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Old 03-10-2014, 07:42 PM   #21
 
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Currently I don't keep a heater on the tank, but the coldest it's ever gotten in the 'winter' is 72 - 73 degrees. It usually pops up to around 78 in the summer.

Yeah, I've been doing research and it makes me doubt if I could keep them or not. All the articles sound so cautionary. :C I also read one article say that the tank should be covered? I can't cover my tank b/c of the sticks and the way my filter is set-up.

If I did get them I think I'd invest in a lot of IAL to help soften the water, along with alder cones. I see a lot of places recommend peat, and my mom has a big bag outside that I could use. Plus I'd have to def get a heater and raise/keep the temp at 75.

That would explain why my nerites didn't even last a year :C My MTS love my tanks though, I've got giant colonies of them in all my tanks.

Haha dude I'm always so broke! If I had more money my tanks would be overflowing with plants, but I can never afford them! ;p
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:46 PM   #22
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75 F is the low end of the temperature range for them. Always better to hit the middle which for chocolate gouramis means keeping the tank at around 80 or 81. I'm guessing the lid is to help keep the air they breathe humid enough.

I can't keep MTS alive! I do nothing wrong! Everyone else with soft water has the little buggers. Heck I once again only have pond snails in one of my four tanks. They just seem to die out in all of the others.

You just have to looks for cheap plants and giveaways ;)
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:58 PM   #23
 
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Would the other fish in the tank be comfortable with such warm water? I dunno if I'll ever get a chance to have them but it's always fun brainstorming ;p

Hmm...we have a glass worker here in town. I might be able to get something made custom to leave part of the tank open where all the sticks are poking out.

xD My MTS are GIGANTIC, and quite plentiful. I think I've probably got a few hundred in the 35...... They've also gotten rid of the majority of my ramshorn/pond snails. I think they eat their eggs, as they're scavenging around the tank.

So! I went to PetsMart today while I was in the city, and I COULD NOT resist this adorably feisty male betta I saw. He's currently chilling in the ten, but if I ever get hold of some microfishies he'll be moved to the 3 gallon.
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:57 PM   #24
 
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They are a pair of really nice tanks, just my sort of thing. The 35 is very impressive.

Not sure where that has originated from regarding the cory and leaf litter as the Panda Cory lives in Blackwater, as well as whitewater, and will be used to leaf litter in its natural habitat. Don't think you'll have a problem with that at all.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:51 PM   #25
 
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Everything you touch turns to awesome, Jen. Can't wait to see how your latest adventure comes out! I hope you manage to snag some shots of the new little man in your life! I wanna see! ^__^
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:59 PM   #26
 
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Messed around in the 35 a bit, and was playing with my phone's camera settings. I think these came out a bit better? Also some loaches! You can kinda see the one that's shaped slightly different and has a much more complex pattern. Also an MTS feeding frenzy in the 10, and my new betta. He's very feisty and flares often at his reflection. He had a bit of difficulty when he was first placed in the tank, I don't think he was used to such deep water and I had to leave the filter off for a few hours to give him a chance to acclimatize.
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:02 PM   #27
 
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Thank you RSVBiffer! Yeah, I was rather confused by the article I read, but it was the only one I could find that had a specific mention of leaf litter, and the author being against it made me a bit nervous.

Chesh my tanks can't even compare to yours!! ^______^ Thanks for the compliment! <3
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:54 PM   #28
 
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Pics of the three gal! Yup, that's a baby Amazon Sword in the BG. I coudn't think of anything else to fill that spot, and I think it'll look pretty cool if it starts to grow out of the water. Gonna be adding some stemmies to this soon, too.

Also, I've decided to go all the way in planting my HOB filters, so that's gonna be a fun project this spring!

New pics of the ten will be up in a moment, having to transfer them all to the laptop atm.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:58 PM   #29
 
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I'm on a roll today! Pics of the ten. Messed around with settings again on the phone.

Re-arranged the branches (this is like...the eighth time -____- I just can't help it!) and split up the d. sag a bit. Still not happy with that super empty back right corner, but I dunno if I should let the d. sag fill that in of put something else there. I kind of want a giant crypt there, but I gotta find one, first. ;p
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:55 PM   #30
 
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I think you found the right settings for the 10!!! Gorgeous shots of gorgeous tanks, stop selling yourself short - you make beautiful environments!

Your newbie is a pretty one, for sure! I hope he's settled in now, and enjoying the extra space?

lol, don't bother trying to find a big crypt - it'll prolly shed the old leaves and grow new anyway! Just grow a little one, instead!
That D.Sag looks like it's doing great for you! ^_^ Do you still have some outside?

Can't wait to hear about your fun with filters! My one HOB is stuffed with plants...I love it!
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