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Old 01-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #121
 
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Nice update, I love it when you sing :) I fail at updating, too. . . just got a little one up today on the dwarf loaches in QT. More to come. . . now we need info on your other tank :)

It IS Cryptocoryne spiralis, and I did send it to you! So glad it's doing well - mine is going nuts! The D.Sag looks fantastic, too I wish mine would grow in like that. . . still working on it. Love love LOVE the anubias. I got one for Christmas from my husband, just a bitty thing. Can't wait to see how it does. . . But TERMIE! What is up with the algae and the holey swords? This makes me sad! Hope you can figure out what's going on there and fix it - such a gorgeous tank!

I'm sorry to hear about Gabe, poor guy, he really was a fighter. And Lucas!!! Byron might be right about the flow being too high for him, but if that were the case, why is he hiding right THERE??! Isn't that where the current is strongest at the bottom? I have a current that goes right across the center of my tank, and my rams intentionally 'play' in it, but along the edges and back, the water is much calmer, and that's where they sleep. Maybe he needs a little chill spot in the foliage to go hang out in? Poor dude, I hope reducing the current helps him out, I hate to see him so sad. He IS breathing heavily, for sure - though his tail and tummy are looking very nice and bright. Very odd. . . that he isn't colored stressed, but is obviously having a really tough time.

Dunno about the neon, could just be a genetic thing manifesting? Lets hope it isn't anything more than that. . .

Those Cories look just about as HAPPY as they can be, though! Love them! Any actual babies survive under all of that moss you have back there? It'd be awesome to have Cory fry :) They're so CUTE!
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:30 PM   #122
 
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And Lucas!!! Byron might be right about the flow being too high for him, but if that were the case, why is he hiding right THERE??! Isn't that where the current is strongest at the bottom? I have a current that goes right across the center of my tank, and my rams intentionally 'play' in it, but along the edges and back, the water is much calmer, and that's where they sleep. Maybe he needs a little chill spot in the foliage to go hang out in? Poor dude, I hope reducing the current helps him out, I hate to see him so sad. He IS breathing heavily, for sure - though his tail and tummy are looking very nice and bright. Very odd. . . that he isn't colored stressed, but is obviously having a really tough time.
Increased respiration with no other signs of stress is exactly what one should expect in this situation. The fish is having to work harder at "living," and this takes more oxygen. I have a male Bolivian in my 115g that I've had for 4.5 years now--which is past its "normal" lifespan of around 4 years--and his respiration is about half what I saw in the video. The water current in my 115g is heaviest at the left side next to the filter outflow spigot because the woodcats live in the wood there and they need this. But even a foot down the tank from the left side, the flow near the bottom is so minimal it barely causes falling food to shift from a straight down fall. Wish I could post a video to demonstrate but I don't have the aparatus.

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Agree, I have had this occur in odd fish. It can sometimes be related to other diseases, but without knowing exactly treatment is ill advised.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:57 PM   #123
 
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Byron. . . man! I wish so dearly that you had a video camera! I'd happily watch vids of your tanks. . . forever! Thanks for the information, even though it wasn't strictly for me - I'm over-the-moon in love with my rams, so it's always good to get information - if I should ever see anything like this in my babies, I'll know what the cause might be. I totally agree - that poor little fish is panting, mine also breathe at about half that rate. Interesting that the flow at the floor is so much lower than at the top - It makes sense, I suppose. In my tank with the canister filter, the calmest spot is under the spraybar - just because of how it's setup, and there's a nice flow through the center of the tank and down to the opposite side. But because of the large rock I have there, I have another calm spot on that side - in all of these places are where my rams have their little territories, where they sleep, though they do 'play' in the current during daylight hours, there are many places in the tank that have a slower flow.

Termie, I really hope that your little 'Livvie responds to slowing the current. He really has grown into a stunning little fish :)
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:04 PM   #124
 
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Wow. SO I totally stopped getting emails about this thread....what! Crazy...I checked on here and didn't notice you two had posted :O!

AHH! Sooooo Lucas is doing better. I covered the intake with some plants. I'm going to replace it with a sponge and other things. As for the algae I lowered light exposure down to 5.5 hours a day. I am going to do a black out after I clean the tank tomorrow. Two day black out.

I'm also thinking that tomorrow I can make Lucas a little spot to chill that has very low flow. Even lower than it is now. I will take a video tomorrow once I finish everything.

