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Joe C
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Username: joe

Post Number: 323
Registered: 12-2005


Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 09:47 pm:       

Got the loaches I wanted today! I went into one of the decent Petcos locally since I was in the area, just to see what they had. And lo and behold, there were 5 striata looking for hiding places in one of their larger tanks. There were four that were about 3 inches, and one big ol' 6 incher, and all but one looked good (one of the smaller ones was pretty thin). They had been adopted, and were much larger than I normally see in the stores. I watched them for a while, then decided to take a chance on them.

Catching them turned into a two-man operation, with a manager and a young guy manning the nets while I held the container and kept the one's already caught from jumping out. Several folks stopped to watch the show, but eventually (after all the rocks and decorations had come out) they caught the ones I wanted. I got the three healthy looking three-inchers for $5.39 each. I wish I could've gotten the big one, too, but I knew I'd be pushing it to qt just the 3.

Right now, I've got 'em qt'd in my 10, and yes, it's tight in there. But that's the only qt option I've got. I had a couple of cories in there, and they are now getting acquainted with the occupants of the 55. The 3 loaches are a pretty heavy fish load for the 10, so I'll have to step up the water changes while they're in there. But it'll be worth it if these guys work out. I was figuring on having to order them, but walked into that store, and there they were!


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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 139
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 09:52 pm:       

Wow! What a price for 3"-ers!!

Congrats!!
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Gopi
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Username: gopi

Post Number: 1810
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 09:53 pm:       

Hmmm, i don't know of striata that get 6 inches long... 3 inches is kinda the norm... are you sure they are striata and not a look alike?
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Joe C
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Username: joe

Post Number: 324
Registered: 12-2005


Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 10:03 pm:       

Hmm...good question, Gopi. What are the look alikes?
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Gopi
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Post Number: 1812
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 10:13 pm:       

i'm sure there are a few Joe. Robusta and Rostrata can look pretty similar (maybe not to some, but I bet if one is mixed with another at a store tank...) and robusta can get to about 7 inches so... how bout a pic? I'd love to see a 6 inch striata if it is one ;)
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Joe C
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Post Number: 325
Registered: 12-2005


Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 12:24 am:       

Okay, looks like I've been had. These are robusta, not striata, and they are just as aggressive as they are reputed to be. Two of 'em are going at each other with some real feeling! Thanks for the heads up, Gopi! I owe you, big time! These guys are going back tomorrow! I'm glad I didn't leave the corys in with them!

Live and learn.

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Gopi
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Post Number: 1813
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 01:12 am:       

Phew! I'm so sorry you got the wrong loachies :-( Striata were really hard for me to find too (Craig delivered most of mine). My guys top out around 2.5 inches. They can "get larger" in the wild, but 6 inches...now that would be one big striata ;)

You might want to give the store a heads up that their fish are mislabeled...
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Joe C
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Post Number: 326
Registered: 12-2005


Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 03:03 am:       

Will do, Gopi, and thanks again!
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