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09-15-2013 07:00 PM
toastedtoast Sorry for abandoning this thread, and my other one on the 6g in my office. Last winter I got called into my boss's office, and she let me know that both she and my job were moving to Chicago (from Toronto) and I was welcome to join if I wanted to. I liquidated all my plants / fish over the GTA Aquaria forum and packed everything in.

My new landlord doesn't allow fish, and at work my new desk is too close to a window to grow much besides algae so for now all my gear is packed away. Hopefully I can get something going again though, I miss having fish at work.
09-02-2013 04:08 AM
tylergvolk Update us!
07-23-2012 12:33 AM
toastedtoast Apologies for the shameless bumping, but while I have the camera at home here are a couple fish snapshots.

Between their cute whiskers, funny antics and general awesomeness pygmy cories are by far my favourite fish. They seem to spend most of their time hovering around mid water or sleeping on plants and I rarely see them on the bottom unless it's feeding time.

They're very social and school much more tightly then anything else in my tank.

At the moment most of my colour is coming from Espei's rasboras

I have mixed feelings about these guys, they're really colourful but are a bit larger then I think is ideal for this setup and I have them in a smaller group then they should be.
07-20-2012 11:13 PM
Originally Posted by microw View Post
Me like, especially the middle to right side.
Thanks! That's by far my favorite part of the layout as well.

I've finally gotten around to taking a current photo, and as I didn't manage to clean the glass first this is pretty much how it normally looks.

I've added a korelia-knockoff powerhead in the back left corner, and while there are still some problem areas it seems to have helped my algae situation immensely (touch wood).

Now that I have plants actually growing, I'm starting to think about how I can change things to make the tank more aesthetically pleasing. The first step should probably be a curtain around the utility shelf I'm using as a stand, but aside from that there are a couple of areas that I'm not happy with atm.

The sunset hygros I have in the centre fore/midground are a placeholder that I've never gotten around to replacing, and it's seems past time already. A small bushy plant might be cool, (anubias? windelov fern?) or maybe even more wood or some kind of small boulder. Any suggestions would be awesome, as would any input on small, bushy plants.

In the upper left I really like the *idea* of pennywort near the surface but in practice it seems to get tangled and unsightly without a lot of grooming. For the moment it's another area where I can't decide how I want to proceed and in the meantime the lazy path prevails.

As always, I appreciate any suggestions though I feel vaguely guilty about soliciting them since my limited experience hampers my ability to reciprocate.
07-19-2012 02:44 AM
microw Me like, especially the middle to right side.
07-19-2012 02:34 AM
toastedtoast Sorry for the tangent on cory breeding, I'll get back to photos of the 20L that's the point of this thread.

This photo was taken march 24th, you can see the plants are growing in and I've added some Trigonostigma hengeli in addition to the cories and chilis. At this point I was having a major issue with BBA and the tank is looking pretty bad

May 27th: Still more growth, and I've added some pennywort near the surface. Also tried a couple stems of s. rapens I got from a friend, but my light is too low and it's not doing well. The tank is looking pretty terrible at this point, and I didn't invest the time that I should have. BBA is improving but I had an outbreak of some kind of brown cotteny algae or diatoms, not sure which, that has started to choke out the moss on my centre driftwood.

I left my camera at the lab today so I can't take any updated photos, but I'll try to remember it tomorrow. As you'll see when I take new photos, the pennywort is out of control and needs a serious prune but I think things are finally balancing out a bit.
07-19-2012 02:16 AM
toastedtoast It's been ages since I've updated this thread, but one thing leads to another and I keep forgetting to post photos. Thanks Fishboy and Hilde for your comments and reminding me to get my act together.

Now that the tank's been flooded 6 months or so everything has started to settle down and grow without too much fuss. Algae continues to some extent, but I think I'm holding my own. Lately a lot of my aquarium time has been occupied with breeding the pygmy cories so the pruning etc on my 20g has suffered a bit.

Starting with cories in my 10g:

Last time I posted I was having trouble with predation by ostracods after putting eggs in my vacant 10g walstad-style tank. I eventually overcame this by suspending a metal coffee filter in the top of the tank and placing the eggs in there. The mesh was too small to allow the ostracods to get in, and once fry are freeswimming they seem immune to predation and can be released into the main part of the tank.

