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12-23-2014 06:29 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by rballi View Post
Looking good! I am loving my BML fixture, you get what you pay for.
I've been holding out on getting one for a while, but a nice Christmas bonus removed all excuses lol.
12-22-2014 05:40 AM
rballi Looking good! I am loving my BML fixture, you get what you pay for.
12-22-2014 04:55 AM
Noahma Quick update. lighting is going to be changing. I am going to order a BML led fixture. They are recommending the dutch fixture to bring out the plants colors etc. I think I will go that route. I am also going to add the lighting control to it as well, so the light will ramp up over a half an hour or hour to full light and then ramp back down when they are due to be off. We will see how that goes, I am excited though. Fish are doing great. I lost one of the pygmayea fry to a bent spine (birth defect) and the other in my flora after transferring it. It got a little too close to a power head and apparently got sucked in. I added some screen over the inlet, but It managed to find a way around that.

I will try again in the spring after we move. There will be plans for a 75g at some point as well, but that may be a ways off.

Anywho, here is a quick picture of the tank as it is now. once I get the light in, there will be some shifting around of plants, maybe a new species or two and maybe some of these ones will find new homes in another tank.

11-10-2014 03:51 PM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by BHolmes View Post
Bows lay eggs like it's going out of style! That's really cool though that you're having a lot of success with breading. How long do you stick the male and female in QT to lay eggs? Do you do water changes to get them to spawn faster?
It's really good to hear that everything bounced back after that algae attack. Those will forever be a PITA!
I usually do a few days, or until I see eggs in the mop. I usually just plop them in, let them be for a few days. I know with better quality foods I could probably get a bigger egg yield, but so far nothing more than the usual flake and frozen foods.

I have seen behaviors change in my main tank after water changes, more frisky lol. I would suspect that they would do better in terms of getting some eggs right after a water change.

Right now I have two fry from my pygmeya (about two months old) and a mop of herbertaxelrodi that should start seeing some decent hatches in the next few days. I see a few eggs with eyes, and at least one other has hatched. They are in a breeding basket at the moment so the older pygmayea do not eat them. I will move the other two fry probably this weekend to my flora so the eggs have a larger space to hatch in.
11-09-2014 06:29 AM
BHolmes
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Fish, all doing great. They are happy and healthy. I regularly see males and females laying eggs around the tank. With bows, the risk of hybridization is high So I never collect eggs directly from the tank, I pull a male and female to a breeding tank for more fish. The eggs of course do not survive in the main tank, they become omelets lol.
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The tank is doing really well now. I have gotten the BGA under control, the GDA is getting there, and all other algae is going away. The plants are growing better than they have in a long time as well.
Bows lay eggs like it's going out of style! That's really cool though that you're having a lot of success with breading. How long do you stick the male and female in QT to lay eggs? Do you do water changes to get them to spawn faster?
It's really good to hear that everything bounced back after that algae attack. Those will forever be a PITA!
11-08-2014 04:28 AM
Noahma Quick update, no pictures yet.

Herberaxelrodi are returning to the tank lol. I was lucky enough to be given a spawn mop from his herbies last week. They are starting to hatch!!! So as soon as they are large enough 2 males and 2 females are going to be in the tank again!! I have been missing this fish for a while.

The tank is doing really well now. I have gotten the BGA under control, the GDA is getting there, and all other algae is going away. The plants are growing better than they have in a long time as well.
10-20-2014 06:09 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by Neaha View Post
I just went through your journal and wow do I love you're rainbow garden!!! The past and the rescape. Gorgeous.
Thanks! Its been a very fun tank. I potentially have some mops of m.herbertaxelrodi coming soon. And a couple of pygmaeya fry cookin in y rearing tank to join the rest soon. I have also been debating on getting a couple peacock gudgeons and another small species for the bottom of the tank. Still in thought though.

