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Old 03-10-2014, 11:45 AM   #51
 
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well haven't you been having fun times !!
lill boogers get into the most difficult places they possibly can,
clown loaches are famous for that.
thankfully you didn't have a bigger fish in there,as we would have thought
they had been eaten,and you may never have thought to look.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:29 PM   #52
 
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Thanks both, it certainly has been fun. Mind you, better to find that now rather than when there are more fish in there. At first I just could not understand where exactly half of them had gone. Anyway, everybody now seems to be settled (in the display bit of the tank) and I am pretty sure that the four of them are glad to be out of the filter! They have calmed down a bit now, they do still do their mad charges across the tank but we also have more serene times as well.







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Old 03-16-2014, 07:58 AM   #53
 
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This week started badly. On Monday evening looked in the Killi tank and the male was at death's door. He was flat out on one of the pieces of wood under some Christmas moss, very grey in colour and 'breathing' rapidly. Everybody else looked fine, water params were spot on and couldn't see anything else out of the ordinary. He didn't move the whole evening and I came down the following morning to whip him out. Hunted around for him and finally found him lying on the sand but still with us. Kept an eye on him throughout the day and there was no real change but found him near the top of the tank that evening but not looking good at all. Each morning throughout the week I have come downstairs expecting to have to get him out but somehow he has kept hanging on. Must admit his colour is returning, he is a bit more active and he is occasionally hunting for food. Think he is a long way from out of the woods but he does look brighter. I have never seen a fish even 'hold on' from how he was looking let alone recover, if he comes back from that I think he will have to be renamed Lazarous.

Looking at the plants in the Amazon tank and the E. tenellus doesn't seem to be doing too well but then it is a long way from the light and there is a lot of surface cover. Also, bizarrely, the E. densa is melting. I suspect it may be the 'cooler' variant and I think I might replace it with Stargrass. Other than those two everything seems to be growing steadily, which bearing in mind the surface cover, is quite pleasing.

And, finally, the Cardinals are being joined by a group of Emerald Catfish (Brochis splendens) and, to make up the numbers, some Peru Gold-Stripe Corys (Corydoras sp. cf. aeneus) today. These are just being acclimated as I type, will try and get up some photos later. I also picked up a couple of Assassin snails (Anentome helena) as there are a few 'pest' snails kicking around the tank and whilst there are only a few at the moment just want to make sure it doesn't get to plague proportions and it is not easy to get them out of this setup. The Assassins will go into the Killi tank once they have done their job to keep this a true biotope.
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:28 PM   #54
 
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One of the Brochis


The Corys have just been too frisky to capture in an image so I had to make do with a faction of the Brochis bumping into them


And one showing how the plants have fared.
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:43 PM   #55
 
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My GOODNESS!!! What adventures you've been having over there! O.O
I was on pins and needles reading about the tetra in the filter - so happy you managed to bring them all back into the proper side of the tank, I would have been a disaster were it me!

New additions! They're lovely, and entirely too adorable for words <3
I'm sure they'll thrive for you - this tank is shaping up so beautifully!

Fingers crossed for your little Killi male. He sounds like such a fighter, I hope he pulls through. . . *worries*
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:06 AM   #56
 
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Thanks Chesh, unfortunately he didn't make it, came down this morning to find the female hovering over him. Must admit quite gutted as I was really taken with him. Not quite the same that he is not there flaring every time somebody approaches the tank. Mrs Biff couldn't bring herself to see him and the female looks a bit lost at the moment. Still on the upside, everybody else seems fine, the water params are all OK and the supplier where we got them from has another pair in ... So it's quite possible that we could have a new male with his own little harem

The male Gold Stripes in the Amazon tank....


Stunning little fish, think we might add a couple more when we are next at Sweet Knowle.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:38 AM   #57
 
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oh no sorry to read that.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:40 AM   #58
 
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Thanks Willow. Hate loosing fish but it is all part of the hobby (unfortunately) but worse with something like that because of his character and he was a 'feature' of the tank. In a way it is sort of a relief as (wouldn't say he was suffering but) he just wasn't right. Still, lets just say Mrs K will have a new partner to nag soon...and he will get it in stereo
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:47 AM   #59
 
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These Cardinals are greedy little blighters, they start going mad about an hour before their evening feed

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Old 03-22-2014, 05:51 AM   #60
 
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you know they look so great in the big schoal don't they !!!
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