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post #1 of 20 Old 01-08-2011, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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Fat Cherry Barbs and 2 months without water changes

Hello again chaps and chapettes,

It's been a while since I posted here, my girl and I had some bad news and had to visit family for about 2 months, it's left us with little else to think about, and that's where this post comes in.

We left someone to look after our fish while we were away and they did, dutifully feeding them... but despite the instructions they thought that water changes were a little complicated/hard work and did not do them. I'll guess it was about 6 to 8 weeks since the fish had a water change (you'll be glad to know that we did a 50% water change within a day of returning home). The thing is... despite going that long without changing any water, the fish seemed... glorious. The plants had pretty much exploded, the fish rotund, happy and fat and my tester kit saying that all was well. The only way you could tell nothing had been done was that evaporation had taken the water level below the normal by about an inch and a half. What shocked me was that even the rummy nosed tetras (a sort of living water quality test kit) were vibrant and sparkling. What happened? Did the fully planted nature of the tank save me a disatrous return or was I just the jammiest scamp in the history of fish keeping?

The other point I have noticed is that the Cherry barbs we own have now fully grown. The males are a deep rich red and the females plump and barrel like. And that's the thing... the females all look like fat lumps, there are no scales distending and they look like they've just had a very good meal but they've been like it for months now. Am I feeding them too much? I read that dried food can do this but I barely feed them any (once a week if that), are they ready to spawn? Perhaps an emergency weightwatchers regime with treadmills might be the order of the day...

Any thoughts on this?

It's good to be back :)

Chauncy

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post #2 of 20 Old 01-08-2011, 07:32 AM
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Hi Chauncy,

That's good news on your tank. I would have to guess that your plants had a lot to do with keeping everything sustained for that length of time.

It's good to see you back :)

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post #3 of 20 Old 01-08-2011, 10:04 AM
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I have no idea what to say about your little fatties, as I've no experience with Cherry barbs. My girlfriend keeps Rosy barbs and whenever I see them I'm always shocked by how FAT her adult females look. Hopefully someone with experience on this one will chime in.
It was definitely your plants that saved the tank from falling apart. A very well planted tank can go alot longer than an unplanted as far as missing multiple water changes.
I'm sorry about "bad news:" as far as family , hope everything is back to good news and glad you're back Chauncey!!

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post #4 of 20 Old 01-08-2011, 11:36 AM
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welcome back
yes you are a jammie git. lol i went away for a couple of weeks,
the filter burnt out,i lost my clown loaches and other fish.
however that really is good news that all is well,sounds like whoever fed them
did really well.
sorry about your sad news,condolances to you and your family.
any pictures of the tank ???

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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yes you are a jammie git. lol
Lainey, how many times am I going to have to tell you?? SPEAK English.
So, what the heck is a jammie git anyway? Someone who needs to "git" out of their "jammies"??

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post #6 of 20 Old 01-08-2011, 04:39 PM
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hahahaha kymmie you are funny.
just basically a very lucky person,you'll be bamboozling everyone over the pond
with new sayings soon.
if someone gets real lucky,or beats you to a reallllllllllllllllllllllllly good bargain,you call them
a jammie git.......

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 20 Old 01-09-2011, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses guys and girls :) I appreciate the good feelings too. *group hug*

It's good to know that heavily planting my tank has actually had such juicy benefits, I remember about 15 years back when I started this passtime/hobby/calling that I tried to fish out some pond weed from a local river and it died within days. I thought "That's enough live planting for me" and never went back. I'm glad I tried again now! Seeing the spectacular aquarium set ups on this very forum is proof that it's the decor rather than the fish that makes the biggest impact.

It's also very good to know that female cherry barbs are big lumps when they are well fed and mature ^_^ Nothing worse than thinking a fish needs a diet and a few hours in the gym. I should have some pictures of the tank soon. The problem is that the plants really did go crazy and really need trimming back. I hope to do it next week. The indian fern in particular looks as though though all it's birthdays have some at once and scattered everywhere.

As an interesting aside, one of the most astonishing things about speaking English is that it's almost a different language where ever it's spoken in the world. I remember saying "Bloody Hell" at some point in a book shop; I had just been told that my order had been delayed by a further 3 weeks. It's as mild an exclamation as you can get over here and yet... I was so incredibly chastised when some American tourists overheard me and gave me the 3rd degree, I didn't quite know how to handle it other than look shocked. The best part was that they had a small 3 or 4 year old child who then (probably on hearing her parents tell me off about it) started to say "bloody hell" over and over. They shot me a withering look and stalked out of the shop telling their kid off.

Useless story aside, thanks for all you have said. It shall not be forgotten :)

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post #8 of 20 Old 01-11-2011, 09:40 AM
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and we won't forget you said there will be pictures either

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 20 Old 01-11-2011, 04:40 PM
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I have golden barbs and they are the same nice and fat looking. Sorry about your bad news but I am glad your tank and fish are fine. Now were are the pictures? LOL

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post #10 of 20 Old 01-11-2011, 05:34 PM
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Two days, still no pictures....

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