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Old 07-13-2012, 05:35 PM   #21
 
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Nice setup, I love the driftwood! The Jellybeans look nice aswell. I'm still trying to think of more schooling fish for my 55. I don't anything too dull in color, but I also want an interesting fish.
Check into Rasbora Vetifloris. There are Red, and Green morphs. Wetspot is offering them on Aquabid right now.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:09 PM   #22
 
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Olympia - They just look shocked, don't they? O.O Cute little fishies. . . don't be afraid!

Termie. . . thanks! The only plastic plants are on the left and the right - supposed to be bamboo? I dunno, I just don't have enough floaters to cover, and read that they like a dim environment and lots of floating plants. Since I took one of the filters out of the main tank, I didn't want to take anything else out of there - most especially the plants. I'm afraid to cause a mini cycle. I'm getting about 4 bunches of Hornwort - should be here on Tuesday, and I'll take the plastic bits out - otherwise all of the plants in there are what was left in my 10g after the power out. . . the plants in that tank really took a hit :(

I've had that wood around for a while now :) Just waiting for the 20 to open up. . . I *thought* I told you, lol! I wasn't sure if I'd end up using it for the mollies, but it works perfectly right now. . . the plants on the wood are a small java windelov and an African fern that were in the 10g. . .

No pictures, no video, no lights - not yet! My babies are in de-stress mode for a while, lol! I haven't even turned on the hood lights since I got them in there, and only took that ONE picture so I could count and make sure. . . soon! When (if) they all get settled in and comfy.

*giggle* John. . . I meant to say. . . I took the picture, even though I didn't want to add to their stress, because how can you count them when they're swimming around the tank? LOL! Yeah, I get 20, too. Hope they all make it!!! They'll look so pretty in the main tank :)
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:05 PM   #23
 
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LoL Ches, Yeah kinda figured that but couldn't pass that one up!
I'm sure they will make it. They have a great place to stay now and not stuck in a stores tank or getting grabbed by someone who doesn't really care about/for them.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:18 PM   #24
 
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Oh to answer your question on how to count them while they are swimming around?

Well you sit infront of the tank very still and just watch you will eventually be able to count them. Plus you get to enjoy watching and looking at your tank!
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:38 PM   #25
 
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FANTASTIC news - THEY ATE! HUZZAH!!! I was really worried about getting them to eat NOT live food - the shop where they came from had been feeding them baby brine shrimp, but all of my LFS have closed down, so I can't get any live food. This is one BIG worry off my mind. . . they went nutty for frozen (thawed) daphnia - though they refused it this afternoon. I guess they're settling in!

I know what you mean, Boredomb. I'm glad they've come to me, because there are lots of worse places for them to have gone. At least I really, really care about their well-being, and will do everything in my power to keep them happy. Still gotta feel bad for the poor little buggers. They had a whole stream - and now? My 20g tank! And when I try to count schoaling fish or fry, my eyes go all funny-like. *shakes head* I can't do it! At least I know - I have 20!

It's really crazy to think that these fish, a month or two ago, were swimming in a stream in Africa. . . just blows my mind! Wonder what they think about all of this, lol!

So I put on the lights to get a quick look at them - dim lights, nothing too bright. . . I got all involved, and before I knew it an hour had passed! I've never had a chance to just sit and watch a shoal of 20 fish for an extended period of time. Very, very cool. :) When the lights first went on, they all clustered into the darkest corner of the tank - all 20 of 'em in a golfball-sized clump, but little by little, they came out again - until they were spread more or less all across the tank. SO cool. . . I hope I can convince them to live in the 29 eventually. They'll look great in there, and finish it off perfectly!

