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Old 05-12-2013, 07:16 PM   #541
 
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I hope she gets well soon Sang. Everyone else in the tanks look so happy!

Can you take some pictures? I'd love to see some shots of all the tanks!!! :D
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:26 PM   #542
 
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Ouch!! Glad there isn't as much eco complete in their new home.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:15 PM   #543
 
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I hope she gets well soon Sang. Everyone else in the tanks look so happy!

Can you take some pictures? I'd love to see some shots of all the tanks!!! :D
She passed today. It's the strangest thing. Today before I went out to treat my mom to a dinner the fish was eating, and looking much better in color. So I went ahead and did the melafix dose, and left. Came home and she's dead. ;/

Went ahead and did a water change on the 20 gallon to get out any potential ammonia that might have been released.

Everyone in the 150 seems fine though. Bully, the other larger Yoyo Loach who was beginning to look pale perked up a bit and is still kicking around. Tomorrow I am going to take the time to do a 50 percent water change. I was going to do it today but that never happened.

It will happen tomorrow. I don't have the energy to do it now right after doing a major hour plus work on the 90. Algae was creeping up, the ammonia spike still refuses to go away...and I am considering the option that my test kit is misreading ammonium as ammonia. I did a water change, rinsed the sponge for the first time (my goodness it was stuffed with gunk), scrubbed the walls and reworked the layout a bit. Now I've got a much stronger circulating current by hiking up the sponge + power head. Now I need to sit and watch to see if the increased current bothers the ropes.

Once things settle I"ll try to get some good pictures + new video.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:24 AM   #544
 
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I'm so sorry, Fox. . . :(

It could be that simple! The API test will read ammonium as ammonia - it takes the reading for both together. I was lucky enough to learn that when I had to use Prime during a cycle way back when I started. One thing you might want to try is giving your test tubes a good old-fashioned scrub with dish washing detergent. Dirty tubes have been the culprit for more than one wonky test. . .

So your loaches actually avoided the eco complete substrate entirely? That's interesting, and good to know. Did you notice the barbel issues during/right at the tank move, or was it a few days after?
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:13 PM   #545
 
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I'm so sorry, Fox. . . :(

It could be that simple! The API test will read ammonium as ammonia - it takes the reading for both together. I was lucky enough to learn that when I had to use Prime during a cycle way back when I started. One thing you might want to try is giving your test tubes a good old-fashioned scrub with dish washing detergent. Dirty tubes have been the culprit for more than one wonky test. . .

So your loaches actually avoided the eco complete substrate entirely? That's interesting, and good to know. Did you notice the barbel issues during/right at the tank move, or was it a few days after?
Well, at least she had a good chance. She was never a normal loach though by any means since I had her. That said usually I just rinse them in water after use. How do you scrub something that narrow?

Well when the substrate wasn't as mixed they preferred the sandy areas. As the substrate began to finally mix they began suddenly digging in the back which is all eco. I noticed once they were moved in the evidence of the erosion. I can happily say though all current loach butts in the 150 have clean looking barbels today :3

The 150 went through a large water change. I put down some root tabs in a few places since it's been a while. I must say today I had the cleanest clearest looking water coming out of that tank. I don't last remember when it looked and smelled that clean. The Swords are also looking a lot better. The SAE are really content with going up and down the broad leaves to nom on the algae.

The 90 looks a lot better today after it's water change, scrub, and the tweaking to the layout. I've hiked up the sponge+power head and it's fully circulating the water better than it did with how it was originally set up. The fish seem to enjoy having an open space on the right to chill out.

The 80 got a water change and I moved some wood just a bit, relocated some plants to different areas and took the sponge+filter and moved it to the right so that I can put it on top of something and circulate the water better. Didn't take long for Queen to come out to cruise around. She's getting better about it and not automatically dashing off when she sees me.

the 20 gallon is the same as before. Clover seems content with having the space to himself.

Oh the old light on the 90 seems to be having ballast problems. I've swapped the light that was on the 80 over to the 90, and then took one of my 2 foot t8's and have that on the 80. Fish in both tanks are responding favorably to the lesser light levels. Not sure if I want to spend the money later on to try to replace the ballasts or throw the whole unit out. It is nice how it has built in reflectors but I'm no good at working with electrical stuff.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #546
 
I've finally got pictures!

This is the 80 gallon:





The 90 gallon:




Here Sen is being a bit of a derp:


The 150:






Also say hello to Percy!


It's not often I can get a picture of him as he's more of an evening/night kind of guy.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:29 PM   #547
 
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wow, what a difference in those tanks! Thanks for the shots, they're really looking nice. . . the 150 is sooooo PRETTY!!!

I'm so happy that everyone has their whiskers back, and seems to be doing well! Three cheers for Queen, too - sounds like she's settling in. Does it seem as if she's cramped in there? I remember discussing it with you, but am wondering how she's doing now that she's actually in a smaller tank? She's not an active swimmer, and she's close - if not at - her full growth now, right? I really hope she can be happy in there. She's such an amazing animal, I want to see her live a long and happy life - with video updates!!!

well, I cheat with bottle brushes to clean the tubes. I'd think a paper towel all twirled up and soapy should do the trick, though. . . you'll have to rinse the soap clean, of course, as that could mess with a test, too. Itcan't hurt to try! It happened to me, and I know I'm not the only one. . . don't forget the lids! ^.^
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:00 AM   #548
 
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wow, what a difference in those tanks! Thanks for the shots, they're really looking nice. . . the 150 is sooooo PRETTY!!!

I'm so happy that everyone has their whiskers back, and seems to be doing well! Three cheers for Queen, too - sounds like she's settling in. Does it seem as if she's cramped in there? I remember discussing it with you, but am wondering how she's doing now that she's actually in a smaller tank? She's not an active swimmer, and she's close - if not at - her full growth now, right? I really hope she can be happy in there. She's such an amazing animal, I want to see her live a long and happy life - with video updates!!!

well, I cheat with bottle brushes to clean the tubes. I'd think a paper towel all twirled up and soapy should do the trick, though. . . you'll have to rinse the soap clean, of course, as that could mess with a test, too. Itcan't hurt to try! It happened to me, and I know I'm not the only one. . . don't forget the lids! ^.^
Pictures are nothing next to motion. It's so much fun and relaxing too to sit down and watch this tank. There is never a still moment and always some fish somewhere doing something.


I don't know if it's going to be okay long term. It's definately big enough for now. She can cruise, forage, and breach. I would love to some time next year upgrade her to a 4 foot by 2 foot fat boy. Still be the same length but much wider.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:37 PM   #549
 
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Beautiful. . . You're right - nothing like a tank in motion :)
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:30 PM   #550
 
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Those pictures are lovely, but you are so right. Fish tanks are about motion! All of your tanks look gorgeous!! Wish Queen had made an appearance, but I can't really blame her for still being shy.
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