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post #121 of 150 Old 08-04-2012, 02:47 AM
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Okay. I am in love with the Pygmy Sunfish. Since I live in FL I think I might start going out and looking for them, but alas I am a city boy and I don't know how well I would fare out in the wilds
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Okay. I am in love with the Pygmy Sunfish. Since I live in FL I think I might start going out and looking for them, but alas I am a city boy and I don't know how well I would fare out in the wilds
Please tell me you found the courage to at least think about going to find some. I want to live vicariously though you. The alligators can't be that bad
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post #123 of 150 Old 08-14-2012, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bi-weekly update time. If anyone wants pics I will post them, I'm changing some things around later this week and was planning on picture taking then.

Critters- All is well and excellent with these guys. Last week I saw a ramshorn snail, or at least was certain I did. No sighting of any since, so I'm hoping it wasn't my imagination. I wouldn't mind a third snail species in the tank. BTW, I'm not sure if the loaches eat snails or not but I did see one gator rolling a trumpet snail. I'm not sure if the snail was alive at the time or even if the loach managed to get through the closed shell. I just thought it was interesting. I've only seen it once.
Still no clue as to what other fish I will add, but I'm in love with the two kinds I do have. They're perfect for the tank and it's fun to see them swimming together.

Plants-More mixed results here. Half the Hygrophila pinnatfida was lost. The rest is doing alright, if by alright you mean not dying but not growing either. All of the new Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia' has met the same mushy fate, although the stems I had previously are fine. The 'Siamensis' is finally growing quickly. Actually most of the plants are growing quickly. The green Hygrophila 'bold' (I see to have to form of this plant that differ in not only color, but also growth pattern from the same seller though) is once more in need of a pruning and has numerous side shoots finally growing. I should be able to get a nice bushy look from it. The sunset hygro is also going to a get a pruning. I had been waiting for it to reach the surface but it's more interested in blocking the light over the H. odora. I added Rotala 'Bangladesh' Thursday afternoon. Some of it already looks like it's double in length. The new growth doesn't show the red stems, but I can accept that since it's a lowtech tank and many of the other plants in there have the same "problem". I'm guessing the Rotala can be planted closer to each other than any of the Hygrophilas, at least that's what I've done. Finger crossed that there aren't any problems.

After the good luck with the 'Bangladesh' I have some other cheap Rotalas ordered to try, they will be replacing some of the plants that don't seem to enjoy my tank (anugifolia, compacta, possibly odora although that one is really pretty). I'll be getting a mix of Rotala 'green' and R. macranda 'narrow green' as well as R. 'yao yai' and R. macranda 'Japan red'. The last is not bright red, but reddish green so if I'm lucky that will stay that color. If not I'm not overly concerned as long as it grows.
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Please tell me you found the courage to at least think about going to find some. I want to live vicariously though you. The alligators can't be that bad

I did. I went out and searched and searched and caught a bunch of Mosquitofish... I can't find them xD

I want to see updated pics of your tanks!
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I did. I went out and searched and searched and caught a bunch of Mosquitofish... I can't find them xD

I want to see updated pics of your tanks!
I might have something you can use to narrow your search. I found out about it, because i was someday going to collect here in PA. You can find collection data at FishNet2 Search and then you might be able to use Google Maps to narrow it down farther for accessibility. That was what I had planned to try anyway.

I was just digging around in the tank to do trimming. It's a lil cloudy even after a pwc, so at the latest I'll post pics tomorrow. The bad news is that my angustifolia was in even worse shape than I thought. I'm left without about five small stems. Looks nicer if I decide to keep it, but the left side of the tank looks so bare. I can't wait for my new plants.
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post #126 of 150 Old 08-14-2012, 08:25 PM
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Trying to use that site but its not giving me anything. Ill probably just save up and wait to buy 8 from the sachs site i found.

I had actually done some research earlier and learned that alot are up north of my area and farther south. If there are some spots here it would probably a bit west of me in areas that are inaccessible to me. :(

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post #127 of 150 Old 08-14-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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There's some on Aquabid as well, or at least had been when I was thinking about them. Sachs seemed like my other choice, although both seemed to be only wild caught.
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post #128 of 150 Old 08-15-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Here it is! Nothing special, but it's mine. Getting over my newbie nervous to trim is something I definitely need to do. It should look better if I trim more often. This is pre-trimmed so a comparison can be made later. Some of my pictures came out pretty good (for me lol).









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post #129 of 150 Old 08-15-2012, 07:22 PM
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That looks really good. So envious of your drift wood. I wish i could find some good looking pieces. And such an awesome selection of plants. I need more for all my tanks!
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post #130 of 150 Old 08-15-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! The driftwood is actually stuff I found outside. I have a small bin's worth now and thought those two pieces would work. I think I ended up with more of a garden than a natural looking tank, but the fish seem to enjoy it.
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