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08-23-2013 06:32 PM
bitFUUL
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Originally Posted by kamikaziechameleon View Post
dantra, all your images are broken links.
He hasn't logged in for 3 months.
08-23-2013 06:14 PM
kamikaziechameleon dantra, all your images are broken links.
05-03-2012 03:04 AM
dantra I've read about how sensitive they are but I'm yet to see it. Since I got them at a great price I decided to take a chance and see how they'll do in the tank. The water in Texas is hard with a KH anywhere from 12 to 18 and they are just fine.

Their appetites are not affected by the hard water because they eat two to three times a day. When the fish see my son approach the tank they anxiously wait to be feed. The Chocolate Gouramis are not as shy as they were made out to be, maybe it's because of all the plants. They were skittish at first but quickly became comfortable in their new home.

My son and I do water changes right from the faucet with a python so its straight up tap water which contains chlorine and chloramines. The fish are fine with it, swimming around looking for food as we do the water changes. I add prime to the water without any ill effects to the fish. Its been said that they are susceptible to bacterial infections and skin parasites but again they are doing just fine.

As far as dosing is concerned, Connor doses more than EI recommends for some things and the fish are not affected by it at all. He doses extra iron among other things and the fish and shrimps are fine. I really don't know what all the hoopla is about with how sensitive these fish are but it seems like we broke all the rules pertaining to the Chocolate Gouramis with no ill effects. They are happy, playing and eating well.

Dan
05-02-2012 04:35 PM
prototyp3 Now that's jumping right in to the deep end with sensitive fish! Good to hear they're doing well. Those fish look great when healthy and in a well planted tank.
05-02-2012 04:10 PM
dantra Here is a sneak peek at one of the younger wild caught male Chocolate Gourami he has in his tank. It is a species only tank and he's happy they're thriving. There is only one other male in the tank along with this one and he is much larger. I won't be surprised if the start mating soon. He certainly have been going through the motions with the females.

04-11-2012 02:37 AM
dantra
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Originally Posted by Phil Edwards View Post
Orlando's fantastic! I've always been more than happy with my experiences with GLA. Great looking tank too! I hope Connor enjoys his introduction to planted aquariums.
Hey Phil, isn't that the truth. I've always heard great things about GLA but for the most part I purchased things locally. When the wife and son ordered the plants from GLA they were packed very well, individually wrapped and in great shape.

There is no doubt in my mind, I will order from GLA again. GLA has been added to the very short list of companies I choose to do business with.

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That's awesome, can't wait to see what plants he picked out. Hopefully his first trim goes well, even though he is much younger than I, he seems to have a great mentor.
LOL, a great mentor... who... where... me?!?! I'm learning right along with him. Kids have a way of making you question and rethink things. I'm just a regular guy spending time with his son but thank you for the kind words.

Dan
04-11-2012 12:36 AM
talontsiawd
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Thanks, I got some info yesterday that he will be getting some rare plants for his aquarium soon. Connor is extremely excited. He knows exactly where he wants to place them. In the mean time I am teaching him how to get the colors out of his plants. The dosing regimen I have him using is working out very well He has not had any algae yet but had to adjust the CO2 quite frequently.

He was bugging me about the moss so I straightened that out for him. Plans are we will be picking up four Amanos Frank got from Japan tomorrow.

Dan
That's awesome, can't wait to see what plants he picked out. Hopefully his first trim goes well, even though he is much younger than I, he seems to have a great mentor.
04-11-2012 12:29 AM
Phil Edwards Orlando's fantastic! I've always been more than happy with my experiences with GLA. Great looking tank too! I hope Connor enjoys his introduction to planted aquariums.
04-11-2012 12:06 AM
dantra
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Originally Posted by vvDO View Post
Looks great. Is that all crypt parva up front? Seems like it's growing in very well.
Actually it is C. Parva. My wife and son decided to order a shipment of C. Parva while I was in Colorado. They had an issue ordering the amount of pots they wanted and called me while I was in a meeting. Needless to say Orlando (GLA) was extremely patient, helpful and answered my emails I sent out to him from my blackberry.

Never once did I have to leave the meeting. I just forwarded the information to my wife and son and they were able to place the order. Once again, thank you Orlando .

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Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
That looks great.
Thanks, I got some info yesterday that he will be getting some rare plants for his aquarium soon. Connor is extremely excited. He knows exactly where he wants to place them. In the mean time I am teaching him how to get the colors out of his plants. The dosing regimen I have him using is working out very well He has not had any algae yet but had to adjust the CO2 quite frequently.

He was bugging me about the moss so I straightened that out for him. Plans are we will be picking up four Amanos Frank got from Japan tomorrow.

Dan
04-10-2012 04:15 PM
talontsiawd That looks great.
04-10-2012 05:49 AM
vvDO Looks great. Is that all crypt parva up front? Seems like it's growing in very well.
04-10-2012 01:53 AM
dantra It's been a month that the tank has been up and running but just recently added the bulk of plants. Connor was somewhat undecided on a scape because the plants weren't growing... they were growing, it was just too slow for him. So I purchased some plants for so he can redo the scape. I sold the plants he didn't want and purchased some stems and others so he can prune and feel like he's doing something.

He added the moss a few days ago. He has a lot more to add but I just don't have the time to do it right now. This weekend I'll redo the moss for him and help him add the rest.

He is going to slow down with the water changes depending on how the clarity of the water is. If the aquasoil is still leeching tannings then he'll continue doing water changes a couple times a week however if the substrate isn't releasing as much he will do less.

Anyway here is what it looks like now:



side view:



He is going to do his first trim either this weekend or the next. He is very excited about chopping up some plants and believe you me, that's just what he is going to do, chop them up . I'm sure after a while he will get the hang of it. I mean what's the worst that can happen? If it turns out to be a disaster he can just grow the plants out and try again.

Dan
04-05-2012 01:53 AM
vvDO Any update?
04-03-2012 07:29 PM
DTDPlanted
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Originally Posted by dantra View Post
We are still waiting to purchase a lot more plants for the tank but so far, it's coming along nicely. Most of the plants we received from SNS thus far were in bad shape. Most covered with algae, some arrived with browning and/or dead leaves. It has become difficult finding good decent plants.

We ordered two different plants from AFA which arrived in great condition. It was packaged in a material that looked like it came from the space shuttle. Thank you for selling beautiful clean algae free plants. By the way Frank, I want to thank you for the info you shared with me. I haven't pursued it yet but I will very soon. I've just been extremely busy. Connor thanks you for the stuff I picked up for him.

Here is a sneak peek of what he has done so far with the plants we received. Keep in mind I have quite a few more plants that I intend on picking up for him so he can finish his idea of a scape:



It took him a long time to settle on a hardscape that he was satisfied with. Prepping the plants and tying them down to rocks and driftwood took hours to do but we enjoyed ourselves in the process.

Stay tuned...
Dan
I like it! The set up reminds me of a stand of mangroves, with smaller plants spreading out between the shoots, excellent work!
03-21-2012 07:31 AM
samamorgan Got any new full tank pics? I'm interested to see how it's progressing. Looks beautiful so far!
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