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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 19:45

Hmm . . . I guess I can see your point! :D but OH WOW Kev! That is one BEAUTIFUL snail! What a wonderful specimen! Does he/she do a good job of cleaning up then? (I'd love to keep snails in my tank, maybe an apple, but they become escargot for my loaches.)
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-21 19:47

Yeah they do a mean job of keeping Algae down, I have 2 of them in my Nano-reef and I don't see too much algae, they are the main part of the clean-up crew in there. I also have an Apple snail in my FW community but it sure has seen better days.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 19:48

*Has surprised self by suddenly running out of things to do....* :rolleyes:
Cool! I have a pair of Hillstream Loaches in my tank to clean up - and I muct say - it's spotless!
(If you hadn't guessed, I actually have some spare time on my hands for a change... wow)
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-21 19:49

By the way, what loaches do you keep?
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 19:51

Hold on a sec - I'll get you the link for my photo album, and you can see for yourself! They're all freshwater however, but I have managed to mix cold and trops - without a heater, and very successfully.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 19:53

<a href='http://groups.msn.com/AquariumTropicalFishKeepingHobbyists/quirlysfishies.msnw?Page=1' target='_blank'>My Fish Pics - Loaches and all</a>
I only have a small tank - but I have 7 fish perfectly balanced in there. My tests come out 0's, apart from Nitrates - but they ate my other plant.
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-21 19:55

Kuhlies shouldn't really bother the Apple snails, I have Kuhlies with my Apple Snail and it has been there quite a while now, you could try if you wanted ^_^
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 19:57

Lol - yes - the Khuli's would be alright with a snail - but my Dojo loach Erwin would eat it! The one pictured here is Erik, Erwin is his replacement, after he died of old age.
Haven't got any Erwin photo's yet.
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Postby Kev » 2005-10-21 19:58

ahhh....Dojo's rule so much, I would love one one day, just like big Kuhlies :D :D But you have a point, the snail would become a Dojo feast
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 20:07

They tug them out like Kleenex. But yes, they are so lovely, and mine is hand tame too - he likes to be ticked, to play in your fingers, and to be hand fed. I tried to move him out of the way to put my plant straight (as they redecorate for you...) and he bit me!
Not that it hurt - just surprised me!
Intelligent little creatures, active and gregarious. Happier in coldwater apparantly.
(if you want to know more about any loach, just ask)
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-10-21 20:11

lol, my guppies always attack my hands & all my fish love being hand fed!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 20:16

Hehe - my khulis are still very small, so they are quite shy yet. But Rex, my goldie, loves it. He is so...placid. Edward took to landing on Rex's head, after a mad swim, for a softer landing. You could literally see Rex just floating there, quietly going "quit it. quit it. quit it." Not bothered in the least. I dropped a pebble on him not long back - and it still didn't bother him - not even enough to move. He will come to see if I'm offering food, or for a tickle, but otherwise *meh*.
He's happy I guess. And Zelda used to be a bit of a bully... but he's scared of everything bigger than him.
I've been seeing if this "crystal therapy" thing will work on fish (I work in minerology, so I know what's safe and what's not) - and I'm surprised and delighted to say - it appears to work!
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-10-21 20:18

crystal therapy? never herd of it...
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-10-21 20:30

Yeah - its this "new age" healing thing. Everybody wants to "repair their chakras" and "cleanse the air" with stones - "which ones are the most psychic?" Is what I get asked frequently. Now - I'm a Darwinian - I refuse to believe it if I can't work it out.
But I dispared of Zelda's bullying - and I heard a type of jasper in the tank would sooth aggressive fish!
So - I popped a bit in - and now he occassionally nibbles his stone, instead of chasing the others! I also heard that Carnelian would help fish settle, and emphasise colour and health - I think that works. My tank is close to spot on all the time (even with all 7 in there), and Rex is shinier than ever!
I'm still looking into this, for more - but Zelda gets sulky if I remove his stone.
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-10-21 20:31

lol gotta get one for my bull betta gal then!
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