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Reece 12-05-2011 11:23 AM

Tank is Set Up!
Hey guys,

Just got all the fish and live plants in the tank. So happy. I mean sure, it cost me a total of 70 but worth it!! :D (my LFS is a bit steep). Got 8 harlequin Rasboras who are all playing with the force from the filter at the moment and schooling nicely. The sucker fish (whiptail catfish) is happy, has already started cleaning (what it looks like he's doing anyway). The new plants are looking good (by the way Byron if you're reading I got the liquid fertiliser as you suggested), just hoping to go through a week with them still alive, then I'll be comfortable as this is my first time with live plants, I mean artificial look good, but real ones look so much better! I'll upload a pic later on, hot homework now but was dying to do the tank today :D

Edit: made a mistake, they had no whiptail catfish but they did have a bristlenose pleco, and after looking at the fish profiles it seems my 10 gallon is the right amount of space for one! Thankfully I only got one, would've been horrible to separate the one I'd keep from the other

Calmwaters 12-06-2011 09:54 AM

We need pictures. LOL

Reece 12-06-2011 10:25 AM

Just took the plants out their pots so the water is slightly dirty looking because of gravel disturbance, get a pic when it all clears up and is back to normal. (About half an hour to 45 mins usually).

Calmwaters 12-06-2011 10:29 AM

Ok as long as its on its way I can wait for it. LOL ; )

Reece 12-06-2011 10:52 AM

Btw I'm slightly concerned about the bristlenose pleco, he is always on the walls and rarely on the surface of the tank, I've got him shrinking foods but he doesn't notice them. Had him almost two days now and he hasn't eaten apart from whatever things he might have got from the sides of the tank. Do you think the piece of driftwood I'm getting him tomorrow will lure him down to the bottom for longer so he may be able to actually see the food falling when I pass it to him?

Calmwaters 12-06-2011 10:56 AM

I would not worry about him when he runs out of stuff to eat on the glass he will venture down to the lower levels in search of food and the driftwood will also entice him as well.

Reece 12-06-2011 11:00 AM

Will he eat the driftwood and be happy with that? As of he doesn't notice the pellets when I for them him at least he will have a source of food

Calmwaters 12-06-2011 11:11 AM

He will still need the algae wafers it is my understanding that the driftwood aids in digestion but is not actually considered food.

Reece 12-06-2011 11:12 AM

Good news! He went to the bottom to search for food, so I put a pellet in. He was so close to it and I wished he would notice it (he was right next to it) then he sniffed it and I've never seen him move so fast, it was gone within seconds haha. I'll still get driftwood though, he'll be better off with it I imagine

Reece 12-06-2011 11:14 AM

Do you want a picture later on tonight or one tomorrow with the driftwood in?

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