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Old 12-11-2012, 03:38 PM   #881
 
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Oh no! Matt! I hope he makes it through okay :/ Poor thing!
Thanks! So far so good! They're uber skittish today, so no water change for sure. The don't even like it when I approach the tank to count them. I tested the water today and the nitrates were 5. So I don't think any weird behavior is from bad water conditions. I thought about getting them some duckweed as a treat, they like the cover it provides and they love eating it. I ended up going to the fish store and completely forgot to get some.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:48 PM   #882
 
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Thank goodness he made it through this far! He's a fighter for sure. . .wonder why they're so skittish? Odd for them, isn't it?
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:05 PM   #883
 
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keep meaning to get duckweed and forget about it..
nitrates @ 5, that actually is not bad.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:13 PM   #884
 
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Thank goodness he made it through this far! He's a fighter for sure. . .wonder why they're so skittish? Odd for them, isn't it?
No, they're skittish a lot. They were super skittish when we bought them, and didn't even come out to eat. I put some duckweed in, and that emboldened them. Even after is was gone, after that they were braver and always come out to eat, even aggressively.

But a couple of months ago the nitrates were up in that tank and I had to do a lot of water changes. I think I was over feeding. They hate water changes and having a bunch in a row, they got sort of skittish. Not as bad as when they were new. I have been meaning to get duckweed but always forget. They have been very skittish since the one jumped out and came back.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #885
 
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Ahhh, gotcha - poor things! Do you think getting a few more of them to add to the shoal would make them feel more comfortable?

Of course, now that one of them vanished and came back covered in dust bunnies, they probably think you're a mad scientist and are wondering which of them will be next to suffer through your wacko experiments. . .I know I would be ;)

Well, I hope they settle down again for you, and that the little escape artist continues to be well. Can you even imagine what that must be like for a fish? :( He must have hit the hood at *just* the exact right place *shakes head* Foolish fishy. . .
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:35 PM   #886
 
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Ahhh, gotcha - poor things! Do you think getting a few more of them to add to the shoal would make them feel more comfortable?

Of course, now that one of them vanished and came back covered in dust bunnies, they probably think you're a mad scientist and are wondering which of them will be next to suffer through your wacko experiments. . .I know I would be ;)

Well, I hope they settle down again for you, and that the little escape artist continues to be well. Can you even imagine what that must be like for a fish? :( He must have hit the hood at *just* the exact right place *shakes head* Foolish fishy. . .

I have four. I think they're just skittish fish. I have read that about them. When they haven't been recently traumatized they patrol the tank all day, as opposed to hiding under their favorite fake plant. I'm sure if I add some duckweed they'll come around.

I had another fish escape today, believe it or not.

Man, I tried staying away from here for a little while so I could focus on Christmas. Hanging out here really makes me want to buy fish stuff. LOL

Went to the fish store today for the first time in awhile (Not that long, a week or two at the most) and I got suckered in to buying fish because they had....

ROPEFISH! Which I love and wanted but the last time they had them in my tank was still cycling.

Of course everytime Ropefish are mentioned, the first thing people say is they are great escape artists. I had never put the plastic inserts along the back of my glass lid. So I did this while the fish acclimated. I cut the gaps around the equipment as small as possible. Then I covered ALL the gaps. You can see the lid at the end of this video.

So when ALL the holes were covered, I put the fish in the tank. One escaped before I even got him in the tank! He jumped out of the bag the second I opened it! I had to pick him up and throw him back in. And I am sketched out by snaky fish, Shudder. Jodie was filming when it happened but missed half of it in the confusion.

So after never having a fish escape, we had two escape in one 24 hour period. The 7 inch Silver Dollar escaped from a 3" gap.

Also, even though I forgot duckweed, I finally remembered white worms for the pea puffers! Gonna try them when I feed them tonight.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:06 PM   #887
 
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actually, Canadien, the bettas are in a tank by themselves.
1 red double tail who can't swim well. he has a bulge near his tail
the other is a blue crown, with red finnage. very striking, but no 'mr cheeky'. he'll come over and look at me, but does not make any threats towards me. Occasionally he will flare at the residents in the 29 gallon next door. of course, they ignore him completely.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:09 PM   #888
 
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watching ropefish escape...
looks like you float and at least temp acclimate.
do you try and acclimate by adding water to the bags gradually..

I wonder: has anyone had a fish escape and go under something where you could NOT get it back?

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:58 PM   #889
 
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OMG!!! Well, lets hope this is the LAST fish escape for quite some time to come! Yeeeesh!!! Very cool fish, I really love Ropes, too - hope they do well for you, they're gorgeous!
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:19 PM   #890
 
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twocents I did acclimate some fish by gradually adding water, when my LFS specifically told me to, though I can't remember which ones. Usually I just float the bags.

Chesherca I hope so too. I need a net or something to put over the opening when I am doing water changes because the lid is open for an hour by the time I drain and refill the 70 gallons I usually change.

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