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150 Gallon Bichir Tank (Upgrade from 75)

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150 Gallon Bichir Tank (Upgrade from 75)
Old 08-31-2012, 06:08 PM   #161
 
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waht filter do you haev to clean that behemoth?
I have an Aquaclear 70 and an Aquaclear 110. I'm still battling the tank after being out of town for a bit. I left too much food for the keeper (I ran out of time, was in a hurry and wasn't thinking) and well...today's water change the water was much much clearer.

I run two sponges on the 110, and 2 sponges, and a bag filled with polyfill in the 70. For the most part the water stays clean. The bag with polyfill gets changed every week because it catches so much muck.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:30 PM   #162
 
Nothing too special...but I caught some good footage of feeding time with the thawed Hikari Brine Shrimp (supposed to be gut loaded with good stuff).


It's funny how the youngest loach is more open different food choices versus the older yoyos who just ignore things like this brine.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:01 PM   #163
 
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Those gourami just make everything seem so GRACEFUL. . .especially compared to loaches, lol! Loaches are silly, I love your little guy, he makes me smile every time I see him tagging along with his big brothers. . . I'm surprised that the big ones aren't interested in the brine. How is that even POSSIBLE?! I guess that leaves more for the others, then!
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:14 PM   #164
 
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Those gourami just make everything seem so GRACEFUL. . .especially compared to loaches, lol! Loaches are silly, I love your little guy, he makes me smile every time I see him tagging along with his big brothers. . . I'm surprised that the big ones aren't interested in the brine. How is that even POSSIBLE?! I guess that leaves more for the others, then!
Oh they do. It's neat to watch them cruise about using their feelers to explore the enviornment.

As for the older yoyos not taking to the brine, may be because they grew up on certain foods, and this is a new food in the tank. So...that may be why. I hope they do eventually catch on that the brine is food too! Oh you should see the little one chasing the big Gouramis around. It's too funny. I always wonder why they don't just turn around and give him a big smack or something.

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Got some wonderful video today of the Senegalus cruising around (they cruise more towards the mid/end of the video).
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:01 PM   #165
 
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Oh wow. . . I don't know that I've ever seen them actually SWIMMING like that before - they're surprisingly graceful! Look like they're having fun - they really are loving the extra room in that tank. You know. . . I've been watching this tank develop for months now, I think on chat even before you started your last thread (at least before I found it). You've brought these beauties so far in such a short time, just LOOK at this amazing tank! Great work, Fox! Really. . . good job! I've loved watching it develop!
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:11 PM   #166
 
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Oh wow. . . I don't know that I've ever seen them actually SWIMMING like that before - they're surprisingly graceful! Look like they're having fun - they really are loving the extra room in that tank. You know. . . I've been watching this tank develop for months now, I think on chat even before you started your last thread (at least before I found it). You've brought these beauties so far in such a short time, just LOOK at this amazing tank! Great work, Fox! Really. . . good job! I've loved watching it develop!
In general the just tend to be a bit lazy. When every they do start moving about I usually don't have the camera ready to catch it. I do think they appreciate the room. It allows them to really stretch their fins.

That said thank you :3
It's been so rewarding working on this tank, getting input from people, sharing, and then having it evolve. I still have plans for this tank at least plant wise. I'd like to see something like some amazonian swords on the left side of the tank.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:53 AM   #167
 
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Every time I see your gourami I want to get mine more and more! Those moonlights are delights! Maybe all that good food will entice them to breed.

The sengals are gorgeous swimming around. I often see them at Petsmart and am heartbroken knowing that they probably aren't going to good homes. While I haven't been around to see the entire tank evolve, it is a delight to see these fish kept in larger than average homes and just how much they flourish there. You should be very proud of your work.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #168
 
I'm surprised one of the bichirs hasn't had a go at the lil yoyo since they are usually so ambitious when it comes to fitting stuff down their throats.. ha i saw an endlicheri maybe 5 inches long at my LFS with a slightly smaller sengalus' head halfway down his throat! they were just sitting still until an employee intervened and they both swam away. Seeing videos of happy grown up bichirs makes me so excited to see my albino senegalus grow, and excited for when i need to make a bigger home for him! awesome videos!
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:51 PM   #169
 
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Every time I see your gourami I want to get mine more and more! Those moonlights are delights! Maybe all that good food will entice them to breed.

The sengals are gorgeous swimming around. I often see them at Petsmart and am heartbroken knowing that they probably aren't going to good homes. While I haven't been around to see the entire tank evolve, it is a delight to see these fish kept in larger than average homes and just how much they flourish there. You should be very proud of your work.
I can't wait till you get yours :3

Yeah I see them a lot at the petsmart, and always wish I could get them. But my current ones wouldn't like me for it :C

That said thank you for the kind comment. Oh, I finally got my light in today. I gave it to someone and he never ended up using it so I asked for it back.

This is with the three lights I had sitting on top...

This is with the one t8 bulb in an actual 20 gallon light/hood:



Hopefully this will help my plants grow in and fill this tank in well.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:38 PM   #170
 
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I'm surprised one of the bichirs hasn't had a go at the lil yoyo since they are usually so ambitious when it comes to fitting stuff down their throats.. ha i saw an endlicheri maybe 5 inches long at my LFS with a slightly smaller sengalus' head halfway down his throat! they were just sitting still until an employee intervened and they both swam away. Seeing videos of happy grown up bichirs makes me so excited to see my albino senegalus grow, and excited for when i need to make a bigger home for him! awesome videos!
There used to be four lil yoyo's. The Ornate did eat 3 of them but has not bothered the last one even though she's had the chance. The Senegalus don't like to eat live for some reason...but I've never raised any of them on live to begin with (well live fish).

I do think wild caught vs captive bred, and live feed versus pre-killed plays a big role in the overall temperament of a fish like a bichir, similar to how it plays a roll in pet snakes.

That said when you get the a bigger home you'll love it. It's always worth it to see them able to stretch their fins fully ;3
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