Finally got a shot of both tanks on the stand - I took it at night because there is glare from windows on the opposite wall during the afternoon (when I was home). I'm really glad I elevated the iron stand 8" - 10", it makes it much easier to see the lower tank.
I'm floating plants in all my tanks until I get the 55s up, so that lends to the darkness of the pics. (I only have one 55 so far, I'll buy another one when Petco has another $1 sale). There are more tannins in the top tank with the Buenos Aires Tetras, I like the tannin look though. The bottom tank with the celebes rainbows looks empty - if you look verrrry closely, you can see the eyes of two fish. There are actually nine, but they are the shyest things I've ever had. The placement of the driftwood is terrible for me - they hide behind it all the time. It's good that that have a place to find shelter in though. I'm going to put them in the second 55 I set up - they need the space to cruise.
Some additional pics of the BATs - very entertaining fish - but so quarrelsome with each other. I hope that will be lessened when they move into a 55. I'm still learning what plants they eat & don't eat. The tall angustifolia anubias seem to be safe. So does the sword.
The top tank with the Buenos Aries tetras;
The bottom tank with the celebes rainbows - yes, the wood is having another bacterial bloom!;
This "guy" (I'm assuming) has developed a beautiful pale bluish line on his fins - he's also top dog in the tank. He has a few challengers, and they're getting the same fin markings. I think 3 out of 10 have this - that would be a good male/female ratio, so I hope I have no more males (less fighting). There are tattered fins in this tank! Maybe they all get this fin color as they mature - I have no idea...
Sometimes they all do their own thing...
and sometimes they shoal beautifully - I love watching them when they do this. I hate seeing them squabble!
Hopefull this winter I will have the two 55s up & running - one with the BATs and Columbian Red and Blue Tetras (still in QT), and one with the shy celebes rainbows and who know what else. If I can fit them in (I have BIG driftwood for these tanks!) I may get a few silver angels. Trouble is I don't know what I could keep with the angels - I'd like to get some color in the tank. I'll be asking wkndracer his opinion. I am thinking harlequin rasboras or lemon tetras. I may nix the angels for two schools of some small fish that would otherwise be angel food...
Ok, I have to go make dinner!