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05-08-2017 11:11 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by SteppingStones View Post
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!
04-04-2017 09:06 AM
BettaBettas green!
04-04-2017 08:57 AM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by burr740 View Post
Looking good! Everything is so clean and healthy too. Nice


Thank you Joe! I'm gonna try my hardest to continue the nice, healthy plant growth. I may have to float the Hydrocotyle for a few days while the tank adjusts to the new growth after replacing the carpet! We'll see though, definitely going to have to play it be ear for a bit.


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04-04-2017 08:43 AM
burr740 Looking good! Everything is so clean and healthy too. Nice
04-04-2017 08:10 AM
johnson18
Johnson18's 55gal Dirted Shrimp Tank-Huge Update 4/4/17

This tank has been growing well! Over the past couple days I've snatched bits and pieces from here and mostly stuck them into the new Killifish tank #1. Probably the largest portion was wisteria, followed by a couple chunks of Anubias barteri var nana & nana petite, a little Peacock moss & some narrow lead Java Fern. Nothing that will be drastically missed for now. The two pairs of Killifish, Aphysemion cinnamomeum, that went into this tank are coloring up nicely but all of the shrimp have disappeared. I am pretty sure they're NOT being eaten, yet, but they're definitely being picked on!!! The killies should have they're own 10g tank ready for them within the next week at the longest!

The A. cinnamomeum:not my pic


One of the females




Males starting to get a little color.


At the same auction where I purchased the Killifish(and my new F1 Apistos!) I also got a few plants! The plant I'm probably happiest about is one of the older Cryptocoryne species in the hobby, while also being a Crypt. that is not seen as often these days! Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia! A gorgeous specimen too! For those not familiar with this Cryptocoryne species, it is one of the larger Crypts and probably the largest in the hobby, reaching up to 1 meter in length/height! This particular plant is not quite that large & of course has started to melt a bit after a week in my tank.

Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia







The other plants have been doing great. The Rotala sp. 'mini butterfly var. pink' has definitely been one that has impressed me! I started out with two stems in here, both tops that might have been 3 inches, if we're lucky! Now they're almost to the top of the tank, and have branched into like 9 or 10 stems! I'm seriously amazed! The branching has all been on its own too, I've not done any trimming to this cluster! I will probably trim some this weekend! There are also a couple stems in my 20g Apisto/Pencilfish tank that don't look anything like this, they'll be getting moved over as well!





The Lagenandra meeboldii 'red round' that I got from @burr740 a while back has been growing well! It has put out a few new leaves and has another nice big one on the way! This has to be one of my favorite plants, including my beloved Crypts! Unfortunately, my camera doesn't do it justice!



The lagenandra meeboldii 'red round' can also be seen in a number of other pictures in this post!

A few weeks ago I made a new addition to this tank! I added several more Cryptocoryne affinis 'Metallic Red' to the lonely one already growing within! Sadly, the mass of Hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan' that has become the carpet hides them almost completely, as they're just behind it & I have to pull the Hydrocotyle off of them multiple times a week. It's quite a pain in the ass. I did plant a couple tiny bits right up front to let them grow & within a week they had new leaves popping up! Yay!

A leaf of the original visible just in front of the stems. The new C. affinis 'Metallic Red' run straight to the left in a line!


New baby leaf


Now for the new stuff & the changes to come!!! If you've read this far, thank you! I hope I've included enough decent pictures to make it interesting! Haha!

Why is it that as soon as everything in our tanks get settled in and doing well, we decide to make changes?!?! It seems to happen like clockwork EVERY DAMN TIME!!

Well, my carpet is a mix of Hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan', dwarf sag., and marsilea minuta. It is a trio that I enjoy and have done halfway decent with. I definitely enjoy the mix of textures it offers, but there's a problem. My tank is just too freaking green!! Granted, it's a variety of greens, along with a bunch of textures... I just wanna try something different!



I'm going to ditch the dwarf sag & Hydrocotyle. At this point my plan is to keep the Masilea minuta, it's a cool little plant and adds a neat shape/texture combo. Actually, I'm adding more! The big change is that I'm going to add in as much Hygrophila sp. 'araguaia' as I can find! I've already got a small portion in my 20g long it's kinda hidden though! Time for it to come forth into the light in a more prominent position, plus getting that CO2 action!! I've got some more of it on the way & will be keeping an eye out for more! Surrounding this carpet area on all three sides(except the front glass) are groupings of different Crypts! Hopefully we'll finally be able to see them!!

Random internet pic of Hygrophila sp. 'araguaia'!



The tough part about this is reducing the amount of fast growing plants, such as the Hydrocotyle & replacing them with something that won't absorb nutrients quite as quickly. I've finally reached a point where I've got most of the algae under control. The hair algae is all but gone, the green dust on the front glass has finally subsided..... and now I do this! Ugh.... why do I (we!) constantly do this to ourselves?! "Oh, hey look! The tank is finally looking decent! What TF can I change now?!" Oh well!! It's all for fun! I like to think of it a never ending science fair project! [emoji6][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]

Thanks for reading, or just looking at the pics! Lol. Let me know what you think! [emoji1360][emoji2]


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