The Panda Garra

Akari_32

This blog will be to monitor the growth and development of my newest addition, an inch long Panda Garra.

Despite my researching, there is very little varying information out there about these guys, so this'll be a learning process the whole way though. I'm unsure if they are schoolers, or solitary fish, but I think I will be getting a few more, regardless. Some sites say they like to be in groups, others don't say at all. I'm also hoping he'll develop some red in his fins, like most of the pictures show. If anyone has any info on them, please share!

He's real small, and spunky and determined. I've given him and the shrimp he's QT'd with some bloodworms, and even thought he can't quite figure out how to eat them, but he's not giving up
 

Jaysee

I thought that was fish poop
 

Akari_32

Well, I guess that's not too far out of a thought LOL My guppies used to poop bright red when they got red colored food


Also, he's figured out how to get the red juice out from inside them, and his colors drastically darkened Now that he's full, and not eating anymore, he has dulled back down some.
 

stashattack

He's a cutie! Look at him go He'll figure out how to nom on them eventually
 

Akari_32

He's starting to, yeah lol Its funny watching him. While he's eating, he'll get real dark grey, almost a charcoal, and then when he's not, he lightens back.

I don't like how young he is, but if he wasn't this small, I wouldn't have been able to get him, so its a bit a two sided situation LOL

Update on the little guy:

Great colors today, nice and dark, and starting to show the *slightest* bit of pink in his tail!!! =D He's eating some ZooMed Aquatic Shrimp, Crab and Lobster Food pellets. Pics in a bit
 

pirahnah3

awesome, he looks like a cute little guy.
 

Akari_32

He really is sure cute! I've got a vid that YouTube needs to hurry up and let go through (uploaded through iMovie), and I've got those pics I still need to put up lol
 

ZeeZ

Interesting looking fella! Best of luck with him, I'll be watching this progress.

Also: I'm proud of you for using a container Made In USA!
 

Dino

Amazing cute little guy!! Looking forward to watching him grow!
 

Akari_32

Interesting looking fella! Best of luck with him, I'll be watching this progress.

Also: I'm proud of you for using a container Made In USA!

Thanks! You should google them and see what they look like full grown. EVEN CUTER!!!

LOL Its just a PetCo version of a Kritter Keeper. I doubt that they'd make a trip over-sea's as it is! Its not quite as sturdy as an actual Kritter Keeper. But I do try to buy things that are made in the US and/or from companies that don't endorse much animal testing. I'm also trying to get into more organic and natural things, but on my college type budget, its not always possible @.@



Amazing cute little guy!! Looking forward to watching him grow!

Thanks, me too! =D



I'll add music and the pics when I'm back in my room.
 

pirahnah3

awesome, Go apple! lol

looking forward to learning about this guy, he looks interesting.
 

Akari_32

It usually doesn't take so long to show up on YouTube, but its been several hours, so I just uploaded it out-right LOL Just need to get some music to it...
 

ZeeZ

Have you tried putting your foot in or your hand in to see if he eats your dead skin and improves your complexion yet?
 

Akari_32

Uuuuuuh no. Why don't you try first
 

ZeeZ

Were you aware that's what they're used as in Turkey?
 

roy

I got one of these given to me the other week (my friend moved back to Scotland), definitely a nice looking fish, mine does well on its own, nobody bothers him and he just swims around up and down the glass
april 2012 077.jpg
 

Akari_32

Were you aware that's what they're used as in Turkey?

I figured they were used along those lines when you said to stick my feet in there


I got one of these given to me the other week (my friend moved back to Scotland), definitely a nice looking fish, mine does well on its own, nobody bothers him and he just swims around up and down the glass
april 2012 077.jpg

Awww, he's cute!
 

ZeeZ





You could run your own illicit spa business!
 

Akari_32

You could run your own illicit spa business!

Not Panda Garra, but close enough LOL "Nibble fish", "Reddish Long Sucker"
 

QQQUUUUAADDD

LOL! When I went to China 2 years ago, I went to this natural hot spring spa. They had a pool of those doctor fish and their bite was ticklish.
 

RogueAgent94

Nice looking Garra. Not too much info on them that I have. I do know they prefer to be in groups of 4. Even when they are full grown. When they are younger they swarm in groups 100s of fish but when they get older they separate into smaller groups usually ranging from 3 to 14 fish.

BTW Garras only 'eat skin' when they are starving. So basically what these spas do is they keep a group of fish in a tank and don't feed them for a couple of days. Then they put them in ponds or containers in which people sit in and then the fish eat the dead skin because there is nothing else to eat. After that they are fed a large meals for a couple of days and the process begins again. Not a very nice process IMO. I refused to sell any Garras or similar fish to any sort of 'spa' facility when I stilled owned my fish business. Just my input on the whole matter LOL.
 

Akari_32

Nice looking Garra. Not too much info on them that I have. I do know they prefer to be in groups of 4. Even when they are full grown. When they are younger they swarm in groups 100s of fish but when they get older they separate into smaller groups usually ranging from 3 to 14 fish.

