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Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #911 of 1118 Old 12-14-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
Well, I decided to take my own advice, which was to take people's advice when you ask for it.

I did NOT get the Rhino Pleco, magnificent though he is. I wimped out and succumbed to peer pressure.

That turned around and bit me in the butt, however, because they were out of siamese algae eaters, they sold them all yesterday. I hadn't put them on hold, because I wasn't sure they wanted them. So I grabbed Chinese Algae Eaters. I had heard they were more aggressive but the LFS assured me it wouldn't be an issue in my big tank. However then I got home and read about them, and apparently when they age they can get really mean. They're very small now, but at the first sign of aggression towards another fish, they're going back.

Geez, I try to do the right thing, and instead of getting something that can terrorize my plants, I get something that can terrorize my fish. Not now, but eventually, down the road. Argh.

The Rhino was gorgeous, too.

I do like the look of the Chinese Algae Eaters against the dark substrate and driftwood though.

I did, however, get a full grown bristlenose pleco, which I am quite pleased with. He is WAY bigger than the bristlenose we have in the 55 with the Rainbows. He is tiny.

Our crappy camera FINALLY died today. It was a slow, painful, gradual death.

This video was made with one of our two backups, which are really only useful outdoors with natural light. Indoors there is just not enough light for them. So this video looks horrible, is what I'm getting at. Now we have to buy a new camera BEFORE Christmas, instead of after. Argh. Luckily we have all the boy's gifts now, just need some stocking stuffers. Thank God for kijiji (craiglist)

There was a Tiger Pleco there, a good medium size pleco between the size of the bristlenose and the rhino. I wanted him, but he has a sketchy bump. They quarantined him for three weeks, and medicated him, and it didn't come off, so they think it is scar tissue (he previously lived with cichlids at someone's home) as opposed to a fungal or bacterial infection.

After the clown loach incident I was paranoid, so I passed. I wish we had a cell phone so I could have taken a picture, and you guys could have weighed in on what it is. It is a cool looking fish.
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post #912 of 1118 Old 12-14-2012, 04:43 PM
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Lovely new additions! The bristle-nose got right to work nomming that glass for you *giggle* He looks happy enough already!
Looks like you got the 'golden' form on the CAE? Gaaaah! LOVE them! Such GORGEOUS fish, aren't they? And they seem to me to be very smart - aware of their surroundings - and whomever is at the tank - at least the one I knew was. I had to rehome one of these guys who was in the kindy tank that I take care of. I felt bad because of all the fish in there, he was the only one who was fit and happy. These guys are so tough, they can survive pretty much the worst environments and come through healthy as can be - which was exactly the case in that tank with off the charts nitrates and phosphates in a tank that hadn't been maintained for MONTHS - and badly before that. I was so sad to send him away, but I found marks on one of the Mollys in the tank that HAD to be from his suckers. He was 1 year old and just about at the 3-4 inch mark, so. . . he had turned. Bummer that such an amazing fish has to be so NAUGHTY! I was tempted to keep him and try to build the tank around him, but there wasn't enough room in the 29g, anyway. . . I bet you'll really love those guys and get attached. Maybe start thinking of a new setup for them, so when they turn to the dark-side you can keep them anyway - I KNOW I'd get attached to them if they were mine. I was attached to the one in the Kindy tank, and we'd only just met!!!! Woah. Ramble. . .sorry 'bout that! Really love those guys!!!

Bummer about the camera. . . but. . . HOORAY FOR NEW CAMERAS!!! Trying to feel sad that yours finally gave up and died, but actually I'm just jealous that you're getting a new one! Can't wait to see some new and even fantastic-er pics!!! Happy shopping!
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post #913 of 1118 Old 12-14-2012, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
Thanks. New camera doesn't mean fancy however, lol. Gonna pick it up tomorrow while I'm getting my snow tires put on.

Man, I hope my algae eaters don't go mean that soon. I would have been better off with the Rhino Pleco.

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post #914 of 1118 Old 12-14-2012, 05:18 PM
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ANY new camera is subject to jealousy on my part ;)

I hope not! From what I've read they get grumpy right around the 4 inch mark, which is also when they stop eating algae so well, but I didn't really look into them THAT deeply - just enough for me to (sadly) figure out that the one in the kindy tank needed to go. The TEACHER said that she had him for 'around a year,' but I'm not sure if he lived somewhere else before that, or if her memory is correct. She really didn't pay close attention to the tank until I got her interested.

Either way, they're beautiful! I hope they do well with you, and stay NICE!!!
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post #915 of 1118 Old 12-14-2012, 11:31 PM
Your new bristlenose is very active not like your other one hes cute I want one I want an albino one. I saw the video on youtube decided to come on here and comment
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post #916 of 1118 Old 12-15-2012, 07:22 AM
Where I work at the LFS.People have returned there CAE just for that reason.They grow big and mean and I have heard they also like to try and eat the slime coat of of certain fish.I usually steer them toward the Otocinclus.I love those little guys and they do a great job at cleaning the algae.I have 4 of them.They won't eat your plants like alot of Pleco's will.
By the way...I LOVE your rope fish.
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post #917 of 1118 Old 12-15-2012, 08:18 AM
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All fixed. I'm waiting to see what my "false" SAE and my Chinese AE do to my big tank too. First sign of trouble and they are out of there.
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post #918 of 1118 Old 12-15-2012, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
Well, the CAEs and/or the bristlenose did a great job on my caves in the last 24 hours. Cleaned them right off. Also took a lot of that brown off the top of the big driftwood.

Boxer, that was a horrible video. We got a new camera today and hopefully I'll get a new video of him. We actually see our original bristlenose now that we removed those two ornaments when the catfish was missing. But this big guy is much more active. He was all over the big driftwood tonight, I can see that becoming an issue when the CAE's get ornery, as a couple have already staked out that spot.

I like the Ottos too Blu, just wanted something bigger for the tank. I should have waited for Siamese Algae Eaters, Shame they sold out the day before. I would have waited had I realized how volatile the CAEs are.

Here is a new photo from the new camera:

That's the best pic of the Leopard Bush that I ever managed to get. I need to learn how to use this camera. The flash works, so we can take pics of people inside, woo hoo. The flash also seems to let me get pics of the fish in their true colors (our old camera was kind of orangish), when it doesn't cause a horrible glare. Now that I have a camera that works, I'll have to do some reading on taking photos of fish behind glass.

This camera EATS batteries. The flash seems to go off multiple times for each pic, but it is not on a burst setting that I can find. The manual that comes with the camera is woefully inadequate. I should see if there is a more compressive one online.

The Rainbows look better in these pics too, the old orange camera never did them justice. When I have batteries to spare I will snap away all day until I get some truly stellar pics (after I clean and top up the tanks)

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post #919 of 1118 Old 12-15-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
BTW I never found that pea puffer so he must have died. I can't find his body anyway, but he is so small, and there are so many plants, he could be anywhere.

The two remaining LOVE the white worms and are eating very well now. I fear the third might have lived if I had gotten the white worms sooner. I forgot to get them at least twice when I was at the LFS.

I am relieved the two survivors have a taste for the live worms.

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post #920 of 1118 Old 12-15-2012, 06:22 PM
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Funny I knew the minute I saw the pics that you had a new camera... before I read it.!! Woohoo. Nice pics!! Does it have a video setting? Night vision?
Get some rechargables for that thing.

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