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The Nitrogen Cycle / The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Part 5
 
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The best way to make sense out of what the nitrogen cycle is to explain it like this. You feed your fish every day, the fish eat the food, digest it and then what? Well they poop. The fish poop drops down into the gravel of your tank or it gets sucked up into your filter and starts to decompose. When the poop decays it creates ammonia in the water. Ammonia is extremely toxic to fish and will absolutely kill them if it’s aloud to get to high levels. So what do we do? How are we able to keep fish in glass boxes with this? Well it’s because of the nitrogen cycle. Here’s what happens. Your aquarium has denitrifying bacteria that breaks down that ammonia and converts it to Nitrite and then Nitrate. Nitrate is far less toxic to fish. So where does this denitrifying bacteria come from? Well it builds up naturally in your aquarium. When your aquarium is new there is none of this denitrifying bacteria so this is why everyone will tell you that you should never put fish into a brand new tank. You set your tank up, throw a bunch of fish in, they eat then poop, the poop starts to decay and there’s nothing in the tank to take that toxic ammonia and detoxify it and what happens. Well your fish die, that’s what happens. And they don’t just drop dead, they suffer while the elevated ammonia levels are burning their gills until they finally suffocate. (try to find a video) So what do we do? Well this is why you set up your tank and give it some time to run and naturally build up that denitrifying bacteria before you put fish in it. You allow this process to happen to a point where the beneficial bacteria is built up to a level where it can handle the load of the tank. This build up of bb is what we call the cycle. So what I’m gonna do now is go through a list of the most commonly asked questions about the cycling process. Q#1 How long does the cycle take? - It depends on a number of things Q#2 How can we make it happen faster? Use dirty tank water. Use live bacteria in a bottle. Take dirty filter cartridges from a friend and squeeze all that brown water in the tank. There are some that recommend putting pure ammonia in the water to accelerate the process but I’ve never done this. Q#3 Can you take water from an already established tank and put it in the new tank, wont that make it instantly cycle? No, the bb is not in the water. BB grows on surfaces like your substrate, rocks, decorations and especially your filter, NOT in the water so taking used aquarium water and putting it in your new tank will literally accomplish nothing. Q#4 Can I use some cheap hardy fish to accelerate the process? - Yes but…… Q#5 How do I know when the cycle is complete? One of the first things you should’ve purchased when you bought your tank is a master test kit. During the cycling process you should test your water every couple of days. If you don’t have a test kit most pet stores will test your water for you. Ammonia will spike Then Nitrite Then Nitrate Then it’s done and should be safe for fish but you should continue to test your water regularly to ensure the bacteria has established itself enough to handle the extra load of the fish. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Free music provided by purpleplanet.com "Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Views: 46148 KGTropicals
Fish Keeping 101 Part 3 "Cycling An Aquarium" Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming. Free music provided by Meejah, http://meejah.co.uk
Views: 35547 KGTropicals
Stripping African Cichlids
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com @kgtropicals on twitter for more updates. facebook.com/kgtropicals The website is finally up and running at kgtropicals.com. Still a work in progress but its up and available for orders!! In this video I demonstrate how we strip our holding African Cichlid females of there eggs. We do this with all of our females to protect against the female prematurely spitting or swallowing the eggs
Views: 55910 KGTropicals
Maintaining A Sand Substrate In Your Aquarium! KGTropicals!!
 
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Join the Tank Talk Facebook Group and join me on Tuesday nights from 9 PM-10:30 PM EST!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674032529542132/?pnref=lhc Link to the new KGTropicals Premium Cichlid Pellets: http://kgtropicals.com/shop Check out our affiliates and see how you can get some great deals!! Universal Rocks 15% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.universalrocks.com/ Live Fish Direct $10.00 off for entering TNK Talk at check out!! https://www.livefishdirect.com Aquarium Co-Op 10% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! http://www.aquariumcoop.com http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram The music in this video was provided by: Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Views: 271446 KGTropicals
5 Things To Know Before Buying Your First Fish Tank The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Ep 1
 
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In this series I’ll be going over everything you need to know about fish keeping. Maybe you’re thinking about getting your first fish tank or maybe you’ve had one for a while and you’re thinking you might want to dive deeper. This guide is gonna help you learn the ins and outs of what this hobby is all about. In this episode we’re gonna talk about the 5 things you need to know about fish keeping so here we go….. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Free music provided by purpleplanet.com Goldfish in the intro video courtesy of Solid Gold at https://www.youtube.com/user/flashofpink #1 Fish Keeping is addictive - Once the bug grabs ahold of you you can’t stop it. You see fish you just have to have but this fish can’t go with that fish so you need to get another tank and then you want a planted tank but the fish you keep will destroy plants so you have to get another tank for your plants. Then your fish breed and you need somewhere to put the babies, another tank. - This is why you see so many people with multiple tanks. #2 Fish keeping is expensive - There are tons of ways around this, there are great YouTube channels that can help you to do some things on the cheap and you can always find deals but if this is a hobby you’re going to get serious about you’re gonna have to spend some money. #3 This is a hobby that involves work - The ultimate goal in having a fish tank is to have this beautiful work of natural art that you can sit in front of, relax and enjoy but in order to have that takes work. You don’t just bring the tank home, fill it full of water, plug it in and your done. There’s work that needs to be done to get it that way and KEEP it that way but most fish keepers would tell you that’s part of the fun! #4 Fish keeping can be a bit more overwhelming then you think When you start to get into all the different types of fish, tanks, equipment and food you might think your heads gonna explode BUT luckily there is an awesome way around this and that is my #5 on the list… and my #5 most important thing you need to know about fish keeping is There is a massive community centered around the fish keeping hobby. Tons of videos, (like this one), articles, books and even podcasts about fish keeping that will help you with just about any problem you might have OR provide an awesome place to go just to hang out and chat with other fish keepers. Because the internet is so accessible nowadays you are literally NEVER alone in this hobby which is awesome because when I started keeping fish back in 1993 you were pretty much on your own and ended up killing a lot of fish. Free music provided by purpleplanet.com "Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Views: 49595 KGTropicals
General Cure from API Product Spotlight! Parasite Treatment KGTropicals!!
 
