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This website is dedicated to Ol'Conrad.  He passed away shortly after Christmas, 2013.  He had made stupendous contributions to our hobby through his dedicated and careful breeding of aquatic animals.  He was a good friend and best buddy of Pete's and will not only be missed greatly by Pete, the hobby will forever have lost a valuable friend and asset. But his progeny will live on forever in his memory.

Within this hallowed page you will find; Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, OH MY!!! Wait that is not right, 
what was I thinking? Just scroll on down. 

The first animal is not a recommended aquarium
 pet. It is the Dragonfly nymph. For fantastic information on this insect wonder, go to: 


Ol'Lotsoffish found this one he photographed, in
 one of his tanks. It probably came in on some 
of his plants he grows in outside tubs, during the summer. This is a grand specimen and about 
the best picture I have seen of these. I believe it would be fantastic to have one, and watch it
 change from the nymph stage to the beautiful adult Dragonfly.

While, they are a good natural mosquito control,
 they will also feast on small fish.

Dragon Fly Nymph

Now, I want to introduce you to some snails Ol'Lotsoffish has imported and or sold as well as bred.
Vampire Snails  Ol'Lotsoffish tells me that is the incorrect mame for them BUT I think it is a better one.  LOL
cause they suck the juices out of other snails.
​actually, they are Assassin Snails
Orange Rabbit Snail
Yellow Rabbit Snail

  Assassin Snails
  Clea helena
If you are over run by snails, and or/do not like snails - the Assassin Snails might be a good choice for you. You will tolerate this snail because they bore a hole through snail shells, and suck the good juices out thereby killing the snails. Once you have your tanks snail free, except the Assassins, you can give them to a buddy or sell them. Whoever claimed snails are slow, never met this Dracula of snail world. 

BTW  this is the correct name for the "Vampire Snail"

Have you kinda guessed by now how this amazing snail gets it's name?

  The first clue is the word rabbit.  

and the last clue is the word rabbit. If you can not figure that out,      Bug us and we will tell you.

  Japanese Trapdoor Snails

    These Mystery Snail look a likes are amazing      livebearing
 snails. The Mystery Snail lays eggs, above the water line as does the Apple Snail. I will not do much with these later two snails because most folks are familiar with them.

The Japanese Trapdoors give birth to about 4 young at a
 time and only about 3 -4 times a year. They are algae eaters
 but will not bother the plants. They must be supplemented with canned green beans a about 3 times a week, or they actually will starve to death in most aquariums.  

Isn't this specimen photographed by Ol'Lotsoffish

Notice the wonderful algae growing
 on the snail, and the brilliant shrimp. By the way this is not
 two snails, but one with the reflection from glass.

  Nerite Snails

Nerite snails are found in saltwater, brackish water and freshwater. Although most think of marine aquariums when they hear the name Nerite snail, many species do well in fresh and brackish water as well. They do however need brackish water to breed. In the wild, Nerite snails are found in and around the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans. This gives them a near global distribution although they are not found naturally in the Atlantic Ocean. 

They come in variety of different colors such as green, tan, black, white and zebra patterned.

The Nerite snails quickly became popular in the aquarium trade as both the saltwater and the freshwater species are very hardy and because of the fact that they are very good algae eaters. Most species eat only algae and toa lesser degree other vegetable matter. If you have an aquarium with a stable population of algae you will not need to feed your snails. They will find the food they need. They are however ferocious algae eaters and they might eat your aquarium clean of algae at which point they need to be fed vegetable matter. Ideal food includes sinking algae wafers and vegetable flake food that sinks to the bottom. There is however species that are scavengers and these species will need a more diverse diet.

All Nerite snails will leave living fish and fry alone. If you see one eating on a dead fish you can be sure that
 the fish died before the snail started eating on it.

Nerite snails don't grow very big; usually less than 1 inch / 2.5 cm and most species is best kept at around
 72-77°F (22- 26°C) although they usually do well in unheated aquariums. The saltwater species do well in a reef environment and can be very helpful in keeping the reef and corals free from algae. They sometimes get introduced to the tank with live rock and if this happens I strongly recommend leaving them there as they will become a valued part of the cleaning crew. They are very friendly and will not bother any other aquarium inhabitant. 

Even though Nerite snails are very hardy they are sensitive to high nitrate levels. They are very sensitive against  copper-based medications and such medications should never be used in an aquarium containing Nerite snails as a dead snail or two quickly can pollute the water. If you keep Nerite snails in freshwater they prefer hard water and should never be kept in aquariums with a lower pH than 7. Limestone is highly recommended in the aquarium when you keep Nerite snails in freshwater. When kept in brackish water you can follow the same advice as 
for saltwater.


Tiger Nerite

Crayfish AKA Lobsters in the aquarium
​There are around 150 species in North America,
 over 540 species worldwide.
 I only exhibit pictures that O'Lotsoffish has
 taken of those he has or had and bred and sold. 

  Berried Blue Self Cloning Crayfish

Electric Blue Crayfish

  Procambarus-pubescens green legged

Marbled Self Cloning Crayfish  
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These are very pretty! As with all self cloning crays, that means
 this is a species of crayfish that has only females. There are no males at all. The female has the ability to reproduce on her own, 
and all her offspring are exact clones of her. Sometimes these,
 can be kept with fish without worry, but as in my case, I had an exception, she loved fish tails.
  White Crayfish
 more commonly called White Lobsters for the pet trade
  Zebra Crayfish

Make use of summer, set up outside some tubs or buckets of whatever holds water. You can grow plants and extra fish in these. For best growing, add 1/2 tsp of Miracle Grow per 20 gals of water. Only add more after doing water exchanges.

  - TOD

PS maybe you'll end up with one of the first aquatic critter!!
Bee Shrimp Species #2

One of my all time favorite aquatic animals is the lovely
and fascinating shrimp family.  Briefly all they require
is clean water, and a variety of food.  As soon as 
I learn how to do it, I will place at this spot a link to
take you to what Ol'Lotsoffish says about
keeping your shrimp alive.

Berried Female
Notice the off
white globs 
under her tail.

Those are her 
eggs and she
fans them
to keep 
Cherry Reds
Chinese Zebra.
Orange Shrimp
Red Shrimp
These shrimp have a few popular names and are a bit smaller.  They know the meaning of the word

Sakuri,    Taiwan,    Fire
Yellow Shrimp

"He brings out that 10 year old kid in me who had
An aquarium in the house with what I now know what was a siren in it.
The tub in the basement had a baby alligator in it
The backyard swimming pool, tubs, garbage cans at different times had Carp, bluegills, bullheads, turtles, frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards ..
Since I cant go back to being 10 and move to New York ..
Hey Mang! Show me them Darters you got!!"

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