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Old 10-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #81
 
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Here is the video of my tanks new inhabitants. The lemon tetra are doing great, but they are all crowding in one corner of the tank right now and seem to be staring at their own reflection. Hopefully this is normal for new fish. I was unable to get the catfish because Trilby didn't have anything except for common plecos. I have also included a picture of a tank at Trilby Tropicals that I am trying to create with my own aquarium. Thanks for following along and feel free to ask me anything about the tank. Advice is welcome too.

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Old 10-09-2011, 06:52 PM   #82
 
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Those are very nice looking Lemons for being newly-acquired.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:26 PM   #83
 
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The Tetras have been in the tank for more than 24 hours and everyone seems to be doing great. They are starting to explore the tank and they are eating the pellets. I am floating the fake plants that came with my tank to help dim the light until the vals grow and cover the surface. The fish seem to appreciate this. One fish seems really fat, almost like it is bloated. I am pretty sure it is a female, so maybe it is pregnent. She is swimming around with everyone else and eating so I don't see it being a problem right now.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:42 PM   #84
 
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I felt like the play sand in my tank was to bright, so I added a layer of pavers sand to my substrate today. It is more of a gray color and looks more natural to me. I could see the tank get dimmer right away and I will post a picture once the cloudyness goes away. The lemon tetra already seem more active than before. During the day they would stay near one corner of the tank until the moon lights came on. Then they would all go out on their own and looked more relaxed. They look a lot more relaxed during the day with the new substrate. My next step will be to get a group of ember tetra and a few small chunks of driftwood to create the caves in the left rear corner of the tank. That won't be for a couple of weeks though. I want the lemons to get settled in.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:24 PM   #85
 
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:34 AM   #86
 
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I woke up this morning to quite the scare. Two of my lemon tetras were wedged in between the sponge of the sponge filter and the glass. I thought for sure they were dead, so I grabbed my net and moved the sponge. To my surprise they both swam out as if nothing had happened, which was a huge relief. I went to class and when I came back, another tetra was wedged the same way the first two were. This one also swam out once I moved the sponge. All of the fish are fine and swimming around like they usually do. I tested my water to make sure everything is fine and I have 0 nitrite, 0 ammonia, and 10 nitrates. The pH hasn't changed from 6.8 and the temperature is still 77 degrees. I just finished feeding them and all of them aggressivly ate the food like they usually do. Not sure why they wedged themselves the way they did, but I am praying that it doesn't happen again while I am away at work for the rest of the day.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:35 AM   #87
 
can you move the sponge a little? make it so they can't get stuck?
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:43 AM   #88
 
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Agree. This sometimes hapens. Fish do like to explore; I have had them get pulled into surface skimmers and not being able to back out they get trapped. Inctrease the space between the sponge and the tank walls so they can swim through it.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:50 PM   #89
 
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Thanks guys. I moved the sponge a little to hopefully prevent this again. The fish are very curious right now, checking every square inch of the tank out. I guess that means checking out behind the filter too .
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:42 PM   #90
 
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Everything looks lovely! I love the tank that you're trying to emulate, and I think you're doing a great job.

I just wonder... I know you said your pH was unchanged at 6.8, but did you test the paver sand to see if it reacted with an acid? The paver sand I tried fizzed in vinegar, and so was unsuitable for my S.A. set up. And if it didn't react, what brand and type was it? If its neutral, I want to get some of the same kind. Just curious, and thank you!
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