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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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One of my swordtails had babies today! I counted 7 survivors hanging out in the Hornwort plants that I have floating. I also discovered a snail of some type. It is the size of an "o".

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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 02:00 PM
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Looking good. Now all you need to put the finishing touches on it would be some plastic spiders and Wargs.

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Thanks. I thought that if I got some ghost shrimp (my LFS sells them) or Amano shrimp they could be the "spiders" in the tank.

On a sad note, my male swordtail died today. I think he had columnaris.

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Two of the female swordtails died last night, a solid black one and a red/white one. I picked up some Melafix from my LFS today and treated the tank. The three remaining females are looking MUCH BETTER. They are a lot more active than before. The 3 Oto cats are still as active as ever, and the fry are doing well.

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Today I picked up 3 replacement swordtails (2 males, 1 female), and 5 Aeneus cory cats from my LFS today. The cory cats are going crazy digging through the sand. It's fun to watch because when I had cory cats before, I had them on gravel so they couldn't dig very much. I'll try to get some pictures later.

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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-12-2013, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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Update and I need advice.

All of the fish and plants are doing well. The wisteria, ludwigia and rotala are all nearing the top of the tank. The snails are multiplying rapidly, so I may get a few assassin snails.

Here's my problem. I think I didn't sift through the dirt very well, and I'm still netting out pieces of wood every day. It's getting annoying that whenever there is a gas bubble coming up from the dirt, or when the cory cats go digging too deep, stuff floats up. How hard would it be to empty the tank, clean the gravel and sand, sift the dirt, and replant? Has anyone done something like this before?

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It would probably be very time-consuming, but not necessarily difficult. I'd suggest you put the fish and plants in a filtered bucket with something covering it to make sure they don't jump.
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Personally I wouldn't want to do it, just because it seems like it would be a mess to separate the cap from the dirt cleanly.

But if you do do it, then I would just do it like I was redirting the tank. Take out fish and place in container with filter and heater. Shouldn't have too much problem if the filters are all kept intact.

Just try and scoop out your cap as cleanly as possible so when you are recapping you don't have dirt mixed in the cap to float all around when you refill. Also drain as much water as possible. Even a small amount of water left in tank will probably make things much harder.
Good luck with it

Also I didn't sift my dirt at all, just scooped out anything too big too cover and I don't have much trouble with floaty bits. Perhaps your cap is too thin??
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post #24 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hi!

Haven't updated in a long time. My tank is doing well. I am having an algae outbreak right now, but that is because I didn't do a water change for over a week. My most recent picture is from December 23rd. The tank looks about the same. Most of my original Rotala and Ludwigia didn't make it, but there are a few pieces still in there. Today I moved half of the floating Hornwort to my 10 gallon fry tank because it will take over this tank if I don't remove it. All off my fish are growing and doing well. I am getting swordtail babies every month. In my fry tank, my oldest juveniles are starting to show sings of being male or female.



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