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post #46 of 134 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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the bba is starting to die away from my excel spot dosing and increased CO2. plants are growing.

ive decided to get a pair of german rams or apistos for the tank. in a few weeks ill stop by a lfs and see if any of the rams or apistos they have seem to have paired off.
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post #47 of 134 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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got CPDs yesterday, and have been killing off algae for a while now. trimmed down the hairgrass again, and i think im 75% done killing algae.

here are some shots:
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amano (he grew!):


fat, happy otos:



r. m. variegated (cant stop taking pics of it):


r. m. green:


d. diandra:
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Love the CPD's, Marko!

How are you going to take care of the tank over break, though??
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thank you.

automatic feeder for the fish. and ill be stopping by every now and then to do a WC and dose some fertz. should hold up ok. i went on a month long vacation several times with another tank, and it got no WCs or fertz, and everything did fine.
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Looking good Marco!
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thank you.

the CPDs are coloring up a bit more, and i can identify a few of the more-colorful males out of the lot.
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Are any of them orange? They could be emerald danios.


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post #53 of 134 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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i think they are just young. i noticed some reddish orange developing on a few of them (these will likely turn out to be males), and all of them are smaller than the adult size.
i suppose its possible that they are hybrids of d. erythromicron and d. margaritatus, but definitely arent d. erythromicron (if that is the fish you meant). they have spots, not stripes.
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Definitely cpds. I bred some once and they do take a while to color up. Also depends on what they were eating before you got them.
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speaking of eating, they ignored the flake i offered, and only nibbled on the cut up frozen bloodworms i gave. which is odd. last time i had them they were not picky at all.
my guess is they are busy hunting down all the little nematodes, scuds, cyclops, etc in the tank since it was running for months with no predators.
will try some repashy on sunday.
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Some of these fish are neat, but so damn finicky that it's almost like trying to get a toddler to eat their lima beans. No thanks!! I'll stick with the piggies that I have running around my tank! ANYTHING is fair game for them!
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they arent normally picky eaters.
they are omnivores, and the last batch i had a few years back ate flakes, micro pellets, atisons betta starter, freezedried daphnia, freezedried bloodworms, frozen daphnia, algae wafers, and any shrimplets/microinverts they could catch.
these are probably just picking away at the micro fauna, and probably dont have their full appetites back yet either.
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tragic news.
my CO2 malfunctioned. the working pressure got too high and it kinda pushed past my solenoid, flooding the tank with CO2.
my roomates call me saying my fish are dead. i get back and shut off the CO2, turn on the airstone, do 2 50% WCs, and now i have 6 living CPDs. netted out a ton of dead ones, along with all the otos (dead) and shrimp (dead).

contacted the msjinkzd to get another 20, and will pray this doesnt happen again.
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Oh man sorry to hear about that. That's a bummer.
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