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To save my fingers...
Posted By: BB <email@example.com> In Response To: Wow! You Are The First Person... (Joe Loach)
Date: Wednesday, 3 February 1999, at 12:03 p.m.
In Response To: Wow! You Are The First Person... (Joe Loach)
See the link below for a detailed description of the tank, chemistry, setup, tankmates, feeding ect.. When I purchased these the store had no idea what they were and neither did I. I learned my lesson from the Homaloptera that got away and decided to take a chance. Based on the appearance of the fish I surmised from the topset eyes that this fish would burrow or pearch in the substrate so I used sand to allow for either behavior. The gobylike body and large mouth and gills suggested to me that the fish had a lesser swim bladder and probably waited for food to find it rather then search it out for itself. So blackworms were allowed to establish themselves in the substrate. They arrived with a shipment of fish from Asia (containing modesta and lochata)so I had a good idea what the water chemistry and temperature should be. So I risked the purchase.
I found nothing about them anywhere (books, magazines, newsgroups, picture archives) until I found lol. Thanks to Ken I could give them a scientific name as well as a common one.
I found them in a fishstore over an hour away from where I reside. My fiance and I went to dinner and left the bag in the console of my car with a battery operated pump and air diffuser while we ate. In total the three purchased were bagged for over four hours. I added them to the horse tank and haven't had any problems yet. I kept two and she took one. I think hers lasted four months. I have never seen these eat anything (from a distance) but live worms. This imho is a fish you keep just so you can say "Oh, yeah I keep them". They are almost never visable and they pull an amazingly quick dissapearing act when they sence you. The lower light levels in the tank don't even persuade them to frolic around the tank. They are very atractive and peaceful but no great difficulty to keep. ....just wish I saw more then the eyes peeking from under the sand more frequently. I have pl*co that are twice as hard to feed. So in conclusion let me just say "Oh, yeah I keep them". Hope something is informing.. it's just some applied common sence on my part, and I may be way off mark here but it works for me:) BB
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