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Old 03-15-2013, 11:28 PM   #471
 
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Aww! I thought you said you posed the new vids? Did I miss the links in chat? *scratches head*
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:14 AM   #472
 
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I agree with you - your ropes are entrancing, beautiful creatures . . . I hope you find the perfect new rope baby to add to their group.
Poor Bluegill! I'm going with option two, also. I remember you posting images of Bluegill after an 'emo' session, lol, the fin nips look different this time around. . .he hasn't been doing that at all since being moved into the larger tanks, has he? Poor little baby. . . he can't catch a break! Heal quickly, little Blue! The growth in the 10g is great, little Clover looks happy!

I recently had a similar thing happen in my 55 after a water change - only not as extreme. All of my rams were hiding in the corner, the loaches were lazing, and the Tetra all bunched into a little ball. Tap water tested normally, but there must have been something going on. I ran some charcoal, and whatever it was cleared up pretty quickly - but what a scare! You didn't say, but I'm assuming the Prime helped, since everything seems happy in there now . . .

I do hope Queen has learned a lesson. . . is the plan still to get the other two Bichir out of the tank, or do you think she'll continue to leave them alone? . . . still can't imagine how awful that whole Bichir vs Rope was for everyone involved. *sigh*

As always, a lovely video of your lovely tanks!
3 Darling Rope babies! I'm so pleased to bring them home :3


That sounds similar to what I had. Really must be something that was in the water. Yeah Prime cleared it up what ever it was and I added more when I got a new bottle. Yes, if I get the new tank then the plan will be to move them over. I hope to also put the 5 ropes into the tank as well.

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Aww! I thought you said you posed the new vids? Did I miss the links in chat? *scratches head*
I was working on it, and you left before it was finished. Look above.

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I enjoyed your videos; my 6 year old thought your rope fish looked like an eel (he's obsessed with eels! I'd love to get one but have a feeling it would be beyond my husbandry skills right now). I also admire your video editing; the slo-mo instant replay of the rope eating the shrimp was awesome.
Thank you, and that's cute that your 6 year old is enamored with them. The best Eel that I can suggest for beginners is the Peacock Eel. Give them at least a 55 gallon and sand as a substrate and they are really good starter eels. Work well with most other community fish too :3

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They are a lot of fun! I'm really enjoying mine.

Nice update video! Poor Blue-Gill!! He got chewed on again! But I'm glad he's in a temp home where his tail shouldn't be chewed by other fish.

The 80 is looking great! I love watching your ropes move, too. Their pectorals are adorable and they move so much like snakes it's uncanny!
That's great to hear.

Yeah, he seems to be unable to get a break. He seems to be doing okay. I gave him some brine shrimp and he didn't have to fight the rasbora over it. Sure that made him happy.
Aww thank you. They are so cute with those little fins.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:44 AM   #473
 
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The best Eel that I can suggest for beginners is the Peacock Eel. Give them at least a 55 gallon and sand as a substrate and they are really good starter eels. Work well with most other community fish too :3
Yes, Chesherca mentioned them...tempting, so tempting...alas I don't have sand as a substrate and am unsure of how/if I could add a layer over what I have.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:08 AM   #474
 
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Yes, Chesherca mentioned them...tempting, so tempting...alas I don't have sand as a substrate and am unsure of how/if I could add a layer over what I have.
Ah, they need full sand. Bummer. Maybe one day :3
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:38 AM   #475
 
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Yes, Chesherca mentioned them...tempting, so tempting...alas I don't have sand as a substrate and am unsure of how/if I could add a layer over what I have.
You cannot put sand on top of gravel. It will sink to the bottom and push the gravel up to the top.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:58 AM   #476
 
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Sang, do you want gravel in the 90 or sand?
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:39 AM   #477
 
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Sang, do you want gravel in the 90 or sand?
Sand of course. I can't imagine in the long run gravel being nice on those soft bellies of the Sens or the Ropes. I can get two bags for 10 bucks or less at Home Depot. Going to see if I can scrounge up some of the basic stuff and said aside.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:09 AM   #478
 
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Yay! Trouble. . . d'aaaaaaw! All the little ones home and safe - and a nice shoal number of 5. They didn't look nervous going in at all! I'm so happy for you, and for them! Really excited for you to work out that 90g for them. . . don't know where you're putting all of these giant tanks, but I'm loving every moment of it!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:53 PM   #479
 
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Yay! Trouble. . . d'aaaaaaw! All the little ones home and safe - and a nice shoal number of 5. They didn't look nervous going in at all! I'm so happy for you, and for them! Really excited for you to work out that 90g for them. . . don't know where you're putting all of these giant tanks, but I'm loving every moment of it!
4 now :C

One passed on. He was the one who was acting odd from the start. Seems the process of shipping got to him.

Haha, I have to remove more stuff from my room to make room!

Speaking of giant tanks, I finally took some good video involving Queen again:


She shows up for a bit of this. She is back to her usual self though seemingly much hungrier. She comes out full speed when it's time for the Rainbows to be fed and snaps up anything I give her. Guess it's good she's fully recovered from her ordeal.

The plants are doing so well in this tank now. Those swords, its amazing how big they are compared to when I first got them. They average 1-2 leaves a week. All the crypts have now put out their first bit of regrowth with once leaf each. For the first time Narrow Chain Leaf Sword is actually staying alive for me if that's what it is. You can see it in the middle over by the slowly recovering Water Wisteria.

This tank will not be compete till I get some decent Water Lettuce plants to put to act as floaters! I dream of when I finally have something like that beginning to carpet the top.

Switching gears I took some nice photographs of the 80:


Say hi to a loachbutt! Tiny thing isn't he?


Here we have an exceptionally brave Ghost Shrimp hanging out in the open.



This is an updated frontal view of the tank. I also have two side photos:


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Old 03-18-2013, 11:52 PM   #480
 
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Both tanks are looking great! I forget just how large Queen is when I don't see her often. She's huge! Glad that she recovered from her food issue.

The 80 is looking awesome, too! It really stinks about that one rope, tho. Poor little guy just couldn't take captivity. Are most ropes and bichir wild-caught?
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