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Post by Biulu on Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:12 pm

My neighbour goes on holiday for a week and asked me tonight if he should feed his 'anguilla' (weather loach) extra to survive the week alone. I didn't think this to be a good idea and then remembered that the little girl/guy was in a 15 litre unfiltered tank.

So, I thought if the neighbour is going on holiday, then why not the pet?! So, I offered him to keep him in my 180 litre tank for the time being.

In the beginning it was sitting on the bottom without moving but by now it has seen the whole tank and has been swimming up and down.

Here is a picture of it while still in its transport recipient. It measures about 15 cms.

DSC01883 by Biulu, on Flickr
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Post by Shell on Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:21 pm

Oh my goodness! Sweet little baby - what a holiday for him/her....wish the little darling could stay with you in the filtered tank for good!

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Post by CAAIndie on Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:43 pm

It's adorable. Haha I love weather loaches.

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Post by Sbenson11 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:57 am

I bet he gets and offer to remain where he is after the vacation is over Smile

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Post by Biulu on Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:08 am

@Sbenson11 wrote:I bet he gets and offer to remain where he is after the vacation is over Smile

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I don't think so. I am still in Mexico and this fish won't survive several months of absence I am afraid. Plus, the neighbour has 2 sons; they will not want to give up their only pet!
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Post by Biulu on Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:09 am

In another development: it already made the new tank its home. It has found a nice place to rest in the plants, looking into the living room. I will try to take a picture of it later.
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Post by l_l_l on Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:35 am

awww, so kind of you!
This loach looks very nice! Smile

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Post by nyleveiam on Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:26 pm

I've never cared for loaches very much but that guy is just plain CUTE!!! What a face.
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Post by Shell on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:36 pm

@nyleveiam wrote:I've never cared for loaches very much but that guy is just plain CUTE!!!  What a face.

Oh my - if you only came for a visit here to see our weather loaches - you would be hooked in less than five minutes. Each one has his/her own personality...Padrick alway eats from my hand...I have to get hubby to video this, not sure why we haven't done so yet!  I don't know if you saw the video I posted for Butterfly - he use to just sit in my hand just to relax - he never did this to eat, just wanted to chill out on my hand! We miss Butterfly greatly since his death. I have posted the video again below! Biulu is so lucky to have such a wonderful house guest - and he is lucky to have Biulu to provide him with such a wonderful vacation! check out the video of Butterfly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYiqAcYT7vM&feature=youtu.be

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Post by Biulu on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:43 pm

Here are some pictures of the girl (I think she is a girl as she is pretty fat, unless she is overweight!).

Chilling out on top of the plants:

DSC01900 by Biulu, on Flickr

And here in full glory:

DSC01904 by Biulu, on Flickr
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Post by Shell on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:51 pm

@Biulu wrote:Here are some pictures of the girl (I think she is a girl as she is pretty fat, unless she is overweight!).

Chilling out on top of the plants:

DSC01900 by Biulu, on Flickr

And here in full glory:

DSC01904 by Biulu, on Flickr

What a gorgeous finned-baby you have there - fantastic house guest!

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Post by Orlon11 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:53 pm

So beautiful! I bet she'll have a hard time going back from her holiday
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Post by Biulu on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:55 pm

@Orlon11 wrote:So beautiful! I bet she'll have a hard time going back from her holiday

She is not the only one having a hard time going back after a holiday!
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Post by Orlon11 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:58 pm

haha true!
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Post by nyleveiam on Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:04 pm

Oh Shell, that video was really touching!!!! That was so cute with him snuggling in your hand!!!
BUT, those long bodies do give me the creeps in a sort of bloodsucker way!!
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Post by Sbenson11 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:16 pm

They are kind of cool and creepy at the same time,

My prediction,

He's not coming out of that tank anytime soon. Smile

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Post by alexmtl on Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:22 pm

@Sbenson11 wrote:
My prediction,
He's not coming out of that tank anytime soon. Smile
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Sounds like a bet that I'll take.
I say that loach will go back to the kids; it's their dear pet after all.  pirat 
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Post by Biulu on Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:35 pm

I agree with Alex here. I have already offered them some of my cabomba so the loach can chill out in there instead of on the bottom of the small tank they have for it.

And I will persuade them to do weekly water changes instead of cleaning the whole tank at once which is still custom here.
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Post by Biulu on Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:33 pm

The only one that isn't too happy about the temporary house mate is my female mollie. The loach has taken up her favourite resting spot in the cabomba!
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Post by goldfishbetalover on Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:42 pm

ah!
temporary housemates can be tough!!!!!
I have never looked after anyones fish but fostered many greyhounds....at first it was tough for me...I ended up keeping several...at one time I had 14 dogs...time went by and I was able to love and care for them knowing that I had helped them in a step on their path
haven't done any fostering for awhile with 2 kids, 6 dogs and several fish my life has changed!
may the little guy be well cared for when the time comes to go home....
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Post by Biulu on Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:40 am

I have never had a weather loach before but my impression is that they are much more active in the evenings. I had expected this girl to swim laps in a big tank like this but instead she is hiding in the cabomba plants during the day.

In the evening she does do considerable swimming though sometimes startling the mollie pair.

Are these fish considered nocturnal?
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Post by Biulu on Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:42 pm

About an hour ago I was able to watch the behaviour that gave these loaches their name. She suddenly started to swim wildly up and down and without kidding, within 10 minutes we had a thunder storm breaking loose with heavy rain.

Funny thing is that when the storm started raging, she was calmly chilling out on an extra power filter that I have in the tank! Not even an extra serving of freeze dried bloodworms made her butch from there!
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Post by Biulu on Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:10 pm

Here is the last picture of our temporary house mate. Tomorrow she goes back to her family.

DSC02037 by Biulu, on Flickr

I can't imagine it would be very comfortable but apparently she thought otherwise!
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Post by Mykuhl on Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:28 pm

That was really nice of you to do but just be careful doing this type of thing. You don't want to potentially introduce sickness into your tank with an outsider. You never know what another fish may have.

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Post by Shell on Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:47 am

@Biulu wrote:I have never had a weather loach before but my impression is that they are much more active in the evenings. I had expected this girl to swim laps in a big tank like this but instead she is hiding in the cabomba plants during the day.

In the evening she does do considerable swimming though sometimes startling the mollie pair.

Are these fish considered nocturnal?

I wonder if it has to do with being solo verses being in a group, as our weather loaches are active throughout the day - periodically switching from resting and zipping around!

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