River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

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River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Mon May 21, 2018 3:53 am

Hi guys, have been reading the LOL forum but never posted, thought I would share my river tank since I finally added some hillstream loaches on the weekend, tank has been running for a few months now. Some quick specs

Tank - Fire Aqua 1500 x 210 x 240, 10mm low iron glass
Light - Make My LED 3w Tube, custom 8000K+4000K Mix
Filter / flow - 2 x 1400 LPH canister filters
Hardscape - River Stones and ADA laplata sand
Plants - Val, Buce and Anubias

Livestock - Few shrimp, 15 - 20 White Cloud Mountain Minows

I think I have identified the hillstream loaches as;

2 x Sewellia lineolata
6 x Pseudogastromyzon myersi
2 x Gastromyzon ctenocephalus or G. Scitulus

Tho I could be wrong, they where all labelled simply as Borneo Suckers, some photos below taken just after adding the loaches

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by redshark1 » Mon May 21, 2018 3:22 pm

That aquarium looks superb to me, very professional as are the crisp photographs.
Thanks for posting, that's a visual treat.
6 x Clown Loaches all twenty-six years of age on 01.01.20, largest 11.5", 2f4m, aquarium 6' x 18" x 18" 400 ltr = 110 US gal.

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by loachnoob » Mon May 21, 2018 7:47 pm

Amazing tank!

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Mon May 21, 2018 11:59 pm

Thanks guys, first time with this style of tank, previously was all about aquascaping / the plants, its nice to focus on the fish.

Quick iphone video of the loaches, I was concerned the loach on the sand was rather pale but after a fair bit of reading apparently they will change colour depending on there surroundings, patchy white spots are bad but full body colour change is ok, which seems what is happening here, yesterday the loach was yellow (after transporting home) and this morning he was back to a dull grey with lighter small spots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiV-IOQ4mhU

Not sure if there is a way to embed video in this forum?

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Sun May 27, 2018 7:29 am

Updated photo, loaches seem to be settling ok, often out in the open a bit more often, tho some times they are no where to be seen, hiding in and around the rocks.

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Tue May 29, 2018 11:42 am

Starting to get some nice algae... never thought I would call algae nice, tho would be great if I could grow green / brown soft algae without BBA... starting to see tiny tuffs of BBA on the rocks closest to the window in my study. Loaches seem to be enjoying the algae tho.

Some photos below, most of the loaches didnt want to be on camera tonight, I think my camera / flash brings out more yellow than there is in the loaches, the yellow is not so noticeable by eye, they look more dark grey/brown to my eye, could be the flash stressing them bring out some yellow perhaps, they dont like being photographed and hide when I am pointing the camera right at the glass. It is fascinating how quickly they change colour tho, I managed to take a photo (first photo below... not the best photo) of two loaches fighting over a rock, these two guys went really dark / black with the banded stripes, and as soon as the fight is over go back the lighter browny grey. I saw my first blue loach today, it was fighting with a small Sewellia who didnt change colour as far as I could tell. I think they go more blue when really angry!

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by FishyLady » Tue May 29, 2018 2:43 pm

That is one brilliant tank!!! LOVE the big stones, is there a glass lid? won't the loaches get out?

Val
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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Tue May 29, 2018 9:26 pm

FishyLady wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 2:43 pm
That is one brilliant tank!!! LOVE the big stones, is there a glass lid? won't the loaches get out?

Val
Thanks :) The loaches seem to love the stones also! No lid, I did have one loach end up on the floor the first day I added them to the tank, it survived as I was able to get it back into the tank. They dont seem to interested in climbing out now they are feeling at home.

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by NancyD » Wed May 30, 2018 12:54 am

I. too, love your big rocks! I'm not good with hilly ID, but they look healthy & happy.

I'd worry just a bit about your loaches climbing up & out of the tank. I've only had a rimless tank once...but not with hillys...& I did lose a couple very small loaches to climbing or jumping in a 16 inch tall tank. Keep us posted on how they work out for you.
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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Wed May 30, 2018 3:15 am

NancyD wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 12:54 am
I. too, love your big rocks! I'm not good with hilly ID, but they look healthy & happy.

I'd worry just a bit about your loaches climbing up & out of the tank. I've only had a rimless tank once...but not with hillys...& I did lose a couple very small loaches to climbing or jumping in a 16 inch tall tank. Keep us posted on how they work out for you.
Thanks, hopefully they stay in the tank, I have 6 tanks at home all rimless with no lids, I just prefer the ascetic, I guess coming from a aquascaping background lids are not common

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Wed May 30, 2018 9:18 am

Few more photos tonight, the loaches are probably sick of me trying to take photos of them!

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by FishyLady » Wed May 30, 2018 9:26 am

Hi,
How many gallons does that tank hold? also what are you feeding them?

Val
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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Wed May 30, 2018 10:06 am

FishyLady wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 9:26 am
Hi,
How many gallons does that tank hold? also what are you feeding them?

Val
Hi, the tank is 20g but less because of rocks and sand, also I am only filling to within about 1 inch of the rim, tho the two big canister filters each hold about 20ltrs. I am feeding different kinds of algae wafers, hikari micro pellets, hikari micro wafers, I feed the white clouds live micro worms a few times a week, i guess they may eat micro worms as well, the tank is starting to build up some natural algae on the rocks and I have not been cleaning the back glass, it seems they are often grazing on rocks with the algae cover. I think they are eating fairly well, they respond when ever I put food in the tank, generally hanging around the area with the algae wafers, the small micro pellets get scattered around and the loaches sift through the sand.

Any suggestions of foods to try? I was going to try get hold of some gel food to apply to rocks but yet to get my hands on any, the repashy soilent green gel is not available in Australia. I was looking at New Life Spectrum Algae Gel.

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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by FishyLady » Wed May 30, 2018 1:46 pm

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Any suggestions of foods to try?
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You are already trying the ones i was thinking of, like you I am always looking for other things to try.

Incidentally how many times do you do water chaanges?
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Re: River Flow - 5ft Bookshelf Aquarium

Post by doylecolmdoyle » Wed May 30, 2018 8:56 pm

FishyLady wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 1:46 pm

Any suggestions of foods to try?
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You are already trying the ones i was thinking of, like you I am always looking for other things to try.

Incidentally how many times do you do water chaanges?
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Once a week, about 50% WC

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