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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by FrostyNYC View Post
Only one month, and your pygmies are already laying eggs? That is awesome.

That's also a LOT of HM in that tank. Have you considered adding plants for some height in the tank?

PS - I think removing the platies was a good idea. Also, if your cories are breeding, Id leave well enough alone and not even add the microrasboras. I've read of shrimp eating cory eggs as well.
I have java fern and Alternanthera reineckii (scarlet temple) in that tank as well. The scarlet was just trimmed in that last shot. I plan to trim the HM much lower, just giving it a chance to get roots down.

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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-04-2008, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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another update

Needs a trim bad and I'm thinking of removing all but the HM and sculpting it into more of a low trim up front and sloping it up to the back. It seems willing to gain any height I'll let it and the Pygmy Corys are just loving this. They completely disappear between feeding times but I did get a count again last night and there are still 10 healthy little guys in there.

The eggs I saw last time I trimmed are gone but no sign of little ones yet. But they could be hiding in there. Here is a pic of one of the adults that came out for a pose.

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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-14-2008, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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The HM in this tank has gotten so thick I've decided that I'm going to make some changes. I plan to pull out all other plants and trim/pull all HM out except for about a 2" strip across the back wall. And Keep it trimmed there. It is growing so well I think it will make a good background plant in this 2.5 gal tank.
I am also have alot of luck with my Alternanthera reineckii in several other thanks and once the HM is reduced I think it will do well here too. I want to try a couple stems on one side and keep them trimmed and pruned and see if I can create a nice bush. I've read this plant can be bushed nicely. As a contrast I have Java Fern Lace in my 20gal that is thowing off new plantlets and I am thinking of tieing a couple to a lava rock and putting that on the opposite side of the Alternanthera reineckii.
Since this is still a test tank and I'm working on a new decoration combined with Java Moss I will try a couple in here and see what happens. More on those later. I still keep seeing cory eggs but no young and I think the snails in here are eating the eggs. Once I get this rescaped I pan to try to trap the ramshorns out and keep an eye to removing all ramshorn I find. I do wish I had some more MTS but the only one I have is working hard in my 2nd 2.5 tank.
That's all for now. Will Post pic once the scape modification is done.
I have 2 more 2.5 gals I have recently scaped but not sure if I can get away with that many tank threads here.
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