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post #21 of 45 Old 01-04-2012, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice everyone, really appreciate the time you've spent explaining all this.

I think I have enough to get started at least!

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Oh, and if you plan on keeping those Serpae Tetras, up the number of those guys, they NIP NIP NIP!! They nip each other and other fish...
I've noticed... lol. They still appear to have their fins in tact, but I do see one charge another from time to time. Is it okay to introduce, maybe, two more? I know with some fish they old ones will bully any new ones to death. Jerks, lol.
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Thanks for the advice everyone, really appreciate the time you've spent explaining all this.

I think I have enough to get started at least!



I've noticed... lol. They still appear to have their fins in tact, but I do see one charge another from time to time. Is it okay to introduce, maybe, two more? I know with some fish they old ones will bully any new ones to death. Jerks, lol.
I would say you could probably safely introduce 3 more and see how that goes... but just to give you a good idea with the serpaes, you would need a group of 9-12 minimum for them to be at their best.

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
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I would say you could probably safely introduce 3 more and see how that goes... but just to give you a good idea with the serpaes, you would need a group of 9-12 minimum for them to be at their best.
True, and they limit what other fish you can have. A 29g tank just for this species is fine (with some substrate fish) and a group of a dozen or so. But if you would like other fish, i would not expand on the Serpae and would see if you can return them in exchange.

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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]
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post #24 of 45 Old 01-04-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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I'm happy to say my Amazon Sword plants are doing well, already seeing nice new growth.
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post #25 of 45 Old 01-04-2012, 08:09 PM
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Looking great. I really prefer the submersed leaf form on the Amazon swords. The swords I bought about a month ago now have all submersed leaves.
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post #26 of 45 Old 01-04-2012, 11:21 PM
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A great snail to have in your tank is an Olive Nurite Snail. They don't reproduce in a freashwater tank. Their eggs need brackish water to hatch. I've had them in my tank for about a year and they are a cool variation in the tank.

I get along better with my fish, than most people.
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post #27 of 45 Old 01-06-2012, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Looking great. I really prefer the submersed leaf form on the Amazon swords. The swords I bought about a month ago now have all submersed leaves.
I just noticed your location... Billings, MT. I grew up down the road from Billings ;) 2 hours away, but for Montana that's just down the road
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post #28 of 45 Old 01-06-2012, 12:41 PM
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Well cheers from MT then
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post #29 of 45 Old 01-09-2012, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of moving things around a bit as I don't like how everything is clumped together on the sides while the center is nearly empty.

I have three Amazon Sword plants, I was thinking of back left, back center, and back right. Right now they are in a triangle pattern on the left side, and I put a single root tab in the center of it. Can those be moved, or by this point is it no longer a solid? And speaking of which, should I have one root tab per Amazon Sword?

The Wisteria ... humm, I have 6 stems. They look to be showing some new growth at the top of them. Maybe two between each of the swords, leaving me with 2 more stems. I read in another thread that someone had theirs floating, so maybe I'll do that with a couple. Do they do well floating?

The Java Fern I tied to a fake sand castle with some cotton thread (cheapest decoration PetSmart had ;) I'll probably leave that in the center.
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post #30 of 45 Old 01-09-2012, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Also,

What do people think of C. Nevilli and C. Parva?

Was thinking maybe that for front left and front right...
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