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Treats a wide variety of parasitic diseases including velvet, fish lice, hole-in-the-head disease (Hexamita spp. & Spironucleus), gill & skin flukes (Dactylogyrus & Gyrodactylus ). For use in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. This medication will not color the aquarium water. Directions for Use (Packets): For best results, remove activated carbon or filter cartridge from filter and continue aerations. For each 10 gallons (38 L) of water, empty one packet directly into aquarium. Repeat dose after 48 hours. Wait another 48 hours then change 25% of the aquarium water and add fresh activated carbon or replace filter cartridge. Directions for Use (Bulk): For best results, remove activated carbon or filter cartridge from filter and continue aeration. For each 20 gallons (75 L) of water add 1 scoop (1 tsp.). For larger systems, for each 240 gallons (908 L) of water add 12 scoops (4 Tbsp.), or for each 960 gallons (3,634 L) of water add one cup. Repeat dose after 48 hours. Wait another 48 hours then change 25% of the aquarium water and add API BIO-CHEM ZORB, fresh activated carbon, or replace filter cartridge. Will not discolor water. Safe for use with live plants. Looking for the KGTropicals Premium Cichlid Pellets or many other aquarium supplies? Check out our website KGTropicals and I bet you’ll find them!!! https://www.kgtropicals.com Join the Tank Talk Facebook Group and join me on Tuesday nights from 9 PM-10:30 PM EST!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674032529542132/?pnref=lhc Check out our affiliates and see how you can get some great deals!! Universal Rocks 15% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.universalrocks.com/ Live Fish Direct $10.00 off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.livefishdirect.com Aquarium Co-Op 10% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! http://www.aquariumcoop.com Tidal Gardens 10% off for entering KGTROPICALS at check out!! https://www.tidalgardens.com
Views: 44499 KGTropicals
GUIDE TO BUYING AFRICAN CICHLIDS Part 2 Presented by KGTropicals
 
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In this episode we discuss what African Cichlids can mix with others and the differences between them. There are plenty of decisions that need to be made before you buy your first fish, this episode will walk you through the various options. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
Views: 164489 KGTropicals
Seachem Paraguard Product Spotlight!! KGTropicals!!
 
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I produced this video for two purposes. One is to help fish keepers to know what Paraguard is and what it does, two is to provide information for customers on kgtropicals.com. DESCRIPTION ParaGuard™ is the only fish and filter safe aldehyde based (10% by weight) parasite control product available (for parasites on fish). Unlike highly toxic and difficult to use formalin based medications, ParaGuard™ contains no formaldehyde or methanol and will not alter pH. ParaGuard™ employs a proprietary, synergistic blend of aldehydes, malachite green, and fish protective polymers that effectively and efficiently eradicates many ectoparasites (e.g. ich, etc.) and external fungal/bacterial/viral lesions (e.g., fin rot). It is particularly useful in hospital and receiving tanks for new fish and whenever new fish are introduced to a community tank. DIRECTIONS DOSING Remove all invertebrates from the tank as well as any chemical filtration. Use 5 mL (1 capful) of ParaGuard™ for every 40 L (10 US gallons). Repeat this dose daily as required as long as fish show no stress. ParaGuard™ can also be used as a medicated dip. For 1 hour dips, use 3 mL per 4 L (1 US gallon) in a container separate from your main tank. Dips may be extended if the fish show no evidence of stress. Keep in mind that many diseases linger in the water as well as on the fish. Giving a fish a dip treatment does no good if they go right back into infected water. QUARANTINE This is a tank set up in order monitor and medicate new fish before they go into the main tank. ParaGuard is gentle enough to use prophylactically (without visible symptoms) if needed. Quarantine times vary, but we generally recommend 2 weeks of treatment with ParaGuard™ to clear out any possible external infections. SENSITIVE FISH Some fish are more sensitive to medications than others. Eels, loaches, rays, sharks, and many others are well known for their sensitivity to all kinds of medications. If you suspect that your fish may be sensitive to medications, it is just fine to start with a partial dose and build up to the full dose over several days. Not recommended for reef aquaria. As an alternative, use Seachem’s MetroPlex™. Looking for the KGTropicals Premium Cichlid Pellets or many other aquarium supplies? Check out our website KGTropicals and I bet you’ll find them!!! https://www.kgtropicals.com Join the Tank Talk Facebook Group and join me on Tuesday nights from 9 PM-10:30 PM EST!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674032529542132/?pnref=lhc Check out our affiliates and see how you can get some great deals!! Universal Rocks 15% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.universalrocks.com/ Live Fish Direct $10.00 off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.livefishdirect.com Aquarium Co-Op 10% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! http://www.aquariumcoop.com
Views: 22972 KGTropicals
HOW TO CYCLE AN AQUARIUM TANK TALK Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Cycling an aquarium can be a confusing process but it doesn't have to be. In this episode I explain the process the only way I know how which is the simple and easy way. This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming.
Views: 129727 KGTropicals
GUIDE TO BUYING AFRICAN CICHLIDS Part 1 Presented by KGTropicals
 
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If you've decided African Cichlids are what you would like to put into your aquarium this video series is made for YOU!! This is part 1 of a step by step guide for selecting the best fish to achieve your goals. In this episode we explore why African Cichlids are so popular and where they come from. We also take a look at several different types of African Cichlids that we have here in the store. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
Views: 470511 KGTropicals
Whats The Best Aquarium Substrate?  Tank Talk Presented by KGTropicals!!
 
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Have you joined the new Tank Talk Facebook Group Yet? https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674032529542132/?pnref=lhc There are several pros and cons to different aquarium substrates, but which one is best for your tank? That’s what we’re talking about on this episode of comment of the week…… Todays first comment comes from my Guide to buying African Cichlids part 1 video and it reads like this Ok todays real question comes from my comment of the week episode on 1” = 1 gallon of water and it reads like this First lets talk about bare bottom tanks. If you are someone who is minimalistic and you want the fish to be the decoration and not the tank a bare bottom tank can be great. Breeders love bare bottom tanks because it’s simple, cleaner and they don’t have to worry about fry getting stuck in the substrate trying to get to a piece of food. Another good thing about bare bottom tanks is it will give you no choice but to do your maintenance. Why? Well there’s nothing in the tank to hide the fish waste, it’ll just sit on the floor of the tank and look horrible giving you no choice but to suction it out of there. But that can also be a curse if you’re lazy and you don’t like doing maintenance , your tank will always look dirty. Now lets move on to sand. A sand substrate is certainly the most natural looking of aquarium substrates and as far as appearance goes it’s my absolute favorite BUT it comes with its share of challenges. One is it’s difficult to clean without sucking up the sand into your water changer. 2 is fish tend to move the sand around which allot of times can cause it to get sucked up into your filter intake and then into your filters impeller. There have been many motors burnt up by sand, trust me. But if you like the look of sand don’t get discouraged. Sand has its advantages too with the biggest being that it can help to provide a natural ph buffer to your water if your tap water isn’t the proper ph for your fish. And sand is similar to a bare bottom tank in that the waste will sit right on the surface so it’ll keep you on your toes as far as your maintenance goes. The last thing I’ll say about sand is you want to be careful not to put too much in your tank. Sand is known to develop gas pockets if it’s to thick, then one day you decide to do a thorough cleaning of your tank, you release those gas pockets and poison your fish. Easy to prevent though, just keep it to a half in maybe 3/4’s of an inch and you wont have that problem. And last lets talk about gravel. Gravel is what most people will start with in the hobby. And some people like me will stick with it forever, why? It’s simple.. Gravel looks really nice, as long as you don’t use the neon or rainbow colored ones it looks pretty natural. It’s easy to keep clean and it’s pretty cheap. I prefer gravel over sand not for the look of it but because most of the fish I keep are big waste producers, I’m on top of my maintenance but as much as these guys poop its nice to have something to hide it until I can get to it. I’d love to hear from you in the comment section what you think the best aquarium substrates are and if you’ve come up with something better to use. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram
Views: 29228 KGTropicals
Tank Talk 6/9/14  Johns Top 5 Fish Keeping Myths
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming. Free music provided by Meejah, http://meejah.co.uk
Views: 31533 KGTropicals
Species Profile Cyphotilapia Frontosa. Tank Talk Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals.com @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming. Free music provided by purpleplanet.com
Views: 59335 KGTropicals
Quarantining New Fish, Should you? Tank Talk Presented by KGTropicals!!
 
