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Olympia 06-29-2012 11:31 AM

Olympia's Tanks :)
Well, finally got the initiative to talk about this tank a little bit on here!
So until today the only life in here was my 6 sakura shrimp and some creepy snails. The shrimp are doing really well, ones even carrying eggs. And since finally my plants have stopped melting down and creating tons of pollution, I decided to add some fishes today.
Off to the fish store I went, to get 5 threadfin rainbows. Well, I'm lucky that it's a fish store with fish savvy workers, because apparently there was only 1 threadfin, and what I thought were females were actually female cherry barbs.
So I felt bad for this last little threadfin boy and I took him home! The store is getting more in this week if the suppliers have any (they better).
He's a little skittish and confused about his tank, the bright red shrimp are kind of scary I guess.

So, full tank shot. I'm horrible at tank photos, yes. We got some java moss, amazon sword, some sort of hygro, sunset hygro, aponogeoton natans that refuses to grow more than 2" from the bulb, anacharis, hornwort and some sort of crypt. Debating over whether to use driftwood or rock for the hardscape.
The brown thing is pantyhose to protect shrimp from the intake, not the most attractive thing, I know.

Okay, here is momma shrimp. The plant is the sunset hygro, which when through a crazy melting when I added it, but now the bottom has new sprouts which I'm glad about!

And here is new fish. I bought the smallest pellets they have but they are still too big. They didn't have any .5mm pellets. x.x I hope he figures it out soon. He's coloured up a lot since I got him, though the photos don't show it well his belly is now yellow.
He reminds me of a sardine with long fins. :lol:

Chesh 06-29-2012 02:18 PM

Awwww! Your little threadfin is so CUTE! And the shrimp are most certainly NOT scary! Your tank is off to a great start, Limpie - thanks for sharing it! I can't wait to watch it develop - good job!

Sanguinefox 06-29-2012 02:27 PM

This is looking really nice. Honestly I think it would look really good if you could get some root type looking wood to put on one side of the tank and maybe some smooth river rocks. Put it to that bare patch on the left or you could try to put it mid depending.

Olympia 06-29-2012 02:51 PM

Thanks Chesh! :D He's a funny thing, his eyeballs are huuuuge! He's just swimming around, kind of looking dumb, probably wishes he had a school. I wonder if he misses his cherry barb friends.

Yea, I don't think I can find a rooty driftwood. I'm pretty much stuck with the big chunky ones at petsmart. No one else sells anything, and there aren't many driftwood suppliers in Canada, I don't think that's the kind of thing I want to be shipping across the border. Root-looking wood is my favourite though. :(

It's come leaps and bounds. I MAY have overdone it on the sand a little though, haha.

boxercrazy156 06-29-2012 02:58 PM

Nice Job

eaturbyfill 06-29-2012 05:53 PM

The shrimp and threadfin are adorable! I had never seen one of those before. The tank is looking great imo

Hallyx 06-30-2012 04:27 AM

I really like that effect where the tank is more brightly lit on one end and dimmer on the other.

Olympia 06-30-2012 08:16 AM

Not really an effect, Hal. :p The light is really short and has to sit on a diagonal across that corner.
The sword isn't really enjoying itself in the dark so I think I have to move it, or get something to hold the light up.
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Chesh 07-01-2012 01:31 PM

hahaha! Well... it still DOES look nice. Maybe you can put some plants that don't like the light as bright over there :) In my 10g QT tank, I often have one light or the other off, to give new fish/creatures a dark spot to de-stress. They seem to like it. Of course, I alternate sides every day or two to give the plants some light. The fish don't seem to mind, but i imagine it confuses the heck outta them! lol

Olympia 07-01-2012 02:18 PM

Hmm, maybe I'll play around with it a little bit if you guys like it so much!
Mr tiny fish is doing well. I watched him chasing around a rather large daphnia or something today, so I guess he must have enough to eat.

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