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by chefkeith
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

The results I'm getting for pH are nothing close to what the LFS got. Not sure why. I'm getting 7.2 to 7.3 in all my tanks. I've tested it electronically and with a regent based test kit. My tap water varies. Hot water lowered to room temp is 7.4 to 7.5 Cold water raised to room temp is 7.0 to 7.1 B...
by chefkeith
Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

I just had my water tested at my LFS. Ammonia and Nitrite were 0. Nitrate was very low. The real shocker was my that my pH was 8. I'll be running some pH tests on all my tanks and water supply to find the source of the high pH. I think it's the hot water heater, but I'll test everything anyway. Need...
by chefkeith
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

While sleeping on it, I was thinking about what else could of been causing water quality problems and came up with a few answers. 1) For the large water changes, I was using sodium thiosulfate to dechlorinate the tap water. It's dechloranates, but doesn't detoxify ammonia. I forgot about that import...
by chefkeith
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:10 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

I had her about 8 years, since she was about a 1". She was a little over 5" long (nose to end of tail), but fairly thick. She was probably my smallest female.
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

She didn't make it. She's already in the freezer. No others are showing the same symptoms. Not sure what to think. Hopefully its isolated. Earlier, I was thinking about moving the clowns that are in quarantine back over to the main tanks, but this death cancels that thought. I did do a quick inspect...
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

She's almost lifeless. I moved her to bucket with water from Q-tank with just enough to cover her. Lots of aeration.
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

Well I'm not out of the woods yet. One clown loach is listless and breathing rapidly. Not sure what to do.
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: New Loach-a-Holic!
Replies: 7
Views: 2322

Re: New Loach-a-Holic!

They look lovely.
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Striped Kuhlis
Replies: 5
Views: 1880

Re: Striped Kuhlis

They may eventually bond. The older kuhli's I have, both striped and solid, didn't bond much until I gave them some rock piles (with 3" to 6" smooth river rocks) to house in. They'll wiggle in and out of those rock piles like you wouldn't believe.
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: New loach lover. Some pics and videos
Replies: 43
Views: 17183

Re: New loach lover. Some pics and videos

They are awesome! It looks like they are playing the piano! :lol:
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What Is your craziest Loach Story
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: What Is your craziest Loach Story

I have some kuhli loaches that stayed hidden or were trapped underneath an ornament for about a year. One of my clown loaches once jumped through an empty water bridge into an empty tank. She must of thought there was water in it. Thankfully, I was nearby when it happened and moved her back promptly.
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Recent Clown Loach Pics
Replies: 3
Views: 1355

Re: Recent Clown Loach Pics

They are getting huge! They look awesome.
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

Loachloach- Thanks. Yes, it was horrible. Yes, the frail fins probably weren't caused by ich. There was an underlying problem that probably caused it, but I did see 2 ich spots near the tail on a different clown. That confirmed that ich was present. Later, after I started the salt treatment, I saw a...
by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

Take a look at Gracie now. Amazing.
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by chefkeith
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 11823

Re: Update with good news, and maybe some bad news

On this fine morning, I'm here to report that things are going seemingly well. The activated carbon worked rather miraculously over night. The water is clear and the mucus layer on the surface has disappeared. The blotches on Gracie, are fading away faster than I can believe. The rest of clown loach...