05-22-2013, 07:43 PM
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Hey Iím back. It has been quite a while because I havenít had internet access and I just got out of school. Now letís get to the details of whatís been going on! First, here's a few pictures I took shortly after adding the fish from the old tank. Surprisingly, my tank cycled in one week. The ammonia peaked to 0.5 on the third day, and dropped to 0 in a week. There was never a trace of nitrite, and so far no nitrates. Most importantly, my fish endured it, and all is good. Originally, I considered buying cherry barbs as dithers. I chose not to buy them because the gouramis seemed quite peaceful just the way they were, and I personally would rather keep the tank less crowded for them. About two weeks after the setup, I went ahead and bought 3 bolivian rams. I bought the only male they had in stock, and two females. At first, the rams were quite timid and spent most of their time together. You canít blame them, considering they are with fish twice as big!! I admit I was a bit shaky because the red-tailed shark was quite curious about its new tank mates. During the first two days, it would constantly sneak up on them and chase them. I never saw any damage done to them at least. After the third day, everything seemed to have settled down. The shark minds its own business most of the time now, and the rams appear quite peaceful. They no longer stay together, and the male doesnít seem interested in paring up. Iíll try to put up a video soon. Now with the plants. Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings. The older leaves on the hydroglifia seem to be slowly dying off, although its new leaves so far look ok. The sword doesnít look healthy, so I might have to get rid of it if it doesnít get healthier. The cryptocoryne is slowly losing leaves, so it might be gone soon. The only plant that I havenít had problems with is the wisteria. I recently added an anubias (Iíll have to come back with the full name later), but as usual, time will tell how it fares in my tank. Last week I went ahead and bought a small CO2 system, so hopefully it can give them a boost. Every week I also add liquid fertilizer containing iron and potassium. Iíll just have to give it some time to see where my plants go. Something else to note is that the water is completely leached with tannins. It doesnít bother me, although Iím impressed considering that I placed the wood in water for a week with daily water changes, and put them in boiling water once. Whatís next? I plan on adding 6-8 otocinclus catfish. I had them in the past, and I think theyíd be a nice addition here. As of now, Iím not sure if Iíll add anything else, only time will tell!