July 2011

July 2011

All the information listed here is based on my own experience, please carry out your own research before attempting to replicate anything on this site.


SATURDAY, 30 JULY 2011 >>


"Fish problems and hungry geckos"

Since my update last time about picking up some new livebearing molly fish, I have not had the best of luck. I can only assume that the new mollies introduced an ailment to my existing sailfin mollies, as I lost over half of both species this week to an unknown cause. Hopefully the remaining fish will establish themselves into a breeding colony, but for now my plans for them have been stopped in their tracks.

All my other fish species, including the minnows, barbs, tetras and the Red Tailed Black Shark which live with my Red Eared Slider, are thriving, and seem to be enjoying the plentiful algae and waterlogged wood. My snakehead (Channa gaucha) is still over-enthusiastic at feeding time, but doing very well also!

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I'm still having trouble sourcing a male Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) and two female Golden Geckos (Gekko ulikovskii), but I have asked my local pet stores to contact their suppliers for me, and will hopefully hear back soon!

For now, please enjoy the new pics of the Goldens and my rather beefy looking Tokay, enjoying a male Dubia cockroach!

Best,
Paul Edmondson
info@insectivore.co.uk



SATURDAY, 16 JULY 2011 >>


"Snakes and snails"

It's been another good couple of weeks for my exotics. I've been trying to find ways to keep the room clean and tidy, which is more difficult than it seems, however I stumbled across a nifty little structure this week that not only keeps my various plastic tubs (housing cockroaches and the new Golden Geckos) organised and neat, but also retains the humidty and heat excellently.

My breakthrough here came in the form of a set of greenhouse shelves, which came flatpacked and was easily assembled into a stack of 3 shelves, with a great insulating plastic cover which zips down the front. I must admit that it looks a little bizarre on the inside of a house, but to be honest most of the room is unusual to say the least!

The best part of this, is that it keeps everything inside of it humid (especially important for the geckos), and at a steady temperature of around 26'C, from a single heatpad! The Golden Geckos seem to be appreciating a lot, which you can hopefully see from the pictures I snapped this week. Mealworms are still disappearing in both tubs, which I'm very pleased about

After my last update on the snakehead, I thought it was only fitting that I took a few photographs, and I had to share my macro shot of it's head. It continues to try and harrass me through the sides of its tank, but I still have all my fingers intact!

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Another few additions were added this week, including 50 baby African Land Snails, which I plan to culture as a livefood for my various turtle species, and 6 new mollies, which I finally managed to source in a "wild colouration" instead of the bright oranges and reds that they are often selected for. I plan to breed these fish and establish a few of the fry in my other enclosures, with various turtle species in an attempt to recreate more natural setups.

Best,
Paul Edmondson
info@insectivore.co.uk



SATURDAY, 2 JULY 2011 >>


"Golden update"

According to a few sources, captive Golden Geckos (Gekko ulikovskii) are usually male, probably because the females have slightly more wits about them than to get captured in the first case. It seems both my new Golden Geckos are no exception to this rule (thankyou to "Ingo" of GeckosUnlimited.com for the second opinion), and my "pair" of Golden Geckos I wrote about last time are indeed both male. This isn't too disappointing however, as I will just have to keep my eyes peeled for females, but it did mean that I had to quickly throw together another enclosure incase any territorial disputes broke out.

From what I can gather, both my new males seem to be feeding, although I have concerns that one of them isn't settling in very well. He spends a lot of time on the ground, which is unusual for an aboreal species, despite being offered a multitude of elevated climbing and hiding spots. The best I can do for the moment is to keep the temperature up, make sure plenty of food and water is available, and leave him to his own devices. Hopefully he will feel a bit more secure soon.

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My two snakes have always been the most "scary" reptiles I own, but I have to say the one animal I am wary of this week is neither my Boa or Bullsnake, but my Snakehead fish (Channa gachua). Thankfully this species is pretty much full grown at about 7 inches long, but it has been growing in confidence for some time and now eagerly chases and snaps at the sides of the tank if it thinks food is near.

Snakeheads are renowned as being the freshwater "monster fish" and speaking from personal experience, they put the reputation of Piranha species to shame.

Best,
Paul Edmondson
info@insectivore.co.uk




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