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Old 09-04-2011, 08:09 PM   #71
 
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How many gallons is that tank? I know the title says its a ten gallon tank but for some reason it seems bigger to my eyes.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:18 AM   #72
 
it's a ten gallon... dimensions are 20Lx10Wx10H
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:25 AM   #73
 
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Oh ok thanks.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #74
 
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It's actually about 20x10x12, but christople is correct. I plan on taking some more pics soon. I'll post them when I have them. Also ordering some RCS today
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:03 AM   #75
 
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RCS added. I got 6, with two females with alot of eggs. I can never see more than 2 at a time but they have a mess of floating pennywort to hide in,. I hope i dont take any out when i soon replace the pennword with salvania.

So out of the 5 panda corys, one likes to sit on the heater (its horizontal). is this ok? Temp is at 78.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:43 PM   #76
 
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So i have alot of updates for you guys, but have been very busy. I come to you know with an issue. One cory is flopped over sidways, it looks like he is about to go. He looks normal, but I cant get good pic. I do have a pic of another cory that seems fine, but all the corys look "dirtier". Its hard to explain but you can see the dirt in their scales. Is this normal, I dont want to loose all my corys.

I also notice that they gobble up alot of sand and it comes out their gils. I forget the work for that. Is that normal?

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Old 09-23-2011, 10:00 AM   #77
 
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I have known corys to flop over on their sides. C. panda too if memory serves me correctly. It may be fine, or there may be trouble. I can't offer more, so just observe. Notice the respiration, if it is normal, probably nothing to worry about; if it is laboured or fast, may be something. Respiration will be faster after feeding, active swimming so that's normal; and slower if at rest. I usually try to compare the respiration of all fish in the tank if there is one fish that is questionable.

On the darkening, this is likely the fish. Fish have cells called melanophores that contain hundreds of melanin-filled pigment granules called melanosomes that can be dispersed throughout the individual cell (colour lightens) or congregated together (colour darkens). The cells are light sensitive and respond directly to light by what is termed melanosome translocations; this is why fish become pale and washed out during total darkness, and regain colour in daylight; this is non-voluntary. But fish can also voluntarily adjust these melanosomes in response to environmental stimuli, social interactions, and stress. Often fish will lighten their colour over white substrates (a sign of stress), and darken over darker substrates. I have seen this in my C. panda. I would here again carefully observe the group, along with other fish in the tank. Given the many reasons for this change, it could be an issue or it could simply be the fish responding naturally.

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Old 09-23-2011, 10:10 AM   #78
 
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Thank you for your input, unfortunately the Cory was gone this morning. All others seem normal and active. They go crazy at times, digging and exploring, and they rest on and under the leaves when they are done, so I see what you mean about resperation during and after activitys. They all look normal to me, other than the pic I showed you. They have all darkened up.
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:29 PM   #79
 
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Well, all the other seem to be fine. I decided it was time to clean the "dirt" from my substrate which is coming from my wood (see older posts). I cant get enough out when i do water changes so i decided to attatch a HOB filter. It is really helping. I took the wood out and rinsed it. I also rubbed it to see any came off, but it is still pretty solid.Im assuming this is just gunk and build up from the first tank it was in because I never rinsed it off, i just moved it from tank to tank. My substrate is pretty clean now, im just waiting for the water to clear.



Can someone tell me how to propagate ( i think thats the right word) my anubuis? It flowered under the lid!!





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Old 09-29-2011, 11:13 PM   #80
 
To propagate the plant, just cut the rhimzone and put in a crack in the wood.
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