THREE CHEERS FOR LYMPIE!!!! I KNEW you could guess!
it were baby rams! But no, not this time. . . this time it's more of my OTHER
favorite fish. Loaches FTW!
Dwarf loaches, Pangio cuneovirgata, to be specific. Again. . . lol. Told you it was nothing new.
This particular QT tank is well established, been running for over a year, and has now QT'd two groups these fish (9 live in Becoming, 10 were sent to live with said ferret). I figure. . . I love them, I'm not *positive* that I'll be able to find them again, so I might as well grab them while they're available. I DO
have a 125g tank sitting in the basement. I have to put something
in it. If all of the Cuneys in my house make it into that tank, I will have a GORGEOUS
shoal of 33. . . it will be a thing of beauty!
Originally Posted by Olympia
But I don't know what I'd do if you bought 27 loaches, I remember you said the store keeps ordering more for you.
Lympie, I'll tell you what you do. You SQUEEEEEE!!!
Because you know how much I adore these babies, and they are SO. IMPOSSIBLY. CUTE!
order more - I didn't
ask them to. They called me when they came in. I left them there for two months - most of which was spent in a heated debate with myself - before I caved and went to see if they were Cuneys. Obviously, they were. I couldn't
resist. . . much thought went into this purchase.
Before y'all condemn me for keeping 27 fish in a 10g tank (The inch per gallon rule is bollox, even when mis-applied in reverse
!!!) I'd like to point out that this is all your fault. SEVERAL
of you came at me saying things like:
Originally Posted by Olympia
Too many bottom dwellers in a tank? Uh, no such thing!
. . .over and over and over, in spite of my protests! You can't
blame me for eventually believing you! So far, you're right. There aren't
too many in there, honestly. I'm comfortable enough with this species, and my tank(s) now to be fully confident that they'll be okay - or y'all know I'd never have brought them home. Definitely
not something I would have attempted a year ago. . .
*Uberparanoidfishkeeper reporting for duty*
Remember that these are nano fish - about 1 inch long at most, and as thin as. . . three? strands of spaghetti, also shoalers, and the digestive systems of eel-like loaches give them an amazingly low bioload. I've had them for almost a week now, and not one cycle wobble from that tank. Parameters are solid as they've always been, and the loachlings are settling in and losing their shyness amazingly quickly this time around. . . I'm sure this has a lot to do with their numbers. All of this makes me unbelieveably happy. . .
I tested the water in the bag when I brought them home, because I'm OCD and I do that. . . as was the case the other two times I got these
fish from that
wretched shop, nitrates and phosphates tested off the charts, and there was an ammonia reading of 0.25ppm. They've been in that shop, in a tank full of gravel, for two months - and they're still alive. Some of them are terribly thin, but alive. And SQUIRMY!
I think these little fish are happier with me than they possibly have ever been. . .
If I should run into trouble, I have a 29g, and the other 10g, both set up, planted, and fully cycled. I can split the shoal if it seems necessary - but I doubt it will be. I decided to put them into this tank, because from what I've seen from these fish in the past, they're far more comfortable within close proximity to each-other while adjusting to a new environment. I would have seen ammonia within the first few days if it was going to be a problem. And y'all know I test newly stocked tanks constantly. . . three cheers for OCD. . .
All is happy in Loachling land - and let me tell you, THEY'RE LOVING
THAT TANK!!! I set it up just for them, and it's perfect! ^.^ 27 fish, and not a one visible? That equals loachy heaven. They're still settling in, I took that shot the first time I put the lights on a day or so after adding them - they were all hiding. But it didn't take them very long at all to squirm out to see what was going on. They fill up the tank, but have plenty of room - they're loachlings. You know how they do. . . and teeny tiny ones, at that! Feeding time is hilarious. I'll have to try to get a video at some point of all the squirmy goodness. . . very, very happy. I hope they all come through, fatten up, and make it safely into Becoming 3.0.