REMODEL. 55gal, wanna watch? Stocking and Planting. Opinions loved =] - Page 3 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 49 Old 01-13-2012, 12:41 PM
Haha ok. Yeah tannins are not a bad thing, unless you just don't like the look.

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
Only One Haze is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 49 Old 01-15-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
angella's Avatar
 
Pics have arrived!!
Took these last night. Still not exactly how I want it but I'm pretty sure I have a HUGE improvement from a month ago when I started, so I'm happy for now
Too bad I couldn't get much to hold still I'm bad at this fish photography thing lol. But I did realize that my camera has an "aquarium" setting, so that's interesting. Also since it's an underwater camera I need to test that out sometime soon!
Without any further adieu...

Side view (left):





Side View (right):



Frontal Views and some closeups...





















Comments loved and opinions too :) Ima make another post in a sec with specific plants that any help identifying would be great!

Last edited by angella; 01-15-2012 at 07:09 PM.
angella is offline  
post #23 of 49 Old 01-15-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
angella's Avatar
 
Individual fish pics! :D

Does my shrimp look ok? xD He likes chilling on the filter.


Some of my Cherry Barbs. I hate to pick favorites, but these are GREAT fish :) Their colors have developed a LOT more since I got them, sorry the pics are kinda blurry.














My neons and harlequins, none like staying still xD






Mr. Betta



Last edited by angella; 01-15-2012 at 07:11 PM.
angella is offline  
post #24 of 49 Old 01-15-2012, 09:29 PM
Looks great angella! That driftwood really looks good too.
Posted via Mobile Device
Only One Haze is offline  
post #25 of 49 Old 01-16-2012, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
angella's Avatar
 
Thanks :D I was pretty excited to get it. My pH is around 6.5 now.
I really want more plants though... Like it to be thicker in vegetation. I guess I have to let it grow out, maybe that's not something you can achieve by just getting a lot of plants.
angella is offline  
post #26 of 49 Old 01-16-2012, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
angella's Avatar
 
Can someone positively ID these plants? Their labeling when I got them was odd :/

Unknown #1

It was a small plant with spirals and it was greener when I got it but it appears to be melting. I put it in the background because I thought it might grow out but it still had direct light *my lighting is low to moderate, probably closer to low...

Unknown #2

As you can see it has some interesting veins? It was two plants 3 in apart and they were "together" by a bar about a 1/4 thick. Pretty tall, they already are almost at the top of my tank. I think it was listed as a tiger val or just a val or something? Not sure what it is though and about things like light requirements and propagation. I would love for it to spread and get really thick...

Unknown #3



The darker, oliveish green plant with "ribs". Labeled as cryptocoryne but the one I got three weeks ago has grown like 6in. and never melted, neither has the one I got 5 days ago.. The older one has made new leaves, too. Loving this plant :p

Pygmy Chain Sword and Dwarf Sagg.

Here you can see the newer Pygmy Chain Sword I got friday, I ordered two plants but it looked like they reached in a tank and yanked out a huge handful and then stuffed it in a bag It was a lot. Hopefully it does well. The plant in the background a little and to the right is the Dwarf Sagittarius. We'll see which does better.

Frogbit

Just wanna show that little runner branching off to the right :) Though I didn't think the frogbit was doing great, lets say flourishing, they are ALL making these runners! Like 8-10 plants are! So I'm happy about that.






Oh, and I am planning on getting a red tiger lotus and green tiger lotus, don't know where I want to put them though. And I'm getting some java moss or christmas or star moss for the driftwood. Any suggestions? Would it be better in a spot with direct light or under an overhang where it would be even more shaded? Thanks!

Last edited by angella; 01-16-2012 at 12:34 PM.
angella is offline  
post #27 of 49 Old 01-16-2012, 12:45 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by angella View Post
Anyone know if neons, rasboras, cherry barbs, Corydoras, bettas, gourami, or bolivian rams would like live brine shrimp? Or like which out of those would benefit?
Most all fish will enjoy chasing down and eating brine shrimp. Many years ago when i lived reasonably close to a good fish store that brought in live shrimp and worms weekly I would give my fish one feeding of brine shrimp weekly. It perked them up if nothing else.

These live foods should be fed sparingly; worms contain high protein and fat, and the brine shrimp have little nutritional value aside from roughage from the exoskeleton. Most sources recommend once or twice weekly for such foods. The prepared foods we have today are highly nutritional and supply everything in that regard; even Jack Wattley, discus authority, recommends prepared foods (flake) for discus as sufficient. The benefit of live and frozen foods is the "live" or almost live aspect that stimulates fish.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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]
Byron is offline  
post #28 of 49 Old 01-16-2012, 01:02 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
As you asked me, I'll try to suggest possible names for the "unknown" plants.

1. Likely Vallisneria, and if the twisting of the leaves is natural it would be Vallisneria spiralis var. spiralis or Corkscrew Vallisneria. Some of my plants look like this one, due to my very soft water.

2. I would agree with a Vallisneria, if it is that large it is Vallisneria americana var. americana, or Giant Vallisneria as in our profiles. As I noted therein, there are now believed to be only two species in this genus, whatever other "names" one may encounter, which may be the varieties. I won't repeat what's in the profile.

3. This is a crypt, probably Cryptocoryne crispatula. I have this plant in my 20g, I believe it was labelled C. balansae when I acquired it. And there are several varieties to this species, according to Kasselman, including a C. crispaluta var. balansae that in her photo looks the same. The long, very narrow and ruffled leaves are very striking.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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]

Last edited by Byron; 01-16-2012 at 01:09 PM.
Byron is offline  
post #29 of 49 Old 01-16-2012, 04:48 PM
Member
 
Looks great! Did a good job. Keep up the good work.
Clubber is offline  
post #30 of 49 Old 01-17-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
angella's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Byron View Post
Most all fish will enjoy chasing down and eating brine shrimp. Many years ago when i lived reasonably close to a good fish store that brought in live shrimp and worms weekly I would give my fish one feeding of brine shrimp weekly. It perked them up if nothing else.

These live foods should be fed sparingly; worms contain high protein and fat, and the brine shrimp have little nutritional value aside from roughage from the exoskeleton. Most sources recommend once or twice weekly for such foods. The prepared foods we have today are highly nutritional and supply everything in that regard; even Jack Wattley, discus authority, recommends prepared foods (flake) for discus as sufficient. The benefit of live and frozen foods is the "live" or almost live aspect that stimulates fish.
Ahh ok. Well maybe I will get some ghost shrimp and keep them in their own 5gal with a filter and then feed the babies to my fish... Hmm.

And yeah I see what you mean, I will keep them a weekly treat =)

55 Gallon Lon Planted
10 Harlequin Rasboras
14+ Cherry Barbs (Breeding a Lot!)
A few corydoras

Learning more every day

NEW 27 Gal Hex! :D
angella is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Planting my 55Gal Community :) Plant types, will it work ok? angella Beginner Planted Aquarium 8 12-28-2011 08:03 PM
Cycled 55gal long aquarium, planted. Info and opinions on fish choices? angella Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 24 12-26-2011 08:31 PM
need help stocking a 55gal malawi tank brokenrules69 Cichlids 17 11-27-2011 08:57 PM
Stocking, planting 30 gallon tank Nickster Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 11-20-2011 05:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome