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Old 08-08-2012, 08:32 AM   #91
 
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Gorgeous vids, Fox. I LOVE seeing Queen out on the prowl, and it's really neat to see Gourami behavior in such a large tank. Everyone looks very relaxed and happy in there to me. :)
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #92
 
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Gorgeous vids, Fox. I LOVE seeing Queen out on the prowl, and it's really neat to see Gourami behavior in such a large tank. Everyone looks very relaxed and happy in there to me. :)
Thanks :3

Actually though I've been watching the behavior of my fish again. I'm noticing the bichirs are knocking into a lot of stuff and I don't like that. I took part of today to rescape just the left side.


I'm kind of tired of having to put the big Anubias back down every day (it keeps getting uprooted), and the willows. Also the pennywort keeps end up floating a few stalks at a time. Part of me thinks this is not just the Gourami doing this. At night the bichirs and loaches are bound to be more active and a bichir alone can knock about a plant without meaning to.

I'll try to take night video when I can.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:36 PM   #93
 
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Thrift Stores for the WIN!!! That's awesome! I love 20 longs!

btw queen is looking amazing, she is coloring up really well.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:43 PM   #94
 
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I've been stalking this thread for a while now. It's awesome to see your setup come to life.

I've got a suggestion about your plants. I've got goldfish that are always uprooting my plants, so I 1-uped the little monsters and put my plants in pots. The sword is in a rather large terracotta pot, but some of the stem plants can stay in rather small pots. I also tie my anubias to wood. They can't uproot it if it's rooted to wood!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:50 PM   #95
 
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I've been stalking this thread for a while now. It's awesome to see your setup come to life.

I've got a suggestion about your plants. I've got goldfish that are always uprooting my plants, so I 1-uped the little monsters and put my plants in pots. The sword is in a rather large terracotta pot, but some of the stem plants can stay in rather small pots. I also tie my anubias to wood. They can't uproot it if it's rooted to wood!!
Thank you. It's been a lot of work...fun too.

Haha, I didn't know goldfish would do that. I've thought about putting them in something like a pot but I don't think it would go well with the theme of the tank. Eventually I will probably tie the anubias to that bit of wood it's trapped under if it somehow gets uprooted again. I really want it to root around the wood and sometimes I almost get it to do that and the fish somehow knock it loose. I might also go back to the stand by of trying to tie the stem plants to rocks. That said thanks for the suggestion!


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Thrift Stores for the WIN!!! That's awesome! I love 20 longs!

btw queen is looking amazing, she is coloring up really well.
Just think, that's what my my two senegals were grown out in was a 20 long. It's nice to be able to find such a rare tank in excellent condition too. Yeah Queen is growing out and filling in nicely. Still as shy as ever.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:44 AM   #96
 
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Uprooting plants. A problem I will soon have to deal with. I was hoping to find some safe (not lead) plant weights for the tank. I think I'll mostly do anubias tied to driftwood though.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:32 PM   #97
 
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I've seen plastic weights for aquarium plants for sale. . . they're called - Eco Anchors, I think? I've never dealt with a fish that uproots plants. . . Fox, do you have a deep enough sandbed that you could pot a plant and then BURY it so the pot wouldn't be noticeable? The terra cotta ones come in every size from super-tiny 1" pots up.

The rescape looks good! One of the things I love about aquariums is watching the way good tanks evolve around the creatures that live in them. When the owner is considerate enough to notice and respond to the little things, the overall health and happiness of the animals that live there is obvious, and can be seen in a big way! Good work!
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:57 PM   #98
 
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I've seen plastic weights for aquarium plants for sale. . . they're called - Eco Anchors, I think? I've never dealt with a fish that uproots plants. . . Fox, do you have a deep enough sandbed that you could pot a plant and then BURY it so the pot wouldn't be noticeable? The terra cotta ones come in every size from super-tiny 1" pots up.

The rescape looks good! One of the things I love about aquariums is watching the way good tanks evolve around the creatures that live in them. When the owner is considerate enough to notice and respond to the little things, the overall health and happiness of the animals that live there is obvious, and can be seen in a big way! Good work!
It's not really that deep to be honest. I'll figure out something eventually however I will no longer use fishing line. Apparently the gouramis tore up one of my microswords. I had used fishing line tied to a rock to keep that down. The female Senegalus ended up getting that right behind her neck and it tightened around her middle while she struggled to get it off.

Thankfully I noticed what had happened and between my friend and I we caught her, put her in a bucket, and cut the line loose. She seems to be fine now, she's swimming normally.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #99
 
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Oh no! That's gotta be nerve wracking! Glad she's okay!
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #100
 
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Oh no! That's gotta be nerve wracking! Glad she's okay!
Oh it is. Trying to hold a bichir down is actually dangerous. Those finlets on their back actually harbor spines that can cut you up badly if you are not careful. But by the time we held her down she had tired herself out. Poor girl.

The gouramis are trying to nest again so I'm going to see about getting something like a bunch of water sprite to throw in that they can have fun with.
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