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We also have a new fish up for auction. An Aulonocara sp. Coral Red

Auction ends: September 24th at closing. Bids can only be placed in person.

We also brought in some fish last week:

Otocinclus
Tiger Barbs
Dwarf Frogs
Corydoras
Golden Clams
Spiney Yellowtail Eels
Sarassa Comets
Clown Knives
Kuhlii Loaches
Pearl White Mollies
Australian Rainbows
Nerite Snails
Gold Mystery Snails
Trapdoor Snails
Neon Tetras
Ember Tetras
Gold Pristella Tetras
Gold Barbs
White Clouds
Anubias Frazeri
Anubias Barteri
Crypt. Wendtii Bronze
Amazon Swords

We’ve got some dry goods coming in next week that people have been waiting for. Including sponges and bulk freeze dried bloodworms.

We’ll see ya soon,
Conway Tropical Fish Staff

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New Fish Have arrived.

We got our fish in Friday, and now they’re ready to find new homes. As promised here are some pictures and profiles for fish we brought in.

First off we were able to get some Arrowanas. (Pictured above)

Also we able to bring in a Royal Pleco. L-191

We also brought in 4 types of Corydora catfish. Great for Community tanks. The picture above shows Julii Corydoras. We also brought in Bronze Corydoras, Albino Corydoras, and Salt and Pepper Corydoras.

Glowlight Tetras also came in. A nice little community fish

Cherry Barbs are a wonderful addition to a community tank as well.

Harlequin Rasboras add some nice orange color to a tank.

Tiger Nerite snails are great for eating the lime green spot algae. They also do not reproduce in freshwater aquariums.

We also brought in Rosy Barbs, Female Bettas, Shubunkins, Male Guppies, and Tiger Barbs. We’ve also had stuff coming in from our breeders.

Some large oscars and plecos have come in. As well as a large Male Frontosa. There is also a large western painted turtle looking for a pond to go into. Only $19.99 on the turtle. We’d love to see him find a good home.

We’ll see you soon,
Conway Tropical Fish Staff

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Our latest Auction ends August 20th.

We have up for auction an Electric blue Fryeri Iceberg. Currently this 6 inch fish is at $7.00. Make sure you come in and put in a bid before we close on Saturday.

Also this week we will give you $10 off on a Fahaka Puffer. These guys are really neat. Just mention our website. That’ll bring the price down to $49.99. This will be the most personable fish you’ll ever own. Below is a video of a Fahaka puffer who just woke up. At night they will burrow into the sand. Once he gets the sleepy dust out of his eyes, he’s wide awake and hungry!

We’ll also be ordering fish this week, so expect lots of new things next week and I’ll be sure to provide lots of pictures.

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Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale This Weekend! August 5th-7th

This weekend, August 5th through the 7th all fish and plants will be buy 2 get 1 free. This offer can not be combined with any other offer we have going. Such as fish bucks or Greater Seattle Aquarium Society discount. The buy 2 get 1 free applies to like fish or plants bought from the same tank.

We’ve had some more locally bred fish come in from our customers. We thank you all for breeding them. This allows us to offer a higher quality fish to everyone. It also helps us keep the money local.

Blue flame tetras. Currently $2.99 each. A perfect schooling fish for your tank. Be sure to pick some up at our buy 2 get 1 free sale.

Red Flame Tetras. Currently $1.99. Another great schooling fish. Pair these up with some Blue Flame Tetras and create quite a display.

Pineapple Swordtails. We have these great community fish for only $3.99 each. They do best in a group of 1 male 2 females.  They prefer hard water with a higher ph to really flourish. Make great fish for anyone on well water or on Camano Island.

Our Ruben Red German Strain Auction ended. The lucky winner paid $29.99 for the fish. We’d love to hear from you on Facebook, let us know what you’d like to see auctioned next. We’ll be starting an auction this Friday.

If you want to get the best selection on fish, come in throughout the week. Otherwise we’ll see you this weekend for the Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale. First come first served, so if there is something you really want, get here early on Friday.

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Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale – August 5-7th

It’s been a while since we’d have a buy 2 get 1 free sale hasn’t it? We thought so too! August 5th through the 7th all fish and plants will be buy 2 get 1 free. This offer can not be combined with any other offer we have going. Such as fish bucks or Greater Seattle Aquarium Society discount. The buy 2 get 1 free applies to like fish or plants bought from the same tank.

If you’ve been waiting for mollies, we’ve got some locally bred ones in stock! Some juvenile dalmatian mollies ready to eat your hair algae! Please keep in mind the mollies need hard alkaline water.

We also have a breeding trio of Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae and will have babies available soon. You can sign up for the waiting list in person if you wish.

Jim brought in some Tropheus duboisi that were bred in the store and raised at home.

