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01-18-2013 11:57 PM
Kitsune_Gem : ( Poor little guy didn't make it.
01-18-2013 07:58 PM
Kitsune_Gem : ( I am really bummed out, I found him half dead this morning.

I think the supplier we are getting them from is sending us 'faulty' fish or something. He ate just fine last night, and my parameters are all in normal safe range.

Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0

My Sakura baby shrimp (the culls from the 10 gallon) are doing just fine, as well as my Horned Nertie snail, my assassin snails, and my Emerald eye Rasboras. Witch leaves me to think that there is something wrong with the fish they are sending us. We lost two of the new shipment yesterday.

I think I will hit up Neptunes today to see if they have any nice ones in.
01-18-2013 06:17 AM
Kitsune_Gem He's a bit more out and about today. Loves the live blood worms when offered them with the tongs.

Hopefully this Thursday I can head over to Neptune's and pick up some more fish for him
01-16-2013 11:26 PM
Kitsune_Gem The new lights came today.. Oh my.. .Do I LOVE IT
01-16-2013 05:00 AM
Kitsune_Gem So one of my friends reminded me I could head out to Neptune's in Milpitas and pick up some nice double reds for 13$...
01-15-2013 02:45 AM
Kitsune_Gem Well all my fish in both tanks now hate me haha

I trimmed down my very over grown moss in my ten gallon, and now it looks empty : ( I think I trimmed to much, thankfully it's java moss, so it should pop back really quick.

As for the 29 gallon, I added more substrate, by seacam this time. Even though I rinsed the crap out if it, and added it in cup by cup full, not dumping it out till it was right against the ground, it still went POOF with crap.

I added in 4 Emerald Eye Tetras. They where 99cents a fish, so I got all they had left to try and bring out the Double Red. So far they are exploring the tank like crazy. I added some more plants to it as well, trimmings from the ten gallon. As soon as all the 'dust' settles, I will be taking the moss trimmings from the ten gallon and adding it to the drift wood.
01-14-2013 06:45 AM
Kitsune_Gem ....My fish is a pansy.. Hes scared of his own shadow!
Hes going to end up being one spoiled rotten fish.

Due to me missing a part of the tank, (the little flow valve thing that controls where you point the water to) the blood worms don't always make it down to where he hangs out, so I have to take the feeding tongs and offer it to him that way, then he pigs out..

My plan for getting cherry barbs did not go over like I wanted. I'll have to either pick some up from the other store tomorrow, or wait a week or so to get them from where I normally do.

So until then hes King of the tank.

As far as getting a counter part for him goes, they are listed as 'red flashers' and 'orange flashers' on the list, so my friends going to order me some to see if its what I want. If not, oh well, they got some new fish in.

I have one other shop I can try as well.
01-13-2013 08:58 PM
Kitsune_Gem
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Originally Posted by james1542 View Post
77F should be fine. Get him fat and sassy with those live foods and then the small size NLS pellets should work good (or the flake works too). I'd go with tetras over barbs, just like to avoid pangea tank whenever at all possible. You could get real crazy, and try to find tetras from the rivers that Aggies inhabit in the wild. But get him some friends to feel safer, and get him a cave of some kind to hide in, even if it's just an old coffee mug-for now. He's probably too concerned with his safety to eat well.

The way the drift wood sits, its propped up on a rock, creating a mini cave he sleeps in at night. Last night he was up and about exploring the tank, like "oooo whats this?" It was rather cute.
This morning hes down by the plant hiding in it.

I wouldn't mind doing tetras, if I could find something with the similar color of the cherry barbs, that where easy to get my hands on.

I don't want to deal with shipping, as between work, and school, I will more than likely not be home with the shipment arrives, and there is no one else home to deal with it.

I'd love to get some Ruby Tetras, but the only place that I know carry's them locally is Aqua Forest in Japan Town in SF, and that's a bit of a drive for me.

Cardinals, I'd love too, but they are about 5$ a fish around here, and all the shops that get them in have had rotten luck with getting them in alive from the seller.

Neons, I already have in the other tank, I dont want to do two tanks of them.