We've passed the 12 hour mark - HOORAY! - Hopefully all continues to go smoothly! They are already coloring up a bit, and I can see more yellow in their tummies and orange on their fins, and their cute little lateral lines :) Makes me happy. The smallest is maybe a half-inch at MOST, and the largest is probably full-grown at around an inchish... I'm excited!
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:34 PM   #26
 
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I know your excitement about wild fish, referring to your statement about swimming around in Africa a couple of months ago. I just got some wild Alestidae Lukenie tetras, I felt the same wonderment about where they were a few months ago. It's a great feeling to have something special. Once mine mature I am going to get them set up to breed and get some fry out to other breeders I know.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:38 PM   #27
 
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I know your excitement about wild fish, referring to your statement about swimming around in Africa a couple of months ago. I just got some wild Alestidae Lukenie tetras, I felt the same wonderment about where they were a few months ago. It's a great feeling to have something special. Once mine mature I am going to get them set up to breed and get some fry out to other breeders I know.
YES! The thought. . .it's just insane! I know there are many wild-caught fish in the industry, but. . .I dunno! Maybe wild-caught in the stream down the street, but Africa!!? Neat.

The odd thing about the Jelly Beans is that I only know about them because they're recommended all over the internet as being a good dwarf tetra. . . which makes no sense to me, if they're so uncommon, and nearly 100% wild-caught why are so many people telling other people to go get them!? I just thought they were so cute, and would be perfect until I discovered that nobody keeps/sells them, so I crossed them off my list, only to find them at random - so I was really impulsive - get them now or possibly never - I didn't realize at the time, but it seems that these guys are an endangered species. They're endangered because of development, not because of aquarists, which makes me feel a little bit better, I guess. . . but now I feel like it's my obligation to breed them if I can get them acclimated here - I don't know if I can handle all that!!! Impulsive and good fish-keeping don't go hand-in-hand, so I'm really hoping everything turns out right. I'd feel awful to harm 20 little fishies, worse to harm 20 little fish who really WERE perfectly happy living in a stream, and happen to be an endangered species!!! Gah!

I've never heard of your Alestidae Lukenie tetra - must be VERY rare, indeed! I'd love to see an image if you have one. Glad to run into someone in the same boat as I am - can you offer me any tips on how to keep these guys happy and thriving in a tank? How long have you had yours? When you get to the point of breeding. . . you might have to keep a journal and let me peek at it!
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:46 AM   #28
 
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Glad to hear you are willing to breed you WC tetras. They are endangered indeed. There are lots of WC fish that are becoming endangered. Some due to overfishing, and most do to developement in thier country of origin. The fish from Columbia, and countries in that region are taking the biggest hit. Mostly due to power plants, and dams being built, changes the river structure are destroying thier natural habitat and breeding grounds When my Lukenie get some color I will post some piccs, right now they are just grey, blah little fish. They were only about 1" long when I got them, they are slow growers. I can't offer any advice on the Jelly Beans as I have never kept them, or done any research on them. I can only state the obvious, pristine water conditions, and a good varied diet should keep them in fine shape. I am happy you got some of your wish list fish. Keep them heathy, grow them to breeding matu rity, breed them and pass them on to others. Its our responsibility to help make sure endangered fish don't disappear completely.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #29
 
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Chesh, you're so panicky. :)
I'm sure they'll be fine. Don't even feel bad if you lose 1-2. It's such a large group, I wouldn't be surprised if one was randomly weak, didn't adjust well, or something.

The good news is, you're bound to have both males and females. You're also starting off with a large group, which gives you a good base gene pool. I hope you get some babies. :) Hehe. Save the eggs!
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:30 AM   #30
 
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Olympia, lol! I know I come across that way in text sometimes, but I'm not :) I promise! HOWEVER. . . I kind of DO think it's a big deal to be responsible for the life of another living creature, and I don't take that lightly. My kids? That's instinct. My dogs and cat? They're easy - mammals, I understand. But fish? Fish are WEIRD! 24 hours in, and still no losses and no cycle wobbles in either tank - I'm very happy for that, and feeling a bit more confident that they'll make it through. YAY!

One of them has a white spot on his head... it doesn't look fuzzy, I'm thinking maybe an injury or something along those lines. Keeping a close eye on that one - and all of the others!!!

Breeding tetra is a process, neh? I've been looking up information on it and sheeeeeesh! Still, with them being endangered, I feel obligated to try. Hopefully we can get to that point, and I manage to get them to successfully spawn! That'll be something to see!
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