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Old 07-04-2012, 12:20 AM   #151 
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DAY 3: Lol.. after freaking out at having a TON of plants to many for this one tank and not knowing what the heck to put where, I made a start on planting..

I almost didn't put this pic up, as the tank is such a mess right now. The $@#% gold vine STILL floats so I've given up on making it look pretty or placing it properly until it'll stay down.. thus, it's pretty much just lumped in there for now. A few things have come loose (planting things in water isn't easy!)

The swords are being moved closer to the back, and there's some fairly large crypts back there that have done 'the crypt thing' and shed all thier leaves.. new growth is visible, though, so I dare say they'll all come back fine.

Today I'll be moving things around, planting a few carpet type things, attaching mosses to rocks and so on... hopefully the next update is a bit more attractive!
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:15 AM   #152 
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Looks good Aus. Grapevine takes forever and a day to fully sink. Many a scape of mine has been ruined by a floater haha. Now I just weigh them down for a couple of weeks with some rocks.

I hate attaching moss to anything. I always end up tangled in a spool of cotton with half my moss stuck down the wrong way.

What stock are you putting in this? One of your bettas?

Told my strohi some of them shall be living in paradise one day in the near future. They are looking nice and healthy. I have two obvious dominant males who are always coloured up and sparring, and think one or two of the others may or may not be females. It's hard to tell when they are still only juvies.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:15 AM   #153 
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Hi, LBF - Honestly, I loathe this wood. Except that it looks so pretty, lol. Next time I'll be a bit better prepared and soak it properly.

This tank's for Cole, the 'black' (ie, murky brown/blue) plakat male. He's pretty big and aggressive compared to our others (even Cleo the Shrimp Assassin) so I think he'll love having a roomy jungle to lurk in.

I'm so excited about the strohi.. I will be a coupe of weeks at least away from taking them, I want their tank - it'll be NPT and heavily planted (I am still recovering from how many plants these people sent me..) and filtered with old media, so I am hoping to cut down cycling time that way. Before they arrive I'll add some IAL and get the water softer for them.. and get the whole filtration rigmarole sorted out. I cannot stand the sound of sponge filters, it's like nails up a chalkboard (only bubblier .. and underwater...) but I do like the idea of them. There has to be a way to have the best of both worlds.. anyway.. I'll work something out.

I showed Daughter some pictures of some strohi - for some reason, she really doesn't like macrostoma at all, so I was expecting a measure of teenaged angst about why I must prefer ugly big mouthed fishes over little, floofy, pretty ones.. and she loved them. Hoorah, one supposes.

And I must admit, I am -hoping- for a female.. would love to have some fry one day. I couldn't come at breeding splendens, but the wilds are a different matter. No worries if they're all boys, though, I'll have a lot of machismo and pretty colours to look at.

Update: this evening a lovely lady named Chris is coming over with some wee baby ratties for us to look at. Daughter spent all afternoon sewing the cutest little 'rat bag' out of green polar fleece, with a pink terrycloth heart on top, for her new babies to snuggle in at night, and reorganising her room for maximum ratty play space. I'm really excited for her. :)

In sadder news, we lost the other guppy today. Daughter is somewhat resigned to being a terrible guppy-keeper, but I thought she actually didn't do badly by them at all. All the same, she is sticking to bettas from now on, she says.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:43 AM   #154 
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Squee ratties

Ratty update:

Chris arrived with a teacup chihuahua in her handbag (just... adorable) and a carry-case full of the most beautiful young ratties. Daughter was just thrilled to have them all running about on her - as well as highly amused that they all elected to poop on ME - at once!

I choose to think of this as their finding me relaxing to be around..

Anyway, we chose three of the five. Honestly, I could have taken all of them, they were all so lovely. I regret not being able to take a particularly nice little mink male, who was one of two 7-wk olds, but we ended up with three.

Archie is a hooded topaz berkshire, 7 weeks
Trevor is a hooded topaz berkshire, 12 weeks

These are daughter's ratties.

And then we have Fergus, a 12-week old topaz berkshire who is mostly solid coloured but for a little white patch on his belly. He is MY ratty! (Though they all live in the same cage in Daughter's room).

They are obviously all healthy and well-socialised, though Fergus is notably a little more apprehensive of his new home than the other two. Ah well, he'll settle in soon enough.

Our new boys enjoyed a dinner of seed/pellet mix, apple and corn. Then little Archie (who is omgcute) snuggled up inside the rat-sack Daughter made for them and went to sleep while Trevor and Fergus elected to stay up and explore the cage a while.

Pics tomorrow!
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*chants* Pics pics pics pics pics pics pics.

Congrats on the ratties :)
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Here's some pics. :) They are hard to photograph as they don't really sit still at all..

There's been a slight re-name, too, with 'Trevor' becoming more aptly named as 'Scuttlebutt' or 'Scuttle' for short.
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Haha look at them cute little rats. I've always wanted some rats but our cats are evil and would undoubtedly find a way to get in and eat them.

Are they liking their little rat snuggly? Looks nice and soft.

Also Aus are you still chasing a filter for your 3fter? I have a never been used (didn't have room for it) Eheim 2213 that is just missing two suction caps for the spraybar and the actual hosing (easy to get at Bunnings I believe as I've seen tubing there before) for $50.

Let me know if you do. I can catch the bus over to the train station or something as the 513 goes right near my house. Thought I'd ask as I saw on AL you needed a filter a while back.
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Aaaand a couple more (Archie is so adorable..)
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:18 AM   #159 
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LBF - YES please. But do you mind if we wait a week or so? I'm kind of broke after this week's splurge on rats and aquarium stuff. ><


They love the snuggly, and all pile in there at once, which is a bit of a tight squeeze. Daughter's making another one tonight, more tentish and a bit bigger. And yes -- cats. We're making very sure Tom-tom is clueless about the rats in general..

The 513 goes right by my house, too. I think..? Or not far at all from it. Easy peasy!
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:46 AM   #160 
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That's fine Aus. I will put it on hold for you over on AL (had it advertised over there). Comes with taps and everything so it shouldn't back-siphon onto your floor haha. Had that experience when I set-up another canister filter in the past oops!

Hehe can stop and snoop around the Coburg aquarium anyway. Last time I was there waiting for the bus some hobo man was making obscene gestures at me. Luckily there were tradies and a mattock in a nearby house!

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