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Does anyone know what kind of algae is growing in the fourth picture? The stalk with the star shaped pom pom at the end?...
First of all, I have never bought fish online before and don't know what typical shipping practices and loss rates are like.
Got my fish in the mail on tuesday just like I was supposed to. They were pretty well packed, double bagged with a styrofoam and newspaper lined box. Of 12 cories and 5 otos, 1 oto and 1 cory were dead on arrival. Not too bad I guess. Acclimated them very slowly over about an hour. My tank tested at pH of 6.8, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 15 nitrate just before adding them. Fish appeared to be in decent condition. 1 more of each died the first night. Did a 25% wc on wednesday. 1 more oto died thursday. On friday two of the cories died, I thought they were all looking good but apparently those two weren't doing well. Scooped them out and did about a 15% wc. Currently one of the otos is looking bad, I doubt it will make it. It is very pale and isn't swimming well. The remaining oto and 8 cories all seem pretty good. Cories have been becoming more active and curious each day, so I'm felling pretty confident they will make it. One cory is still clamping fins and being a bit lethargic, but looks fine otherwise, breathing is normal speed. No signs of ammonia or nitrite yet and testing daily.
I was pretty sure the otos wouldn't ship well, so no surprises there. I guess I'll just buy them locally in the future. It does seem like if they can't be shipped well they shouldn't be offered online, maybe it usually works? The cories seemed to tolerate shipping decently. It's a shame that 4 died. It's about what I expected, I figured a few would die and padded my order to account for it, but I wish they had all lived. Once I got them into the tank though, I realized just how TINY this species is. They absolutely disappear into the tank. I wish I could have ended up with closer to 15. If I run into any locally I'll probably pick them up, not sure if I want to ship them again though. The four that died were some of the smaller ones, I feel like they were probably too small to ship. The larger ones perked up much faster and seemed to handle shipping better, so I'm kinda disappointed that the seller sent me the small ones. Then again, maybe my experience isn't typical and it usually works out ok.
Overall I got about what I expected. I wish more of the cories had lived. It would have been nice if the seller had included a few extra of each fish, but the price per fish is so low I think it's just expected that the buyer do this if they want extra, that's fine with me. And I could see how it might be difficult to receive and have to care for more fish than you expected. I ordered a few plants as well and those came just fine. Vendor had good communication. I knew exactly when my fish were shipped and when to expect them.
I absolutely love this species, so cute and SO well suited to this tank. I did notice that they have very small barbels, almost couldn't see them. I'm not sure if this is damage or if they just don't grow long on this species, does anyone know? Let me know what you think!
If it were me I'd turn the 10 into a shrimp tank, and put a single large school of tetra in the 75. I love how the smaller fishes behave when they have the space/numbers to act naturally. Can't wait to see what you end up with =p
I'm thinking either a ridiculously large betta sorority in the 75 or a nice community. The 10 gallon I'm a bit stuck with, but I could potentially do a mini-community. I really want some Dwarf Chain Loaches in there but they are $20 a piece.... 7 of them would be crazy expensive and there's live shipping on top of it. Yikes.
I'll probably do the 10 gallon first seeing as the only experience I have with planted tanks is my 2.5 that has some java fern I'm managing to kill somehow (probably because I moved it into the kitchen with no light for almost two weeks due to weather) and some crypts. I don't fertilize it or anything. It just sits in the bathroom window and the fish waste does its job.
I think I want to go big on the 10 gallon, though and do high-tech. CO2, high-light, the works. I just don't know how I'm going to find high light bulbs to go into the hood that came with the tank. It came with incandescents which are ugly yellow and don't do anything for plants but the shield doesn't allow me to put a regular household bulb in. Maybe those swirly household bulbs would fit?