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LadyKeiva 08-14-2013 09:56 PM

46 Bow Sorority
 
My boyfriend and I just finished (almost) setting up our 46 gallon bow font that we've been working on for his planned betta sorority.

We're still in the process of tweaking and adding some more plants. It's still waiting on hygrophilia angustifolia, some java moss, some more anubias. (and more). It has some growing to do before we start adding some of the females we've been quarantining, but it seems its starting to shape up nicely =)

Just added our first inhabitants early this morning.. A group of 10 kuhli loaches that we order from The Wet Spot tropical fish. They seem super healthy. Exploring every nook and cranny of the tank. They really are quite adorable ^,^

I'll try give an update every so often with each big tank change.

So excited to see how this tank progresses!!! =D

Here's some pictures of its progression...

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=) Some shots of the new loaches!!

One thing that stood out in particular to me about the kuhli's was their markings. Each one has its own distinct pattern. But two of them have markings that are completely different than the others. One instead of having the dark bars down the body it has one long stripe from head to tail (Loach Picture 2). The other odd one, instead of bars it almost has a mosaic pattern, mostly dark, with very thin light colored lines (Loach Picture 1).

Are the two oddballs possibly a different type of loach than the others? /shrug Cute none the less. =)


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Last but not least a video of the little guys having a snack =)
(Sorry about the quality =P )


Enjoy!!

Jess & Matt

djembekah 08-15-2013 12:51 AM

oh how pretty! that's going to be a beautiful sorority!!!! i want loaches even more now. will you add more fish, aside from the bettas you'll be adding?

LadyKeiva 08-15-2013 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by djembekah (Post 2805498)
oh how pretty! that's going to be a beautiful sorority!!!! i want loaches even more now. will you add more fish, aside from the bettas you'll be adding?

We'll definitely be adding more fish. What fish, we're undecided on. Possibly a group tetra or rasbora. Pristella tetra perhaps. Not sure which tetras we like for it.

Also toying around with the idea of bolivian rams. I've read quite a bit of success with them and bettas. I had planned to add a group of them to my 55 gal, so if there were issues in this tank they can be moved to the 55 no problem.

Chesh 08-16-2013 10:57 AM

I totally squeed when I finally saw where all that hard work has been going! GREAT JOB!!!
Seriously. It's beautiful. And even better? Perfectly designed for the fish you/he intend to keep there.
Those loaches are going to be SOOOOOOOO HAPPY, as will anything else you would ever choose to bring home. Love your tanks, girl. ALL of them! Keep up the good work!

jentralala 08-16-2013 12:48 PM

It looks really good! I'm a huge fan of those chunks of driftwood, they're gorgeous.

Hrm...it is possible that it's another species! There are a lot of fish sold under the general name 'kuhli loach', and most sold under that name aren't actually kuhli loaches (at least, speculated by myself and a few other people...I'm surprised Chesh didn't write you a book on it ^.~)

I have one that has that mosaic pattern, as well. But I've never seen anything like that one with the stripe! That's so COOL and unique. I really have no idea if he's another species or just has some weird coloration going on. Really lovely looking though :)

Two thumbs up on a GREAT tank, looking forward to the growth on this. :)

LadyKeiva 08-16-2013 03:46 PM

Thank's everyone for all the compliments!! It's my boyfriend Matt's tank technically so he did all the picking out/arranging/planting so I can't really take the credit =). I was just there for suggestions/experience to share. He's super happy with it =)

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Originally Posted by jentralala (Post 2816186)
It looks really good! I'm a huge fan of those chunks of driftwood, they're gorgeous.

Hrm...it is possible that it's another species! There are a lot of fish sold under the general name 'kuhli loach', and most sold under that name aren't actually kuhli loaches (at least, speculated by myself and a few other people...I'm surprised Chesh didn't write you a book on it ^.~)

I have one that has that mosaic pattern, as well. But I've never seen anything like that one with the stripe! That's so COOL and unique. I really have no idea if he's another species or just has some weird coloration going on. Really lovely looking though :)

Two thumbs up on a GREAT tank, looking forward to the growth on this. :)

Chesh actually helped me identify one of the oddballs. They mosaic patterned one (Loach Picture 1) DEFINITELY looks like Pangio Alternans. The other oddball (Loach Pic 2), the one with the solid stripe, is still kind of a mystery to me. I'm going to assume its just a weird color pattern/mutation of the other loaches. I haven't really seen any pictures anywhere of a kind with a similar pattern.

It's definitely cool having such variation in the loaches.

I've become attached to the one with the solid stripe =).. Decided to name it Zorro for some reason ^,^.

According to TWS, they're all supposed to be pangio semicincta, at least that's what their listed as on their stock list. My sales receipt has then down as Pangio kuhlii sumatranus. /Shrug

Chesh 08-16-2013 04:02 PM

Loaches are so mysterious! http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs11/i/20..._ID_entity.gif

Sooooooo jealous of that lil' P.Alternans. *sighs* I'd love to get a chance at keeping a full shoal of them one day. Zorro is adorable, too - but c'mon! THEY ALL ARE! Hopefully, someone will be better able to help you ID them, there are soooooo many loaches in the world! *gettingssswoony*

LadyKeiva 08-16-2013 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Chesh (Post 2817234)
Loaches are so mysterious! http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs11/i/20..._ID_entity.gif

Sooooooo jealous of that lil' P.Alternans. *sighs* I'd love to get a chance at keeping a full shoal of them one day. Zorro is adorable, too - but c'mon! THEY ALL ARE! Hopefully, someone will be better able to help you ID them, there are soooooo many loaches in the world! *gettingssswoony*

Haha!! Well if I ever come across them some how I'll make sure I send them your way =)

Loaches are by far the cutest fish I've ever seen. I LOVE the way that they wiggle their whiskers. The cutest fishy motion ever.


ALSO, thought I would share some pics of the aquabid betta girls we've had in QT for a while, I only have the seller's pics for them right now. We also have some petstore females in another QT tank as well, but I don't have pics of them at the moment =). All very healthy, Just waiting on the loaches to QT for a while and for the tanks plants to gain some growth ^,^.

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And just to throw in.. Meet Grimm. He the newest male we bought (Arrives next week). He'll have his own 5 gallon of course. =) We're just addicted to bettas I guess.

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djembekah 08-16-2013 04:15 PM

What gorgeous girls!
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jentralala 08-16-2013 04:24 PM

Oh wow, they're all absolutely stunning!

Grimm is perfect, his coloration is drop dead gorgeous.

Is this Matt's first tank?


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