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What to add to keep your fish happy?
Old 11-23-2009, 04:40 AM   #21
 
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I recently added three of the Yo Yo loaches to a 56 gal tall tank and they remind me of the reaction one often sees during a fire drill.They are all over the place and never spend more than a second or two in one place. The color of these fish over a black substrate is awsome. I placed some pvc pipe in the tank along with the driftwood that has been there for sometime and these little guys are very amusing. Much more active during the day than my Khulii loaches.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:02 AM   #22
 
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1077: Yoyos were the very first occupants in my display tank and the major reason I went w/ black substrate. It seems we share the same taste! (Other than Bruce )

Byron: Woodcats? Never heard of them. Elaborate, please. :)

Brettxw: Are we causing you to contemplate trading your balas for some yoyos??
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:45 AM   #23
 
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1077: Yoyos were the very first occupants in my display tank and the major reason I went w/ black substrate. It seems we share the same taste! (Other than Bruce )

Byron: Woodcats? Never heard of them. Elaborate, please. :)

Brettxw: Are we causing you to contemplate trading your balas for some yoyos??
The Yoyo's I aquired are only approx three inches long at the moment. I can imagine placing them in 75 gal once they get some more size.
Also thought about placing them in 80 gal but I fear Jack Dempsey would not appreciate the company.
I like the fact that I can keep them indefinately in the 75 gal whereas the Clown loaches I had got too large for the 75 gal and I had to find new homes for them
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:42 AM   #24
 
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Byron: Woodcats? Never heard of them. Elaborate, please. :)
Judging from the cute pic, I think B is talking about Perugia's, more info here (but let's leave the definiate answer to B if I'm right or wrong there )
Honeycomb Tatia - Tatia Perugiae
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:48 PM   #25
 
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I recently added three of the Yo Yo loaches to a 56 gal tall tank and they remind me of the reaction one often sees during a fire drill.They are all over the place and never spend more than a second or two in one place. The color of these fish over a black substrate is awsome. I placed some pvc pipe in the tank along with the driftwood that has been there for sometime and these little guys are very amusing. Much more active during the day than my Khulii loaches.
I know exactly what you mean; the Botia kubotai species is the same. Constant flurry of activity all day, but all playful, never any rough stuff. Don't know where they get the energy. I have a quintet of dwarf loaches in with them, also playful, but they can't keep up with the kubotai. B.
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:55 PM   #26
 
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1077: Yoyos were the very first occupants in my display tank and the major reason I went w/ black substrate. It seems we share the same taste! (Other than Bruce )

Byron: Woodcats? Never heard of them. Elaborate, please. :)

Brettxw: Are we causing you to contemplate trading your balas for some yoyos??
The spotted woodcat is the fish in my avatar. And Angel is correct, they are Tatia perugiae [genus appears to have changed and is now being seen more as Centromochlus perugiae]. I have a trio, two were in that photo, the third lives in another tunnel on the other side of that piece of driftwood. They took up residence there because it is under the filter outflow and they love currents. The only downside is that they are totally nocturnal. They come out after it is pitch black, never before, and swim around the tank much like corydoras do during the day. However, they are trained to come out when bloodworms are offered, around 5 in the evening, and I always see them all three peeking out around then, and as soon as the tank glass cover slides back, they all charge out and circle the wood in anticipation. They have fairly large mouths, it's like a vacuum the way they just open and swallow the bloodworms. B.
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:13 PM   #27
 
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Glad to hear I didn't loose all my fishy knowledge during my tanks- absence
Would it then be advisable with these fish Byron to have these "night lights" screw in bulbs to observe them? I mean for "normal" people that already have hard times training their dog how to sit, much less train a fish to come out from the hiding place (thou remembering my dwarf frogs used to grow very used to the offer of bloodworms too). The sound real interesting...You don't by chance have a long post or a outside linked article where I can read up more about them would you? Their behavior sounds interesting to me...
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:30 PM   #28
 
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Would it then be advisable with these fish Byron to have these "night lights" screw in bulbs to observe them? I mean for "normal" people that already have hard times training their dog how to sit, much less train a fish to come out from the hiding place (thou remembering my dwarf frogs used to grow very used to the offer of bloodworms too). The sound real interesting...You don't by chance have a long post or a outside linked article where I can read up more about them would you? Their behavior sounds interesting to me...
There's some info on Planet Catfish here: Centromochlus perugiae • Auchenipteridae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish though I don't know that I would agree with this fish being a surface feeder. After dark with a flashlight I do see them at all levels of the tank, so might be. The reproductive method indicated for this fish is interesting, and if you follow the link to shane's world article it is detailed with photos.

I do not advocate "night lights" in freshwater aquaria. The fish and plants require 10 hours of absolute darkness, no room lights, no moonlight, nothing. This is what they are used to by evolution; the moon does not shine through the forest canopy. And studies have identified plant growth problems without total darkness.

Fish that are programmed to swim in darkness need just that, darkness. It is unfortunate that it makes viewing difficult, but it is very easy to train these fish. I have read of others doing this, and I didn't set out to, it just happened. I feed flake and tablets in the morning. In the late afternoon, I feed frozen bloodworms only because I have some wild caught fish that basically eat nothing else (my Poecilocharax weitzmanni in the 90g), so on alternate days the bloodworms to ensure they are getting something. And I feed the corydoras in the 115g as a treat. So, once I had found out where these woodcats were living (when introduced into the tank they disappeared, finding a tunnel in wood and staying there; I did the night flashlight routine just to find them), I squirted some bloodworms into the tunnels. They are clever; after only a couple of times of doing this, the next day at the same time, there they were, peeking out in anticipation.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:14 PM   #29
 
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I pers haven't had nor will install any of the moon lights/ night lights etc. Was just curious if using it as a 'dim & still light' was better for them the being 'cased' by a ray of light from the flashlight? I mean just to use it on while you're searching them, not permanent at all.
Thanks for the link, will be reading tonight!
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