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My Fishroom 2012

Post by chefkeith » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:26 pm

I haven't posted any new pics for awhile, so I thought I get the ball rolling once again.

To anyone that hasn't seen my main tanks before, I use water-bridges to connect 195g, 125g, and 85g tanks together, so that the fish can swim from one tank to another.

Here's the 195g Clown Loach Tank. There are about 35-40 Clown Loaches in the pvc caves.
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The Black Water-Bridge
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The 125g. This is Amazing Grace's home tank. She doesn't like to compete with the others for space and food. The rock work is for Kuhli Loaches.

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Here she is: Amazing Grace
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The Orange Water-Bridge
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The 85g tank. Brown Kuhli's use the rock work/cave. A few clown loaches will come here to get away from the others.
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Here are all the loach pipes
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My planted tanks that are separate from the others:
These have Crypts, Bristlenose Pleco's, Cherry Shrimp, and Ramshorn Snails
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Cryptocyrne Jungle.
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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by bookpage » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:11 pm

Thanks for the update, chefkeith. They all look great. Do you have a chair in the middle of the room where you can watch all the going ons?
240 - Clowns(15), Polka-Dot(6), Sids(57), Zebra(12), Burmese(5), Red-fin(4), YoYo(5), Sumo(2), Skunk(4), Peckoltia sabaji(1), L144 Black Eye Bristlenose Pleco(3), Odessa Barb(9), Roseline Sharks(6)

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by chefkeith » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:45 pm

bookpage wrote:Thanks for the update, chefkeith. They all look great. Do you have a chair in the middle of the room where you can watch all the going ons?
Thanks. Yes, I spend most of my time in here sitting in an office chair with my face glued to pc/tv monitors and the fish tanks.

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Post by bookpage » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:11 pm

Well, you have a super setup and I love the water-bridges. Where do you live and have you ever had visitors? I think you would be someone great to talk with about loaches and fish stuff in general.
240 - Clowns(15), Polka-Dot(6), Sids(57), Zebra(12), Burmese(5), Red-fin(4), YoYo(5), Sumo(2), Skunk(4), Peckoltia sabaji(1), L144 Black Eye Bristlenose Pleco(3), Odessa Barb(9), Roseline Sharks(6)

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by chefkeith » Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:59 am

Near Detroit. If and when I do have company, they'll see my tanks, and won't see any of the clown loaches swimming around. They'll think they are dead or stuck in the pvc pipes. So most people that visit probably think I'm nuts. Only a loach person could understand my love for these fish.

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by Keith Wolcott » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:23 pm

Everything looks great chefkeith! Thanks for posting since it is nice to see how your tanks keep developing. I'm guessing that Amazing Grace is up to 7 or 8 inches? Also, this is the first that I have seen your new water bridges. Did you paint the acrylic or is that a mix of acrylic and wood? I also don't remember you having the Kuhli loaches in your tank system. With the size of your system you can give them the low water current they prefer. I have often thought of adding them to my system so I would like to know how they are working out for you?

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by chefkeith » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:45 am

Hey Keith W! How's everything going? Have you posted any updates or pics of your tanks lately?

Yeah, Gracie is about 7 to 8" now.

Same water-bridges as before. I just painted them with some colored drylok. I've been thinking about connecting the pair of planted 50g tanks to the main tanks though. Just not sure the best way to go about it yet. I did see an interesting tank-sized water-bridge on Youtube the other day that's got me thinking again.

I've had the Kuhli's about 8-9 years, they are some of the 1st fish I got when I started keeping fish 9 years ago. I have 2 small groups of them, 6 Pangio's and 6 Brown Kuhli's. Each group stays in a different tank. They like piles of rocks better than the clown loach type caves. I just got to make sure that the clown loaches can't get into the rock piles. They'll sometimes try to muscle their way into them and evict the kuhli's. The bigger the rocks and tighter they are packed together, the harder it is for the clowns to do that.

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by redshark1 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:38 am

Hi Chefkeith, you are one crazy guy!

Thanks for sharing the Chefkeith experience! I like it!
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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by Keith Wolcott » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:56 am

Thanks for all the info, chefkeith.

I have been well, but so busy that I have missed following the loach forum for some of that time and I have not posted an update in a very long time. I do have recent photos so I will try to get an update out.

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by wasserscheu » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:35 pm

Very nice update, thanks Keith - looking great, I admire your lively school of clowns.

Like Keith W., I also have not been very active, due to lack of time.

My pipes are still the same, need to "clean that up" some day...

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by Tinman » Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:47 pm

Looking good ck , the loaches sure have grown over the years.
yaah , I have a fish tank

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by LoachOrgy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:45 pm

haha. Thats awesome Keith. Keep the pictures coming.

I believe I am going to have to upgrade my pyramid soon to have a larger size pvc pipe like your showing at the bottom ends of one of your pipe pyramids. My alpha is starting to grow out of it. I see here sleeping on her side against the glass of the tank next to the pyramid. Or she just didn't feel like fighting for the space.

Man, I bet feeding time in your tank is insane!
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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by EmilyMarie85 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:36 pm

That is a really awesome idea - thanks for sharing!

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by Curtis » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:11 pm

What temp do you keep your clowns at?

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Re: My Fishroom 2012

Post by chefkeith » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:50 pm

Curtis wrote:What temp do you keep your clowns at?
During the winter/spring: 78-80F
During summer/fall: 80-84F

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