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Quarantining new fish is one of those never ending debates, some people will swear you have to do it while others will say it’s a waste of time but the real thing we need to talk about is why you would quarantine new fish in the first place and at the end of the video I’ll tell you whether or not I quarantine. So why would you quarantine new fish, well this whole concept started in the saltwater world where most of the fish and corals you see in the hobby were actually pulled from the wild. When you pull a fish out of the ocean and place it in your tank you’re putting them into an environment they’re not used to. Not only is the water different but you’re also confining them to an enclosure rather then having a third of the planet to swim around in. These kinds of changes can cause some serious stress for your fish and we all know that when a fish is stressed all kinds of bad things can happen from diseases to over the top aggression. Not only that you have no idea what that fish might have been exposed to in the ocean and what it’s carrying with it, if a fish is carrying a parasite from the ocean you don’t want to introduce that into your tank and expose your existing fish to it. So when it comes to saltwater fish pulled from the ocean quarantining makes total sense, but what about freshwater fish? When you get a new freshwater fish should you quarantine it for 2 or 3 weeks before introducing it into your aquarium? Well it depends on a few things. One is where did the fish come from? Did this fish come from a friends tank that you know takes great care of his/her fish or did it come from a big box pet store? Did it come from a mom an pop pet store or a local breeder? The second thing is what kind of situation was this fish in? Was this fish in a large community tank where it was harassed by the other fish in the tank or has this fish been alone for months? In my opinion if you have a fish that is from a friend that you know takes great care of his tanks, the fish is heathy and happy it’s probably not necessary to quarantine. If you bought this fish from a local breeder that you trust and you've bought several fish from them in the past and never had any problems, again it’s probably not necessary BUT (show sir mixalot) If you’re buying your fish from someone you’ve never bought from before or you’re buying a fish that’s a little iffy and when I say iffy I mean it looks a little skinny. Maybe looks a little malnourished. It might be a good idea to stick em in a separate tank for a little bit just to keep an eye on it and make sure things are ok. The thing is when you introduce new fish into your tank there are tons of things that can go wrong. The fish might be carrying some type of parasite or contagious disease and putting them into your tank with all of your existing fish you exposing your fish to it which obviously can make all of your fish sick. So what should you do? Well if you have the ability to quarantine new fish, do it, it can’t hurt. This is a hobby that you can never really be too safe. Allot of things might seem like over kill but again if you have the patience you might as well do it but what should that quarantine tank be? You’ve heard me talk in past episodes about hospital tanks and you’re gonna be hearing me talk about that more in the future. Am I telling you that you need to have a quarantine tank AND a hospital tank on top of all of your other tanks? No. You can use the same tank for both purposes, you don’t need to have 2 extra tanks sitting around that never have any fish in them. Just set up a small tank, maybe a ten gallon, keep it filtered and heated and ready to go, this is a tank you can use as both a hospital tank and a quarantine tank. One of the first comments is gonna be “How long should I quarantine new fish”, the answer is until you feel comfortable introducing them to the rest of your fish. When the fish looks healthy and has adjusted to the new water parameters and conditions you should be good but how long that is……… I don’t know. So do I quarantine fish?????? No I don’t but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s a good idea. I don’t quarantine my new fish because I’m very comfortable with where and who I get my fish from and I trust I’m not gonna get nasty fish from them, plus I’m hard headed and do everything the hard way. But what about you? Do you quarantine your new fish? Let me know in the comment section below. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram
Views: 18047 KGTropicals
Acclimating New Fish Into Your Aquarium, The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Part 7
 
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It seems like a pretty simple thing right? I mean you’re just putting a fish in a tank but this is actually something that can be pretty stressful to the fish and you want to make it as easy as possible for the new little guy. Especially if they’ve just spent 20-24 hours in a bag being shipped across the country. If you look around online and you research acclimating fish you’re gonna find a bunch of different opinions about it, a bunch of different ways to do it and it can actually be something that these people can have you scared to death about, Like you HAVE to do it a certain way or else the fish is gonna die. It’s not that complicated folks and it certainly shouldn’t be something that stresses you out, this is fun, you’re getting a new pet, don’t freak out. When you get your fish to your house whether they’ve been shipped to you or you just brought them home from the pet store the first thing you’re gonna wanna do is float the bag in your aquarium. This allows the water in the bag to get to the same temp as the water in your tank. If there’s a big difference in temp there is the possibility of severely shocking your fish, floating the bag lets the water in the bag balance out the temp slowly. The safest bet is to float the bag for 20 to 30 mins. Once the temp in the bag is the same as the temp in your tank it’s time to get the lil guy in his new home. This is a very simple process, you don’t need to open the bag and slowly drip water from your aquarium into it to let the tank water blend with the water in the bag. All this does is prolong this process and lets face it, the fish wants to get out of that bag. All you need to do is grab a bucket and a large fish net, lay the net over your bucket (if your net is too small or unstable you can always ask someone to hold it for you). cut open the top of the bag with a pair of scissors or a knife and dump the water and the fish through the net. This will put the nasty fish store water in the bucket but the fish will be caught by the net. Now you can slowly take your fish net, hold the fish, turn the net over and place the fish in the tank. Notice I said slowly, naturally you might want panic and get the fish in the tank in a matter of split seconds, well just imagine all the things that could possibly go wrong because you’re panicking. Relax, take your time and get the fish in the tank in one piece. If you’re one of those people who has a problem touching fish……. well…….. I dunno what to tell you. Free music provided by purpleplanet.com "Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Views: 14265 KGTropicals
African Cichlid Aggression, Why It Happens and How To Stop It! COTW Episode 10
 
