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Old 03-23-2013, 09:50 PM   #611
 
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Congratulations!!!!! Just read the last 10 pages of the thread pretty soon you will surpass CDn Fish's column watched your ram video so cute

I bought my 120 gallon from Kijiji it was in good shape and empty I would not move the Bolivian's into the125 I moved mine into the 120 and they have become invisible their personality is hidden

As for fish I know you have 18 loaches but you gotta get clown loaches I love watching mine I have 16 loaches in my 120 gallon 6 of them are clowns and the golden zebras just race around I have rainbows and the parkinsons are huge one is 6 inches and I have the bosemani but another fish I have in there is the dennison barb or redline shark they are stunning

cant wait to see your thread on the 125 gallon adventure you have enough friends on here you will have a big following i really didn't and kind of put mine in with Cdn Fish in his dream aquarium thread

The aquarium looks like a Marineland aquarium so the glass lids are pretty cheap to order i had to replace them in my smaller aquarium both mine are marineland

If I had to do it over again I never would have used Florite but play sand since it cost $250.00 for the Florite and now I see tons of people using playsand and its cheap and works great
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:02 PM   #612
 
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Oooh, Boxer! I really hope you're wrong about that. . . Becoming was BUILT around my love of Bolivian rams, they can't vanish! I'll cry. . . how many did you/do you keep in your 120? I know you've told me this before, I'm sorry!

Mmmmmm. . . I have a very strong desire to keep a shoal of the larger fishier loaches. They're such lovely creatures, and I'd love to experience their antics first-hand, and see how different they are from the Pangio species I love so much. . . it's really tempting, but this isn't the right time for them, I think. I intend to keep this tank, like forever. . . so I'm sure by the time my kids are in highschool, I'll have a completely different stock list! Eventually, I'll have SOME type of larger loachlings. :D Can't wait for that. . . I could honestly see myself with the entire tank dedicated to various speceis of loach. LOL!

Good to know that the glass lid won't kill me, lol. . . I'm still pondering using Plexiglass. . . Boredomb was telling me about that many pages ago. I haven't decided yet. . . it just seems SO much safer than glass in my home. I have small children and cats and. . . things. . . happen. *worries*

Not 100% decided yet on the substrate, but I've used play-sand and pool-filter sand in a couple of my tanks, and I really, REALLY like my Tahitian Moon sand. It's a shame it's so expensive. . . but at least I already have a 55 gallon tank-full! Still trying to figure out how I'm going to work that out - ALL of it, really. This tank isn't going up for a while. . . unfortunately, cuz' I'm SO DARN EXCITED about it! It's gonna kill me to see it in the basement every day!

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Old 03-23-2013, 10:06 PM   #613
 
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OOH! I forgot to mention. . . I asked my husband what he thought about a suspended lighting system. . . and he said:
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:47 AM   #614
 
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Your husband is awesome. lol

Also...even in a 125 gallon tank...you COULD do more bottom dwellers with the 22 loaches you will have(You said you have 18 and want four more, yes?), small ones at that...I don't know, I don't think -I- would get more bottom dwellers. Seems to me something would always be wiggling around, food may be scarce as well. Quick as cories are at finding foods, if it's not something they can suck right up, they'll probably get robbed. Mine do quite often with my mollies so I hide their food. But with loaches, loaches will find it just as easy as a cory could.

You could get another group, a planted tank that size is certainly big enough and should be stable enough for another group of 8-10 cories. But do you really want to have 30-40 bottom dwellers? lol I think it'd be a bit packed...It depends what you will have by way of bottom-dweller lairs and hiding places. Not just for security, but for comfort when everyone else is wiggling, some will want to relax.

I am crazy, but I don't think I'd even go for that many bottom dwellers, small or not. ^^; It sounds like it'd look epic, but uncomfortable for the critters in there. It'd be like living in a stadium half full of people. Not packed, but full enough to be noisey and uncomfortable in the long-run. Plus, the odds of you having them breed in your tank with THAT MANY LOACHES...without you even knowing is pretty up there in the kind of tanks you make.

Just my opinion. =p
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:40 AM   #615
 
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My Bolivians didn't vanish they are still there but they don't hang out at the front of the tank and greet me like they did in the other tank they just sit in the plants with their head poking out could be because the loaches are way more active in this tank and go on these swimming back and forth for hours at a time and fast I still have the 2 of them
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:51 AM   #616
 
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Sylver, thanks for your input! 18 will be the final number of loaches. 9 will be the 'normal' sized kuhli loaches (I currently only have 5) and 9 of them are the 1 inch dwarf spaghetti noodle loaches (I probably confused you, cuz' I said they're so small I'll count them as a half a fish each ) They're okay in the 55g right now - grand total of 14 loaches currently. . . which *SOUNDS* like too many, but again - most of them are tiny dwarfs. It only seems crowded when they pile up for dinner. Otherwise. . . they're active and out, but not smooshed. I'll be adding another 2 feet of tank space, length-wise, and a few inches front to back. But yeah, also almost doubling the population of bottom dwellers. My first priority is to up the shoal of Kuhli to 9. I've been trying to do that for a year now, just can't find them. Then I'll watch and see. . . if they seem crowded, then I'll skip the Cories. . .

Boxer, Ahhh, yes. Bolivians don't like a ton of activity. . .Hopefully, since I'm not keeping the larger, more active loaches, my rams won't hide! There are also more of them, and they're always in each-other's business - if not mine. I'm going to try it and hope for the best :) It will be Pearl Gourami that are the bigger fish, hopefully they mostly stay at the surface like they're 'supposed' to, and my rams don't mind. . .just a random thought, did you ever consider moving your rams into the smaller tank where the Germans lived? Maybe they'd be happier without the loaches in their way?
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:32 AM   #617
 
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Too many bottom dwellers in a tank? Uh, no such thing!
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:24 AM   #618
 
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Too many bottom dwellers in a tank? Uh, no such thing!

Haha YES! And boring silver fish
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:24 AM   #619
 
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It's here it's here it's heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere!!!!
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:01 AM   #620
 
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Yippee!!!
I think the Bolivians like the real plants and are a bit oversized to go back now plus I can't catch fish in my 120 heavily planted without destroying the tank set up or I just can't catch fish my husband has to catch them for me and he doesn't like to do it himself so we are challenged here
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