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08-20-2014 07:44 PM
Hyzer
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Originally Posted by wabisabi View Post
Try and post pics of this fish over on rainbow-fish.org, in the identification section. It really looks like a female rainbow to me, maybe Chilatherina sp? The resident experts should be able to guide you.
Thanks for the help. Unfortunately I moved her to the 40g and she jumped a few months ago.

I'm definitely feeling more positive about this tank. The Cherries are finally reproducing and I haven't found any casualties in a while. I watched the large female Amano actively chase and injure Cherries during feeding time so I put the pair in my 40g. The HOB filter also helps a ton with water quality, flow, and surface agitation.

I have CO2 set very low and am running it 24/7. It's just a slight mist but I've kept the light intensity low and have seen very healthy new growth. Especially the moss and anubias petite. I might bump up the CO2 very slightly to ensure it's getting over to the Crypts on the other side of the tank.

My wife helped me make a black skirt for the stand out of some black suit fabric. Bit of sewing and magnets to hold it on. It makes the whole thing much easier to look at.

Here's a quick picture from last night. I had just trimmed off a bunch of old unhealthy leaves. I'll update as things get going. Hopefully I can get a few more years of enjoyment out of this one.

07-12-2014 06:19 PM
wabisabi
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Originally Posted by Hyzer View Post
This one definitely does not look like yours or any other beautiful furctas I've seen pictures of. I just guessed it was that species because it has a slightly blue eye and the egg or fry came from your tank. Weird.
So can anyone ID this?
Try and post pics of this fish over on rainbow-fish.org, in the identification section. It really looks like a female rainbow to me, maybe Chilatherina sp? The resident experts should be able to guide you.
07-06-2014 08:41 PM
Hyzer
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Originally Posted by Chris Noto View Post
Hyzer, I've just found my way over here from your 40 Breeder Log, which I've been following, and loving, for quite a while. You are right about the bind of aquarium photography being adequate light. What seems like good light to the eye is just not up to the job of making a good image.

There was a discussion at the Aquatic Photography Forum a while back on this issue, and one member posted this excellent summary of an inexpensive aquarium flash photo setup. The cost was $170 back in 2009.

All the best.
Thanks for the advice Chris. I've figured out how to work my D40 a bit since I was struggling last year. I appreciate you taking interest in my tinkering.

A couple changes are coming to this tank next week:

The Cherries are just kind of surviving and not reproducing. I came to the conclusion that my sponge filters are just not cutting it. Something is building up, and I don't want to be doing frequent water changes on this tank. I think running it through a few different types of media will help. I purchased an Aquaclear 50 because they have been solid for me in the past and offer good filtration on a budget. I'll put a sponge on the inlet to keep it shrimp safe.

Plant growth has been slow and ugly, especially for the crypts. Yesterday I pulled the trigger on a Harris 9296 regulator for $50 on ehay, a 5 lb. aluminum CO2 cylinder, and a Burkert 6011 solenoid. I have an extra Swagelok metering valve from my other post body. I'll visit my local hydraulic shop on my lunch break this week to get all the fittings. I'm going to use my old Atomizer to mist. Since the single Fugeray won't put a high demand on CO2, I should keep CO2 levels shrimp safe (possibly beneficial?) and avoid the seltzer water look.

Even though none of these improvements were costly, the Fugeray, filter, and pressurized CO2 takes away from my initial budget "easy mode" intentions for this tank. It was nice to know I could do it, but if I'm able, why not provide optimal conditions for my plants and shrimp?
06-06-2014 07:22 PM
Chris Noto
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Originally Posted by Hyzer View Post
I used the focus lock and had some better luck tonight, but still can't get clear pics. When I have my ISO up high, the pictures are less blurry but they still turn out very grainy. When it is low, the pics are not grainy but blurry. The only shutter speed adjustment I found is to slow it down for long exposure shots. Even if I point he camera at an angle, the flash will reflect off the back glass panel. At least they are great to look at in person.
Hyzer, I've just found my way over here from your 40 Breeder Log, which I've been following, and loving, for quite a while. You are right about the bind of aquarium photography being adequate light. What seems like good light to the eye is just not up to the job of making a good image.

There was a discussion at the Aquatic Photography Forum a while back on this issue, and one member posted this excellent summary of an inexpensive aquarium flash photo setup. The cost was $170 back in 2009.

