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Old 01-27-2013, 05:31 PM   #1091
 
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Glad you've gotten it all sorted out, Boxer! I bet you were going through TFK withdraw! :D Welcome back!
Yep Frustrating reading threads and not being able to post
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:24 PM   #1092
 
Has anyone heard where Canadian went?Still so weird..Not the same anymore without him on here all the time
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:39 PM   #1093
 
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No not at all. I've heard nothing. I know I've taken a month or 2 long break from here a couple of times. Sometimes I would sign on and just get overwhelmed by the threads that needed answers. I totally get the need to step away for awhile.

And this place can be VERY distracting from the things we should be doing!
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:53 AM   #1094
 
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Yes I don't have time to go on the forums very often it was nice to follow this thread and see what people were up to even catching up on this thread when I was not on for a week or so was challenging I usually have one morning a month when I can actually sit back and read a bunch off threads and the rest of the time read postings from threads I am following when I get an email alert that someone has posted on my phone
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:26 AM   #1095
 
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Well, after a LONG and boring winter we are finally back to adding fish and plants to our tanks. Got a little overwhelmed with the car troubles, etc, but everything is all good now.

Charlie is talking a lot more, finally, and is close to the end of his first school year (JK).

We had some fish deaths over the winter, but not too many. Both our bristlenose plecos died again, even though I had lots of algae built up this time. So we've given up on keeping them. Our hillstream loach, which we bought around a year ago, is still thriving. We thought that would be the harder one to keep.

We had two of our ropefish pass away. I think they just couldn't compete with the faster fish in the 220. This is the current stocking of the 220:

11 x Black Skirt Tetras
8 x Congo Tetras
1 x Chinese Algae Eater
3 x Banded Leporinus
1 x Blood Red Parrot
1 x Ropefish

No aggression so far from the algae eater, Leporinus or parrot fish. I think the tank is large enough that it won't be an issue. I would have gotten 6 Leporinus, as per their profile, but they only had the three biggies, which were returned. If they ever get more, I will buy them.

Will take some videos later after the fish have all woken up. The 220 used to be lit up from 9am to 9pm, but it went to 10am to 10pm after the time change.

The pea puffers died, and I recently replaced them with some tetras and some shrimp.

The amazon puffers are still going strong and cohabiting nicely with the red tailed shark.

The Leopard Bush, Bleeding Hearts, and RTS have grown more than any fish we have ever owned. I think the bush has doubled in size, as have the Bleeding hearts, which started smaller than the Serpaes, but are now much larger. The RTS started small and is not a better size.

Charlie's dirty male Betta, Mary Poppins, is still alive, incredibly. She was in the dark for a little while when her bulb burned out and we weren't getting to the LFS recently.

Today is the last day of the Big Al's big sale, if anyone is in Canada and near one. 25% off all fish and plants here. We FINALLY started planting my Rainbow tank, we'd been talking about it since December. Looks a lot less empty now, and I'm sure it will help with water conditions. My nitrates are usually a little higher in my two 55s, which are unplanted.

Hope everyone is well. We are relieved to be back in the swing of things.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:31 AM   #1096
 
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So happy to see you back again, dear!!! I was afraid you'd vanished for good!
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:32 AM   #1097
 
If I had such a large tank I would feature a more uncommon fish, like a barracuda. Oh yea, I saw one of those at the fish store down here and they were scary and interesting. Well, it was labeled a barracuda, but it actually does not look like the barracudas I tried to google after that. It has these fins like a centipede or something.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:40 AM   #1098
 
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So happy to see you back again, dear!!! I was afraid you'd vanished for good!
Never for good, lol. With so many tanks questions are always bound to come up. We went so long without adding anything to the tanks, I had nothing at all to update.

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If I had such a large tank I would feature a more uncommon fish, like a barracuda. Oh yea, I saw one of those at the fish store down here and they were scary and interesting. Well, it was labeled a barracuda, but it actually does not look like the barracudas I tried to google after that. It has these fins like a centipede or something.
Something like that would be cool, for sure. A friend of mine keeps a single piranha. I just enjoy checking the LFS for new arrivals and adding to a community, I find a lot of the fun is stocking, so I try to keep mostly passive to semi aggressive fish.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:47 AM   #1099
 
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So glad to have you back, Matt!! We were worried about you! Can't wait to see your 220 grow and change again!
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:15 AM   #1100
 
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Thanks Koi!

Here is a short video of the 220:

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