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Old 03-06-2013, 11:47 AM   #451
 
Omg, yay! I finally got up and took video of the loachbutts in the morning. I missed the part where they mill about in the early light waiting for me to to get up and feed them but:


Once they were fed I caught a good portion of the cuteness before my battery died. Wanted to share because this is ultimately the culmination of all my hard work. To be able to wake up in the morning to this amazing scene...morning after morning.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:44 PM   #452
 
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Awww!!! So much loachy cuteness!! So glad to see the big boys out and playing with everyone. I love how loaches seem to think they get a better bite if they lay on their sides!
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:47 PM   #453
 
I am all kinds of angry and sad right now. Today I woke up to Queen having a ropefish tail sticking out of her mouth. Now what possessed that fat pig to try to eat a fish longer than her body is beyond me.

So we removed the two remaining rope-fish and put them into the 80 gallon. The loaches seem to think it's just one giant loach. Bluegill is a bit "WTF DID YOU PUT IN MY TANK?!?!" but he's calming down.

All the shrimp seem terrified.

After that was had to remove Queen. I had to wear gloves to hold her while my friend gently tugged on the rope fish tail and we worked the fish out of Queen's mouth/body. The rope is dead and Queen is still very stressed out. I'm getting ready to turn the lights off early so that she can destress and calm down. We had to wear her out before she would give up that dead feast of hers.

So, there will no longer be any slender fish in that tank at all, even things twice Queen's size. The new Tank from Termato cannot come soon enough but I want Sen and Stumpini out of there pronto.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #454
 
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Words cannot describe my shock!!!! I would have shurely though the ropefish were safe!! I cannot imagine how stressful that was for you. I'm very sorry the rope is gone, but I do hope Queen recovers. :s Will the ropefish go with Sen and Stumpini into the 90?
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:05 PM   #455
 
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Words cannot describe my shock!!!! I would have shurely though the ropefish were safe!! I cannot imagine how stressful that was for you. I'm very sorry the rope is gone, but I do hope Queen recovers. :s Will the ropefish go with Sen and Stumpini into the 90?
It's been nearly a full day and I"m still in shock. It's just hard to take in that Queen did what she did. I knew the risk was there but there were never any signs. She had always been tolerant towards them, and for the most part very peaceful.

The Ropefish are currently in the 80 gallon tank. I need to get 1-2 more to give them a proper group and they will go into the 90 gallon with Sen and Stumpini when it's ready.

In the mean time I've decided to get my hands on a few more plants. I went out and bought a potted Cryptocoryne spiralis...it was a huuge plant that was outgrowing the pot. I got several individual plants out of this once I spent an hour separating it out.

I also went ahead and purchased a 48" Aqueon Full Spectrum Daylight bulb to replace the old bulb that was in the 150's light thing. I am hoping the muted light and addition of more planting will help calm Queen down after this ordeal and help create calm for the remaining inhabitants as well.



That is the 150 gallon now with new plants and the new light.



It's not the best picture but it's gives an idea of how the 80 gallon looks now too.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #456
 
So I've now got a video of the updated look of the 150 gallon. It now has a Aqueon Full Spectrum Daylight bulb, and I added Cryptocoryne spiralis to help fill in some areas.


This is after a 50 percent water change. The big canister was also cleaned out/rinsed as well. It's amazing how filthy it got after 2 months of running.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:06 PM   #457
 
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Your tank is lovely; I think the plants look great. I'm sorry to read that your birchir ate another fish. That would shock me no end! I realize it's natural and all, but it sure isn't something you want to witness like that.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:14 AM   #458
 
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Just catching up here. . . *jawdrop*

Fox, I can't BELIEVE that Queen tried to eat a ropefish! I can't imagine how horrible that must have been for you - much less Queen. . . and the poor Rope! I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. What a day! How's Queen doing now? I hope she's calming down.

That 80g is getting filled up quickly, poor little Bluegill - he's the best fish ever, I swear!

You needed some fishy retail therapy after that one, for sure! The new lights look great, and I just ADORE C.spiralis its one of my favorite plants, if it likes your tank half as well as it likes mine (and I'm betting it'll like it even more, considering your Java Ferns!), it's going to be everywhere in record time!

Thought of you last night. . . I saw 4 TINY Bichir for sale in an awful fish shop. They were labeled 'dinosaur fish' and were so cute - only about as long as my thumb. . . wonder who's going to pick those cuties up. . . and how surprised they'll be when they get to growing. I have to admit - I thought about it for a second. . .But I know that as amazing as they are - I'm in no way equipped to deal with a Bichir right now! I'll just happily watch yours - and hopefully not see anything scary like what you just went through!

Good luck over there . . .

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:30 PM   #459
 
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I've been away for a few days, but I'm glad to hear there haven't been any new problems. I love my C. spiralis, too. The way your other crypts have been growing in your tanks, they should do just fine and grow like crazy!
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:23 PM   #460
 
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Your tank is lovely; I think the plants look great. I'm sorry to read that your birchir ate another fish. That would shock me no end! I realize it's natural and all, but it sure isn't something you want to witness like that.
Thanks. The crypts are going through it's first bit of melt but otherwise seem to be alright. Ah well, that's one of the risks of having these kinds of fish.

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Just catching up here. . . *jawdrop*

Fox, I can't BELIEVE that Queen tried to eat a ropefish! I can't imagine how horrible that must have been for you - much less Queen. . . and the poor Rope! I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. What a day! How's Queen doing now? I hope she's calming down.

That 80g is getting filled up quickly, poor little Bluegill - he's the best fish ever, I swear!

You needed some fishy retail therapy after that one, for sure! The new lights look great, and I just ADORE C.spiralis its one of my favorite plants, if it likes your tank half as well as it likes mine (and I'm betting it'll like it even more, considering your Java Ferns!), it's going to be everywhere in record time!

Thought of you last night. . . I saw 4 TINY Bichir for sale in an awful fish shop. They were labeled 'dinosaur fish' and were so cute - only about as long as my thumb. . . wonder who's going to pick those cuties up. . . and how surprised they'll be when they get to growing. I have to admit - I thought about it for a second. . .But I know that as amazing as they are - I'm in no way equipped to deal with a Bichir right now! I'll just happily watch yours - and hopefully not see anything scary like what you just went through!

Good luck over there . . .
I would have never believed it if I hadn't seen it myself. That said the other two ropes seem to be doing fine in the 80 gallon. Happier in fact, as they come out a lot more.

As for Queen, she's now back to normal with a few changes. She seems to be a bit more cautious when it comes to food. Rather than "Inhale" she chews on it a bit and then gulps it down. Not sure if she got some sort of mouth injury(may be sore) or if she has figured out it's a good idea to size food before eating it. She's also suddenly being much more tolerant of Sen and Stumpini. That will probably change eventually though.

Yes blue-gill is a bit of a champ. I've noticed part of his top fin missing though, but I've not seen any of the ropes pay the slightest attention to him. He still zooms around like a boss fish. I have noticed a few of the smaller younger loaches chasing him around for a bit before realizing they are not built to cruise at the top. Then they waddle back down and find another loach to wrestle with.

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I've been away for a few days, but I'm glad to hear there haven't been any new problems. I love my C. spiralis, too. The way your other crypts have been growing in your tanks, they should do just fine and grow like crazy!
Yeah, I'm hoping things stay well for now. Also I am hoping they do well, it's amazing plant really. Though Spook and his buddy seem to think otherwise. They have already started chewing on it! Bad Gouramis!
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