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post #16 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 07:56 PM
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Hi Wizzy

If you go for cherry shrimp, maybe swap out the substrate for something darker. It should make their colour deeper. They make great pets - they always busying about

All the best with your tank!
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post #17 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Wizzy

If you go for cherry shrimp, maybe swap out the substrate for something darker. It should make their colour deeper. They make great pets - they always busying about

All the best with your tank!
If I do add shrimp it won't be until the substrate is carpeted.

However, if I wanted to add a dark color, could I add dirt to the top of my sand?

I've always been interested in using dirt in an aquarium.
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I think dirt usually goes beneath a sand or gravel cap - I've no real idea though as I have never done that, but that seems to be what happens from what I have read.

Hopefully someone will chime in soon to clarify.
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I think dirt usually goes beneath a sand or gravel cap - I've no real idea though as I have never done that, but that seems to be what happens from what I have read.

Hopefully someone will chime in soon to clarify.
That's what I've heard as well.

Hopefully someone will help me out here
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Least Killifish can work in a fluval spec, you just can't let them overpopulated it.


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Great suggestion

I've never heard of those before and after a quick adventure with Google they seem like a good fit (especially since they easily breed).

Definitely something I will be considering.
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I like it and seeing you grow those plants w/the stock light gives me some more hope in the LED.

Any Ferts?
They're all low light plants - and they arent exactly growing fast but I am happy with it considering the ease...

I haven't been fertilizing because I was scared about the dosing on the flourish causing problems with my inverts so I only dosed twice...

My small spec like yours here will be running a CFL light tho and flourish
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They're all low light plants - and they arent exactly growing fast but I am happy with it considering the ease...

I haven't been fertilizing because I was scared about the dosing on the flourish causing problems with my inverts so I only dosed twice...

My small spec like yours here will be running a CFL light tho and flourish
I'm OK with slow growth. The light was included with the tank so I'm not complaining as long as it can keep some plants alive.

Which CFL bulb/Fixture are you planning on using?

I may use one if the cost is low enough.
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Great suggestion

I've never heard of those before and after a quick adventure with Google they seem like a good fit (especially since they easily breed).

Definitely something I will be considering.
Thanks! They're one of the smallest livebearers in the world. They're hardy, and I'm also certainly considering them for my tanks.

I look for kind nano creatures hehe





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Thanks! They're one of the smallest livebearers in the world. They're hardy, and I'm also certainly considering them for my tanks.

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I agree, the world of small creatures is incredibly fascinating

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I'm OK with slow growth. The light was included with the tank so I'm not complaining as long as it can keep some plants alive.

Which CFL bulb/Fixture are you planning on using?

I may use one if the cost is low enough.
I mean you could sort a CFL setup at a hardware store for what like $20 ish or so... or maybe you have a fixture already - I decided to get the clean looking fluval 13watt clamping light - I figured it was perfect for the spec

http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Mini-Po.../dp/B004QSV8XK
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I mean you could sort a CFL setup at a hardware store for what like $20 ish or so... or maybe you have a fixture already - I decided to get the clean looking fluval 13watt clamping light - I figured it was perfect for the spec

http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Mini-Po.../dp/B004QSV8XK
Thanks for the advice
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Update (pictures to come):

I purchased 2 Dario Dario today.

Hopefully one of them is a female... it's all grey/silver and has very faint red lines.

Also, the pelvic fins are much smaller on the silver one.

They had a silver/grey one with partial black stripes that I wish I'd gotten because that makes it a guaranteed female right?

Anyway, I'll keep everyone updated on how this turns out- if I can get them to spawn I will attempt to raise the larvae.

I need some tips on what to feed though?

I haven't tried feeding yet, but I think I will try a filter feeding formula (saltwater crustaceans) that I use for my reef and some cyclopeeze. Anyone see any reason why that would be a problem? Can they eat ocean creatures without harming themselves?

I also have some phytoplankton, but that might be too small.

I will try chopped up frozen brine shrimp/bloodworms as well.

I have some tiny shrimp pellets I will try too.

I really don't want to have to get live foods, but I think grindal worms and maybe mosquito larva (if I can find some out back in my yard- is that safe?) will be the best live food options.

Thoughts everyone? I would love to keep this pair (hopefully a pair) of Dario Dario alive and well.
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I thought I'd add that the moss has grown quite well.

It's about doubled in size and I've already seen the Dario Dario picking among the moss (hopefully eating micro crustaceans).

And I added part of a leaf of anubias that I found in another tank.

I grew an anubias plant from a small stem once so who knows.

I'm just trying to experiment and have fun with this aquarium.

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