[PICS]My loach tank (update pg3 - 26may11)

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Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:40 pm

Keith Wolcott wrote:Excellent! Your fish are nice and healthy looking.
Thank you! I always look at your topic. Your loach tanks are the ones of the
most impressive ever with all that water bridges and natural light!
Marcos Mataratzis wrote:Hey Rodrigo!

They´ve grown very fast. Have you give up on natural plants?

Marcos
Thank you Marcos. You know that I've learn a lot from you, so part of
my tank success depends on you. :lol:

At this time I gave up on natural plants, but I will try to add a plant
filter using hyacinth. There's a balcony just 3 meters from the tank, so
I could easily pump water from the sump to a plant tank sitting there and than pump it back to the sump.
starsplitter7 wrote:Absolutely lovely. Love the patterns on the Yoyos.
Thank you!
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Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:26 am

I was looking to my tank then i noticed all my 10 clown loaches
swiming againt the current, doing the "loach train".

So I ran to take my camera and get some pictures to share with you.
So here they are, hope you enjoy.


Tank overview:
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Side view. Tank is 1,00 m (front) x 0,70 m (side) x 0,60 m (height)
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Essa yoyo aqui parece velha, mas é pequena e gordinha.
O formato dela é diferente das demais.
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Botia Dario
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I took these following pictures against flow direction.
Solitary red tail shark laying on the ground looking at what loaches
are doing.
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Finnaly a good picture!
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My biggest one at center, and the third one in size above it. It's my
favorite one and it's growing up very fast. It will soon by the number
two in size.
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Red tail shark and chinese algae eater
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More pictures of the "loach train"
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Post by arny » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:07 pm

i must admit when i see clowns in the shops i dont like the look of them but then i see how beautiful they can look when people give them the care and space they need to grow. just lovely

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Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:49 am

arny wrote:i must admit when i see clowns in the shops i dont like the look of them but then i see how beautiful they can look when people give them the care and space they need to grow. just lovely
Thanks for your kind words!


I got six more clown loaches, five medium (5-6cm) and a little one (3cm). I'll be posting more pics as soon they get transfered from quarantine tank.
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Post by starsplitter7 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:53 am

Great pictures. THank you for sharing.

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Post by andyroo » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:30 am

Looks familar- I've got a couple of these Hydor koralia in the same position but in the back, blowing along the back wall. Everybody loves it. The green algae is even the same, but your use of sand is keeping it in check over the bottom. I'm getting rid of the gravel from my mixed substrate for this reason.
I made the mistake of getting a headstander a couple of months ago, so my planted system is quickly becoming a stone & wood only system and the powerheads need cleaning every morning.

I'm thinking of setting a creeper-vine in/over the tank to take up the nutrients the regular plants used to use up, but the roots get nibbled off (by everybody). Any thoughts on keeping the roots safe? No space for an external planter.
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Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:30 pm

andyroo wrote:Looks familar- I've got a couple of these Hydor koralia in the same position but in the back, blowing along the back wall. Everybody loves it. The green algae is even the same, but your use of sand is keeping it in check over the bottom. I'm getting rid of the gravel from my mixed substrate for this reason.
I made the mistake of getting a headstander a couple of months ago, so my planted system is quickly becoming a stone & wood only system and the powerheads need cleaning every morning.

I'm thinking of setting a creeper-vine in/over the tank to take up the nutrients the regular plants used to use up, but the roots get nibbled off (by everybody). Any thoughts on keeping the roots safe? No space for an external planter.
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Yeah, these algae grows on porous surfaces and gravel or big pebbles are perfect for them. I have little amount of gravel mixed with sand, as you saw that on my pics.

I've never had an Annostomus, but I know their fame for being extreme
destructive to plants, many times more than loaches.

I think my friend Marcos is now using a creeper-vine in his tank. Maybe you can look in his topic and message him. I don't know how his loaches are dealing with the roots. Good luck then!

PS: I've put some water lettuce floating to see if i can get my nitrates level down, by as I would expect, loaches loves their roots :D
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Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:33 pm

starsplitter7 wrote:Great pictures. THank you for sharing.
Thank you!
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Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:15 am

I took some pictures and recorded a video last week. Hope you enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=froPkU1Khx4


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Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:03 am

Great pictures Rodrigo!
My 450L Loaches tank
31 clown, 5 morleti, 2 sidthimunki

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Post by chefkeith » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:43 pm

the loaches look wonderful!

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Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:19 am

Thank you Marcos and Chefkeith.

Here goes a video that I recorded yesterday night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4rAs9j5V98
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Post by loachmom » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:00 am

Gorgeous!! Your fish look so healthy and happy! :)
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Re: [PICS]My loach tank (update pg3 - 07nov10)

Post by Rodrigo Carvalho » Thu May 26, 2011 11:46 pm

I lost some guys due to a 2-week work travel :( (3 darios, 1 labeo, 1 cae)
While I was away pH went down suddenly. My wife found 2 darios lying dead on the substrate, one day before I landed
in Rio, the day after I found one more dead inside a piece of bogwodd. Red tail shark was in a very bade shape
but I've manage to take him back to health but he jumped out of the hospital tank :(
The sad part is that my 4 darios were a christimas my wife gave me two years ago.

Btw, all the other guys are doing well now.

Home update pictures i took this week. As I"ll traveling a lot more on the next few months I've decided to
take out all the bogwood from the tank, to minimize the risk of more pH drops.

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Re: [PICS]My loach tank (update pg3 - 07nov10)

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