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Yesterday 04:15 AM
johnson18 I've got a bunch of peacock moss in the tank already, none to spare though. There's a bunch growing out in my 55 that I might be able to cover them with. I may just have to deal with the color for now.


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Yesterday 01:31 AM
bobriley2345 Cover them in moss or hide under driftwood! You could have just made them with coconuts, you know!

Probably would blend in better!
Yesterday 12:06 AM
johnson18
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I think that tank would be suitable for Baenschi or Erythura after second thoughts. Both I have seend doing well in other systems!


Those are the main two I was interested in from that list that didn't seem too extreme in parameters. I like the looks of both. I was able to find far less basic info on A. erythrura than A. baenschi though.

I picked up these two hut/cave things. The smaller one listed as an "apisto hut" and the larger as a "cichlid hut." I will get them in the tank tonight. I'll probably try to hide one behind or near the current wood arch that creates a nice dark area under and behind. The other I'll place surrounded by some of the dense plantings.



The couple IAL in the tank need to be replaced so I will do that tonight too. I also picked up a little assorted bag of goodies like leaves and alder cones. Part of that will go into the tank over the next few days.


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03-24-2017 08:48 PM
bobriley2345 I think that tank would be suitable for Baenschi or Erythura after second thoughts. Both I have seend doing well in other systems!
03-24-2017 05:54 PM
johnson18
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Rarest is Apistogramma sp Abacaxis. I would go for that species, but definately not in the heavily planted tank. Most abacaxis---if truly identified correctly are found in pH's of around 3.9! My friend who got me my new pair actually was the first importer of Abacaxis in the United States, simply due to their rarity. Read up about their requirements as they are demanding fish, but very very very rewarding!

If you are unable to purchase them for under 45-60 at the auction, I would purchase them from PureFishWorks on Facebook. They are the only other place to find wild caughts. The Cichlid Garden may have them as well, but I have never ordered through them!

Bump: What I meant by not in a planted tank was that the wilds really love extremely subdued lighting... and my guys hide all day if I increase the lighting past their "limit"... good luck at the auction!


BandoBob
Thank you for the information. While I'm definitely interested in the abacaxis, I am definitely aware I don't have the correct set up to house them, along with some of the other wilds. This tank currently only has a 5.5hr photoperiod & I really do need to reduce either the length or light intensity. I will probably end up doing a little of both.

Depending on the outcome of the auction, I may end up grabbing a gorgeous little pair of A. borellii that my LFS, Arizona Nature Aquatics, has hiding in a black water tank, separate from the his main sales tanks.
As I stated, I'm finishing up building some shelving, so I'll have 8' x 2' worth of room for tanks top and bottom! I will definitely be looking into a few more appropriate tanks for wild Apistos.
03-23-2017 06:58 PM
bobriley2345 Rarest is Apistogramma sp Abacaxis. I would go for that species, but definately not in the heavily planted tank. Most abacaxis---if truly identified correctly are found in pH's of around 3.9! My friend who got me my new pair actually was the first importer of Abacaxis in the United States, simply due to their rarity. Read up about their requirements as they are demanding fish, but very very very rewarding!

If you are unable to purchase them for under 45-60 at the auction, I would purchase them from PureFishWorks on Facebook. They are the only other place to find wild caughts. The Cichlid Garden may have them as well, but I have never ordered through them!

Bump: What I meant by not in a planted tank was that the wilds really love extremely subdued lighting... and my guys hide all day if I increase the lighting past their "limit"... good luck at the auction!


BandoBob
03-23-2017 04:44 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's 20L

This tank may get some new in habitants this weekend depending on how auctions go at the event I'm headed to in Phoenix on Saturday. There are several Apisto species up for grabs. I posted some questions on the recent apisto pic thread but I'll throw the list here too. If anyone has thoughts on any of these species, please feel free to share. I've also found a few of these on aquabid in my attempt to figure out reasonable prices but if anyone has ideas on the less common fish on this list, I'd welcome a PM about costs. It is also completely possible I come back from PHX with nothing. Lol. That's the fun of auctions of course!! @bobriley2345 any thoughts on this auction list?



