Real Fish Talk
Episode 23: Aquarium Décor / Hardscapes
Cory and Joel chat about hardscapes and decorations for aquariums. From amazing driftwood choices like Manzanita, spiderwood and African bog log, to stone choices like dragonstone and river rock, the Real Fish Talk team cover many options in natural hardscapes, but that’s not all. The team also cover artificial decorations from four foot long broken pirate ships to 3D backgrounds and fake wood and rock options, you’ll get all the details as the team discuss all the options for your fish tank.
Also covered in this podcast, Cory and Joel discuss how to prepare for power outages and lack of heat associate with massive winter storms, some personal experiences turning an idea for floating saltwater coral décor into freshwater planted decorations, why Cory chose a fake log for the 800 gallon tank and gargoyle-alien-flying-thingies? You’ll have to listen in to get all the great ideas, know how to prepare for a snowpocalypse and be ready to choose all the decorations for your next aquarium!
Episode 22: Talking About Our Favorite Aquarium Fish
Cory and Joel discuss their favorite fish to keep in the aquarium, what better way to start 2018 than with the favorites? The Real Fish Talk team chat about their favorite fish for various types of tanks, like Pangasius in a large pond, leopard frog plecos, Panda guppies in a 40 breeder, White Cloud minnows, Koi Bettas, Mbu puffers in a 5000 gallon tank and more! Cory poses a question if Joel were to design a massive tank for the public, what would he create?
Also covered in this podcast are the idea of forever fish, memories of Cory’s first fish room, monster fish like stingrays, the most massive Arowana Cory has ever seen, Joel’s experience with the accidental giant plecostomus, and the plan of the Aquarium Co-Op super warehouse! Join the guys for trips down memory lane, discussion on their favorite fish and plans for their own fishkeeping future and a question and answer session.
- Cory McElroy
Episode 21: African Cichlids Tank Setup
Cory and Joel cover African cichlids, one of the most popular freshwater choices in the aquarium hobby. This episode of Real Fish Talk will give you everything African cichlid; from how to set up a tank to minimize potential aggression, feeding, breeding, the different lake cichlids like Bumblebee Cichlids from Malawi and Tropheus from Tanganyika, as well as shell-dwellers like Neolamprologus multifaciatus, and river cichlids like Kribensis or Pelvicachromis Taeniatus. You’ll learn all the basics you need to try African Cichlids.Included in this podcast is a great Q&A session, Cory shares a story of his breeding tank of shell-dwellers, why most people’s water in the US is naturally better for African cichlids, plants for African cichlid tanks and more. Listen in as the Real Fish Talk team answer questions and give tips that will have you armed with everything you need to know to start your own African cichlid fish tank!
Episode 20: What Fish Clean the Tank?
Cory and Joel talk about the options for fish that clean your aquarium and get in-depth with good all-purpose options to highly specialized options. From Plecostomus like the bristlenose, to shrimp, snails, corydoras and even goldfish, the Real Fish Talk team give advice and stories from their own experience about what clean-up crew best compliments your fish tank in both freshwater and saltwater.
Also in this podcast the Real Fish Talk team discuss grandpa snails, sand-sifters, cleaners that can overwinter in a pond, why Nerite snails are awesome, and what exactly do you call the freshwater equivalent of a marine biologist? Listen in as Cory and Joel answer questions and talk everything you need to know about cleaner fish for your aquarium.
Episode 19: Fancy Guppy Fish Tank TalkCory and Joel talk about something near and dear to Cory’s heart: Fancy Guppies! The Real Fish Talk team cover everything guppy; from different types of tails like Japan Blue Lyretails, to heirloom strains of fancy guppies like Moscow guppies, you’ll learn about the wide world of guppies and how they’ve changed in our aquariums over the years. Cory and Joel also give tips on breeding guppies and some of the things to avoid when looking to breed fish for profit.
Also covered in this podcast Cory and Joel talk about the origin of the Tiger Endler, the return of Moriarty the Heron, see-through guppies, Joel’s guppy quest, and the “Best Guppies in the World.” Join Real Fish Talk for laughs and learning to get prepared for your next Guppy fish tank!
Episode 17: How Different Types of Plants Propagate & Grow
Cory and Joel discuss and answer questions about Aquarium Plants in this episode of the Real Fish Talk podcast. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to keep live plants in your fish tank, this episode will teach you how. The team cover how to grow and propagate stem plants, rhizomes like anubias and Java Fern, rosette plants like Cryptocoryne and Swords, and more.
Also covered in this episode, Cory and Joel explain the difference between immersed and submerged grown plants, flowering plants in your aquarium, how plants absorb fertilizer and some lighting. Join the guys to learn how to grow and create more of each of the major types of aquarium plants as well as a special story involving the father of the nature aquarium: Takashi Amano.