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Old 12-20-2012, 11:27 PM   #371
 
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I meant to say a school of one species?? So six of a species of rainbow fish...
I keep 3 turquoise, 3 bosemani, and 6 red irian, they all school together. I don't think she needs 6 of each type of Rainbow to form a school, I think 3 of each is plenty. Rainbowfish (at least these three types, they are the only ones I keep) all tend to school together.

I think this is pretty common among members here who keep Rainbowfish.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:03 AM   #372
 
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I though the rainbows like to be in a school???
Wouldn't it be better just to have a large school of a rainbow fish species?
But I love the fish, your Moonlight look pretty active now :D
They are in a school technically. If they had more females I would have went with all Turquoise. But they only had two so I took them and the most dominant male. I'd rather have 3 "wonder what your gender is?" versus 6 questionable. Unfortunately I could not sex the Bosemani at all.

That said thank you. He is so much more active and less shy now, it's nice to see him not running into walls.

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Six is a school.

Congrats on the Rainbowfish SF! I keep Bosemani and Turquoise as well. I also have some Reds, which I recommend, if you ever want to add a few more. They look pretty sharp, especially constrasted with the blue. They all school together.

Awesome addition to your tank! Are they super active? Mine are active and fast.

I have a moonlight gourami in with my Rainbows. Make sure at feeding time he gets some food, mine is a lot slower than my rainbows so I always make sure to put a little food right by the gourami.
Thanks. I did see some reds there but honestly, I'm going to stick the two types I have. I'm not even certain I will add any more. That said they are quite active.

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:46 AM   #373
 
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I must say I thoroughly enjoyed looking through this thread. As a newbie that is staring at an empty 45 gallon tank, the beautiful aquascaping done in these tanks is very inspiring.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:06 AM   #374
 
I got the good camera back so I was finally able to take some more decent video. No pictures but oh well.

I've taken some really nice video of the kind of activity that goes on now. The rainbows are settling in and learning how to be around larger fish. I also got all three rope-fish on camera together! This is quite a lively video:

150 Gallon Aquarium: Better Quality Update - YouTube

I also did my first attempt at feeding the Peacock Eel by hand. I dangled a worm in front of him and he did finally take it. I unfortunately did not get that bit on camera. He tried so hard to eat that thing but it was just too big. So as a reward for his hard work I chopped it up for him. Both the Betta and the Loaches attempted to gobble up the worm bits but they were too big for both of them. So I've got some interesting video (that which I did capture) involving fish with eyes bigger than their stomachs if you get the expression:

80 Gallon: Feeding with a Night Crawler - YouTube

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I must say I thoroughly enjoyed looking through this thread. As a newbie that is staring at an empty 45 gallon tank, the beautiful aquascaping done in these tanks is very inspiring.
That's wonderful that you got enjoyment out of reading through the thread. It's tough at first looking at an empty tank but don't get discouraged. All good takes take planning, and time. It's nice that we have places like this forum where people can bounce around to get ideas and see what others have done. :3

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Old 12-22-2012, 07:33 AM   #375
 
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SF, what and how do you feed your ropefish? I am worried my fast fish are getting all the food. Do you feed the ropes when the lights are on, or at night in the dark?

I love an empty tank, the possibilities are still endless at that point, and decorating and stocking a new tank is so much fun!
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:48 PM   #376
 
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SF, what and how do you feed your ropefish? I am worried my fast fish are getting all the food. Do you feed the ropes when the lights are on, or at night in the dark?

I love an empty tank, the possibilities are still endless at that point, and decorating and stocking a new tank is so much fun!
Well, they eat blood worms, chopped tilapia, and shrimp based pellets. Once I can visually see their bellies are a bit full I try to hold off on feeding them specifically until the bumps go down and it looks like they digested their food. All three o these are still growing so I don't like going too long without feeding them.

Also yesh, I do to. It's the fun part dreaming up what you will do.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:55 PM   #377
 
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How do you get the bloodworms past the other fish, to the ropefish? Do you just dump them in the tank? Do you have to do anything to prevent your ropefish from jumping out when you do water changes?
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How do you get the bloodworms past the other fish, to the ropefish? Do you just dump them in the tank? Do you have to do anything to prevent your ropefish from jumping out when you do water changes?
I don't do anything really. Technically I tend to put Brine and blood worm together when I do the thaw, and so it's up to the fish to get the food. Usually they manage to get a hold of enough food.

That said no, I don't do anything really to deal with jumping. The water level is already lowered by default so as it goes lower the chances of jumping out are kind of low.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:26 PM   #379
 
I have wonderful news. From one side of my family I got a nice canister filter for Christmas. So my 150 gallon now is HOB free and runs silently. It's absolutely amazing.

The one I got is the Filstar XP L Filter.
It's this one: Filstar XP L Canister Filter - Up to 175 gal. | ThatPetPlace.com

So far I like it. It is was fairly easy to set up, and it runs quietly. It was super easy to prime. The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't actually come with a spreader bar. So I had to improvise and use the extension piece for the intake, and use that to lengthen the outflow so that it is sunk in the water and not creating another water fall.

This one had to be pointed at a wall to prevent the water flow from being far too strong.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:22 PM   #380
 
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Congrats on the gift!
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