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post #51 of 58 Old 09-26-2010, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Remember, the bacteria isn't important if you get more plants. :)
Also, they won't die off, their population will just reflect the amount of fish. Adding fish slowly gives the bacteria time to reproduce.


Perhaps a small swordplant?

Hairgrass or echindorus tenellus (chain sword) would look nice in the foreground, some crypts or swordplants for the back. (Good swords would be E. Augustifolia, E. Ozelot, E.Osiris, and possibly E. Blehiri Compacta)

Perhaps some moss on that wood to soften it?

I actually do have the java moss on the wood, but I'd definately try to find the chain sword like plant for the foreground. I only seen Tropicas plants in the stores, but I'm not sure if my lighting would suffice for this plant? Their profile says it needs sufficient lighting.Plant Details

Is 1 x 18 watt sufficiant for this plant do you think?
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post #52 of 58 Old 09-26-2010, 03:33 PM
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I actually do have the java moss on the wood, but I'd definately try to find the chain sword like plant for the foreground. I only seen Tropicas plants in the stores, but I'm not sure if my lighting would suffice for this plant? Their profile says it needs sufficient lighting.Plant Details

Is 1 x 18 watt sufficiant for this plant do you think?
Most plants wil grow faster and/or thicker with more light. But most of them will grow fine with moderate light. I have the pygmy chain sword in my 115g and 90g tanks if you care to look at the photos, and that is moderate (many would say "low") light, and they are growing very well.

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post #53 of 58 Old 09-26-2010, 11:42 PM
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just to add my 2 cents watch the chain stores as they offten sell plants that arnt aquatic plants yet will live in water. my exp with plants like this has just led to money waisted as after a few months they tend to die off but not always. its good your looking up the plants you want in the tank first then going to look for them i wish i had done the same in the first place lol. tank looks great btw cant wait to see more pics =)
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post #54 of 58 Old 09-28-2010, 11:54 AM Thread Starter

Here's the tank 3 days after adding the first 5 Harlequin rasboras.


2 of them are very nicely coloured, quite reddish all over the body. One of them is the biggest fish and one the smallest.

Other 3 are more orangy-grayish on the body. All are eating well, swimming around, but one of these three looks like a mood swinger. It would separate from the group and look really pale, then if I feed them it gets the triangle nice and dark again only to change it in a matter of minutes back to pale etc. etc. They do chase eachother around... Is this just stress or what

Also I noticed they have reddish gills, but I'm not sure if it's just how they are? I found a pic of the same looking rasbora here http://www.google.si/imgres?imgurl=h...w=1405&bih=651 but it does not mention it being poisoned or anything.

We'll probably take a trip abroad after I failed to find the chain sword plant in any of the stores here, hopfully finding it there.

Also, I'll be away next week for 4 days, which means noone will be doing the water tests that time. Do you think adding another 2 rasboras before I go would be too risky? That would mean adding 2 rasboras a week after the initial 5 rasboras, should the water stay OK for the next 3 days. Or maybe adding 1 and then another 1-2 next weekend etc.

p.s. yes the water is treated with Tetra Aqua Safe before adding it to the tank on water change.

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Tank is looking good so far. In my opinion, I would wait until you return to add more fish. I never add fish before leaving for a trip because I like to monitor all fish with any new additions.
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Tank is looking good so far. In my opinion, I would wait until you return to add more fish. I never add fish before leaving for a trip because I like to monitor all fish with any new additions.

totaly agree with this i would wait also.
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post #57 of 58 Old 11-09-2010, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
Nearly there now...

It's been awhile since I updated this, so here's my latest set-up.

I now have 7 harlequin rasboras and 3 oto's (wether affinis or vittatus I ain't sure). They do take care of the algae tho.

Added cabomba and what I think could be foxtail, upgraded the lightbulb to "freshlife" by Ferplast (after the pic was taken)

Ordering pygmy chain sword and 1 cryptocontsomething wendtii this week.


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Nice change. More plants, more plants needed.

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