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post #31 of 40 Old 07-12-2014, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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I ended up getting 3 Kubotai loaches today, theyre making themselves at home in the tank nicely and the female BN started chasing them around but the more she chases them the more curious about her they get, I think she's starting to realize if she doesn't chase them they won't annoy her, they don't take any interest in the male BN so I can only see this as being good for the females aggression.
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post #32 of 40 Old 07-12-2014, 12:35 PM
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Oh lol!! That's pretty funny, well hopefully she'll learn a lesson from all this good luck with the new loaches! They sound like a hoot!
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post #33 of 40 Old 07-15-2014, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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Well the loaches have won me over, they are an awesome fish to watch and I noticed how they like to be in groups so I decided to increase the group from 3 to 5 today, however when I went to buy 2 more, there was 3 left at the store so who would I be to leave one on it's own, so it came home with me too haha, so I have ended up with a group of 6 swimming around in my tank.

Feeding time tonight was madness with the loaches, really cool to watch. The female BN seems to be the most on edge out of all the fish but it looks like the introduction of a curious group loaches is doing good for the socializing of the BN, yet to see them in close proximity to each other though...
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post #34 of 40 Old 07-15-2014, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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I also meant to ask what you guys think of my current tank stocking capacity...
8x neon tetras
6x Kubotai loaches
2x BN

tank size is also closer to 35g, not 40g like I mentioned earlier...
What do you guys think of this, room for more? overstocked?
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post #35 of 40 Old 07-15-2014, 09:39 AM
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You've got plenty of room in the tank. What's the footprint of the tank?

You could bump up your Neon school to around 10-12 and add a centerpiece fish like a Dwarf Gourami or something nice ^_^

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post #36 of 40 Old 07-16-2014, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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The tank is 92cm long x 38cm wide... it is long rather than tall so this will be good for the loaches. I might hold off getting more fish until I have stocked the tank with all the plants that I want, I might also go looking for another taller piece of driftwood to swap with another piece I have in there at the moment.
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post #37 of 40 Old 07-16-2014, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a pic of my tank, photos not very good quality though sorry
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post #38 of 40 Old 07-16-2014, 11:07 AM
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Looks good! But yeah, I definitely suggest bumping up your plant stock, it will make your fish feel more safe and thus in return, your female BN might not feel like she completely owns the tank if there are "walls" of plants up, you know? But so far so good it looks like :)
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post #39 of 40 Old 07-17-2014, 03:45 AM
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Looks like a great tank!
I would seriously think about adding a centerpiece fish as the tank looks a bit bland IMO.
But getting some more plants will really make the tank pop, so crypts would do well, along with java fern and anubias. See if you can get some floaters, it really adds another "dimension". However, I am not sure what type of plants you can get in the NZ though...
(BTW, I would think about moving the val towards the back as they will grow big...)

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post #40 of 40 Old 07-17-2014, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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I agree it does look a bit bland at the moment, I still have more plants to transfer from my 15g tank so with a bit of luck and a bit of time it should be quite heavily planted, I also want to find a different piece of driftwood to replace the one of the left of the tank. The tank has only been set up for maybe 4 weeks now so it's still early days
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