All the best.
05-07-2014 06:51 AM
erimar Hello, I hope you are doing great. Any new updates & pictures
03-11-2014 12:31 AM
Hyzer
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Originally Posted by BulletToothBoris View Post
What is the long background plant?
It's some fairly ragged Bolbitis. I've never been able to give up on this plant even though it doesn't grow well with the low nutrient levels and light in this tank. Grows like a weed in my 40g but never seem to fit well.
03-10-2014 03:44 PM
BulletToothBoris What is the long background plant?
03-02-2014 03:34 PM
Hyzer
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Originally Posted by erimar View Post
Thank you for the Advice! Why it's important to keep the tank cover?
Less evaporation -> fewer top offs -> more consistent water params, also diffuses light a bit

The cover is a major factor in keeping this tank easy for me. It is optional though. I prefer an open top for my 40g because I'm doing weekly water changes anyways.
03-02-2014 06:38 AM
erimar Thank you for the Advice! Why it's important to keep the tank cover?
03-02-2014 05:33 AM
Hyzer
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Originally Posted by erimar View Post
Hello,

I really like your tank! I am planning almost the same set up in an 80 gallon tank. Can ypu please tell me what plants you have in the foreground. Per your thread you don't dose anything correct? I am impressed with your results.

Regards,

Erick
Thanks erimar. The foreground is primarily Crypt. parva.

I broke up a few Jobe's fern sticks and put them in the substrate maybe a year ago. Besides that, I just add small portions of various shrimp foods once or twice a week.

For something like this, sticking to the lower end of light intensity and putting a lid on the tank are most important. I don't get the most healthy or fast growth but it works for me.
03-02-2014 03:27 AM
erimar
Foreground plants

Hello,

I really like your tank! I am planning almost the same set up in an 80 gallon tank. Can ypu please tell me what plants you have in the foreground. Per your thread you don't dose anything correct? I am impressed with your results.

Regards,

Erick
02-09-2014 07:55 AM
zetvi A very inspired budget tank! I have a mistery fish came out of java moss too, growing and hatch just in my cool temp rcs tank. It turned out to be a rainbow though!
02-09-2014 03:21 AM
Hyzer
Scrimpin

It's been a while since my last general update. Removing the huge fern really took away from the look, but everything is still healthy.

A few hardware updates:

-Replaced the Hydrofarm T5HO with a Fugeray when the bulb burned out a few months ago. Hanging it was interesting, heh.
-Added a heater controller because I liked it in my 40g and it gives me peace of mind.
-Removed the mini Koralia and added another sponge filter (this time air powered) in preparation for shrimp.



O.G. Amano


A couple fauna updates:

-Moved my mystery fish to the 40g. It seems to be enjoying bossing the Rasboras and Neons around. It was the last remaining fish in this tank for a reason.
-Finally started on my Cherry colony! Thank you Fdsh5.



Hygro. Compact continues to intrigue me. In my 40g high light CO2, it was big and bushy with wavy inconsistent leaves. In my 8 gallon med light tank it had small red leaves. In this tank it has taken on an almost brown color with medium sized leaves.



My long term goal for this tank is a thriving Cherry colony. I want to get some experience with culling and selective breeding and I figure this is the best way to start.
01-13-2014 01:19 AM
Hyzer
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Originally Posted by mossback View Post
Too many dorsal fins to be a minnow, so some sort of blue-eye still has to be the best guess. Maybe a sub-adult female? With that prominent lateral stripe fading as she matures?
They are getting the pretty darn close in the fish section. Leaning towards a bluefin killi, but it just doesn't have much color, the caudal fin looks off, and mine seems to have both a dorsal and adipose fin.http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...81#post5060881

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Originally Posted by thebuddha View Post
I love your tank! its a lot like mine

what are your params?
what do you dose and how often?



your needle leaf java fern looks great! i should really switch my regular java fern to needle leaf
Thanks buddha. I haven't tested anything other than TDS in this tank for a couple years. TDS is 115 -140 depending on how recently I did a water change. I don't dose nutrients other than fish/shrimp food but I probably should because I get some algae and growth isn't that healthy. There are some bits of Jobe's Fern sticks way down in the substrate.

I yanked all the needle java fern a couple months ago to see if I can get the bolbitis and anubias going instead. There was just way too much of it. Part of me regrets it because it was the focal point of the tank.

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Originally Posted by DanielleE View Post
The mystery fish vaguely reminds me of a Madagascar Rainbow, though I'm not sure quite how likely that is. Regardless, it's a pretty fish with a very beautiful home!
Thanks Danielle. When I compare it to pics of the Mad. Rainbow I can see similarities but just not a match.

I'm working on getting the plants in this tank healthy again. When the bulb burned out on my fixture a few months ago I opted to buy a Finnex Fugeray instead of another T5HO bulb. The plants are recovering nicely and I'm really impressed with the Fugeray.

I'm going to add a traditional air powered sponge filter in preparation for turning this in to a shrimp (Cherry and Amano) only tank. The shrimp game is calling.
01-12-2014 11:46 PM
DanielleE The mystery fish vaguely reminds me of a Madagascar Rainbow, though I'm not sure quite how likely that is. Regardless, it's a pretty fish with a very beautiful home!
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