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post #31 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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Mommabear-thanks, it seems like aquarium fetilizers is cheaper and No the Damselfly larvae isnt eating the plants, or at least I dont think so, I hope not.

Will- thanks for the help Ill keep an eye on them!

Vannyvanny- thanks! And Im gunna have to look that plant up. Whenever I do some maintainence to the plants the water gets past my elbow and Im 5'9".

Update- DISASTER STRIKES THE TANK!
My neons have Neon Tetra disease! I notice 2 yesterday that were discolored but thought it was just stress of some sort, but today all my neons are really discolored and when I went to the LFS yesterday the whole tank they had the neons in were listed as Not for sale, so Im thinking they had it since I got them. Im really sad and worried! I did some research and found there is no treatment! Im really conerned as to wether or not the disease will spread to my ember tetras or not. They seem to be looking good and I added 4 new ones yesterday and did just fine. Can anyone help me as to what to do?
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post #32 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 12:43 PM
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Not sure about the tetras. What lighting system do you have, i think you said dual t5NO but which model?
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post #33 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Its a coralife T5NO. And I think it was a false alarm! That whole incedent happened yesterday night after I turned off the light and I noticed they were really pale so I turned them on to get a better look and they had almost no color. After doing some research I found this article that helped me sleep much better last night-http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f17/dont-euthanize-that-tetra-it-might-not-have-ntd-178591.html

So I found out that some fish do this so it was a normal thing to do! I turned on the tank light today in the morning and all 10 of them are up and about swimming happily. I just dodged my first bullet!
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post #34 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Update: Well the tank is certantly looking more full with all the tetras! Everyone looks healthy now and appear to be doing well.
The Stocklist is nearly complete, heres the Stock now:
10 Neon Tetras
12 Ember Tetras
2 Otos
All I need is the 2 German Blue Rams and it will be complete!
Here are some pictures, FTS:


The best shot I have taken so far of my fish. Notice the color starting to come in nicely now.


As always comments and suggestions are welcome!
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post #35 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-17-2012, 01:15 AM
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Do your research on the rams. And do get quality ones. Get more Otos; they need to be in a group of 5 or more. Is your 29 a regular one, or is it a long? You can get more rams, or you can get a pair of apistos. Or corydoras. You need a bit more bottom and surface fish. That would make your tank complete!
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post #36 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-17-2012, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Do your research on the rams. And do get quality ones. Get more Otos; they need to be in a group of 5 or more. Is your 29 a regular one, or is it a long? You can get more rams, or you can get a pair of apistos. Or corydoras. You need a bit more bottom and surface fish. That would make your tank complete!
I dont know if its a long one but its 36" long if that helps. What your saying I should get some more otos, some more tetras, the pair of rams, and then maybe some cories? As far as the rams I have had my eyes on some at the LFS for about 3 weeks now and everytime I go there, they always look real healthy and starting to really show their sexes.
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post #37 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-17-2012, 02:54 AM
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Focus in the plants man, photosynthesis needs to happen determined by an amount of light. If you take too long and load up with fish, algae will thrive.


A heavily planted shrimp tank is possible!
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post #38 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-17-2012, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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Focus in the plants man, photosynthesis needs to happen determined by an amount of light. If you take too long and load up with fish, algae will thrive.
Im working on that! Need to post a wtb thread first since my lfs doesnt carry that much plants.
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post #39 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Update!
Well a lot has changed in a really short period of time! Totally rescaped everything added some more plants in and added 2 GBRs now too. Really happy with everything and know to wait and see how everything fills in!
Plants:
B. Carolinia
Java fern
A. Nana
Java moss
C. wendtii
Jungle Val
H. Kompact
Amazon Sword
Water Sprite

Live Stock:
12 Ember Tetras
10 Neon Tetras
2 Otos
2 GBRs

Pictures!!

Left Side:


Center:


Right Side:


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Any Comments and Suggestions are always appreciated!
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post #40 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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A much needed update is here!
Everything just exploded and started growing like crazy.
Here are pictures of before a much needed maintenance:

Here is after I trimmed some of the plants and swiped some algae off the glass:

As you can see. I have neglected this tank by just givving it the bare neccesities. Algae is growing too much due to me leaving on the lights for 10+ hours everyday. Will need to cut down on the photo-period. Also the 3 rams have all died due to bloat Currently I only have the 12 Ember and 10 Neon tetras and only 1 otto.

Any input and advice is appreciated!!
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post #41 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 01:04 PM
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Awesome set up! what lighting are you running?
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post #42 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 04:39 PM
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if there is not co2 system i think you might one to add one as it helps keep the water balance and plants growing....


i have a small 20z co2 can with on/off valve and a needle valve that would last u for 8-12 months at 1 bubble of co2 per sec... let me know if your interested... ops sounds like a for sale post xD lol mybad...
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Nice setup

110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

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Your tank has really come along! Looks great!
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post #45 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!
The light I used is the t5no from coralife. I dont really wan to put any co2 right now but what would you guys suggest I do in order for the Algae to stop growing? I dont want to tinker with co2, at least not now, and Im reducing the photo period to 7 hours a day.
What other things should I do?
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