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03-19-2013 01:15 AM
LyzzaRyzz First off, I decided to go a different direction with my fifty gallon.
I have given my mom a bunch of my guppies, and sold the rest, and now currently have only about 16 three month olds in the fifty gallon, [along with the cories and two plecos] that i plan on selling once they come into thier colors a bit.
I still have three tanks filled with guppy fry, so its not like im getting rid of ALL the guppies, but the fifty gallon will be void of guppies!!

What will i replace them with, you ask?

Female Betta Sorority.
Or, as i have been informed, a Female Betta Community.

Either way, Ive taken the step into female bettas!

Its a scary step, but its one I have wanted to take since day one. I just didnt feel up to the challenge.
But I do now, and Ive already bought the girls! o.O

I bought the first six on the 4th of March, and the next six the next day.
A few days go by, and two of the girls look sick, and on the 12th, the first girl died, and the other showed signs of pineconing, so i took them back to the pet store, but by a stroke of luck got PAID to take three new girls home!

See, I bought the first girls on sale, but the girl who did the return gave me credit for full price. THEN, gave me the three girls i was getting at sale price! So I got paid four-change to get new betta girls. =D

Anywho, so now i have thirteen girls.
I bought a bunch of new tupperwares from the dollar store, to replace the cups they were in. The tupperwares hole 3.6 cups, or .25 gallons.

My plan is, and has been, daily water changes, of 98% of the water.
It is tireless. It SUCKS.
But I do it, because they all need a quarantine period, of at least two weeks, and i need to add all the females at relatively the same time [the same day], so even though the first girls have already gone their two week QT, I still need to keep them in the containers for another 10-12 days, barring no more deaths/sicknesses.

I would add them straight to the tank, but there are healthy fish that are living in there already, and I have had them since near the beginning, so I would hate to lose them.

So here is the setup, only now the the tray has a bit of water in it, and underneath is a heating pad on Lo. It keeps thier containers at 76, a bit low, but the heating pad on Med gets them up to like 80-82, and I figured less is more? Oh, and add one more tupperware.

And this is the tank, with the cories, the bristlenose and rubbernose, and various snails. and currently the 16ish juvie/adult guppies, who are maintaining the biological filter til the girls are ready. That day they will be transfered to a bin i have ready and either that day or the next day, they will be sold. Or given away, in an RAOK. I dunno yet!

Next post will be pictures of the girls and personality profile!
03-18-2013 11:58 PM

I will explain it all in the next few posts, stay tuned!
Get ready for pictures galore!
01-29-2013 09:50 PM
LyzzaRyzz I got my Sparklies and CPDs today! They are acclimating right now, one of the CPDs doesn't look too good, he got stuck in the folds of the bag, not sure how long he'd been like that, he was stuck when I took out the bag. =\ The rest seem to be okay, except for a slight angle when they swim. Both the Sparklies an the CPDs.
Well see how we'll they do! So exciteddd!!
01-29-2013 01:44 AM
LyzzaRyzz Thanks l8nite! They are pretty cool, huh? I wish i could find a definitive answer to what to do with the flowers, propagation/pollination, but til i find out, theyll just be lookin' pretty! =]
01-29-2013 01:42 AM
LyzzaRyzz So, about to do a little remodeling, stay tubed for pictures!

And while your waiting, heres a few videos i took!

Heres me feeding the fry tank, a little less action than i usually get, but this was after id already fed them that morning. Also, you can spot some of my apples, and theres a closer look at my 'sick' plants, or plants im trying to grow out.

Heres a vid, hopefully showing all my gups..and my cories! I hope i got all of them in the video! Theres a shot of one of the otos, but you can glimpse them throughout the videos..

Here is one of my favorite fish, hes such a character! It starts out as a guppy/cory vid, but Bristlenose decided this video should be about him! Then he promptly says goodbye! I shouldve kept filming, cause right after i stopped, my other pleco came out! But thats the next video!

Heres Rubbernose, snuffling around the sand, looking for NLS pellets[ both plecos LOVE them] and he gets frustrated he cant find any, and settles for angrily sucking on some zucchini. My favorite part about Rubbernose is when he 'chews'. He lifts his little head, and it looks like hes chewing! Gives me a giggle every time. He does it a bit when hes 'sniffing' out pellets...Enjoy!

Now off to get my arms wet!
01-28-2013 07:52 AM
l8nite Nice blooms!
01-28-2013 07:21 AM
Blooms and such! =D

So, my aponogetons have been mad!
And my banana plant finally shot up a viable lily pad, so i figured id share these with you guys!

This is the start of the flower, unusual, but i see the beauty in them. =]

These blooms are from my aponogeton d., that i grew from petsmart bulbs. =]

Heres another shot, with the lily pad, curled in the back! It hadnt fully opened yet..

