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Old 09-28-2012, 09:29 AM   #131
 
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Well, it made it to the Ottawa Depot an hour ago. So I would assume it will definitely be here sometime today! Woo hoo.

On an unrelated note, before I went to bed last night, I threw a 10 pound roast, potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker and I just woke up to a great smelling house.

Gotta love the slow cooker, working while you sleep. ;)
there defo a good air freshener for the house lol

some things you may want to conciser

clown loach really are a fascinating fish to keep
but if you plan on keeping them you need to choose your substrate around them they like to hide in fine pea gravel or sand
also because they have a life span of around 50 years they grow very slow
and need lots of hiding places if the substrate isn't of the kind they can hide in so lots of ornaments caves etc.....

as far as plants go they make the maintenance of tanks so much easier i would go with normal plants to start as i am guessing that the ballas you will be getting will be under 2 or 3 inches this would give you at least 2-3 years of happily planted tank
also i have not seen my ballas going for other fish yet they are around 2 years old and about's 4--5 inches in size although they are supposed to become a little more aggressive as they grow past 6-7 inches


take a look at a small school of glass cat fish (4 - 6 of them would be nice) they should fit straight into this type of tank nicely i love my two

also you mentioned loach
i love my golden weather loach (A.K.A(dojo loach) although they are sold as cold water they live very happily and healthy in tropical tanks they have very active moments and then laze around for some time they are 100% the most attractive fish in my main tank and hence the name go mental before a storms hits

another bonus to keeping them is that there snake like motions across the bottom of the tank stir up all the waste and let your filter pick the majority of it up good addition to any clean up crew
and hence the name go mental before storms hit
hhuuummmmm i think around 4-7 would be nice in a tank that size

maybe a black ghost knife fish too they really are a beautiful fish but you can only have one!!!

you would most probably be ok with a pair of kribensis cichlids too they grow to around 6 inches and are fascinating to breed take a look at the care sheet for them one that includes how to breed and i know you will be interested

just some advise and suggestions there for you see what you think and let us know
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:00 AM   #132
 
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I got 5. They're good looking fish, as seen here:

Balas

The pic in my signature is actually them, but it's too small to see. Here it is:

wow there tiny maybe 3-4 years before they chomp on ya plants lol they do grow fast tho and i love watching them race round after each other
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:22 AM   #133
 
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clown loach really are a fascinating fish to keep
but if you plan on keeping them you need to choose your substrate around them they like to hide in fine pea gravel or sand
also because they have a life span of around 50 years they grow very slow
and need lots of hiding places if the substrate isn't of the kind they can hide in so lots of ornaments caves etc.....
When I ordered my filters I also ordered these hiding place:



...and I'll be adding driftwood and other hiding places before I actually get the loaches.

Which brings me to this...

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love my golden weather loach (A.K.A(dojo loach) although they are sold as cold water they live very happily and healthy in tropical tanks they have very active moments and then laze around for some time they are 100% the most attractive fish in my main tank and hence the name go mental before a storms hits

another bonus to keeping them is that there snake like motions across the bottom of the tank stir up all the waste and let your filter pick the majority of it up good addition to any clean up crew
and hence the name go mental before storms hit
hhuuummmmm i think around 4-7 would be nice in a tank that size
I'm actually quite enthralled with the weather loach. We had a ryukin tank and I wanted to add some weather loaches, but unfortunately the tank was too small. Basically it came down to weathers, yoyos, or clowns. I'm leaning toward clowns, especially since my youngster likes them, but the weathers are cool and especially neat when they are active. It's a tough call.

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as far as plants go they make the maintenance of tanks so much easier i would go with normal plants to start as i am guessing that the ballas you will be getting will be under 2 or 3 inches this would give you at least 2-3 years of happily planted tank
also i have not seen my ballas going for other fish yet they are around 2 years old and about's 4--5 inches in size although they are supposed to become a little more aggressive as they grow past 6-7 inches
Interesting, I had not heard this before. I also plan on having barbs. Possibly tigers and odessas. Maybe some scissortail rasboras? How are they for eating plants? Funny no one (including at my LFS) told me the balas wouldn't devour the plants for the first couple of years.

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maybe a black ghost knife fish too they really are a beautiful fish but you can only have one!!!
I have a friend who keeps one of these and they truly are a cool fish, but his hides practically all the time, he rarely sees it.

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you would most probably be ok with a pair of kribensis cichlids too they grow to around 6 inches and are fascinating to breed take a look at the care sheet for them one that includes how to breed and i know you will be interested
I will look into these, and the glass catfish. Thanks for the input!!
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:41 AM   #134
 
I'm actually quite enthralled with the Weather Loach. We had a ryukin tank and I wanted to add some weather loaches, but unfortunately the tank was too small. Basically it came down to weathers, yoyos, or clowns. I'm leaning toward clowns, especially since my youngster likes them, but the weathers are cool and especially neat when they are active. It's a tough call.

have both i do they even interact with each other at times

Interesting, I had not heard this before. I also plan on having barbs. Possibly tigers and odessas. Maybe some scissortail rasboras? How are they for eating plants? Funny no one (including at my LFS) told me the balas wouldn't devour the plants for the first couple of years.

i have two silver ballas look at the booming plant life in my display tank
PS. i work for my LFS and will tell you now do not listen to a thing they say most is wrong or vary's to actual life too much.

i do not know about the others you have mentioned but if you plan at any point to move your silver dollers in dont even think about plants lol

maybe a black ghost knife fish too they really are a beautiful fish but you can only have one!!!

I have a friend who keeps one of these and they truly are a cool fish, but his hides practically all the time, he rarely sees it.

this will depend on the size of the tank how well spread the hiding spots are and please bear in mind that the BGK is a semi nocturnal fish nick named by some as the nocturnal assassin

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:05 AM   #135
 
a very nice shot of my balla's




added new tank pics take a look
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:10 AM   #136
 
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Can't wait till u add the tank
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #137
 
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Nice! What kinds of plants are they? Do you use special lighting or fertilizer?

I love the way the balas look as they mature.

I'll have to do some research and see if barbs will devour plants or not.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:20 AM   #138
 
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Nice! What kinds of plants are they? Do you use special lighting or fertilizer?

I love the way the balas look as they mature.

I'll have to do some research and see if barbs will devour plants or not.
more important find out if they do before nearing adult hood

i also have a cool pic in for photo of the month comp take a look its my balla's with a clown loach barely showing behind my big balla looks brill i think take a look at the comp photos

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/contests.php

i couldnt tell you what plants they are my mollys love them but they grow far to fast to be eaten by them lol i have to trim them to half size at least every week and a half
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lots of new photos i have only just added too !!!!

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #139
 
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Beautiful Pic!

So the delivery arrived!








The large cichlid stone was broken en route:


But here's some great customer service, I called them, and they said they'd send another one out today!

Pets & Ponds

If you're in Canada, these guys have low prices and great service!

After it arrived we went to Big Al's and picked up substrate. I completely forgot to get airline hose and a thermometer. D'oh. I didn't buy the airline from Pets & Ponds because they didn't have black.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:07 PM   #140
 
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