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Old 01-17-2013, 11:42 PM   #411
 
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I've been wondering about you... glad things are going so well over there - these tanks are just BEAUTIFUL I loved the video - it must have taken forever to get such great shots of every one of them... Looks like both of the communities are really gelling now and the plants look like they're going nuts :) Love it!
I've been busy with class, life, and getting over being sick. So it's left little time for other things. That said thank you. It took a great deal of patience to tease out some of that behavior, and then cut apart long clips into something that is reasonable in length.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:02 PM   #412
 
So in other news I forgot to seal back up the resin thing when the mesh fell off during Sat's fun with loachbutts. All three rope fish found the opening and got inside and so I spent part of today getting them out and sealing it back up. Also fixed the right side so the wood was more like it was before sat's fun, and rearranged the left side a bit. This because I noticed how restless my fish were.

Everyone has calmed down now.

150 Gallon Adventures: First Talking Video - YouTube
I now have video of me acting talking, sounding silly, and talking to my fish. Slight language warning. If a few curse words bother you don't watch.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #413
 
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Haha, that was so much FUN! It's nice to hear the voice behind the name, you have an adorable tiny accent. . .

My favorite bits include (but are not limited to):

"I think fish-keeping is an adventure!"

"we all have our thing. . . some people prefer . . . possums or skunks. . ."

"I said 'hi' to my gouramis - and they came up and they said go **** yourself, because they just don't like me."

"Well! Isn't THIS interesting?! Somebody over here is showing off and being a badger!"

"... some of them can hurt you..." O.o

"That's okay... we all misjudge, I guess, places we think we can fit into and we can't..."

YOU are ADORABLE! I want more chatty videos. . .

That said, UG! It sucks about your Ropes! I'm so glad you said 'hi' at the right time to notice they were missing - and that they're all okay! Your little ones HAVE been getting into a lot of trouble this week!

You're really right - and it's funny - I tell people who keep fish, but aren't fish-keepers (you know what I mean) ALL the time. 'Take the time to LOOK at your fish. Spend time with them. . .watch them and get to know them, and how they are. . .as a group and as individuals' and they act like I'm crazy! I don't get it. . . why keep them if you aren't even going to LOOK at them?! People giggle at me when I refer to my fish as pets - because that implies that I interact/love/have a bond with them. I do. THEY might prefer possums or skunks ;) But if you're going to keep them, you should at least like them and enjoy them - at least take the time to watch your tank for a little while a day. I just don't understand what's so odd about that. . .

The only thing I don't really agree with is keeping your hands out of the tank. This may simply be because of the difference in the creatures we keep - mine really can't hurt me, lol. But I like to hand-feed my fish, and they don't seem to mind. The Tetra won't eat from my fingers - not yet, anyway - but they're more than happy to swim around and nibble at my arm, and none of them hide when my hands are in the tank, so I kind of feel that for my fish, it lessens their stress, rather than adding to it. I've found that they've become LESS skittish when I'm in there because I have to be - for water changes or whatever, because they've become used to me being there, and bringing them food. . . not that I hand-feed every day, but often enough that they're okay with it. Just a random thought :) But again - MY fish can't hurt me, they're entirely different animals - then your bichir, especially. I wonder if this will change when I get gourami. If they get upset over me being in the tank, then I'll stop. I don't want to upset anyone. . .

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Old 01-22-2013, 03:18 PM   #414
 
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Haha, that was so much FUN! It's nice to hear the voice behind the name, you have an adorable tiny accent. . .

My favorite bits include (but are not limited to):

"I think fish-keeping is an adventure!"

"we all have our thing. . . some people prefer . . . possums or skunks. . ."

"I said 'hi' to my gouramis - and they came up and they said go **** yourself, because they just don't like me."

"Well! Isn't THIS interesting?! Somebody over here is showing off and being a badger!"

"... some of them can hurt you..." O.o

"That's okay... we all misjudge, I guess, places we think we can fit into and we can't..."

YOU are ADORABLE! I want more chatty videos. . .

That said, UG! It sucks about your Ropes! I'm so glad you said 'hi' at the right time to notice they were missing - and that they're all okay! Your little ones HAVE been getting into a lot of trouble this week!

You're really right - and it's funny - I tell people who keep fish, but aren't fish-keepers (you know what I mean) ALL the time. 'Take the time to LOOK at your fish. Spend time with them. . .watch them and get to know them, and how they are. . .as a group and as individuals' and they act like I'm crazy! I don't get it. . . why keep them if you aren't even going to LOOK at them?! People giggle at me when I refer to my fish as pets - because that implies that I interact/love/have a bond with them. I do. THEY might prefer possums or skunks ;) But if you're going to keep them, you should at least like them and enjoy them - at least take the time to watch your tank for a little while a day. I just don't understand what's so odd about that. . .

