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post #531 of 580 Old 05-06-2013, 10:01 PM
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They look great, Sang! I know it was a lot of work, but those fish look so insanely happy. Queen look so small in that 80. You really get a sense of how big she is.

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post #532 of 580 Old 05-07-2013, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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They look great, Sang! I know it was a lot of work, but those fish look so insanely happy. Queen look so small in that 80. You really get a sense of how big she is.
They do seem so much happier. I'm beginning to see the start of them working out their hierchy. They are beginning to posture, and get into mock battles which is cute to watch.

Queen is being so shy. She does seem so much bigger now that she's in a smaller tank. I removed the resin thing to give her more room and put most of the plants against the wall. I am hoping she will be comfortable here with no competition.
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The tanks look really good, Fox! I can't imagine how much work that was. . . I really hope Queen does well in the 80 all alone - I KNOW the others are having a blast in the big tank! Hopefully this will be the last move and everything will settle in perfectly. . . :D Great job!
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post #534 of 580 Old 05-10-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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The tanks look really good, Fox! I can't imagine how much work that was. . . I really hope Queen does well in the 80 all alone - I KNOW the others are having a blast in the big tank! Hopefully this will be the last move and everything will settle in perfectly. . . :D Great job!
She seems to be doing well so far. She's out and about, hunting shrimps. She breaches okay and eats okay.

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So yesterday when I went to turn the lights off I saw something in the sand and thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. Today I saw it again. A horse face loach is still in the 80! Little guy dashes into the sand the moment I come around. Not sure how he survived this long but he is not staying in there! No wonder I always only counted 3 in the 150 ;/
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Oh for goodness sake! How are you ever going to catch ONE loach in a tank like that?!!
I'm kind of laughing and groaning at the same time here - good luck!
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post #536 of 580 Old 05-10-2013, 10:31 PM
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That little bugger!!! I hope you can get him out before he becomes the next snack!

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post #537 of 580 Old 05-11-2013, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Oh for goodness sake! How are you ever going to catch ONE loach in a tank like that?!!
I'm kind of laughing and groaning at the same time here - good luck!
I'm not quite sure. how ever it happens I'm sure to put Queen in a bad mood. Poor girl, she just wants to eat, and be happy and I'm going in to stir up the tank.

In happier news I've moved the SAE into the 150. I put him a bucket to float and came back to him staring at me inside the fish tank. Little bugger decided to let himself in. He's swimming well though, and schooling with the other SAE.

On flip terms, now that I have the loaches in a big open tank, I can see what looks like barbel erosion. That's a problem because it can open up loaches to bacterial infection. Whopper, the fat female yoyo loach is now infected bacterial wise. Found her struggling on her side in the back of the tank. Last night we moved her into the 20. I put an airstone in and ran a strong dose of melafix. She survived the night and is being a hidey loach. But her whole body looks so much better. I'm now dosing the big tank with Rid Ich Plus to take care of what looks like a low level ich infection...and Melafix to help heal an sooth those worn down barbels and prevent any other fish coming own sick.

I kind of expected this with the move...but I'm prepared to do what it takes to make everyone happy and healthy again.
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Poor babies. . . such a dramatic upheaval couldn't have been easy for them - and it sure isn't proving easy on you! Keep us posted on how everyone is doing, please?
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Gotta love it when fish take acclimating into their own hands lol! Guess that little guy was ready!

Poor Whopper! I really hope she and the other loaches are fine. What do you think is causing the barbel erosion?

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post #540 of 580 Old 05-12-2013, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Gotta love it when fish take acclimating into their own hands lol! Guess that little guy was ready!

Poor Whopper! I really hope she and the other loaches are fine. What do you think is causing the barbel erosion?
The eco complete in the 80. For a long time they were content with digging in the sand portions. As sand and eco began to finally mix, they began digging in the back where the eco is. That's probably the culprit.

Now that they are in the 150 though it's nearly 90 percent sand so they should heal back up in time.
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