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02-26-2014 07:59 AM
burr740 Nice tanks. I've enjoyed this thread :subscribed:
02-24-2014 10:37 AM
Saxtonhill The ghost shrimp are doing fine. And I added some neon tetras to the 20 gallon tank recently.

The neons are fun, perky little fish...and yes I do have an algae farm...

01-24-2014 12:08 PM
trini_fella lovely tank and progress man
01-20-2014 12:48 PM
Saxtonhill Hi Fish-Tastic, I think maybe your note was intended for another discussion tpoic?

I still consider myself very much a beginner to growing live aquarium plants...I'm not sure I have much helpful advice to offer...

On tying plants with the black thread...I switched very early on from thread to using a small dot of super glue to stick my anubias to stones and mosses to stones, branches etc. Just be careful not to get too much on the anubia rhizome as the glue can smother the rhizome and then kill the plant.

Here is a link (below) to "Lighting Articles and FAQ" and you might want to take a look at the sub link "Lighting an Aquarium using PAR instead of Watts).

Hope this helps!
01-20-2014 03:21 AM
Thread thoughts

This is a teeny-tiny suggestion, because I think your tank looks really nice, and I greatly admire your efforts to learn about lighting. . . I have to admit that I find it all totally mystifying and don't even know where to start -- every source seems to compare apples to oranges when it comes to lighting, so I never even know where to start.
But I digress!
You mentioned using black cotton thread to tie plants to a surface. I tried that too, because the black thread becomes almost invisible. But it rotted pretty quickly, certainly before any new roots were growing in my super-low-tech tank.
So I tried clear nylon sewing thread -- much thinner than fishing line, if you're wondering, and almost invisible. Seems to be working just fine!
Is this now a thread about thread?
01-19-2014 01:16 PM
Saxtonhill The two ghost shrimp are out of hiding in the 20 gallon. They're a lot of fun to watch as they go about their shrimpy business of eating algae and 'walking' or swimming about.. (I think their eyes have picked up the flash from my camera!)

Here's the little one:

and the larger one:

01-17-2014 11:17 AM
Saxtonhill Thinking about doing some rescaping in the other tanks
01-16-2014 02:44 PM
Saxtonhill Here are a couple more photos of the larger shrimp...the other one is about half the size of this one

01-16-2014 01:28 PM
Saxtonhill Wow...I was going to clean the 20 gallon and something was darting around in there...turns out there are still some ghost shrimp in there! I am really surprised that they didn't get eaten by the female bettas. I guess I'll hold off cleaning the tank for a while!

01-15-2014 08:25 PM
Saxtonhill Decided to move the female bettas out of the 20 gallon and into a 10 gallon set up just for them.
12-31-2013 01:36 PM
Saxtonhill The angelfish, never far away, swam in to investigate.

(see below the red dot) You can just barely see the fins of the female cory cat as she deposits her eggs on the underside of a leaf. The angelfish moved in shortly afterwards and ate the eggs.

12-31-2013 01:21 PM
Saxtonhill Did water changes a few days ago and the corys in the 30 gallon began spawning this morning. There are about 9 corys in this tank. The large black marbled angelfish was mighty interesting in having eggs for breakfast! (sorry for poor quality photos...the camera is a used Nikon D40 with a few mechanical problems and it's tough to focus manually---and focus through a coat of algae on the tank glass as well...and even with the flash I only got 1/6oth of a second and an f stop of 3.5...thus not a fast enough shutter speed in some photos and a very narrow depth of field...)

I believe, if I read correctly in a book recently, that cory cats spawn in the wild when the rains come and bring fresh water to the rivers.

12-31-2013 01:18 PM
Saxtonhill amcoffeegirl, I sure do like the Java ferns. Thank you for your encouragement! There is still a small clump of them in the 30 gallon which are about two inches high...and also a half inch high clump at the base of the manzanita branches in the 60 gallon (photo below).

12-31-2013 04:42 AM
amcoffeegirl I like this thread. Great job. I love the anubias mini patch. Don't give up on ferns they are lovely when they decide to grow. One day you just wake up a see it has tripled in size. Very creative.
12-29-2013 12:51 PM
Saxtonhill The one stem plant that has worked really well for me is the Hygro in my 20 gallon. I think it is Hygrophilia corymboso "kompakt" (????) I've also been better about water changes and general maintenance with this tank. Also the light is more less intense T8 15W.

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