Originally Posted by Chesherca
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.
Originally Posted by thekoimaiden
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.