When kind hearted people interfere!

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Dan Crawford, 23 May 2008.

  1. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Hi guys, i've set up a high tech 60cm iwigumi at work with a HC carpet, Blyxia, vallis nana and eleocharis (plus weeds for the minute) and i'm kinda happy with it, not perfect but it'll do. I have a shoal of 10 Hariquins in there and i was chuffed with them! Well, my boss turns up yesterday with a BOX full of fish and i just had to put my head in my hands! So..... what did it have in the box? right, 6 of the biggest male guppies i've ever seen, 6 BIG penguin tetras, 2 kuli loaches and 2 "horse face" loaches which are a GOOD 5" long!
    Needless to say i did the obligatory thank you and wow they are great but i'm sitting here looking at them thinking "what am i gonna do with all of them?" i can see a trip to the LFS and a story to my boss about jumping fish or amonia poisoning!
    Lesson learnt folks, don't let ANYONE get involved in your passion.
    :lol:
     
  2. james3200

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    Ouch :)

    I get the same at my tank at work.. why don't you put some more fish in, looks empty.. and why do we have to have the blind down before the lights come on?!
     
  3. Steve Smith

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    Crazy people eh?
     
  4. LondonDragon

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    I thought about setting one up in my office too, but because of that I have decided not too, since we are moving to an open plan office in the near future! :bored:
     
  5. Ray

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    You did better than I could have mate - to hide your dissapointment on receiving a 5" horse faced loach for your Iwagumi - that's a class act, even if it was your boss :?

    I feel for you - I make that over 120cm of fish circus in what must be an 80L tank! :wideyed:
     
  6. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    54L :wideyed:
     
  7. Ray

    Ray Member

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    Uh oh - its only 30cm high, I was hoping for 45! :wideyed:

    Well in that case could you just tell everyone the truth : 1cm per litre or they will die :?:

    Caveat: I am sometimes too honest for my own good. ;)
     
  8. Ed Seeley

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    My two tanks at school are literally 'my' tanks! I did a good trick which was using RO water. I then explain to anyone that the water in there is very soft and 'ordinary' fish added to the tank would probably die as they need to be slowly acclimatised over a couple of weeks. ;) The pair of big wild angels in the tank at front of school are becoming a bit big too so that tank is pretty well stocked. (Which reminds me they both need a really good clean and sort out!)
     
  9. Themuleous

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    Ditto for my work tank. All and any new fish additions are checked with me before being bought.

    Just say to them that if they want a certain type of fish or to add more fish they have to help with maintenance. I doubt people would be so interested then.

    Also, Dan - where did your boss get all lose fish from? If it was a LFS then its certainly one to avoid, that's a lot of fish to add to all but the largest tanks in one go! :S

    Sam
     
  10. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    hobby fish, Milton Keynes. I do think they gave him a bit of warning but he's a 6'4" rugby player called mr A Nutter and "he gets what he wants"!
    anyone want two horse face loaches coz they are deffinatly going to go "missing"!
     
  11. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Horseface loaches + Iwagumi? Could be a new style - equinescaping...
     
  12. How about a couple of nice purple parrotfish Dan.
     
  13. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Sounds delightful lol.
    I'm all for breaking the rules or going against the grain but this was just wrong!
     
  14. Ray

    Ray Member

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    It was just wrong was it? Dan? What did you do with those horse faced loaches? To confirm they are still alive and well you'd better be able to supply a photo of them together with today's newpaper - and no photoshopping!

    They may be an ugly counterpoint to your Iwagumi but they are still fish! :lol:
     
  15. Dan Crawford

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    Off to the LFS they went. ;)
     

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