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01-23-2009 12:40 PM
iGabe Yeah, I guess you're right
I only realized that til yesterday.
01-23-2009 12:59 AM
ZooTycoonMaster Even the smallest Apistos will be too big for this tank
01-22-2009 09:16 PM
iGabe I just bought a pH buffer that drops the pH by 1-2. The product doesn't mention if I have to take out the carbon from the filter, do I have to?
01-21-2009 03:31 PM
iGabe I can't find any pics of the micro version online, but they look exactly like the normal version except smaller and with bigger eyes. Really cool looking tetras.

Here is another pic of the normal vilma tetra:

When I used to live in Charlotte, NC I had never seen these fish before. They have a similar appearance with the glowlight tetras, but the gold line is bolder and much more noticeable in person. And their eyes have a very nice red-blue hue to them. They're awesome fish and said to be very hardy.
01-21-2009 02:49 PM
Craigthor can't see pics of the Micro Vilma Tetra
01-21-2009 01:26 PM
iGabe Update!

The algae finally died off since my light fixture broke
So I put my tank (since it's so tiny & light) in the bathroom, where it gets 0.01% of sunlight so the plants could survive until I get a new fixture. It's been 4 days, and I still haven't gotten a fixture. But somehow, my glosso still continues to grow. And I had thought that my micro sword was dying, but it was actually just BGA that was dying.

So now that my tank is algae free, my tank will be going through a lot of changes.
1) Take out the oto, he just looks too big and is ruining my tiny amazon forest-look.
And he poops too much, kinda like having a goldfish.
2) Since this will be an amazon biotope, I want to "complete" my fish list by adding
exotic and rare fish. I already have 2 sixray cories (2cm each), and I want to add
4 micro vilma's tetra, in case nobody knows what they look like:

the micro version grows up to 1cm which is just perfect for my tank.
I also want to a Borelli Apistogramma, from a fish farm here that has a
"pygmy hybrid" of them. They grow to like 4cm, and this is what they look like:

3) I want to add some HM and Rotala Wallichii to the left corner in the back.
01-12-2009 09:57 PM
iGabe The BGA is pretty bad, but not to the point where it'll kill anything in my tank I guess. It's mostly on the sides, while the hair algae is on my rock and micro sword. Yes, I am scrubbing off as much as I can. But I think everyone knows how difficult it is to scrub off BGA. I'm trying to adjust my levels with water changes, will soon throw in some fast growers later. My oto doesn't seem to be helping me much with BGA and hair algae, but he sure did help with the diatom.
01-12-2009 05:41 PM
Ugly Genius How bad is the algae?

I ask this because a three to four day blackout may do more harm than good. For one, it'll make your Glosso start growing up again. Second, if the parameters that are allowing the algae to grow in the first place aren't adjusted, you'll be right back where you started from when the lights come on again.

And algaecide won't do anything against your BGA. I've found that a good filter with proper levels of nitrates make BGA go away of it's own accord.

If the hair algae's just on the tank sides, I would just scrape it off and suck out the debris.

This tank is still new. I would just let it run it course and try fighting it by watching your water column's nutrient levels while balancing light and CO2 rather than algaecide and blackouts.
01-12-2009 04:22 PM
iGabe I have another problem now. The green hair/fuzz algae and BGA has taken over the sides of my tank, I'm so lucky it's not on the plants. Now that I'm no longer worried about my glosso growing vertically, does anyone think it will survive a 3-4 day blackout with algicide (plant safe)????
01-09-2009 01:21 AM
iGabe I just love everything about this layout, even the fish. Are they like albino bleeding heart tetra? Anyways I would like to do something similar using my micro sword and what I have available. What's the name of the plant on the surface?
01-08-2009 07:27 PM
iGabe Updates!

My glosso is looking much better now! The "vertical runners" are now sort of like grabbing themselves to the substrate with their roots, while the normal glosso is growing horizontal runners. The brown algae problem is gone!!! Finally, now my only problem is the hair/fuzz green-looking algae in my tank. Hopefully it'll just go away on its own, but I'm dosing a LITTLE bit of algicide along with my lonely oto. But it seems that the oto prefers to eat the brown algae off of the bottom instead of going to the top and eating the hair/fuzz algae. The cories and micro sword are great.

The only "real" problem is that my tank's light sure does attract a lot of bugs! It's pretty funny actually because I'll turn on the lights in the morning and there will be like a dozen little flies floating on the surface.

Now for some awful pics from a cell phone:

micro sword - in the beginning I thought it was dying because there was so much algae covering it. But now it's better and sending out a lot of runners. (It's growing pretty tall and wide to be a foreground plant, in this tiny setup it'll be my background)

Glosso - you can see some old dying leaves from when I didn't take care of it. To the left, there is a huge piece of glosso that WAS growing straight up, but now it sort of trying to grab itself to the gravel (possibly because of my strong current)

Glosso 2 - on this side, the glosso seems to be more tame.

Glosso & Oto - you can see my new oto in the back, he's super skittish. On the left there is another big glosso that's also trying to grow horizontally.

FTS - the green thing in the back is my diy nano co2, ugly I know, and my nano filter. Will get a background in the future. The cories were hiding in the micro sword.

Mystery Algae - I know this pic isn't really clear (cell phone pic) but is this fuzz or hair algae? It's green, there are little strands (2cm) and they're sort of apart from one another. My oto doesn't touch it too much.

As for my glossostigma, I've noticed hourly growth. How long do you guys think it'll take for it to form a thick decent looking carpet?
01-06-2009 07:32 PM
iGabe What I meant to say on my previous post, was that I'm doing water changes every other day. Sure, it might be too much but there is no effect on the fish and plants. Will start dosing fertilizers after my algae gets defeated by my oto lol.
01-06-2009 07:13 PM
Phoenix-cry I've always felt that daily water changes are too much and cause too much flux.
01-06-2009 07:11 PM
iGabe Just got an oto, he's still adjusting to his tank (it's normal for otos, right?) and I hope he'll start picking on the algae soon. Will post pics of it and the tank soon. So far I'm doing daily water changes.
01-04-2009 02:27 PM
iGabe Ok I ditched the algicide idea, I'm afraid it'll damage my plants because my pygmy cories acted a little strange after I put in the solution. So I'll be doing this the old fashioned way. I'll try to find an oto asap.

I'm thinking a little bit ahead, about my stock list (fauna).
What I put into consideration:

1) 2 sixray corydoras (already have), 3 ember tetras (R$ 39,50/3)
2) 2 sixray corydoras (already have), 3 micro cardinal tetras (R$ 2,00 each)
3) 2 sixray corydoras (already have), 3 glowlight tetras (R$ 17,90/3)
4) 2 sixray corydoras (already have), 5-6 neon chocolate tetras (R$ 15,20/10)

My favorite options are #3-4. Would it be too much bioload if I put in option 3 & 4 with a nerite snail. What about 1 tiny blue german ram (Adore them, such cool fish)?
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