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Old 01-30-2013, 01:19 AM   #81
 
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so happy your fish came in. lol. and your kitty is enjoying your fish time as much as you are. i love your loaches! i wish i could get some again but sadly the lfs here doesn't carry them anymore. :( so i will gladly check out your tank :)
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:51 AM   #82
 
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BEAUTIFUL! Absolutely beautiful. . . thanks for posting the pictures - I LIKE the large size! The goruami (especially that male) is gorgeous, I can't wait to see how they shine when they settle in and the male REALLY starts coloring up. They're ALL really going to love that beautiful 29. How are they and the little loachlings settling into their QT tank. . .it's been *almost* 24 hours since they arrived - I think we need an update!!!! :D Congratulations again on your new babies, I'm so happy that they arrived safely and seem to be in such good health. I really love Wet Spot, wouldn't hesitate to order from them any time! I'm working on a plot to move to Oregon. . .
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:40 AM   #83
 
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so happy your fish came in. lol. and your kitty is enjoying your fish time as much as you are. i love your loaches! i wish i could get some again but sadly the lfs here doesn't carry them anymore. :( so i will gladly check out your tank :)
Loaches are such neat little fish! I can hardly see them in the QT but that's perfectly fine with me because the QT is for fishy relaxation. You can keep them vicariously through me! (And I'll keep bichir vicariously through Sang)

So... update... the gourami are breeding. No joke. I woke up this morning to find the male has a bubble nest and is showing off for the females who keep checking the nest out. There is a massive storm system coming through the eastern US right now and the sharp drop in barometric pressure must be setting them off. And the worst of it isn't even here.... I honestly don't know what to do if I get babies.... But it's really awesome watching the male display. I gotta name him. I'm thinking maybe something sun-related since his orange is so brilliant.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:13 PM   #84
 
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Loaches are such neat little fish! I can hardly see them in the QT but that's perfectly fine with me because the QT is for fishy relaxation. You can keep them vicariously through me! (And I'll keep bichir vicariously through Sang)

So... update... the gourami are breeding. No joke. I woke up this morning to find the male has a bubble nest and is showing off for the females who keep checking the nest out. There is a massive storm system coming through the eastern US right now and the sharp drop in barometric pressure must be setting them off. And the worst of it isn't even here.... I honestly don't know what to do if I get babies.... But it's really awesome watching the male display. I gotta name him. I'm thinking maybe something sun-related since his orange is so brilliant.
Oh wow, what a story you will have to tell about the new fish when they were new :D

Well from what I know the male will chase females off after he has a bubble nest full of eggs. So if you want to try to keep the babies you need to quickly work on getting a batch of infusoria and prepare to separate the females from the male.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:40 PM   #85
 
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Izzy, that is such great news! I guess we know they like it there!!! *GRINS* Even if nothing comes of this first mating, you know that they WILL, and if it's something that you'd like to pursue, you can get better prepared for the next time around. Wonderful that they've settled in SO insanely quickly!!! Wow. Guess they got close while they were all stuffed together in that little bag for shipping *giggle*

I totally agree with you, btw. SO many people like to set up barren QT tanks, and I just feel that this is dead wrong. The WHOLE point (in my view) is to give the new fish a chance to relax and settle into their new home, get adjusted to the way you run your tanks, and the water parameters they'll be living in. . . Why do people insist on adding to their stress by keeping them in a tank that isn't comfortable for them and suited to their needs??! I can't think of any reason, as it only adds to their already high levels of stress from transportation and different water parameters, etc. The ONLY thing that I can come up with after nearly a year of wondering is. . . lol. . . if they're under SO much stress, any pathogens that they've been keeping under control would have a better chance of manifesting in these situations, so you can 'cure' them before putting them into the main tank. Not the best way to do things, IMHO! I love your QT tank, and I'm actually happy that the loaches are being given a happy bed of leaves to hang out in. It's what they like! Once they move into the 29, and settle in there, I'm sure you'll have plenty of time to see them. HOPING that the entire shoal is more obvious with more of them around to help them feel comfortable! HOORAY for loaches. Gah, I love them!
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HAHA! Fox, I'm reading this with a very clear image of Izzy on a rocking chair, 20 years from now, telling the story to the great-great-grandchildren of these very gourami of when their family arrived in this 'country...' :) Too cute! BTW, she's knitting a baby blanket for the next generation ;)
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:10 PM   #86
 
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The bottom of the tank is littered with leaves, and I've been watching everyone eat from the surface of them. I don't think the babies will have trouble finding food. But the fact remains, I don't think this batch would be able to survive as I still have to finish the QT. I do have a loach with some kind of wound on his side, so I want to make sure that is healed. They would have to survive another 2 weeks in the tank with 6 hungry loaches. They're gentle, but if it fits in their mouths, it's a goner.

But it is good to know that they will breed readily. Maybe this summer I'll move them back to this tank and see if they will breed again. I like gourami enough to try to breed them for real. Just... gotta find homes for the babies. I might could fit another female in my 29 gal, but then that leave another 50+ babies. Anyone want a honey gourami? lol

Oh! I also forgot to mention I threw some NLS Thera+A in there. And the leaves started moving! Guess those loaches are hungry... the gourami have other things on their minds.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:10 PM   #87
 
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Just to let my farlowella and shrimp know I hadn't deserted them I plopped in some algae wafers and shrimp pellets earlier in the day and set up my camera.


One of my male shrimps. Pardon the algae.. my farlowella is a bit lazy


A male and a female. Look at her big butt full of eggs!! Oh and a loach in the background.


Here is the lazy man himself.

And now! For a surprise! A VIDEO! It was my farlowella and a loach playing. The video quality on my camera is terrible but it was too cute not to capture.

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Old 01-31-2013, 03:05 PM   #88
 
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It sounds like things are going great over there! Sorry to hear that one of the loaches has come with an injury - I've been amazed at how quickly these guys can heal, hopefully you'll have the same experience. The leaves are moving. . . heh. . . at least you know they're eating! I'm SURE you could find somewhere for the honey gourami if/when you decide to breed them. It would really be wonderful to be able to experience that first-hand for yourself.

The shrimp are stunning, and the video is lovely! Really puts some perspective on things seeing the farlowella and the loach side-by-side, I really enjoyed the perspective. It can be so difficult sometimes to judge sizes on these pictures and videos with nothing to base scale on. :)
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:20 PM   #89
 
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Ya. I'm a little worried about the injured guy. He was kinda flipping out this evening, and it gave me a chance to look at his wound. It doesn't look like it's gotten any better. I can't actually get a picture of it, so I'm going to do some digging around online.

So... gourami update.... They bred. I watched them embrace three times this afternoon, and when I put a flashlight on the nest, I saw eggs. Holy crap. The only thing I could think to do would be put all of the gourami in the 29 gal, but I'm afraid I'll have to treat the QT with something for the loach's injury thing. And I'm pretty sure any treatment would kill the fry.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:23 PM   #90
 
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So wonderful that they're breeding already! AND that you got to see it! *GRINS* Just. . .amazing! You might just have to leave this brood to fate, hon. It isn't the right time, and you weren't prepared - who would have expected them to go to it within a day of their arrival in a new home?!!

What's up with the loach? Poor little thing - is it a scrape or a cut? Or something totally different? I know my loach looked like a zombie when he went into my filter. I ran melafix and pima fix as a JIC through the tank, and he was nearly 100% better within a week. I don't know if you saw his picture, but dude was a mess, I was AMAZED with how quickly he healed up. I hope yours does the same. *worries*
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