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Old 11-10-2008, 07:59 PM   #21
 
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Make sure to get a male BN when it is time. They are awesome looking fish with the bristles when they get long and have some very distinct characteristics. Also, make sure to get a young one so that there is a better chance of it adapting to new feeding schedules and you can watch it grow. Might even get one that is bred in captivity which is even better. They have been raised to feed on normally fed aquarium food and haven't been stressed out near as much as wild caught ones.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:53 PM   #22
 
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Awww man! I wish I could have weighed in on this thread earlier. Black ghost knives do use electrical impluses to find their way around in the dark, but they aren't "electric" enough to shock anything, so they're harmless to you. Also, I don't think your GloFish were in any real danger. Yes, a large black ghost knife can eat smaller fish, but it also mostly stays near the bottom of the tank, unlike the GloFish. Even though it grows fairly long, ghost knives also have fairly small mouths so I'm not sure it would be able to eat a full-grown GloFish (which is essentially the same fish as a zebra danio). GloFish are also incredibly fast swimmers so they might have been safe.

On the other hand, ghost knives do get fairly long, and your tank wouldn't be able to hold one in the long run, so maybe it's best that you returned it.

How many GloFish do you have? Other than the bristlenose pleco, have you made any other plans for fish to add to the tank?
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:25 PM   #23
 
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Looks like a fishy paradise. :3 Very cool.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:49 AM   #24
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Awww man! I wish I could have weighed in on this thread earlier. Black ghost knives do use electrical impluses to find their way around in the dark, but they aren't "electric" enough to shock anything, so they're harmless to you. Also, I don't think your GloFish were in any real danger. Yes, a large black ghost knife can eat smaller fish, but it also mostly stays near the bottom of the tank, unlike the GloFish. Even though it grows fairly long, ghost knives also have fairly small mouths so I'm not sure it would be able to eat a full-grown GloFish (which is essentially the same fish as a zebra danio). GloFish are also incredibly fast swimmers so they might have been safe.

On the other hand, ghost knives do get fairly long, and your tank wouldn't be able to hold one in the long run, so maybe it's best that you returned it.

How many GloFish do you have? Other than the bristlenose pleco, have you made any other plans for fish to add to the tank?
I don't plan to get any other fish except the pleco. I have about 13 glow fish so I figure they'll eventually have babies, so better keep it simple. I'm showing a reading for ammonia now, so the aquarium will have to settle before I can even get the pleco. For any of you that haven't owned glow fish, or plan on getting some, there are a few things you might want to know about their habits... they are EXTREMELY active, chasing each other all over the tank, both with the regular lighting and the moon light. They only settle down and sleep when there are no lights at all, so I run the regular light in the day, and the moon light for about 4 hours in the evening, then turn everything off.

Oddly enough, even though they are not suppose to like the bottom of the tank, there are always several hanging around down there. They aren't picking around the bottom for food - they just like to swim at that level. At night, when all lights are off, they generally choose an area and stay there to sleep. If another fish gets in their space, they boot him out. They're all just hanging all over the tank in their own little spot, sleeping LOL!

With these fish, you DO NOT have to worry about uneaten food falling to the bottom. They're voracious and act as if they're starving all of the time. Cochise, the fish I lost, ate out of a ring. She always took her time. She was a little lady But these fish are like hogs to the trough. LOL I have to keep telling myself that their stomachs are only as large as their eye so that I stop before overfeeding them!

They're not afraid of people. If you put your face up to the glass, they're very curious and will come right up to get a closer look. But, taking pictures is a pain because they're always moving. I tried taking a video and pictures under the moon light, but only the yellow ones glowed. That's weird.

Anyway, I miss Mr. Ghost's head peeking out of the castle, but he'll probably find a more suitable home. I bet it wasn't easy for such a shy fish to have all of those lights buzzing around him all of the time.

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:53 AM   #25
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Looks like a fishy paradise. :3 Very cool.
Thanks! It's pretty bare in there, but think I'll keep it that way until I get the pleco. Then I'll add some greenery if he's not happy with the way it is. Lord, it's much easier to clean this way, without all of those plastic plants and such! Cheryl
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:00 PM   #26
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Make sure to get a male BN when it is time. They are awesome looking fish with the bristles when they get long and have some very distinct characteristics. Also, make sure to get a young one so that there is a better chance of it adapting to new feeding schedules and you can watch it grow. Might even get one that is bred in captivity which is even better. They have been raised to feed on normally fed aquarium food and haven't been stressed out near as much as wild caught ones.
Okay I'll do that. But how do you tell the gender? And should I buy one at the pet shop or order online to get a captivity-bred one? After Pet Supermarket, I don't trust any of those salespeople's opinions. I'll have to get pellets for him to make sure he gets enough to eat. Those glow fish won't leave him a speck of food. They're little pigs! Cheryl

PS: I'm thinking of changing to a canister filter and need advice, but I will start another thread for that. Don't want to break any rules.. lol
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:27 PM   #27
 
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I wouldn't count on breeding your GloFish. They will very likely lay eggs for you, but they aren't exactly the best parents so they'll eat their eggs and fry. In order to breed them, you usually have to remove the adults after the eggs are laid.

Edit: GloFish, being genetically modified zebra danios, will school with regular zebra danios, longfin zebras, leopard danios, blue danios and just about any other danio that's closely related. So, you could add these types of danios to the tank and they should all school together for you.

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Old 11-13-2008, 10:27 AM   #28
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I wouldn't count on breeding your GloFish. They will very likely lay eggs for you, but they aren't exactly the best parents so they'll eat their eggs and fry. In order to breed them, you usually have to remove the adults after the eggs are laid.

Edit: GloFish, being genetically modified zebra danios, will school with regular zebra danios, longfin zebras, leopard danios, blue danios and just about any other danio that's closely related. So, you could add these types of danios to the tank and they should all school together for you.
I've got to figure out a way to save some babies! I'm determined.

So far they're not schooling, but it would be neat if they would. One huge burst of color swimming around the tank... I read somewhere they have to be threatened (or feel they're threatened) by other fish before they'll school. I hope the pleco will do that job but if the Ghost Knife didn't, I don't know what would!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:22 PM   #29
 
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Hmm, if they DO breed and have babies, will they have the glow coloring or just be regular zebra danios?
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:48 PM   #30
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You will also need some driftwood for the pleco when you get him. They like to gnaw on it.

I am guessing the babies will be "regular" as the color of the adults is sythetically induced, not actually part of their DNA.
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