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Old 08-23-2013, 04:50 PM   #31
 
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YAY!!! SOO GLAD he made it THERE and ALIVE!!!!!
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:40 PM   #32
 
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=) Here's a video Grimm adjusting to his new home. (Sorry for the shaky camera work =P )He seems very healthy. Also seems like he might actually be smaller than our HMPK betta girls for the sorority.


But wait! There's more! Some random pics of the 46 =)

Can't really make it out in the picture but this was the first time all 10 loachlings were out in front. Up until that point we could never count them passed 8. Got worried not all of them lived. But NOPE all doing excellent. Lively little buggers they are. They come up and wiggle around our hands while we do tank work =).



This one's of Nessie nomming on a waffer. His/Her activity level has increased drastically in the last week or so. You can always spot it scrounging around the wood and rocks. Not sure if it's a male or female. No signs of any bristles as for now, but its still small (Though I'll probably call it a she until I know otherwise.. Just feels like a she =P ). MAYBE 2 inches from nose to tip of the tail.

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Old 08-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #33
 
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THREE CHEERS FOR HAPPY ENDINGS! Oh man, what a story that little fish has! I'm so relieved that he made it safe and sound. . . rest up, little man!!! What a trip. . .

The 46 looks great, and I'm pretty sure I spotted all 10, too!!! Glad to hear that ALL the babies are doing well, plecs, betta, and loaches!

. . . I'm just SO relieved about Grimm!
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:50 PM   #34
 
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TINY BABY BRISTLENOSE!! i remember when Hoover was tiny. He didn't have bristles for the longest time, but they grew, and they're still growing!!! Congrats!! so awesome
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #35
 
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THREE CHEERS FOR HAPPY ENDINGS! Oh man, what a story that little fish has! I'm so relieved that he made it safe and sound. . . rest up, little man!!! What a trip. . .

The 46 looks great, and I'm pretty sure I spotted all 10, too!!! Glad to hear that ALL the babies are doing well, plecs, betta, and loaches!

. . . I'm just SO relieved about Grimm!
Thank you everyone!

I was losing my mind about the whole situation. Matt picked him up from the post office and started his acclimation. I rushed home during my lunch break to come see him. I won't deny it, I teared up a bit when I saw him alive and well.

I think I may have stressed as much as he did >,>
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:38 PM   #36
 
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Some videos and pictures as a result of my procrastination. (Was supposed to be doing water changes on betta tanks... SHHH Don't tell Matt ) (also.. ignore the dying chunks of dwarf sag.. it melted pretty bad, its finally sprouting new leaves though!)

My best attempt at a close up of Nessie.. Silly phone cameras.


Loachings eating.. Again.. I just can not get enough of watching them. Their nose wiggles *squeeeeee*.


And this one is me trying to get a good video of Nessie eating too. Super hard to get her white to be less blinding.

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Old 09-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #37
 
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Been a while since I tossed up an update. There has been quite a bit of progress.

Incoming wall of words =)

For starters our 2 groups of betta girls have been introduced to the tank with huge success (to make a total of 10 in the 46 at the moment). The usual bickering, some slightly nipped fins, but overall no real damage and everyone has calmed and fallen into her place. The also have ZERO interest in the loaches or Nessie the pleco. They had about an hour of curiosity and then moved on. Can't say the same for their interest in the loach/pleco food.. They seem to enjoy running away with it. We switched the betta girls to flakes instead of pellets and it seems to help a bit. The flakes spread around the tank more and they spend most of their attention hunting for it. We plant to either buy or make something to put in the tank that the loaches can get into but the bettas can't. Such little pigs they are >,>.

Now for more on the loaches. All 10 of them still doing really well. They're still all over the tank like the bettas don't even exist. They've grown a ton since we've gotten them. There's one that's smaller than the rest, maybe a little over half their size. I THINK it's grown too but it's hard to tell since the others were so much bigger to begin with. Its striping also seems to be a bit darker than the others, but I don't know if its because it's smaller in size or not. Either way they're all doing well ^,^

Nessie is probably around double her size before, give or take. Still no sign of any bristles but /shrug. She's maybe 2-3 inches now (minus the caudal fin).

