New loach pics, lots with external light.

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New loach pics, lots with external light.

Post by Vancmann » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:54 am

Hello everybody, its been a long time since I have taken pictures of my "little Orcas". Now I have new additions, my baby loaches, to the tank that make photography of my fish exciting again. Besides the obstacle of the top of my tank being covered with plants, I was able to fit an external flash above the tank in the thick bushes to get the lighting.

I will start off with some begging for food pictures. Also, I apologize for the condition of the glass of my tank. It is an old tank that I bought used. It is quite scratched up and dirty from water marks.

But first a pic of my whole tank. The plants have cut off about 90% of the lighting which makes focusing of the camera a bit of a challenge.
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Now some begging for food pictures:
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Post by andyroo » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:52 am

Lobster???
Spoiled, apparently. Happy as well, apparently.
Brilliant and well inspiring.
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Post by Vancmann » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:32 am

andyroo wrote:Lobster???
Spoiled, apparently. Happy as well, apparently.
Brilliant and well inspiring.
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Good catch. They go crazy for the stuff and it keeps them working to suck the meat out completely from the tails.
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Post by Donna » Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:01 pm

However hard they may have to work for their food, they sure look like they're eating more calories than they burn ... they're fat and sassy, like they should be. Oh, I love their little barbelled mouths!
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Post by andyroo » Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:17 pm

I give mine full leg-sections separated at the joint. The long tube of meat keeps 'em well busy. The gleeful clicking is deafening.
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Post by Vancmann » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:08 pm

They have had such an appetite lately, I could probably hide the food in the plants above the tank and have them work harder to get it so they dont get so fatty.

BTW Andyroo, one of my clowns can easily eat a couple hundred eggs. If its from the Giand Danios off course.
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Post by chefkeith » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:29 pm

Very nice.

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Post by Vancmann » Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:20 am

Thanks man
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Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:59 am

Hey Vancmann!

Aren´t there too many plants on top? How can you possible do WC and vaccuming on this tank? :shock: :P

Fishes looks very beuatifull, happy and healty. Nice job. Keep going!
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Post by Vancmann » Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:56 pm

Marcos Mataratzis wrote:Hey Vancmann!

Aren´t there too many plants on top? How can you possible do WC and vaccuming on this tank? :shock: :P

Fishes looks very beuatifull, happy and healty. Nice job. Keep going!
Exactly, its a pain in the behind. Plus I destroy some plants everytime i have to do anything more than a WC.
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Post by Barracuda518 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:20 pm

Incredible tank and loaches. Well done.

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Post by glenna » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:32 pm

those are beautiful loaches! fat and healthy. From the picture I also get the sense that they get along and like each other! (I am such a sap)
and I love that cool tank.. the plants on top really work for you, I'll bet and I am sure the fish appreciate the water quality

your tank is an inspiration
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Post by Vancmann » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:54 pm

Glenna, Barracuda518, Thanks for the compliments :)

Glenna, I try not to get them fat but a couple of them get lots more than their share. I am working on an exercize program for them. lol.
Also, they actually, for the most part and I will explain, get along very well with each other, good intuition. There are seldon fights with the occasion of the new younglings figuring out pecking order. The only main grumpy one is the largest female (alpha female). She is extremely agressive around feeding time and even does damage (surface?) to the little ones as well as the other big loaches. After the food is gone and she calms down all is back to normal loving community. Loaches sure are forgiving with each other. I also think that is natural for the alpha to be aggresive to discourage any potential challenges.
I think they are all much happier with the plants sucking up any extra dissolved matter in the tank. It shows by their eager appetite and lack of shyness.

I will be starting a new post with some videos of them.
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Post by Botia Robert » Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:45 am

Nice pics V-man! As usual good looking clowns.

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Post by Vancmann » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:44 am

Thank you Rob. I will be posting some videos soon. First, I have to figure out how to upload videos from my old camcorder to my computer. Missing some software.
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