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One of the biggest challenges for African Cichlid keepers is dealing with a tank bully or aggression in general. That’s what we’re talking about in this episode of comment of the week. Please help us to get to the Aquatic Experience in Chicago coming up in Nov. https://www.gofundme.com/eu5t7fqc http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Let me tell you a story about what happened in this tank. (Play footage of Livingstonii from live fish direct video) Remember in my video showing all of these fish after we got them from live fish direct I told you that the Livingstonii was the tank boss? Well he took over the tank almost instantly after we got them. He didn’t hurt anyone but he was definitely the boss. Well about a week after we got these fish we started to get concerned. Not about the Livingstonii being the tank boss but we were concerned that there was a more significant problem in the tank. Fish started breathing heavy, acting lethargic etc. Well we immediately moved things around and took all of the fish out to address whatever the problem was in the tank. It turned out to be a problem with out water supply. (Maybe we can talk about that in a future video). The water service authority recommended we run the water for 20-30 seconds before using it for anything so the problem was easy to solve. The reason why I’m bringing this up is because after we solved the problem and put all of the fish back into this tank the Livingstonii was no longer the tank boss and hasn’t retaken authority over the tank. So why did this happen? African Cichlids are aggression for a few different reasons. 1 is hierarchy, There always has to be an alpha male and there is always gonna be a competition for that spot. Sometimes an alpha will emerge and everyone else will fall in line and everyone will get along but more then likely there will be others in the tank that will wanna test the alpha to see if they can take over the spot. 2 is territory. They claim a spot as theirs and defend it as their home. The third thing they fight over is the same thing that human males have fought over since the beginning of time, girls. If you have females in your tank the males are gonna be trying to show their dominance over the other males so they can be the Alpha, so they can claim whatever territory they want AND so they can get the girls. So when you have aggression in your tank there are a few things you can do that should help. #1 if you have females in the tank get em out (unless you want to breed them. #2 Create confusion in the tank. Here’s what I mean: Move things around in the tank so the fish feel like they’re in a new space and have to start all over again as far as the hierarchy goes. Take the fish out and put them in time out. A “Time out” for the tank bully can be very effective, just make sure you keep him in time out long enough to where he forgets whats going on. Move all of the fish out, move all of the decorations around and completely remodel things. Then when you put the fish back in the tank they no longer remember who is in charge. That is pretty much what I did with that Livingstonii but it was for different reasons. He was the tank boss but he wasn’t hurting any of the other fish. I moved them out because of a water issue. They were in the other tank for about 48 hours and then they went right back in and everything was fine. Movie clips used in this video: Family Guy Boyz n the hood Young Guns 2 Animal House Game of Thrones The Princes Bride Fun pop ups Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) Lola (A Sharks Tale)
Views: 47611 KGTropicals
Fish Keeping 101 Part 5 "Common Problems and FAQs" Tank Talk Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals.com @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming. Free music provided by purpleplanet.com
Views: 16928 KGTropicals
Selecting Your First Fish, The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Ep. 2
 
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I will be uploading new episodes of T.U.G.T.Y.F.A. on Sundays so be on the look out or subscribe so you don't miss out:-) This is part 2 of The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium, today we’re gonna talk about selecting your first fish. It might seem strange that I’m putting selecting the fish as part 2 when there are so many other decisions that have to be made but the reason I’ve put selecting the fish as #2 is because so many other decisions are gonna be predicated on the type of fish you choose. So let’s get into it. http://www.kgtropicals.com facebook.com/KGTropicalscom @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Selecting what type of fish your gonna keep is not an easy decision to make. With so many options available to this hobby it can be pretty overwhelming. Add to it the fact that many of the choices out there wont mix well together, its a decision that can take you some time to make so plan on doing some research. I wanted to use this video to give you some ideas of different types of fish that are available to you but understand that when you see one that you like you need to do some research on that particular fish. You can’t just run to the store and grab a hand full of fish and throw them in a tank, if you do you might be turning your tank into a battlefield or it might be like throwing your new fish into a gas chamber. So once you see that fish you like you need to do your research to find out what that fishes needs are. Here is a list of things to look into: - What type of water parameters they require. This will tell you whether your tap water is acceptable for that fish or if you might need to make some changes to your water to suit the fish. How big they can get so you know what size tank you need to set up. What types of fish they are compatible with which will help you in deciding tank mates. What there temperament is so you know if they are gonna play nice with the other fish in your tank or are they the type of fish that would rather be alone. You need to know if the fish is an open water swimmer, bottom dweller or if they like plenty of hiding places, this will help you in your decorating choices. Another thing to consider is the fishes breeding habits. Many times a fishes attitude can change in a big way if they are about to breed which could be dangerous to other fish in the tank. Fish breeding in your tank poses another problem and that is what to do with the babies, maybe you don’t want to deal with all that so you might decide to only get one of that particular fish and not even give them a chance to breed. So these are just a few things to look for when you’re deciding on what type of fish you want to buy, in my opinion these are the most important things. I think yo’ll find that the information is out there and easy to find on just about any fish. You could literally be standing in the fish store, type in the fish in your phone or ask siri and get all of this info. It’s not information that will take you months to find. Finding the information is easy but making the decision is not so take your time. Don’t rush this, You’re buying a new pet not just some decoration so put some thought into it and know what you're getting into before moving on to all of the other decisions that need to be made. Special Thanks to Jennie from Solid Gold and Rick from TheRick2325 for allowing me to use some clips from their videos to show you different types of fish. These are two very passionate and talented content creators that make some amazing videos. If you haven't already done so, check out their channels, you'll be glad you did!!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-1VpTgJZhG5WwtVO75n_w https://www.youtube.com/user/flashofpink
Views: 32872 KGTropicals
Aquarium Maintenance! The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Part 10
 
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Aquariums are allot of fun and they can be really relaxing BUT they do require work, that’s what we’re talking about on this the final episode of the ultimate guide to your first aquarium… For fish keepers it’s not uncommon to become a bit obsessive and want to do everything you can do to keep your tank in the best condition possible, we add fancy big money filters, build high tech sump systems and go to great lengths to get the best lights on the market but there are some things that no matter what kind of system you have you’ve gotta do…. The first thing to talk about is algae control. No matter how sophisticated your system is you’re gonna eventually deal with algae, it’s inevitable. More then likely when you go to do your routine maintenance you’ll find a bit of algae on the glass, this is easy enough to just wipe off with a sponge or a scraper of some kind. If you have a major outbreak of algae there are a bunch of different ways to handle it, that’s a topic for a future video. Next, we gotta talk about water changes. Water changes are the most important part of aquarium maintenance. It removes water that is contaminated by left over food and fish waste and replaces it with nice clean water. To do a water change use your syphon tube that we talked about in episode 9 to remove water from the tank while also vacuuming the substrate. Vacuuming the substrate is an absolutely critical part to the water change process. Left over food and Fish waste accumulates in the substrate and the only way to get it out is to manually vacuum it out. How much water you remove from your tank will depend on the type of fish you keep, your stocking levels and how often you feed your fish but will usually be anywhere from 20 to 50%. Don’t forget to add your water conditioners when you’re refilling your tank. Next is to make sure you’re equipment is operating properly. Check the temperature to make sure the heater is working right, check the flow of your filter, if your filter has bio wheels make sure they’re spinning. If it’s not, it’s time to work on it. Unplug your filter and remove it from your tank with the water still in it. Dump the water that is in the filter into a bucket and then take more water from your tank to help rinse it out further. Fill a five gallon bucket about half way with water that is from your aquarium. Remove the filter cartridges from your filter and rinse them off in the bucket. If necessary replace the cartridges but only one at a time. The sponges on these filters is a place where tons of beneficial bacteria grows, replacing them both could have an effect on your aquariums nitrogen cycle. The reason we use water in the bucket that’s from our aquarium is because this is water that has already been conditioned and is free of chlorine and chloramine. Your filter is one of the primary locations for the growth of beneficial bacteria and we don’t wanna kill that off by using water from the tap that has chlorine in it. Chlorines sole purpose is to kill bacteria. Once you have it rinsed out and cartridges cleaned off or replaced put everything back together and fire it up. You should see a dramatic improvement in the performance of the filter. The last thing I would recommend putting on your list of routine maintenance is an overall inspection of your aquarium. This includes inspecting the fish to make sure you don’t have any health issues going on and a really important thing to inspect is the seals on your tank. Take a quick peak all around your tank to make sure you don’t have any leaks. (B roll of seals). Don’t forget this step, a leak can start as just a tiny pin hole that only leaks a drop or 2 an hour but this can turn into a serious faster then you think so if you see a leak it’s time to react. I’ll be doing individual videos in the future of all of these different things we’ve talked about like algae control and resealing an aquarium so be on the look out and subscribe so you don’t miss those. Like I said earlier, I’m gonna be starting a new series since this one is done and it’s going to be a guide to aquarium maintenance so whether you are watching this series because you’re starting your first aquarium or if you’re an experienced fish keeper who just can’t get enough of this stuff you’re gonna wanna click this big red button and subscribe so you don’t miss any of those episodes, the first episode will go up next Sunday. Thank you so much for watching this series, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it and I look forward to talking to you again next week. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Free music provided by purpleplanet.com "Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
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A NEW TREATMENT FOR ICK AND AN AFRICAN CICHLID MOB HIT!! TANK TALK Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming.
Views: 12780 KGTropicals
DIY Egg Tumbler for Breeding African Cichlids
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals FINALLY the time has come to show you how we make the egg tumblers we use in our hatchery. The parts for these tumblers can be purchased at the link below, ok maybe I was a little off on the prices I quoted in the video but as you will see the bullseye connectors (I called them bullet caps in the video) and the 5" lift tubes are very inexpensive. http://www.jehmco.com/html/hydro-sponge_filters.html
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How The Pros Acclimate Fish! Tank Talk Presented by KGTropicals
 
