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Old 10-17-2012, 04:31 PM   #136
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the java fern looks great!
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:50 PM   #137
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that is one beastly java fern
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:18 PM   #138
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finally some runners.
when i had l. mauritiana, it took a long while to really start growing, but when it did, it just grew faster and faster. you should start seeing noticeably quickening growth soon.
I certainly hope so! I have considered increasing the light intensity but I don't want to deal with algae more than I already have to, so we'll see. I think I just have to be a little more patient and keep doing what I have been doing, lol. I added the 20 Amanos that arrived today, but sadly they were all Juvies and about a 1/2 inch in size, so they've all apparently disappeared. Maybe in a week or two they will emerge fully grown?! A quick check a second ago revealed only 2! But I feel certain that the rest must be in there some where, probably hiding in the Java Fern forest, lol. I just hope that I don't lose any...

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the java fern looks great!
Thanks! It arrived in excellent condition and was already pretty big. I'm just going to let it run completely wild before trimming it, lol!

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That it is!

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Old 10-23-2012, 03:36 AM   #139
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So I wake up the day after my water change...and all my [censored] Amanos are dead (but my otos and loach are fine)...WTF?! There goes $50 down the toilet.

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Old 10-23-2012, 04:21 AM   #140
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thats a bummer poor shrimpies... do you have a heater in the tank? before I sorted my tank out with a heater I think when october hit the swing in temperatures here in the apartment caused my RCS's to stress and a couple died, stress not so much because the temp was dropping too low or anything but because it was merely changing some each day like the ambient does - constant is better for cold blooded.

Also maybe you should do some tests to the water to see if something is odd in the parameters.

Also maybe you already have all this down and it was some fluke, heh well sorry to hear about the deaths either way
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Sorry about tour shrimp. Something is def odd. They are usually super hardy. Maybe they couldn't recover from the trip? Bad stock possibly? Did you acclimate?
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:49 AM   #142
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thats a bummer poor shrimpies... do you have a heater in the tank? before I sorted my tank out with a heater I think when october hit the swing in temperatures here in the apartment caused my RCS's to stress and a couple died, stress not so much because the temp was dropping too low or anything but because it was merely changing some each day like the ambient does - constant is better for cold blooded.

Also maybe you should do some tests to the water to see if something is odd in the parameters.

Also maybe you already have all this down and it was some fluke, heh well sorry to hear about the deaths either way
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Sorry about tour shrimp. Something is def odd. They are usually super hardy. Maybe they couldn't recover from the trip? Bad stock possibly? Did you acclimate?
I don't know, but just as an FYI. I will be taking a break from posting for a while....But I'll be back soon. MJ
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:17 AM   #143
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:28 PM   #144
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So I wake up the day after my water change...and all my [censored] Amanos are dead (but my otos and loach are fine)...WTF?! There goes $50 down the toilet.
Hey I noticed that many of my shrimps have been dying recently as well. I would say 6 in the past 3-4 weeks. I think it is the weather change. I am going to plug my heater in tonight so it stays on 78. I totally forgot I unplugged it for the summer and now its November, it is time to turn on. I probably should have done it at least a month ago. The temps have been dropping during the evenings to 45-55 outside. When I look at temp on my filter it says 77.5 so I took it as it was fine. My fish are all fine. But, I also thought shrimps were hardy as well. I need to buy more shrimps now. I noticed a lot of hair algae growing.

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Old 11-03-2012, 12:43 PM   #145
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I have tanks with Amanos that run at 74 degrees, check your ammonia, also how old are your shrimp
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I have tanks with Amanos that run at 74 degrees, check your ammonia, also how old are your shrimp
Not sure if your directing your question to me but im not sure how old my Amanos are. How would i find out? 74 is pretty low for fish i think.


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Old 11-03-2012, 09:12 PM   #147
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Not sure if your directing your question to me but im not sure how old my Amanos are. How would i find out? 74 is pretty low for fish i think.


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My point was that the temperature was most likely not the issue, I keep Amanos in my CRS tank that run at 74 as well as thanks with fish that run at 78
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #148
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I have tanks with Amanos that run at 74 degrees, check your ammonia, also how old are your shrimp
That is a valid question, but my ammonia was at zero AFAIK. The age is difficult as some where adult and some were juvies. But either way, too late to cry over spilled milk, so to speak.

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My point was that the temperature was most likely not the issue, I keep Amanos in my CRS tank that run at 74 as well as thanks with fish that run at 78
I generally keep the tank temp at 74, but I might up it slightly next time I add some more shrimp and fish. Just in case I'm buying some BioSpira from my LFS who still guards their supply in a fridge jealously, lol.


So here are two pics of my growing lilaeopsis carpet! I haven't had much time to post on TPT but I will try to get back into a regular swing of things by the end of the month/beginning of December. School is insane right now! As you can see below, the runners are really taking off and spreading like crazy. I have now increased the lighting to 100% intensity on a daily basis, though algae on the rocks has begun to creep back. Once the thickness of the carpet doubles in density, I'll probably do a trip but for now I'm just going to let it run wild. I am, unfortunately starting to have a snail issue and my one yoyo loach doesn't seem remotely interested in them at all. I'm thinking of buying a few more to help him out, as well as a few more otos.

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And a dirty FTS (today is water change/maintenance day) and yes, the CO2 is on!

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #149
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the carpet looks phenomenal. congrats.
what sp. of lileopsis is that, brasilensis or mauritiana? i like how 90% of the leaves bend the same way, probably away from the koralia (id guess they were bent by the flow while young and then the cell wall thickened in that position keeping them bent), its a cool effect.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:32 PM   #150
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the carpet looks phenomenal. congrats.
what sp. of lileopsis is that, brasilensis or mauritiana? i like how 90% of the leaves bend the same way, probably away from the koralia (id guess they were bent by the flow while young and then the cell wall thickened in that position keeping them bent), its a cool effect.
The variety that I'm using is the mauritiana. I do prefer the brasilensis variety because it tends to have a slightly thicker leaf and it tends to be darker green in color; the downside of course is that it takes forever to grow into a carpet. The only reason that the lileopsis appears bent is because the pump is on, which by the way is not a Koralia but an Echo Tech MP10 (On the lagoon mode). I'm pretty happy with my progress so far, but I think the carpet needs to thicken up more before the next trim. But when you compare what the aquarium looked just a month ago to what it looks like now, I'd say it's a dramatic improvement in my opinion.


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