This tank has been chugging along. Some of the stems have been doing well. It's almost time for a trim but I think I'm going to let most stuff grow a bit more. Added a couple Crypt. affinis 'metallic red' to this tank, most went elsewhere.







I've got a couple pieces of manzanita that I was thinking about tossing in at an angle across the tank from the back right towards front left. I hate adding hardscape after having a tank running for a while. It might provide the occupants a little more security. Since I've already got a distinct row of planting across the tank in the same manner, the E. parvoflorus, it might be easier than in some other scapes. I would probably try to wrap some of the manzanita with the same moss as the wood currently in the tank.

I've also added a few IAL to darken the water a little more.


Bump: I've also been kicking around the idea of setting up one of my 40 breeders as an upgraded tank for Apistos once my new shelving is finished. Not necessarily full on black water but definitely a darker tank. Lots of Cryptocorynes(if you've read through any of my journals you know my love for Crypts), lots of manzanita, maybe some leaf litter and lower light levels. So this may not be a permanent residence for any apistos I get this weekend.

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03-07-2017 03:18 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's 20L

I haven't been messing with my tanks much this last few weeks, too many exams and such. Spring break is next week so I'm hoping to put a little time in working on all my tanks. I actually am skipping my first class this morning as my back is absolutely killing me. I took that opportunity to flip on the lights and take a look at things since I haven't been home during the photoperiod in a while.

I've been quite pleased with the growth the plants in here have seen lately! The AR is finally taking off! Gonna have way too much in here soon!



As you can see there has been a little bit of algae pop up on the glass. I'm not too worried about it as it gives the Amano shrimp & nerite snail something to munch on.



So in the lower right corner of this pic, front left of the tank, there's a random Aponogeton sp. popping up. Funny bc I've never had one in this tank. The same species popped up in my 55 a few years ago too. Lol. No clue.









I had just topped off the water level so things were a bit stirred up.




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02-18-2017 04:17 AM
johnson18
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Just pick one they're all awesome. They do just fine with excel dosing.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/14...-you-mine.html
Ha! I know, I know...... I've been soooo picky with this tank!! I guess I usually feel like I rush into fish purchases. I think part of the time and thought I have put into the stocking of this tank is that I'm so freaking busy right now!! Today I saw my tanks with the lights actually on for the first time since Sunday!! No point to buy fish when I'm not around to make sure everything is going great for them.

That thread doesn't make this any easier!
02-18-2017 04:05 AM
Nlewis
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I did a huge trim & replant this evening with a water change.

I've decided to go with a small school of Microdevario kubotai.

I'm pretty much decided on an Apistogramma pair, not sure on which species though. I'm currently leaning towards the A. borellii, or one of the A. agassizii variations. Thoughts? What Apistos have/do you keep? Which one's do you like the best? I have heard that some of them don't do well with Excel? This tank lives on Excel!!
Just pick one they're all awesome. They do just fine with excel dosing.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/14...-you-mine.html
02-18-2017 04:02 AM
johnson18 I did a huge trim & replant this evening with a water change.

I've decided to go with a small school of Microdevario kubotai.

I'm pretty much decided on an Apistogramma pair, not sure on which species though. I'm currently leaning towards the A. borellii, or one of the A. agassizii variations. Thoughts? What Apistos have/do you keep? Which one's do you like the best? I have heard that some of them don't do well with Excel? This tank lives on Excel!!
02-16-2017 12:29 AM
johnson18 Just a couple fts from today.

The lfs had a gorgeous pair of A. Borellii "blue" the other day! I didn't buy them. lol. I definitely thought about it. I had just added the last two cories and two more Amanos though. The tank needed time to adjust to the increased bioload. Plus I still need to add the school of dither fish, which some sort of Boraras species.








