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|02-23-2010 02:27 AM|
|Chrisinator||Congrats on the fry!|
|02-23-2010 02:24 AM|
|Regloh||Dang, these little ones are hard to catch... I guess they will have to fend for themselves or become life food... oh well...|
|02-22-2010 02:36 AM|
|problemman||i would separate them. rasboras are predators. infact all fish are. if its small enough to get in there mouth they will eat it.|
|02-22-2010 02:11 AM|
Thanks for posting
No I have no idea... I have only ever seen three at a time. I initially intended to do a little breeding. The praecox came with a mop and some fry food from the breeder, but I had not gotten there yet.
So the eggs were not deposited on the mop (pretty obvious, since it is not in the tank ), but in some unknown-to-me location. I also don't know how many eggs are laid in one spawn, but I will do some more reading on that.
The tank mates are:
2 clown loaches, one about 3-4 inches, the other much smaller 1.5-2 inch
5 harlequin rasboras
3 BN plecos
Oh, yes and the 2 males and 2 female praecox rainbows.
I'm not so sure about the harlequins, but the loaches and possibly the rainbows themselves would be the most likely predators for fry...
I don't think I'll do anything special this time, but for future spawns I think I will make/buy a fry-saver insert for the tank...
Thanks for looking
|02-22-2010 01:18 AM|
|nickcamp12345||if they made it that far, there's a good chance they'll survive depending on how big your other fish are, but if I were in that situation i'd separate them just to be sure they survive. do you know how many fry survived?|
|02-22-2010 12:54 AM|
|02-20-2010 02:29 AM|
Boy, I totally missed that you guys had answered here...
Thanks for the kind words...
I have moved things around a bit... I had mentioned before that I didn't like how the big driftwood with the large fern on it blocked all circulation. I moved it all the way to the left of the tank, with the added advantage, that it hides most of the filter intake and spay bar input from view. Check... The circulation seems much better, except in the fern itself, but at the moment, that is a good thing... I'll get to that later.
I also brought the smaller piece of driftwood back home, as the attached java fern was too big for my little 10 ga in the office. It was blocking all light for the rest of the plants... that one is now all the way on the right of the tank. I had bought a crinum at some point that is probably pretty upset about the fact that I already have moved it twice in the last 2 weeks, but it seems to be getting stronger. It suffered quite a bit in shipping. It is currently in front of the smaller driftwood piece. Not much of a contrast, but it'll have to do for now.
The E. barthii is really the centerpiece of the tank. Without being overshadowed by the fern it is really featured nicely with the SS Hygro in the background.
Ok, enough talk, here is a FTS:
I am too embarrassed about the ever present algae, but I feel like it's getting better... the 3 plecos and I-dont-know-how-many otos are doing their part. I want to get a couple of SAE's so that someone eats the bushy algae, but I haven't had the chance to get them at my LFS. When I was there last, the tank with the SAE's was just being treated for ich.
The praecox are back in the tank, yippie... I put them back yesterday after 6 days in quarantine and a course of Maracyn and Maracyn 2. They had some kind of an infection on their lips. I hope it's not coming back.
I also brought back the remaining 5 harlequin rasboras, that I suspect to have eaten my first batch of juvie RCS in my office tank... I think they will be much happier here anyway, even though they really don't fit into my stocking plans anymore... I wanted to keep the tank mostly asian, with the exception of the BN plecos (and otos?). Oh well...
SOOO, I had mentioned that the praecox were put back in the tank yesterday... tonight I notice something very, very small moving at the surface, when I started feeding... guess who came to feed first???
Right... that's praecox fry, yay!!!
This picture sucks, but I'll post it anyway...
Here is a question though.. I'm sure that if I don't remove the fry they will get eaten eventually. They seem pretty smart, though, staying mostly in the fern... But if the loaches don't get them, the rasboras probably will...
I still have the hospital tank up and running. I could put them in there (or however many I can get). Or I could hang a breeder basked into the tank... What do you think?
|02-16-2010 03:38 PM|
|Down_Shift||Man Holger you were soo lying when you said your tank wasn't look good lately!!|
|02-16-2010 02:49 AM|
Never a bad time to tear down and rescape, It is my favorite part of a planted tank. Looks good otherwise and remember it is a huge learning process as you learn the ins and outs of fish/ plant keeping.
|02-16-2010 01:09 AM|
Thanks for asking tony... yes, the loaches are both doing quite well...
The plecos are also nice and active and not nearly as shy as my old pleco was...
Unfortunately I had some trouble with the rainbows. I posted it in the fish section on this forum, that I suspected columnaris, but from most of the responses I gather that those fish would long be dead by now, had it really been columnaris. Instead I now suspect some kind of a bacterial infection that made their lips look kind of white. I posted some pictures here.
I am now on the last day of treatment and they are doing really well... I may do an extra day, just to use the medicine up and not have open packages kicking around
I am due for a WC on this tank tomorrow night, and I don't want to throw them into the tank right after that... So Wednesday, they will be back in the main tank...
Hopefully I can then break that hospital tank down for a little while...
The Mag3 is working beautifully... I just don't like the flow in the tank quite yet... I have that really large java fern in the middle of the tank that sort of blocks the surface movement... it's nice and swirly on the right and comletely stagnant on the left of the tank... I am thinking about re-scaping options, but I don't really want to do anything too drastic until I move (hopefully in less than 6 month) and re-build the tank anyway...
|02-15-2010 05:32 PM|
|itstony||sounds like everythings going well holger! is the loach doing okay?|
|02-09-2010 05:18 PM|
Kind a nervous right now...
I hooked up the Mag3 last night and adjusted the CO2 down from my rex reactor setting, just to be sure I'm not killing everything again...
It should have switched on by now...
I really should have waited until the weekend with this, so I can be next to the tank, when it starts up... hope everyone is still with us tonight...
|02-08-2010 01:51 PM|
Well, I guess I didn't get to anything this weekend... I did paint the ceiling of the room above the tank. The fish didn't seem to have suffered too much from the fresh paint smell, but the blanket over the tank seemed to really freak the rainbows out...
I am getting closer to moving the smaller clownloach bach into the main tank.. I can't tell if he is not pooping much, or if he is eating his own poop *yuck*
I try to clean up after him as soon as I see the smallest speck of poop, but ther isn't very much... I also am at work for 9-11 hours a day
He does seem to show all the right emitional responses you would expect from a clown loach in a bare tank with just one PVC 3/4" tee to hide in...
The loach that died, never had any reaction to anything... this one turns pale, when the lights turn on and someone is moving in the room.
He'll be much happier back in the tank with his larger buddy...
I observed something very interesting yesterday...
I fed the rainbows with some freeze-dried brine shrimp. I turn the coralia powerhead off for feedings so they can get the food before it blows around the tank...
Well, they got really excited, but didn't really eat much... The shrimp were still bunched up, stuck to the glass at the top of the tank, when I came back 20 minutes later. I then decided to turn the powerhead back on, so the shrimp would blow around and sink to the bottom, where the clownloach could find them...
I was pretty surprised to see, that, once the shrimp started to be whirled around, the rainbows VIGOROUSLY chased afer them and ate quite a bit of them... I wonder if the breeder I got then from feed a lot of live food and they are used to the hunt more than beeing fed...
|02-05-2010 04:32 PM|
Look what I just got in the mail!!!
It's a Mag3 needle wheel pump by Danner
|02-02-2010 03:58 PM|
|Regloh||I saw all three plecos at the same time last night. I am glad to report that they are alive and well|
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