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Tank and fish look very good, but I would certainly do something about the filter. The current is much too strong for these fish. This may be one part of the Ram problem; these fish occur in still water like ponds and pools and slow-flowing streams. When forced to live in water currents, they have to work harder and remember this is 27/7 as the current is continuopus night and day. The Ram is respirating too fast, and this likely indicates over-exertion.

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Thanks Byron and I appreciate the advice. I saw almost immediate results when the flow lowered. He's back to hanging out in the middle. I also noticed that he regrew a part of his fin that was ripped because he was swimming so hard.

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Nice update, I love it when you sing :) I fail at updating, too. . . just got a little one up today on the dwarf loaches in QT. More to come. . . now we need info on your other tank :)

It IS Cryptocoryne spiralis, and I did send it to you! So glad it's doing well - mine is going nuts! The D.Sag looks fantastic, too I wish mine would grow in like that. . . still working on it. Love love LOVE the anubias. I got one for Christmas from my husband, just a bitty thing. Can't wait to see how it does. . . But TERMIE! What is up with the algae and the holey swords? This makes me sad! Hope you can figure out what's going on there and fix it - such a gorgeous tank!

I'm sorry to hear about Gabe, poor guy, he really was a fighter. And Lucas!!! Byron might be right about the flow being too high for him, but if that were the case, why is he hiding right THERE??! Isn't that where the current is strongest at the bottom? I have a current that goes right across the center of my tank, and my rams intentionally 'play' in it, but along the edges and back, the water is much calmer, and that's where they sleep. Maybe he needs a little chill spot in the foliage to go hang out in? Poor dude, I hope reducing the current helps him out, I hate to see him so sad. He IS breathing heavily, for sure - though his tail and tummy are looking very nice and bright. Very odd. . . that he isn't colored stressed, but is obviously having a really tough time.

Dunno about the neon, could just be a genetic thing manifesting? Lets hope it isn't anything more than that. . .

Those Cories look just about as HAPPY as they can be, though! Love them! Any actual babies survive under all of that moss you have back there? It'd be awesome to have Cory fry :) They're so CUTE!
Love those crypts! I know the algae is totally annoying and I BET YOU that's why my swords aren't growing. I'm cleaning the tank tomorrow when I get home and then blacking it out as i mentioned. I am getting rid of this algae this week. No more mercy or laziness.

As for the neon, he still looks the same. No changes. He eats and swims, acts healthy.

I'm going to clean the other tanks tomorrow as well and I'll take some pictures and videos of the rest of them. The 29 is a pain at the moment. I'm going to restructure the plants a little tomorrow before the video and well the five gallon is just on auto mode. That thing is so stable....I don't even have a filter on it. Plants are doing good too. I only turn the light on in that tank every other day...weird! hahah

I'm planning on getting rid of my 29 gallon and giving it to my friend for his turtle as a birthday present. I will then put the 90 gallon in its place with all those fish in that tank. I'm probably gonna have to get rid of my gourami. I'm planning on putting angels in the 75 that I am getting from the 90 gallon tank. I figured it's best to try angels first before I go discus. Then by the time I move I can decide on getting another tank. I will be taking the 5 gallon tank to the office to live there so I will only have a 10 QT, 75 and 90G at home :)
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:40 AM   #125
 
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Sounds like a good plan to me! SO happy to hear that your ram is doing so much better with the reduced water flow. I'm with you on reducing tanks. I'm determined to get down to one or two. . .good luck with the black-out, cleanup, and rescape(s). I'm sure everything will be back to beautiful in record time :D Can't wait for the update!
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:47 AM   #126
 
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Here is the tank after the clean up and before the black out. What you think? I added some rocks for additional hiding places.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:44 AM   #127
 
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great looking tank Termato
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:11 AM   #128
 
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It looks amazing! The duckweed looks a little funny floating through the water column but I don't imagine there is much you can do about that!

The blue of your neons looks amazing against the green plants! Love it!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #129
 
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Thanks Nilet!

Thanks Koi! :)

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It looks amazing! The duckweed looks a little funny floating through the water column but I don't imagine there is much you can do about that!

The blue of your neons looks amazing against the green plants! Love it!!
The floating plant is dwarf water lettuce and for some reason right about when I started having algae problems, it stopped growing.

I want to see if now that the algae has mostly been removed if it will continue to suffer.

I love the neons! I'm actually going to be a getting a bright blue angel with the 90 gallon tank that will be going in here! That should look amazing...hopefully.
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