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Old 06-30-2012, 09:22 PM   #11 
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Thanks Fabian and copperarabian! My pond is about 4000 US gallons. We've never had it measured, but that was the estimate of the man who installed it. I've attached another picture of the entire pond system. The waterfall is about 3 feet tall.

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Izzy, how big did your dojo get? I've had my two since March and they're maybe 5-6" long right now in a 29gal. I've heard they can get pretty big but while mine are growing, they aren't growing very fast.
Mine got about 10 inches long in the 29 gal before I realized that I needed to find them a larger home. They certainly didn't grow very fast, but they did grow pretty large. I've heard they can get as large as 12 inches.

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Old 07-01-2012, 04:44 AM   #12 
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Aww the red eyes tetras are so cute c:
I don't like red eye tetras,they keep chasing each other.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:50 PM   #13 
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I don't like red eye tetras,they keep chasing each other.
They have a pecking order and often chase and nip one another, if you have a proper school it's a natural thing for them to do. If the school isn't big enough they sometimes will start chasing other fish and nipping them. I don't mind them chasing each other, I never see any torn fins and it makes them interesting to watch for me.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:56 PM   #14 
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Here's my striatum male (killifish). This is an old photo but shows off his colour really well.

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Old 07-01-2012, 10:09 PM   #15 
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He's beautiful, LBF. :)

Izzy, do you think the 29gal is too small? It might be a year before I can get a bigger thank, will they be okay until then?
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He's a beauty, LBF. I really do think that the killies don't get enough attention. Some of them rival marine fish in their colors.

Sakura, I did have my big guys in a 29 gal for about a year before I came to grips with the fact that I needed to upgrade them. I had one with a band of black across his eyes; he was so cute. With regular water changes, it's not the end of the world, but they will be bouncing off the sides. I know mine did.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:08 PM   #17 
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They already do, when I reach in. I can hear the gravel clinking as they careen all over. Sigh. I've heard so many conflicting things about tank sizes for dojos. 20gal is okay, no it must be no smaller than a 50gal, no it must be 100gal . . .

I hate to give them up, I love them but I'm also worried about them. They're in the garage and in the winter it was great, the water stayed just right in the mid 60's. But now that it's summer, the water is almost 80. :( A few weeks ago when the temp was 108, they got up to 82. Much too warm for them.

Need two more 55gals . . .
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:20 PM   #18 
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Ya. There do seem to be a lot of conflicting opinions out there about them. That's why I'm glad I found a smaller, tropical alternative: kuhli loaches! ^-^ They look just like dojos but are like 1/5 the size.

Here's a strange thought: how would you feel about having them in with the koi? They can actually be a pond fish in certain areas. They are actually illegal in some states because they can survive in the local waterways.
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If the koi don't mind, I wouldn't mind. I might wait until they're just a tad bigger but that's a thought. Right now, they seem more or less content in the 29gal, as long as I don't spook them with water changes. Then they go bouncing all over. Most of the time, they drape themselves in the plants. They look like they got stranded there after the tide went out, haha. Thanks, Izzy. :)

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:02 AM   #20 
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Yay! I think we found a solution that doesn't involve you buying another tank or giving them away. I remember my dojos loved to drape themselves over the plants. The java fern was their favorite.

Aren't they adorable? I want to have a tank stuffed full of those little guys (lol and I will when I can find a local supplier). If there was ever a fish I would want to breed; it's those guys. Have you seen pictures of the babies?

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