George T. Mormann

Tag: aquarium

My Nano Aquarium

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I’ve been a freshwater aquarist for over twenty years, but I usually avoid keeping any tanks smaller than ten gallons. Don’t get me wrong, I find the increasingly popular trend of nano fish-keeping a grand idea, especially admiring the designs of some of those nano setups. However, I like a tank that flourishes, and I don’t like stuffing fish inside the aquatic equivalent of a studio apartment.

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Heterandria formosa

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting at my local fish club. The meeting always closes with a mini-auction, where I usually stock up on hornwort, guppy grass, and occasionally, fish that I would like to keep. I won a couple of breeding pairs of Least killifish (Heterandria formosa). Not a true killifish, but a livebearer closely related to guppies and mollies, of the family Poeciliidae. They are one of the smallest livebearers in the world, and considered the smallest among North American livebearing fishes, being endemic to Florida. With the females barely exceeding an inch and a half, I didn’t feel comfortable adding these fish to an established aquarium, where they might be out-competed for food, or worse, become food. A year ago, I bought a Fluval Spec V for less than half it’s retail value, but had yet to use it for the reasons specified above. So I decided to set up the Spec V as a single species starter colony for these shy yet fascinating fish! The plants are hornwort (yes, I have to trim it weekly for it grows like a weed) and staurogyne repens. The substrate is Eco-Complete, and within the filter reservoir is a 25 watt, pre-set heater, which maintains a temperature of about 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

The Best Instagram in Town

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Lately, I’ve been dedicating more time to my aquarium hobby than writing content for my website. I’ve been a freshwater aquarist for over twenty years, and these past two years I have really invested a great deal towards raising and breeding various fish, invertebrates, and growing aquatic plants and mosses. As I establish and decorate more aquariums, I wanted to start an Instagram page focused on my variety of fish tanks. My Instagram photos can be found at the bottom of this website. Please have a look at my photos and feel free to like and comment. Regardless of whether you’re a fellow fishkeeper or an admirer of the hobby, I enjoy talking about aquariums.

My Instagram

So as to Mimic Their Natural Environment

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The Author’s 10 Gallon Betta Riverbed

I take solace in
decorating
aquariums
for my pet fish.
This is my sole
purview, no less
relentless than
destiny, or
one’s career.

I research their
native ponds, read
the curvature
of every
twig so I may
learn how to reach
beneath currents
and transfer my
solace unto
them,
my pet fish.

I google how
stones lay themselves
on the river
floor, seamlessly
bound to the next
like a necklace
carelessly, yet
thoughtfully
tossed away by
a whimsical,
but scorned woman.

If only I
could ask her how,
how to place each
rock so they might
spawn a blanket
of moss because
I will forget
to feed my fish
on some days.