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Old 08-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #781
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my gosh, that last sentence is soooo true

and jebus i barely got one rainbow to jump out of the tank which they are known for
its absolutely my favorite fish just barely above pleco's

u make me wanna get a pelvicachromis taeniatus.. they really are prety fish
also im not trying to say u should do it every week. although i do notice the benfits. consistent 50% changes aren't enough for me. back when i was doing all 50% changes. i still did an 80-90 once per month to kinda reset the tank
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:19 PM   #782
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I wouldn't do it every week. Too many tanks. It would take too long. But every now and then, I can see myself doing it. I already do it every now and then. I'm very much in favor of large water changes. I always love how the tank looks with fresh water, and I can't help but believe it's good for the fauna and flora in the tank.

I think you'd really enjoy watching a breeding pair of Pelvicachromis taenitus. They are very interesting fish. They don't just swim around the tank all day long. They have very specific behaviors, and they are most especially enjoyable when they pair up.

I started keeping aquariums when I was a kid. Back then, the traditional Kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher) was highly popular so in the mix of all the fish I got, I ended up getting some of them. Eventually, two paired off and started breeding. I remember watching them in the tank at night. They just fascinated me with how they raised their young. Unlike most fish, they raised them together, taking turns at watching over them and escorting them around the tank. I used to laugh that they would take them around the tank, telling them, "Now this is this plant (plastic back then), and this is this cave, and watch out for that fish, he's mean, and so on and so on." For all I know, maybe they really do teach their young. They definitely tell the young when it's safe to swim around and when they need to lie very still on the substrate to hide. They'll even "call" the fry to hide at times. So between their incredible breeding colors, their mating rituals, the way they care for the eggs, and then how they work together to care for the free swimming fry, they are simply fascinating fish all the way around. I have never seen any other fish bond together and then care for their young they way Pelvicachromis do. I think you'd really enjoy them if you ever had the opportunity to have a compatible pair.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:07 AM   #783
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Super nice tank!!!
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:32 AM   #784
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Thank you!
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:38 AM   #785
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I think ur right. Id love to see some babies that my other inhabitants wouldnt be as likely to see as snacks since they have parents protecting them!
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #786
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Wow, what a gorgeous tank! Love the reds & the textures. =)

Good luck with the move!
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:28 PM   #787
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so on tuesday it was sponge cleaning time. i felt the need to wreck your thread and show you my sponge and how nasty it gets and how clean it gets by the "rub" method. takes much less time than trying to spray the gunk out which i know u said u use a water hose for

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Old 08-11-2012, 04:55 PM   #788
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Wow, what a gorgeous tank! Love the reds & the textures. =)

Good luck with the move!
Thank you! However, since I moved the tank a few years ago, I suspect you may have been looking at some of the older pictures. I've since restarted this tank. It's been going through the new tank issues with algae, but it looks like it's finally moved passed that. The clean up I did last weekend seems to have done the trick. None of the algae problems are coming back! Whoohoo!

I'm going to give it a little more time, then I'll start increasing the light. Slowly. Once I get the tank stable with higher light, I can then start moving plants around between my 90g and this 75g to better scape the two. I'm not sure how I'll put everything yet, but it'll be nice to get some order to the chaos, especially in my 90g.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:58 PM   #789
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so on tuesday it was sponge cleaning time. i felt the need to wreck your thread and show you my sponge and how nasty it gets and how clean it gets by the "rub" method. takes much less time than trying to spray the gunk out which i know u said u use a water hose for

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Since it's my journal thread, you can post whatever you want in it.

I know you love your method of cleaning sponges! I'm going to be hard headed and stick to my method for my sponges. Too bad we don't live in the same city where we could have a sponge cleaning contest! LOL!

What's most important is that we each found a way to clean our sponges with which we're happy. Your way looks to do a good job for you.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:00 PM   #790
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I got some decent pics of the tank the other day that I'll try to post a little later. Came down with a cold that's zapping my energy so I haven't felt like doing much, but maybe I can get a few of the pics processed and posted.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:59 PM   #791
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Since it's my journal thread, you can post whatever you want in it.

I know you love your method of cleaning sponges! I'm going to be hard headed and stick to my method for my sponges. Too bad we don't live in the same city where we could have a sponge cleaning contest! LOL!

What's most important is that we each found a way to clean our sponges with which we're happy. Your way looks to do a good job for you.

HAHA i'd do more than have a sponge cleaning battle
and i wasn't trying to change ur mind... well maybe a little. but just showing u it is possible, WE have the technology

and be careful with that first sentence. im a horrible person. this friendly family oriented board is not safe from me. (though its the only forum im on)
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:38 PM   #792
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I'm also curious if u ever got a chance to try the phosphorous scrub to see its nuclear cleaning powers+
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:20 PM   #793
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Nope on the phosphorus scrub. I'm actually running out of ferts so I just placed an order for some more.

Yeah, I just saw where your mind has gone to in the other thread. I think you've been working too hard and have become delirious and delusional. Now get your head back into aquarium talk before you get yourself in trouble. This is a family oriented board.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:26 PM   #794
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Hahaha the best part is i typed it that way and realized what i said so i had to edit the italics. It was not intentional. I really did laug myself silly

For the record. U started it
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:02 PM   #795
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For the record, I realized how it came out after I had posted it, but I figured what the heck. I knew how I meant it when I said it. It just had a double entendre I hadn't anticipated when I first said it. Oops!

I think my funniest unintentional double entendre was when I was about 18. I stayed up late at night and would always request the same song. After awhile, the DJ began to recognize my calls (yeah, the only call at 3am asking for that same song) so we started talking. Eventually, I met him at the radio station. He had been crippled by polio as a child (yes, I'm old), and since he always wore shorts, one of his most obvious physical features upon first seeing him were his twisted legs. One night I showed up only to find he had a group of friends at the station, all of whom looked a lot like him (you know, the long hair, etc. from back then). It didn't help that they were all dressed pretty much alike, as well. He wasn't wearing his standard shorts and t-shirt attire. So it took me a second to pick him out from the crowd. When I finally spotted him, I exclaimed in my complete youthful innocence, "Oh, hi, there you are! I didn't recognize you with your pants on!"



I think the guys may still be laughing to this very day. LOL!
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