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post #71 of 267 Old 01-26-2013, 08:57 AM
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I'm super excited for you, too - when do they arrive? Today?!!!
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post #72 of 267 Old 01-26-2013, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately they don't get here until Tuesday. Because of that large system that just came through the eastern US. Dumped a ton of ice on us, but places farther north got lotsa snow. Either way, it jammed up air traffic and The Wet Spot didn't want to ship fish. While it is more time I have to wait, I find it endearing that they care enough to check the weather. Heck, my sister doesn't even care enough to check the weather... which is why her normally 2 hour trip home yesterday took 5 hours.

So until Tuesday I HAVE to find something to occupy my time almost 24/7 or else I just get so impatient!

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post #73 of 267 Old 01-26-2013, 06:50 PM
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AAAAARRRRGGGGHH!!!! Yeah, I really appreciate that they take great care of their fish all of the way until they get to your door, too. But ARGH!!! I'd be frustrated, too - in a grateful way, cuz' it'd be awful to be worrying about them stuck on the back of a truck somewhere in the cold - even worse if they arrived in a bad way. Tuesday. Tuesday... C'mon Tuesday!
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post #74 of 267 Old 01-29-2013, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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THEY'RE HERE!!!!!!!!!

Sorry no photos yet, but I'm soo happy!! Everyone looks healthy and strong! They're still acclimating now.

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post #75 of 267 Old 01-29-2013, 01:25 PM
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JUST GOT YOUR MESSAGE *SQUEEEEEEEE* I actually thought of you FIRST thing this morning, I was like OMG! IT'S TUESDAY!!!!!! (such a dork) How do they look? All happy? Squirmy? LOACHY!???? ^_____^ SO too very excited for you!!!



(so are they!)
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post #76 of 267 Old 01-29-2013, 02:25 PM
Yaaay! Can't wait to see them :3
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post #77 of 267 Old 01-29-2013, 03:15 PM
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CONGRATS! But WE NEED PICS!

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
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post #78 of 267 Old 01-29-2013, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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The loaches were really chill when I put them in at first. And then about 30 minutes later they just went nuts!! I ordered six, but because of the heavy leaf litter I can only see one or two at a time. But the water is nicely tannin-stained.

The gourami have colored up for me VERY nicely. The male is gorgeous!!!! Much prettier than the sunset gourami. The females look heavy with eggs. They... uh might breed for me right here in my QT. I'm already so in love with these guys!

I know I said no pictures to let everyone chill for a bit, but I couldn't help it (also they've been in there now for about 4 hours).


This is everyone acclimating. This is also the only clear shot you get of the loaches.


This is a general idea of what the setup looks like. There is also a piece of fake driftwood in there that everyone seems to like. The media in the filter came from my goldfish tank, so you can be sure it's cycled.


This is my beautiful male after just a few hours in the QT. I'm in love! These pictures don't do him justice!!


Here he is fighting with his reflection. Completely ignoring the females!


This is the more bold of my females. The other is pretending to be a leaf somewhere in the back.

The gourami are still rather shy and hide whenever I approach the tank. I'm not too surprised at that after hearing about Sang's experience with her gourami being so shy. The dithers will be coming around the end of March. I had to sit sooo still to get their trust that THIS happened:




(I apologize for the pics being so large, but photobucket won't let me edit them right now )
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post #79 of 267 Old 01-29-2013, 05:33 PM
Haha, I don't know which is more cute. The darling fish (bet those loaches are having a blast after being in that bag during shipping) or the cat that is like "Yep, this looks perfectly comfortable. For me...of course".

I found that you can help along the gourami by not doing any really quick movements around the tank. Moving slowly, and give them time to notice you helps prevent things like bolting/freak outs.
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post #80 of 267 Old 01-29-2013, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tip, Sang! I've been doing just that. They are in a hallway, so I make sure to walk by them slowly. I also spent a lot of time just staring at the tank today. Hopefully they'll get used to my face!

I spent so much time staring at them, that the cat would just follow me around, knowing I would sit back down and she could crawl on me in some shape or form. She doesn't like the cold and warms herself up by putting her cold paws on my skin... which tells you something because the high for today was 70F.
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