These fish truly are addicting lol. I need a bigger tank so I can get some of the larger species. I REALLY want a group of m.parkinsoni, but I really need more water!
10-19-2014 03:46 PM
Neaha I just went through your journal and wow do I love you're rainbow garden!!! The past and the rescape. Gorgeous.
09-29-2014 04:14 AM
Noahma quick update. The tank is still running lol. Growth has been strained. I just cannot shake this dang algae. My co2 is up as high as the fish can tolerate. I am dosing EI pretty heavy (more than the normal dosage for a tank this size) And I have raised the lights up higher to see if I can stop it. So far no go. I am not sure which type it is either. The glass algae is def. green dust algae. The stuff growing on the plants is thick and slimy. I thought it could quite possibly be BGA, but it is GREEN, not blue green. which is confusing me. I plan on treating for it anyways just to see. I have several plants that are just not growing the way I want. Some stunting, some lower leave melting. So.... I am now not sure if it is co2, or light on some of the plants. My stellatus is doing Very well, my h.sunset is doing very well. The two swords are doing great, and the crypts are doing great. My staurgyn (sp.), lindrina var. bacopa, rotala rotundifolia green are doing poorly. Flow is good in the tank so I am at a loss at this point. I removed a bunch of dead plant matter, rearranged the plants a bit and we will see if things get back to a normal state.

Fish, all doing great. They are happy and healthy. I regularly see males and females laying eggs around the tank. With bows, the risk of hybridization is high So I never collect eggs directly from the tank, I pull a male and female to a breeding tank for more fish. The eggs of course do not survive in the main tank, they become omelets lol.

I did manage to get a few eggs from my m.pygmeaya, so I have a couple of fry growing in the breeding tank, and will move them to my flora probably in the next few weeks as they get large enough to be with my green neon tetras without being consumed. Hopefully there will be a couple of m.herbertaxelrodi mops coming at some point too, I would really like to have that species back in the tank. if not I will start stalking my LFS to see when they get some in.

I expect to be offering some fry of the herbertaxelrodi at some point if I do get mops to Colorado people.

I got a couple pictures to share. For some reason my cell camera, which is one of the top on the market does not do well with my tanks. It can take some incredible pictures both low light and normal outdoor light, but it has problems with the artificial lights above the tank so I have not gotten any I felt were good enough except these two lol.

So enjoy. These were taken after my water change, the stellatus was hacked back to grow from mid height. so everything is really short.



07-19-2014 06:05 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by jmf3460 View Post
Noah,
This is a great looking tank. I love your stocking options, the blues really stick out against the plants. Everything looks very healthy and happy. I am always a fan of non "overscaped" tanks. yours looks natural and beautiful! good job
Thanks. I generally let the plants do what they are going to do, and do some minor shape control with each trim. The fish seem to like it that way lol.


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Originally Posted by BruceF View Post
I am always up early. I have a large sword in my own 40 and it needs more room really. Sends off lots of new plants and I really don't know what to do with them. I've been selling them at the monthly meeting auctions.
That's funny! I have not had any babies come out of the franz stoffels, but it tries to flower at least once per month.
07-15-2014 02:08 PM
jmf3460 Noah,
This is a great looking tank. I love your stocking options, the blues really stick out against the plants. Everything looks very healthy and happy. I am always a fan of non "overscaped" tanks. yours looks natural and beautiful! good job
07-15-2014 11:51 AM
BruceF I am always up early. I have a large sword in my own 40 and it needs more room really. Sends off lots of new plants and I really don't know what to do with them. I've been selling them at the monthly meeting auctions.
07-15-2014 05:39 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by BruceF View Post
Looking great Noah. It would be fun to see the sword in a 75! Hurry up!
Well, the earliest we are able to list our house and sell for a bigger place is next spring, our current place needs a bunch of work to get the price we want for it. After we do move, then it will be saving my pennies to get a 75 gal up and running. I am wanting to see the sword in a 75g too! as it is now, I have to trim it fairly often since some of the leaves grow out the side and shade my other plants too much. You must be an early bird posting at 6:30 am lol
07-13-2014 01:37 PM
BruceF Looking great Noah. It would be fun to see the sword in a 75! Hurry up!
07-13-2014 06:18 AM
Noahma Alrighty, now is better than never lol. did my weekly water change yesterday and took some pics today. Tank is doing well. I still have GDA and some brown hair algae problems, but I wil get them sorted out eventually.

Well.. here are the pics to go along with the last update.







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