Other news!

We some new fish in a QT at the moment. In hopes for them going into the 46 with the girls at some point. (The betta girls will be removed for this transition in order to prevent them from being territorial). They'll either spent a few days in separate tank or they'll be floated in cups/breeder boxes for this. They're a pretty docile (**) group so we don't expect much issue. Last week we got a shipment with 12 Cardinal Tetras, 1 "Super Red" bristlenose who we named (More like light orange..BAH.. still pretty none the less), and 1 male Bolivian Ram. We know the bristlenose will work out fine since Nessie's little world is rarely disturbed by the girls, in fact, any time a betta girl comes poking around to see what she's up to she waves them away with her tail. Quite funny =). Now for the Cardinals we don't suspect there to be a problem since the girls didn't react to the loaches at all, and its not uncommon for sororities to have some sort of school of something. We got 1 male ram since we're not sure how that one is going to go, again we don't suspect problems but we figured we would only try one just in case it didn't go as planned. Worst case, with any of these additions, we have other tanks that these fish could happily make homes in. Never test the waters with out a backup plan!

**(Our smallest girl, Sky, was in a large breeder box in the 46 to letter her grow a bit more before being introduced with 2 other girls new girls and she decided to pull a Houdini and jump into the main tank over night. We woke up saw the empty box and thought she would be dead due to the improper introduction and the fact that she's probably half the size or less than our biggest female Autumn.. but to our surprise the other girls had no interest in her at all. It was like she didn't exist. Sky swam around flaring at every fish she came across but they ignored her.)

Last but not least (He's my favorite but shh don't tell the other fish). My special boy Grimm is doing wonderfully. He's super active (He's more active than my other boy Jasper, a Halfmoon male, who is at war with his fins despite any counter measures we have tried to draw his attention away.. The biggest reason I prefer plakats over HM). He also got some new additions and got his tank rescaped. He now has some small Pink Ramshorn snails for friends and a handful of trumpet snails thanks to djembekah who sent me a ton of the little cuties, they were spit between all our tanks and do an AMAZING job of cleaning up any leftovers.

Now the only part that matters =) Pictures!


Plants have done a TON of growing.













-INTRODUCING- Coyote Starrk (Or just Starrk).. Some of you anime nerds should know this one =)





One of Grimm's snail friends


His abode



"CHEESE!!"

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Old 09-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #38
 
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Random extra..

Here's one of my cats Abby helping unpack new plants >,>



Evidently this box now belongs to her. She's been in it for an hour...
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:20 AM   #39
 
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heehee, kittah. . . ^.^

The tank, the plants, the fish!!! Everything looks so GOOOOD!!! ^.^ How is Starrk settling into his new home???! He is such a pretty little thing! Keep an eye on that belly. . . baby needs to fatten up! >.<
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heehee, kittah. . . ^.^

The tank, the plants, the fish!!! Everything looks so GOOOOD!!! ^.^ How is Starrk settling into his new home???! He is such a pretty little thing! Keep an eye on that belly. . . baby needs to fatten up! >.<
Thanks =) We're super happy with the plant growth. Everything took off immediately, Except the dwarf sag.. that melted back about halfway, it's starting to settle now though. Sending some runners out and what not.

Starrk seems to be loving it, he seems super curious. I see him ALL over the tank, there are a ton of caves made with the driftwood in there (20L) and he's always weaving in and out of somewhere.

I thought he looked a bit skinny too >,< (Skinny when received). We're having trouble getting him to eat anything. The cichlid pellets we have seemed too big for him, so we started cutting them into smaller pieces with a razor blade (We have the Hikari Sinking Cichlid Gold "mini size"). He shows interest in them when he sees them (if we can get him to see them.. poor guy doesn't seem to be all that sharp...) but he just picks them up and spits them out. We tried thawed frozen blood worms, he ate a couple of them but only the ones that dropped RIGHT passed his head. There we left a few on the bottom to see if he would find them, they were gone in a few hours but I'm not sure if it was him or the pleco/snails.

Any suggestions on how to get him to eat better? We've only had him a couple of days and I thought he might just be settling in, but now I'm worried >,<


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