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post #11 of 104 Old 09-13-2011, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I'd prefer to not have the head and tail lights. He seems okay so far, not being aggressive and like I said, hes sticking with the other tetra. Of course I know this can change over time so for now I'll just keep a close watch.

I wanted the oto's not really for algae, just because I really love them in my other planted. They're one of my favorite fish to watch. I dont have to have them though.

The profile for the apistos we have listed says that a harem will work in a 24in tank. Will 1 male and 3 females be okay with the tetra in the tank as well? Would I still be able to get another shoal, even with the extra 2 females?

Also, do the majority of the apistos species prefer a harem?
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I'd prefer to not have the head and tail lights. He seems okay so far, not being aggressive and like I said, hes sticking with the other tetra. Of course I know this can change over time so for now I'll just keep a close watch.

I wanted the oto's not really for algae, just because I really love them in my other planted. They're one of my favorite fish to watch. I dont have to have them though.

The profile for the apistos we have listed says that a harem will work in a 24in tank. Will 1 male and 3 females be okay with the tetra in the tank as well? Would I still be able to get another shoal, even with the extra 2 females?

Also, do the majority of the apistos species prefer a harem?
Otos are fine; I thought maybe the algae was the reason, and that is 3 more fish.

Some Apisto species are best in a pair, others in a harem. In a 29g you can still have another group of small peaceful characins whichever, depending upon species of both the characin and the apisto (thinking size and temperament of both). Your live plants help out too.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #13 of 104 Old 09-15-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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So I've ordered my first fish online.

A harem of double red Apistogramma cacatuoides. They are tank raised in 7.5 pH which will work great with my parameters. I'm really excited. The seller has sent me a picture of the male I will be receiving. Hes still a very young male so he'll color up nicely. He also sent me a picture of the father, who is gorgeous! I've been talking with him through email about the species and his experience with them as well as my newness to shipping fish.. hes defiantly made me feel more comfortable with the whole thing.

Here is my (soon to be) new male. The last picture is of the father.
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Definitly a beauty. Just went through buying fish online for the first time myself, things went well even with the cold snap that we got here. One suggestion I would make is when you get your guy make sure to take time to acclimate him to your water and not just put him into your tank.
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post #15 of 104 Old 09-16-2011, 11:10 PM
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what a gorgeous plant job you have! Hopefully my 29g will turn out to be half as nice as that!
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post #16 of 104 Old 09-17-2011, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!! :)

This is my second planted tank, and I learned a lot from my first about plant placement and what not. Another thing I like to do is look at other peoples aquascapes. Google planted tanks and just look look look. It can really help you get some ideas of what works and what doesn't.

In my first tank, I was so excited to have plants I just sort of got whatever I thought looked pretty just to have a variety. In this tank I really held back and tried to get plants I knew would look nice in my tank and limit myself to just a few species. My tank isn't perfect by any means, but its definitely an improvement from my first, I think at least. =)
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post #17 of 104 Old 09-17-2011, 08:24 AM
Your young male looks like a beauty and is going to be a great addition to your beautiful tank. Take some pictures when it is fully stocked! I got to see it :)

I have not lost my mind! I just can't find it
5 gallon (Baby Guppies) 25 or more baby guppies
10 gallon (Guppy Galore) 1 male and 2 female guppies
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post #18 of 104 Old 09-18-2011, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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I will! Im very excited about my apistos. Ive got their cichlid flakes and a variety of frozen foods ready to go!

Heres a quick update on the tank, I added an ozelot sword and 1 more anubias.My star grass seems to have not done well through the shipping. Some of its leaves have been turning clear since I stuck it in the tank the first night. Is it done for or might it survive? (its the plant on the far right). I ordered some moss a few weeks ago that has apparently gotten lost in the mail. My plan was to cover the top of the cave with it, but I sort of like the color of the slate right now so I'm not sure where i'll put the moss. Any ideas?
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That is indeed a lovely natural aquascape. I do like that.

I've never had stargrass, I would leave it and see what happens, it may well recover. Shipping can really set back plants.

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post #20 of 104 Old 09-18-2011, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)

How do you decide when a plant is too far gone? There are still pieces of green leaves and stems more towards the center of the plant, so Im holding out that it might recover. Should I pull off all the clear leaves? There are quite a lot of them.
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