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06-15-2017 02:46 AM
johnson18 Thanks @Greggz! I sure hope they bounce back too! This tank WILL have some of the the Blue-eyed Rainbowfish in it! They have totally caught my attention & I've had them long enough now that I have seen small glimpses of their beauty!

I think killi aggression depends on the species and size. I was hoping it wouldn't be a problem since I've got other small fish in the tank that have no problems with the killifish. Unfortunately, it obviously didn't work. In the long run the Killifish will be the ones that will be evicted from the tank.


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06-15-2017 02:12 AM
Greggz
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Ugh! The rainbows went from mostly ok to fins all torn to hell in less than a day. The killifish are trying to eat them & I think they succeeded with a couple. I pulled them all out of the 55. I stuck them in a 5.5gal with tank water from the 55 and an oversized cycled dual sponge filter from one of my other tanks. I pulled a bunch of floaters from my 10g killifish tank.

Not sure if I should dose anything to help prevent infection or not. Thoughts?
I was wondering about this combination. Killifish are Africans and aggressive. Rainbows are pretty mellow by nature. Sorry to see this happened.

I doubt any dosing is going to make a difference. Hopefully the Bows bounce back for you.
06-15-2017 01:34 AM
johnson18 Ugh! The rainbows went from mostly ok to fins all torn to hell in less than a day. The killifish are trying to eat them & I think they succeeded with a couple. I pulled them all out of the 55. I stuck them in a 5.5gal with tank water from the 55 and an oversized cycled dual sponge filter from one of my other tanks. I pulled a bunch of floaters from my 10g killifish tank.

Not sure if I should dose anything to help prevent infection or not. Thoughts?


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06-13-2017 04:33 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's 55gal Dirted Shrimp & Gertrude's Rainbowfish

Well, it's been some time since I updated the journal for this tank. The damn thing has become a jungle, packed full almost from front to back. Sunday I added ten more Gertrude's Rainbowfish. They are from the same hatching as the first batch. There might be one or two from the original six that survived the adult killi's hunt. They were just too small & sadly became a snack. The fish just added are large enough to mostly be left alone. There were some ripped fins though so I will be keeping an eye on things. My goal is to build a breeding colony of Gertrude's in this tank.









A few weeks ago I noticed that there were a couple juveniles of the killifish, Aphyosemion cinnamomeum Kurume APL 13-35, hiding in the plants down close to the substrate. Since then there are maybe a dozen I see on a regular basis that are various sizes ranging from 3/8" to 3/4". A couple days ago I was trimming some plants for our club auction when I decided to give the large Anubias that runs across the back of the tank a bit of a shake & little fish went everywhere!! Probably a few dozen juvenile killifish at least!! Whenever I move the killies out I think I'll be finding baby fish for months. Hahaha.





I've got a ton of new pics of the plant growth and full tank shots but it is time to head to Costco so we can be there when it opens! I'll add the rest either later today or tomorrow!


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05-08-2017 11:11 PM
johnson18
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Pseudomugil are favorites! I have a couple species, including some gertrudae that I just got from another member. Let me know how the killifish interact with the rainbows. I might move my killis in with the gertrudae to free up some space
At this point I wouldn't recommend mixing the two species. Although, I'm sure it would depend a lot on the species of killi and size of the two fish. My concern with the killis at this point, is the fact they are trying to eat the baby rainbows. The Aphysemion cinnamomeum killifish are almost 3" which compared to the juve blue-eyes that are 0.5-0.75" at best, unfortunately puts the rainbows the in food sized range. I obviously made a huge mistake there, but I'm never gonna catch all those little rainbows. I could easily sell them to the LFS for well above what I paid for them.

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You are correct, I have never kept the smaller Blue Eyes, but I would like to learn more about them. Once they get settled in, I would love to see some pictures.

I'll be following along, as I would like to learn more about their behavior. Particularly interested in what level of the tank they tend to hang out in. I've read mixed reports. Wondering if they stay mostly near the surface, or if they cruise the entire tank.

And more importantly good luck with the back surgery, and wishing you a speedy recovery.
Currently, they are hanging out in the weeds. haha. I sat down for about half and hour and watched them this afternoon. I think I found four of the six individual fish. I saw one that was hanging in the H. difformis that's floating on the surface on the left side of the tank. the rest were down in the plants. a couple on the right in the mass of baby tears, and a couple on the center-left in the P. erectus and such. I'm going to continue to feed the Ocean Nutrition Instant Baby Brine a couple times per day. My fish bioload compared to the plant mass is so insignificant that I don't mind feeding a bit extra.

I would like to get another tank set up for the killis by the end of the week. I've got enough extra sponge filters around that I should be able to swap one over and seed the tank from one of my canister filters and have a pretty short cycle. I'd like to set up a couple tanks this week as I won't have another chance for a while.
05-08-2017 12:47 PM
Greggz
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Today I bit the bullet on some more fish for this tank. I fully blame @Greggz for this.... At my local fish club's auction I bought 6 juvenile Pseudomugil gertrudae, Spotted Blue-Eye Rainbowfish. Now, I know he is gonna say, "Oh, but I've never kept the Blue-eye's!" That's okay, his tank full of absolutely gorgeous 'bows was enough! haha.
You are correct, I have never kept the smaller Blue Eyes, but I would like to learn more about them. Once they get settled in, I would love to see some pictures.

I'll be following along, as I would like to learn more about their behavior. Particularly interested in what level of the tank they tend to hang out in. I've read mixed reports. Wondering if they stay mostly near the surface, or if they cruise the entire tank.

