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post #166 of 178 (permalink) Old 09-21-2012, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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We care! Personally, I have plants to help out my fish, not the other way around. The fish are why I have tanks...

I wonder if for some reason, black neons have a harder time roughing out an ich episode - I lost the black neons in my tank when I had an ich outbreak, none of the other fish died.

I'm glad it's over for you and your fish : )
Thanks! Yes, I'm very glad it's over.

OK, so tomorrow or Saturday, I am finally going to replace the water sprite in the back. I had originally planned on ordering some Ludwigia, but instead I am going to order some Cabomba caroliniana. If anyone is in NYC that wants Water Sprite next week probably, let me know.

I'm also wondering if I should order some moss for my big piece of DW on the left; what do you think?

*EDIT* Matter of fact I'm going to head over to FishtownUSA tomorrow to check out what they have. Will definitely be getting Java Moss.

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Def go go with moss on that driftwood. It will look awesome! I'm sure you know but I would spread it on thin. I've made the mistake of putting a thick layer only to have some of it brown an die off. Maybe some java fern. If I had anymore of thy phillipine java fern I would have gave you some. But unfortunately I had to pull all of it out of my 10g due to what I thought of as an algae outbreak. After some more research , it turns out it was sporangia. Live and learn... That stuff is beautiful tho.
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I'm sure you may have posted this somewhere in the thread lol, but can you give us the specifics on your tank?!?!

I.E. Substrate used, filters, etc.....
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It says in the first post of the thread what filter/lighting I have (AC70/HagenGlo 54W single T5-HO). As for substrate, I am using MiracleGro Organic Choice Potting Mix capped with Quikrete All-Purpose sand (love it, but it was dirty as hell).

So I went and bought Java Moss today. I'm kind of irritated, because the lights they use in the store tanks play a bit of trickery since they are kind of dark, and it makes everything look green. Even in the bag it looked green. When I started unraveling the wad of moss to tie to the wood, I noticed a lot was brown. I didn't really bother separating most of the brown from the healthy green, so I'll just let it do its thing in the tank and hopefully it will look nicer over time. I used thin black thread to tie it all along; it's been a while since I attached moss to wood, so hopefully I did it correctly...everything is holding nicely. I'll take a photo next week!

I also didn't get any C. caroliniana because everything seemed pretty overpriced. I paid a bit more for one hunk of moss than I had really planned, but it's all good.

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Well, made an amazing discovery not too long ago! I was writing a paper on my laptop while sitting on my couch, and a tiny little creature caught my eye in my tank...a baby Pristella Tetra! So far I haven't seen any other fry, but I am ecstatic right now. I never even knew that any of them were showing mating behavior! The little guy has full coloration and seems like he's been around for quite some time since he's happily out and about. I am scared that my Rainbow Shark will get a hold of him, but time will tell.

This is the first time I've ever had any non-cichlids spawn!

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Isn't it exciting to find unexpected fry? It's only happened to me once what what fun : )

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Isn't it exciting to find unexpected fry? It's only happened to me once what what fun : )
Yes, it is quite exciting. It is more exciting now since I think his survival rate will be rather high, as the fish seem to be leaving him alone. He's a cute little bugger!

Whenever I found fry from my Africans, I would get upset because I'd witness them get eaten time and time again.

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I will be tearing this tank down probably next weekend. I have always been a cichlid lover, and really want to get back into them (had cichlids in 08). I'm going to upgrade to a 75 or a 90 gallon over the summer to start it up.

I'll be selling this tank with plants, livestock, and all equipment. If anyone is interested let me know...keep an eye out for a huge dwarf sag sale in the classifieds section.

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Sorry to see you go Nick. Good luck with the cichlids. They are pretty fish but I like my plants too much.
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Sorry to see you go Nick. Good luck with the cichlids. They are pretty fish but I like my plants too much.
Thanks, frrok. I really do love plants, it's just too much to worry about for me. I like to come home and look at the fish without going, "Crap, that plant looks a little yellow". It's been a fun time, but Africa calls ;-).

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