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Old 09-07-2012, 10:13 PM   #11
 
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What are those loaches doing?! Is it raining where you are!?
LOL! No... I swear, they've ALWAYS behaved like this! These guys were purchased in 2 batches from 2 pet shops - I think this is the way they're supposed to be? Hoping so, anyway, cuz' they sure LOOK happy enough! They aren't all *quite* as hyper, though. Two of them are always swimming like maniacs and seem to prefer playing in the surface plants, two of them act more loachy and prowl around on the substrate and in the rooted plants, and one of them is a 50-50 split, lol! Only one from the first batch I got was a silly swimmer, and I actually was WORRIED about him for a while until I got the second group, and one of THEM was also goofy. The third. . . he goes back and forth. Wonder what the next batch will bring!?

Maybe it's just me. . . NONE of my fish ever behave like they're allegedly 'supposed' to. I do all this research before bringing them home, only to find out that everything I've read is a lie, lol! My little Kuhli are very active and never hide, even during daylight hours. My rams are very peaceful toward one-another, and shoal together all of the time, my mollies are happy and thriving in soft-water, and my little wildly Tetra, well. . . they really adapted to tank life and flake foods way more easily than I ever expected them to! *shrug* They all make me so happy

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Loaches raining from the sky sounds adorable!! I'm eager to test out our theory about dither fish and loaches, and see mine move around more.
Noooooo. . . loaches raining from the sky sounds like a terrible idea! *cries* Though there are those weather loaches that supposedly behave like maniacs when it's about to rain. Maybe it's the HOB filters - the loaches must always think it's raining!?

I can't wait for you to test my ditherfish theory, either! I really want to see more than your loaches' behinds! I'm so excited for YOUR next round of loachlings. I want you to have the same experience that I've had with these amazing (and very silly) little fishums!

And... you're right! Floating plants are nothing but wonderful. They create shade and a feeling of safety for the fish, plus soak up toxins - what's not to love!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:34 PM   #12
 
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Noooooo. . . loaches raining from the sky sounds like a terrible idea! *cries* Though there are those weather loaches that supposedly behave like maniacs when it's about to rain. Maybe it's the HOB filters - the loaches must always think it's raining!?

I can't wait for you to test my ditherfish theory, either! I really want to see more than your loaches' behinds! I'm so excited for YOUR next round of loachlings. I want you to have the same experience that I've had with these amazing (and very silly) little fishums!

And... you're right! Floating plants are nothing but wonderful. They create shade and a feeling of safety for the fish, plus soak up toxins - what's not to love!
Weather loaches do get crazy before it rains. A lot of loaches do. They are reacting to changes in the barometric pressure. But weather loaches are the worst. Mine used to get even crazier than your kuhlis. Nothing stopped them until the storm passed, and the pressure returned to normal.

Petco is having their dollar per gallon sale right now! Gonna get me a 20 gal QT tank and then some more loaches!!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:58 PM   #13
 
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I hear you on the fish not acting like they should thing!
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:08 PM   #14
 
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THREE CHEERS FOR NEW TANKS, SALES, AND MORE LOACHES!!! I'd love to see crazy before-it-rains loaches! I've really watched mine for ANY signs of this type of before-storm behavior, but so far. . .nothing seems different with the way they act based on the weather - I've had them all for months now, so *shrug*

It'd be nice if they behaved like they're supposed to, but . . .it's kind of more fun to learn about them when they don't - even if it makes research seem a bit pointless sometimes, lol!
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #15
 
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I will probably be getting a species of striped kuhlis, so I'll let you know how well they get along together. With plenty of pictures of something other than loach butt!!
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:08 AM   #16
 
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Can't wait! Because all *I* can get now that my LFS has closed are the ones that aren't striped, so. . . I'm really curious to know if they shoal together, or keep apart. I love the stripey guys, tho. I might have to hang in there until I find them somewhere :)
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:33 AM   #17
 
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it's so lovely Chesh...I'm super jealous!
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:52 AM   #18
 
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Aww, thanks Bek! Don't be jealous - I bet your plants are going to fill in super-quickly and you'll have a prettier tank (or two!) than this one before you know it!
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:21 AM   #19
 
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The layout of the tank is absolutely spectacular. Do you teach classes in aquascape Maybe you can teach an old dog a new trick
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #20
 
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I like to call is cherserscaping...... love your style Jes.

for the record I actually like the look of those floating plants, but obviously some big rooty suckers in there will make it more natural.

Its weird seeing so many rams together, your obviously lucky they all get on... I don't think others are so lucky. they are great fish, but I am used to seeing just one lone male in my community so to see yours was weird. but nice!

Must be nice to have all that space to play with after a 29g... That was my problem, always running out of room.

Good job anyways, love Becoming, and can't wait to see how things progress.

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