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08-07-2015 11:19 PM
Soxfandowd As far as determining males and females is simply their coloration. All of the boesmani's that I have purchased were at least 2" long. The males show a more defined orange coloration on their back half. The females are more of a dull color. Depending on your LFS, if it's one of the "big box stores", is that I've never seen males at any of the stores. Typically you'd want to find a store that is solely aquarium supplies if you are looking for males. That is just my experience here in the Tampa area.


Thanks JEden! I went two days in a row to my LFS. The first day they had just come in the night before. The second day they had been in the tank for a couple of days and their color was more pronounced. I'm thinking maybe due to the stress of the move? I was thinking that I'd look at them again in a couple of days. I only have a 40B so I don't want 2 males for sure. Although, I wouldn't mind 1 male and 2 females.....
08-07-2015 01:55 AM
JEden8
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Originally Posted by BigJay180 View Post
Thanks for your comments on mine too Jeden!

I have a question: I notice you're running a surface extractor on your canister.

Do those work well? What brand is it? I notice a slight film on my water after a week or so...
Have to give you props for your tank! Definitely well deserved!

The surface skimmer I have is the TOM Surface Skimmer that you can find on Amazon. It came with the tank originally so it wasn't anything I purchased. It does a good job with keeping the surface clear that's for sure. However, it does have it's faults. It sinks down every now and again so I have to pull it back up. Also, any plants or leaves that may get sucked into it before I can get to them goes into the filter and clogs it. As long as you stay on top of it then you are good. I also keep it at a low flow so that it is also pulling water from the water column and not just the surface. The other downfall is that it is bulky. Not a very attractive piece in there but keeps the surface nice and clear.

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Yeah 2 Renas = perfect filtration.

No chipping, so long as you get a 100 grid sand paper and scuff it up good before your spray it. Also, I had good luck with 2-3 coats. Make sure the coats are nice and light not too much paint all at once.

Great looking tank.
I just found another one that someone is selling locally so I might go pick it up this weekend. If I do, then I'll use that to also connect my UV sterilizer back up and run a t-valve to control the GPH that runs through it.

Thanks for the tips! Once the doors are done on the stand then I'm going to get that done! How long should it dry before adding it to the aquairum?

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Thought I would pick your brain on the Rainbows. Do you have any tricks to tell Males and Females apart when they are younger? My LFS had a bunch of the different species but as they were all young I and they could not tell which was which. I would love to get some breeding pairs going. Thanks!
As far as determining males and females is simply their coloration. All of the boesmani's that I have purchased were at least 2" long. The males show a more defined orange coloration on their back half. The females are more of a dull color. Depending on your LFS, if it's one of the "big box stores", is that I've never seen males at any of the stores. Typically you'd want to find a store that is solely aquarium supplies if you are looking for males. That is just my experience here in the Tampa area.

As far as breeding goes, I just had my first go at this and it was all by accident believe it or not. I moved some plants over to my 27 gallon cherry shrimp tank and all of a sudden fish appeared. I started off with noticing about 8 of them and am down to 4 now without feeding them at all. Now my cherry shrimp population has severely diminished but I'll take more Boesmani's and just let my cherry's replenish on their own. There are several ways from what I've read online about breeding them and a lot of people utilize a mop head with rainbows. I've never intentionally bred any of my fish but just let nature take it's course in the tank. Still have 6 emerald cories that were born and raised in that tank and have gone through at least 100 albino bristlenose plecos. Give the fish the right water parameters, a healthy diet and a happy home and nature will take it's course.

I hope some of this information helps!
08-06-2015 04:36 AM
Soxfandowd Thought I would pick your brain on the Rainbows. Do you have any tricks to tell Males and Females apart when they are younger? My LFS had a bunch of the different species but as they were all young I and they could not tell which was which. I would love to get some breeding pairs going. Thanks!
08-05-2015 03:40 PM
Mikeygmzmg Yeah 2 Renas = perfect filtration.

No chipping, so long as you get a 100 grid sand paper and scuff it up good before your spray it. Also, I had good luck with 2-3 coats. Make sure the coats are nice and light not too much paint all at once.

Great looking tank.
08-05-2015 03:03 PM
BigJay180 Thanks for your comments on mine too Jeden!

