05-26-2013, 08:26 AM
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Well, after a LONG and boring winter we are finally back to adding fish and plants to our tanks. Got a little overwhelmed with the car troubles, etc, but everything is all good now.
Charlie is talking a lot more, finally, and is close to the end of his first school year (JK).
We had some fish deaths over the winter, but not too many. Both our bristlenose plecos died again, even though I had lots of algae built up this time. So we've given up on keeping them. Our hillstream loach, which we bought around a year ago, is still thriving. We thought that would be the harder one to keep.
We had two of our ropefish pass away. I think they just couldn't compete with the faster fish in the 220. This is the current stocking of the 220:
11 x Black Skirt Tetras
8 x Congo Tetras
1 x Chinese Algae Eater
3 x Banded Leporinus
1 x Blood Red Parrot
1 x Ropefish
No aggression so far from the algae eater, Leporinus or parrot fish. I think the tank is large enough that it won't be an issue. I would have gotten 6 Leporinus, as per their profile, but they only had the three biggies, which were returned. If they ever get more, I will buy them.
Will take some videos later after the fish have all woken up. The 220 used to be lit up from 9am to 9pm, but it went to 10am to 10pm after the time change.
The pea puffers died, and I recently replaced them with some tetras and some shrimp.
The amazon puffers are still going strong and cohabiting nicely with the red tailed shark.
The Leopard Bush, Bleeding Hearts, and RTS have grown more than any fish we have ever owned. I think the bush has doubled in size, as have the Bleeding hearts, which started smaller than the Serpaes, but are now much larger. The RTS started small and is not a better size.
Charlie's dirty male Betta, Mary Poppins, is still alive, incredibly. She was in the dark for a little while when her bulb burned out and we weren't getting to the LFS recently.
Today is the last day of the Big Al's big sale, if anyone is in Canada and near one. 25% off all fish and plants here. We FINALLY started planting my Rainbow tank, we'd been talking about it since December. Looks a lot less empty now, and I'm sure it will help with water conditions. My nitrates are usually a little higher in my two 55s, which are unplanted.
Hope everyone is well. We are relieved to be back in the swing of things.