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Old 02-25-2013, 07:36 PM   #271
 
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I wish we had snow! The closest I've seen here is last year we had 'slush'. It was dirty and sharp and icy, but it was still 'snow' for us Floridians, haha ;)

Could you take a picture for me? I'm not sure how fine I'm gonna need to go with these guys obviously being master escape artists.
I felt horrible, I know they were scared out of their minds in that sink. I had my mom help me to we could get them out quickly without stressing them too much. I'd like to say I'm keeping an eye on them in the tank, but I've only seen one of them once since they were put back in. I'm hoping I can sneak a peek at them with the room lights still on.

Def. gonna be putting in a little extra food for them, just to make sure they get some food.

I'm thinking about adding some shrimp to the tank, they should also be QT'd, right?
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:50 PM   #272
 
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*giggle* I know! My friend called me and was like THERE IS A SPOT OF ICE ON THE GROUND. *rolls eyes* She was way too excited. Woke her kids up early and everything so they could see that there was a cold spot before it melted. You crazy people don't get LIGHTNING BUGS either. That's a darn shame. . .

Yup, I QT EVERYTHING! Even though shrimp/snails/frogs etc don't tend to carry anything that is transmittable to fish, there is still a very real possibility that they ate something contaminated, or could be carrying something on their skin. Better safe than sorry! The only exception to this rule would be if these things came from a species-only tank, and you were 100% SURE that they had been in there for a month + Otherwise, QT.

You might find that you actually enjoy the QT process. I do. . . I've found that it gives me a chance to really become familiar with the new wetpets I'm bringing home in a species-only environment over a period of time. I always feel that I gain a higher level of understanding as to what their needs are while they're in QT, and have been known to shift things around in their QT environment (as well as in the main tank) after bringing them home when I find that I haven't gotten things just right for them based on my prior research. It's true that some animals (like rams) are more at ease with a dither fish present, but after a bit of time in QT, even they seem to lose their shyness, and it's really your only chance at seeing how they behave without the rest of the tank involved. Of course there is such excitement in seeing how they interact with the rest of the community, but if all goes well, you should have years to observe that behavior!

I really am so keen on shrimp. Always wanted to keep 'em, but I feel so certain that my rams would see them as a snack. I might try some day, OR! OR! Put them in my dirty tank! That might be fun! A dirty shrimpy tank!
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #273
 
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Haha, it was a fun morning. All the neighborhood kids were out and about making 'snowballs'. More than one kid got a bruise, I'm sure.
Your friend doesn't get any where she lives?? We have a few in the summer, but only in the woods in the back of my neighborhood, and then it's usually like...10 of them. I bet you guys get thousands.


Bit of sad news today though. I ended up taking both gourami to the LFS. I caught the male taking a chunk out of my girl's fin, and going after a Rasbora. He's gotten increasingly aggressive at feeding time. I also returned the female because I didn't think she would be happy on her own, she's never been alone.
I felt bad about it of course, but it was also kind of a relief. I was always worrying about them.
So that leaves me with 4 Harelquins and 5 (?) Kuhli loaches.
I'm thinking about increasing the harlequins to 12-15, and the Kuhli to 12. Is that too many? What do you guys think?
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:35 PM   #274
 
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Awwww, bummer! It's always so hard to have to send a fish away, but I'm sure it's for the best. I wonder why he was getting so nippy?! What a brat! I know what I'll be looking out for when I get mine, eventually. Hopefully I get some docile ones, lol!

Are you looking to add anything else to the tank in the future aside from upping your shoals?

In a 35, I would probably want to do more like 20 Rasbora and 9 Kuhli (assuming that they're not dwarfish) But you could do it the other way around, too! :)
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:06 PM   #275
 
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I think they're a bit like your Rams, they do have a pecking order and are very specific about who is in control, and who they want to mate with. Especially with the females. I think in a 125 with all that space you should be fine, especially with a big group to space out aggression.
I'm wondering if he was just finally hitting maturity, he was pretty young when I got him. And both of them were food hogs.

You think so? I know the rasbora aren't active swimmers, but I'm so terrified of overstocking lol, but with numbers like that they should be a lot happier right?

I was entertaining the idea of some cories, but I've decided to make the bottom of my tank mostly leaf litter for the Kuhli Loaches (plus I love the look of it) and I don't think they cories would enjoy that, haha. If I got any other fish it would probably be something solitary, like a pleco or something.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #276
 
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Oooh, yeah! They'd LOVE it! :) I don't think you'd be overstocked with those numbers, especially not with the plants. . . and I'm thinking. . . based on my experience with my 5 loaches in a 29g tank, 12 would be a bit on the high side. I was planning to up my shoal in the 55 to 12 in total, when I had the 29 my goal was 9 - so I'm kind of thinking of that. But it really depends on how they act for you, I suppose. Mine have always been very active and out at all hours. . . I think that since your Kuhlis were pretty much okay before you ever added more (right?) that the Rasa would probably benefit from the bigger shoal, plus they'd make the tank very active. And I think you'd have room for one single specimen fish, depending on what it was, of course. . . but I'm not an expert! Maybe someone else can chime in :)
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:15 PM   #277
 
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Urg, so irritated right now. I decided to go with an AC filter for the QT tank for several reasons, one of which was the fact that's it's SUPPOSED to be quiet. It most definitely is not. I've been toying with it for an hour trying to fix it, and nothing so far.

Going to go pull the whole thing apart, again. Ugh.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:05 PM   #278
 
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:( Noisy filters are NO fun! I hope you can figure out what the problem is!
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:35 PM   #279
 
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BLAH. Still have no idea. I mailed the company and the website I bought it from, and I may just take it to the LFS and see if he has a compatible motor/impeller.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:04 PM   #280
 
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Just a bit of a random update...

Went down to the lake today and lo and behold, sunbathing on the grass was a four or five foot gator. I haven't seen them at this lake before and he definitely gave me a scare. I wish my car hadn't scared him off, would have loved to get a few pictures of him! He was gorgeous, although pretty thin.
I can say though I was a lot more aware of every single noise in the water today, ahahah.

I also found about five trillion tadpoles which made my day even better. They always make me giggle. I set up a tub outside for a few that I caught, it's been years since I've done it.
And right as I was about to leave I found some lotus seeds. I'm really hoping they're viable, and I'm for sure going to keep a better eye out for more, now that I know they're to be found.

Not really an aquarium update but it's just been a really awesome day :D
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