BTW Garras only 'eat skin' when they are starving. So basically what these spas do is they keep a group of fish in a tank and don't feed them for a couple of days. Then they put them in ponds or containers in which people sit in and then the fish eat the dead skin because there is nothing else to eat. After that they are fed a large meals for a couple of days and the process begins again. Not a very nice process IMO. I refused to sell any Garras or similar fish to any sort of 'spa' facility when I stilled owned my fish business. Just my input on the whole matter LOL.

Did you ever have any full grown Panda Garras? How big were they? When I get home I'll be getting him a few buddies for sure.

That's not very nice D=
 

RogueAgent94

Yep I had a group of 12 that I collected in streams around the Bay of Bengal. My largest adults were bordering around four inches.
 

Akari_32

Yep I had a group of 12 that I collected in streams around the Bay of Bengal. My largest adults were bordering around four inches.

Dang LOL I've seen from 2 to 4 inches, so guess that's actually right, for once What all did you feed them? I've seem some places say all they need is algae, and others say that they don't hardly eat algae at all.
 

RogueAgent94

Nice pictures!! I kept mine ina pond mostly. So I couldn't monitor what all they ate. I'd say some of each but mostly algae.
 

Akari_32

"Some of each" of what?
 

RogueAgent94

Some algae, some detritus, some inverts (mine ate my ghost shrimp! meanies), and some other 'stuff' lol.
 

Akari_32

Some algae, some detritus, some inverts (mine ate my ghost shrimp! meanies), and some other 'stuff' lol.

Oooh, ok LOL Hm... that explains the lack of shrimp in with him... Used to be 10 or 15 in there, but now there are about 1/2 that much XD Tomorrow I will give him an algae wafer, rather than the meaty stuff I've been giving him =3
 

RogueAgent94

Lol good idea.
 

Akari_32

Well most places say they'd rather not eat algae, so I don't know! I'm just a poor unsuspecting first time owner! >.< LOL
 

Brainlady

He looks like a close relative of a Bumble Bee Goby!! Awesome little guy and I am enjoying learning about him,
 

soltarianknight

Adorable. Wish one of these had shown up in the ghosts shrimp bad and not the darter.....wanna trade XD. But no, hes looking great, from what I know on garra, and that's not much, they are schoolers.
 

Akari_32

Isn't he? ;D He's cutting years off my life right now, though >.<

Don't worry, I think Rogue is the only person in the world with any length of knowledge on them XD
 

RogueAgent94

Not true!!! I'm just on here too much lol ;D
 

Akari_32

Just realized, I never posted this picture here....

 

RogueAgent94

That's not forum appropriate!! REPORT REPORT!
 

Akari_32

That's my index finger, dip face! He was too far down the side for me to have my hand other way lol
 

RogueAgent94

LOL and here I was thinking you were a nice girl. You should be ashamed of yourself!
 

Akari_32

LOL and here I was thinking you were a nice girl. You should be ashamed of yourself!

I never said I was "nice." I tried to tell Piranhah that I am actually quite vicious, but he didn't believe me XD FishLore just prevents me from being so
 

RogueAgent94

-sigh- Young people these days. "Nice" in that context means decent lol.

;D You're too little to be vicious hahaha.
 

Akari_32

-sigh- Young people these days. "Nice" in that context means decent lol.

;D You're too little to be vicious hahaha.

Geeeeeeez!!!! Is *this* one better?




O-ho-ho, if only you knew. If only you knew.... >=)
 

RogueAgent94

Ah yes, much better. But it can still be mistaken for *that* gesture if you don't look closely. You should use a coin lol.

Cute little fishy
 

Akari_32

I don't have any coins.... Oh wait, I think I have a nickel....!


Oh, no wait. I lied.....


If only he wasn't stressing me out right now....
 

Butterfly

That's not forum appropriate!! REPORT REPORT!
Oh my I'm having a heart attack laughing at you two!

AkarI thanks for the pics. He's looking really good.
Carol
 

RogueAgent94

I don't have any coins.... Oh wait, I think I have a nickel....!


Oh, no wait. I lied.....


If only he wasn't stressing me out right now....

A college student and no change lying around? What are you, a rejected ninja??
Oh my I'm having a heart attack laughing at you two!

AkarI thanks for the pics. He's looking really good.
Carol

;D I thought someone might appreciate our conversation haha.
 

Akari_32

Thanks, Carol. Other than the bit of flashing he keeps doing, he looks really good. I wish he'd perk back up to how he was being yesterday and the day before! But as I'm taking pics, he's interacting with me, so that's good That said, I'll have some pics from just now up in a few


A college student and no change lying around? What are you, a rejected ninja??

No, I used the last of my laundry quarters last night, and I don't use cash, sooo.... LOL
 

soltarianknight

-sigh- Young people these days. "Nice" in that context means decent lol.

Heh you have no idea
 

RogueAgent94

I see a coin!! Yay, my life is complete.

Heh you have no idea

Hahahaha considering I am one of those young people I have no right to say anything hahaha. I just had an older education.
 

Akari_32

Yeah, I managed to find a nickel LOL
 

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