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Old 12-02-2012, 08:24 AM   #341
 
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Queen is still doing fine, getting kind of fat and still growing.
...aren't we all... you could easily substitute Queen with Matt and the statement would be equally plausible.

So sorry to hear about your loach. Any chance he died of natural causes, and the others just chowed down on him after the fact, as opposed to attacking him while alive?

I seem to have missed when you found ick, but glad to hear you caught it nice and early. I hope it all works out for you. Sounds like you have it all under control.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:43 PM   #342
 
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...aren't we all... you could easily substitute Queen with Matt and the statement would be equally plausible.

So sorry to hear about your loach. Any chance he died of natural causes, and the others just chowed down on him after the fact, as opposed to attacking him while alive?

I seem to have missed when you found ick, but glad to hear you caught it nice and early. I hope it all works out for you. Sounds like you have it all under control.
Hehe. As for the loach, I don't think so. This one was still growing and eating well. In fact I saw him eating happily before I left home. When I found him he was bleeding and in shock. When I pulled him out he had this strange...sort of V shaped wound. Only fish I can think of that could have done that are the Burmese loach.

Thank you, and I hope so. So far all the fish today are still eating though the Betta seems off. Though he's eating too and chilling in the riccia at the top of the tank.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #343
 
Don't have anything visual to update with. As I've mentioned before the 80 gallon is going through an Ich outbreak. For the past several days the tank temp has hung around 84 degrees F and I finally got it to hit 85 yesterday. Today is it's second day in the 85 range and I am trying to push it up on more degree today.

I've been doing 30 gallon water changes once a day for nearly a week now. The tank is getting half a dose of Kordon's Ich Attach which is an herbal remedy that doesn't cure what is on the fish so much as it attacks the cause of ich when it's in it's free floating form.

Something interesting to note, when I got my Yoyo in they were very pale for several days. I think that was a sign that they were stressed as the Ich began to really manifest. Fast forward to day and they are now much fuller in color, more active, more inquisitive, and their skin looks a lot better. A few have a spots here and there of cysts but it's not as bad as it was before where it was all over their fins.

They yoyo don't flash as much but now it's the assumed Rostrata (ladder) loach's turn. They are going through less flashing now, strong in color, they feed well but they have more cysts on them right now. The entire group of loaches is very active at this point as they forage, explore, play, and fight over heirchy. I am assuming that this natural behavior points to them recovering well.

The Eel at this point seems to also be doing well. He too had been flashing really hard previously to the point that he was uprooting everything. He too has calmed down and his skin is clearing up.

The Betta, I'm not sure about him. He did come out and chased the food dispenser (A turkey bastor) down to get some blood worms. He seemed to be able to swim well, and his color is like it usually is. After eating his hopped up onto some plants and went back to hanging out at the top using floating plants to support him. At least now he's eating and I am hopeful that he will get better and go back to being a happy betta who explores every nook of his big world like he was.

The Rasbora are still showing no signs of being infected. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that they don't seem to be ill at all. Maybe once the loaches get through and over it the Rasbora will be the last to show signs? Or perhaps they just dodged the bullet and didn't get infected at all. All of them appear to be handling the 85 F temperature well, still eat like pigs, are spread out and relaxed.

As for the 150 gallon, the remaining Yoyo is still doing okay. I put a piece of slate over an old PVC pipe I had left over from the start up of the tank. He is using the slate or the spot under it between the pipe and slate as a retreat. The other two loaches so far don't bother him there. That pipe will be pulled out when I go to get new wood tomorrow. Cross your fingers, if they have any Ropes left I may be able to get one of those too.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:50 PM   #344
 
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It kind of does make sense that the Rasa are fine. They were really the least stressed and most established fish in the tank, and loaches are notorious for being the first to pick up Ich because of they don't have scales to help protect them - I imagine the eel would be fairly similar to the loaches in that regard. Hats off to you for catching it early enough to put an end to it before it got bad!

I'm very happy to hear that everyone is responding well to the increased temperatures, and that the treatment seems to be working. . . now we're going to have to get you to a chiropractor after all of those water changes!

I'm feeling really nervous about little BlueGill. . . really hope he perks up, poor little thing.

Good luck on your driftwood (and ropefish) quest tomorrow! Can't wait to see what you come back with. . .
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:46 PM   #345
 
Blue gill is still doing fine, so is everyone at this point. That said big updates!