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Join the Tank Talk Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674032529542132/?pnref=lhc Acclimating fish is one of those topics that can cause quite a bit of controversy in the fish keeping world. I’ve given you MY opinion on this matter but how about other big names in the industry…. That’s coming up on this episode of Tank Talk. Welcome to another episode of tank talk my name is John Hudson from kgtropicals.com and this is a show all about addressing topics that come from the comment section of my videos or any other forms of social media, I’ll have all my contact info listed at the end of this video but for now lets get to the todays comment…. Acclimating fish is a topic I’ve covered several times and I’ve explained that the way I recommend doing it is to float the bags to balance the temperature in the bag with the temp in the tank then remove the fish from the bag and dump it in the tank without putting ANY of the fish stores water in your tank. Here are the two videos I’ve done in the past, one of them from all the way back in 2012 if you want to check those out but for this video I decided to do things a little different. While I was at the Aquatic Experience in Chicago earlier this month I grabbed a few big names in the industry and asked them how they acclimate fish. The first person I asked was Rick Biro, if you are in the African Cichlid world you should know the name Rick Biro because he along with his brother Andy is one of the key players in bringing African Cichlids to this country. Rick owns a huge farm in Homestead Florida called FEFS and odds are if you have a tank full of Africans, You’ve probably got fish in your tank that came from Ricks farm. Lets see what Rick had to say when I asked him how he acclimates fish Next is Rachel O’Leary. Rachel is a major player in the industry ( no it’s not because of the mohawk), she has become an authority on Nano fish and invertebrates speaking all over the country at shows and conventions. Lets see what she had to say Last is Ted Judy, Ted is the owner of tedsfishroom.com and is known all over the country in the hobby. Free music provided by purple-planet.com
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Stripping African Cichlids (revisited) "TANK TALK" Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming. bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
Views: 9462 KGTropicals
HOW TO FIND BREEDING PAIRS OF DISCUS with DISCUS HANS!!
 
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One of the things that has made Discus Hans a household name in the tropical fish industry is the fact that he sells proven breeding pairs of Discus from his fish house in Baltimore Maryland. In this video Hans was nice enough to show us how he finds breeding pairs of Discus, he also discusses some of the things to look for if you are trying to find your own breeding pair. If you are interested in a breeding pair of Discus from Discus Hans check out: www.discusfishstore.com http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
Views: 104882 KGTropicals
10 Things Every Fish Keeper Needs To Have! The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Part 9
 
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If you are setting up your first tank you should plan on getting these items before you get your first fish and if you’re an experienced fish keeper and you don’t have all of these items you better get them now cause you never know. I will put links in the description for all of these items. The first thing every fish keeper should have is a master test kit. These are critical in the hobby to make sure everything is okay in your tank and that it’s a healthy environment for your fish. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000255NCI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000255NCI&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Next is a battery operated air pump. One of the most common questions I get is “what should I do if there is a power outage?” Well if you have a battery operated air pump you can turn it on when the power goes out to keep the water moving and keep oxygen flowing in the tank. Stagnant water depletes in oxygen so if your power is out you and your fish will be glad you have this back up and if your power is out for a long time you could even use the pump to run a sponge filter. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001XYHS5W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001XYHS5W&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Next is medications, I am a fan of API medications, I’ve used them for years and they’ve always been good to me. The basic meds I would recommend having “just in case” are Melafix, Pimafix, general cure and Super Ick Cure. I’m not telling you that these are the best medications in the world but if you ever have a situation happen and its late at night and all the stores are closed you’ll be glad you have them on hand. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002567SW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0002567SW&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000256ESA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000256ESA&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ASG9K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0002ASG9K&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B007R5M7V6&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Next is aquarium salt. Aquarium salt is great to have for buffering water and it can also be a great medication for some illnesses so again it’s good to have. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010P0ZJK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0010P0ZJK&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Extra heater http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027VQ0WM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0027VQ0WM&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Fish net http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002AQJGW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0002AQJGW&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 5 gallon Bucket You can find these anywhere:-) Syphon hose http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002APRT2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0002APRT2&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000255NXM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000255NXM&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Water conditioner http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LO9KSY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004LO9KSY&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Somewhere to put a sick or injured fish Free music provided by purpleplanet.com "Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Views: 56797 KGTropicals
Nibochromis Venustus, Species Profile, a Tank Talk Special episode!
 
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This week I profile one of the most popular fish in the African Cichlid world, the Nibochromis Venustus. Everything you need to know about these titans of the aquarium is in this video!! http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals.com @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fish keeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming. Free music provided by purpleplanet.com
Views: 36873 KGTropicals
GUIDE TO BUYING AFRICAN CICHLIDS Part 3 Presented by KGTropicals
 
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In this episode we talk about my favorite part, SPENDING MONEY!! We go over what you can expect to pay for African Cichlids, then discuss the different ways of buying them weather it be online or at your local fish store. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
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Fluval FX-4 Install for the 125 Gallon Overhaul! KGTropicals!!
 