And more importantly good luck with the back surgery, and wishing you a speedy recovery.
05-08-2017 07:14 AM
SteppingStones Pseudomugil are favorites! I have a couple species, including some gertrudae that I just got from another member. Let me know how the killifish interact with the rainbows. I might move my killis in with the gertrudae to free up some space
05-08-2017 05:23 AM
johnson18
Johnson18's 55gal Dirted Shrimp Tank-Huge Update 4/8

Today I bit the bullet on some more fish for this tank. I fully blame @Greggz for this.... At my local fish club's auction I bought 6 juvenile Pseudomugil gertrudae, Spotted Blue-Eye Rainbowfish. Now, I know he is gonna say, "Oh, but I've never kept the Blue-eye's!" That's okay, his tank full of absolutely gorgeous 'bows was enough! haha.



I just hope they can survive the killis long enough to grow large enough they won't wanna eat them. Gotta get another tank going for them asap! I also added some sukura grade cherries. I don't have any beautiful pics yet. I noticed the killis chasing the rainbows and immediately fed a huge bunch of baby brine shrimp and killed the lights. There should be plenty of hiding spaces for the rainbows to survive. I hope.


Edit: here are some pics I took this morning(before co2 & lights actually kick on) prior to trimming some stuff to sell at our club auction. I need to make so adjustments to things before I have back surgery next week and can't play in my tank for the summer.









04-24-2017 04:17 AM
johnson18 Oh, these four damn killifish have done a number on the population of shrimp in this tank. I'm just waiting for their 10g to be fully ready. It's pretty much good to go, but I see no real reason to rush it. Not to mention there is absolutely no way I'd be able to net those speedy little things with my back in its current condition. Hopefully after this insanely busy upcoming week I'll be able to get them moved. They've turned into quite good looking little fish, I don't think their eggs will successfully hatch unless they get a bit of a dry period, so not in this tank. Although, I will have to keep an eye on this tank for a while, as they've done PLENTY of breeding in here!
04-23-2017 11:06 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's 55gal Dirted Shrimp Tank-Huge Update 4/8

Well, I think I messed up when I switched things up. Not because of the ACTUAL plants or anything, everything I got was awesome. Just stepping up to the more high tech, demanding plants at the time I did. Last week I scheduled back surgery for the middle of May, which comes with a huge recovery period that has many things heavily restricted. Maintenance throughout the summer is going to be nearly impossible for me to do, & will have to be done by my sister, who I live with.


No plans to actually get rid of the new plants. There are certain species that will probably get thinned out, going to at least one local hobbyist who I've swapped stuff with before. Besides, he currently has some Sunset Hygro that he is growing out to give me. Some might also go to the plant auction at the next local club meeting, which is conveniently three days before my surgery.


I guess I never fully updated this after switching this up. I'll put a picture up from my phone as soon as I post this. A couple members hooked it up. I never actually finished rearranging thing, busy with the last couple weeks of a hellish semester. Plus I threw my back out again & spent most of last week stuck in bed.









04-09-2017 05:05 PM
johnson18 Last night's final FTS




Crowding the Lagenandra meeboldii 'red round' a bit.


And finally, the whole reason I started thinking about rescaping a bit... the Cryptocoryne affinis 'metallic red' will now be getting some light!!



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04-09-2017 05:20 AM
johnson18 So..... I did a thing... I'm not done though. I'm mostly finished for this evening I've been at it for about 5 hours now. I'm not fast at the whole rescaping, especially since I've got a super bad back(I'll be scheduling back surgery next Monday.) I supposed I'll get to the changes now.

I yanked out like 98% of the Hydrocotyle tripartita sp. 'Japan' as well as almost all of the Dwarf sag. Most of the Hydrocotyle will go back into the tank as floaters for probably the next week or so until the new plants get adjusted. Well, that and I get all of the plants from the various places they are coming from. I'll be adding a few different stems to the tanks.

In place of the Hydrocotyle tripartita & Dwarf sag is a combo of the remaining Marsilea minuta, to which I added a bunch more ~100 nodes, and a bunch of Hygrophila sp. 'araguaia'. Part of the Hygro came from Burr & I had a few nice stems in my 20L. I think it looks a bit funky right now, but I'm pretty sure once both plants fill in it'll look good.

Just the MM:


Here's the carpet area now:






I thinned the Crypt undulata along the back wall. Moves most of them into other areas of the tank. I wanted to clear the back wall out for some taller stems. The Rotala sp. 'mini butterfly pink' that is already in the tank needs to be trimmed and replanted. I moved a couple from the 20L. Along with some Ludwigia Sp. 'Rubin'. There are some other things on the way too.

The killis have been crazy interested in everything I've been doing in the tank. Spending as much time checking out the tools and the plants in them as they pretty much could have! They've been spawning nonstop for a few days. The males have more color today than I've seen before! It's difficult to get the camera to show.







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04-05-2017 05:05 PM
johnson18
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Great tank and journal. Plants look healthy, and I like the Killifish. I've never kept them, but they look like adult colors should be great.



Keep up the good work!


Thanks! I have been quite pleased with the plant growth lately. They've been looking great! I hope I don't mess it all up by changing the carpet plants this weekend!


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04-05-2017 05:02 PM
johnson18 I think the killis were breeding in the plants this morning.....


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04-04-2017 11:09 AM
Greggz Great tank and journal. Plants look healthy, and I like the Killifish. I've never kept them, but they look like adult colors should be great.

Keep up the good work!
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