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by Dojosmama
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Weather loach
Replies: 3
Views: 1350

Re: Weather loach

Could it be a pregnant female? Perhaps eggbound? If it looks like a fat stomach, that might be the case. And if she is pale, then perhaps she is having problems dispensing her eggs. I'm afraid I don't know what to do in that situation. Anyone here experienced with that situation? She (or he) might a...
by Dojosmama
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aquascaping Issues. UPDATE! YAY!
Replies: 9
Views: 5393

Re: Aquascaping Issues.

I wish to add: If you tie java ferns or anubias nana to rocks or driftwood, I don't see how your fish can eat those bases. The only bottom dwellers that eat wood are certain species of pleco, such as bristlenose. They need to eat wood as part of their diet. I save the weighted bases that come with m...
by Dojosmama
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aquascaping Issues. UPDATE! YAY!
Replies: 9
Views: 5393

Re: Aquascaping Issues.

The only way to have uneaten live plants in an aquarium is to not have any animals in there with them. Or have all carnivorous animals, in which case, they may eat one another. Carnivores will need to be fed the appropriate foods, such as brine shrimp, blood worms and other prey foods. But if you wa...
by Dojosmama
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: scared loaches?
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Re: scared loaches?

A few things I can think of: Did you take the time to acclimate them to the new tank water before putting them into the new tank? Is the new tank cycled? Did you transfer established filter media over to its filters to provide an instant supply of beneficial bacteria? Is the water chemistry and temp...
by Dojosmama
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Please help me!
Replies: 1
Views: 1089

Re: Please help me!

You obviously have a bully fish that has been harassing the others. Your loaches may have had plenty of places to hide, but they can't hide all of the time. They have to come out to eat and some species of loach become very active after dark. It sounds like your leopard fish has grown too large for ...
by Dojosmama
Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How long do loaches live?
Replies: 4
Views: 1740

Re: How long do loaches live?

A healthy weather loach (dojo) can live up to ten years. I've had mine for about three years, and they're still going strong.
by Dojosmama
Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tankmates for Weather Loaches
Replies: 12
Views: 6259

Re: Tankmates for Weather Loaches

Looks like Zodiac is a golden dojo. Yes, they are spoiled, and it's hard not to spoil them. They're so cute! The rubber band might do okay for awhile, but will eventually rot away, and you'll need to tie the plant with fishing line, which will last permanently. Also, I am wondering if the material a...
by Dojosmama
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Super Glue is really safe???
Replies: 8
Views: 7648

Re: Super Glue is really safe???

When using silicone, use only silicone that is specifically made for aquariums. Your LFS should stock some. The household silicones that you buy at places like Home Depot aren't always aquarium safe, and most will say so on their labels. Even aquarium silicone must be used in a well-ventilated area,...
by Dojosmama
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tankmates for Weather Loaches
Replies: 12
Views: 6259

Re: Tankmates for Weather Loaches

A word of caution about Anubias and Java Ferns. They have rhizomes that should never be buried in the substrate, as that would rot them. They can be tied with invisible fishing line to rocks, wood or other ornaments, or their roots can be buried as long as the rhizomes are on or above the substrate....
by Dojosmama
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tankmates for Weather Loaches
Replies: 12
Views: 6259

Re: Tankmates for Weather Loaches

Have you arrived at a name for Potter's companion? Perhaps we can have a friendly competition wherein we all suggest names, and you can pick the best one. Just for fun ...
by Dojosmama
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tankmates for Weather Loaches
Replies: 12
Views: 6259

Re: Tankmates for Weather Loaches

Aquarium fish all over the world would fare much better if everyone were as "neurotic" about monitoring fish-in cycling as you are. Too many beginners don't understand or don't care enough to keep tabs on their water chemistry during this dicey period. You are obviously much more experienced. Kudos!...
by Dojosmama
Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Some pics of my coldwater tanks ...
Replies: 9
Views: 6416

Re: Some pics of my coldwater tanks ...

Just bumping these up because there are newbies here who haven't seen them. The very last pic shows one of my dojo loaches while he was still in my 20-gallon-high. He's right out there in front on the substrate, in the pic shot at a somewhat diagonal angle. As soon as I can get my photo program work...
by Dojosmama
Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Dojos' holiday dialog
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Re: Dojos' holiday dialog

Thanks much. Someone had walked me through a photo program about a year ago, which I used successfully for awhile. Then it stopped working. Since I've updated my browsers, I may try again. Also, Photobucket. Meanwhile, I had posted some pics, I believe, in the freshwater forum. Some had my dojos in ...
by Dojosmama
Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: messages sitting in outbox??
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

messages sitting in outbox??

Once I reply to a private message and click the submit button, I notice it just sits in my outbox. Do I need to perform another step to actually send it, or will it send by itself? Is clicking the submit button actually sending it? Not that familiar with how the PM system works here.

-- dojosmama
by Dojosmama
Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tankmates for Weather Loaches
Replies: 12
Views: 6259

Re: Tankmates for Weather Loaches

How long has your new tank been cycling? If you just got it, it may be well over a week before it's ready to set up. Cycling usually takes anywhere from four to eight weeks. Do you have a test kit?