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Old 12-25-2006, 11:24 PM   #1
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New Fishas!

Finally started adding some "real" fish! My 50gal tank has been occupied by a bunch of danios (which will eventually be moved elsewhere) and two bristlenoses for just over two months, since it was set up. I now have added my centrepiece fish - 3 yoyo loaches - and a recent decision - 2 siamese algae eaters.

The yoyo's have already become the stars of the house, entertaining us to no end with their antics. They have also caused me a mild heart attack when one seemed to utterly disappear from the tank for a while. Also, they don't seem to be eating. They forage, but don't go after the food I put in for them (frozen bloodworms or sinking pellets). I am thinking of trying some live food for them. Any recommendations? And one last question - today one of them has gone almost totally grey, the markings fading and the base colour darkening. What does this mean?

The SAEs were in response to a niggling staghorn problem, and even in the few days they've been in the tank, they have nibbled about 3/4 of it! I am totally impressed. And they're so pretty, I love the way they hover like hummingbirds. I have named them Chang and Eng, after the first Siamese twins (original, eh?).

I also got about a dozen mixed sex guppies to start my guppy community breeder tank. We have a java moss wall growing in that has already proven an excellent fry-saver. Here's to livebearers!
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:24 AM   #2
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For the loaches you might try microworms; they are VERY teeny and my big cories and little sidthimunki loaches love them. I have foam over the filter intakes so the fish browse on the ones that get sucked in. If you don't have a prefilter like foam, turn off the filters for a bit so they can grub around. You can get a culture pretty cheap on AquaBid and they are easy to maintain.

Do you mince up the bloodworms? Mine eat 'em with gusto, but only if they are chopped to bits.
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they have been eating the bloodworms that scatter around the ground. i guess i was expecting them to go straight for the block. they seem a little casual about food in general. maybe i am too used to feeding danios

any idea on the dark grey colouring? he's still dark today. is he stressed or sick, or just in a mood?
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