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post #1 of 7 Old 04-21-2011, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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This was cool to me. I have 4 small Angelica Loaches that I have had in my 23 gal tank for 2 weeks, since I bought them. They initially went frantically up and down the side of the tank, even though they had a log to hide under and plants. They did it less, but never did completely stop.

Today I put them in the bigger tank with sand subtrate and plants. From the second they got in they moved around, went on plants etc., seeming to look for food and never once, not even yet, have they gone up and down the sides of the tank.

Yipeee!! I think they like it!! Whew! The dwarf rainbows were funny, checking them out when they got in the tank.

Glad they could get out of the smaller tank, and I'm feeling hopeful that 2 weeks was long enough to wait for any illness. I know some say longer, but I was tired of watching them seem miserable.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-21-2011, 07:34 PM
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This was cool to me. I have 4 small Angelica Loaches that I have had in my 23 gal tank for 2 weeks, since I bought them. They initially went frantically up and down the side of the tank, even though they had a log to hide under and plants. They did it less, but never did completely stop.

Today I put them in the bigger tank with sand subtrate and plants. From the second they got in they moved around, went on plants etc., seeming to look for food and never once, not even yet, have they gone up and down the sides of the tank.

Yipeee!! I think they like it!! Whew! The dwarf rainbows were funny, checking them out when they got in the tank.

Glad they could get out of the smaller tank, and I'm feeling hopeful that 2 weeks was long enough to wait for any illness. I know some say longer, but I was tired of watching them seem miserable.

Gwen
That's awesome, Gwen!! Congrats!! Those are the first species of loaches I fell in love with!! Then I fell in love with dwarf loaches (fell out of love with their average price of $15-18 each, needing 5-6 makes them way too expensive for me!!). But now that I have a sand substrate in my new 15 gallon, I think I might get 5 black kuhli loaches down the road after the tank is more established and such.

Any pics of the happy loaches in their new home?

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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There you are, Gwen. Nice work.

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There you are, Gwen. Nice work.
Thanks Byron. They're still doing great! Also, I did the big WC and add Flourish Comprehensive - really eager to see what changes it makes for my struggling plants. I have my male Gourami by himself (in the 23 gal tank) and he seems content. The female Gourami I moved with the dwarf rainbows, and she seems very happy with them (happy to not be abused by the male Gourami)!! Do you know if African Dwarf frogs would work with the male Gourami, or should I just put in some small schooling fish??? I like those black neon tetras.

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Thanks Byron. They're still doing great! Also, I did the big WC and add Flourish Comprehensive - really eager to see what changes it makes for my struggling plants. I have my male Gourami by himself (in the 23 gal tank) and he seems content. The female Gourami I moved with the dwarf rainbows, and she seems very happy with them (happy to not be abused by the male Gourami)!! Do you know if African Dwarf frogs would work with the male Gourami, or should I just put in some small schooling fish??? I like those black neon tetras.

Thoughts?

Gwen
As far as compatablility goes with an ADF and a gourami, I have never thought of it. But I do know that you will want to know how deep your 23 gallon is, as ADFs typically arent recommended for a tank deeper than 15 inches so they can make it to the top for air. Then again, my best friend has her ADF in a 29 gallon and her's seems to make it fine.

I'd be tempted to suggest going with the small schooling fish...make sure they arent too fast though, as gouramis tend to not like the faster swimming fish. Check the water parameter likings of the black neon tetras, and if they are the same as the gourami and your tank I think they would be a good choice.

Looking forward to hearing what you go with.

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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That's awesome, Gwen!! Congrats!! Those are the first species of loaches I fell in love with!! Then I fell in love with dwarf loaches (fell out of love with their average price of $15-18 each, needing 5-6 makes them way too expensive for me!!). But now that I have a sand substrate in my new 15 gallon, I think I might get 5 black kuhli loaches down the road after the tank is more established and such.

Any pics of the happy loaches in their new home?
Okay, Amanda, finally I'm loading a couple pics of my loaches. Still all doing great.

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-27-2011, 07:07 PM
They are adorible and look super happy and active...as do your rainbows!!
Great work, Gwen!!! I love it!!
Oh, and I love those moss ball plant things!! I plan on getting one or two for my 15 gal as I am only putting live plants in it. I put a fake moss ball thing in the 29 gal last night...would love to do all live in that tank as I hate how much debris sits on the bottom of fake plants. Down the road I will replace it all with live plants though.

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty

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