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This is a discussion on live plant needs within the Freshwater and Tropical Fish forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Originally Posted by Twistersmom Sorry to thread hijack Zachhay11. Byron, what kind of skippers did you have? I have 6 Indian Mudskippers, not large ...

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Old 08-31-2009, 07:23 PM   #11
 
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Sorry to thread hijack Zachhay11.

Byron, what kind of skippers did you have? I have 6 Indian Mudskippers, not large enough to bite hard.

You should start a thread on your 70g project. I would love to see pictures of the progress and know more about the future inhabitants. I am sure we could all learn a lot from it.
On the mudskipper, I'm not sure TM. It was in 1987, that's like ancient history, you know...the Acropolis, the Roman forum... I had one, about 3 inches, in a 10g tank half brackish water, half "land" comprised of mangrove root (very authentic anyway). It very quickly got used to me, I always fed it things like live tubifex worms, frozen squid, frozen plankton; always on my fingertip, and it always hopped up onto one particular branch closest to the top. When I lifted the hood lid, it would immediately charge over to the wood and jump up, then literally jump up and down in anticipation. One night it jumped out and skipped around the room. After a few weeks I decided to get a second to keep it company, and move them into larger quarters. I introduced the second, no fights or anything, but the second refused to eat and died within a few days, and the first one also refused to eat and died shortly after. I can only assume the second one carried some pathogen or disease.

The 70g is running, just not "aquascaped" fully because I am waiting for some particular plants. I have six bunches of wisteria set out around the tank, and three aponogeton, an onion plant, 3 crypt species from the former 90g, and floating Ceratopteris, with several chunks of bogwood. Present fish include nine hengeli rasbora, 6 black fin rasbora [Rasbora dorsiocellata], 7 merah rasbora [Boraras merah], 7 pygmy sparkling gouramis, 6 chocolate gouramis (3 of the common Sphaerichthys osphromenoides osphromenoides, 3 of the similar but rarer subspecies Sphaerichthys osphromenoides selatanensis) and 3 "angelica" loaches [Botia kubotai]. I intend to add a group of dwarf loaches [Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki] when they are next available locally. Beyond this, no decisions on future fish. It's been 21 years since I last had pygmy and chocolate gouramis. Its neat to be quietly sitting in front of one of the tanks and periodically hear a male pygmy gourami "croaking' to entice a female or deter another male.

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Old 08-31-2009, 10:27 PM   #12
 
well i already have 2 ottos and lots of algea and 4 ghost shrimp. i bought them as feeders but the puffer hasn't touched them so they make a decent cleaning crew. there dirt cheap! and the puffer hasn't messed with the cory and i like corys ecspecially in small schools. also i have one dolmation molly that gave birth a week after i bought it and i have one baby i'm raising. other wise i wouldn't want mollys at all they eat like crazy and leave little for the puffer. and yes DPs or "pea" puffers are freshwater. purely freshwater! and the airstone has nothing to do with the filter. the filter is a basic hang on back type. hope that answers your question.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:10 PM   #13
 
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well i already have 2 ottos and lots of algea and 4 ghost shrimp. i bought them as feeders but the puffer hasn't touched them so they make a decent cleaning crew. there dirt cheap! and the puffer hasn't messed with the cory and i like corys ecspecially in small schools. also i have one dolmation molly that gave birth a week after i bought it and i have one baby i'm raising. other wise i wouldn't want mollys at all they eat like crazy and leave little for the puffer. and yes DPs or "pea" puffers are freshwater. purely freshwater! and the airstone has nothing to do with the filter. the filter is a basic hang on back type. hope that answers your question.
I'm not surprised you have lots of algae, that is the bright light, but you're working to fix that. I would not add more ottos until later, and then only if you need them; additional unnecessary bioload in a 20g isn't what you want.

Yes, corys should always be in groups, minimum 3 but more if space permits; 5-6 in a 20g would be nice.

HOB filter is fine; forget the airstone/air pump then, as I mentioned, it will drive off the CO2 that the plants must have.

Good luck.

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:56 PM   #14
 
true. i think i'll keep the two ottos and pick up some more corys. thanks for the great info. any suggestions on hardy plants species for a first timer?
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true. i think i'll keep the two ottos and pick up some more corys. thanks for the great info. any suggestions on hardy plants species for a first timer?
I would go with rooted plants and floating plants, and avoid stem plants. The latter grow faster but require more light and nutrients to do so healthily, and regular maintainance like pruning every week. Rooted plants tend to settle in better and stay put (low maintainance); any of the Amazon sword varieties are quite hardy, Vallisneria, Sagittaria, also Java Fern and Anubias (these latter two attach themselves by their roots to rocks and/or wood rather than being planted in the substrate). Liquid fertilization once a week will probably be beneficial; Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Plant Supplement is one of the best, it has all the nutrients and in the correct balance.

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