Well I have not updated my tank in a LONG time haha kind of got to busy with college and life. I recently just graduated and moved so in the process had to move my fish tank. While doing so I decided to redo a few things. Since the last time I posted I became a little bit better at keeping fish and live plants thankfully haha. Anyways I got rid of my tiger barbs because I just thought they were a bit too aggressive. I also got ride of my commen pleco and replaced him with two Otos instead. New additions to the tank are the Vietnamese White Clouds (~45-50 of them), Odessa Barbs (7), Otocinclus (2), and some Amano shrimps. My Denison Barbs (7) are very large now. I started out with 5 and one of them jumped out of the tank
and I decided to have a school of 7 when I went to get more. I have also since then made my on mesh cover so that it wont happen again. Also my Rainbow shark is now Huge and very fat....lol he mostly just stays in his cave all day, before I moved he didnt have a cave and swam around the tank and kind of bullied everyone around now and then but since I moved I dug out some room under the log on the right side of the tank where the Amano used to hide and now that he fits in there he has taken it as his home
In addition to the change in fish I also changed out a lot of the plants I had. I am hoping that the small plants in the front will start to carpet the front of the tank. The plants in the back I am hoping will grow taller and "thicker" and cover the back. Once more grows ill start to redistribute the stalk and cover the back of the tank hopefully. Any suggestions on how best to do this would be of use.
Now for the tank parameters. Its a 55 gallon tank that I keep at 72 degrees. The lighting on the tank is two 65Watt 6500K Fluorescent lights. It also is dosed with CO2. Before I moved I rarely dosed with CO2 and fertilized the water but now I just recently orderd some root tabs, micro, and macro nutrients that I well hopefully figure out how to dose... The the water parameters which I used easy strip 6-1 to test (which I dont know how accurate they really are but I am currently to broke to get a better testing kit for now) are: Total Harness of 75-100 (the fish dont seem to mind this and have grown very healthy but since I moved and have access to a RO/DI filter I might play around with mixing it with tap water to make "softer water" for my fish, is this advisable or should I just leave it as is?), a KH of about 50-70 i believe (is this ok?) and ph of about 7.0. Nitrate and Nitrite levels are fine so I wont list it. From the fish I have listed I have are the water parameters ok? Also again any help or tips on how to make the front plants carpet and the back ones grow taller and thicker would be great! Also I have pics of the plants if you guys dont mind telling me that they are that would be great....I kind of forgot what they were all called...silly me. Oh and ignore the algea in the back i can clean it but i like to leave it for the oto, amano shrimps and rainbow shark to munch on every now and then lol
what plant is this?
again waht pant is this?
these are the plants in the front which I hope to carpet the front with, what are they are will it be possible?
no idea what this is...
are these water sprites?
here are the vietnamese white clouds, they are still fairly small and I hope the get a little bit bigger and less timid to go down further in the tank...
heres the awesome rainbow shark...if I had taken a side shot of him you would have seen how fat he is haha but hes a bit shy so was hard to take a good pic
heres a pic of the odessa barbs, they are really fast so they were also kind of hard to take a pic of
and heres a full pic of the tank as is, you can see the denison barbs happily swimming in the current