I may pick up some Orange Von Rio Flames to see how they do.
01-13-2013 05:27 PM
james1542 77F should be fine. Get him fat and sassy with those live foods and then the small size NLS pellets should work good (or the flake works too). I'd go with tetras over barbs, just like to avoid pangea tank whenever at all possible. You could get real crazy, and try to find tetras from the rivers that Aggies inhabit in the wild. But get him some friends to feel safer, and get him a cave of some kind to hide in, even if it's just an old coffee mug-for now. He's probably too concerned with his safety to eat well.
01-13-2013 05:30 AM
Kitsune_Gem
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Originally Posted by DBlauj View Post
Sucks to hear that they are dropping that way. Hopefully yours does better than those in the fs. Plants are always a plus also.

We have only lost like 3 out of 20? Id say that's pretty good. The first losses I don't count as they where put into a tank with fish that tried to eat them. Other wise, its just been the three, two from one shipment, another from another one.

They never colored up like the others and always stayed on the bottom, so I am sure it was shipping stress related and not something else.
01-13-2013 04:50 AM
DBlauj Sucks to hear that they are dropping that way. Hopefully yours does better than those in the fs. Plants are always a plus also.
01-13-2013 01:14 AM
Kitsune_Gem
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Originally Posted by DBlauj View Post
Trank bred strains are pretty hardy as far as apistos go. They can tolerate harder and higher ph levels and some including Agassizii will even breed in hard and high ph level water. Congrats on the beautiful male and I wouldn't be suprised is you catch the Apisto bug. I was going the same route with wanting rams until I came across some orange flash cacatuoides. It was over after that lol. He may be picky with his food but tank bred strains should take frozen and pellets sooner or later. Mine took about 3 days for frozen and about a week and a half for pellets. Good luck.
We haven't had much luck with the ones in store, we lose about 1 out of every 5 for some reason, but they come in looking so so. Hes enjoying his new plant : D I still haven't made a decision on what to get to go in with him. I really want Cherry Barbs, and may pick up a few tomorrow before I head home. But then again, I also love the Orange Von Rio Flame tetras.

Either way for sure tomorrow I need to pick up more substrate.. My large plants hardly staying in place.

I am also going to upgrade the lights to the finnex ray lighting, meaning I have to cut into the hood more to fit it. Fun stuff. I don't want to go topless on this tank, as its a bit close to my small animal cages, and sometimes if they get really worked up over a special treat, they run around causing bedding to fly out of the cage, I don't want that falling into my tank!
01-13-2013 01:03 AM
DBlauj Trank bred strains are pretty hardy as far as apistos go. They can tolerate harder and higher ph levels and some including Agassizii will even breed in hard and high ph level water. Congrats on the beautiful male and I wouldn't be suprised is you catch the Apisto bug. I was going the same route with wanting rams until I came across some orange flash cacatuoides. It was over after that lol. He may be picky with his food but tank bred strains should take frozen and pellets sooner or later. Mine took about 3 days for frozen and about a week and a half for pellets. Good luck.
01-13-2013 12:39 AM
Kitsune_Gem Alright! He ate the live blood worms.. Now to ween him off of that, on to frozen, then the new life spectrum pellets!
01-13-2013 12:34 AM
Kitsune_Gem
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Originally Posted by james1542 View Post
What temp is your tank at? Try to keep it around 27 C. He should love frozen blood worms and brine shimp, but getting him to eat flakes or pellets shouldn't be a problem.

Its normally about 77* F I can bump it up a bit if needed. His tank makes didn't eat today (at the store), until the food sat on the bottom and expanded a bit, then they picked at it. They showed no interst in frozen blood worms either. I picked up some live blood worms just to see what he would do. I get them every once and a while either way for the other fish tanks either way.

I added in a rather large amazon sword today, so hopefully that helps him feel more at home, though, I had some difficulty planting it. I had not noticed how shallow my substrate is compared to my other tanks.. So I either need to pick up another bag of it or figure out if I can just place black gravel over the top.

This tank is going to be a heavily planted tank, so I figure another bag of the plant substrate is better, but getting my hands on it is another story. We haven't had it in an a while, so I am hoping we get it in tomorrow.
You can't beat 10 $ for 20 pounds, plus with the sale its like 7$ for 20 pounds, plus my discount. I may end up just hitting up the shop next door and getting the better stuff. It's a bit more, but it looks nicer, and is a bit better for the plants.
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