I have a ton of stuff to catch up on, but let me start with my little loachlings, because they're the fastest, and I have to head over to my older daughter's school in a few minutes to do a water change on the Kindy tank. . . Sorry, no pictures! I'll have to try to snag a few shots of these itty bitty beauties sometime this weekend. It *might* be easier now that they're in a bigger tank - and there are more of them. . .I'll try to get them at feeding time when they're most likely to come out and HOLD STILL for a second!
So, I got the 10g QT tank set up and running sometime in mid-December, and got the Dwarf Loaches (and the single Java baby) out of the 3g tank and into bigger quarters.
If you remember, I had spoken to the owner of the evil LFS, and he promised to talk to his wife and the rest of the staff about how to catch a loach, and offered me freebies or store credit equal to the amount I had spent on the previous batch of loaches as a kind of apology for my terrible experience.
Of COURSE I chose to up the shoal of the little Pangio cuneovirgata dwarfs! I really like them, and may never see them again, so I figured I'd take them while I could. The new additions were properly caught this time - the woman used 2 nets, and nobody got squashed in the process. They're still in the same tank over gravel, and still being sold as Kuhli Loaches, but whatever. I won't be buying from them anymore - I give up.
So on the 19th of December I brought 6 new babies home to the 10g, and they settled right in. I now should have a total of 10 P. cuneovirgata and the one lonely P. oblonga (black/java loach) in QT waiting to go into the 55. I say 'should' because though I can easily tell my larger Kuhli loaches apart, these guys are too small to really be able to differentiate one from another. They're also too squirmy to count, but I haven't found any dead since the squished one from the original batch, so I'm assuming they're all doing well in there. . . they're definitely eating and active.
Here is a video of the 10g with some of them in their swimming mode, lol. The tank has changed a bit since this was taken - the (horrible) filter has been replaced with a proper HOB, and I think the plants have shifted around somewhat. Oh! You can also see my pretty little Anubias plant that my Husband got me for Christmas, and lots of little baby Java Ferns that Sanguine Fox sent over (thank you!), along with a few sword plants moved over from my Molly tank. . . just for added greenery and comfort.
Since they're so small, it's hard to really get a look at them, and my camera just does not do zoom very well at all. Below is a link to a video showing the left side of the tank. If you look closely, you can see them happily swarming all over *under* the rock pile there. It's a bit of a long video, probably very boring, lol!
Adorably WRITHEY (is that a word?) little things, aren't they?
I can't wait to get them into the 55 (though I am NOT looking forward to catching the tiny buggers), and am wondering how they'll like the bigger tank. For now, they seem happy enough, but definitely behave more like loaches are *supposed* to. Sometimes I walk past the tank and can't find a single one, though at other times, they're zinging around the tank like crazy people or being very active around their caves. . . doing. . .loachy things (it is a mystery). Definitely ninja fish when they want to be, for sure!
I'm wondering if they'll continue to be on the reclusive side (compared to my Kuhli, who have ALWAYS been very open, and never hide.), or if they'll be more inclined to be out and about in the larger tank, with their larger cousins, dither fish, and more plants to add to their feeling of security (hopefully). Even if they choose to follow the way of the Ninja, I'm happy to have these tiny guys, they're REALLY cool little critters.
The lonely little Java loach also seems to be doing well enough, though he isn't obviously any bigger than he was when I brought him home. The original batch has been here for . . . 7? weeks or so now. I guess he'll grow eventually. . .lol.
So... when these guys go into the main tank, I will have a total of 16 loaches in there!
5 P. Kuhli (or P. semicincta - whatever 'normal' striped loaches)
10 P. cuneovirgata - (dwarf loaches)
1 lonely P. oblonga - (Black/Java loach)
I originally had planned on a shoal of 12 of the striped Kuhlis in the 55g, but since the cuneovirgata are so much smaller, I'm not worried about overstocking - though at this point the floor space in the 55 is officially filled to capacity, I think it'll be fine. The bio-load of these bitty loachlings seems to be very low - I never see ANY mulm when I clean the tank - even under the rockwork, and you'd think that with 11 fish in a 10g *some* waste would be obvious! Nitrate levels have remained very low, sitting between 2.5 and 5ppm, but the duckweed is probably helping there. Obviously, there will be no more loachy additions for quite some time, though whenever the 125 gallon dream tank happens (a year or two down the road, I imagine), I *may* still get my bigger shoal of Kuhlis, depending on what happens with these babies.
thing that concerns me is what will happen if/when the B.Rams decide to breed. This may never happen, my Ph and temps are *slightly* off for the breed, and these are farmed fish, so may have been given steroids and other such yuckies that could render them sterile. But if it DOES
, I'm hoping that their increased aggression while defending their brood on the substrate doesn't cause any problems on the lower levels of the tank. I'll always have another tank ready to go should any problems arise, so not too worried about it :)
There's your book for the day! Hopefully I'll be able to find time for more updates in the very near future - thanks for being patient, and coming back to check on things *hugs* You guys rock!!!