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post #1 of 2 Old 03-14-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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new photos and food for thought

Hello again my fine fish loving friends!

First a small statement of the affairs concerning my new planted aquarium. I added plants! Primarily floating frogbite and duckweed. A nice touch I think when concerning the fact that I have a siamese fighting fish (Sun Tsu) and two gouramis... One gourami died and is the only causualty - he somehow recieved a terrible case of pop-eye. I have never seen this before and it looked painful and aweful. All the other fish are in excellent condition as you will see.

I have dosed the tank with 2* the recommended flourish excel daily for 8 days to help snuff out any light algae. The lifghts are delivering 210 watts of power on this 45 gallon tank. I am using diy CO2 and the plants are flourishing as the algae is near non-existant.

The first picture is of Grrr the German Blue Ram. This is unmodified and I think I was lucky!

The next photo is of Sun Tsu and Zen the male pearl Gourami.

The water is cloudy which is cool for me - might be the Eco-Complete and the Excel. The plants are pearling. The lights are on from 5:00 am to 9:30 am and 7:00 pm to 11:30 at night....

All suggestions welcome.

Excel will be dosed daily now at recommended levels...

All the best to all of you folks out there....

Oh yes - I have slowly added non-iodized salt to the aquarium over two weeks ( 3 tsp ) to aid in slime coat.

This being a new aquarium I am trying to make the changes very moderately. I believe the sun through the west window here in Seattle is causing too much light although it is ambient on the south wall where the aquarium is placed. The natural light is quite brite from 3:00 pm on too 7:30 pm about now so I am closing the drapes / blinds during the majority of the day to avoid too much light - but the view of the Olympic mountains and the Puget sound from the window is hard to sacrifice.... sob.

see last photo for the view. Off topic - maybe...
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post #2 of 2 Old 03-14-2009, 06:02 PM
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the colours of the fishes are beautiful. :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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