I have a question: I notice you're running a surface extractor on your canister.

Do those work well? What brand is it? I notice a slight film on my water after a week or so...
08-04-2015 11:28 PM
JEden8
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Originally Posted by Mikeygmzmg View Post
Now it's really looking nice with that new stand and some improved clarity in the tank!

Love the Rena XP3/4 too. My favorite filter. I have one running on my 90 right now with a sun sun. I used to hate the blue intake though so I'd always sand it a bit to rough it up and spray paint them black with Krylon Fusion to make them black

Thanks Mikey! I'm a fan of the Rena filters as well. Looking to add a second one...Just hard to come up with the extra cash for one. So many things I want to do but it all comes down to time/cash unfortunately. I know we all are that way.

I've been wanting to get rid of the blue myself. Any chipping issues with the spray paint?

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Originally Posted by BigJay180 View Post
You have some really gorgeous males in there! The one with the reddish/orange tail is absolutely fantastic, one of the best I've seen.

I went with a mixed rainbow tank, I absolutely love the fish. They are as attractive as most saltwater species IMO.
Thank you Jay! I miss the original Boesemani's I had that were all like that one male. Couple of years ago I did a water change no different than any other time and all of the others went belly up. That was how I learned about how Tampa adds extra chloramine at different times of the year to the tap water. I agree with you on the attractiveness as saltwater species!
08-04-2015 08:22 PM
BigJay180 You have some really gorgeous males in there! The one with the reddish/orange tail is absolutely fantastic, one of the best I've seen.

I went with a mixed rainbow tank, I absolutely love the fish. They are as attractive as most saltwater species IMO.
08-04-2015 07:33 PM
Mikeygmzmg Now it's really looking nice with that new stand and some improved clarity in the tank!

Love the Rena XP3/4 too. My favorite filter. I have one running on my 90 right now with a sun sun. I used to hate the blue intake though so I'd always sand it a bit to rough it up and spray paint them black with Krylon Fusion to make them black
08-04-2015 06:21 PM
JEden8 Tank update:

Built a new stand:














Stand is about 6" taller than the previous stand. Makes it easier for me to enjoy the tank so undone have to bend over just to look in it. Haven't had time to make the doors yet but they will be done soon.

Still playing around with the lights. Was thinking about selling my LEDs but I'm going to give it a couple of more months to tweek the lighting and see if I can get everything back. Plants haven't responded well to the lower light and photoperiod.

02-17-2015 12:46 AM
JEden8 Just changed the photoperiod for the tank. I have two of my LED+'s on for 9 hours and a third is in for 4 hours for a mid day burst. I changed it up as I was starting to get algae with the new plants and changed fertilizer schedule.
02-15-2015 12:42 AM
JEden8 My wife wasn't happy with how the tank looked so I went out and bought some more plants. Can't take any credit for the layout as my wife has the artistic eye but here is how it looks now.

01-15-2015 04:09 AM
JEden8
90 Gallon Boesemani Tank [56K]

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what's the substrate? I think this will look nice as it grows in

It's Eco Complete in there. I had to put an extra bag in there so that's why there's a color difference on the right side. I didn't realize I needed more till I finished the left side. Hopefully I can get to the store tomorrow to finish it up. Also needed more rock so the rock on the right is new but the rock on the left has been in for about 2 years so it should darken up over time hopefully.

Thanks. I'm hoping it fills in like I'm picturing it.
01-15-2015 03:31 AM
HybridHerp what's the substrate? I think this will look nice as it grows in
01-15-2015 01:36 AM
JEden8
90 Gallon Boesemani Tank [56K]

Small update. Here's where it's at currently. Any input is appreciated!









01-14-2015 12:22 PM
JEden8
90 Gallon Boesemani Tank [56K]

Alright so I finally got the driftwood in there. I still have to do the right side. Have a couple more rocks to put in there. Don't think all of the driftwood will be going back in there though. Just didn't flow well. Once I get the other rocks in then ill begging planting. Hopefully get some time today/tonight to get it all done. Here's how it looks though at the moment.



Definitely love this layout better than any other tank I've done. I also painted the back of the tank since it was drained and I could actually move the tank out.
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