And heres one of the lilly pad!

[[ill have to put that one in later!]]

And my massive aponogeton ulvaceus is blooming as well! Three times!

Thats the first one, about two weeks old now? Im not sure hoe long they last under the water, but well see...

The second bloom, started a little wonky, but grew huge!

And the third bloom, big as ever!

As far as i know, my apono wont go dormant, only some species of the plant do, and ulvaceus isnt one of them..not sure of diatchyon though.

Either way, lots of flowers, all at the same time! Whoo! =]
01-28-2013 06:41 AM
LyzzaRyzz Haha! It is! Especially since the tank is so big, and they are so small, and theres only five...they dont swim like other fish. they stop, and slowly pivot, so you cant really tell their there. then they dart about, and freeze, and inspect whatever. They are very interesting fish!
From what i understood, nano fish are different, as they are so small. The tank being so planted also makes a difference, i believe.
The guppy fry are temporary, and one of the ADF will be moved to a different tank.

My wierd guppies..They are gups that i raised, in one of my first batches, from my original nine. Their all silver, with a dark streak through their eye. In most direct light, they have a nice purple sheen to their scales. One is male and one is female, and they never stray from each other. They are always together, one following the other, neither one seems to be dominant. The female is much bigger than the male, and he has an obvious gonopodium. I believe they are sterile, because ive had them in a few tanks alone with each other, on account that they are nippers, and ive never had any fry in those tanks.
I dunno where they came from, and they are trouble makers, but i like
01-28-2013 05:48 AM
driftwoodhunter I found the Least Killies! It was like a Where's Waldo contest - lol

I'm interested in your weird guppies - what makes them so different?

Lots of good projects started, and the bedside tank is wonderfully lush, but am I reading this right? It's a 15g tank, and it's going to be stocked with this;
5x least killifish
5x 2-3 week old guppy fry
2x African Dwarf frog
2x RCS
Soon to add:
6x sparkling gourami
6x celestial pearl danios
and ill be gathering up a few more shrimp from my other tanks as well

I'm no expert, but that sounds like far too much for a 15 to me. I'd be interested to know what those with more knowledge/experience than me say...
01-28-2013 05:38 AM
LyzzaRyzz Thank you driftwood! Im going to try that in my next post! You explained it perfectly! =] Thanks!
01-28-2013 05:24 AM
Fry tank, and Bathroom Tank, and my Bedside tank!!

So, you guys know i have guppies, so that means i have fry! Tons of fry...So many. The numbers on my last batches are crazy! In october, there was 98, that i caught. November was lost to an ich outbreak, brought in by a sick fish. December was 57. But Janurary...So far, im at 183!
There are still fry in the tank!
I only have two fry tanks right now, a ten gallon and a 2.5! And the ten gallon already had Decembers batch in i dumped twenty or so in the 2.5 that was supposed to be for growing algae rocks for my otos. I netted out the yellow fry, a few of the darkest fry, a couple of the biggest, and added those to the 10 gallon, and the rest i had to add to my goldfish tank.
I couldent look until two days later, and saw nothing..I felt horrible, but what was i supposed to do? I definitely had a surplus of babies!
A couple of days later i happened to see flashes of silver in the tank after the lights were off..goldies were drifting aimlessly, dozing, but all along the bottom of the tank were tiny guppy fry! Im guessing they hide in the dense plastic plant grids i made, and come out at night..Little survivors. =]

Anyways, sorry for being long winded, but heres the ten gallon fry tank, nothing spectacular, easy to clean, kind of a plant recovery tank as well as apple snail breeding den. Yep, theres seven apples in there, two known female, one other possible female, three male and one unknown.
[[Ive had three successfull egg clutches, and have juvie apples from each in my tanks! =] ]]
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The tank is a standard ten gallon, lit by a single 36 in t8 6500k. A bit long, but it works. It also lights a bulb growing tank i set up, and a few bowls with mosses in them that are usually in front of the tank.
I feed em NLS .5 mm, even when thier little, cause once they grab one, they just carry it around!

I should take a video of feeding time..they are so cute!


My other 'fry' tank in my Bathroom Tank.
Yep its in my half bath, where i fill my water jugs, and drain my fish water. Its got alot of fish related stuff in it, and my Mother wont go in that bathroom anymore, because shes wierded out. Lol.

