My 'thank' button seems to have vanished (maybe I've used it too much since yesterday?), but thank you all just the same! It really blows my mind to get all of this positive feedback - you guys are all so amazingly sweet!
Dave. . . lol! No. I don't teach classes - I don't even know what *I'm* doing most of the time, as you well know! That said, if you ever come home with a bunch of plants, I'd be THRILLED
to have a chance to help you out in any way that I can - it would be the least I could do to return all of the help you've given! Thank YOU for helping me with these little JellyBeans. They've come a long way. . . my mind is still boggled to think that they were swimming freely in Africa only a few months ago, and now are here - happy and healthy and safe in my community tank. It makes me so unbelievably happy to see the whole shoal in there. . . I lost one along the way, but took 3 shots of them while they were in the bucket between the tank, and I STILL have 20! I'm not sure if I originally got 21, or if the little guy that didn't make it was so happy, he decided to haunt my tank, but either way, a shoal of 20 Tetra is astounding to see in action! It's been so nice to get feedback from a been-there done-that guy like you. I really wish that you would put pictures of all of your
gorgeous wild-caught and rare Tetra, Barbs, and the exquisite Rainbows that you've been keeping and breeding for all of this time! You have some amazing fish in your collection - you should share them!
Thank you Simon! *hugs* Chesherscaping, eh? *giggle* Whatever you call it, I'm thrilled to hear you say that you like it! Sweet of you to say you like my plastic - I hate them. I'll be so happy when they're gone forever, but they're serving a purpose, and the fish like the shade, so. . . for now. . . I'm glad they're here, too.
Rams, rams, rams - Gah! I love my little Livies! I know that there is a huge debate over how it's best to keep these guys, believe me - I researched their needs for months before I brought them home, and continue to learn about them. There are a LOT of people out there who feel they do best in a shoal of 5-6 + . . . but I've seen others keep a couple or a trio that just tore each-other apart. I have 3 females and 1 (very sweet) male, so maybe that's been the secret to my success? I actually *gasp* have two new little rams in QT right now - a male and a female. They were looking pretty rough when I got them, so fingers crossed that they make it through, and play nice with the others if/when they make it into the big tank. . . I have backup plans in place should any trouble arise, but for now - my original four at least have been happy together for 5 months or so!
kind of nice to have so much more room to play with, but . . . at the same time a bit overwhelming! I'm sure I'll get used to it and feel like I need more room soon enough, lol. To ME, the 55 seems HUGE, but most people still consider it a small tank!
For now, I'm just hoping that all of the plants settle in and take off, and that the fish continue to thrive. We shall see. . .
I've always loved your tank, too, and want so much to see you inspired again! Maybe you should rehome most of your fish and stick to the ones that you really love - get George some buddies and see how well you can rock a community of Bolivian Rams!!!
Tankfull - *GRINS* Thanks for the kind words! I have a 7 year old (or so) beaten-to-hell Nikon D50. Love my cam, it's a DSLR, and I've taken tens of thousands of pictures with it over the years. Still have a LOT to learn about taking a good picture of a fish and/or tank, though. So tough to get the balance right between the lighting and movement. Maybe someday I'll get it down!
My video camera is a crappy Flipshare that I got a few years ago. I wish I had a better camera (or a newer Nikon with the video camera built in would be even better!). This thing can only hold focus from a certain distance, so close-up shots are impossible, and the colors of the fish never come through - but it's enough to capture the movement of the tank, so I'm happy to have it!