The only thing I don't really agree with is keeping your hands out of the tank. This may simply be because of the difference in the creatures we keep - mine really can't hurt me, lol. But I like to hand-feed my fish, and they don't seem to mind. The Tetra won't eat from my fingers - not yet, anyway - but they're more than happy to swim around and nibble at my arm, and none of them hide when my hands are in the tank, so I kind of feel that for my fish, it lessens their stress, rather than adding to it. I've found that they've become LESS skittish when I'm in there because I have to be - for water changes or whatever, because they've become used to me being there, and bringing them food. . . not that I hand-feed every day, but often enough that they're okay with it. Just a random thought :) But again - MY fish can't hurt me, they're entirely different animals - then your bichir, especially. I wonder if this will change when I get gourami. If they get upset over me being in the tank, then I'll stop. I don't want to upset anyone. . .
Haha, I just spoke what ever came to mind and seemed to have some slight form of logical order. I'm glad you enjoyed.

Well that's the difference between people who keep fish to enjoy them, and those who keep fish to just have fish. I can't imagine spending so much money on a habitat for these animals and then not paying attention to the, yanno?

It really does come down to your fish. For some animals like the bichirs, I know they don't take too well to me messing around in the tank. They always hide. The ropes they put up with it well some days, and other days they don't. The Rainbows don't seem to care much for it either.

Some community fish don't care though. The rasbora? Moment my hand goes in they nibble on any arm hairs they find. It's like a game to them. So I guess it comes down to the temperament of your fish. I can see how with some fish the more often you get your hands wet the more used to it the become.

oh, I did get another nice bit of video:

http://youtu.be/UqqV7dO-WPI but forgot to link it in the other post.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:20 PM   #415
 
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Glad you didn't take that last post the wrong way - I loved your video, and I agree - it probably DOES have a lot to do with the fish you keep. I loved your talking vid. Do it again soon! Loved this one, too - adorable bit of cuteness there, and equally nice music to emphasize the point. Seeing little Stumpini beside one of the bigger Bicher. . . really brings home how big they are - and how small he is! Are the older gals full-grown at this point? I hope poor little Stumpster catches up, but he doesn't seem nervous of his older cousins in the least. . .
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:34 PM   #416
 
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Glad you didn't take that last post the wrong way - I loved your video, and I agree - it probably DOES have a lot to do with the fish you keep. I loved your talking vid. Do it again soon! Loved this one, too - adorable bit of cuteness there, and equally nice music to emphasize the point. Seeing little Stumpini beside one of the bigger Bicher. . . really brings home how big they are - and how small he is! Are the older gals full-grown at this point? I hope poor little Stumpster catches up, but he doesn't seem nervous of his older cousins in the least. . .
Nah, it would be silly to. One of the things about talking in video is that I prefer to wait till I have the house to myself. So when that happens again and the light levels are proper I may take to talking about something I had been thinking about bringing up via video.

Well, if this is even possible I think Sen has grown just a little. She may still over time gain one more inch and Queen is no where near the potential 21" she can get to. So little Mr. Stumpini is always going to be behind in terms of growing.

Yeah, that's one thing I'm glad to see. He's perfectly people friendly but I worried how he would handle larger fish since he spent so much time alone. Long as he gets to eat though he's perfectly happy. He's beginning to be more and more social with the other fish which is also great to see.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:47 PM   #417
 
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Ooh! I'll be looking forward to it!

I wonder how much bigger Queen - and the others - will get. I'm glad to know that Stumpini is doing so well in the big tank, I was nervous for him, too! He's so CUTE! :)
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:02 PM   #418
 
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Lol I've been gone a while! Three whole videos! Your species compilation is really really neat. Glad to see you won video of the month!

Your commentary was really funny! (and informative) You should do one for your 80gal!
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:49 AM   #419
 
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Lol I've been gone a while! Three whole videos! Your species compilation is really really neat. Glad to see you won video of the month!

Your commentary was really funny! (and informative) You should do one for your 80gal!
Haha, I have not won yet. That said thanks, maybe one day when I get around to it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:25 AM   #420
 
So yeah, here you go: 80 Gallon: Lets Talk - YouTube

Me being a silly person talking about my 80 gallon tank.
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