Anyways, This tank, as i said, was supposed to be an algae factory for my otos, just cause i wanted to see if i could do it, if i needed it, and was set up, with two of the wierdest guppies ive ever seen, more on them later if you guys want. =] ]
Then i won an RAOK, and got a riparium planter, with a plant named R. brittoniana, which i had planned on putting in the ten gallon, to help with water quality, but with the addition of the fry, i figured they could use the extra boost in the newer tank. Theres also a 'betta bowl' that has java moss clippigs growing out in it. The fry really like to hide in there...
The tank looks a bit shabby, but its serving a purpose right now..but that just means its time to start planning for what it looks like after these babies leave the tank!
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And now for the Bedside Tank!
This bad boy has seen all sizes, starting with a .5 gal with a single ghost shrimp upgrading all the way up to its current size 15 gallons. =]
Its a trial and error tank, where i really tried planting, since things seemed to flourish! I took pictures of this tank at all sizes, and almost every rescape...Its the tank im most proud of, cause you can see how much ive improved in this hobby.

Lemme tell you the stats, before the pictures, so here we go:

Lighting: standard ten gallon hood, on glass top, two CFL bulbs, 13 watts each, said to be more medium than low light.
Substrate: standard black gravel, [thinking of making a beach area]
Ferts: Flourish Comprehensive Supplement, osmocote caps spaced along the glass. when scape is they way i want, ill be adding red clay caps for iron and dolomite/potash for potassium and calcium.

aponogeton undulatus
aponogeton Boivinianus , soon to be removing, its got spots!
Aponogeton distachyum
crinum calamastratum
rotala rotundifolia
banana plants
small sword plant
parrots feather
rotala red
ludwiga cuba
ludwiga repens
dwarf sag
red dwarf lily bulb

5x least killifish
5x 2-3 week old guppy fry
2x African Dwarf frog
2x RCS
Soon to add:
6x sparkling gourami
6x celestial pearl danios
and ill be gathering up a few more shrimp from my other tanks as well

and heres the FTS!
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And one with the flash, it shows some parts better than the one without..
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And here are close ups of the tank:
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thats the feeding dish, the frogs sure know what that is! you can see the spots on my boivinianus, which is why i gotta take him out. And in thelower let hand corner you can see my red dwarf lily bulb. =]
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My best plant, hands down. I love this Banana plant. =] Its leaves are huge! The tank is a foot tall! And ive just gotten the most beautiful lilly pad from it. You can also see my 'stripes' of foreground..dwarf sag in back then marsilea, and then im trying to get pennywort to sort of does, and i really like it, but it doesnt grow hardly. and its the only small leaves pennywort i have..lthe others are huge....
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Like the penny wort wrapped around my arch here! =]
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Heres one of the other Banana plants i have, next to what should be a growing repens x xarcuata forest.

Heres a few shots of the guys who live here, a shot of three least killies playing in the plants..if you can find em, kudos!
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And of the frogs!
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And that, guys, its the end of my tanks! for now...

I do have quite a few more things to post about, so keep reading! =]
01-28-2013 04:19 AM
driftwoodhunter To post the pic;

1 = click on Image Hosting up by the top banner, that brings you to your photos you've saved to Image Hosting.
2 = when you decide what pic you want to post, scroll below it and left click on Image URL (the forth row down, under the pic). That will highlight the URL in blue.
3 = right click on the now-highlighted blue bar, and choose "copy".
4 = start your post/message in the message box at the bottom of the thread page - just like you were going to write a reply to a thread. Right click on the yellow square box with a landscape in it, it's the next-to-last icon in the top of the message box.
5 = when you click on that yellow landscape box, you will get a pop up box that prompts you to add the URL of your image. To do so, first delete the "http" that's already in there, highlighted in blue. Then right click to paste your pic's URL, the one you just copied on your Image Hosting page. That will insert your pic into the message.

I'm not the greatest at explaining things - I hope I wasn't too convoluted! lol

oops! edited to change step 5. I had to go through the steps, and realized I don't know my left from my right - lol
01-28-2013 03:15 AM
LyzzaRyzz Testing the image hosting!

Khodii with a dirty face...*sigh* Lol

Well, i can post a link to the would i go about having the actual picture in the thread?
01-28-2013 03:07 AM
LyzzaRyzz Thats not where id like them, in the end, i just had no idea what to do with them, and that was a bare patch of sand...see?
Attachment 75362

I have a few other new plants coming in this week, so ill be doing a rescaping...

Im glad theyll straighten out! Some of the leaves dont look healthy, i should snip those off, correct?

My substrate in this tank is just playsand. My swords are in pots, that contain Miracle Grow Organic with a sand cap, with osmocote. When i permanently plant the crypts, should i do this? Or will they be okay with just the sand?
01-27-2013 08:15 AM
The Dude
LyzzaRyzz's Tanks and Such. Enjoy! =]

The tanks look great. The crypts will straighten out. When I took them out of the 75g they did that as they were floating in the 29g. Mine just straightened out. They look great once they fill in. Mine made a little jungle on the left side of my tank. It's a pain to wait for them to fill in again.
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