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Old August 27th, 2008, 12:40 PM
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So, here's what I've been thinking...

I run three aquariums, here are what's in them:

65g - 3 Blue Gouramis, 3 Clown Loaches, 2 Red Rainbows, 2 Yellow Rainbows, 1 Abramites, 1 Pleco, 2 Silver Dollars.

20g - 1 Loonie-sized Tetra, 1 Zebra Danio, 2 Penguin Tetras, 1 Pleco, 2 Panda Cory cats, 2 Julii Cory Cats.

10g - 6 Kuhli Loaches

So I'm thinking I might close down the small tanks, both of them, and put everybody in the larger one. What do you think of that? I'm finding a lot less time to do my maintenance these days, and it's not getting any better because I'm going to be going back to school starting next week. So I figure if I have everyone together, I only need to do one water change per week instead of three. Still haven't thought it through yet...just wondering if anyone has any input/advice/warnings.

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Old November 24th, 2008, 07:25 AM
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-blinks- i cant believe i didnt see this. i know its months old... and i feel like a total dolt.... i guess cause my laptop was down for so long??? im SO sorry!!

do you still have the 3 running??

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Things are okay. I dismantled the 20 and gave it away. I never liked it that much anyway. I put my julii cats and kuhli loaches in the 65. the danios, tetas and panda cories are in the 10. Everyone is fine, except I lost a blue gourmai right before the switch. I've also added a couple more juliis to the 65, as well as 2 siamese algae eaters, which I thought were going to be eaten, but are doing well!
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Old November 25th, 2008, 12:39 PM
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so it seems like the consensus of everyone over here (some fishy buddies) is that the plecos are a concern. they get big and frankly the two of them will poop as much as all of your other fish combined. you also dont NEED them at all if you have actual Siamese Algae Eaters. think you can get a pic of them?? if they ARE actual SAE, those suckers are almost worth their weight in gold (functionally speaking) and will to a rather remarkable job of keeping algae out of your tank. if they ARENT SAE and are actually Chinese Algae Eaters.... THOSE will start eating your other fish, bite by bite, as they get older. they are one of the ONLY fish i think shoudl be taken out of the aquarium trade. they are hideous to have in an aquarium!!

otherwise the gourami may get aggressive, along with your headstander (although if they ARENT so far, dont worry about it).

keep up witht he water changes in the 10g. it seems (by my novice opinion having never kept tetras nor corys) a little over stocked. if you notice any of your corycats losing barbells or any sort of excessive algae growth, up your weekly water changes to include another gallon or two.

also those plecos may (which translates into 'will probably') get aggressive with each other. keep an eye out for that too.

lastly those clown loaches will EVENTUALLY get huge. when i say huge i mean HUGE and will need to be rehomed but thats not for a while down the road. from what i understand they grow very slowly.

im -really- sorry i didnt see these sooner!! i feel like such a dolt for not looking specifically. i know ive missed a bunch these last few months.

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Old November 25th, 2008, 09:11 PM
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Actually, I gave away my spare pleco with the 20g, so I only have one, but he's kind of lazy

Everyone seems to be doing well so far. The gouramis are getting quite large, one seems to be the head honcho of the whole tank, even though there are a couple other bigger guys in there. The gouramis and the yellow rainbows nip each others tails a bit, but the tails grow back quickly, so I assume everyone's healthy.

My algae eaters are definitely siamese, not chinese. I read about that.
One of my three clowns I've had for over a year and he's just about 5 inches maybe? So I'm not worried about them for a long time, they are growing quite slowly. I just went to estimate his size, and found him molesting the kuhli loaches, rubbing his fins all over them. It was funny. The kuhlis have finally come out of hiding. I put them in and didn't see them for about a month! Now they hang out all the time!
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Old November 26th, 2008, 08:46 AM
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yep, the pleco was the only REAL concern right now. everyone says loaches grow silly slow too so thats good. i dont think plecos get aggressive towards other fish, just other plecos, soemtimes.

good news to hear your kuhlis are out! for as shy as those suckers are! ive been thinking of getting a few for a 10g tank myself. i may make a 10g with a wide footprint and do 4 or 5 with a sandy bottom.

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yeah, ive run Eco Complete the last few years and have been quite satisfied with how it feeds my plants BUT its a ROYAL PAIN IN THE REAR END to vacuum!! i had another tank with sand in it but thankfully it was just a 10g so i could clean most of it out by blowing the poo all over with a turkey baster and just sucking the water out with my siphon.

i cant keep kuhlis with plants huh?? not with ROOTED ones anyway.

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I wouldn't know about the live plants...I've never gone there. A friend of mine had everything in her tank die because the root system under the substrate had rotted and poisoned all the fish and plants. Had to start completely over. I honestly have no idea what the kuhlis would do to your live plants. Mine just eat shrimp. They're carnivores, ha ha...unless they just don't have any salad to much on.
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i dont think plecos get aggressive towards other fish, just other plecos, soemtimes.
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DW had a pleco who used to attack her frogs...he'd grab 'em by the leg and shake 'em if they got too close...
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plecos are funny like that. I saw one that used to swim on his back and let its owner handfeed him directly into his mouth. I think they're a lot more intelligent than the average fish.
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yeah the right substrate is key. if you hvae somethign likke sand, it will rot due to no water flow. Eco Complete is great because of its varying size. grevel is also pretty good if its not too terribly big or sharp BUT you know the best and easiest plants out there are really common, low light and they have exposed root systems. for example Java Fern lives on drift wood or rocks, Anubis of any sort also have above gravel roots that cling to structures... Java Moss doesnt even have roots. all of them take low lighting conditions and low nutrients too. regular water changes replace anythign they need nutritionally. they also arent tasty to fish or shrimp.

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i love these guys-

http://aquatic-terrors.com/forums/up...1160306072.jpg

the uglier the better for me!! there are a few others i want too. maybe ill link them here later? amazing creatures!

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