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#21 Dis

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:55 AM

Nice. Enjoy the new fish
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:45 AM

Beauty little royals. Aaaaaaand now the serious poop begins!! ;-)
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 06:00 PM

Beauty little royals. Aaaaaaand now the serious poop begins!! ;-)


Thanks!
Poop mountains are definitely going to fun to deal with lol.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:11 AM

Some updated shots of my L190 royals (#2 & #3). Couldn't get pictures of L190 #1 (it's rather camera shy, compared to #2 & #3).

Nice shot of my male Sewellia Sp. spotted with L190 #2
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L190 #2
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L190 #3 on driftwood and L190 #2 underneath.
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L190 #3 and #2 feeding on zucchini/courgette. #3 is the one that latched on first.
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:51 AM

Beautiful little guys!


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 11:57 AM

From left to right: Male Sewllia Sp. spotted, 1.5" L018 gold nugget, L190 #3 and #1.
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Some updated shots of my L142 snowball 2.75"
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A new L142 snowball (3") that I recently picked up. A bit of a story with this one. Got this very thin and sickly (arched back, concave belly, transparent and worn out fins, and a very sunken and boney face) L142 snowball from a tank of L102 inspectors. Even though I'm going against the rule of buying sick fish, I couldn't leave this stunner to wither away. Brought this pleco home and put it into a 15 gallon hospital tank where I'm currently treating it for internal parasites and bacteria.
Good signs are this pleco has enough energy to still move around actively, and it's still feeding. Got it to feed on some zucchini last night. Will keep everyone posted on it's journey to recovery.
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:16 PM

Well..... I guess I gotta hijack your post and introduce you to my 2.5" l190:
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:50 PM

Well..... I guess I gotta hijack your post and introduce you to my 2.5" l190

Feel free lol!
Beautiful L190 too, the patterns on it are crazy!
Wondering if there's some L190 royals with crazy/odd patterns on them. Would be cool to see some specimens with more white or more black in their colouration.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:47 PM

nice fish!

 

you guys get me itching to buy more royals lol

 

love em at that size, always active, latched onto the wood or glass


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:03 PM

nice fish!

you guys get me itching to buy more royals lol

love em at that size, always active, latched onto the wood or glass


Ya too bad they and their poop don't stay that size!
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:18 AM

Indian almond leaves in 3 different stages of decomposition, from my L190 royal plecos grazing on them.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:10 AM

Some more L190 royal shots.
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Update and good news on the new L142 I bought last week.
Since treatment, the pleco's fins have healed up, overall body mass is beginning thicken again (really skinny when I initially got it, almost looked like a tadpole from above), face is filling out slowly (still a bit sunken in, as you can see from that dark patch on it's snout), it's feces are not white and stringy anymore, and the pleco's belly is now flat/even (can be seen it the reflection on the bottom of the tank) and no longer caved in!
I knew it was risk buying this pleco with the condition it was in, but I'm glad I took it in because I knew this pleco had a fighting chance!
Will continue to update everyone on the pleco's road to recovery.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:00 AM

You're going to be known as the pleco vet or pleco whisperer! Lol
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:02 PM

You're going to be known as the pleco vet or pleco whisperer! Lol


Not at all lol.
I simply used PraziPro, high temp, and some MetroPlex to treat the pleco. Seems to have worked very well.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 02:10 AM

L200 green phantom female 3"
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Posted 26 March 2017 - 10:43 PM

L200 high fin green phantom male and L018 gold nugget hanging out on their piece of driftwood, with one of the Betta.macrostoma pairs in the background.
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Left to right: L200 high fin green phantom, L018 gold nugget, L190 royal #2, and juvenile Betta.macrostoma male #1 in the back right.
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:36 PM

L200 green phantom male
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 10:07 PM

*The description below is a bit of a read. Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up before you start *

Here's the full recovery story about the sick L142 snowball I purchased back on March 14th (This is my second L142 snowball in my collection, L142 No.2).

The L142 you see in the 2 pictures on the top was quite emaciated when I first purchased it. The pleco had a very concaved belly, translucent and worn out fins, and a sunken face with cheek/snout bones visible .
I don't usually buy sick fish, but with a stunner of pleco such as this, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to nurse this gorgeous fish back to health.

Loaded this snowball into it's own 15 gallon hospital/quarantine tank, where I treated it for IPs (internal parasites) and other possible internal bacterial infections. Fortunately the pleco still had the energy to actively swim around, and was still willing to eat.

Fast forward a week to March 22nd:

As you can see from the 2nd picture, the pleco's fins have healed up, overall body mass is beginning thicken again (really skinny when I initially got it, almost looked like a tadpole from above), face is filling out slowly (still a bit sunken in, as you can see from that dark patch on it's snout), it's feces are not white and stringy anymore, and the pleco's belly is now flat/even and no longer concaved (can be seen it the reflection on the bottom of the tank).

I knew it was risk buying this pleco with the condition it was in, but I'm glad I took it in because I knew this pleco had a fighting chance! Definitely a very good example of "a diamond in the rough"!

Will update everyone on this pleco as it continues to recovery and develop/grow :)

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Picture taken yesterday - L142 No.2 (on the left, all healed up and continuing to get better and better) and L142 No.1 (on the right) side by side.
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 11:55 PM

A little photo shoot of my L190 royal trio.
They decided to come out and chase eachother around during a water change, so I took the opportunity to snap a few quick shots.

Enjoy :)

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L190 #1, filled up on some Indian almond leaves. Got a little turd hanging out in the second picture haha.
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L190 #3
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190 #3 in the back, with L190 #1 in the front.
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L190 #2
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Posted 29 March 2017 - 12:57 AM

Short video of my plecos feeding on some Northfin Krill Gold pellets. Recorded 5 days ago.

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