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  1. I'd say add the aquaclear, the fish you have shouldn't have too much of an issue with increased water movement (which plants would help break up anyway). Remember, the filter does more than protect the cycle. But, there's definitely something to be said for the old adage; if its not broke, don't fix it. Never used co2, so can't answer to that.

  2. Akron store ransacked Robbers steal the most expensive fish, leave dozens of others to die on floor

    By Katie Byard

    Beacon Journal staff writer

    Published on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009

    Dozens of tropical fish were killed and many others were taken Wednesday morning from a tropical fish store near downtown Akron.

    The owner discovered someone had ransacked the store, smashing some 80 fish tanks and even throwing the store's resident parrot into a display pond.

    ''This is absolutely inconceivable, absolutely inconceivable,'' owner Steve Mills said as he stood outside Aquatic Interiors Seacave, shaking his head while he spoke with police detectives.

    When Mills arrived at the West Exchange Street store about 6:30 a.m., fish were still flopping on the floor amid shards of glass.

    Mills saw the parrot's cage in the pond and thought the 21-year-old yellow naped Amazon parrot, named Pat, had drowned.

    Mills later found the wet, terrified bird nearby.

    ''He's bruised on one side,'' said Mills' wife, Amy.

    About two dozen fish were stolen; dozens of others died.

    Akron police Detective Paul Hooper said it appears one or more burglars entered the

    store by breaking out a side window.

    The amount of vandalism is unusual, he said. ''I've never seen anything like that in a pet store.''

    Steve Mills estimated the damage to the store and the value of the dead and stolen fish at $35,000 ? at least. Also stolen were telephones and a computer that Mills bought two weeks ago.

    Mills plans to reopen the store soon. Friends and family members spent much of Wednesday cleaning up.

    ''I'm not going anywhere,'' said Mills, who also offers an aquatic design and aquarium service business.

    ''This is his livelihood,'' Amy chimed in.

    Steve Mills, 49, and friends had worked hard, turning the store into a tropical rain forest.

    He and Amy had been planning a celebration to mark the store's first anniversary ? April 1 ? in its location at 364 W. Exchange St.

    ''Now, there is nothing to celebrate,'' Amy Mills said.

    Until last year, the 24-year-old business had been in a building Steve Mills rented on East Exchange Street. He moved because the University of Akron acquired the property.

    Amy Mills figures the burglars know something about the value of fish.

    ''They took all expensive saltwater fish,'' she said. ''And after they took all the saltwater fish, they busted everything up.''

    Freshwater angel fish were among those left to die on the floor.

    Other freshwater fish swam in damaged tanks.

    Gesturing toward a small oval smashed tank, Amy Mills said, ''They even took poisonous lionfish.''

    Two lionfish were stolen ? one valued at $200 and another at $80.

    Steve Mills pointed toward a large piece of cream-colored coral, which now has a gash in it.

    ''I can't replace this,'' he said. ''This is the second-largest piece ever brought into the country in 35 years by the wholesaler.''

    Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2464.

  3. Just to expand on what Man-yu said, almost all plecos are given an L-number (new and old alike) as a way of identifying the many different kinds. The bristlenose I believe is L-144, but don't quote me on that.

    Also, the pic Willl attached first is most likely a male, as the females will only grow bristles around their mouth, males grow them around their mouth and in lines up to and between their eyes. And they will grow larger with age.

  4. What size tank is it? When I moved my 72 there was no way I could've left gravel in the bottom. Would've been too heavy or scratched up the glass. I put the gravel in a huge rubbermaid w/ tank water. Then moved the fish in another rubbermaid w/ tank water.

    Actually I moved into the house before we had to be out of the apt, so I set up a smaller tank and put the fish in there while I moved the tank and set it back up, then went back and got the fish later.

    Good luck w/ the move, and Congrats on the new house!!

  5. Without a pic its hard to be sure, but I'd probably guess he just got injured. Platys will work out their pecking order, and the danios can be quite active chasers. Also check for any decor he might have injured himself on.

    Barring popeye, salt should heal him up (along with pristine water). Watch the salt levels tho, I don't know what kind of corys you have, but some are more tolerant of salt than others.

    Good luck

  6. Ugh. :scared

    Yea, her fish will live for a while. I could lock your friend in a broom closet for a couple weeks (and would really like to :) ) with a couple other people she doesn't like and some food and she'd survive in there. But what a crappy life, having to fight for space and sitting in her own filth. Sorry, I don't know why most people don't see it that way. Maybe share Kokos with your friend?

  7. I disagree with your decision to move them. They're one of the few fish that go well with balas, and they will get as big as fast as a bala, so while its nice you wanted to give the bala more room, the tinfoil barbs need it too. But, that is your decision I guess.

    To answer your question, a bare tank would be a stark contrast to their natural environment. They live in the same areas as balas, heavily planted river beds in SE Asia. If they're ripping out your plants, pick different plants. They have fake ones that are attached to logs or caves or something of that nature. The more they can swim around and through, the calmer (and less destructive) they'll be. Good luck.

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