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post #61 of 116 (permalink) Old 03-20-2012, 02:07 PM
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Wow, I didn't expect it to last that long. Thanks!
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I will update when it's dead to give an actual idea instead of estimated. If you run a higher bubble count it will die out sooner.
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Sorry to hear about the fish troubles; that koi was gorgeous.

Your dwarf hair looks great filled in!

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Thanks, I know where to get more - I almost would rather buy 4 adult discus once the water is stable and I figure out what's going on. I'll figure it out.

The Apistos arrived this morning, I thought the hungsloi II would be colorful, but they are still juvies and will develop. the viejita rednecks are larger and showing - beautiful color - Wetspot aquatics did a great job in shipping.
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EDIT: I corrected the species of the fish.

Water has stabilized - The nitrite spike and CO2 was too much - I will be more careful to alternate tank cleaning and filter cleaning so they don't happen on the same day. I'm also reducing the CO2 from 1.5bps to 1bps so there is a larger margin of error. At 1.5 bps, it's about 30ppm.

The 4 new Apistos came on Monday and are doing well. The Redneck is a mean little bugger - he's the smaller of the two males and pretty much chases anything including the angels and my hand when it gets too near his mancave...

Apisto. macmasteri (sold as viejita Redneck Male)



Apisto. macmasteri (sold as viejita Redneck Male) male on the left. female racing back to the driftwood cave



Both giving me 'tude for getting to close to the tank



I swapped some christmas moss for Fissiden and Staurogyne repens (bib lettuce). Thank you Gookis!

I tore out the baby tears because it wasn't looking as good as I'd hoped. I planted the S. repens. I'm currently trying to decide where to plant the S. repens, I like the dwarf hair grass as ground cover - maybe I can have the repens grow around the driftwood.

I'm looking for a plant to tie to the driftwood near the surface to grow out of the water. Cool leaves/flowers get bonus points.

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Tank this morning - 31 days from start

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Update Day 36: As much as I think I know, I'm a noob

1. Algae bloom is under control (hopefully). The tank is new and I know they all go through this so I'm trying to be careful to get the water right.

2. The Apistos are not what I expected. I thought the two colorful ones are males... WRONG (the labels above are wrong)

I figured this out with the help of one of Anthony at WetSpot. This morning one of the "females" colored up and started displaying for the other female... ACK Three male apistos!?!? I sent him photos and he set me straight.

Edit: The Blue is a male A. Apisto. macmasteri (sold as viejita Redneck Male) and the Yellow is a female macmasteri. I thought the females are drab, but not in line bread Apistos.

The two drab ones are just immature hongsloi type 2s and apparently one just hit puberty, lol.

3. With the death of my favorite orange koi The remaining angels are all doing their mating dance... Well, If they start breeding, it will but a kibosh on my wanting to add Discus or more angels.

The mature Apisos have also paired up...


Forgive the bubbles, I just did a 30% water change
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Very beautiful tank. Love the apistos

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Thank you, I'm learning a lot.
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Update: Growing algae like it's my job!

I'm adjusting lights, ferts, and mowing the lawn and yanking weeds...

About to drop the go for an army of shrimp to assist in the deforestation.

I will post pics and updates when things settle down
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Well, Day 47 and finally the hair algae is slowly going away.

I learned that I had my lights too close to the surface and on too long. Honestly, they need to sell hangers with T5HO lights because the 4" legs that are included pretty much guarantee too much light

Moved them up and adjusted photo period and bam hair algae is going away.

The army (30) of amano shrimp are still on their way from Msjinkzd (who rocks). I'm also getting a small school of Coral Red Pencilfish for more color.

I also started dosing macro ferts and rotala among other plants decided to become a weed...

I hope the algae continues to go away... (fingers crossed)

Edit: Sorry for the blurry pics, I need a better camera (SLR) than my iPhone
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Very nice! I love the apistos!

That looks like a perfect little nook for the tank, do you have a shot of the whole room?
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That's a beautiful tank and colorful fish. Also I like the depth of the tank.
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Very nice! I love the apistos!

That looks like a perfect little nook for the tank, do you have a shot of the whole room?
Thank you, it sits in the transition of kitchen to livingroom next to the fireplace. I'll try to take a better picture


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That's a beautiful tank and colorful fish. Also I like the depth of the tank.
Thanks, someone on the thread said they would look great in the tank - never thought of an apisto but after some research, I can't imagine the tank without them. The a. hongsloi are coloring up - cant wait till they mature.


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