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Aquatic Delight 03-09-2012 06:07 PM

Tales of an Ugly 29 **Now with photos**

Aquatic Delight 03-09-2012 06:28 PM

About a month ago i decided i wanted a fish tank again. so i went all over town looking for a 15 or 20 starter kit, i ended up at some [censored][censored][censored][censored] hole saltwater store, where the guy offered me a used 29gal (30'x12'x18 1/2')with every thing but sand and fish. so began my journey.

my first purchase was a Rangeri sword, a Gold Gourami(no name yet), a dwarf Blue gourami(no name yet), and a Blue ram (rufio).

a week later i bought a couple red lava rocks (super exciting right?) and a water sprite(Yeah! i'm really rocking now)

over the next few weeks i bought more plants that have no idea what they are called, and more fish.

i so far have bought 3 flower shrimp. two suicided out of the tank because i was over feeding flake food and brought my nitrates up waaaay to high. so no i have one, who is currently lost in my tank somewhere.

i have become a shrimp addict and after mass genocide on my first batch of cherry shrimp( i turned off one of my pumps, for a few hours because i have two rated each rated for up 20 gal) and as it turns out shrimp like to crawl inside things. so when i turned on my pump again shrimp soup filled my tank. it was sad. so i bought more. currently i have about 15 cherry shrimp, one bamboo flower shrimp, a few ghost shrimp, and i jst picked up 4 blackcherry shrimp last night.

i noticed rufio looked a little lonely so i got another blue ram (tink). i also got a 3 neon zebra danios(the three stooges) and two dwarf Cichlids (blue and yellows).

then i began feed frozen foods, spirilina brine shrimp and bloodworms. it turns out that these foods make gold gouramis go all aggressive on your ass. he ran that tank, my dwarf blue started bleeding color and never left a tiny corner unless he was being chased. everyonemostly hid from the gold. so back to the store he went. i traded him for some plants, waaay less aggressive.

i have photos of my tank in my profile, they are already a little outdated cus my tank changes once or twice a week. i get bored.
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Aquatic Delight 03-09-2012 06:29 PM

currently i have one of my Rams in a quarantine tank,

My female ram has been in the tank longer than my male. after i took the Gold Gourami back to fish store and replaced him with plants a shrimp my male Ram started bulling my female. I borrowed a 10gal tank form a buddy and put thebully in for a couple days, then i'm going to re-introduce, and pray it works.

is a 29 gal to small for 2 german blue rams?

(i'm assuming my female is the ram with the red/pink belly and the male has blue belly, i think i have it correct)

CrazyCatPeekin 03-09-2012 07:22 PM

Females typically have pink bellies and 29 gallons should be fine for a pair.

Aquatic Delight 03-09-2012 08:30 PM

females also have a shorter dorsal fin(i think thats the name for the top fin that runs along their spin) right?

Aquatic Delight 04-05-2012 04:16 PM

So an Update to the tank.

I have none of the original cast of fish, my ram, my dwarf gourami both died, and my Gold Gourami was sent back to my LFS because he became super aggressive.

currently the tank contains
3 bamboo shrimp(one is massive you should see him here
2 or 3 amanos
a couple RCS
1 Blackberry shrimp
1 vampire shrimp that I haven't seen since i put him in the tank,
1 apistogramma borelli
2 penguin tetras
3 neon zaebra danos
4 red eye Koi Swords
1 albino cory cat
1 leopard cory cat
1 Green aeneus cory
1 reticulated Hillstream loach
1 Zebra Nerite Snail

GMYukonon24s 04-05-2012 04:21 PM

Nice tank

Aquatic Delight 04-05-2012 04:23 PM

thanks lol, it looks nothing like that now, i was wondering through my photo bucket to see if i had any newer photos, and sadly i don't. so when i get home i'll take a few to put up.

Aquatic Delight 04-17-2012 08:50 PM

well the tank has changed again lol. i lost a bamboo shrimp, i forgot to include my male GBR on the original list, he is gone too(as of yesterday), i sent him back to the fish store because he started to bully my female Apisto. and i forgot to list my 2 rummy nose tetras. i also bought blue pearl shrimp for my shrimp tank so half of the RCS went into this tank and the other half went into my Peacock grudeon tank.

currently the tank contains
2 bamboo shrimp(one is massive you should see him here
2 amanos
8 RCS(or so)
1 Blackberry shrimp
1 vampire shrimp that I haven't seen since i put him in the tank,
2 apistogramma borelli (1 male 1 female)
2 penguin tetras
3 neon zaebra danos
4 red eye Koi Swords
1 albino cory cat
1 leopard cory cat
1 Green aeneus cory
1 reticulated Hillstream loach
1 Zebra Nerite Snail
2 rummy nose tetras

this photo is the most current one i have, and in a week or so there will be a new piece of wood in the tank (in my cabomba forest) as soon as i get all the tannins out.

here is my peacock grudeon tank if your curious

Aquatic Delight 05-17-2012 03:04 PM

a New Chapter
So i was lucky enough to win a wonder RAOK from wasserpest, that included bolbitis. you can see it here .

anyways so there was on thing i wanted to try to before the plants came in. so i did it. and for two days i liked it. you see i have begun to really enjoy hillstream loachs and i have upped my tank number from 1 to 5 in the past couple weeks. so i have been trying to create something that works for both my hillstreams and my Apistogramma borellies.

my package came in yesterday, so i spent the day tearing down the tank and putting in the new plants.

it took me about 5 hours to do it, i had to stop a few times and feed myself, and take care of my cats, but here it is now.

i'm not sure how much i like the set up, but i am open to suggestions. i switched from running one dual t5no light with 18 watt bulbs. i am thinking that i will need a second set-up of similar lights on it. but i'm not sure if that will be to much light.

i took out the kohaku koi swordtails they had become to food aggressive and i was worried the other fish were suffering, they are going to a friend with space in a 55gal. I moved my cory juli and my new panda cory to my shrimp tank to help clean it up.

anyway the actual fish counts are as follows

4 Apistogramma borellies (3 female 1 male)
5 Reticulated Hillsteam Loachs
3 neon zebra danos
2 Penguin Tetras
2 Rummy Nose Tetras
2 Corys (1 aneus 1 Albino)
8 full grown RCS (a few juvies unsure how many)
1 Ghost Shrimp
2 Bamboo Flower Shrimp
1 Blackberry Shrimp
1 Vampire Shrimp
1 Zebra Nerite Snail.

dindin 05-17-2012 03:47 PM

Will, it looks very nice! Now just sit back and let it grow awhile. :)

hakishimiei 05-17-2012 04:59 PM

i wanna see a close up of that loach!!

Wasserpest 05-17-2012 05:19 PM

Looks great! Just let it clear up a bit and grow in and You might have to change your title! :biggrin:

2in10 05-17-2012 05:46 PM

Looks very good now, definitely let it grow in before changing things.

~~~ 05-17-2012 05:52 PM

Nice tank :icon_wink
If I were to offer anything I would say get rid of a few of your schooling fish, and up the numbers. I have seen much changes. Here is a related thread-
probably have a lot less stress & problems if you have less variety, more fish.
Otherwise, nice.

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