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Old 01-09-2013, 09:45 PM   #251
 
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But even where your water is now (without the highs) there are still a good many softwater fish you can keep. Also having 3dGH water isn't that great for the plants... take it from experience.

Either way, glad you got it figured out! Now let's hope those badis love their live food!!
LoL yeah I know soft water can be bad for plants though I still have always wanted softer water then I had. In a way I guess i got my wish LoL

I have to give the cultures a couple of days before I can harvest anything out of them. They need time to reproduce. As soon as I see some worms crawling on the sides of the containers I will feed thems some and let you guys know how it goes!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:29 AM   #252
 
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Talking They ate!!!! ALL of them!!!

Today ALL my Scarlet Badis ate!!!!

I finally got to see all four of them eat something!! I throw some Live blackworms in there again today with the Turkey baster and they attack them like crazy. They didn't even hesitate when they saw the worms. Just ate them!!!!
I can't tell ya how happy that makes me! (me doing the happy dance!)
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #253
 
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My Cultures

Hey Jentralala these are my cultures.
The first five pics are of the Banana/Walter/Microworms. The old media they guy was using is Oatmeal. I decided to go with instant mashed potatos as I read they didn't stink as bad for the Microworms and the Walter worms. The banana worms are in oatmeal and a lil banana mixed in.
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This next culture is Vinegar eels in a solution of half apple vinegar and water with a tablespoon of suger.

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THere is my culture of blackworms. Not sure how well this setup is going to work long term. They seem to be growing and looks like they are multiplying soo. Maybe it will be a success.

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:49 PM   #254
 
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Today ALL my Scarlet Badis ate!!!!

I finally got to see all four of them eat something!! I throw some Live blackworms in there again today with the Turkey baster and they attack them like crazy. They didn't even hesitate when they saw the worms. Just ate them!!!!
I can't tell ya how happy that makes me! (me doing the happy dance!)
Get any pictures? Of either the badis eating or your happy dance?

Also... is that cat food in the cultures?
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:58 PM   #255
 
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Get any pictures? Of either the badis eating or your happy dance?

Also... is that cat food in the cultures?
LoL No, its Oatmeal paste. Its the old media they guy was using. I wanted to use Mashed potatoes. So the next culture I have it won't look that way. I just need to get this one going for about 2 weeks then I will make a new one.

I didn't even think about taken pics of them eating (putting hand on my head as I am shaking it! Doh!)!
If I can get pics tomorrow of them eating I will post them. Sorry LoL As for pics of me doing a happy dance well you will just have to use your imagination for that! LMAO
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:53 PM   #256
 
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How do you catch the vinegar eels? I've never even heard of them. I'm so jealous of all your live food!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #257
 
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How do you catch the vinegar eels? I've never even heard of them. I'm so jealous of all your live food!!
LoL they are soo supper small. I haven't tried yet to catch them but there are a couple methods that I have read about. One is using a coffee filter over a container.
You pour the culture of them through the filter and it will catch the adults. The other methods seems kinda harder to do but you can search on Google for Vinegar eels cultures and they can give better details.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #258
 
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EW! EW! EWWWWW!!! I really want to start a live culture or three, I'd love to feed live foods to my babies - but EWWWW!!! *giggle* Thanks for the pics, though - you'll have to keep us posted on how they do, and how bad they *actually* smell. HUZZAH for the Badis nomming on some wormies! Oh, I'm SO happy that they're finally settling in and eating! How are your Puffers doing?
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:56 PM   #259
 
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will try to post an update later today or tomorrow. I spent most of my morning getting my truck running. LoL turns out the battery cables came loose but I ended up getting a fee battery out of it. Soo Woohoo on that!! Hope that fixes the problem and I am able to get to work here in 20 mins as I getting ready to leave or else my butt is walking! As my wife isn't home and won't be back in time for me to take the Jeep.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #260
 
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EW! EW! EWWWWW!!! I really want to start a live culture or three, I'd love to feed live foods to my babies - but EWWWW!!! *giggle* Thanks for the pics, though - you'll have to keep us posted on how they do, and how bad they *actually* smell. HUZZAH for the Badis nomming on some wormies! Oh, I'm SO happy that they're finally settling in and eating! How are your Puffers doing?
I have been wanting to try my hands at them for awhile now but I *wasn't* really ready to start though. These lil Scarlet Badis aren't really giving me a choice though.

I checked on the worms today. I can see some movement in the microworms and the walter worms. Not too much going on in the banana worm aspect. The Vineager eels have really took off though. I *might* give them a try tomorrow if I can manage to get the lil buggers out! LoL

Jes I don't know how much of my thread you have read or not but my Puffer Yes just Puffer is doing fine. He is a survivor. LoL as for my last three i got the were soo small and soo picky on foods. I couldn't ever get them to take anything but snails. At the time i couldn't get any live worms either. They just refused frozen foods. So yeah they didn't make it.
My one remain puffer is the adult that I have had for 2 years now. He has been in multuple tanks and different setups. He has done great well once I got him on frozen foods. I feed him live blackworms today for the first time in like 22months lol.
A month ago he took a ride in my filter as my sponge fall off the end of my intake. I walked over to the tank and I didn't get my normal greeting that he normally does any time you walk by. So i started freaking out! I looked and looked and couldn't find him. Then I spotted there was no sponge on the intake. My heart stopped for a few mins I think. I took the canister to the sink and took out the basket of media and there he was. I just knew he was going to be dead just knew........ so my heart stopped again until he popped up and looked at me like "Dude what took you soo long!!"
I got him and looked over him and I didn't see any cuts or scraps soo my heart started beating again.
He has been fine ever since and alls good. He comes out any time i come near and still eats like a lil piggy!

I have since put a new sponge on the intake one thats made for a fluval edge intake. It stays on alot better then the old one i made. I not really totally sure how the old one came off in the first place.

The plants all seem to be doing good as well. The tiger lilys have exploded like crazy!!!! the other plants seem to be doing okay. I willl see if I can get pics tomorrow of both tanks.
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