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Old 02-17-2013, 08:54 AM   #451
 
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Huzzah!!

I think Freckles wants to be a movie star, cause he was in and out of the video the whole time.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:39 AM   #452
 
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*giggle* I think you might be right, Freckles is very camera happy. . . and cute enough to rock it!

I was really nervous about moving him into this tank, I still feel that frogs do best in a species-only setup, but I decided to give it a try because I really am trying to shut down a few of my tanks, and my frog tank is in an area of my house that doesn't get as much traffic, so we don't get to enjoy them as much as I'd like. . . but he's doing really well in there, and there is no doubt that he is loving everything about his new home - all the extra space and plants to tumble around in. . . Frecks is a very happy lil' man right now, and having him in there adds a whole 'nother element of awesome to the tank. Making sure he gets enough to eat is always going to be a concern, but I'm okay with target feeding or hand feeding, and Frecks knows the routine. . .

Now the problem is what to do with Speckles and Spot!? Speckles is currently on loan to the Kindergarden tank I care for, but Spot is still in the 10g frog tank. As wonderfully as Specks is doing in the 55, I'm still leery of adding more frogs into the tank. They confuse the fish, and I have SO many bottom dwellers in there already. . . hrm. I'll figure it out :)
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:07 AM   #453
 
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Love the video

I enjoyed your video of the rams fanning their eggs! I showed it to my 6-year-old-future marine biologist and we played "spot the loach." Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:35 AM   #454
 
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Haha, Plummy, that's awesome! Glad you both enjoyed it!
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:35 PM   #455
 
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Arrow Game over. . . game on!

Well. . . I just took the cover off the tank, and all five of my Rams swam over to greet me, as they always do.
All five of them at the glass, saying their good mornings. . .
Five, not three.
The babies are gone.


The lights aren't on yet, so I *could* be wrong, but C.Cat and Liz are back to swimming with the rest just as if nothing ever happened, and they haven't left their young since the moment those eggs were laid, so I'll be shocked if there are still wigglers in the tank. It's sad, but expected - I was trying really hard NOT to get my hopes up, knowing how little chance there would be for them in a community tank. I'm surprised that they made it for so long, and so happy to have gotten the chance to watch my babies first attempt at parenting. . . that was the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Now that I've gotten a first peek at the process, I'm determined to get them set up in a breeding tank so that I can watch from beginning to end. I'll be setting up either the 20L or the 29g, but this might take a while. I'm going to take my time and set it up right for them - a mini Becoming, so they'll feel comfortable and at home from the beginning, and switching tanks won't be too stressful. But first I have to work on getting some of my other tanks shut down. I'm getting there. . . little by little.

Speaking of shutting tanks down, lets move onto a happier subject. . . with the wigglers out of the tank, I can now return to my original plan for this weekend, and put in the little wigglers that were supposed to have gone in on Friday;


IT'S LOACH-CATCHING TIME!



Wish me luck, as I'm about to head upstairs and wrangle myself a bucket-full of teeny tiny Pangio cuneovirgata and get them settled into their new home. They've come around so wonderfully, the little guys never hide anymore - they're ready for the switch. I'm very interested to see exactly how many there are in there - I haven't been able to count any more than nine for some time now, and I haven't seen any signs of the lone P. Oblonga, either. I don't think he's in there - but I'm about to find out!

What an exciting week Becoming is having!

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Old 02-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #456
 
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The babies are gone.
Oh, I'm sorry! Somehow I felt sure you'd have success anyway despite the odds.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:35 PM   #457
 
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, Plummy! Sweet of you! *GRINS*

In truth, I suspect I may have had a hand in their downfall. I was adding Indian Almond leaves 1/2-1 per day to support infusoria for the fry when/if they got that far. . . but I have no experience with this other than what I've read and the trial runs that I did on the Betta tank. Though parameters are TESTING the same still, and I avoided the nursery area, my rams are notoriously fussy, and I'm thinking that the changes to their landscape, as well as the increase in tannins may have unnerved them. Or maybe a loach got them in the night. Hard to say, really. . . but it's okay! From all I've read, once you have a bonded pair, it's only a matter of time before they give it another go, and this time I'll be better prepared, and know a bit more about what to expect. . . and if they STILL don't make it through in the community, I'll be working on that breeding/nursery tank just for them. Sooner or later I WILL see this fascinating process through to the end (and you poor people will have to deal with all my insane babbling, pictures, and videos all over again!)

It just wasn't the right time for us yet. I'm sad about it, but still SUUUUUPER excited to get my other babies, the Dwarf loaches, home. I've been waiting so long to move them for sooooo long! :) So there's always a silver lining!

Thanks again for keeping the faith, and for following along on this grand adventure with me! Your comments and support are appreciated!
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #458
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I'm sorry about the babies as well. My first thought was the kuhli loaches. It happened at night when the parents were asleep. Their very first night to be exact. That's why I thought it. Might have been the leaves, I can't say how easily unnerved they get since I've never kept them. The timing though. At least you have a bonded pair now.

*sigh* If you really want to make room for the African dwarf frogs and not have to worry about ram babies born in the tank you can send all your loaches to me. I don't really want them, but I'll take care of them for you. Sounded believable right? Yeah, even I wasn't buying that one.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:08 PM   #459
 
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Haha! Nice try! No way, man. My wiggly worms are MINE. *hugs loaches* I luff them. . .

It wasn't their first night, though! They had eggs for 3 days, and wigglers for 2. . . *shrugs*

But like you said, I now have a bonded pair (which is AWESOME!!! ) They'll do it again. I hope so, anyway!
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:14 PM   #460
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OK my math was wrong. I'm just going to pretend that was on purpose to help with my loach stealing argument. Everyone just go with it.

Survival of babies in a community tank is always tricky and it doesn't matter what fish we're talking about. Now that you know they are willing you can set up a tank just for them like you had said. You'll have tons more babies then. It sucks now I know, but at least you're going to be uber prepared for another spawning in the future. One in which all the babies grow up and get names.
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