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Join the Tank Talk Facebook Group and join me on Tuesday nights from 9 PM-10:30 PM EST!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674032529542132/?pnref=lhc Check out our affiliates and see how you can get some great deals!! Universal Rocks 15% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.universalrocks.com/ Live Fish Direct $10.00 off for entering TNK Talk at check out!! https://www.livefishdirect.com Aquarium Co-Op 10% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! Check out the new KGTropicals Premium Cichlid Pellets at kgtropicals.com. Building on the mighty FX performance and reliability platform, the all-new FX4 high performance canister filter is a compact 'little brother' to the FX6. The FX4 bridges the gap between the Fluval 406 and the FX6 canister filter, making it an ideal choice for aquariums up to 250 US Gal (1000 L). Key Features : Multi-stage filter pumps out 700 gallons (2650 L) of water per hour Smart PumpTM - advanced microchip technology continuously monitors and optimizes pump performance Self-starting - just add water, plug in and Smart PumpTM will take over. Trapped air auto-evacuated every 12 hours to ensure maximum efficiency Easy water changes eliminate need to carry heavy buckets. Simply attach hosing to output (Kit sold separately) and Smart PumpTM does the rest Removable, stackable media baskets eliminate water bypass and hold a total of 1 gallon (3.9 L) of media All filter media included - mechanical, chemical and biological Aqua-Stop valves with leak-proof Click-Fit attachment system Valves positioned at convenient 45-degree angle for easy installation and rotation Anti-clog, telescopic strainer ensures continuous water flow Multi-Directional Output nozzles can be fully adjusted to create customized water flows Utility Valve with drain hose for easy maintenance and flushing of canister Rubberized feet help ensure quiet operation Compact 16.5" tall design - easily fits under most aquariums Made in Italy For use in freshwater and saltwater aquariums
Views: 47811 KGTropicals
Fluval Flex Set Up And Substrate Install, What A Disaster!
 
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Looking for the KGTropicals Premium Cichlid Pellets or many other aquarium supplies? Check out our website KGTropicals and I bet you’ll find them!!! https://www.kgtropicals.com Join the Tank Talk Facebook Group and join me on Tuesday nights from 9 PM-10:30 PM EST!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674032529542132/?pnref=lhc Check out our affiliates and see how you can get some great deals!! Universal Rocks 15% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.universalrocks.com/ Live Fish Direct $10.00 off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! https://www.livefishdirect.com Aquarium Co-Op 10% off for entering Tank Talk at check out!! http://www.aquariumcoop.com LIVE STREAM PLAYLIST https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbk3wN8TF_D3XYC2oClC40vAuAGKpjUdp FIRST PLANTED TANK PLAYLIST https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbk3wN8TF_D1dUumluJMq6cpvS5pIjzyu FIRST SALTWATER TANK PLAYLIST https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbk3wN8TF_D3nryHwTLjpnu_-CfgEj87l TANK TALK PLAYLIST https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk4rdJ51wWo&index=1&list=PLbk3wN8TF_D1IEfmzc8YVLE8rEDBn9bZU QANDA PLAYLIST https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wv6iXqwzBI&list=PLbk3wN8TF_D1fKZbIHSW-Jd93biPu-yu0&index=1 DISCUS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ3o3QJgMrs&list=PLbk3wN8TF_D3iaWUX2E53Z1PJzNPc3aRA&index=1 http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram The all-new Flex nano aquarium series provides contemporary styling with its distinctive curved front. The tank is also equipped with powerful 3-stage filtration and an infrared remote control that allows you to select between several colors and special effects. 7500K LED lamp supports plant growth and enhances fish colors Fully adjustable White + RGB LEDs for endless color blends FLEXPad remote can also control fun special effects (i.e. fading cloud cover, lightning bolts) Powerful 3-stage filtration for superior water quality Oversized mechanical (foam), chemical (carbon) and biological (Biomax) media included Multi-directional dual outputs for customized water flow Hidden rear filter compartment Stylish honeycomb wrap conceals water line and sides of rear compartment Easy feed top cover opening Bold curved front desig
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Jewel Cichlids, are they African? Comment of the Week Episode 6
 
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Jewel Cichlids are some of the most gorgeous Cichlids in the hobby, but what are they? John also talks about dealing with aggression in an aquarium that has fish in it that should not be in the same tank together. Plus some fun remembering the old days. Here is the link to the video this comment came from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yygJ-cJi1dU Conquering African Cichlid Aggression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9__SbZoGb4 http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Comment of the week is a series of videos where John from KGTropicals combs through his social media accounts (YouTube, Facebook, Google +, Instagram) and selects a comment worthy of addressing in video. Some of these can be funny, some controversial but most are serious questions that people need advice on to help them get through their problems in the hobby. This series has proven to never include a dull moment!! http://www.purple-planet.com/home/4583818248
Views: 16944 KGTropicals
Aquarium Heaters and Temperature "Quick tips with Lisa"
 
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Quick Tips With Lisa is a series of videos where Lisa will be bringing you some of the most common questions asked to us in the store, on the phone and everywhere on the internet. You can expect these videos to be quick and to the point (Lisa doesn't like to ramble on like John does). We've got plenty of great ideas for quick tip topics so get ready for frequent uploads of Quick Tips With Lisa!!! http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram
Views: 44159 KGTropicals
Adding new substrate? Heating a Fishroom? Effects of Salt in the aquarium? KGQandA Episode 8
 
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KGQandA is a series of videos answering YOUR questions about the aquarium hobby sent to [email protected] http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Free music provided by Meejah, http://meejah.co.uk
Views: 11684 KGTropicals
Installing A Fluval FX-6 On A 75 Gallon, Overkill? Going Small Is For Losers!
 
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If you don't see the "JOIN" button above and want to become a member of the KGTeam use this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyGJeKITfR7Y5cq2zX4-oQ/join I ordered the Purigen and filter intake sponge from my friend Cory over at Aquarium Co Op.Make sure you enter Tank Talk in the promo box to get 10% off! To get yours follow this link https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/purigen The Fluval FX-6 is a monster and could be considered overkill for a 75 gallon tank but I already had one so I figured why not. Here are the specs for the filter from the manufacturer Multi-stage filter pumps out an astounding 925 US Gal 3500 L) of water per hour Improved motor technology provides better performance while consuming 10% less electricity than previous generation Smart Pump™ - advanced microchip technology continuously monitors and optimizes pump performance Self-starting – just add water, plug in and Smart Pump™ will take over. Trapped air auto-evacuated every 12 hours to ensure maximum efficiency Easy water changes eliminate need to lift heavy buckets. Simply attach hosing to output (Kit sold separately) and Smart Pump™ does the rest Removable, stackable media baskets eliminate water bypass and hold a total of 1.5 US Gal (5.9 L) of media All filter media included - mechanical, chemical and biological Aqua-Stop valves with leak-proof Click-Fit attachment system Valves positioned at convenient 45-degree angle for easy installation and rotation Anti-clog, telescopic strainer ensures continuous water flow Multi-Directional Output nozzles can be fully adjusted to create customized water flows Purge Valve with drain hose for easy maintenance and flushing of canister Rubberized feet help ensure quiet operation 21 in (53 cm) tall design - easily fits under most aquariums Made in Italy For use in freshwater and saltwater aquariums
Views: 15428 KGTropicals
Mbunas 101 with Lisa! Part 1 Intro Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Everything you need to know about keeping and raising Mbunas! Mbunas 101 presented by KGTropicals. Free music provided by Meejah, http://meejah.co.uk
Views: 8208 KGTropicals
WATER CHANGES IN THE DISCUS HANS FISH HOUSE!
 
