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post #1 of 7 Old 10-02-2009, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Cory tank, version 3

Gone is the piece of wood with the little plant (let's just say I've already caught 2 snails), I have added another hideout, 4 Amazon Swords, 3 male Phantom Tetras (2 females coming tomorrow, boys), and an assassin snail for any additional hitchhikers...I don't think he'll hurt the fish, and he might grab scraps that the cories miss.

You can see by the photo that the tetras are near the bottom of the tank with the corys...1 under the coconut, and two on the bottom right. I bet if Byron were here he'd tell me that they are freaked and are under the plants where they feel safe

I'm on the lookout for plastic floating plants.

Oh, and I replaced the hydro sponge filter with an AquaClear HOB (needed the space for plants). I figure if anyone decides to spawn I can throw a prefilter sponge over the intake.

Any other ideas for improvement?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-02-2009, 06:48 PM
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It looks nice. I like the rock decoration. How about a black background? I think the background would really bring out the color in the plants.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-02-2009, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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I would need to find pre-cut backgrounds. Ask anyone who has received a gift from me how well I cut paper

I got a few little pieces of floating water lettuce that should provide a tiny bit of overhead cover while not blocking all the light for the real plants. Hopefully those swords will grow enough to make them redundant.

I also completed the tank with 2 female Phantoms. Frozen bloodworms for everyone tomorrow!
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-03-2009, 12:28 AM
Um, you can buy black backgrounds.. Or! Those like packs of black paper you can buy. Just overlap a few pieces. Thats what mine is.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-03-2009, 12:48 PM
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if the wood was real wood, I would put it back (rocks are nice, leave them); believe me, wood is very useful for fish, plants and water. Snails are not a problem, they are a sign of a good ecosystem, especially Malaysian livebearers, but even pond snails or bladder snails are useful. I have more than I can count in my aquaria.

Looking good Mike.

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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 #6 of 7 Old 10-03-2009, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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I'm afraid I already pitched the wood...I was afraid of being overrun with the little buggers

I have a small piece of arched driftwood that will be going in the tank in the is on day 2 of it's soak now.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-04-2009, 04:38 PM
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You can boil the wood to decrease the soaking time dramatically, as it accelerates the leaching out of tannins. It also kills whatever hitchhikers and parasites that may be on the wood. Adding a little baking soda while boiling won't hurt, either.

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