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04-14-2014 05:49 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by adive View Post
Any picture updates Noah? Thx.
Not yet, I will try to take a few pictures tomorrow, getting good growth though
04-14-2014 05:41 AM
adive Any picture updates Noah? Thx.
04-13-2014 08:17 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by Aurie View Post
This give some hope for my 55 Rainbow tank I plan on doing. I know it's not as deep as a 40 but it's a bit longer. I'm making a new home for my Parkinsoni Male who needs some friends. I really want the Melanotaenia splendida tatei at my LFS but they want $20 for just 1.. I love the tourquois that you have. I like the ones that are multi colored as well like the tatei. I saw a picture of a checkered rainbow. Geesh, gorgeous. Some day!

I was worried a 55 was too small for some of the rainbows like the turquoise or the bosemani. What do you think?
Keep your eyes out on Aquabid or post in the eggchange on Rainbow-fish.org, I bet someone I the rainbow forums have the Tatei, and a much better fish than you will ever see in a fish store.

bows really like length over height and width. As long as they have enough swimming room they are happy. I probably would do no more than a pair of the smaller bosmani groups (Aitinjo) in a 40b A 55gal should be fine for a smaller group of the larger bows like the parkinsoni and standard bosmani. The Lacustrus (turquoise) are actually a very good fit for a 55g, they are more of a medium sized bow.

Thanks for the compliment
04-11-2014 09:04 AM
Aurie This give some hope for my 55 Rainbow tank I plan on doing. I know it's not as deep as a 40 but it's a bit longer. I'm making a new home for my Parkinsoni Male who needs some friends. I really want the Melanotaenia splendida tatei at my LFS but they want $20 for just 1.. I love the tourquois that you have. I like the ones that are multi colored as well like the tatei. I saw a picture of a checkered rainbow. Geesh, gorgeous. Some day!

I was worried a 55 was too small for some of the rainbows like the turquoise or the bosemani. What do you think?
04-11-2014 05:40 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by biotopium View Post
Looks awesome. Love the way you brought those pieces of wood together. Looks almost like large tree roots.
Sweet, thank you that is exactly what I was going for. Tom Barr supplied the wood, he has a great eye for pieces and will find something to match what you have in mind.
04-10-2014 11:52 PM
biotopium Looks awesome. Love the way you brought those pieces of wood together. Looks almost like large tree roots.
04-10-2014 11:24 PM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by adive View Post
Hey Noah, I went through your journal. Its fabulous!! And thanks for introducing me to bows!! They're exactly the kind of fish I was looking for.
Thanks! and you are quite welcome.
04-10-2014 10:23 AM
adive Hey Noah, I went through your journal. Its fabulous!! And thanks for introducing me to bows!! They're exactly the kind of fish I was looking for.
04-07-2014 04:37 AM
Noahma Trigger pulled. Re-scaped the tank yesterday and man the fish are loving the extra room.

The faux stump looks good in the tank, and I put 75% of the plants back in of course the best of the best stems trimmed, a few given away, and the bad ones trashed. I was able to get my frans stoffels in a good prominent spot and man it looks GREAT!!!

Can't wait to see how the tank fills in. I am going to be very studious In my tank maintenance and see if I can get some nice rounded stem mounds out of it.


Here are a few shots of the tank.

right corner of the tank


full tank shot.


Frans Stoffels sword!!!
the new leaf in the lower portion of the sword is how all the new growth looks. As it ages it turns more green. the color of the new leaf is just awe inspiring lol

03-11-2014 03:27 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by BruceF View Post
I like the wood Noah. My thought is that it should be as high as possible. I am curious how you are keeping the sword plant. Are you trimming it regularly?
I have an extra 50lb. bag of blasting sand for the rescape, I do not think getting some height out of it will be a problem.

It has been one of the least needy plant I have lol. I do trim leaves that insist on leaving the water and growing out between the glass pieces in my glass top. It is a bit cramped at the moment in the tank. It needs room to breath. I have a good idea of its placement in the rescape. It will be placed in the back right. The wood forms a little hook like thing that I will plant it in. Should be nice. I will put my smaller flame sword near by as well as the franz prinz little sword closer to the front near by.
I cannot wait, I think by the first week of April the wood should be water logged and less fungus laden (right now the wood is nto that pretty to look at lol

I got ahold of some more bows, this is the last addition to the tank with the only possibility being a couple of peacock gudeons. Every other bow is doing Great. I still frequently find little areas of eggs scattered in my trimmed plants, which tells me that the fish are happy too.

Ron over at Jurrasic Pets (of Catfish Charlies) ordered me some M.Pygmeya ( he had never seen them offered before)

They are one of the smallest rainbows, and have a sky blue color to the body. They get the high back like other Melanotaneia species, but look more like a Christmas light (the big kinds) in profile rather than a normal light bulb lol.

Here is a quick picture of them in the Q-tank. They are still very skittish and move fast so getting a good focused shot is very hard lol.

02-28-2014 11:46 AM
BruceF I like the wood Noah. My thought is that it should be as high as possible. I am curious how you are keeping the sword plant. Are you trimming it regularly?
02-28-2014 10:51 AM
BeeJL Good deal! I think I'm going to order one.
02-28-2014 05:15 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by BeeJL View Post
I just read through your entire thread. It's very inspiring. How is the stand holding up?
Thanks!

The stand is holding up very well. no damage to it, and everything is stable. I figured it would be a good one since it was designed to be able to hold much more weight being a 50/65 gal. stand.
02-28-2014 12:13 AM
BeeJL I just read through your entire thread. It's very inspiring. How is the stand holding up?
02-27-2014 05:23 AM
Noahma Update time!

Fish are doing great, and I still find eggs on plants as I do my weekly trimmings.

I also have 4 m. pygmaea on the way, they should be gracing my Q-tank by sat. mid day! I cannot wait.

The tanks scape is starting to look a bit long in the tooth for me. I REALLY want to display my franz stoffels sword in a more prominent way so I am getting ready for a rescape. I have had a hard time finding a tree stump to fit in the tank in the right scale so I am taking Tom Barr's advice and putting together a faux stump using driftwood and burls that he had. The wood shipment came in today and in usual fasion I received enough wood to do quite a few scapes with, along with some more specialized pieces to get the faux stump together.

Here are a couple options I setup. I will have lace rock and my black sand to fill in the gaps and make a good scape. I am probably going to cut back the amount of plants in the tank, and go for a more natural scape. Although I will leave areas of the tank to try new plants

when wet, the wood is very similar in color.

So here is option 1 (not my favorite)





Layout 2 (this one is my favorite so far)






So.. what doe everyone think? I am going to play around with it a bit more and see what I can do with it. I also have some smaller very twisty branchy stuff as well for a future scape.
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