Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: philadelphia, pa
So i'm a bit of a dolt and got the five banded barb mixed up with the african banded barb. i've no idea how, other than perhaps mere excitement... the five banded is asian. Not a terrible mistake b/c they're fantastic fish, but not what i want. so i won't be buying any more of them.
I give this tank about a year before I do a redo and focus on a more natural african looking tank. Less variety of plants... and probably no anubias. Considering the amount of light in this tank, they're just algae pads. I have a bunch in a non-lit 20g that only gets spill over light from the 125 and the anubias in it are fantastic looking.
The tank currently houses 12 congo tetra, with another 12 on order, 9-10 five banded barbs, a synodontis of some sort, leopard bushfish, 5 ottos, and my two kribensis (who are days away from laying eggs)
anyway, here are a couple cell phone pictures of the tank as of last night. the water isn't perfectly clear as I replaced some filter media an hour before.
I'll get a better shot of the Elatine triandra in the foreground. it's doing really well, but really reflects light. Even with the light off in the tank, ambient room light will make them easily visible.