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May 3, 2009
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Thought I might put a thread up to see where people are at in terms of their current fishkeeping situations.

Do you have any recent acquisitions?

Behavioural changes?

Spawning encounters?

I'm currently considering moving my EBJDs on, and rearranging my daemon tank.

The former is mostly because I'm still seeing no growth improvement on the JDs and now the largest fish is really starting to dominate the tank. At feeding time especially the four smaller fish sit in the corners of the tank desperately trying to avoid his wrath. Not enjoyable to watch.

The latter is because I really want to have a go at breeding the daemon. I'm fairly convinced I have a pair now; I'd really like to give them the chance. I'll look for some genuine black water tank mates - pencils maybe - move all of the non daemon out and gradually start lowering the pH over the space of a few months. I think I'll redecorate their tank too, much more cover and realistic looking wood pieces, possibly split up in to a couple of different areas such as an open substrate area, a darkened overhanging area, a leaf litter area and some areas with a couple of rocks in.

If I had a bigger tank I'd keep them with some Apisto species too, see how that got on - but alas, I don't /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

That just leaves my G. wonderi as the "stable" tank and they're perfect as they are. I'm going to try a few spawning triggers too, see if I have any luck breeding them.

So.. everyone else? /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 3, 2009
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My second batch of Pseudogastromyzon cheni have spawned recently as have my Pangio oblonga and Pangio kuhli, I am in the process of setting up 6 new tanks in the shed for various loach specific breeding projects.

The work in the shed has halted at the moment because I am in the process of moving a few fish around to free up a tank for the impending first ever shipment of Yasuhikotakia splendida of whcih I have 6 or 8 reserved /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

Other than that fairly quiet /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 3, 2009
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Nice Mark! Where are the Y. splendida coming from if you don't mind me asking?

How many tanks do you have going now?

May 3, 2009
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The splendida were caught by Kamphol that is all I know /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

9 tanks running at the moment and 6 coming soon with space for 1 or 2 more should they be needed (I am sure they will /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> )

May 3, 2009
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/biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> Epic. Wish I had more space for tanks /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Saying that, having seen Matt's "Nightmare Room", I just wouldn't be able to keep more than say 6 or 7 tanks at a time. The water changes alone would kill me!

May 4, 2009
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Not much to report here. Just the 3 plastic containers on the terrace at the moment with Cualac and Aphanius. I MAY be getting a group of Valencia hispanica this coming weekend if I'm lucky. I really miss the nightmare room... /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

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May 4, 2009
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Yeah I do too /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Ah well mate no worries, won't be long before you can have another one /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

May 4, 2009
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So whats the story on this "nightmare room"? /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

I'll post some updates later today /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 4, 2009
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Matt had a room with 30-odd tanks. It was an incredible place to be for a fishkeeper but so much work, hence "The Nightmare Room". That's my nickname for it btw, not his /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

May 4, 2009
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Pleased to say that everything is ticking over nicely here.

About the only change is that the last of the Microrasboras have passed on and I'll be using the room to increase the harlequin shoal.

30-odd tanks? /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> Would be a full time job looking after all of those!

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May 4, 2009
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just bought a 2nd hand rio 300, trying to a- get it into the alcove b- decide what to put in it.
think im going to go for african ciclids but cant decide on either mbuna or tropheus

May 4, 2009
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(more Geos /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />)

May 5, 2009
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All tanks broken down and ready for the move /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Few months of mucking about finding somewhere and hopefully they will be set back up again.

Incidentally, I'll need a list of good LFS in the Northwest - South Preston/Chorley area would be good but North Manchester and North Preston / Blackpool not too far to go for a good shop.

May 5, 2009
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Nothing news here, I am still awaiting my move, therefore there is not much I can do but to keep my goldies and the tropics happy and healthy. The pondies are doing wonderful in their new enviroment so that is always good news. But for now that is all. Untill after the move.

May 5, 2009
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Dave where are you going to be living? I was born in Chorley and lived in Leyland for 20 years. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Best shops in the area imo are Pier Aquatics, BAS in Bolton and Aqualife in Ulnes Walton but the area in general is one of the best in the UK for fish. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

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May 6, 2009
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Hi Matt,

Looking at Lostock Hall as it's kind of in the middle of my brother (Blackrod), my in-laws (Clifton) and my new job (Bury). It's also right next to the motorway network so good for work (meetings etc) and getting to the football (which is the most important thing - now got a 25 minute drive down the M61 instead of a 4 hour slog from Kent - woo hoo!). Has absolutely outstanding schools as well (both primary and secondary) which was an important desicion as I've got three little gits..... I mean kids. The missus can walk to work in Walton le dale as well. Also, plenty of decent walking areas without having to go too far from home.

Not set in stone yet but it's got everything going for it!! Anything more you can tell us about it would be appreciated.

Cheers for the LFS names - i'll check them out when i've got time i.e. when i'm not driving back down to Kent on a weekend - which hopefully won't be long as the house is almost sold (touch wood, cross fingers etc).

May 7, 2009
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Lostock Hall's alright yeah; bit less rough than Leyland or Chorley (spit). My Grandma still lives in Farington which is right next to it. And yep there are plenty of nice places to go walking in easy reach, plus the Lake District of course. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Have you looked at Clayton-Le-Woods?

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May 7, 2009
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It's one place on the list, lol

May 7, 2009
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I think my avatar may be changing to bosemani...I have hit a burnout point (after 8yrs of them) with my red new guinea rainbows, and may give them to a guy with a huge school after Matt saying that they dont do well in small numbers. I cant seem to find any adult females /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Also, my daughter just lost her dog to cancer, and I am going to set up a very easy keeper tank for the children, that I will maintain once a week for them. There's bound to be overfeeding. The tank is 109liter. Any ideas for inhabitants? I am thinking Orandas or newts... /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> the kids are age 8yrs, 6yrs, 4yrs

Can some of my profuse java ferns or anubias live in cold water?

I have finally taken some decent pics of my tanks with a friend's camera and will be posting them soon...
and uhhhh, remember guys, you forgive me, but, I rescued a baby parrot cichlid from a fate worse than death at the "fins" of a thug gang of skunk loaches in a bare tank...he's a white one /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

May 10, 2009
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The plants should do ok if the house has central heating Reva although they won't grow as fast.

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