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Old 10-05-2012, 09:50 PM   #221
 
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Poor guy. . . I was hoping the distraction of the Rasa would have helped with that. Sorry it's been such an issue. I'm going through the same thing right now with our Betta...these fish are so baffling when they choose to be!
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:54 AM   #222
 
To tired to update much but...tank has been rescaped. I got wood!

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:02 AM   #223
 
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Ooohhh, Fox! I love it!!!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:01 PM   #224
 
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It looks great!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #225
 
THanks :3

I actually have some pictures now that focus in on what has been done.



This is the left side. I have a new wood that is shaped like a wishbone but very thick and wedge-like. I stood it up and wedged it into the back corner, and leaned up the long bit of wood I got a while ago. This effectively makes it look like submerged roots and creates a cave underneath.



This is the middle, where I got two giant Java Fern mats, cut them in half and put them into the back of the tank along with the two swords and one small java mat.

Also this is one of the grays saying hello for the camera:



Here is the right side. I've a large piece of wood towards the front. Yes it blocks you from seeing too much into that side but that is all the better. I've noticed that the bichirs seem to operate under the "If I cannot see you than you cannot see me". This makes a perfect way to create a comfortable hide spot without them being wholly hidden. I've also got a very twisted piece that is placed over there. This creates a fun playground for the Loaches as with crevices. It also creates a top that sort of helps make that side feel even more sheltered.



Also here is another, Queen, saying hello for the camera:



What you don't see here is that during a water change I had fight happen. I think...two of my loaches went into Queen's pipe at the same time as the senegalus. She snapped and bit two of the loaches. The smallest one I was able to rescue and relocate to the smaller tank. I have medication in there to help with the wound. It's now...nearly day two and that loach's wounds are closing up and healing. So far he seems alright. There is also an older yoyo that got bit but it wasn't as bad. His fins however have started reddening. I've got a full strength dose of melafix and pimafix running in the tank and will be doing another tomorrow. However he too is swimming about, staying out of the way and seems to be healing up.

This is my fault. I did something new where I had help and ran the tube out the window and there was an accident with a lamp. All that ruckus probably freaked the fish out causing them all to try to go into the one big pipe. In the future I am going to minimize any and all activity around the tank and do everything alone. This way they are less likely to crowd into one area and end up getting bitten.

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:17 PM   #226
 
Since I cannot edit the old post further:

Here you see the youngest loach. You can make out the wounds on one side but he's being quite lively. It's amazing considering the poor thing was scared to death, shivering, and bleeding when I pulled him out of the big tank. He layed on his side for half a day...then started moving around to find a place to hide under. Now he's moving about much more strongly and has some of his characteristic "wiggly" behavior back. I may be leaving him in the tank for a full week before putting him back into the big tank.

Speaking of which:

Full pic of the tank.

Up close Video also:
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:12 PM   #227
 
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Oh MAN! Fox, I'm so sorry! *hugs* Never good when this type of drama unfolds, but you are wise to see the why behind what happened, and take steps in the future to ensure as little stress as possible. . . poor little things! That baby - we've all been pulling for him since day one. He really DOES look happy as he can be - amazing considering all that he just went through. I hope they both make a quick recovery (which I'm sure they will under your care) and that nothing like this ever happens again. What a nerve-wracking day for all of you!

I love the new layout, absolutley LOVE it! I noticed ALL of those gorgeous Java Ferns in the first image you put up and was wondering. . .cuz' like. . . it's hard to remember SCALE in a photo like this - that's a HECK of a lot of JavaFern!!! a mat, eh? I don't know that I've ever SEEN a JF mat - do you buy your plants locally? it all looks very healthy and really adds so much to the tank. I'm sure the loaches - and everyone else - love it. SO happy you've finally gotten the rooty look you've wanted for all of this time, and the way you worked the layout to bring natural hiding places to the creatures that need them is just brilliant. . . Seriously, girl - great work on this tank. It's really starting to pull together now - I've loved watching the process, and can't wait to see how it continues to develop!
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:34 PM   #228
 
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No kidding you got wood!! It looks amazing! I hope the java fern does well for you.

