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Old 03-22-2011, 11:06 PM   #31
 
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I read this entire thread, and LOVE the idea of a thread to document your aquatic journey!!!

Your pictures are amazing, and your tanks are beautifully done!!! I cant wait for it to be all done with the cycle and stocking to see how they all look!!!

I am a little late, but welcome to TFK!
Thanks! I forgot to note it in the last thread, the tank is cycled now. 0 nitrite and 0 ammonia readings for the last two weeks. I'll try to get an update with photos tomorrow.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:50 PM   #32
 
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Great thread! Great insight! It was fun to read your progress, I'v been setting up my own 29Gal recently and should be finished stocking at the end of the week. Then on to my 55 gal!
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:24 PM   #33
 
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Thanks for all of the kind words everybody, here are some updated pics. With the ich scare over, and the tank fully cycled I added in some really interesting fish. I was just looking around at my LFS and discovered that they had just recently received some celestial pearl danios. They are still very young, but are growing up quickly. I asked, and the owner said he was pretty sure they were captive bred, but judging from how skiddish they are they may be wild caught. I would have preferred captive bred, but I do plan on breeding this guys, so hopefully that will even out my karma if they are wild caught.

I took all 13 home, although the girl at fish store only charged me for 12 (she's awesome). The 13th fish had an unlucky run in with the breeding net container they were housed in when she removed them. It was floating upside down on the ride home, we didn't expect him to make it so we aptly named it "Flusher". When we got it in the tank it righted itself and swam well enough, but it had a large red mark on its side (fish equivalent of a bruise maybe?). Flusher is doing fine now, and save for a very small mark on his side is almost indistinguishable from the rest of the school.

As I said previously, I've relocated the cory cats into a 20g long that I'm doing, and it's been running with some filter media from the cycled tank. It's also very, very, heavily planted (I'm going for kind of a wisteria jungle thing), so it shouldn't have any problem handling the cats. Obviously with the CPDs in the 29g I won't be adding any gouramis, instead I'll pretty much make it a species tank, save for a few otos. I'll add an opaline gourami to my 20g probably.






Apologies for the blurry pics, catching a shot of the CPDs is like trying to shoot lightning.

I plan to carpet the foreground with HC, I have it ordered from SweetAquatics...but it looks like that was a mistake.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:08 PM   #34
 
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I would love to have CPD myself, but they are too costly and hard to find here. The tank looks amazing!! Cant wait to see your 20 gallon forest!!!
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:14 PM   #35
 
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I would love to have CPD myself, but they are too costly and hard to find here. The tank looks amazing!! Cant wait to see your 20 gallon forest!!!
Yeah when they told me they had CPDs I said "What for like $12 a fish?". Nope...had them for $3.99 each, I told them I would take them all without even blinking an eye, and like I said they threw the 13th one in for free. I got a heck of a deal, I was psyched. The girl that works there is awesome, she's always cutting me a deal, it's a real shame she's shipping off to the Air Force in a week or so.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:22 PM   #36
 
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Yeah when they told me they had CPDs I said "What for like $12 a fish?". Nope...had them for $3.99 each, I told them I would take them all without even blinking an eye, and like I said they threw the 13th one in for free. I got a heck of a deal, I was psyched. The girl that works there is awesome, she's always cutting me a deal, it's a real shame she's shipping off to the Air Force in a week or so.
WOW! That IS a great price!!! I havent seen them for less than $7-8!!!
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:25 PM   #37
 
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The CPD's are doing great. I've added some more anubias to the tank, and my dwarf baby tears are settling in well. I removed an amazon sword I had in the tank and replaced it with a tiger lily bulb. The bulb is already growing wild, can't wait for it to gain some height. I'm dealing with a green algae problem, I've held off on dosing fertilizers for now. Hopefully once the baby tears take off and start to spread and cover the foreground they'll take care of the algae by soaking up the excess nutrients causing it. It's already looking better since I've stopped dosing fertilizers. The dwarf baby tears seem to be taking to the tank, they've lost a good chunk of leaves but I believe that's normal as they adjust to the tank. I'm already seeing some new growth from them, and their color is much better than when they arrived.

I haven't got any photos of the main tank, but I did take some of the wisteria jungle I've been setting up. I've moved the cory cats to this tank as well as some cherry barbs. I also recently added a female opaline gourami. I was concerned that the barbs would nip her fins but they show little interest in it.

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Old 04-21-2011, 10:06 PM   #38
 
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Beautiful, just beautiful!! And what a great looking gourami!!

For the algae issue, have you looked into getting a group of oto cats? Or a snail?
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:03 PM   #39
 
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Beautiful, just beautiful!! And what a great looking gourami!!

For the algae issue, have you looked into getting a group of oto cats? Or a snail?
Sorry for the late response. Yes, I have pretty solid little cleanup crew. I have about 4 nerite snails, 2 otos, a small army of cherry shrimp, and a nearly unseen legion of malaysian trumpet snails. Thankfully, however, the green algae is all gone, I should have a pic up in a minute or two.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:30 PM   #40
 
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Here's a shot of the whole tank, apologies for the crummy angle, I had to angle it a bit to counter a light behind me. Note that these shots were taken shortly after a water change so the tank is full of bubbles.



Here's a closeup of the dwarf baby tears, the patches have thinned out some as the loose pieces have separated and floated away, but I 'm seeing quite a bit of new growth as they start to spread out. I'm not sure if they're pearling in this photo, or those are just air bubbles caught in the plants from the water changes.



You can also see the weird stringy stuff... I'm not quite sure what it is, but I believe it's the gunk that collects on the surface of the water when nothing is breaking the surface. When I added the canister filter I noticed the surface of the water would get kind of funky. I read up and found that it was because nothing was breaking the surface. So to counter this I added a 4" inch stone that would come on at night. I figured this would help break the surface and oxygenate the water (which I may have needed anyway since I'm dosing the tank with Excel).

Anyhoo I found an issue with the check valve in the line to the airstone and saw that it wasn't working, hence nothing was breaking the surface nightly so the surface was extra filmy. When I broke the surface of the water all this whitish gunk would spread across the tank, and it would catch on some of the plants and look like the stringy stuff on the baby tears in that photo. So I fixed the issue and now the surface of the water seems fine. I'm guessing, however, that this gunk may just be some left over from when it built up.



I'm seeing something different on my anubias though. It's a dark green (maybe black?) short hair-like algae. You can kind of see it on the tip of the leaf in that shot. I would love some input on what this might be, and how to take care of it.
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