|02-19-2015 04:40 PM|
Just tested my water stuffs, someone in SCAPS asked me about them them i tested, and i'm shocked how much some numbers have come down. my PH is down my GH and KH are down aswell. TDS is high but i'm 4 days past due on my water change
very different from around this time last year
|02-12-2015 02:02 PM|
been awhile again lol.
the LFS here in my area has been getting in hillstream loachs, and i can't resist myself (even as over priced as they are). they are Beaufortia kweichowensis, of which i had never kept before. about two weeks ago i had a really bad day at work and i stopped in the lfs to clear my head a bit, as i walking around just looking at all the fish and plants, i saw a tag that said "hillstream loach $14.99" i got really excited, until i started looking in the tank to see what kind they had, hoping it was gastromyzon, and not a Sewellia. i saw nothing and started to get a little depressed. then i saw one come swimming out from behind a rock. it was the last one so i snatched it up. i ask if they were getting more and the answer was yes on thursday, so i returned friday only to learn they didn't actually get any in. then yesterday i stopped in just for the heck of it and they had two more!!! so my tank is up to 3 hypergastro humilis and 3 Beaufortia kweichowensis.
sadly they are they shyest hillstreams i have kept, but i'm hoping with time they will become more friendly.
i've also picked up some dwarf cories to add a little life in the tank. i'm not going to replacing the white cloud population, i've decided i'm going to go in another direction once they all die off, and the tank had gotten a little stale. the addition of the dwarf cories has really brought the tank back to life, i've got 6 in the tank now.
and finally they anubias and buce have been in constant flower mod for the last 2 or 3 months now. i have a buce that the old flower hadn't even finish its showing and a new one was developing. its pretty awesome.
|12-10-2014 03:17 PM|
|AquaAurora||Sorry for your losses :c gl setting up a way to stabilize termperture!|
|12-10-2014 03:06 PM|
i just realized its been a little over two months since i've updated on this journal. i haven't been as active on the forums since i moved to florida, life has been pretty busy as of late. and i've let my tank inhabitants die out without replacing them :-( shame on me. i have had a lot of trouble keeping filter feeding shrimp here, i blame our water, but i think it has more to do with the wild temp fluctuations in my tank than the water, which i think is also why i'm having trouble keeping hillstreams alive. I'm currently living in a manufactured home that has little to no insulation, so house temp fluctuates a lot. i really need to pick up a chiller, or i have thought about buying a small fridge and running water lines through it some how.
just a small update. i've got other things to do but the tank is still alive.
|09-26-2014 02:05 AM|
Rescape. i removed some granite pieces to make more room for plants :-)
This looked much nicer on my phone, but i have three flowers from two buce!
Mutated pa nang in the front, green gecko in the back
|09-20-2014 01:45 PM|
|Aquatic Delight||so i haven't been very active on the boards lately as i dont|
|09-07-2014 02:48 PM|
|Aquatic Delight||Welcome! your tank looks great man! best of luck in your care for them :-)|
|09-03-2014 02:22 PM|
I've joined your ranks my friend! How is this tank fairing? What fish do you currently have?
When you get a chance check out my new tank journal and tell me what you think.
|08-11-2014 04:23 PM|
lol thats gonna be a problem. this tank runs about 800 or 900 gph right now
|08-09-2014 04:31 PM|
|Stone454||http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...ugil-furcatus/ or any of the other blue eyes are great little fish small mouths, but not always easy to get, aslong as the current is slow/moderate they will do fine, you could probably keep them on their cold range side and the loachs will be fine.|
|08-09-2014 04:12 PM|
|Aquatic Delight||so now i am thinking about redoing the tank a little bit. i want to take the left side of the tank and make it planted. i was thinking about removing a piece of granite from that side and filling it with more sand so that i can scape it in some way. i'm thinking everything left of the spray bar. i don't know what i would do with it but its something i have been tossing around in my head.|
|07-29-2014 07:49 PM|
I've been losing my white clouds....i've lost 5 over last couple weeks. its a bummer, and i'm not sure what the issue is. it is what it is.
anyway i was thinking about switching over to another nano fish to occupy the open water. i was thinking about cpds but i don't know. i just know i want to move away from white clouds for now. the tank is generally running above 75degrees so i can go with a tropical fish. two concerns to watch out for while picking a fish for this set-up, i need small mouths that are some what shrimp safe because i have the tangerine tigers in that tank, and also the tank has a lot of flow so long finned fish wouldn't survive well in this set up.
|07-10-2014 02:21 AM|
If I go by that store again I'll snap a photo to get an ID on the exact breed. Had dog with me today and he gets bored when I check out fish.. pulls leash ("i wanna go sniff over there!").. and makes photo taking very difficult.
|07-10-2014 02:04 AM|
of course they had them labeled wrong :-( if they are like the first photo they are gastromyzon, probably gastromyzon punctulatus or gastromyzon scitulus. i started looking at lanscaping quarrys, found some good rocks, but nothing in the color i wanted lol. they can tell you what is limestone or not.
i've had them jump during ammonia spikes.
my ph is like 7.4 or so, nitrates around 40-70. gh 20+ kh 12 or something
hope that helps....also check your inbox, i sent ya a long response.
|07-09-2014 04:09 PM|
I went to a lfs and petsmart today and was surprised to find bamboo shrimp (listed as a crayfish) and a variety of these loaches (most simular to the first photo of your first post in this thread) but it was marked as "hong kong pleco"... told the fish department person its labeled wrong, they knew, but aren't allowed to correct it.. they also said another store sold them as .. "fresh water flounders" ... morons.
I was half tempted to grab both and toss my still undecided 20g long stocking idea (was leaning towards otos, gold ram, and cherry barb) out but I don't know anything about keeping either of these so I resisted.... But I'm tempted to go to the local landscaping/quarry place and get some large smooth rocks for the tank and try them out... Are yours (shrimp and loaches) jumpers? What are your tank params at?
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