|07-05-2013 05:34 PM|
|Siggav||Turns out my angelfish is female. She laid eggs today and is very busy now chasing the tetras away from them. Bit sad that they're all infertile due to her being the only angelfish in the tank so her hard work will be for nothing.|
|03-07-2013 02:08 PM|
I am in the process of getting a Rio 180, and aim to get something similar to this but with a bit more twigs and moss!
|02-25-2013 06:40 PM|
|02-25-2013 12:50 PM|
Angelfish has done some more growing, tank is in need of a bit of a clean so not the best picture but I figured I'd share anyway
I've lost a few more fish so current inhabitants are:
11 penguin tetras
1 cherry barb
I was expecting the ram and the neon tetras to go, the tetras had gotten very old. I'm expecting the cherry barb to go too at some point. I'm pretty lightly stocked right now but I'll keep things like this for a while. The angelfish is super fun and seems to be happy to be the only larger fish in the tank
|12-07-2012 08:07 AM|
Thanks for commenting and yeah that could have happened w the pearl gourami I guess but she was pretty much fully grown and much much bigger than the rams. I never saw tham squabble but I wasn't watching the tank 24/7 either so who knows.
Yeah over the counter antibiotics for fish are not really available in the UK. Ive not lost fish now thiugh in several weeks so Im hoping it's going ok now and that the tank is back. The vallisneria is starting to grow back now as well
|12-06-2012 04:47 PM|
Just read the thread and coming in a little late. Sorry to hear about your tank troubles. Are fish antibiotics not available over-the-counter in the UK?
Otherwise, I like your little crypt forest, and your angelfish were an excellent find with those striped patterns.
Pearl gourami's are my favorite, GBR's a close second. I've always been worried about keeping them together because of aggression though. Perhaps the gourami got in a fight, got an injury, then got an infection?
|12-06-2012 04:38 PM|
Updated tank shot again, the angelfish has had a growth spurt
I know he's far from full grown but I really like him so far
|10-31-2012 12:25 PM|
Updated tank photo, everything went a bit wrong with the tank *sigh*
I've had something wrong with the fish, I think there's a bacterial infection in the tank. I've lost all but one of the rams and one of the angelfish and all but one of the otos. Also lost Limpy my pushing 7 years old cherry barb but that was expected (he had a stroke or something 3 years ago and has been paralysed in one side since then, I expected him to be a goner way back then, so him surviving an extra 3 years was remarkable)
I can't get actual antibiotics without a vet prescription in the UK so I tried a few different medications I could get my hands on (over a period of time) and that melted my vallisneria down.
I did a mini rescape to declutter the tank abit also with only the one ram it's less important having line of sight breaks etc.
I still have vallisneria at the back, the roots survived and it's starting to grow back.
I've measured the water through all this and it's come up fine in the tests. Got myself a TDS meter as well and that sits at around 140 so that's not too bad. The fish that got sick stopped eating, lost colour, then got mild fin rot and hung around listlessly and the ram got an infected lip. I have no idea what went wrong really and don't really want to dwell on it. The otos seemed to have too red gills as well. Not going to add any new fish for a while now.
I sort of want to change out my substrate, but I know that's a huge pain
12 penguin tetras
1 german blue ram
2 neon tetras
1 cherry barb
|09-02-2012 09:00 PM|
|Siggav||Ok that's reassuring. My neons are old and huge for neons, almost 1.5 inches so hopefully they'll be fine|
|09-02-2012 01:26 PM|
|Ozydego||I was seriously worried when I got 20 tiny cardinals for my 55gal. I had 3 med-lg angels in the tank already and the LFS guy even gave me a few extra because he thought a few may not make it while growing big enough to not look like food. I never lost one. Your angels are small enough now that I dont think you will ever see any predation from the angels.|
|08-31-2012 10:07 PM|
|08-31-2012 09:20 PM|
Ok took some updated tank photos. It's a bit less clean than it was at one point but I wanted to see how a few different plants would grow so there's a bit too many plant species in there really (I tend to like a fairly minimalistic plant selection) however dealing with the val had been a pain and I gave it a big haircut. I started getting BGA problems from lack of flow I think, the surface was getting clogged with the super long valisneria leaves.
I have no idea how the one sprig of cabomba will do, it came with some shrimp I got for my nano tank and I wasn't going to put it there. Way to nice looking to just throw away though so in it goes.
The new guys
I clearly like black and silver in fish, hah
Full tank shot
|08-30-2012 03:16 PM|
Yeah, I really like altums (well aware that Im not going to keep any though) so I've sort of been after striped angelfish and even though I know that's the wildform colour not seen many at all around, lots are veiltail koi etc, and I was wanting just normal fin silver ones.
Those little guys I have now are a bit extra stripy, but that's fine (and also the other colours of angelfish are all great, it's more that the ones Ive seen have often had wonky ventrals and huge eyes and looked abit stunted etc.)
My longer term stocking in the tank for now is:
2 german blue rams
2 angelfish (we'll see about how they get on)
12 penguin tetras
Tank is 40" by 16" so more floor space than a standard 55g since it's wider but it's shorter.
Other fish in the tank as well right now
1 sterbai cory
3 neon tetras
2 cherry barbs
I can always move my neons into my shrimp tank if the angels start getting bigger and interested but those neons are ancient now and I'm expecting them to die off in the next few months. I used to have a school of around 12 tetras years ago and those 3 are the last survivors at this point. Same with the barbs and the cory.
I might try to change out my substrate next weekend. That'll be a lot of work.
|08-30-2012 01:48 PM|
|Bleeker||I loove angels. Those colors are very unique. I once only had two angels in a tank and I got them who they were about nickle size, They ended up becoming a pair. I think I was just lucky tho. But keep it up! Love the wood btw.|
|08-30-2012 01:21 PM|
More bad news, lost both of my female GBR to wounds, one had a part of her lip bitten off and the other had the wound on her side. So that's not brilliant.
The two males appear to have a truce mostly with the tank almost divided in two between them. One is more dominant over the other though but the tank is big enough and planted enough that they mostly keep out of each others way. We'll see how it goes.
I have two baby angelfish in there now as well. I know they might not get along as they grow up but they're fine for now. I went to the LFS to see if they had good looking healthy female GBR to add in but they only had small and thin ones so I didn't feel confident to get any of those. I however succumbed to the angelfish.
I should probably have thought it through a bit more but watching them makes me smile so that's something.
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