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Old 01-08-2009, 07:02 AM   #31
 
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Gotta love the white play sand. Cheap and looks great.

On Monday I added four harlequin rasboras to Shark's tank. At first he did not appreciate the intruders. The little nut flared at me rather than begging like a puppy when I went to feed him after adding them. He's accepted/ignored them now and is back to his old self. They all seem to have agreed to just stay away from one another and get along fine.



I knew I liked HRs before but after having them in one of my own tank I love them. They're simple fish but the triangular black patch looks sharp, they're lean and sleek, and the orange tint to their fins is a nice counterpoint to the silver and black. I'm thinking of adding two more to the tank and maybe a shrimp or two and calling it done.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:08 AM   #32
 
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that looks like a nice piece of wood
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:13 AM   #33
 
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They don't look like harlies. If you ask me, they appear to be T. hengeli with the gold bar present above the triangle patch.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:17 AM   #34
 
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Thanks, it is a very nice piece of mopani driftwood, but the algae growing on it is giving me fits. New tank, I know, but I still hate looking in my tank and seeing it.

I agree Lupin, they aren't text book harlequins. However the black patch is very triangular, not the dogleg of some of the harlequin look a likes and the bar over the black patch is very thin, somewhat golden, but confined completely above the black patch, no real wrap around. I'm not saying they are harlequins for sure, but I'm fairly certain they aren't glowlights or lambchop rasboras. I could be completely wrong.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:25 PM   #35
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If you just got them they may just be pale right now. I bought some "emerald green" cories that I thought didn't look right, and lo and behold I put them in my tank and they turned into bronze cories! It was perfect because I couldn't find bronze cories anywhere, and I already had some in my tank so they got a bigger school ;)

I love your tanks :)
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:50 PM   #36
 
I ,3 rams and corys!!! I am getting some rams soon!!!
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:26 PM   #37
 
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If you just got them they may just be pale right now. I bought some "emerald green" cories that I thought didn't look right, and lo and behold I put them in my tank and they turned into bronze cories! It was perfect because I couldn't find bronze cories anywhere, and I already had some in my tank so they got a bigger school ;)

I love your tanks :)
Emerald greens are the Bronchis splendens. Bronchis cats grow larger ranging from 2.5-4 inches. They have a longer dorsal fin by about 11 rays compared to the cories with only 7.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:04 AM   #38
 
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A small update on my Eclipse at work.

I recently purchased my last... or at least close to it, fish for the tank. I added two more harlequin rasboras (or at least what I'm calling harlequins) and one otocinclus catfish. That brings me to:

1 Male crowntail betta, "Shark"
6 Harlequin Rasboras
1 Otocinclus Catfish

The reason this may not be my last fish addition is that I already like the oto a lot and may get him a tankmate or two. They're not for algae control, most of the nuisance algae in the tank is gone. I just wanted to try out a non-cory catfish and see how I liked them. Turns out I do. That'd be it for fish though, I swear. Shrimp though, I may add a few ghost shrimp just because of how much I like shrimp.

Here's a picture of my oto:

Do not be fooled, this was only the second time I've ever seen him on the sand. Most of the time he's attached to the walls or a piece of equipment. In fact he seems to be quite adept at finding places to cram himself into where I can't find him. I know oto's are delicate which of course makes me nervous when I can't find him. I added a piece of algae wafer this morning to help make sure he's well fed but the little bugger hasn't come to it.

That could be because Shark has taken an interest in it and won't leave it alone.


During my hunt for for my oto something caught my eye high up in the top corner of my tank:

Apparently the "snail-free" plant tank at my LFS wasn't quite as snail free as they represented it to be. Any help getting a positive ID on this snail would be great. Slow or nonbreeder species it gets to stay. If it's a crawling plague my fish get a treat.

And finally here's a close up of my little crypt.

I took this because I wanted a good reference for growth and vibrancy of the plant. I've just started to dose my tank with Flourish and Flourish Excel for nutrients and carbon. I want to be able to see later on if they're having an effect on it. It could just be wishful thinking but even after two days of dosing I actually think it looks a little greener. One thing I need is a medicine dropper. The directions on the bottle are a capful for a 60 gallon tank. I've got a 6 gallon, and it's just one little plant. I think I need to be adding a few drops of Excel at the most on a daily basis.

I'll try to get a FTS this evening after the water change. I've got a new rock to add in addition to one I added last week and I want it in the shot. I've also got some ideas to reduce the glare on the tank that I want to try.

Nothing really new to say about the 48, it's just chugging along fine. Everyone is fat and happy.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:49 AM   #39
 
wow, that was in your 55? they mucst have been happy with all that swiiming room
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:51 AM   #40
 
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My 48 gallon has all the refugees from the 55. My work tank is brand new from the ground up.
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