glue and coffee filter on my German blue ram fry container in a 20 gal fry tank like Dean….literally left the fish room for 5 minutes and the coffee filter ripped on the non glued area. Lost about 95% of that spawn….Be careful not to overload the filter with too much water, or use a metal filter inside of the container before the outlet on the bin

  17. This is the best video on fish rooms I have ever seen…and I have watched ALOT OF FISH VIDEOS!! LOL. Wish I had a set up like his!!

  18. Incredibly efficient, clean and organized fishroom.Great use of the space.Liked the dimmer and the water change system..And agreat big thank you,cause I also have one of those stainless racks and before watchin thins video,I was wondering how to fit more tanks in my fishroom(garage) and now I have my answer….didnt realize they could handle the weight,Continued good luck and success with your passion.Also,thanks for sharing yr great setup.

  19. WOWZERS!!!! Such a GREAT setup!!
    I'd luv to get hold of a DIY video on the 5gallon bucket with all info on how to build,.. that kickASS setup would work really well for me due to limited space. At some point i'm going to plumb whole system for auto water change system but until then, the bucket setup would be way more convenient. I currently have 4 90-gal tanks stacked two-by -two with 8-ten gallon tanks above & 8 below,.. Then another rack with
    6-forty-gal breeders & 6-twenty-gal. I my be suffering from MTS 😉 jus' a lil' bit
    enjoyed the video, this being the 3rd time watching..

  20. Cory that fish room tour was a good one, glad i found it,.. aNY CHANCE OF GETTING AN INDEPH VIEW OF THE 5 GAL BUCKET BUILD(aLL equipment used & so on)???

  21. I hope you or some sees this I bought a German blue RAM and well I have majority of my fish are glofish others typed of first but anyways and I feed them flakes and blood worms alge pellets for the glow shark and pleco and he doesn't eat the flakes really and he'll eat like one or two maybe sometimes even 3 but others times he just throws them back out and to be honest I think he looks shiny compared to the rest I even bought these floating cyclid pellets for him this week he doesn't even come up. I don't know what to really do at this point any help?

  22. Cory, you think you wrote the fish Bible. And how to keep a tank Bible you seem cocky.. Especially how to have and keep a filter right. It's not all SpongeBob for filters.🚾🤔

  23. Baby angelfish are literally the cutest baby fish ever. I think it’s because i always associate angelfish to a bigger fish, so when i see it in a tiny form, its just so cute

  24. I bet you could build a in-tank sizer so the larger fry were contained but the small fry could move down and through partitions with varying sized grating…

  25. 30 years ago? So dean you were breeding when you were 3?!! 😉 lol. Love me some dean videos, as a fellow fish geek who one day hopes to set up my own fish room/larger scale breeding hobby I love being able to hear dean give me the benefit of all that experience. If by any chance dean or anyone else reads this what do you think to metal commercial kitchen racking? I’ve actually got some of that but had never thought of using it for fish racks but if rated to 3000lbs that’s over a tonne and plenty enough. I love how I’ve seen dean do stuff that I thought was different to what you’re supposed to do/what I’ve always done yet you can see it clearly works well. Love that about this hobby how 2 people can do things very differently but both get great results and you realise there isn’t always a right and wrong answer. All that’s right is if your fish are happy, healthy and breeding whilst you enjoy keeping them. Also Cory if you ever read this, any chance we could have a video with dean and maybe a few others telling us how they’d set up a fish room now with the benefit of all their experience were they starting totally from scratch. Would be so good when I come to plan my own to hear guys like dean say I’d build it like this with x system because ……. would be so helpful and imo a really fascinating video.

  26. Last week bought 3 young German Blue Rams from local pet store all died within 4 days, 10 gallon tank, perimeters were fine, my 2 neon tetas are fine, no problem. Any idea? I asked owner, he said Rams are not hardy fish, that's all he said.

  27. Any chance Dean can reveal what control valves he uses for his water flow to the fry system. Cant find any that dont leak water everywhere. Cheers

  28. I am amazed watching these 2 master fish breeders, but cant help but think there's no hope for me with my tiny tanks and underfunded hobby. Any fish breeders/experts seeking an apprentice?! Stunning attention to detail, thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us!

  29. How do you filter the vinegar eels out? I use a coffee filter but I have been having trouble draining the vinegar back out.

  30. I am starting a fish room similar to yours . What size are the tank for breeding and what size are the grow out tanks

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