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02-10-2017 05:35 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's 20L

I've been doing a lot of online reading and research about different fish species that I might want to put into this tank. I think it is time to reach out for some ideas from the forum! I know I previously mentioned Apistogrammas, I am still looking at some of the different Apisto species having never kept them. Dario Dario is another species I have been reading about, although I'm not sure I have to time to deal with the constant live feedings. I also really enjoy some of the micro species of rasboras and such as a small schooling fish to go with the others. The tank is up to 6 Sterbai corys, which I think will be the max on those. Along with the two Amano shrimp & a nerite snail.



I'd really like a pair of smaller fish that will be the main spotlight species in the tank, hence the Apistos & Dario Dario. Plus a smaller species that will fill the upper regions of the water column. At this point I'm fully open to suggestions, if anyone has some! I feel like the tank almost has too much flow for some of these species, though I could tone it down with a spray bar or other method if needed!



The plants have REALLY been filling in! I've got a couple pics on my phone I will try to get posted this afternoon after class. It is beginning to look amazing! I need to do a major trim of all the stems to get things to fill in a little closer. I've been pleased with the growth lately!

Edit: Pics! These were taken for me by a roommate a few days back. I've not been home while the light are on in almost a week! I'll try to get a fts today!







01-19-2017 06:07 AM
johnson18
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Ah man that sucks.

So mine was doing really well, too well actually. Haha. I wasn't ever trimming it and it was at least three feet tall. But I got rid of it because of the roots! They grew so fast and I was really worried because people had told me horror stories about how they could just the seams of the tank. I miss that thing. It was my favorite plant other than my ruellia which is still going strong. Or my pothos which before moving had three branches 25 feet long each.

I think riparium plants are awesome. I look forward to seeing where you go with this journal


That's awesome yours did so well! I always saw some of the big ones and loved them! I'm definitely going to grow them again! I would love to have a Mr. Aqua MA-610 as to do a riparium in! That 24x24x12 is such a rad size!! Of course the Deep Blue 80g frag tank is pretty amazing too! [emoji23] I am obviously dreaming here. lol.


I have been thinking about putting some sort of Apistogramma species in this tank. They're just a fish I know quite little about. I've definitely got my research to do first. I grew up breeding Firemouths so I've always had a love for cichlids.

I'm planning to add some more Sterbai corys first though. The LFS should have some more in next week. I think I'll add 4-6 more to the current 4. I want to have a nice little school going on.

I might need to throw together a bare bottom quarantine tank. I've got plenty of tanks around though, so no issue there. Plus, this tank has a couple big sponge filters stuffed back behind the driftwood. I probably have 3 or 4 more brand new sponge filters in a box in the closet with most of my spare aquarium goods. Hmmm.... I hadn't thought about that until just now. I've not kept enough fish since I moved to AZ in summer of 2014 to warrant needing one.

Here's a fts from almost lights out tonight.




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01-11-2017 06:44 PM
bbroush
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Unfortunately, the mangrove did not enjoy the lack of humidity in Arizona. It survived about six months after the move before kicking the bucket. Even with regular misting it just wasn't happy from the beginning. It was incredibly disappointing as that was my favorite plant!

I think this is one of the last decent pics of it. At this point the plant was almost 2years old!




Though I've removed most of the riparium plants from this tank, I will definitely doing another one in the future. I learned a lot about this hobby from my riparium & I enjoyed keeping it immensely. I will probably do one on a much larger scale and with different tank dimensions.

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Ah man that sucks.

So mine was doing really well, too well actually. Haha. I wasn't ever trimming it and it was at least three feet tall. But I got rid of it because of the roots! They grew so fast and I was really worried because people had told me horror stories about how they could just the seams of the tank. I miss that thing. It was my favorite plant other than my ruellia which is still going strong. Or my pothos which before moving had three branches 25 feet long each.

I think riparium plants are awesome. I look forward to seeing where you go with this journal
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