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Homaloptera Pics
February 11, 2009
2:52 pm
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Mark Duffill
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For the last few days I have seen one or two homaloptera out and about but majority of the time you wouldn't even know they are there, the ones I have seen I have observed chasing very small Cherry shrimp which I think they have been feeding on (good job the tank is over run with them) which was one of the reasons for me adding the shrimp in the first place.

Last night I went into the kitchen and this is the sight that greeted me /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

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It was nice to see them just to be sure they are all feeding ok which by looking at their body size they are, be it on frozen food or shrimp /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

February 11, 2009
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Wow what a spectacle that must have been and great photos. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Are they out and about a lot more since?

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February 11, 2009
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They do seem to be gradually getting more active and moving around the tank a lot more.

February 12, 2009
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That looks awesome. First time I saw the images from a distance I had no clue what was going on /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

February 12, 2009
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Thanks Dunc /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

I am going to alter the flow of the powerheads slightly when I move everything to catch all the sewellia that are in there, the powerheads are currently aimed down the tank towards the front glass but I might try and put the flow more down the middle over the cobbles and wood etc.

May 2, 2010
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Hi Mark I've been doing some research and I think all of these are H. confuzona - they match the description perfectly and none have the three distinct saddles that Tan and Ng say H. orthogoniata has. You still got 'em?

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May 2, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ May 2 2010, 12:58 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Mark I've been doing some research and I think all of these are H. confuzona - they match the description perfectly and none have the three distinct saddles that Tan and Ng say H. orthogoniata has. You still got 'em?

I think you are right Matt, unfortunately I only have a couple left, I moved them to their own tank and they were doing great until the powerhead blew up, somehow the casing cracked and water got inside and even though the trip activated and cut the power a load of black melted plastic came out of the pump through the crack and polluted the water and we were away for the weekend so by the time I got home all but a couple were dead /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

A week or so later a second powerhead of the same make did exactly the same thing in another tank, luckily we were home and I saw it go and managed to get it out of the tank pretty sharpish. Needless to say the other two that I ad are now in the bin.

May 2, 2010
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Man what a bummer. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Not really a consolation but least they'll be forever immortalised in our species index!

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May 2, 2010
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That is a shame Mark. What brand were the powerheads??

May 3, 2010
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They were unbranded Jim, I bought 4 on Ebay as they were cheap and I intended to only use them as stanby replacements in case of emergancies, when I put them in the homaloptera tank I intended changing them as soon as I got some new ones but forgot /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" />

May 5, 2010
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hi M.D
those pics are superb mate really clear and the tank looks awesome too, sorry you lost some mate

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