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post #16 of 65 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 06:06 AM
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I am planning on adding Boraras urophthalmoides at some point. They're the smallest shoaling species I could think of, and even then, this tank may be too small for them. We'll see.
Have you ever heard of Sundadanio Axelrodi? They're very small, the smallest I've ever seen, and they would love the tank for sure. Plus they're a nice reflective blue color which would look really cool with the dark greens and purple colors you have
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Get a fog machine/fogger or humidifier for a fog effect (or is that too much humidity/heat for the plants/fish?) By the way, how warm does the water get as it is now?

With the added fog it would look like a spooky, yet beautiful, Bucephalandia swamp

Haha, just kidding. Probably a little overboard.

Maybe once the Buces grow a bit more, you can get some plantlets from them and do a high-tech Bucephalandia tank. I hear low tech and emersed grown Buceph don't get all the wild crazy color and shiny specks that high-tech grown Buce produce. That way the show the other magnificent side of Bucephalandra.
The water temperature stays around 75F and the humidity at 85%. While fog would look nice, I have limited space around the tank to setup up the machinery. Same goes for a high-tech tank. No room for a CO2 tank. Also, I am and always have been in the low-tech club. Minimal maintenance is my main goal, aside from the aesthetics.

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Have you ever heard of Sundadanio Axelrodi? They're very small, the smallest I've ever seen, and they would love the tank for sure. Plus they're a nice reflective blue color which would look really cool with the dark greens and purple colors you have
I like their look, but Boraras urophthalmoides is still smaller, maxing out at 16mm whereas Sundadanio axelrodi reach 25mm. Also, my water is likely too hard and alkaline for their liking.


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B. naevus is a bit more colorful than B. urophthalmoides and slightly smaller I believe. And B. micros is smaller still. If you're looking for REALLY tiny fish, then danionella translucida may be up your alley.

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Beautiful tank! But how do you categorize each plant so they don't get mixed up? After awhile, certain buces look the same to me.
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You did a great job on this tank. Awesome!


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The tank is impressive and so is the plant list! 😱 must have taken a long time to collect all those!
It took a month or two, and cost a pretty penny as well with all them Buces.

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You had me at "Bucephalandia"

Subscribed and cant wait to see more pictures

I am currently contemplating a trio of nano shrimp tanks with only buces and mosses, and your 12 long is an inspiration. Have you considered adding any critters to your tank?

Again, Bravo!!
Amano shrimp, Orange Neocaridina shrimp, and Exclamation Point Rasboras are the current inhabitants.

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Oh, do you have any photos of your Fissidens geppi and nobilis? What is the difference between the two?
F. geppi is a very slow grower, taking an extremely long time to become established before pushing out new fronds. F. noblis seems to grow a bit faster. F. geppi also appears to have larger and more robust fronds than F. noblis. Once both have grown out a bit more, I'll try to get a comparison picture.

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Beautiful!


Maybe a bit more livestock?
Maybe something small that will venture out onto the emersed area as well (no idea what though)
When I first put in the Amano shrimp, a few decided to climb up onto the emersed area, flippin' and floppin' around. They had trouble getting back into the water, needing my help to push them along. After a few weeks, no more emersed adventurers; I guess they've learned their lesson.

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B. naevus is a bit more colorful than B. urophthalmoides and slightly smaller I believe. And B. micros is smaller still. If you're looking for REALLY tiny fish, then danionella translucida may be up your alley.
I like the look of Boraras urophthalmoides, with the stripe rather than the dots of B. naevus. I'm not sure Danionella translucida school/shoal much, but like B. micros, they're a little plain to look at.

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Beautiful tank! But how do you categorize each plant so they don't get mixed up? After awhile, certain buces look the same to me.
Each Bucephalandra variety I have is identified by a unique number in an organized spreadsheet. I attach each specimen to a piece of black lava rock, using both cyanoacrylate superglue gel and black cotton string. I etch the number onto a small piece of translucent plastic and attach it to the specimen with a ziptie around the string. The ID tag can be hidden pretty easily, and even when it's visible, it's not too unsightly.



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Some new inhabitants! 11 tiny Boraras urophthalmoides, or also known as Exclamation Point Rasboras. I took these pictures only a few minutes after introducing them into the tank, so their colors have yet to return from the stress of shipping and change in water parameters.

The size of these tiny fish compared to an Amano shrimp.




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Nice to hear the shrimp can learn to not venture out of water before they die.
What do you feed the Amanos? I've never seen their insides that red before.

Great idea on the plant tags as well. I might just have to copy that idea haha. But how did you get the zip tie into the lava rock exactly?

Great pictures by the way.
Have a particularly favorite Buceph yet?
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This tank is insanely nice, such a beautiful compact scape

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Nice to hear the shrimp can learn to not venture out of water before they die.
What do you feed the Amanos? I've never seen their insides that red before.

Great idea on the plant tags as well. I might just have to copy that idea haha. But how did you get the zip tie into the lava rock exactly?

Great pictures by the way.
Have a particularly favorite Buceph yet?
The Amanos have been nibbling on algae and whatever gets fed to the Neocaridina, like barley, veggie sticks, and other shrimp foods. Not sure why that one Amano has such red innards, but the others do not look like that.

The ziptie goes around the string that's tied around the lava rock.

Favorite Buce? Honestly, I like them all. I think I'm more partial to darker varieties, or those with interesting venation. I quite like Giant Centipede. Unfortunately, since this is a low-tech setup, most of the Bucephalandra varieties I have look similiar, and without the ID tags, I wouldn't be able to tell most of them apart. Collecting different varieties was at first rather fun, but now I realize that it's pretty meaningless since so many just look practically the same. All of these trade names are just BS.

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Thanks! I will have a more current full-tank shot up soon. I'm expecting a new camera next week.


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This is my favorite tank I've seen since it is so different. Its always awesome to see pictures! Keep them coming please!
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This is my favorite tank I've seen since it is so different. Its always awesome to see pictures! Keep them coming please!
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Got my new camera in, a Nikon D7100, so here are some full-tank shots.



And just a picture of my 65G vivarium for fun.
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Have you ever heard of Sundadanio Axelrodi? They're very small, the smallest I've ever seen, and they would love the tank for sure. Plus they're a nice reflective blue color which would look really cool with the dark greens and purple colors you have
I have some, and dig them.

But personally, I think some chili rasbora's would look awesome int hat tank and are smaller then the Sundadnio's
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