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post #11 of 22 Old 03-01-2012, 06:43 PM
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Your tank is starting to look very nice. What is your fish stock or what you plan to stock?

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post #12 of 22 Old 03-01-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Welp, my bolivian ram is job 1. Hes a friendly little guy, his name is jackson. We call him action jackson. The tank was a female betta sorority at one time, so there is 1 female betta left. There is 1 surviving neon. Hes not doing well, and hes crooked. Kinda hoping he just... moves on, the wife doesnt want any more neons :\ There is 3 panda cories and a handful of peppered cories, maybe 4. Theres also an albino bristlenose pleco, and 3 glass cats left. Dunno if I even have long term plans for the tank. If I lose the ram (or I should say when) I might get a pair of apistos again. I had a pair in my old 29 and they were beautiful, and maybe a school of pencil fish for the surface. We will see.

My LFS that I get fish from is awesome, they have neat stuff all the time. NEver know what you will be going home with lol

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post #13 of 22 Old 03-01-2012, 07:53 PM
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Oh, ok sounds good.

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post #14 of 22 Old 03-03-2012, 01:11 PM
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I want to follow this. I love seeing new planted tanks and their progress :) It's looking lovely, so far! :D

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post #15 of 22 Old 03-12-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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As of yesterday. I added micro sword and a single pygmy chain sword. now I need a tiny lawnmower :D



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Very nice.

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Looking very nice!!!
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post #18 of 22 Old 03-13-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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shucks thanks guys

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post #19 of 22 Old 04-06-2012, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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little update, I need to go take some new pictures today. The diatoms and sediment/detritus have been unbearable so I made some changes. Mr. Whitey the albino bristlenose plec (not sure if male or female ) is living now in my 55g. The lonely little sickly old neon finally passed on, and I dont think the female betta is far behind. She has been having some swelling issues lately, I think shes doomed to the same fate as every other female betta in that tank. I have bumped the water changes up to 2x a week to keep the gunk off the gravel, and turned the flow on the AC20 up a bit. After a few days of no pleco, the water is crystal clear. My plan of putting the pygmy chain sword next to the brazil microsword is working like a champ. Got one super fast healthy runner growing off the PCS, and as I suspected, growing in the shade of ludwigia and red crypt the microsword is doing exactly nothing. As I get pygmy chain sword sprouts in numbers the microsword is getting saved for the 55g rescape. I just wish the chain sword would send runners under the gravel instead of on top.

Something interesting to note, despite weekly dosing of flourish comp, and being directly under the CFL lights, the water sprite has been dwindling quite a bit. I have only 2 small tufts floating, and both arent growing much and turning a bit brown. Originally I was almost double dosing with comprehensive. Im thinking the high light level might be too much for normal dosing. As the thalictroides have grown over to shade the anubias, I have been removing the cornuta and putting it in my 110g where it has thrived.

If the betta winds up not surviving, the tank is going to run really understocked for a while, and water changes are going to be done with denitrified water via fluvals nitrate remover. Once everything is happy, the stocking will be my bolivian ram, the assortment of cories, the 3 glass cats (plus 1 or 2 more), and maybe a small school of pencil fish.

Anywhoo, in a couple hours ill clean the tank up and take some pics :)

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post #20 of 22 Old 08-14-2012, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Time for an update methinks. Sorry for the photo, I think my iPhone takes nicer pics than my iPad. At any rate, not much has changed fundamentally about the tank. The crypt all melted for a few months but tis starting back uphill again. The Anubis is bout double in size now, as with the single E. bleherae. Everything else is booming, I half the cornuta and thalictroides every other week or so. Every month or two I have to cut the bottoms off my red ludwigia to keep them from over growing the tank. Lighting is the same, 3x 14 watt cfls, and they get usually 3 or 4 ml of flourish comp a week.

Sadly my Bolivian ram finally passed on, and I've thinned out the herd for a new stock. Torn between an amazon community with pencil fish or keeping it clear for a pair of apistos. In there is only 3 glass cats and 5 peppered corys. Need to start testing the chemistry again, stupid nitrates.


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