Last but not least, the large 135 gallon tank has been marked even lower. It’s now $50 cheaper at only $449.99 + tax when you pay with cash. You get the tank, stand, and canopy.

We’ll see ya soon,
Conway Tropical Fish Staff

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Hai Feng Pond food in stock! New fish as well.

Hello everyone,

We’ve finally been able to get our pond Hai Feng food back in stock. We’ve also been having troubles getting Hikari foods in as well. Most of these foods are made over seas. Hikari is back ordered on some products due to water contamination from the earthquake. Hai Feng had to change an ingredient to be able to import into the USA. This made them late for the pond season.

While on the subject of foods, I thought it’d be a great time to educate about fish food in general. Food is the most important aspect of your aquarium. The ecosystem you create in your aquarium completely revolves around the food you feed it.  Unfortunately many fish keepers also think as long as a fish eats the food it is a good healthy food for the aquarium.

Notice I said for the aquarium. When you feed your fish you’re also feeding the plants, the bacteria, and any invertebrates such as snails and shrimp in the tank. With all this relying on the food you feed, you owe it to yourself to do some research on the food you feed.

The first thing you should be looking for is will the fish eat it? If the fish won’t eat it then it simply gets left uneaten and will pollute your water with ammonia and other small particles that make the tank look “dirty”. Often times a “dirty” looking tank is due to the use of low quality food. Low quality ingredients in food pass right through fish and are left as tiny floating debris in the aquarium.

The second thing you’ll want to look at is what is the food made out of? In the wild most fish feed off of algae, fish, bugs, crustaceans such as snails and shrimps etc. Most fish foods are made up of some proteins, some fats, vitamins, and a binding agent.  The binding agents are often a mix of the following: wheat germ or wheat germ middlings, flaked corn, or soy. Usually in a tropical fish food you want fish to be the first ingredient and other things they’d eat followed by the binding agent.  All the binding agents have a very low absorption rate with fish. Meaning that they pass right through the fish with not much nutrients absorbed from them. This leads to more waste in the aquarium.

The third thing is application. How practical is the food for you and the fish? Sure it’d be great to have a varied diet of live foods and natural algae for them to graze on whenever they wish. Unfortunately most of us won’t be able to set something like that up. This means finding the happy medium.  Live foods that have been fed a healthy diet themselves tend to be the best. Followed by frozen foods that were fed a healthy diet before frozen. Then comes pelleted foods, followed by flake food.

Remember practical? The best food in the world won’t work if the fish doesn’t eat it. The biggest problem I find time and time again is algae wafers. People buy them to feed their plecos. The problem is, the first ingredient is fish. Not algae. This means that every fish in the aquarium wants a bite of that wafer. Also plecos are nocturnal. They wan’t to feed with the lights off. To feed an algae wafer you need to wait till the light have been off for an hour. The other problem with the wafers is after 10 minutes they’ve become water logged, and float around the tank and into the filters. Plecos are a grazing fish and want to eat slowly for hours on end during the night. You’re better off using a plankton banquet vacation feed that is water stable for a week or a piece of zuchnini to feed them.

Don’t be fooled by packaging. Just like that candy bar at the store with all those bright colors and catchy buzz words. Compared against a lonely red apple with no marketing gimmicks. The apple is very tasty and much better for you than a candy bar.

What does all of this mean?  In general to the average person, it means you get what you pay for. If one container of 16oz of food is $5 and another container of food that is 16oz is $20 surely there is a difference? Check the ingredients. There are lots of fish I can’t buy a pound of at the grocery store for $5. How can a food company offer it to my fish for cheaper than I myself could eat it? Simple, they grind up all the parts of the fish I wouldn’t eat and put it into fish food. This means the food has a higher percentage of bone and fat etc. Sure the fish will eat it, but fish don’t digest bone meal very well. Sure it has high protein and looks great on paper. It goes in one end and comes right out the other. Leading to more maintenance on your aquarium. Also you have to feed more food to keep your fish fed as each pellet has less usable nutrients.

I recommend you speak to us here at Conway Tropical Fish and let us help you choose a food that suits your fish, habits and budget correctly.  Most people should probably be feeding a variety of mid range foods. Not the cheapest nor the most expensive. This will give a well balanced diet that leads to an overall healthier ecosystem for your fish. Not to mention less work cleaning for you! It will also save you money, a more expensive food should cut down on having to replace filter media as much and you’ll find it takes less food to satisfy your fish if it is of a higher quality than a low quality food.

We’ve got new fish in stock here. I just wanted to give you guys a quick update.

New Fish:
Otocinclus
Female Bettas – These are stunning.
Male Bettas
Cherry Barbs
Gold Barbs
Rosy Barbs
Singapore Shrimp
Shubunkins
Kuhlii Loaches
Pond Comets
Zebra Danios
Sarasa Comets
XL Adontis Pleco
Australian Rainbows
Black Hifin Tetras
White Clouds
Anubias Plants
Cryptocorne Plants

Be sure to stop by and talk fish. We’re always looking to learn and teach about fish.

Conway Tropical Fish Staff

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We are now holding in store auctions!

We’ve started an in store auction! How does this work? We put a fish in the auction tank. Bidding starts at $1. A month later it’s sold to the highest bidder. Bids must be placed in person and will be written on the tank.

The first fish is a German Strain Ruben Red Sub adult Male. Current bid is $1.00!

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Now I just want to show you guys some stuff that’s currently waiting in store for someone to take home.

Fahaka puffers! We brought in 3 Fahaka puffers and sold 1 already. They’ve been in store for 3 weeks now and put through anti tapeworm treatments. Below is a pic of one 2 minutes after he feasted on some snails. They are also eating market shrimp and blood worms. $59.99 for a healthy rare puffer.

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German Strain Ruben Red juvies from one of our breeders. These guys are just showing color. They’re $19.99 for this strain. We have normal ruben reds for $14.99.

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Assorted Male peacocks starting to color up in a tank. $14.99 each.

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Flowerhorn with a ton of personality.Has a lot of different fish in it’s genes. The dominate genes this one is showing is from midas and blood parrots that were mixed in years ago. $29.99 – this guy is awesome.

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Fire fish babies. $9.99 each. Bred from nice show fish.

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Full Red Albino Guppies imported from Thailand and bred by me. $19.99 a pair. This strain is a slow grower but stunning when adult colors are achieved.

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Leleupi this strain came from Dick Au(usually a famous Discus Breeders) and was bred locally. $14.99 each while supplies last

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Frontosa Juvies. Been growing them out for 2 months. Couldn’t be more stable and healthy. $27.99 each.

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Adult Gold Severum. Grown in the shop from 1 inch. $49.99. Rarely will you get the chance to buy an adult severum with a good temperament and perfect finnage!

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Last but not least, a colony of Frontosa that live at the shop. Not for sale but fun to look at anyways.

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Lots more to check out at the store. Could only spend so much time taking pictures today. I’ll try to post more pictures each week.

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Our Water Hyacinth is Blooming.

When I came into the shop this morning I was greeted by our blooming Water Hyacinth. This is the first bloom I’ve seen this year. Make sure you come by and grab some of these, they’re super healthy despite our poor weather lately!

Conway Tropical Fish Staff

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We’ve Expanded Our Pond Section!

We spent the last week expanding and redoing our pond section. We now have even more totes to stock pond fish as well as reorganized the space. We’ve added more lighting over the ponds for better viewing as well.

We were also able to bring in more pond fish as a result:
Butterfly Koi
Large Grade A Koi 9 inches
Large Pond Goldfish 7+ inches
Shubunkins
Blue Channel Catfish
Koi
Sarassa Comets
Pool Comets
Trap Door Snails
Water Hyacinth

We also brought in a few Tropicals and plants as well:
Neon Tetras
Red Tail Sharks
Panda Corydoras
Assorted Corydoras
Blue Turbo Snails
Nerite Snails
Lemon Tetras

Don’t forget plants!
Anubias Barteri
Anubias minima
Crypt, Lutea
Crypt, Undulata
Crypt Wendtii Red
Amazon Swords

We’ll see ya this weekend!
Conway Tropical Fish Staff

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Pond Fish Are In!

Finally the long cold wait is over! We now have pond fish in stock. We brought in Koi, Shubunkins, Sarassa Comets, Pond Comets, Blue channel catfish, Dojo Loaches and Water Hyacinth.

Don’t worry we didn’t forget about those of you who don’t have ponds. We brought in Tropical fish as well!

We finally were able to get in some decent size Bosemani Rainbows. We also brought in Otocinclus, Bristlenose plecos, Clown Plecos, Leucistic Dwarf Frogs, Golden Asian Clams, Tiger Nerite Snails, Assassin Snails, Rummynose Tetras, Golden White Clouds and Fahaka puffers!

Fahaka Puffers need an aquarium of at least 75 gallons. Usually a 125 gallon or larger is considered an appropriate lifetime tank. This puffer is a full freshwater puffer that grows to 18 inches. Needs lots of hard shelled food such as snails, clams, mussels, or crayfish to keep their teeth filed down.  Generally this puffer will only live alone. No catfish or other tank mates are generally tolerated. Once those needs are met, you’ll be able to enjoy your new wet pet. These guys are very personable and become attached to their keepers.

Stop by this weekend and have a look at all the new stuff we got in.

See ya soon,
Conway Tropical Fish Staff

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