First of course everyone in the 80 Gallon continues to do very well. I've stopped on the water changes a bit for a few days but will pick it back up tomorrow. I've been slowly upping the strength of the dose.


Here is some update video. As you can see the Rasa are fine, Bluegill is swimming, and the Loaches are doing some weird Morris Code on a algae wafer. Percy has been camera shy a bit but he loves to come out when I'm not filming to watch me.

Moving on it's a day early but both Rope-Fish have finally made it home and here. I have been keeping tabs on them at the pet-shop and upon seeing them in person I am pretty confident the addition straight into the tank won't cause problems. Steve was in very questionable shape when I first got him and he perked up fine. These two have been in their tank with their more expensive + rare fish for three weeks with no signs of any of the few illnesses ropes are known to get. I did take the time to Accumulate them to the temp and add a first dose of preventative meds to their bag. I have since added a full strength dose of Ick Attack to the big tank as a preventative because it targets more than Ick.

Also added to this tank are two kinds of Decor. A new piece of wood is now in there, and so is this wood look alike resin thing that we got. This thing does have a sizable hole in the base for taking in water. I have hot glued craft mesh over that to make it something loaches cannot dig into and then get stuck inside. It has a cave like area in the back and several holes to dart in an out. The interesting thing here is that it would be quite touch for Queen to make it into the very interior/back of the corner. I consider this a plus because it gives all loaches and rope fish a nice personal hide/sleep spot.



I chose that particular bit of wood because with it's arc it not only creates a nice spot for a loach that wants to lie down and sleep on it but it also creates a little area underneath for either Gourami to use as a hide/shade spot. So far the Moonlight really likes this.

Also so far all the animals tolerate the two new arrivals and they seem to be okay with Steve. As for names I have not yet decided. I thought about naming the new two Alan and Alania but then I also thought about naming them Stevo and Stevia. I lean towards the second idea so that I can say my ropes are named Steve, Stevo, and Stevia. Kind of has a nice ring?

What do you all think? Which do you like or do you have better suggestions for Steve's two buddies?

Oh, you might want to watch this:

You can see the two new ones swimming around.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:57 PM   #346
 
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Hooray for happy updates! The new arrivals are stunning - and I'm loving that wood arch. Glad to hear that the goruami seems to be happier with it in place. I'm no help with names, because every time I hear the name Steve, I think of Blue's Clues - one of the problems with caring for toddlers, I suppose ;)

Sounds like things are going well in the 80g, too - you say BlueGill is 'still swimming,' I take it he's not quite back to his happy old self yet? Poor guy. . . he's having a rough time will all of this! I hope he makes a full recovery, he's such a sweet little fish.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:08 AM   #347
 
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Hooray for happy updates! The new arrivals are stunning - and I'm loving that wood arch. Glad to hear that the goruami seems to be happier with it in place. I'm no help with names, because every time I hear the name Steve, I think of Blue's Clues - one of the problems with caring for toddlers, I suppose ;)

Sounds like things are going well in the 80g, too - you say BlueGill is 'still swimming,' I take it he's not quite back to his happy old self yet? Poor guy. . . he's having a rough time will all of this! I hope he makes a full recovery, he's such a sweet little fish.
That's the first thing I though when I saw it...I went "This will be a beautiful arch". Once again people looked at me funny for playing around in the wood pile but that's how you get perspective of the potential for different pieces.

He swims, and eats, and moves around. Not as much as he used to. Then again maybe he's just happy being a lazy betta. Come out food, sleep part of the day away in some comfy plants.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:53 AM   #348
 
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Wow the wood makes it look soooo cool! good job! :D
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:21 PM   #349
 
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Fill that tank! Fill that tank! Fill that tank! :D :D :D

I like how the big guy is turning out. Do you have any pictures on the in progress work for the smaller one?
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #350
 
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Fill that tank! Fill that tank! Fill that tank! :D :D :D

I like how the big guy is turning out. Do you have any pictures on the in progress work for the smaller one?
Progress pictures for the small one? Not right now. I've got video but...the tank is kind of a mess with all the plants floating around where they are. I was going to wait till the Ich is mostly clear and then do some work with tying or getting the plants to stay down.

Also got a good video of a Tilapia Feeding again. This time one of the ropes is being an absolute pig.

http://youtu.be/H9P2cXNYWPE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9P2c...ature=youtu.be
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