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Old 09-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #211
 
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That's so neat. . . I was looking at pics the other day of juvie bichir with their gills. I had no idea (I know very little about bichir that I didn't learn from you, lol)! They're oh, so very CUTE when they're babies!!!
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:38 AM   #212
 
Heh everytime i see your fish i get excited and can't wait to see my own grow up :) i just recently bought 2 blue gouramis to keep my albino bichir company.. they are perfect tank mates- too big to be eaten(although i saw him make a lame attempt at biting one today), and active and not shy so that there is some action when the boss is in his log.. they are even trusting of my feeding hand at the moment and will swim right up to it :) I had a somewhat reclusive geo. Tapajos in there and when i put the gouramis in they were doing the cichlid-like fin flare dance to see who was boss, but in the morning i woke up to the geo furiously chasing the gouramis :( I put him in the sump for now which is actually good for him since he likes sifting through sand. Anywho.. i wanted gouramis before but seeing them doing well in your tank definitely influenced my decision. best wishes to u, the queen, and co. :)
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:25 PM   #213
 
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Heh everytime i see your fish i get excited and can't wait to see my own grow up :) i just recently bought 2 blue gouramis to keep my albino bichir company.. they are perfect tank mates- too big to be eaten(although i saw him make a lame attempt at biting one today), and active and not shy so that there is some action when the boss is in his log.. they are even trusting of my feeding hand at the moment and will swim right up to it :) I had a somewhat reclusive geo. Tapajos in there and when i put the gouramis in they were doing the cichlid-like fin flare dance to see who was boss, but in the morning i woke up to the geo furiously chasing the gouramis :( I put him in the sump for now which is actually good for him since he likes sifting through sand. Anywho.. i wanted gouramis before but seeing them doing well in your tank definitely influenced my decision. best wishes to u, the queen, and co. :)
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That's cute that you were inspired to get Gourami after seeing my tank. They do tend to make excellent tank mates for the smaller species because it's just such an awkward mouthful even for a predator like a bichir.

That said ouch...sucks that that didn't work out with the Geo. At least you were able to remove him and find him a good spot to be in.

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That's so neat. . . I was looking at pics the other day of juvie bichir with their gills. I had no idea (I know very little about bichir that I didn't learn from you, lol)! They're oh, so very CUTE when they're babies!!!
I didn't even know they had them till I saw them on Queen and went D: wat is on my beautiful fish?!?! And yesh...they are all so very adawwable.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #214
 
And finally. Got some good footage of Queen and of feeding with Silversides:

she's like...the world' prettiest living vacuum cleaner.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #215
 
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That's fantastic! She's like a little vacuum cleaner. . . thwop! thwop! Thwop! She's getting CHUBBY!!! :) Queen is so cool. I can't imagine actually having something like that in my house. It still makes me giggle how the others kind of clear out when she's around, though the gourami don't seem to even notice her. . . What is the difference between them, exactly? Your Senegalus seem to act like buddies - they're always hanging around together. . . are they in any danger from Queen?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:09 PM   #216
 
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That's fantastic! She's like a little vacuum cleaner. . . thwop! thwop! Thwop! She's getting CHUBBY!!! :) Queen is so cool. I can't imagine actually having something like that in my house. It still makes me giggle how the others kind of clear out when she's around, though the gourami don't seem to even notice her. . . What is the difference between them, exactly? Your Senegalus seem to act like buddies - they're always hanging around together. . . are they in any danger from Queen?
Yes she is. She's putting on a lot of girth now along with length.

Well the Senegalus grew up together so they tolerate each other well. Ever since Queen showed up they just...seemed wary of her. It may be simply because she's so different and they didn't grow up with her. They are not really in any danger. She won't attack them, she doesn't flare at them, and generally ignores them. She'll even to some level put up with them hiding in her pipe when I'm doing tank maintenance. Every once in a while she'll pop her head out if they hang out too long at the front of her pipe to remind them that the big pipe is her territory.

The two grays are more likely to nip at each other over a slight disagreement over a hide spot, or a piece of food then to be hurt by or nipped at by Queen.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:09 AM   #217
 
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Interesting! It's just cuz' she's Queen, and they know it :) OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:41 PM   #218
 
So this weekend I will go wood shopping. I am so excited :3
I apologize that updates have been so scarce and that I've been kind of...not around. Been busy. I did finally get video of Queen actually swimming around and I did so with the big Camera.



This has got to be some of the best video yet. She allowed me to come right up to the tank and video-capture while following her. The moment and camera didn't bother her at all. All in all this is making me a very happy person.

Also a small update, this is week 4 of the 20 gallon long running as a planted tank:

It's looking pretty good. The riccia is still going nuts, the ludwegia repens is doing nicely after I topped them, and I've got a plant growing in the riccia mat that I don't know how got there but I'll let it grow out and then pull it out (and then plant it properly).



The soft feathery looking this apparantly is this: Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Myrio - Red
Don't ask me how it got there, I don't know D:

Also a decent picture of the giant riccia mat:
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:13 PM   #219
 
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Oh wow, girl! It was worth the wait for that update! Queen is just. . . amazing. I'm so excited to see her really and truly in action. She's jumping forward in leaps and bounds. What a beautiful creature. . . wow. The Betta tank looks fantastic, too! I love Riccia, it's such an odd and wonderful plant. Always a joy to see such beautiful and healthy - thriving tanks! Thanks for sharing your world with us!
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:44 PM   #220
 
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Oh wow, girl! It was worth the wait for that update! Queen is just. . . amazing. I'm so excited to see her really and truly in action. She's jumping forward in leaps and bounds. What a beautiful creature. . . wow. The Betta tank looks fantastic, too! I love Riccia, it's such an odd and wonderful plant. Always a joy to see such beautiful and healthy - thriving tanks! Thanks for sharing your world with us!
She's been trolling me I swear. Every time she is out the camera is upstairs and I am busy. She came out today when I was doing a water change for the 20 gallon. So I stopped what I was doing and managed to finally get that video. I've been trying to reward her when she comes out by putting just a small bit of food down. I am hoping to condition her to want to come out more often. Once the wood goes in those pipes are coming out so she needs to get used to be a little...less enclosed. They will all still have hiding spaces just more natural ones.

Well...he only looks good. He's been struggling with fin issues. I've been keeping up on betta fix and now all his finnage once again is growing back. He's flaring all the time at his own reflection and there isn't anything I can do to stop that. I'm hoping once the plants grow in nicely that it'll hide much of the glass.

The riccia is doing almost too well. Eventually I'm going to have to remove a good portion of it again. That said thanks for taking the time to peek in.
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