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Old 01-24-2013, 11:14 PM   #61
 
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LOACHBUTT!!!! Great shot of the little guy - he thought he was hiding, oh I LOVE HIM!!! How accurate is the coloration on this shot? He looks nearly red! Beautiful lil' thing. . . OMG! Snail poo!!! O.o That's a darn PILE of it, sheeeeeeesh! And people use them as their 'cleaning crew' Psssh.

I am SO excited for your new additions! I hope everyone arrives in perfect health - I know they'll settle right into that tank, it's perfection. Be watching to see how much the original loaches behavior changes as you up their numbers - and gourami are so lovely. :) Are these guys hitting a QT first, or straight into the 29?

Berried shrimp! That's so exciting! SO much exciting news this post!!! Is this the first time you've kept shrimp? I've really wanted to give it a try, I'm just not so sure about my rams. . . or my soft water, really. Never got too far into the research after figuring out that they'd probably end up dinner for my rams, anyway. Hope all continues to go well with your pretty little chrimps colony!
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:14 AM   #62
 
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Hey Izzy how is your farlowella doing?? Isn't he the one that had a "mark" on his tail??
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:43 AM   #63
 
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His color actually is a reddish-brown, Ches! They are really really pretty when the light hits them just right. I'm curious to see how these old guys will take the young loaches. My loaches are at least 4 years old now.

The new guys will get a short QT. They're coming from The Wet Spot so I'm sure they will be mostly free of disease. But in the off chance that something comes with them, I don't want to treat the main tank for it. I think that's what did in my tiger lotus. These new babies will go into QT for 2 weeks.

This is my first time with shrimps and I'm really enjoying it so far. The gourami might make a snack of a few babies, but that's why I'm setting up the colony. I will probably be selling some shrimps once the colony is strong. I have soft water, too, but from what I've read of the red cherries as long as the water isn't extremely soft they are just fine.

John, my farlowella is all healed! It was poof there and then poof gone when I added the salt. And I haven't seen it come back at all. Really happy about that. I dropped my farlowella in without QT because I knew he needed the algae and other goodies in the tank.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:48 AM   #64
 
WHoAAAAAo!! :f ish:
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:45 AM   #65
 
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Ahhh, they're beautiful! Mine is/was a bit on the reddish side, too - not so brilliant, but I must assume he is a very young juvie. I know these fish can really vary in coloration - I love yours!

I had a VERY good experience with WetSpot, they do keep their fish in QT for at least a month before selling them, and treat their wild-caught specimens for parasites (I asked tons of questions before buying from them, lol). Really... I want to move to Oregon JUST to be closer to this shop - it must be amazing to visit in person. Their fish and plant stock is just astounding. . . *wishes*

Hrm... maybe a few months down the road, if all goes well for both of us, we can work out an exchange - a bit of my C.Spiralis for a few shrimps! lol! Sounds like a good trade to me - but I have no idea how much your little beauties cost :) They really are lovely, though. I hope your Gourami doesn't eat 'em! I may have to give it a go if they'll be okay in softer water. . . *ponders*

Super good news that your farlowella is doing so well, and healed up now. SUCH neat little fish. . . You have a very cool community going over there! I can't WAIT for the new arrivals!!!
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #66
 
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Thank you, Rex. This community has been a long time in the making.

Interesting thing I was reading about these Pangio oblonga.... turns out there may be a few genetically distinct species that we just lump under that name. So little research has been done on these guys that no one really knows!

I'm so glad to hear raving reviews from another source, too! Normally I wouldn't do a QT coming from such a good place, but I just want to make sure they get their "traveling bugs" out of their system. Even though my farlowella came from a great place, he still got some; I don't want to make that same mistake twice. I know that if I'm ever in Oregon, I'm stopping by The Wet Spot even if I have to drag my whole party with me kicking and screaming.

A trade does sound like an awesome idea! I've seen cherries sell from anywhere from a dollar a shrimp for the basic cherry grade and up to $5 a shrimp for the sakura and painted red grades. It all depends on the seller and the genes and yada yada. I just know that they WILL overpopulate if I don't get rid of some! On top of my excitement to set this up I'm also stoked to get my shrimp tank up and going. I didn't believe it until I had them, but they're really interesting to watch! When I do get the ball rolling on that tank I'll be sure to set up a thread!
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:04 PM   #67
 
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Interesting thing I was reading about these Pangio oblonga.... turns out there may be a few genetically distinct species that we just lump under that name. So little research has been done on these guys that no one really knows!
I've read the same thing - and it also goes for the P.Kuhli (which we were discussing on my thread a while back) It seems that there is MUCH more research that needs to be done on the 'eel-like' loaches in general still. They're often mixed up with P. Pangia - (commonly called the cinnamon loach) as well as a few other similarly-colored species. And to be fair, the color range on these babies can be from that gorgeous reddish-brown that yours display, all of the way down into a very deep dark almost black color - and lighter toward tan!

If I had the resources. . . and the knowledge, I could really see myself devoting my life to studying these guys exclusively and nailing down some of these very common questions! I can't though, so I'll just leave it at - WHATEVER they *actually* are - if they behave in this fashion, and are vaguely similar to the loaches I have at home - I LOVE THEM! They really are such wonderful animals, and so much fun to keep and learn about/from. I can't wait to see how your new batch mingles with the old crew, same goes for my tank!

Random, but have you ever seen P.doriae? GOSH! I'd give a finger for a shoal of those! Or, on the 'stripey' side of things P.alternans would be amazing (and they have P.anguillaris at WetSpot, been drooling over those, too!). . .maybe someday :)

P.S. I did, and will always, QT my fish regardless of how awesome the shop is that I get them from. You just never know. And with such hard-to-treat critters running around like your shrimp and farlowella, and the group I have in my 55 - doubly so! It's a good plan *nods* I swear - we make it difficult intentionally!

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:06 PM   #68
 
Haha, loach you need to go back to school and learn how to properly play hide and seek! Adorable photos Koi!
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:09 PM   #69
 
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Funny thing is I actually used to have P. doriae or P. anguillaris! It's been so long ago I can't remember which one but one of those two used to be in with my P. oblonga! I actually bought them at Wal Mart years ago. They were being sold in those terrible little betta cups, and I just HAD to take home as many as I could. And that's the story of how I fell in love with loaches.

ARGH! I'm so excited/impatient!! It helps that today is a loach food day so I get to watch my guys wriggle across the bottom.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:05 AM   #70
 
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Congrats on every thing! Nice loach too!
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