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looking for info on Jellybean tetra ( Lepidarchus adonis)
Old 07-18-2012, 03:22 PM   #31
 
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Ches, how are your lil fishes doing?
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:26 PM   #32
 
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Yeah, How bout an update
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #33
 
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Yeah and how bout some pics too!
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:27 AM   #34
 
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Hope everythings okay in Jelly Bean land!
I cant wait for a video! Itd be great to see them..=]
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:26 PM   #35
 
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You guys are so sweet to ask after my babies, I really appreciate it - thank you!

The short story is that today is the official one-week mark, and so far, everything is going well! The Jellybeans have settled in and colored up perfectly. They seem very comfortable in their new home, and keep very busy shoaling all around the tank. They're amazing, and I adore them!

I'm still treating them with kid gloves, I'd rather take things really slowly and avoid any stress than to go too fast and endanger them in anyway - I can be patient for these wild beauties! The difference between conditions in their stream and my tank is vast, I'm sure - so better to be over-cautious than sad. . .

The details if anyone wants them:

The idea is to s l o w l y acclimate them to life in my tanks. . . and in captivity, in general!

Right now I'm still keeping things dim, and have been slowly increasing the length of their 'day' under 10g hood lights. At first, they hid in the dark corners when the dim hood-lights came on, but have gotten used to it over the course of the week,and now take it in stride. This week I'll be slowly acclimating them to the brighter hood lights that go with their 20g tank. . .

I have them eating frozen and cut (has to be REALLY small for the smaller ones tiny mouths) Mysis and Brine, and have started to add fresh veggies to their diet. So far all is going well. Cleanup is a beast, as they will not touch anything once it has fallen to the substrate, cleaning up TINY bits of missed food is a constant battle, but the snails aren't interested and the beanies need pristine water conditions, so. . . yeah. Fun. This week I'll be attempting to introduce flake foods, (which they've never had - the fish shop where I got them from was feeding live baby brine) and continue to expand their diet until it includes all of the wet-frozen goodies and veggies my other fish are used to eating.

So yeah! So far so good! I risked ONE quick picture - seriously, don't want to flash at them just yet, and the hood-lights are too dim for anything. LUCKILY, I managed to get ONE of the suckers in focus, lol!




Here's a really crappy out of focus video of them - not so clear, but you get the idea of how active they are! Hopefully I'll be able to get something a little bit better (on both counts) once they get used to the brighter lights.

The wonders of JELLYBEAN world - YouTube
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:36 PM   #36
 
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Oh wow they ARE active! They never stop!
I love their tails!
Your doing such a good job with them...I'm glad I'm not dealing with wild caught species, baby steps is so hard for me!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:05 PM   #37
 
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Haha, thanks Lyzza! I'm sure my baby steps are too small for most people. . . I'd just rather play it super safe - they're so cool, I don't want to harm them!

Termato mentioned that they seem to be schooling close together still - they actually spread out over the entire tank, but were a bit clustered, as I took the film just after I fed them them :)
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:06 PM   #38
 
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They remind me of Celebes rainbow fish.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:55 PM   #39
 
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You are doing an excellent job with the beaners. That fact that you have had no losses is testiment to that. when you start introducing flake, take a bit and break it up small enough for them to eat. Then soak it in the water that comes from thawing brine shrimp they will hit the flake without realizing it. That has worked for me in the past with fussy wild fish. Maybe you will get lucky and they will take flake without disguising it. I have had that happen a few times. Makes things much easier Keep doing what your doing, they look great and healthy. Keep us posted!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #40
 
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So chesh, pictures of the full tank with the fish in them? Video too? Yea?! hahaha

btw, I like where this is going. I would like to see them swimming through the entire tank though mainly because I bet they were FREAKED out when you took that video lol I love seeing school of fish.

The 20 long you put them in is beautiful! You can't hide it! lol
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