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Old 11-27-2012, 04:38 PM   #251
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??! Lemme try again. . .
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #252
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THERE it is! Sorry!
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #253
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Squeee!!! Your new tiny loachlings are adorable!!! The one brown one should do fine with the stripeys. I've heard they do well together and I'll be testing that theory out in a few weeks when I get mine... really I'll take whatever species I can get at this point.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #254
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What the loaches!

They're going crazy yo! Totally nuts!

That's cool, are they alright? mating? just weird?
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:29 PM   #255
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I'm getting dizzy watching that :P
Nice musical choice as well.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:47 PM   #256
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Holy Cow!!! Do they every STOP moving??????? LoL
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:47 PM   #257
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What the loaches!

They're going crazy yo! Totally nuts!

That's cool, are they alright? mating? just weird?
Haha, yeah. . . they seem to be okay! In my experience loaches do this in new surroundings, lol! Once they settle in and start to feel comfortable and get over the hiding phase, anyway. . . and you know. . . they ARE little . . . kids can't sit still for 3 minutes, and they've been hiding and laying low for 2 days - all those wiggles really build up!

My big ones (in the 55g) go batty after water changes, and any time I move anything around in the tank - and also sometimes just for fun. . . plus it was raining all day, and I had just turned the lights on about 15 minutes or so before - so that *might* have something to do with it, too. . .

I'm guessing, based on what I've seen from the others that I own, that they're just happily being (insanely adorable tiny little hyperactive) loaches in clean water with plants in their tank. . .I hope so! They're too cute to be sick! All of them ate well yesterday, and - all insane loop-de-loops aside, seem to be out more, and hiding less from me when I come into the room, so YAY!

To give perspective on their size, this is a THREE gallon tank. I was going to qt them in either the 20 long or the 29g, but since they're so bitty, I was afraid to lose them. . . now I'm wondering if I should move them into bigger quarters in a couple of days. Sure is fun to watch their antics on my bedside table, though! I'm wondering if I should worry about the calm one in the cave, lol! If *I* were a loach in that tank with that insanity going on, *I* would be hiding in my cave, too!

What do you guys think, should I move them? I wish I had an open 10g, that would be the best option. . .
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:20 AM   #258
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My loaches do the same thing. :3 It's a loach thing, especially when in a new place, or during big weather changes. I always know when I'm going to have a huge storm, my loaches do what they do in my video. Usually it's just one or two that go nutty, but when a big storm is coming, they all go nuts. I have Black Kuhli loaches, and as you can see, they do the same thing:

Well, if I still have loaches left by the time I get my big tank, yay. But if not, I think I may go for the stripey ones as well. lol I really like loaches, they're so cute. A lot of people don't agree, but I think they're just awesome. And they even have personalities.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:44 AM   #259
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Heehee, SO cute!!!

My big ones in the 55 like to get a workout from time to time too. I just LOVE loaches, they're the silliest creatures I've ever met! I think all fish have their individual personalities. I can tell my bigger 5 loaches apart, not only by markings, but also by behavior - and I can already tell with this new bunch, though they're still SO new that I might not be right. The black loach and one of the others are very hyper and always on the go - they were the first to come out of hiding and start exploring, and like the loop-de-loops more. There another two that are kind of in the middle, and of course the one that's a bit larger that is much calmer. . . so far Same with my bigger 5, lol. Two are very active, one is more shy, and two in the middle - those two love to hang in the plants. The new loaches 'found' the Riccia that Fox sent me yesterday, they were enjoying it.

So, Sylver - since I know you've had your loaches breed in the tank, how OLD do you think these guys are? How long does it take them to get to the one-inch mark? I know it all varies based on tank size and environment, etc. but do you have a rough estimate? I'm really curious as to how old these bitty babies are.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:50 AM   #260
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I think my music selection for that video was rather brilliant, if I do say so myself. Not to sound full of myself or At least it was perfect for most of it, a bit off in some places. lol

Ah yes, I also got a new baby today, I think it was from one of my platies. Or one of my red-tailed black variatus females. I'm not sure if I told you I lost some platies and replaced them with those or not yet...Well, just one kid, and it's a nice looking little baby. I can't tell if it's bright yellow or if that's his yolk though. lol He was born in the sick tank though, but I kinda flipped and my brain fell out in my panic and moved him since one of my frogs was on his tail! He's with the other kids...he's new, I hope he's fine. ^^;
As for the outbreak in the sick tank, I think I have that about cleared up. The worst of it anyways, it still needs treating for another week or three...That blue platy I thought was done for has lost most of her nastiness and got function back in her tail, and her appetite picked up to boot. =) I was sure she was a goner. I think someone elses luck must have passed to me, because I certainly don't have any. Not any GOOD luck anyways.

Hm, it's hard to tell when they zip around so fast, but they look to be over three months. I'd say between three and five months old. It depends on their care before you got them, growth is determined by many factors.

Unfortunately that's hard for me to answer since I have no idea when who was born for my Kuhlis! But by a rough estimate, I think they hit the inch mark around a month, maybe a month and a half depending on care. It would depend on how well they ate mostly, and how little they were chased by anyone wanting to eat them, and how clean their tank was. When they're born, the black kuhli's are...well, they're kinda see-through and tiny. Compared to my molly and platy fry, they're bigger at birth though, so it doesn't take too long for them to hit the inch mark, it may be sooner than a month. By the time I usually find the babies, they're already about an inch long, or close to it. They usually darken up at the month mark as well, but I don't think they hit their normal darker color until they're a couple months old. I had one stay sandy peach colored until it was three months, she is still a bit on the lighter side compared to her siblings though. Her siblings darkened up faster, but still didn't really get past that peach/tan color until they were two and a half months old or so. At least that's my best guess since it took me a while to find them. ^^l I have officially pulled out and re-homed over thirty babies, I think I was at 33 now, plus the four I have in my bigger tank. And if I am right, one of my females has eggs again. @_@; But I THINK I gave away all my males...unsure about one of the smaller ones though.
Honestly I wouldn't mind so many babies if they were easier to find...but if they were, I wouldn't have had any. lol I was unbelievably over-run. xD And in only what, six months? Ha! I'm wondering how many different nests I actually had, I found about fifteen smaller ones, but the rest of those twenty or so kids were already about an inch and a half+ long.

But since you have different loaches, they may grow differently. Make sure they get a good variety of food, and change out a little water daily, just a little. Cleaner tanks, lots of good food(Mine adore algae wafers, brine shrimp, bloodworms and peas, most of that is for my fish, but they go for it), and as little stress as possible will help them grow faster. Certain temperatures may also help, but you probably know their preferred temp settings. lol Mine like it between 76 and 78 degrees. Since you do a lot of similar things as I do, mainly because YOU were the one who gave me many tips to go with my own research, they should grow pretty fast and healthy.
So long as they have hiding spots and room to swim, which they do in your tank even if it is smaller than you would like for them, they should be fine in there until you're ready to move them from QT after another week or two.

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