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https://discusfishstore.com Hans has set up an incredible system in his fish house. He can do a water change in 48 tanks in less then 20 minutes. In this video he demonstrates how he does it.
Views: 83984 KGTropicals
Buccochromis Nototaenia KGTropicals Favorite African Cichlid, whats yours?
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram This is a short video showing you my favorite African Cichlid, the Bucco Noto. Tell me what your favorite is!!
Views: 6323 KGTropicals
HOW TO BREED AFRICAN CICHLIDS PART 3 "THE TANKS"
 
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This is part 3 in our series all about breeding African Cichlids. In this episode I discuss (first) something I forgot to discuss in episode 2 and that is how many fish you will need to get started and the ratios of males to females that are ideal. I then move on to discuss the tanks you will need to get started as an African Cichlid breeder. Don't forget to send me your questions and I might answer them in part 10 of this series.
Views: 47897 KGTropicals
Setting Up Your First Fish Tank ,  Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Part 4
 
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This is part 4 of The Ultimate Guide to your First Aquarium and in this episode we’re gonna set up our tank. Once you have designated the perfect spot for your tank it’s time to get started. Just like I’ve been talking about through the whole series this is a 55 gallon aquarium. This is a spare tank I had sitting around, it’s obviously a used aquarium so this is a good representation of what you would be working with if you were to buy your tank off of a craigslist add or something like that. The first thing you want to do is add your substrate. Make sure it covers the entire bottom surface of your tank. There is no rule as to how much substrate to lay down but just remember the more you have, the more you have to clean. After laying down the substrate I like to set my decorations in the tank. It’s just easier to do it without the water, plus it’s easier to see everything. For this example I’m just gonna place a couple different decorations around, a nice hunk of driftwood and a little stone house. You can go as far with this as you want. This is an opportunity for you to be artistic and make the tank your own little art project so have fun with this part and take your time. Next I’m gonna start placing the equipment starting with the aristone. Personally I like to have the aristone on the opposite end of the tank from the filter. This will help with water movement and give it a really cool effect with all of the bubbles. Keeping it away from the filter will keep the bubbles from being sucked up into the filter which could effect the filters efficiency and it’ll keep the bubbles from getting thrown all around your tank. Don’t worry about plugging any of these pieces of equipment yet, powering them up without them being full or submerged in water can actually ruin the equipment so we’ll wait to plug these things in until the tank is full. Now it’s time to place the filter. The filter I’m installing onto this 55 gallon aquarium is a marineland emperor 400. This filter could be looked at as a bit overkill for this size tank but remember from episode 3, you really don’t wanna go cheap when it comes to your filter. This filter hangs on the back of the aquarium and the intake tube extends down into the tank. I like to extend the intake tube down to about an inch from the bottom of the tank to get maximum water flow and to help pull the fish waste from the tank as it’s dropping to the bottom. (As you can see, my little decorative rock formation was in the way of the filter intake tube, this is why it’s nice to not have water in it yet) Next is the placement of the heater. The location of your heater is pretty important, you want it in an area where there is allot of water movement so that nice warm water gets spread around throughout the tank and doesn’t just warm up one stagnant area. Here I’m placing it directly above the aristone. The bubbles from the airstone will not only circulate the heated water but they’ll also help to hid the heater at the same time. Now it’s time to filler up! I’m using a garden hose to fill the tank. Notice I placed a bowl on the bottom of the tank. This is just to help keep the substrate and decorations in place while it’s filling up. You can use the bowl if you’re filling up your tank using buckets too, just dump the water into the bowl. While the tank is filling up this is a great time to add your water conditioners and any other chemicals like live bacteria. Be sure to read the instructions on the products to ensure propper dosing of these products. While the tank continues to fill I can now place the lids and lights. I’m using 2 24” aquarium hoods with the standard aquarium lights. These are similar to what you might find in one of those starter kits I talked about in episode 3. Notice I’m also filling up the filter itself, remember a filter running with no water in it can burn up the motor so filling it up will kick start things and help to prolong the life of the filter. and now its time to plug everything in and start it up. You’ll notice a small loom of cloudy water coming from my filter, this isn’t something you’ll see with a new filter but as I said earlier this is a used one so it’s spitting out all of the stuff that has built up in it through use. And that’s it, we want to take a step back, make sure everything is functioning properly with the filter making sure if you’re using filters that have bio wheels that both wheels are spinning and making sure the heater is set to the propper temp for the fish you want to keep and your done. Next week we’re gonna talk about The cycling process which is one of the most important parts of this whole thing so you’ll definitely want to subscribe to this channel so you don’t miss that episode. Thank you so much for watching and I look forward to talking to you again next week! Free music provided by purpleplanet.com "Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
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Amazing Peacocks and Haps just came in. KGTropicals new shipment!!
 
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HOW TO BREED AFRICAN CICHLIDS PART 4 "FILTRATION AND WATER PARAMETERS"
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals This is part 4 of our series all about breeding African Cichlids where I discuss filtration for your breeding set up and the water parameters you want to keep. Don't forget to send your questions to my inbox in youtube and you might have your question read and answered in video # 10.
Views: 38717 KGTropicals
DISCUS HANS INTERVIEW PART 2 ARE DISCUS HARD TO KEEP?
 
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Lets talk about keeping Discus with Discus Hans. Over the years Discus have unfortunately developed a reputation for being difficult to keep. In this episode Hans and I discuss how Stendker Discus has changed the way we look at these beautiful and majestic fish. Discus Hans has quickly become one of the most respected figures in the aquarium/tropical fish industry. For the first time on YouTube you will meet Hans and hear him discuss where he's from and how he got started in the industry. Discus Hans is the exclusive importer of Stendker Discus from Germany. In the last decade Stendker has exploded in popularity as a Discus Breeder. Their Discus have developed a reputation for being the heartiest and easiest Discus to keep due to them being raised in standard tap water, an idea considered impossible just a few decades ago. All of Hans' fish are available on his website: www.discusfishstore.com His fish house is only open to the public by appointment . .http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
Views: 89392 KGTropicals
HOW TO BREED FRESHWATER ANGELFISH PART 5 of 7 (Raising the fry)
 
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Breeding the Freshwater Angelfish is one of the most exciting ways you can take this hobby to the next level. You will find a ton of information on YouTube about breeding Angelfish but none will go into the detail that this series will. In this series I team up with my good friend and expert Angelfish breeder Dave Warren to show you all of the ins and outs of breeding these amazing fish. http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram
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How to keep Discus fish Part 1
 
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https://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter @kg_tropicals on instagram Kgtropicals is proud to announce that we are now carrying Stendker Discus which we believe are the best Discus available on the market. This is part 1 of a series of videos where we will discuss how Stendker Discus has changed the way we look at Discus!!
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Are Water Conditioners necessary for your aquarium? "TANK TALK" Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Water conditioners are one of the most critical things needed to maintain a healthy environment for your fish. In this episode I discuss what water conditioners do and why they are so important. This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming. bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
Views: 61045 KGTropicals
How To Package Fish for Shipping, Jay Wilson's Order from KGTropicals
 
