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Old 01-19-2013, 01:56 PM   #21
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I was going to ask about this but they even suggested waiting at least a few days... I am certain they will sell on day one if someone wants them bad enough. Quite often I have seen tanks marked as "sick fish" so they don't intentionally sell iffy fish.

I can leave it for 5 days at the most based on being able to schedule in getting there and pushing it as late as I can.

The barbs were easy, they were all active and moving well, I just let them net them as they could.

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Old 01-19-2013, 02:03 PM   #22
 
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Quite often I have seen tanks marked as "sick fish" so they don't intentionally sell iffy fish.
I don't know the store obviously, but I would wonder what they might consider "iffy." If the staff, or one of them, has good knowledge of the corydoradinae, they should know, but such knowledge sadly is lacking in many stores.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:09 PM   #23
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I don't know the store obviously, but I would wonder what they might consider "iffy." If the staff, or one of them, has good knowledge of the corydoradinae, they should know, but such knowledge sadly is lacking in many stores.
Well, I have yet to talk to one that doesn't keep fish themselves and at least know quite a bit about at least one facet of aquaria. I might deal with the manager as he keeps these fish specifically... might be a better selector of these fish. He knows how much I have spent in there on my first (non-standard) tank so might consider that in getting me fish that last. Also, getting in sooner when the selection is better will probably provide a better chance of being able to be choosy about the fish... but that is me being impatient just a little.

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Old 01-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #24
 
Sweet lol thanx guys a ton of help always i eill try to get a good pic when i get back home for a def. answer
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:00 PM   #25
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Picked up the catfish today. They are now snuffling around the bottom of the tank. Between 1 to 1.5 inches... healthy looking guys.

Do they ever dig around in the sand... I certainly don't need trumpet snails to dig things up... I wonder how long some of my plants will stay rooted...

I like that I can see what they are looking at. I have seen eyes following me with the larger saltwater fish, and some of the freshwater but, with the barbs being so small and our betta having straight black eyes, it wasn't apparent, this is the smallest fish that I've seen that obviously "looks around"... other than the dwarf puffers. Sitting on the bottom I wondered if they were alive but see their eyes tracking me as I walk across the front of the tank. My wife won't like that.

Here's a pic of Scrappy the Green Brochis (as labelled in the store) or Emerald Catfish according to the profile common name here. Scrappy due to the dorsal fin damage, I suspect perhaps from netting. I was going to get six, then decided we can handle eight just in case there were losses, we would end up with six minimum. I found upon arriving home that there were nine... I think scrappy was a bonus and I really don't expect losses based on how active these guys are... all scampering about. Nine it is.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #26
 
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Scrappy will be fine. The fins will heal with good water and feeding. I had some cories recently air mailed to me and a couple had sever fin damage. Its been less than two weeks and you can see significant new growth.

The Emeralds are nice fish and get pretty big. Hope they like their new home.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:46 PM   #27
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I wasn't really concerned about the fin damage, I figured they would grow back.

They're already rooting around in the sand like a bunch of little pigs looking for truffles. First feeding frenzy ought to be very interesting.

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