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post #211 of 481 Old 01-31-2013, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm hoping that in spring there will be even more plants in there, and maybe a few new species. I'm constantly finding new species. The second plant I picked has just recently cropped up in the lake. Or maybe I'm just blind :p

It was crazy with the wind. The 'swooshing' of the grass out there was deafening.

Remember to take pics and lots of videos >:D It's so much fun. Just invest in a good pair of rubber boots and long tweezers. Emphasis on the boots <.< I used to go barefoot but...ouchies :(

And yes! I added a bunch of new stuff to the tank, I couldn't resist. I'll take a new tank shot soon, I promise. Just trying to see if the plants will do well or not :)
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post #212 of 481 Old 01-31-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Also it's a shame it's so hard to see in the video, there were hundreds on mosquito fish racing ahead of me.
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post #213 of 481 Old 01-31-2013, 09:10 PM
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You're so brave... I'd be so nervous to put wild-caught ANYTHING in my tank without a QT period first, lol! But I'm a weenie when it comes to stuff like that - so far it looks like you haven't had any problems! Have you actually kept any of the other older plants that you originally had in the tank? Or did they not do so well? I remember you said that a lilly was getting stuck in the filter flow. . . or something, lol.
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post #214 of 481 Old 01-31-2013, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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The lily did really good with growing and sending out roots, but the flow would get on top of the pad and push it underwater, so I moved it out to the pond. That's where most of the plants go, if they don't do so hot in the tank haha Or into jars on the window sill. Original plants? Um, the longest plant that's been in there has been the..uh...I don't know what plant it is <.< The stemmy, leafy thing in the background. It's been there for awhile. I've had ludwigia from the other lake that did okay, but I just didn't like it planted. I'm trying it floating atm, to see how it does. I've also had the first plant I picked before and it did well, but I could never find enough to do what I wanted with it. It went into a jar and into the pond haha. Oh and the "pondweed" refused to grow to the surface. It would send out a stem to a certain height, die, send out a new one...etc.

The hardest part isn't finding or picking the plants, it's cleaning them. Any leaf that doesn't look 100% gets trimmed, and they all get washed in chlorinated water to help kill bacteria. It can take over two hours just to clean some plants x.x Also if something looks fishy to me it goes in a jar for observation, and anything that has a lot of algae gets put in a container in the dark for a day or two, then thoroughly washed. I also check out the fish in the lake to see if any look sick...I stopped collecting from one because the fish were all getting some kind of fungus. Blergh.

It is definitely taking a risk but...no problems so far.
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post #215 of 481 Old 02-01-2013, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Well, sad day today. I woke to one of my adult loaches dead. I'm not sure what happened, all of them were out and active and eating yesterday, and everyone else is completely fine this morning. No signs of anything odd on his body, nothing. I have no idea what could have happened :/
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post #216 of 481 Old 02-01-2013, 01:42 PM
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I'm SO sad to hear. . .poor little thing *cries*
How long have you had them, it could be that he was just older. I really hope so. . .

(I liked this post only so I could UNlike it right after. Such sad news...)
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post #217 of 481 Old 02-01-2013, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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I've had him for a few months, since before this tank was even started. He also came from that horrible LFS, and who knows how long he was there in bad conditions. I really do hope it was old age. :(
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Oh, Jen, thats such sad news
I'm so sorry for you...!

As for the reasons, i doubt you can count old age amongst them...... kuhlis average about 10years if well kept.....which we know yours are, so i think you should try and figure out what it may have been..... Then again it could just end up being one of those great unexplained mysteries.
Hope you get to the bottom of it!

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post #219 of 481 Old 02-01-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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I've been racking my brain. There was nothing odd about his body when I pulled it out, and it was positioned on top of the leaves, lying on it's side. The only thing I can think of is maybe he smashed into something if one of the cats startled him last night (occasionally they bat at the tank when I'm not looking). But there was no sign of injury on him. It's just so odd because they were all out and about eating yesterday and combing the tank. The other three are acting perfectly normal.
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post #220 of 481 Old 02-01-2013, 07:43 PM
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There is almost nothing in the world I hate more than inexplicable fish deaths. Aside from just being sad, they make me so edgy! Many loaches ARE still wild-caught, though. . . so it is still possible that it could be old-age and/or a life shortened by the bad conditions he was kept in before he made it to you. Hoping and praying that it's just him - and nothing due to any illness or pathogen that can in any way affect anything else in the tank. I'm so sorry you've lost one of your babies, hon. I'm so sad about it! :(
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