I'm so sorry your loaches get injured! It sounds like they are recovering well. I hope that trend continues!
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:37 PM   #229
 
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Oh MAN! Fox, I'm so sorry! *hugs* Never good when this type of drama unfolds, but you are wise to see the why behind what happened, and take steps in the future to ensure as little stress as possible. . . poor little things! That baby - we've all been pulling for him since day one. He really DOES look happy as he can be - amazing considering all that he just went through. I hope they both make a quick recovery (which I'm sure they will under your care) and that nothing like this ever happens again. What a nerve-wracking day for all of you!

I love the new layout, absolutley LOVE it! I noticed ALL of those gorgeous Java Ferns in the first image you put up and was wondering. . .cuz' like. . . it's hard to remember SCALE in a photo like this - that's a HECK of a lot of JavaFern!!! a mat, eh? I don't know that I've ever SEEN a JF mat - do you buy your plants locally? it all looks very healthy and really adds so much to the tank. I'm sure the loaches - and everyone else - love it. SO happy you've finally gotten the rooty look you've wanted for all of this time, and the way you worked the layout to bring natural hiding places to the creatures that need them is just brilliant. . . Seriously, girl - great work on this tank. It's really starting to pull together now - I've loved watching the process, and can't wait to see how it continues to develop!
Wise after the fact :C

I was in a hurry doing that water change. That's a lesson learned. For me the more hands I have...helping the more stress the fish usually have anyway. But I really wanted to get out and go wood shopping and well...

The older one is the one I am more worried about at the moment. His fins kind of reddened which didn't happen with the younger one. But with the two medications that should clear that up. I'm prepared to go out and buy the bigger bottles of both if it means getting him completely well again. It's a lot to dose a giant tank like that. I also forgot to mention one of the pearl gourami seemed to have got stuck on the intake while I was away getting the intake started...must have happened at start up because he has damage on his body the same width...as the pipe. That too should heal. Again this could be avoided if I stuck to my older method which is slower but allows me to be more careful.

This isn't even the beginning of it. We finally got out of the house only to be stranded due to the van breaking down. So we had to get someone out there to look, get it home, get into another vehicle and then get going again. Put us 3 hours behind when we thought we would leave.

Yeah, it's hard to get a real idea from the video or photos of just how huge these things are. They had like...6-7 large mats at the store about 3-4 weeks ago. Also they had others, medium and small. I sort of buy them locally. There is a large pet store in the next city over. It's where my loaches, queen, and the gourami's came from. They usually have a really nice selection of plants. When I got there though they were down to 3 of the large mats.

Yesh I am so happy too. You should have seen me at the pet store I went to for the wood. I was happily sitting on the floor pulling out pieces, measuring them and stacking them to get a feel for what I wanted. Some of the customers gave me strange looks and the employees too. They were kind of '???" at this tiny girl buying these huge pieces of wood. I even brought one of my measuring tapes so I could make sure I got pieces that fit in the tank. They had a really nice stack.

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No kidding you got wood!! It looks amazing! I hope the java fern does well for you.

I'm so sorry your loaches get injured! It sounds like they are recovering well. I hope that trend continues!
I think the bichirs love it even more than I do. It's funny watching them using the ferns to move from one side of the tank to another. They go behind them, and sometimes just chill back there because they are very hidden and feel safe. If it all grows in it's a great retreat for any of the fish that just want to hide.

I'm happy enough that I had a back up tank to move the small one into. I'd have been in trouble if I didn't. :C
I hope so too, I'll be keeping a close eye on them.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:54 PM   #230
 
Update on the loaches. The bigger one is more active today. The redness on his fins has died down a bit, but he's breathing kind of heavy. He is moving better though so that's a good sign. The little one is still stable, moves around a bit more now. He will stay in the 20 gallon for a bout a week and I'll decide then if he's healthy enough to go back into the big tank.

Also got some wonderful footage of the bichirs cruising/interacting:
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