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by NancyD
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Doing what I can for my fish—Video
Replies: 7
Views: 57

Re: Doing what I can for my fish—Video

Higher temps = less oxygen
by NancyD
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Doing what I can for my fish—Video
Replies: 7
Views: 57

Re: Doing what I can for my fish—Video

Well, I haven't "heard" Fran's video, our tv is on. But hopefully I'll hear soon & have opinions on both her & loachnoob's oxygen thoughts. An interesting topic!
by NancyD
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: question about zebra loaches
Replies: 2
Views: 10

Re: question about zebra loaches

I kept 6 striatas with 8 or 10 sids in a 4ft 75g. The zebras were a bit more shy of people. The 2 species divided themselves into 2 groups, 3 striatas & 4 or 5 sids in each group. 1 larger female of each species per group. I think the other 4 striatas were male, but there were some less chubby femal...
by NancyD
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand

Great job! I like the rustic look too. It probably looks good with your "mountain" home. I applaud your DIY bravery too...I'm not there yet, lol.
by NancyD
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE
Replies: 6
Views: 48

Re: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE

I wouldn't worry too much, Fran. In a condo, you likely have side neighbors & at least 1 either over or under neighbor as well. That can slow temp drop...& as long as the temp drop is slow, your fish "should" be ok. Don't worry, your tank will likely be ok over 8-10 hours. I don't blame you for bein...
by NancyD
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question

I like the color of those sands but they still seem too fine. 20 mesh is the pool filter sand I've used. It says on that site that's 85mm but the red flint "pool sand" is 45-55mm. I think you'll be disappointed. I also used a 1 "grade" pool sand once, it was finer than 20 mesh...OK for some tiny dig...
by NancyD
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Happiness is: Now Video too
Replies: 30
Views: 385

Re: Happiness is: Now Video too

Fran, the filter size doesn't matter as much as how often you need clean it to remove "gunk" build up that will clog up any media, reduce flow & may, like LL said, cause a reverse of the usual nitrification processes. Instead of buying a new "miracle product" from a YouTube shill (I'm skeptical!), m...
by NancyD
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Happiness is: Now Video too
Replies: 30
Views: 385

Re: Happiness is: Now Video too

I don't think there in an "inappropriate" place to post new threads that effect loaches in anyway...anymore...There's not the site traffic here there used to be :( … but still it's my go to site for all things loachy.
by NancyD
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Talk to me of sidthimunki
Replies: 13
Views: 172

Re: Talk to me of sidthimunki

Basil, your Dario looks ok; your sid a bit thin. (both pics are sideways unless they're tail standing, lol) I'm very sorry you're having extreme water issues. Frankly I'm be concerned about people using your water...let alone fish. Well water can be much more variable than "city" or "county" as a wa...
by NancyD
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Happiness is: Now Video too
Replies: 30
Views: 385

Re: Happiness is: Now Video too

Fran, I use 2 HOB filters & a Maxijet 1200 powerhead in my "river-ish" 55g tank with hillstream loaches. The surface is quite rippled from the flow. You can aim the powerhead return toward the surface to get that effect. You tank is twice as wide front to back than mine. Try 1 PH, you can always add...
by NancyD
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Talk to me of sidthimunki
Replies: 13
Views: 172

Re: Talk to me of sidthimunki

Well, I'd like to see both your tanks! Basil & Soulmover, I miss my sids! Please post a pic or 2 if you can. I want to see!
by NancyD
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS
Replies: 10
Views: 94

Re: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS

Fran, to me "adequate oxygenation" involves a lot of surface movement. I've never tested for oxygen levels nor do I feel the need, if there is nice rippling surface water movement all the time. The problem I see with only an airstone is "wimpy" surface agitation. The bubbles don't do all that much.....
by NancyD
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: companions/dither fish
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Re: companions/dither fish

Danios would be fine, as would white clouds or Vietnamese white clouds. You could also look at small barbs (octozona or hexazonas) or dwarf rainbows. I even kept dennisoni barbs with zebra loachs.
by NancyD
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Happiness is: Now Video too
Replies: 30
Views: 385

Re: Happiness is: Now Video too

Fran, in some ways that hierarchy will always exist with most loaches & some other fish too (tetras come to mind). That's why more fish in a "shoal" is better, any bullying is spread out. That's part of the "rule" of 5 or 6 of a species as a minimum is golden. You can have success in smaller numbers...
by NancyD
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Happiness is: Now Video too
Replies: 30
Views: 385

Re: Happiness is: Now Video too

I used to feed a raw or cooked shrimp once in a while for a treat but it can be messy too. I used a long skewer to both hold it down & make removal of SOME of the leftovers easier. Again, before a WC. I also used to make a raw seafood mix for my discus juveniles & shared it with loaches. It had clam...