Figured an update was way past due for this tank. Been pretty busy as of late; just adopted a new puppy a month or so ago, she's a handful. Haven't had much time to sit and write a post between work, puppy training, vet visits, dentist visits (Bleh!!), water changes, yada yada.
Anyways, a lot has changed in the tank since my last post. MOSTLY good.
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The main tank its self is doing decent, still working out which plants I like, and what does better than what.
I've taken out the cabomba, it grew like a freaking weed at first, then it just started going down hill. It was starting to get too tall, so I cut the bottoms and replanted. Then they wouldn't grow at all, then stems deteriorated down to nothing, they started to re-sprout, and then just sat for a month at about 1 inch. At that point I gave up, and took what was left of them out.
The dwarf hair grass isn't doing much, maybe spreading a TINY bit, but for the most part it just grew in height.
The pygmy chain sword pretty much stop grow, was at a stand still. I took the plantlets on the left, and move them with the ones on the right. Then went root tab happy around the tank and now they're starting to grow some new leaves. Thankfully.
Swords are doing good. The few bladder snails I have left in there have munched on some of them but oh well I guess. They're Definitely much taller and they all have a bunch more leaves.
I recently (last week maybe) bought a Rose Sword, they guy at the store crumbled the tips of a few of its leaves when he tied the bag.. I was annoyed to say the least. But it was the best looking one they had (the most stems/leaves) so I decided to just deal.
All the anubias are growing leaves left and right. I'd like to add more to the new driftwood I put in, along with some lace java I think.
I added 3 more pieces of the malaysian driftwood, moved around the old ones. I found some pieces that created good caves, I was looking for more places for cories to eventually hide under.
(Had to remove the manzanita wood, its been in there for months and last week it started to grow some white fungus on it. I didn't want to bother with trying to clean it up and risk more fungus.)
Frogbit is like a weed still, I chuck tons of it every water change. I also have to trim the roots twice a week or they invade the swords.
I also need to figure out what I want to do about my random red temple plant, I don't really care for it. And I haven't maintained it that well. ::Shrug:: into another tank I suppose. I just need to figure out what to replace it with =)
I moved my giant masses of floating watersprite, it just seemed to messy for me. I took all the healthy plantlets from the mass and decided to try them out planted in the substrate. So far it seems to be doing great. It kept browning on the edges when it was floating, I think my lighting was too strong that close for it. Must have been burning it. Either way, it seems to be loving being planted
The Harlequin Rasbora are doing excellent. They're such curious little fish. Always exploring the roots looking for food after I trim them, and playing in the bubbles during water changes. I also had 3 fry survive to adult hood from their spawning in the QT tank MONTHS ago.
I had a group of Diamond Tetra in QT a few weeks ago, but sadly they must have been carrying something nasty because in a matter of a week all but two of them died. Didn't show any signs of fungus or rot, etc. Would hit one, they would get lethargic, then be dead the next day. One of the corpses seemed to have white bumps all over it and its mouth area turned darkish, but that was the only one that really showed anything wrong. Checked my parameters like a fiend, ph, ammonia, hardness, nitrites, nitrates, temp., etc. no changes from its normal. Kept on water changes and no luck. Its been a week and a half or so since the last death, and the last two don't seem to be showing any signs of the illness, but we shall see.
Just more to show that you should ALWAYS QUARANTINE new fish friends. I would have been devastated my my razzies got sick too.
On a much happier note! I set up a SECOND QT to start another group of fish for the big tank. Due to my boyfriends love of them, and my own new found fascination with them; we decided to swap out the cardinals that were planned and replace them with a group of Black Phantoms. They've been in QT for about 2-3 weeks now without a single hiccup. Again, we shall see.
They have such a subtle beauty. The males have such a pretty velvety black, with the TINIEST bit of red. And they have a beautiful blue iridescent sheen around the black spot they on their sides. And the females are just as pretty in their own right. I love their creamy red color with the black fins. I like the color variation in one group of fish.
I think if all goes well with the Phantoms, and I sort out things with the Diamonds. Little Rummy Nose friends are next =).
I suppose that's everything I can possible think of right now on this tank, there's been A LOT going on with it. Now its picture time. Sorry for the crappy quality. I don't seem to remember where I put my real camera >,<. It's also hard to get decent pictures as a puppy is trying to eat your hands while you take the picture =D
This first one is right after a water change, the rasbora are zooming around the freshly cut roots.
This is the tank corner, on the left is the new Black Phantom QT. Looks like the dinosaurs and dragon friends made a cameo in this one =X. They're just up there for ****s and giggles.
Closer shot of the corner
Closer shot of the left side in the main tank. Excuse the mess, its just before the water change =)
And here's shots of the new puppy just for kicks =D