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Old 03-24-2013, 11:03 AM   #621
 
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I still have a German gold ram in the other tank too who is a lot smaller then the Bolivians
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:37 PM   #622
 
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Pictures!
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:17 PM   #623
 
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lol Well sure, the little bottom dwellers are so cool. I always worry about that stuff though, I had eleven bottom dwellers in my tank and flipped thinking I had too many. I had nine young cories and two young bristlenose plecos, one being a long-finned. It was in my 55 gallon and I was worried I had too many and got all paranoid! Someone always bumped into someone and shot off elsewhere. lol Two of my cories got tired of that and started sleeping on the plant leaves, and hanging there for the most part as well, so I worried I had over-crowded. That's why I put that out there. Even though there was about two feet of space pretty much un-used, they seemed to be crowded. I worry. ;D

I currently only have four cories in my 55 gallon, they're the ONLY bottom dwellers, so I'm looking into getting them back to proper groups like they were before. I had a nasty go through my tank that killed off the majority of them, I used to have nine cories and two plecos. =( I'm paranoid about getting more cories since that happened though. I'd never had sick ones, let alone ones who died, so losing five in two days was a real shock to my heart. I may just do that though, but I would like at least one or two larger catfish of some-sort. BN Plecos don't seem to do very well in my tanks. x.x; Well they do, but they're so sensitive that when something happens, it weakens them and they usually die. They don't tolerate the usual meds like pimafix and melafix very well.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:43 PM   #624
 
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Random tank shot, really like how this one came out, even if it's grainy. . . You can see a little bit of everyone :) It's going to be hard to shut this tank down when the time comes. . .

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Old 03-25-2013, 11:37 PM   #625
 
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Okay, I can see the Jelly Beans, I can see I think two Rams...a couple loaches...is the frog in the shot? I feel like I'm playing I Spy ;)

EDIT: Is that him...upside down at the surface...?
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:44 PM   #626
 
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:) Isn't it a fun picture?

Yup - that's ol' Frecks, coming down from a gulp of air, and a couple of loaches up there besides. One loach is obvious on top of the leaves (in the larger image, I see 3-4 more under/around them), another obvious dwarf by a rock on the left. . . and three rams - one *ahem* TWO of them are being ninja wendetii leaves. . . unfortunately I ALSO see that I forgot to push my thermometer back down last time I was in there, and that I forgot to hide that other heater a bit better, again. . . ;)

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Old 03-26-2013, 01:23 AM   #627
 
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Can I just reincarnate as a fish living in your tank? My life would be awesome.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:31 AM   #628
 
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lol I love the frog upside down in that shot. It's such a pretty tank! So I guess frogs do fine in 55 gallon tanks? =o If I ever get any tadpoles and manage to raise them, I'd love to put a couple in my 55 gallon. I have some tall plants for them to volley off of and plenty of hiding space. Have you had any problems with it at all with the frog? I always thought it would be too high for them.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:01 AM   #629
 
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Awww, thanks Jen! If you reincarnate as a fish (or a frog, and possibly a snail) you can TOTALLY come live with me. You just gotta play nice with the other fishums, okay? I promise I'll treat you super extra nice, and give you LOADS of tasty treats :D

Sylver, Frecks is fine in the 55 - happy as he can be, always out in the open, and no problems at all with the community! The first week or so that he was in there he had to adjust his swimming style and build his muscles a bit - he was a little bit of a floppy swimmer, but it didn't take him long at all to adapt, and he LOVES it in there, absolutley. Over the last year I've kept ADF in smaller tanks - 3, 5, and 10g as well as larger ones like the 29 and the 55, and in my experience, bigger is better for them, too. In their natural environment the water level shifts dramatically through the seasons from drought to flood, so I'm not too surprised that he has handled the change well - in spite of all the information I found about ADF being poor swimmers. They're not! Of course I DO have a low water flow in that tank, and lots of plants that he can use if he should need help getting to the surface - but he really doesn't. If you go back a few pages, you can see him swimming around in the last video I posted.

The most difficult thing is making sure he's eating well, because he really needs to be target fed or he won't get anything. But Freckles is an adult frog now, and doing brilliantly with feedings every other or every third day, and has adapted very well to the differences in our feeding routine between his species only frog tank and the larger community. He's trained to go to one of three specific spots when it's feeding time, and I can easily feed him by hand or with a baster. He was already trained to hand feeding before I put him into this tank, and will swim onto my hand when he sees it, so that probably has helped, too. He's also doing well with holding his own against the pushy fish - he'll nip at the rams fins if they try to steal his dinner. No harm is done, because he has no teeth - but he manages to get the point across when it's necessary (which it isn't, usually). Also, they've caused him no harm, even during brooding - which was a HUGE concern of mine, because really one strong cichlid nip, and Frecks could be in trouble. . . I watch him closely still, and can pull him at any time :)

I think I'm going to let him give it a try in the 125, it's a few inches taller and MUCH longer, so I'm a bit nervous, but we'll see how he does! I wouldn't add another frog into this community, but perhaps when I get the 125 set up, and if he handles it well, I might add my two other frogs - Speckles and Spot :)

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Old 03-26-2013, 11:14 AM   #630
 
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Sylver, most tadpoles are actually usually toads, it's really difficult to find true frog taddies. (At least, here it is). They're usually around 3-4 inches in length (super huge, I know. Not exaggerating I swear!), and the adult frogs need to get out of the water and dry off every few hours :) I think Ches' ADF are fully aquatic, unlike the common frog. And toads don't spend a whole lot of time in the water either, usually just for breeding.

If you were really interested in keeping a non fully aquatic toad/frog, you could always build a paludarium! ;D
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