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Old 07-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #11
 
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Your fishys look cool! Sorry you lost the loaches!
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #12
 
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Fox! I've been waiting for this post since Sunday morning - you snuck it in and made me track it down!!!

First of all, *whew* Took a lot of work to get it where it is, neh? Thank God for friends and family willing to lend a helping hand on a project as huge as this one - even so, you must have been exhausted by the time the day was done. I can't imagine moving and setting up a tank that huge!

That said, BRILLIANT!!! This tank is off to a great start, it looks like everything and every creature is settling in nicely very quickly - It is very obvious that the bichir are super happy with their new digs. I'm so happy for them, and for you. I can't wait to see how you tweak things, and how everything goes as it grows in.

I'm really so so sorry to hear that you lost two of the loaches. I would have cried, too - they were wonderful little guys, and I know how you loved them. However. . . it makes me glad to hear that you were able to find more bigger ones to bump up the size of their shoal. They'll be so very happy with their new friends, and with so much space to be silly in all together :)

I AM relieved to hear that everyone else made it through without a hitch. I think you all had a stressful day - but it was so worth it in the end :) Everything is looking good, and I can't WAIT for a shot of the elusive Queen. . . what must she be thinking about all of this hullabaloo!??
Haha I'm sorry. I figured a new tank deserved a new thread.

Oh I was definitely exhausted. I think everyone was. What made it worse is this all happened during a bad heat-wave. Yes the Senegalus are definitely more content. The nipping between the two has stopped. Their behavior has gone back to tolerating each other peacefully. The male seems to be engaging in courting behavior again. Who knows maybe one day I'll wake up to eggs again.

I'm excited to start filling this tank out and getting it into a really nice set up and I've have a few ideas. First step is to get a good centerpiece and one of the things Knuggs has up would fit that nicely if I manage to get it. I'm looking forward to getting the shoal size up.

Well, Queen has found her retreat. She now owns the two foot long pipe as far as she is concerned and won't tolerate the other bichirs being inside it. Beyond that though she's content to hide so I have not seen her much. After all that stress though she deserves a good lie in.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:48 PM   #13
 
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Wow, looks GREAT! Makes me want a monster tank! I'm glad the bichirs are doing well in it!
Your friends are awesome helping you out so much. I don't think any of mine would have been too into leveling sand! xD
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:59 PM   #14
 
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That is such good news that they carry the bigger Yoyo Loaches because yours are HUGE! Were you thinking maybe 4-8 more?

I'm liking it so far, good full shot of the tank, you go swimming in it yet? hahah.

How's queen doing, didn't see her in the videos? The grays are looking beautiful as always.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:16 AM   #15
 
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Wow, looks GREAT! Makes me want a monster tank! I'm glad the bichirs are doing well in it!
Your friends are awesome helping you out so much. I don't think any of mine would have been too into leveling sand! xD
Monster tanks come with a lot of extra effort. It is a good thing my friend didn't mind because I'm not tall enough even standing on a chair to be able to reach and smooth out the back.

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That is such good news that they carry the bigger Yoyo Loaches because yours are HUGE! Were you thinking maybe 4-8 more?

I'm liking it so far, good full shot of the tank, you go swimming in it yet? hahah.

How's queen doing, didn't see her in the videos? The grays are looking beautiful as always.
Loaches don't mature as fast as other fishes which makes it a double shame to lose any members. I hope to get 4 more. The individuals are quite expensive. As for Queen she came out a bit today if only to chase one of the Senegalus out of the entrance to her hole. Other than that she's been hiding but she'll come out when she's hungry enough.

I hope to pick up some frozen silversides some time and start Queen on bigger food items. Hopefully this will tempt her to come out more often so that I can get her on camera.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #16
 
Well this is kind of cute:



Also the best video I could record:

This is how much my loaches care about the bigger fish. They sleep wherever...even if it's occupied by a fish several times their size. :3
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #17
 
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That's so cute! The loaches just want friends! :)
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:13 AM   #18
 
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Daaaawwww! All snuggled up for bedtime stories!!? I love how such random species get along so well, makes me go all warm and fuzzy inside! ;)
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:59 PM   #19
 
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That's so cute! The loaches just want friends! :)
Part of me wonders if this is a way for them to try to deal with their school being smaller. They've been following the Senegalus around and keeping somewhat close to them.

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Daaaawwww! All snuggled up for bedtime stories!!? I love how such random species get along so well, makes me go all warm and fuzzy inside! ;)
Perhaps. This isn't an isolated incident now. I looked in today and they were doing it again. I got some slightly better video and a better photo too:




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Old 07-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #20
 
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Yea, I think they are making up for their small school.
Either that or they're all still stressed from their move, are there more caves with bichir?
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