Glad to hear all your fish are doing great! The cherry shrimp tank sounds awesome! I had wanted to do one myself... might down the road. Right now I have my 29g how I want it exactly with full stock and fully planted. My 15g currently has a small cichlid in it, it was a pitty purchase, as at the time the tank was empty and the little guy looked like he needed a better home. Its just him in the tank. I am hoping to find him a new home in the new year. Havent decided what to do with the 15g after that. I might break it down and wait to do anything with it, as we plan to move next fall, and moving the 29g tank will be all the fun I can handle! LOL
I'm doing fine. Got a larger (30 gal) tank with stand on Craigslist, for my 2 German Rams and Cardinals. They are doing so great. They had eggs, but ate them, and so far haven't bred again, but I'm sure they will. I'm not really encouraging it, because I'm not really ready for how to deal with fry. My tanks are looking great. Plants are filling in etc. Oh, I also have a 5 gal with just Red Cherry Shrimp. They breed like crazy! Some will be moved over to the tanks, and will likely be eaten, but live food will be good for the fish. I just haven't had the heart to do it yet :)
Morning, Gwen! Yes, all is fine. I have just been super busy lately with the holidays coming up and babysitting my nephew for my sister full time. I also had my mother in town for 3 weeks recently. All is well with me, and my fishies, thanks for checking in on me. How are you?
There are other ways to get lower pH, I believe peat moss lowers it some, but I guess that depends on what your normal settled pH is. I have the perfect water for Rams, and only due to lack of research have I not thought of getting them prior. Believe it or not, my local Petsmart has better lookings Blue Rams than my lfs. Plus my lfs sells the balloon belly rams, which is a hybrid deformation, so I am against that, and they just look weird and uncomfortable, poor guys. $2.50 isnt bad. If I do the puffers, I am going to have to always keep frozen food on hand verses just flakes, so I know what you mean with the whole commitment thing for the fish. I hope it all works out nicely for you, keep me posted!!!
Thanks for the well wishes with them. I'll be bummed if I lose them, that is why I decided (with the LFS recommendation) to wait a bit longer and get my Ph lowered to closer the ph the fish are currently in. I just posted regarding a question while I do this. I understand now how this is a process, and may even take a week or more! Oh well, he'll get more GR in a couple weeks if the 2 I have my eye on are sold :( The big committment I'll be making is purchasing 10 gal of RO water each week (with a Ph of 6.4) to use for my WC. Only $2.50 a week, I can justify that. I may even try to breed them and sell back to LFS to make $ back on these little guys. Plus, it would be a fun addition to my obsession with the hobby. All to be determined at a later date. I will post pics as soon as I get them. I've made their tank really nice. Hiding spaces, plants etc.
YAY! Glad to hear!! And rams and cardinals are a great combo!!! Cant wait for those pics!!!
I agree with your husband on the difficulty of tankmates for puffers. I am debating, but I think I am going to go ahead and do the puffers if my lfs has them in next Wednesday. I have been wanting them for a while, and I am finally going to be in a spot where I can with the proper tank size and decor as well as having plenty of pond snails on hand. Blue Rams were my next thought for my 15g!! Great minds think alike!! :) Good luck with the new tank babies!!!
Hey Amanda! Okay, Blue Opaline went to LFS with lots of others :) I couldn't even id him after he'd been put in. I wish him a good home, poor dude! I've got my "new" tank set up for 2 German Rams for tomorrow. Got soft water etc, higher temps and I'm feeling good about the decision. My husband thought it "a waste" to get the Figure 8's or one GSP because I'm limited to the fish I can put with them. I've re-set up my tank, and it does look good, and I'm hoping my 2 German Rams will like it. Now, if the 2 I had my eye on are gone tomorrow (yes, they're open on the 4th) than I'll have to wait as they get more in. There are from a breeder in Oregon, and they are so beautiful. Pics, I promise! Cardinal Tetras are on sale for $1.00 each at Petsmart, and I plan on adding them to the tank with the rams.
I know what you mean! I am in the process of re-arranging fish around... trying to get the lowest maintenance ones altogether in my 29g with the original thought of DPs in my 15g... now I dont know if I want to. I just want some beautiful yet low maintenance fish! I always seem to get the ones that have too many special requirements or special foods. Except for snails and otos, I hope to get my 29g down to just the cherry barbs and add the rasboras and betta in from my 15g... and even thinking of getting rid of all my current cories except maybe my julii if my LFS has them in, and then I will just do some julii. Which still leaves me to think on my 15g stock. The hardest part is the thought!!! Here to help brainstorm if you need it. I too am open to stock ideas on the 15g if you have any... 15g, planted, 6.2pH, soft water. :)