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Old 08-10-2013, 08:32 PM   #21
 
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Some of my plants are going totally NUTS. The entire surface of the water has been taken over by the duckweed and other floating plants (not entirely sure what the other red leafy stuff is - I'll have to check again), and my wisteria is bigger than I've ever seen it in my tanks! I'm going to have to trim it soon. My lilies are also taking off, which pleases me to no end. I lost a few of them during my move to my new apartment, and its good to see them thriving again! Everyone is doing fantastic so far. Looks like they're all eating, which pleases me, and my frogs are getting more food now than they ever did in the gravel bottom tank with Leo. Not only do my fish actually stop eating once they're full, but I think its easier for them to get food when the substrate is sand versus gravel. Still haven't heard my boys singing, though :( I'd love it if they started up again. The mixture of voices is very interesting. Tubby has a very low tone, and Gargoyle a much higher one.

Still no sign of my other shrimp, or notification about a refund, so I will be emailing them again. I want my shrimp or my money back. I've already lost $20 to a shipment that got stolen, I don't want to lose another $10 because I didn't get what I was supposed to.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #22
 
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Looks fantastic!

I'm super sad that you've had such a bad experience with ordering things, I've never had a problem *knocksonwood*

But on the bright side, everything seems to be going perfectly in there for you, so at least it hasn't hampered your excitement any. :)

How goes the cycling process? Curious as to what numbers you're running, and how it's all playing out in there - if you don't mind sharing? I've never done a tank quite this way before - but thrilled to hear that the animals seem happy, and all is going well! Keep posting!
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:09 PM   #23
 
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At work at the moment, so I can't check exact numvers, but this is the last one I remember from a few days back:

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 20

No idea if that means my cycle is kicking it into high gear or not, but I'll be checking again when I get home.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:05 PM   #24
 
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0 ammonia makes me happy!

Hard for me to say what point you're at in the cycle without having seen the numbers before, but it looks like the worst of it might be behind you. . . ammonia, then nitrIte, then nitrAte spike up rapidly, then fall back and settle to 0/0/?? Keep up the good work and steady water changes, and hopefully you'll through it soon with everyone safe. . .

Thanks for sharing :)
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:01 PM   #25
 
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I was keeping track of it in a journal for a while, but then things got really nuts with class and work that I stopped recording it, and just did the water changes when things weren't looking good.

Fed everyone last night and included a treat of bloodworms, and decided to just watch everyone... it was so strange! My cories spit things out through their gills, which is fascinating to watch! Tubby and Gargoyle gorged themselves until they were fit to burst. Skinny ate a little bit, but not as much as the boys. Must be concerned about her figure! XD Plecos are going nuts over the wafers I drop in, which makes me very happy, because the albino I had last year starved itself :( wouldn't eat anything I gave it
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:16 PM   #26
 
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It's been over 24 hours since my last water change, and I just tested the water...

Ammonia and NitrIte were both 0! :D Looks like my cycle is done! Hoping so anyway. Now to go do some cleaning while rocking out to '90s pop (long live BSB) Might nab some pictures while I'm at it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:02 PM   #27
 
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The tank looks really pretty! Are the shrimp in this tank as well? Do the frogs bother them at all? I've been thinking of a shrimp/frog tank but I've heard mixed opinions on if they'll try to eat the shrimp...

I absolutely love the mix of rocks and driftwood, it looks really natural. :)
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:50 PM   #28
 
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Thanks Jentralala!

I have never haf issues with my ADF and amano shrimp. They're generally too quick for the frogs. As for my Cherry shrimp, I actually bought them to work as a kind of food source. I only got half my order in, so I didn't start with a very good breeding population, but I will be getting more in soon. I'm trying to get it set up as an almost self sustaining ecosystem, if I can. I realize it won't be totally self sustaining, but I'm getting as close as I can.

For another kind of shrimp to have reference for, I generally do not keep anything but bettas (or other fast fish) with ghost shrimp. They can get really aggressive and will eat other kinds of shrimp (I've heard stories of them eating Amanos, and have witnessed them killing each other). Because of this, I try not to keep them with my frogs. I don't want anything bad to happen.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:06 AM   #29
 
hello littlewatty I love your plecos your tank looks cool im new to this form stuff I have been into fish keeping for on and off close to 20 years but when ever im off from fish keeping I forget many years of what I learned do you like north American native? fish such as bullhead catfish, sunfish, perch, walleye I know some people eat them but I allways wanted to keep them in a tank I have done so but they grow fast and I don't have room to store a large tank when I have kept them i allways ended up letting go back from were i cought them but before i did that i got them used to hunting for food so they would survive then i would bring them in a bucket and slowly add water from the river or pond get them used to the temp of the outside water one time a cought a 24 inch American eel in a minnow trap sorry for all the extra words i love your tank set up and wish you the best
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:29 AM   #30
 
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Hey Lou! Thanks for the compliments.

I love North American fish types, especially since you listed a bunch that are native to my state. If you want to keep things like Bullheads, Perch, etc. You definitely need a large tank. However, there are a lot of darters and daces that stay small and are very beautiful. Iowa Darter, Banded Darter, Starhead Topminnow, Redside Dace, and Redbelly Dace are all beautiful fish, and they stay small. Most of them are only really colorfuk during breeding season, but there are some lines that have been bred by people to keep their colors year round. I wish you luck if you decide to set up a North American tank! :)

Last minute note: I love Sticklebacks, and I think they would be fun to keep. Brook Sticklebacks are very common, and you might be able to find some where you live
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