So, no new FTS this time - I've been battling some diatoms and another brown algae that's hitting the edges of older leaves of a lot of my plants and I want to try to get it sorted out before I take more tank pics.
Anyone dealt with diatom blooms in an established tank before? I'm confident I'm still in the "high light" category after raising my lights, I'm really jamming the EI on the high end, and I have CO2 about as high as I'm comfortable with (based on how fast my fishes' gills are pumping), all in a tank that's been up and running since January. Not really sure where to look next...
But enough with the negatives. The good news is...
I knew I'd have to order online because my LFS just doesn't get what I want and doesn't really do special requests, but I had never ordered fish online before, so wasn't even sure where to start looking. After checking on quite a few vendors, I ended up ordering from The Wet Spot, out of Portland, because they're established shippers on Aquabid, have an insanely extensive stock list (seriously - I couldn't believe it when I saw it), and they seem to have a very good reputation. Shipping was on the higher end, but within what I thought was acceptable. Anthony, their sales guy, was easy to work with as well, so I just bit the bullet.
I got some c. habrosus (which struggled a bit), some cardinals (which are doing great), some nannoptopoma sp. Peru (also doing well), and some stiphodon atropurpureus (also doing well, but are in their own tank).
Here they are...
and cories (bad)
(Not sure what the deal was, but these were all DOA
And one more to show how awesome these guys are.
Here are the nannoptopoma chilling out...
And here are a few of them in the tank...
Their color is probably a good mixture between the two pics - they're not quite as orange as the first set, and not as pale as the second.
Very cool fish, but not much information about them anywhere. Expensive, but once I saw them in stock I had to add them. So far, they're doing great too, which is comforting.
And I just realized there's no shot of the cardinals. Will remedy that ASAP. For as much as they get a rap for being delicate, they settled in quickly as
as can be. I know they're a little cliche, but they really are striking in person.
More later. Let me know what you think!