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This is a video showing the entire process of how we package fish for shipping. This is part one of a two part series featuring Jay Wilson. We pack the fish in this episode then Jay will do the unboxing on his channel. Check out Jay's channel and see these fish in his beautiful African Cichlid tank! http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC99fqEoULQqDmH1i35Oqrsw http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram
Views: 23952 KGTropicals
Conquering African Cichlid Aggression!! "TANK TALK" Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Its one of the hurdles that every African Cichlid keeper must face. In this episode of Tank Talk we discus different strategies that can be used to curb the "aggression" issue. This is the latest edition of my weekly video series where I update you on the comings and goings of KGTropicals and highlight some of our current projects, new fish and specials. We also take time in each episode to answer some of your emails about fishkeeping. Subscribe to the channel and get in on the action. My goal is to make each episode fun, entertaining and informative but not overwhelming.
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Selecting The Equipment For Your First Fish Tank, The Ultimate Guide To Your First Aquarium Ep 3
 
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When it comes to the equipment to run an aquarium the options are endless and it can be pretty overwhelming BUT my hope is that this video will simplify things for you and make it fun rather then frustrating and confusing so lets get started. Here is the link to my August 15th Blog Post http://kgtropicals.com/?p=496 For this video we’re gonna talk about the bare bones essentials you will need to get started. Those things are: the tank (of coarse) Filter Heater thermometer Lids Lights and an air pump. There are plenty more pieces of equipment and gadgets you can stick in your aquarium but these are the most important to make sure this is an enjoyable experience for you AND your fish. Before we get into the individual pieces I do want to mention that there are several starter kits that are available that help to take the guess work out of gathering all the equipment. These kits are GREAT but I would recommend the LED kit from Marineland. Below is a link to the 29 gallon version. I don’t think they sell the 55 gallon version through Amazon because of the size. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I1R0E0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000I1R0E0&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 -So the first thing we need is the tank, you have really 2 choices, you can buy glass or acrylic. To me the best way to go is glass, they are available everywhere and they’re much cheaper then acrylic. Next is the filter. Here is a link to a sponge filter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051XIN78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0051XIN78&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Hang On The Back Filters Here is the link to my personal favorite hang on the back filter the Marineland Penguin 350: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009IMDQM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0009IMDQM&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Aquaclear AC 110 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000260FV6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000260FV6&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Canister Filters Here is the link to the best canister filter on the market (in my opinion) The Fluvial FX-6 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJQ50HC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BJQ50HC&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 The Eheim Ecco pro http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009YWODS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0009YWODS&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 The Rena (API) Filstar XP-L http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000260FX4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000260FX4&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Next is the heater, Now I don’t have any particular allegiance to any heater brand but I do like heaters from both Fluvial and Marineland. To figure out the appropriate wattage for your tank just multiply the amount of gallons in your tank by 5, the resulting number will be the amount of watts you need to for the heater to keep the water at the appropriate temp. Here are some links to some of the heaters I use Fluval http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027VQ0WM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0027VQ0WM&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Marineland http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NETRY1W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00NETRY1W&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 Next is the lids, fish jump out of the water folks, you want keep them in the tank so lids are critical, plus they help to control humidity in the room. Either the plastic aquarium hoods or the glass lids will work great but it will depend on your budget. Now when it comes to lights thats another thing that comes with tons of options. The most popular type of lights in the hobby right now would be LEDs and T5 lighting but honestly for the beginner this is somewhere where you can save a little money. Just get a light that is nice and bright, don’t spend a fortune. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032536R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0032536R4&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MNOD1NE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00MNOD1NE&linkCode=as2&tag=kgt06-20 And last is the air pump. Pumps are great for things like airstones and fancy decorations but they also help to keep water moving in your tank which helps to keep the water oxygenated making it healthier for your fish. Just make sure you look at the box your pump comes in and make sure it is powerful enough, the box will usually say the pump is rated for a certain amount of gallons. Free music provided by purpleplanet.com "Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Views: 24991 KGTropicals
DISCUS HANS INTERVIEW PART 1 Fish house tour, introduce Hans.
 
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Discus Hans has quickly become one of the most respected figures in the aquarium/tropical fish industry. For the first time on YouTube you will meet Hans and hear him discuss where he's from and how he got started in the industry. Discus Hans is the exclusive importer of Stendker Discus from Germany. In the last decade Stendker has exploded in popularity as a Discus Breeder. Their Discus have developed a reputation for being the heartiest and easiest Discus to keep due to them being raised in standard tap water, an idea considered impossible just a few decades ago. All of Hans' fish are available on his website www.discusfishstore.com His fish house is only open to the public by appointment . Part 2 of this interview will be available soon where we will talk all about keeping Discus and how Stendker has changed everything about the way we look at them .http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram bubble sound effect recorded by Amanda. www.soundbible.com
Views: 71264 KGTropicals
1 Gallon Of Water Per 1" Of Fish? Comment Of The Week Ep. 9
 
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If you’ve been keeping fish for any length of time you’ve probably heard of the idea of 1” of fish per 1 gallon of water. Well that’s what we’re talking about in this episode of comment of the week. Hey folks it’s John from KGTropicals bringing you another episode of comment of the week, these comments come from all of my social media accounts so get your comments in now and you might just see me dress it in the next video, so lets get to the first comment….. Let me show you something, this Oscar is about 10 “ long, He is in a 4 foot long 75 gallon tank and to be honest it’s really not big enough. How do you think he would feel in a tank this size The gallon per inch method has been around for a long time and I think it comes from pet store being desperate to tell the customers SOMETHING but as you can see by my little example this method just wont work. Can a fish survive in a small tank like that, maybe but what quality of life would they have? The fact is there really is no equation or rule that can be used to calculate what size tank you need for your fish. I say just use common sense. If you absolutely must have an equation to tell people how about saying 1 gallon per inch and then multiply that number by 10. So for my Oscar that would be 10”, 1 gallon per inch would mean 10 gallons, multiply that by 10 and now you have a 100 gallon tank. A 100 gallon for an Oscar this size makes a whole lot more sense. So I’d love to hear from you in the comment section how you calculate the size tank you need for your fish. Just remember that this is a pet, not a decoration and using the word minimum when it comes to fish keeping is a bad thing, you should oversize EVERYTHING in this hobby. Bigger tank, bigger filter, bigger pumps and heaters. Go big with everything, your fish deserves it! http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/KGTropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram
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"UNIVERSAL ROCKS" 240 GALLON AFRICAN CICHLID TANK OVERHAUL Presented by KGTropicals
 
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http://www.kgtropicals.com www.facebook.com/kgtropicals @kgtropicals on Twitter kg_tropicals on instagram Its time to talk about the products we'll be using in this 240 gallon overhaul project. Big thanks to Universal Rocks for sending us these amazing products!!! Universal Rocks hand paints and finishes all of there products so NO TWO PIECES ARE ALIKE! These products are amazing and I would highly recommend them to ANYONE!!! Click the link to visit there amazing website: https://www.universalrocks.com
Views: 16519 KGTropicals

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