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post #1 of 10 Old 02-19-2011, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Aquarium decorations.

people will probably be aware of this,however with new members
popping in and being new to fish keeping i thought perhaps i would mention this,
have i mentioned befor..........maybe,possibly,probably
please check you decorations thay you buy/make.
if they are a solid object then no need to worry,however if they have holes in
gaps,splits.please be aware that your fish have the potentiel to get stuck !
Clown Loaches especially love to wedge themselves into tight spaces,and a lot of other fish to can
do the same thing.
anyone want to share their stories.
so far i've lost a Tiger barb wedged in bog wood.
Fire mouth cichlid wedged in log decoration,rescued yesterday after being MIA for a week.,

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-19-2011, 08:50 AM
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Yep, those loaches are crazy.
When I bought my first herd (teeny tiny juvies) the LFS guy was trying to net them and they all hightailed it into a piece of holey lava rock that was in the tank. Shows you how dumb that store was to keep sharp pointy rock in a tank with scaleless fishes, and a saltwater rock as well. Anyway, he can't catch them so he removes the rock from the tank and starts violently shaking it. He decides he's going to "pull" them out and I say, "whoa", just sell me the fish with the rock, I'll bring the rock back to you once they exit. Once home in my tank they dart out, off to explore.

Sometimes I look in my tank and can't even spot not one clown. All six are so jammed so tightly into the crevices of driftwood it's like they aren't even in the tank. Silly fish.

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-19-2011, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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i don't belive he actually was going to shake them out.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-19-2011, 09:05 AM
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i don't belive he actually was going to shake them out.
Sadly I do.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-19-2011, 10:14 AM
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Sadly... I rescued two fish... one a Betta that had been sitting in a fishbowl on a reception desk. (daughter brought it home when going on sick leave, no one else would have looked after it.)
We put it in my 45Tall with my other rescue.... a 10 cent goldfish my son won at a local school funfair. it was in a 10 gal plastic tank on his dresser.... only half full of water, it had evaporated away... and crazily still alive and getting quite big... Holy Crap is that fish still in there? Ya he's OK! Are you feeding it? Ya. Are you cleaning it? NO!!? why would I do that? (I totally forget he even had it as I try not to go in there... she ~~shivers!!~~)
ANYWAY the darm Betta a beautiful ruby red decides to swim into/thru a terra cotta plant pot, you know the ones we ALL put into our tanks... and STUCK. DEAD. So much for giving a Betta an amazing home. the goldfish lived on for another yearat least. That Betta loss still bothers me cause I just wanted to give it a better life.

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-20-2011, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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aww poor betta

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-20-2011, 09:25 PM
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And no hollow decors. A recipe for disaster. Want to experience smelling hydrogen sulfide when it's time to clean up the tank and pull off the decors?

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post #8 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 06:19 AM
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When I bought my black kuhli loaches they were inside a hollow rock thing and after a while of trying to dump them out and them flapping around on the floor I finally had them.

Now after a couple weeks of not seeing them at all since they live under my rocks and wood, Ive found I need to trick them into coming out by dumping the water I use to thaw bloodworms out in into the tank and letting them catch the smell and sure enough they come out looking.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-21-2011, 06:20 AM
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My African Clawed Frogs like to wedge themselves in the tightest spaces they can find in the tank. I've thought they were stuck and afraid they've drowned on more than one occasion.

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7 Serpae Tetras
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20 Gallon Tank
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Anywhere between 0 and 8 feeder guppies

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