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post #241 of 340 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks toksyn. Afraid I don't bother saving the full size versions of my aquarium shots otherwise I'd do a high res version for you. And it's the wrong way around!
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post #242 of 340 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well, so far so good... moved the parents out after the last update as they'd stopped spawning for the time being. Counted 5 or 6 fry after that, of which at least 4 are still alive (hard to spot!). One isn't looking terribly well but the other 3 are getting fat on tank microfauna. Still too small for microworms.



If these guys make it to a size where they'll take microworms then I'll move them to a breeding net and get the adults spawning again.
20 degrees, pH 8.4, 170ppm for the record.

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Holy crap thats some serious zoom. Hope the babies do well

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Very interesting video of the fry hunting for food. Those fry are so translucent...at one point you can see the food going into the stomach.

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Very interesting video of the fry hunting for food. Those fry are so translucent...at one point you can see the food going into the stomach.
Yeah there's not much too them... pair of eyes, digestive tract, tiny heart and a swim bladder.
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Last night I stumbled on this thread, and found my way to your videos, and ultimately found your video of indostomus paradoxus. They are one of my favorite species I have kept over the years. I want to tell you how enjoyable that was for me.
This tank is awesome as well.
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post #248 of 340 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Tada! All the same plants before, just thinned a bit and completely rearranged as I couldn't see more than about 6 inches into the tank before. Oh, and had to remove the Aponogetons.

Also did away with the old lighting frame and made maximum use of the Kessil's small size.

Can actually see some fish now, and my nice old bits of heather.

Before (except even more overgrown) -



Making a mess -



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Closeups once the water has cleared.
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post #250 of 340 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Carole

Took a very quick video yesterday after switching to the lovely glass spraybar that a friend on UKAPS sent me. Getting much nicer flow (albeit still relatively low compared to you high tech people) right across the width and depth of the tank now.

http://vimeo.com/68570945

Some of the plants are still looking a touch bruised and bewildered, but considering it's only been set up a few days I'm quite pleased. Carpet is going to take some filling in, but the substrate is actually getting some light now so the Lilleaopsis won't have to grow in the dark anymore!



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More closeups please, especially of the inhabitants. Anyways the tank is a real inspiration.
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So, I tried a trio of rosy loaches (Petruichthys sp. 'rosy', previously Yunnanilus sp. 'rosy') in a breeding tank this week. Spotted the first fry two days ago, so have removed the parents and waiting to see how many I get.

Fry are very small (just over 4mm total length aged at 2 days old) but better developed than the Sawbwa fry I had in the tank previously with caudal fins already visible -



Got a nice shot of one of the C. simoni simoni while I was at it. They're very pretty up close when fully grown -

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What did the breeding tank consist of? Also how did you breed them? Nice pics by the way.
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What did the breeding tank consist of? Also how did you breed them? Nice pics by the way.
25 litre cube containing aged water from the main tank (pH 7.45, 215 ppm, 22.5 degrees celsius), chock full of plants and moss with a few leaves and little mulm. There are a few shrimp and snails in there as well.

Fine mesh an inch from the bottom to protect scattered eggs. Followed my usual approach of just chucking the fish in, feeding plenty of live foods and waiting til I spot fry.

Only expecting a handful of fry to appear really, I'm not really set up for growing on large numbers of anything.
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