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post #1801 of 1867 (permalink) Old 02-27-2015, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for not updating, I've been busy! February has honestly gone so well and I just feel so happy all the time, there hasn't really been any drama, my new semester is awesome and so far I'm doing quite well in my new classes. It's been a fast month which is great, and I'm only a month away from going to California for a week which I've been looking forward to for like a year.

The bristlenose pleco juvies are doing great, and are so fun to watch. Their two week preliminary quarantine is up on Sunday, and since they're from a trusted seller and haven't shown any signs of illness I can comfortably loosen my standards. They make me happy, they're fun to watch (especially in dim light) and are eating very well which I was kind of worried about. They're taking Omega One Veggie Rounds with pleasure (they're my favorite algae wafers, because they actually have kelp and spirulina as their top ingredients and then go into high quality protein as opposed to most algae wafers which start off with fish meal and wheat and then have some veggie matter in there somewhere), and then I'm supplementing with zucchini and as of last night frozen peas, both of which they love. I'm so glad they're taking peas since I always have them on hand and they're easy to prepare, and it gives them the bulk fibre they need. The peas also didn't cloud the water like zucchini did, but to be fair I added carbon after the first zucchini feeding. I want to check out the NLS wafers too sometime. Does anyone know anything else I can feed them? Here's some pics! Sometimes they're more washed out than other times, it doesn't appear to be stress related. From what I've observed lighting is a bigger role (they actually lighten up at night).

Belly!


Group eating zucchini at night (hence quality)


Hopefully a girl


Group shot looking nice and dark


Two of the fish have this redness on their fin spines (fin spines?), I think it was shipping damage since it has faded and didn't spread or anything (I've been watching). Any other ideas as to what it is?


I have a four day weekend, and I've been feeling pretty motivated so I got a lot of boring fish stuff done and cleaned out the ocellata baby tank too which was such a mess. I'm trying to get things looking better.

I also bought a stand for two 20g tanks! One of the tanks is totally bare, and the other is holding my ocellata adults so I have to move that one out of my room and onto the stand. I'm going to try to have the empty one set up and cycled for the spring auction which is in the middle of April, so if I buy anything it can go straight into there after quarantine stress free.
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Not a clue about the redness on the fin, could be old damage as you suggest. I'm happy because then, that means my Calico is a girl too since she's bigger than yours and I wasn't sure what time they start growing bristles, seems like she'd have them by then if she were a boy. I'm not too fond of the actual bristles so I'm good with a girl hahah!!

I'm glad February has been so good for you!! It's great to see things starting to look up again ^_^

Wilds: Wajok, Rutilans, Siamentorialis, Hendra
Leopards: Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly
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Not a clue about the redness on the fin, could be old damage as you suggest. I'm happy because then, that means my Calico is a girl too since she's bigger than yours and I wasn't sure what time they start growing bristles, seems like she'd have them by then if she were a boy. I'm not too fond of the actual bristles so I'm good with a girl hahah!!

I'm glad February has been so good for you!! It's great to see things starting to look up again ^_^
Thanks lil! That's what I was thinking about the fin, just because it was the worst right after transport and it looks like some sort of internal bleeding but I'm glad it hasn't been an issue. Totally agree with the males being ugly, honestly I'd sell them off once the branching gets excessive if I didn't want to try my hand at breeding! In the fourth picture the two on the bottom left are the ones I'm hoping are girls.

I'm liking the fish right now, I think I kicked the parasites for good (knock on wood). This hobby is just so much enjoyable when the fish are doing well.

Oh and my mum's taking me to my favorite LFS on Sunday because SHE wants something! Since the Spec 2 is technically hers I gave her some stocking options and she wants a male guppy which will be fine, and Aquarium Central has the best and healthiest. It'll look nice finally having something in there.
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Thanks lil! That's what I was thinking about the fin, just because it was the worst right after transport and it looks like some sort of internal bleeding but I'm glad it hasn't been an issue. Totally agree with the males being ugly, honestly I'd sell them off once the branching gets excessive if I didn't want to try my hand at breeding! In the fourth picture the two on the bottom left are the ones I'm hoping are girls.

I'm liking the fish right now, I think I kicked the parasites for good (knock on wood). This hobby is just so much enjoyable when the fish are doing well.

Oh and my mum's taking me to my favorite LFS on Sunday because SHE wants something! Since the Spec 2 is technically hers I gave her some stocking options and she wants a male guppy which will be fine, and Aquarium Central has the best and healthiest. It'll look nice finally having something in there.
Lol, glad I'm not the only one! Idk, I find the bristles intriguing but I wouldn't want to see that all the time. Yeah, in that fourth picture, the one furthest left is definitely a girl, the other bottom one might be a late bloomer male.

I do agree, it's very discouraging when you can't do anything for your fish, or at least, it feels that way.

Well that's fantastic! I do have to say, the best thing about being able to drive and having my own car is that I can go to fish stores whenever I want. However, that said, it puts a severe dent in my bank account That part isn't so good....but I find that funny she wants a Guppy versus something else like a Badis or idk, just something else.

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Leopards: Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
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Just left from a way-too-short visit with CJ (logisticsguy), and I left with three fish- two males and a female, which I definitely didn't go in looking for but she was too gorgeous to leave. I'm excited, I always love stopping by- his tanks are clean, there's nothing unhealthy in sight, he's an ethical breeder, and best of all his fish are amazing. We always get to have a discussion that is always too short, but it's still a chance to learn more. If you are in Canada, he has my highest recommendation.

No pics right now becase they're in a cooler and I'm not opening it up- plus they'll be stressed and are in bags which don't exactly make for the most flattering photo op. I'll be home in 3 - 3 1/2 hours, and should be able to post some low quality pictures tonight. The fish are just what I want for breeding stock, and even if they don't get bred they're going to be lookers for sure.
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Can't wait to see them all!!! CJ does have the best fish!! I agree! It's a shame I'm not up there for a visit or you all down here lol

Wilds: Wajok, Rutilans, Siamentorialis, Hendra
Leopards: Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
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Can't wait to see them all!!! CJ does have the best fish!! I agree! It's a shame I'm not up there for a visit or you all down here lol
I totally agree!!! Visit us down here haha, we need some fish from you too!

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Happy to say that they're all home safe, but I unfortunitely don't have pictures yet. Right now they're jarred but it will just be until tomorrow evening, I had a divided tank ready but didn't realize that the heater needs to be turned on and tested . Honestly less than 24 hours in a 2l jar is so much better than accidentally frying them...
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Happy to hear you arrived safely home. That was a great visit Matt it was nice to see you again. 20 minutes flew by way too fast. We could talk fish for hours if we ever had time. I loved that you took that girl! It made my day.

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So, they're all in the tanks and I strongly suspect one of the "boys" is a sneaky long-finned female... Argh. Gorgeous fish without a doubt, and of course I'll give it a bit of time as they're still young, but right now I see more of a girl. When CJ and I were picking the fish out in comparison to the rest of the spawn it looked like a young boy, so I have some faith in that... Also no sign of ovaries, which could mean nothing as the fish is young but it isn't a bad sign. The fins scream female... Idk. Hopefully one of the two similar looking fish will turn out to be male.

Pic to come, now that they're in their tank. Two of them are still quite washed out.

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