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Old 11-09-2012, 07:01 PM   #221
 
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Hmmm. . . I guess I did forget to post about it! Not a cover, no - just a basket like they all do - kind of like this one:



It doesn't LOOK like a loach could fit through the openings, but they're twisty little things - they can fit into surprisingly tiny places! I've read that it can be a problem for ANY filter, but never had a problem with the HOB - the basket on that is similar, so I didn't really pay attention when I switched. They were fine for well over a month. And all of them were out at feeding time the evening before, so I know he was in there less than 24 hours, but since I don't generally feed on water change days, I didn't look for him. Went to clean out the canister for the first time and found the poor guy in the noodles. I'll have to find a picture of him - he was a wreck. Looked like a zombie for about a week, but a course of melafix and clean water cleared him right up.

Of course, I'm a moron, and since they had gone over 6 weeks without a problem, I figured it was a fluke. . .until about a week later I was missing TWO loaches, lol! Luckily this time I was looking for them, and was able to 'drain' them through the canister tubing and into a bucket without emptying the thing and hurting them. That's when I put up the netting, lol. . . poor loaches! They're really too curious for their own good, I swear!

And yes! I'm SO happy my ram is finally 'home' I really wanted to have a new female in there to balance the numbers out a little bit, but. . . I may just leave well enough alone in Ramville for a while. I wanted 6, so if I happen across a nice HEALTHY looking girly, I might pick her up in the future. Next up is to find some more banded Kuhli and increase that shoal. . . I think to 12 strong for now. . .
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:26 PM   #222
 
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That's the cover (basket whatever LoL) I was talking about. I WOULD have never thought a loach would be able to fit in the small spaces. Glad they all came out ok.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:32 AM   #223
 
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I know, right? When I look at it, and look at the loaches - I STILL don't know how they managed to squeeze in there! Here's a shot of Blinkin' shortly after his rescue:



Loaches are scaleless, so. . . not reflective. The white is actually damaged skin. . . here is a closer look:



Poor little bugger! I was really nervous for my little friend - he looked like a zombie just in time for Halloween - but he healed up amazingly fast, and now looks good as ever - you really can't tell anything ever happened to him anymore. The other two that went into the filter a week later came back out with no damage. When they didn't show up for feeding, I took a flashlight to the side of the canister, and found them floating around in the very bottom - there is a little over an inch of clearance beneath everything at the bottom, so I was able to drain them right out without harm. I think Blinkin' only got so beat up because I didn't realize he was in there when I drained the canister, AND he was playing in the ceramic noodles, so the weight of everything suddenly came full down on him, and then I started messing with the media. Poor little thing, really glad it was a lesson learned without loss. I love my little loachlings too much to lose one that way! They aren't getting sucked in accidentally, either - it's just their nature to squeeze into tiny places, and every once in a while, those happen to be dangerous!
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:24 PM   #224
 
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Wow chesh your loaches are looking great! I am totally trying to get mine soon! I just did a nice water change today so I am hoping that I can get mine this week! :D

I did a minor clean up in my tanks buts I'm still doing it now :D

Can't wait to see more!
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:56 PM   #225
 
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Haha, TERMIE! That is what a loach that's just been through the canister looks like - not so hot ;) He IS back to looking great now though - thank goodness! Some HEALTHY happy loach shots on page 17 of this thread. . .

Nice to hear from you, dear - you've been vanished for so long! Hope you'll be doing an update on your thread soon, too. . . good luck on the new loaches!
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:02 PM   #226
 
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Haha, TERMIE! That is what a loach that's just been through the canister looks like - not so hot ;) He IS back to looking great now though - thank goodness! Some HEALTHY happy loach shots on page 17 of this thread. . .

Nice to hear from you, dear - you've been vanished for so long! Hope you'll be doing an update on your thread soon, too. . . good luck on the new loaches!
Oh now that you mention it I can see where he was hurt :P hahaha

I just did an update on there :P some how...with a video from a week ago. If you want two more swords I have some...that I don't have space for.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:07 PM   #227
 
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Thanks, Term - your swords are gorgeous - but I'm still hoping the ones in the 55 will grow back. . . they're plugging along, but I'm sure I need more light before I'll see much new growth - or at least, before they'll start growing any faster. In the meantime I promised I'd wait until the beginning of 2013 before I made any changes to this tank, so I'm sticking to it - but it's KILLING ME! Less than 2 months to go :)
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:31 AM   #228
 
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That looks amazing! One day I'll gave it like that :D
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:14 PM   #229
 
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I responded to a post Boredomb had on his Puffer thread about Tiger Lotus bulbs, and talking about them got me all excited, so I ran and took a shot of my little Lotus baby . . . it's doing SO well! I had lost this bulb (that had no growth) during the tank move, and thought it gone for good until it found the surface. It's been growing steadily ever since - which is a wonder, considering how low my light is in there. I'm so happy it's doing so well!!! I've loved this plant since the moment I set eyes on it. Hope it continues to grow for me. . . wonder if it'll send runners to the surface or stay small and compact. . . time will tell!



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Old 11-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #230
 
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So wait Jes your bulb is buried???
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