On things coffee-related: The Coffeebean tetra were
my original first choice of Tetra for this tank (I actually started stocking and researching back in March/April) but I never have been able to find them... I had finally completely given up on both the Coffee AND the Jelly Beans when I happened across the Beaners and jumped on the chance. I'm still hoping to one day have both
of them, if not in the 55, then in a year or so when the 55 grows into a 125. . . Dave56 has been breeding rare and amazing Tetra, Rainbows, and Barbs for zillions of years, so I've my fingers crossed that he may be able to help me find the little Coffee Beans when I'm ready for them. . . I really hope so!
I've still never seen a Coffee Celestial Pearl, but I'll have to look them up - they sound gorgeous! And you're RIGHT
, John! I totally forgot that the Celestial Pearls are the random oddball Danio that I actually CAN have - and perfectly fit into my tap conditions - sorry about that, Sylver - good call! STILL not a good match for this tank at all because of their zippy nature. . . but Kris was trying to figure out a while back if/how he could convert a coffee maker/pot into a betta tank. . . it's simply NOT enough room (if there were such a thing as a 5 gallon coffee pot I'd SO
own that bad boy!) so I believe the project was scrapped, but it was a brilliant idea, and I've been dreaming about it ever since! Maybe someday. . . I WILL
have a coffee-themed tank. With a sunken coffee pot or a mug all covered in mosses - maybe get some black water going on to heighten the feel and the right type of gravel to give the effect of coffee beans and Coffee Celestial Pearl Dannio to round things out! I have always really loved the Celestial Pearls. . .*dreams*
John, I agree with you! It looks like a totally
different tank now that the swords are (mostly) so short. . . I do miss them, and it took me a bit to adjust to them NOT being in there - but am actually surprised by how much I'm liking the tank now even without them! The middle in the back looks soooo EMPTY,
though. . . so I DO hope they make a strong comeback - they're such gorgeous plants. . . GROW, babies, GROW! Still... I am NOT adding or taking anything out of this tank at LEAST until 2013 - it's hard for you guys to see from the photos, but through the melting of the crypts and the swords, there has been a ton of new growth. I'm really enjoying just sitting back and watching things develop - just hoping it becomes more like it started off in the end!
Dave, Snappy, and Byron - I'm really enjoying this algae discussion. . . I really DO
think that there should be a separate area of the forum devoted entirely
to algae, considering how many people run into trouble with it in some form or another. If I recall, Byron mentioned at some point that he was working on an article on the subject - I may be mistaken, but I've been looking forward to it! It's really an important aspect of the hobby, and I feel like people don't really have a good understanding of the stuff as a general rule. . .
Originally Posted by DKRST
Biology of algae control sometime seems much an art as a science - what works in one tank won't always work as well in another.
Truer words were never said, Dave - but . . . isn't that the case with ALL
aspects of aquaria anyway? I feel like if I can come to understand the basic biology that comes into play here, then I would be better equipped to combat any issues. Understanding why
there is a problem is critical to being able to fix it. . .
Of course for now *knock on wood* I have no algae issues! And I really didn't in the 29, excepting two easily solved and obvious problems. REALLY hoping to keep it this way, but I still really want to come to a deeper understanding of how these things work. Heh. That applies to ALL aspects of this underwater world, though!
Dave, thanks for the tips and tricks section - I have a zillion of those long brushes laying around, and they have a little loop at the end - the string trick is so blindingly simple and obvious - but I bet it would have taken me years to figure that one out on my own! I have a feeling that I won't be able to get away with cleaning my canister every 3 months, either - and I KNOW I still have some fiddling to do with that darn spraybar before the fish, plants, and I are in agreement and satisfied with the thing! Sounds like you went through nearly the exact same process with the same filter on the same size tank. . . interesting! My husband actually broke out his heat gun and 'tweaked' that silly spot where the spraybar 'hooks' into the tank, so that the spraybar COULD fit snugly against the far wall of the tank - it's a design flaw!
Anyway, thanks everyone for such fun and enlightening discussion! Keep it coming - I'm learning fun new things every day!!!