Here's a freeswimming fry in my 10g, probably about 2 wks old

Slightly older fry:

And young adult

I apologize for the quality of these images, the fry are so small and fast moving that it's hard to get a sharp photo in the very low light of my 10g tank.

Since this rearing tank was a little dull with only the immature cories, and I was keeping the small fry split off anyway I decided to add this little guy for some colour:

He's been a great addition, as he doesn't seem to bother fry longer then a couple of mm, he completely wiped out the ostracods and is happy to eat the same microworms that I feed the growing cories.

my breeding scheme seems to be fairly successful at this point and I've raised some 15 fish so far. I think I could do a lot more as there are still tons of eggs appearing in my main tank, but it's time consuming to take care of the little ones and not so exciting now that I've managed to rear a few batches.
07-03-2012 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by toastedtoast View Post
I moved most of the eggs to my (empty) 10g planted tank where I thought they would be free from predation. Turns out that was a pretty bad plan, as without fish that tank had become a haven for ostracods.
According to info here they probaby hitch hiked on some plants. Also info states that it take years to get rid of them
07-03-2012 05:03 AM
fishboy199413 I love this tank great job. I think I am going to something like this with my 20 gallon. Also whats up with the tank we need an update please. (:
02-25-2012 09:38 PM
toastedtoast I moved most of the eggs to my (empty) 10g planted tank where I thought they would be free from predation. Turns out that was a pretty bad plan, as without fish that tank had become a haven for ostracods.

Here's a photo of a minutes-old fry getting munched, you can see another ostracod incoming to join in the fun

I think I'm going to move all my rasboras back into this tank to clear out the pests and let the pygmies do their thing in the 20L
02-23-2012 01:45 AM
toastedtoast I came home from work today and my pygmy cories were laying eggs! I waited for them to stop and then took a couple photos

you can see an egg stuck to the hygro stem here

there are a bunch on the plants and a few scattered around on the glass as well
02-19-2012 04:52 AM
Originally Posted by toastedtoast View Post
I've had a bit of a staghorn(?)

I did water testing and my nitrate was way down. Between 5 and 0ppm.
Perhaps KNO3 (potassium nitrate) would help. For when my nitrates were that low I had chronic problems with BBA (black brush algae). Good source for that is dry and seachem nitrogen, which is cheapest at
02-19-2012 02:43 AM
02-19-2012 12:10 AM
toastedtoast It's been a about a month since my last post in this thread, so I thought I'd give a quick update.

As I've added fish, they've either eaten or out-competed the hydra that was infesting the tank last time I posted. There are some left, but even specifically looking for them I can only spot 5 or 6--which is a level that doesn't bother me at all.

On the negative side, I've had a bit of a staghorn(?) outbreak and it's taking a lot of work to keep it from infesting everything. I've raised the lights a bit and increased CO2 but I haven't had a lot of success in slowing growth. In this photo it looks pretty green, but I think that's just the color of the moss showing through. When I pull it out it's pretty gray.

I did a bunch of water testing today, and my nitrate was way down from the usual level; somewhere between 5 and 0ppm. I haven't increased my dosing level since my plant mass has doubled, so I wonder if that's part of the issue.

One of my rasboras kept getting in the way as I was trying to photograph the algae, so here's a snapshot. Of course when the camera appears the best-coloured ones are nowhere to be found, but what can you do?
01-22-2012 08:21 PM
toastedtoast Thanks Freph!
I'm really liking the lilaeopsis a lot, but I wonder if I should add something to the back left corner. maybe some more vals--I dunno it just looks bare.

Most of the photos I've posted have been a few days out of date but here's one I just took.

I've added some T. hengeli and a black background. I'm not sure I'm sold on the black yet, but I'll leave it for a while and see if it grows on me.
it certainly makes the plants/fish look better, but any snails on the front glass really stick out like a sore thumb against black, and strangely enough the green eheim tubing seems more visible then it did on white.

edit: just realized that I forgot to mention the transition from DIY to pressurized co2 a couple weeks ago so I'll update the first post to reflect the change in setup.
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