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post #481 of 580 Old 03-18-2013, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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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?
Thanks. Yeah it's easy to forget how big she is till you see her, especially compared to Sen who swims around a lot. I'm happy about this too.

Well, from the way he acted it's possible it was injury. I really think those ropes ought to be shipped in larger bags. To my Knowledge all rope fish are wild caught. There are some bichirs however that some people have luck breeding. I know there has been captive breeding going on with the Sens. A lot of the ones in pet stores are captive bred now.
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post #482 of 580 Old 03-19-2013, 09:14 AM
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Your Queen is one seriously awesome fish! She looks full of personality and her patterning is gorgeous. I am drooling over your Amazon swords too.

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post #483 of 580 Old 03-19-2013, 09:26 AM
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Beautiful update, Fox. . . :)
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Your Queen is one seriously awesome fish! She looks full of personality and her patterning is gorgeous. I am drooling over your Amazon swords too.
Thanks. The swords are quite a chore! I still have to use a soft tooth brush to brush off algae that likes to accumulate on the wide leafs prior to a water change. I keep hoping that with the addition of a new and better light that this will be less of an issue. The big turning point for these plants was giving them some root tabs that had additional iron in them. That and a better light has really seen these things take off.
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A toothbrush is a good idea. Luckily, most of my initial leaves that got algae have died off already and the new leaves look great. I'll remember the toothbrush though.
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post #486 of 580 Old 03-22-2013, 11:55 AM
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I'm loving how you are really starting to plant that tank. It's really coming together.

Sang, will Sunday be a good day for me to come bring you the 90 gallon tank?

Saturday I am going to the mountains with my cousin to take him snowboarding (he's from Brazil and has never been). Let me know :)
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Yay!
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post #488 of 580 Old 03-22-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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I'm loving how you are really starting to plant that tank. It's really coming together.

Sang, will Sunday be a good day for me to come bring you the 90 gallon tank?

Saturday I am going to the mountains with my cousin to take him snowboarding (he's from Brazil and has never been). Let me know :)
Yeah I can put it off to Sunday. I've got everything now to put the tank together. Went out and got 2 50 pound bags of playsand, a 300 watt heater(yay store credit?), a sponge filter (same one that I have on my 80), an air pump (same one I got on my 80) as well as tubing and the safety valve thing.

Entire room is now reorganized. It's amazing how much I purged from that room. Many of my dragons were put up and I arranged things a bit differently to accommodate the tank. We went out and also got some sun blocker curtains to ensure I don't have algae issues from ambient sunlight in the morning. All is ready to go. Even got the 80's water change out of the way. No strangeness either as I upped the amount of prime to ensure that I don't have anything causing stress like last time.

Right after the water change I noticed the rasbora were schooling quite loosely in a relaxed sort of way! I also learned something interesting. There were these large pebbles in the half log that I had been intending to remove so they don't have to deal with it cluttering their space. Well...I went to reach and they were already moved! Looks like the loachbutts took matters into their own fins.

.....so that's what that sound was.
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post #489 of 580 Old 03-23-2013, 07:20 AM
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Haha! That's awesome about the rocks. I love it when fish create their own ideal space! I'm so happy that the next tank is so close to being there - three cheers for Termie - and it sounds like you're as ready as you can be for setup, too. *GRINS* Have a fun Sunday!
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Awesome!!! I can't wait to see it all set up tomorrow night!

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