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Old 01-16-2013, 08:04 AM   #151
 
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Okay, Asian swamp-eels officially scare me! You guys have, like EVERY invasive species known to man, I swear!

SO glad to hear that they really ARE Kuhli :) Just babies... AWWW! Sounds like they're getting along really well, and settling right in. I bet having those four bigger loaches already established in the tank really made a huge difference for them, poor little things.

*Possible* that the little pale one is one of the dwarf type mixed in, s/he is probably the one that I see when I look at the picture you posted - you're right, the saddles on my dwarves are all really regular, the ones on my Kuhli vary so much from fish to fish. And mine do look really pale by comparison, cuz' they're a lighter yellowish color, instead of the boldish orange of the Kuhli. I hope that's the case, hate to think that he's so stressed out and/or sick to be that pale. *cries* Under your care, I know he'll be feeling MUCH better soon, if he is a Kuhli. You're such a good fish momma! *hugs* So happy to hear a good report of them settling in well! Makes me happy! I'm jealous! I WANT KUHLI!!!! ROFL!

Those little spotty mosquito fish ARE really pretty. Bummer they're so nippy with other species, cuz' they'd look gorgeous in your tank. They look a LOT like Dalmatian Mollies in the picture - just thinner and all over smaller. I still can't get over the amazement that you get to just. . . go out and CATCH fish! That's so darn awesome!!!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:03 AM   #152
 
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Yeah it's so much cooler than going to the store!!!

All were missing now Jen is some pics of the new kuhlis settled in!
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:12 PM   #153
 
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/facepalm
I could have taken some awesome pictures of two of the babies this morning, but I was too enraptured staring at them to even move, lol! I usually just feed in the normal spot and let the kuhlis come out and eat, but since the new additions I decided to target feed the leaf pile. I was able to get a good look at two babies, and they are definitely Kuhli babies. They've colored up really well and were side by side with the adults snuffling around for food. It was seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen.
I just have my fingers crossed that the other two are in that pile somewhere.

Also, I have an Aqua Tech filter (it's not the best, but my mom bought it for me and it works well enough, so I'm happy with it), which has a very fine plastic mesh over the intake, so it would be impossible for them to squirm through....I hope.

I'm really glad my four accepted them. I haven't heard much along the lines of aggression between loaches, but I was still worried that mine might claim territory or something.

I wish you could get some actual kuhli! Lol, but then again you have that adorable little black loach, and he's cute as a button.

Yeah, it's a lot of fun going out and catching them, although I'll be honest. I only caught one of the mollies by hand (well...by net), the rest were bottle traps. Which makes me die laughing every time when I use one. It's literally just an empty water bottle with the top cut off and then stuck back in (creates a funnel). No bait, nothing. Just sink it in the water and I swear to you, within a minute the bottle had at least 12 fish in it. They all swarm all over the bottle completely fascinated. They're funny :p

I'm hoping that as the little guys get more comfortable they'll come out and explore more, so maybe I can get a head count and see if all the stripes are the same.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:50 PM   #154
 
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*happy dance*

During sunset I was able to spy all 4 out and about, 3 were definitely Kuhli babies, but I could't get a good look at the 4th, s/he was under the driftwood and is still super pale. The others have all darkened up though.

I only got to see them for a few seconds because they scrammed as soon as they caught sight of me...jerks :p I'm hoping they get used to me! My fish usually respond in a positive manner when I'm near, since I'm "the provider" rofl. I feel bad that they're scared of me.

Also, they move really fast. They're blurs once they get in motion.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:20 PM   #155
 
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Aww, babe - don't stress about it! They're REALLY new yet, and just got shipped and all of that fun stuff. These guys *could* have been out in their natural environment not very long ago. I'm pretty sure most Kuhli are still wild-caught. Plus, they're tiny little baby loaches! I'm sure it's even more in their instinct to hide than the bigger ones, cuz' to everything who would eat 'em, they look like a nice wormy snack! Between your good care, wonderful tank, and having their 'big brothers' to show them that there isn't anything to be afraid of, I'm SURE they'll be coming around soon
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #156
 
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I just hope they're finding food, since I don't have anything live. I'm going to the LFS tomorrow to see if he has any frozen food, maybe that will be better for them? Mine will gobble up anything that falls to the sand but these babies probably don't know what prepared foods are.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:05 PM   #157
 
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They are :) They do... loaches are notoriously UN-picky when it comes to food. You could always give them an algae wafer or a squashed pea - they'd love that, for sure! Wet-frozen foods are always good. Mysis is super tiny and will be easy for them to eat. My tiny guys. . . I got them shortly after they were shipped to the shop (they called the day they arrived) ate flake and sinking pellets right off. They're so small, I was really worried about them being able to eat anything, but they can handle bloodworm just fine - and those are, like 1/4 their size! The shake their little heads to break off a piece, reminds me of a puppy, lol. But really - if you see them out snuffling for food, then chances are they're finding some. . .always better safe than sorry - get the wet-frozen mysis or baby brine (though your bigger fish will probably take care of live food asap!) But try not to worry. If they're out and loaching about through the sand, they're okay. You worry when they don't come out at all. Sounds like yours are *hugs* I hope that little pale one comes around, I'm getting worried for it!
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:10 AM   #158
 
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It's 3 in the morning and I'm seriously about to rip all my hair out.

Apparently I spoke to soon about that filter. It kept getting louder and louder until it sounded like a freight train in my room, so at 2am I sat and pulled it apart and cleaned it. I figured maybe there was sand in the impeller or something. I lost all the bacteria in it, but I wasn't super worried, there's tons in the sand/driftwood and the tank has lots of plants. Put the filter back together and set it up and it's even worse.

After 45mins of dealing with that I gave up. I thought, whatever, I'll just stick that ten gallon filter on it just for some water movement.



Nope. That one worked for all of ten seconds before it broke, and now it refuses to do anything but hum.


I'm guessing I'm going to have to run to the LFS or Petco in the morning and try to find a good filter for $35...literally every penny I have right now after gas for my car.


So now there is no water movement in the tank and I am just praying that the plants are enough for oxygen for my fish, and that they'll take care of any ammonia.

It's 3am and I'm exhausted, yet I doubt I'll be sleeping tonight.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:18 AM   #159
 
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No air blubber you can stick on just to move the water some?
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:20 AM   #160
 
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Really sorry your having bad night with it
What about a quick search on eBay/Craigslist for a decent second hand one? Even facebook fish selling groups - Ikea always checking them and some good bargains about!
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