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by Icewall42
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Loach River Tank (Mostly) Complete!
Replies: 3
Views: 1731

Re: Loach River Tank (Mostly) Complete!

Good information to bear in mind--thank you! For now, I'll see if I can pull the taller plants to the back to mimic weedy shallows near the bank, and get more anubias to drop in the front. The wendtiis are old stock from the previous setup, and I don't have another larger freshwater tank for them so...
by Icewall42
Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Loach River Tank (Mostly) Complete!
Replies: 3
Views: 1731

Loach River Tank (Mostly) Complete!

Spent 6-7 hours breaking down and draining my 90 gallon, which was in a very bad way. Completely rebuilt it using Martin's manifold design, and voila: brookstream for the clowns! Well, I like to think that's what it is now. What do you think: anything I can do to improve this setup? The pumps are a ...
by Icewall42
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Show us your Funny Loach Pic's
Replies: 155
Views: 167339

Re: Show us your Funny Loach Pic's

One of my rarely-seen brown kuhlis poking its head out from under a log.

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by Icewall42
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: New Blue Loach and Community Tank
Replies: 11
Views: 7290

Re: New Blue Loach and Community Tank

I have a 90g tank with all sorts of loaches, as well as 10-11 ottos. I do have one Modesta in with a mix of 8-9 medium to large clowns, and in the months I've had the ottos and the Modesta, I haven't seen any problems. Then again, it is a bigger tank, so there's more room for the fish to knock aroun...
by Icewall42
Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Cross-species socialization (poor lonely blue)
Replies: 3
Views: 1637

Re: Cross-species socialization (poor lonely blue)

Actually, I have kept modestas with clowns for many years--I had a group of 4 that were around 4" or more, while the clowns ranged from 2"-10" and I have never, ever had a problem with agression between the two species. In fact, when I was down to 1 modesta, it started schooling and begging with the...
by Icewall42
Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: loaches with ich
Replies: 18
Views: 8540

Awww cute! Well, glad to hear that things are finally looking up.
by Icewall42
Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: my oldest zebra all bloated
Replies: 1
Views: 1560

Looks like fluid buildup, though I can't be sure of the cause. Dropsy will usually pop out the scales, and I don't see that in your picture. If it's fluid buildup, I believe one way to help relieve that is epsom salt, but you might want to wait for someone else's opinion as I haven't had to treat bl...
by Icewall42
Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: loaches with ich
Replies: 18
Views: 8540

I'm not really certain on the driftwood--someone might have better information on that than I do, but I suspect that if its in a treated tank, it won't hold on to the disease after treatment has finished. I haven't had recurrences of ich in the past, at least not ones that closely followed each othe...
by Icewall42
Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Petco Pulling Fish Medication from Shelves....
Replies: 11
Views: 5911

In theory. I like this idea - a lot. It is essentially a move to promote proper fish care. However, in practice, what are the chances that a store like Petco will be able to do all that it takes to accomplish this? Are they going to greatly improve and monitor the health of the fish they sell? Are ...
by Icewall42
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Petco Pulling Fish Medication from Shelves....
Replies: 11
Views: 5911

I see where you're going about pathogens in fish sold to customers... and those customers coming back for meds... sounds sort of like a sleazy deal if that's what's going on. But my sincere concern is with fish I've had for years and years that are long past anything the pet store might have had. It...
by Icewall42
Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Petco Pulling Fish Medication from Shelves....
Replies: 11
Views: 5911

I'd feel bad for her, too, and as much as I care about fish... I'd be disinclined to even sell her any after an outburst like that. Luckily, we didn't get such characters at our fish store so I never had to turn anyone away. People will generally listen, but sometimes you do get those bad apples, an...
by Icewall42
Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Petco Pulling Fish Medication from Shelves....
Replies: 11
Views: 5911

I'm not totally in left-field thinking this is a ridiculous move? I sure hope this "idea" doesn't spread. It doesn't solve any issues that might exist--at least, not in my opinion.
by Icewall42
Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Petco Pulling Fish Medication from Shelves....
Replies: 11
Views: 5911

Petco Pulling Fish Medication from Shelves....

I was in Petco just yesterday looking for fish medication (specifically praziquantel), and I learned that Petco is nixing almost their entire fish medication stock. I left angry over that since I've been relying heavily on medications for over a year now and would have lost so many more fish without...
by Icewall42
Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: loaches with ich
Replies: 18
Views: 8540

That I'm not certain of, most of my experience has been with clowns. I imagine fish, though, are somewhat like people--some will respond to a treatment, and others won't. Mine just happened to respond to the slight increase in heat, and some of the literature I've read or have heard about has said t...
by Icewall42
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: loaches with ich
Replies: 18
Views: 8540

Yes, based on my experience, I'd slowly raise the temperature back up to 84F and just be sure to monitor all of the fish closely for signs of moderate to severe distress. I would only bring it up to 86F as a last resort because 86F is the very limit of what many fish will tolerate, at least in my ex...