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Old 11-24-2012, 10:32 PM   #311
 
So I've been busy again. Did a final rescape to balance out things visually on both sides and put in an old half log that actually...looks quite decent in there. There are now two new plants in this tank. I also cut out a portion of a large java mat and brought it over to this 80 gallon tank.



The final fish has gone into the mix. I wanted badly to try a Peacock Eel as the one centerpiece fish. Went to pet-smart to get some frozen blood worms and brine, and ended up peeking at the peacocks they had in stock.

This guy had to come home:



There were probably 4-5 of them in the tank. This one though was the largest and he was out and about even though people were near by. I like what I saw and so he came home. I thought he might hide for a few days. I've done some reading and that is usually what happens hence the picture before the release.

Nope...he didn't hide. Didn't take long for him to start exploring his new home:


I've also removed the second light that was on the tank. THe strange red glow it gave bugged me and the light system itself was acting up. So now I use one light with the good bulb. Also I use the incandescent as a dimmer to transition them from light to no light.

All in all the Rasbora seem happy. They are attempting to breed again. I caught a few of them courting and then doing the belly dance thing under the long tapering Hygro Willow. The loaches have settled in and are now digging for the black worms that have dug themselves into the substrate. Blue gill is learning to avoid the area of current. The peacock so far is keep to explore and has discovered the half log.

I'm still convinced that some of the "yoyo" I brought home are not Yoyo and are not any of the Loaches they have listed on any of their tanks. Time will tell though.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:22 PM   #312
 
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WOW! What a beauty!!! Stunning. . . I love him! Looks like he loves the tank, too - and what's NOT to love!!! Every time there's an update, you wow me lately! Keep it UP! *cheers*
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:38 PM   #313
 
Thanks Ches. Last time messing with the tank I swear:



I could tell that the loaches and the eel were a little stressed over lack of hiding places. So I took some wood out of the big tank. Later on in Dec I'll get the big tank a new wood as an apology for removing that one. I think this will go a long way with the overall happiness of the fish.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:48 PM   #314
 
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Ahhhhhh, THAT'S better! I love it! :) It was really needing something in the center like that - funny how I didn't really notice it, but the fish did! I thought it was fine the way it was, but I DEFINITELY like it better like this! How are the Bichir reacting to the loss of their wood? Hope they don't mind too much!
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:03 PM   #315
 
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Ahhhhhh, THAT'S better! I love it! :) It was really needing something in the center like that - funny how I didn't really notice it, but the fish did! I thought it was fine the way it was, but I DEFINITELY like it better like this! How are the Bichir reacting to the loss of their wood? Hope they don't mind too much!
I took one from the left side. The bichir are not terribly bothered by it but the Gourami seem to be. Little brats are supposed to be mid level anyway so they can get over it. Beginning to think I need dither fish in the big tank to get them to stop being so shy and reclusive.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:22 PM   #316
 
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Thanks Ches. Last time messing with the tank I swear:



I could tell that the loaches and the eel were a little stressed over lack of hiding places. So I took some wood out of the big tank. Later on in Dec I'll get the big tank a new wood as an apology for removing that one. I think this will go a long way with the overall happiness of the fish.
Looks great! the driftwood really pops against that light substrate. Mine just disappears against the black. Glad your loaches are more comfortable now!
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:27 PM   #317
 
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It's funny to think about, but they ARE the smallest fish in the tank now. . . but what can you add that won't get eaten?!
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:21 PM   #318
 
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It's funny to think about, but they ARE the smallest fish in the tank now. . . but what can you add that won't get eaten?!
Probably not for long once they start to grow.


They definitely appear to enjoy this big bit of wood.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:34 PM   #319
 
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lol, I meant the gourami in the other tank! But LOVE those derpy loaches!!! Nice music...
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:37 PM   #320
 
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love that drift wood!
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