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post #11 of 20 Old 06-20-2008, 09:02 AM
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I'd sell the half and trade the half. Get more new tanks and raise and sell those brigs.

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post #12 of 20 Old 08-17-2008, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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After looking at several other options for bottom dwellers, I decided to give it a shot and get these kuhlis. I picked up five today from the LFS. The killies, which are the most predatory fish I've yet to own and normally gulp down things like livebearer fry, didn't pay them any attention whatsoever when I added them to the tank.

So...will I ever see these guys again? A couple of them swam around out front for a few minutes, but then joined the rest back in the rocks somewhere. Is there any trick to getting them used to swimming out in the open? If I add some kind of moon light LED's, will they be more visible?

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post #13 of 20 Old 08-21-2008, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Update: the same day I made the above post, Lupin informed me that given time, the loaches will get used to the environment and be more adventurous.

Since I got them, the loaches have been a little more outgoing. They wiggle their way out of the rocks during feedings to slurp food off of the sand. They seem to really like live blackworms (but honestly...what fish doesn't?). When the lights go out they also seem much more active, but hopefully they'll adjust to the daytime feeding schedule and be more active during the daytime. I really like the way they swim so it'd be interesting to be able to watch them more often.

So far, the killies have shown zero interest in the loaches. My kribs thought they were some sort of worms and nipped at them once per krib, but that was enough for them to figure out that they aren't food. So far, so good!

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post #14 of 20 Old 08-23-2008, 05:49 AM
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Do you have a lot of plants in your tank? I've found that when I keep kuhlies in a heavily planted tank they become much more active, swimming up amongst the leaves. I've also found that putting a piece of cucumber weighed down at the front of the tank will never fail to bring them out.. they love it!

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post #15 of 20 Old 08-23-2008, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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The tank is not heavily planted. I'll put a picture up at some point. The back half of the tank has piles of rock that reach roughly 1/2 to the water line, and there's a lot of java moss on top of all the rocks. The front half of the tank has a piece of driftwood with some java fern on it, a single plant of pygmy chain sword, and an artificial dwarf hairgrass plant. So, the front of the tank is really an open swimming area for the lower-level residents (the dwarf cichlids and, hopefully, the loaches). The loaches seem more active at night so hopefully they'll just get used to the daytime feeding schedule and come out more. I'll try the cucumber thing, too. I didn't know loaches were fans of veggies!

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post #16 of 20 Old 09-08-2008, 06:08 PM
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I have 1 black kuhli..he got used to the daytime feeding schedual & now he comes out whenever its feeding time..he loves the krill also...hes always stealing it from the pleco. My kuhli loves eating the mystery snails...if he can get them while they are out he tears them apart! He's pretty good population control for them.
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post #17 of 20 Old 09-09-2008, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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I guess the loaches have gotten used to their new home, because they're visible during the day much more often now. They still mostly stick to the rocks, but sometimes they'll worm their way across the sand looking for bits of stuff to eat. Occasionally they'll all get in a group and play in the bubbles made by an air stone. I'm pretty sure one of them is bonkers, because he swims frantically in a circle against the front glass all day.

I have a couple different types of snail in the tank, and I haven't seen the kuhlis go after any of them. They run into the mystery snails from time to time but they don't seem interested at all.

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post #18 of 20 Old 09-09-2008, 10:36 AM
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Hey Batman, you still looking to get rid of those brigs? Are they the golden ones? I don't remember where you live but if its possible to ship them into Canada I would take like 5-7 of them.

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post #19 of 20 Old 09-09-2008, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately for you, I think most of them are in the belly of okiemavis' red eye puffer right about now. I kept a few of them for myself, so right now I have 2 or 3 of them in each of my bigger tanks (except for the puffer tank, of course). If any of these guys start laying eggs I'll spare some of the little guys from the puffers. I'm not sure about shipping to Canada, but brigs are legal to ship across state lines so they're probably safe to ship to you. Besides, it's not like if they somehow escaped from the mail they'd survive very long in Canada's climate anyway.

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post #20 of 20 Old 09-09-2008, 10:47 AM
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Haha darn, well at least Okies puffer is eating good. Awesome thanks, I've been looking for some of these guys for a while now, since my last one died. And I must say, all the ones I've seen are in HORRIBLE condition and I have no intention of buying mystery snails with giant holes in their shells. So if you get another batch I'm totally interested. Thanks :)

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