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My Interesting Little Creatures!


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These are my adorable little borneo suckers. :wub:

They like a sub-tropical climate and a strong current, but they can adapt quite well to a tank environment provided the water is well oxygenated and water parameters are well maintained. I am giving these guys a try and so far they seem happy and active - scurrying around eating and pooping!

They are completely non-aggressive, totally adorable and they grow only to a small size - which is either 2 inches or 4 inches - depending on what you read.

They will slowly shuffle around the entire tank, but they can move extremely quickly from one solid surface to another... if you blink, you will miss it!

Another interesting feature is their tail is bright blue in colour when they fan it out and they will also change their shade depending on substrate, mood, or temperature.

Look at the interesting 'footprints' they leave on my glass (I discovered this during a water change)

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Here is a short clip of them in my tank :)

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*Squeee* :wub: I am so in love with those little guys! How precious.

I myself have been trying to acquire a couple for my trop tanks but have yet to find them in my lfs. :(

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I had never ever seen them before either until one day they were at an LFS and I was intruiged so I asked about them. I went and did my own research and decided to try them.

Aparantly they prefer to be in groups of at least 3 for security which is strange because I have 4 of them in my tank and they never hang out together... each one does its own thing.

Since they do like a cooler temperature, I am considering trying them in my goldfish tank (even though my goldfish tank is currently the same temp as my tropical tank :rolleyes: ). Aparantly they can go well with goldfish (again, provided water is kept clean and well oxygenated) and to be honest, I dont see why they wouldn't... I'll see... perhaps one day I'll try it :)

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These guys are becoming one of my favourites! I have moved some 'aged' algea covered rocks, stones and plants into their tank as I was worried there would not be enough food for them with the tank still being a new set up.

They seem to be going great - so active and quirky! I really love watching them. Its so cute when they come accross one another... they do this little "dance around each other" sort of thing, then one will move away and the other will follow ... then off they go again doing their own thing. Not sure if its mating behaviour or what, but it sure is cute!

I have read that breeding in a tank is rare for these guys... but there is so much conflicting info out there that who knows!

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I love those! I have been wanting some of those, but haven't seen any at my LFS yet. Now that I have some kind of tropical set up going on with my betta's tank, I could probably get a few if I ever stumble upon them! I love the little "footprints" they leave on the glass. How cute :)

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Those look so cool, I saw those at my LFS! If there is not enough algae, throw in a couple algae chips for them. Or stick them in their favorite hideout to make sure they find them!

The footprints are hilarious :D

Yeah I do throw algea wafers in, but the corys and gouramis are always into them straight away :rolleyes:

And they dont really have a favourite hideout... they are always everywhere! LOL

It seems they have obviously been eating because they've been pooping!! :P

Anyway... there's an algea smorgasboard in there for them now! :rofl

Sakura - if you ever see them - get them! I guarantee you will not regret it :D

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Yeah, I had the same problem when I had my pleco in the goldi tank. I had to literally throw in 4 algae wafers at once or the pleco wouldn't have gotten any. The goldis even invaded her cave to get them, and then Vanille got stuck under the driftwood to get to a chip...

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Yeah, I had the same problem when I had my pleco in the goldi tank. I had to literally throw in 4 algae wafers at once or the pleco wouldn't have gotten any. The goldis even invaded her cave to get them, and then Vanille got stuck under the driftwood to get to a chip...

Ohhh.... Silly Vanilly!! :rolleyes:

Tell me about it though! I have the aame issue with my Brislenose and goldies - but I have a trick now. I feed the goldies peas and straight away feed the algea wafers to the BNs... the goldies are too busy with the peas to care about the wafers and the BNs are free to eat - it really works!

Doesn't matter for you anymore I suppose since sucky fishy is in a different tank now :)

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Exactly. Even though she is super sulky since the move, I know that she will appreciate the tropical tank more on the long run as it is her natural habitat. Not a cold goldfish tank. And there is more room for her as the tropical tank has just as many fish as the goldi tank, but the fish are SO MUCH smaller.

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Chinese Butterfly Loach? They are known by many different names :)

Does your BF still have it? Im curious to know if other people have kept these guys successfully :)

Kristi - they are so cool - you should definitely look into them ;)

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Chinese Butterfly Loach? They are known by many different names :)

Does your BF still have it? Im curious to know if other people have kept these guys successfully :)

yes he still has him he hasnt grown like at all when he bought him the guy at the pet store said they eat only live food so my bf bought lots of live foods but Mr. wiggles never seemed intrested so he stopped becuase his angel fish were getting very fat. Mr. wiggles lives in a 125 gallon tank and is about an inch in length. my bf was wondering aloud what Mr. wiggles was eating well now i can go and answer his question!

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I had two of these guys in my goldie tank for ages. They literally just lived on the algae on the side and bits of goldfish food that got trapped in the gravel, the goldies were too quick for me to feed them directly :( They did fine with the fish, were ignored and did some ignoring themselves. I lost one to a pH crash and the other to an ammonia spike, I believe they're scaleless so much more sensitive to water parameters. They apparently like to be kept in groups of 3-5 but my two never seemed to socialise, they actually seemed quite territorial, and when I lost one the other actually came out more. I did look into finding him some companions when the first died but the LFS didn't have any and I came home with Rusty instead. I don't think I'd put them in a goldie tank again, for one thing I have different and bigger fish and can't vouch for Mariko's good behaviour, but the feeding them used to really worry me. They lived several months and had strong colours so I don't think they were starving and they were certainly active. They are river fish though, they like strong currents and highly oxygenated water, my tank is pretty high water movement which is I think why they did ok, and goldies are high oxygen too, but I'm not sure a goldfish adapted tank is really what they're designed for. I never had any problems but I'm not sure I'd do it again (or I was sure I wouldn't until I saw this thread and now you've got me thinking about it again darn you! I do have an algae problem...)

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Thanks for that guys!

xchairity_casex - am glad your BF had had his for so long - it gives me some hope :)

Devilduck I haven't put any Borneos in my goldie tank yet - I have a lot of Bristlenose in there and would be worried the BNs might bully them :undecided: .

If you dont want more borneo suckers, you could always put a BN with your goldies to help clean up the algea :P

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