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Old 08-30-2012, 11:45 AM   #151
 
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Wow. Queen is big. How big do you think she get?

I like Blue-Gill's tank a lot better with that one piece of driftwood. It can really make a tank. I can't wait to see the plants come in.
Ornates can easily reach 2 feet. So that is what I can expect.

I do like this tank much better. The wood does make a different and it goes well with the substrate too. Hopefully my brother will remember to bring the hood that I gave him that went with the old 20 gallon (he's not using it) that way I can have a good t5 or t8 (I don't remember the exact one) running long ways over the entire set up.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:01 PM   #152
 
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Oh my god. That's as long as my koi. But not nearly as thick. Still! That's a big fish!
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #153
 
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Oh my god. That's as long as my koi. But not nearly as thick. Still! That's a big fish!
Big fish that came out again to swim around. I think the increase in actual meat type food (the chopped fish) probably gives her a lot of energy or puts her in a better mood to come out.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:18 PM   #154
 
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d'awe Queen is just lovely.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:48 PM   #155
 
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Big fish that came out again to swim around. I think the increase in actual meat type food (the chopped fish) probably gives her a lot of energy or puts her in a better mood to come out.
It's great that you are getting to see her come out more. It's no fun to have a fish that just hides all the time.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:24 PM   #156
 
Big update so bare with me.

Firstly after talking to some people at Aquascape.info it became clear to me that putting that wood right in the middle of the tank is a bad idea. I went with their suggestion to move it in front of the filter/bubbler to try to hide it.

Tweaked a few more things...I know that the mat with the Water Sprite, Riccia, and Java Moss probably should be up against the glass for visual flow but I really don't want to put it there. What ends up happening is the Water Sprite ends up stuck on the glass and doesn't grow the way I want it. When it fills in the thing should look better.




That out of the way my Gouramis are being interesting. Originally when I got my two moonlights they both looked pretty much the same. They were silver/white. After a while they both began to develop a black bar and a spot. Also one began to develop a red/orange coloration in his feelers. Since then the one with the orange fellers has lost his spot and bar, and his belly and underfin is turning orange. Everything I have read points to this being breeding colors?

That leaves me to wonder then if the other moonlight is female, and if so does she just gain a bar and a spot and it doesn't go further than that? I've tried looking up why they develop the bar/spot but I don't find much other than some people think it is tied into breeding.

Enjoy a short video of the gouramis and the nest:

Lastly something cute for those of you who love loaches I have video of the smallest one out and foraging:

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Old 08-31-2012, 02:49 PM   #157
 
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The piece of wood does look better blocking the filter. And I'm not sure what you're talking about with the floating plants, but I think they look fine as they are.

Ohh maybe you will get a gourami spawn! I've never actually thought moonlight gourami were nice until I saw yours. I guess I've just never seen them in a proper tank. I can't wait to get mine in a few months. But I'm opting for a smaller variety.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:32 PM   #158
 
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The driftwood looks a thousand times better there.
Hehe, I didn't like it in the middle either but wasn't going to say anything.
His tank will look great once it's filled in!
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:53 PM   #159
 
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The piece of wood does look better blocking the filter. And I'm not sure what you're talking about with the floating plants, but I think they look fine as they are.

Ohh maybe you will get a gourami spawn! I've never actually thought moonlight gourami were nice until I saw yours. I guess I've just never seen them in a proper tank. I can't wait to get mine in a few months. But I'm opting for a smaller variety.
Yeah I have to agree 100% there. Much better place for it. I"d like to get a few smaller chunks of wood in the tank if I can find anything suitable. Oh as for the floating plants...in the five gallon when I had the mesh thing against glass the water sprite would kind of stay thin because it is pushing itself up into the light. If I move it so it is not against the glass and has more room around it I hope to to see it branch out and bush out better.

I can easily see why people might want the smaller variety. The moon-lights need a lot of space and are a bit bossy. I actually really like the Moonlights because they are so much more inquisitive versus the pearls. They are the most interactive fish that I have. They always come to the front of the tank and seem more aware of people and activity going on.

Babies...I do hope to see little fish babies. I'll have to make a makeshift fry box or put in the separator I still have on hand and put them in the 20 gal if it happens.


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The driftwood looks a thousand times better there.
Hehe, I didn't like it in the middle either but wasn't going to say anything.
His tank will look great once it's filled in!
Don't be afraid to make a suggestion...that's how tanks grow and get even better :3
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:42 PM   #160
 
waht filter do you haev to clean that behemoth?
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