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post #41 of 74 Old 03-16-2013, 08:53 PM
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Looking good.

The pH shifts as the CO2 decreases over the day and increases over night... so if you test at the same time every day it might be always the same... colours aren't the most accurate method either.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #42 of 74 Old 03-16-2013, 09:50 PM
I've only been able to grow cabomba in a ten gallon rearing tank for australe killies with a sand substrate.
I'd guess your pH fluctuation to be experimental error.
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post #43 of 74 Old 03-20-2013, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
So it's finals week for me, but I've continued working on my tank because fish > finals. My water quality problems are all but gone, Ammonia and Nitrites at zero, with Nitrates steady at 5ppm without water changes. The remaining shrimp are more active and have better appetite. I'm not going to be adding any more creatures until I get back from a 5-day vacation on the 28th. If everything looks good then I'll get the cherries.

I think I have an idea whats going on with my plants. The Anubias and hair grass are both very healthy with good color and growth. The rotala and bacopa have fresh growth but old leaves all whither. I think the stem plants were in such bad condition from the lfs (no roots at all) that they were having trouble absorbing fresh nutrients and resorted to reabsorbing the old leaves. Now that some of them have roots they are starting to perk up and keep their leaves. The other possibility was that the water I've been using is lacking trace elements/etc. So just in case this was contributing to the problem, I added 2 cups of tap water this morning. It bumped my pH up from 7 to 7.5. I knew it was hard, but wow, I wasn't expecting so much change. Probably won't be doing that again.

The hair grass is continuing to spread, fresh blades are popping up all over the front of the aquarium (yay). I can't wait for it to fill in!
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post #44 of 74 Old 03-21-2013, 10:56 PM
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you are over stocking for a 5 gallon, but it is still do able. make sure the tank is heavily planted first. then add fish slowly 1 by one. otos have always been a hit or a miss for me,...
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post #45 of 74 Old 03-28-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
I'm back from vacation! And last night I finally found out what happened to all my ghost shrimp. There were two left, the big one and the little one. The little one was looking a little whitish, so I was watching him hoping to see him molt. Once he started the big one grabbed him, killed him, and ate him. ******* shrimp. I had been finding bits of shrimp in the tank whenever one went missing, I assumed they were bits of dead shrimp, but I think they may have been the shed skeletons of shrimp that tried to molt. There isn't really much to do with one mean ghost shrimp, I haven't ever flushed a live fish before, but this guy left me no choice. Down he went. Did a water test and water change as part of my after vacation maintenance, everything is looking good.

Today I went exploring in the area looking for better aquarium stores. The first one I went to was salt only, but they recommended another store about a mile away. I checked it out, thinking they might be okay. WOW, this place is amazing. It's called Wet Pets in Arroyo Grande. The fish were incredible healthy, everyone had great color and vigor. I was blown away by the quality of the livestock. They had a tank filled with corries that were all swimming together and playing in the current, rummy noses all had brilliant red noses, and this place had the biggest most healthy looking rams I have ever seen. On top of it all their prices were really pretty cheap. And not just cheap with respect to the quality of the fish, they were just cheap. The rest of their products were very fairly priced as well, none of the ridiculous markup you see at most lfs. There was a beautiful new 60g tank and stand, $60 for the tank and the stand was cheap too (can't remember exactly how much). If I had more space for tanks this would have been a very expensive discovery =p. I asked them for 10 red cherry shrimp and a bunch of spiral val. They told me that they did have cherries, but that they were running low so I would probably receive juveniles. My what great honesty. At that point though I didn't even care, the livestock was all so healthy. Nonetheless, they fished around in the tank looking for the best specimens and even gave me two pregnant females. When I got home and unbagged the val I realized that it was actually five smaller bunches and not the single bunch it was sold as, bonus! I can't recommend this place enough, they were so nice and friendly too, really a perfect example of what an lfs should be. If you're in the area you should give them a try.

The new shrimp are doing great in the tank. Much more peaceful than the ghosts, and they have wonderful color.
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post #46 of 74 Old 03-29-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
I forgot to mention, I've been continuing to revise my stocking plan. While I have always had great luck with otos, I do agree with the people that have been saying the tank is a bit small for them. After I add my main shrimp species if the plants are staying clean enough I'll probably leave out the otos. I think the snails and shrimp are doing a decent enough job cleaning anyway.

While I was at my newly discovered lfs, I also got to look at their tank of sparkling gouramis. I had never seen these in person and they were way more colorful than I expected. What a pretty fish! I may get these instead of the scarlet badis, as everyone I've talked to has said that the badis can be really picky eaters. I just don't want to deal with picky fish right now.
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post #47 of 74 Old 03-29-2013, 08:21 PM
Ottos do well for me, IF they learn to eat zucchini.
Badis do well for we with brine shrimp. They also soon take flake.

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post #48 of 74 Old 03-29-2013, 08:51 PM
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I can't get my Scarlet Badis to eat anything but Live foods. They won't touch anything that doesn't move. I have had them for awhile now and have come to the conclusion they just won't take prepared foods (well atleast not mine.)
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post #49 of 74 Old 03-29-2013, 09:48 PM
My Scarlet and Rainbow badis are in a 20 long, with various other small community fish.
They may have learned to take flake from the breeder, the pet store, or from their companions in their tank.
Everyone in that tank loves brine shrimp.
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post #50 of 74 Old 03-29-2013, 10:06 PM
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If you decide to change the level of water from what was planned for the filter maybe change the media to a submerged media such as ceramic rings, or other media made for letting the beneficial bacteria survive fully submerged. :)
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