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post #11 of 15 Old 01-14-2013, 03:50 PM
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LOL, 7 dead. . . *giggle* I can see how someone could take that wrong ;)

With loaches. . . and as I said above, I'm more familiar with the eel-like loaches - I have quite a few of those at the moment, and they really do need to be kept over a sand bed, as gravel can damage their barbels and soft underbellies. By nature, they root around for food in every nook and cranny, and many of them dig and burrow. Again, different type of loaches, but JDM does bring up a valid point about playing in the sand. Have you read much into the ideal substrate for the type of loaches you're keeping? If not, you may want to - the rules might be the same for both types :) Gorgeous creatures, btw - do you know their scientific name? Common names get so confusing. . .
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post #12 of 15 Old 01-14-2013, 04:02 PM
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Ah, I thought you wanted all sand.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-14-2013, 04:04 PM
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Haha Jeff i laughed so hard at that buddy!

The 7 dead- thats the Ph.

i have had ZERO dead fish........and i intend of keeping it that way!!!!!
then you must be doing something right!!!!!!!

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #14 of 15 Old 01-14-2013, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yes i can too Jes now that Jeff read it that way....didnt before! Oops....
God i'd feel horrible if id killed 7 fish.....and id cert never post it! (well i would under ''help im clearly doing something wrong!!!)

Inhabit slow-flowing clear rivers having a substrate of gravel, sand and rock

In keeping with the natural habitat, the species should be maintained in a well-planted aquarium with a sand or fine smooth gravel substrate, with several pieces of bogwood containing tunnels.

Read more: Angelicus Loach (Botia kubotai) Profile

They do lie, and play and dig currently and i paid A LOT of attention to their barbels in the first few weeks as if id seen any damage i would have stripped the tank straight out, but they all look fine and well!

So they are fine as is, but your right jeff, i do, i dont, i do, i dont....why i was considering splitting the tank into gravel and sand as per that amazing picture i drew the other night for you

I'll make up my mind eventually!!!

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post #15 of 15 Old 01-15-2013, 01:53 AM
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lol! Well, if they're okay with gravel, and the missus likes the gravel, I say stick with gravel! It's already covered in yummy bacteria - why shake the boat, neh? It'd be cool to do a mixed tank like that, but I have to wonder how long it'd all stay separated?

Anyway, hows the tail on that baby doing?
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