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Old 08-31-2012, 10:07 PM   #16
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Yeah, I really like altums (well aware that Im not going to keep any though) so I've sort of been after striped angelfish and even though I know that's the wildform colour not seen many at all around, lots are veiltail koi etc, and I was wanting just normal fin silver ones.

Those little guys I have now are a bit extra stripy, but that's fine (and also the other colours of angelfish are all great, it's more that the ones Ive seen have often had wonky ventrals and huge eyes and looked abit stunted etc.)

My longer term stocking in the tank for now is:
2 german blue rams
2 angelfish (we'll see about how they get on)
12 penguin tetras
5 otos

Tank is 40" by 16" so more floor space than a standard 55g since it's wider but it's shorter.

Other fish in the tank as well right now
1 sterbai cory
3 neon tetras
2 cherry barbs

I can always move my neons into my shrimp tank if the angels start getting bigger and interested but those neons are ancient now and I'm expecting them to die off in the next few months. I used to have a school of around 12 tetras years ago and those 3 are the last survivors at this point. Same with the barbs and the cory.

I might try to change out my substrate next weekend. That'll be a lot of work.
You may well luck out with your neons. My angelfish never bothered mine; even molly fry were annoyingly safe once they were more than a week old.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #17
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I was seriously worried when I got 20 tiny cardinals for my 55gal. I had 3 med-lg angels in the tank already and the LFS guy even gave me a few extra because he thought a few may not make it while growing big enough to not look like food. I never lost one. Your angels are small enough now that I dont think you will ever see any predation from the angels.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:00 PM   #18
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Ok that's reassuring. My neons are old and huge for neons, almost 1.5 inches so hopefully they'll be fine
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Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
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Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #19
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Updated tank photo, everything went a bit wrong with the tank *sigh*

I've had something wrong with the fish, I think there's a bacterial infection in the tank. I've lost all but one of the rams and one of the angelfish and all but one of the otos. Also lost Limpy my pushing 7 years old cherry barb but that was expected (he had a stroke or something 3 years ago and has been paralysed in one side since then, I expected him to be a goner way back then, so him surviving an extra 3 years was remarkable)

I can't get actual antibiotics without a vet prescription in the UK so I tried a few different medications I could get my hands on (over a period of time) and that melted my vallisneria down.

I did a mini rescape to declutter the tank abit also with only the one ram it's less important having line of sight breaks etc.

I still have vallisneria at the back, the roots survived and it's starting to grow back.

I've measured the water through all this and it's come up fine in the tests. Got myself a TDS meter as well and that sits at around 140 so that's not too bad. The fish that got sick stopped eating, lost colour, then got mild fin rot and hung around listlessly and the ram got an infected lip. I have no idea what went wrong really and don't really want to dwell on it. The otos seemed to have too red gills as well. Not going to add any new fish for a while now.

I sort of want to change out my substrate, but I know that's a huge pain

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Current inhabitants:
12 penguin tetras
1 angelfish
1 german blue ram
1 oto
2 neon tetras
1 cherry barb
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Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
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Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:38 PM   #20
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Updated tank shot again, the angelfish has had a growth spurt





I know he's far from full grown but I really like him so far
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Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
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Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:47 PM   #21
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Just read the thread and coming in a little late. Sorry to hear about your tank troubles. Are fish antibiotics not available over-the-counter in the UK?

Otherwise, I like your little crypt forest, and your angelfish were an excellent find with those striped patterns.

Pearl gourami's are my favorite, GBR's a close second. I've always been worried about keeping them together because of aggression though. Perhaps the gourami got in a fight, got an injury, then got an infection?
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:07 AM   #22
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Thanks for commenting and yeah that could have happened w the pearl gourami I guess but she was pretty much fully grown and much much bigger than the rams. I never saw tham squabble but I wasn't watching the tank 24/7 either so who knows.

Yeah over the counter antibiotics for fish are not really available in the UK. Ive not lost fish now thiugh in several weeks so Im hoping it's going ok now and that the tank is back. The vallisneria is starting to grow back now as well
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:50 PM   #23
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Angelfish has done some more growing, tank is in need of a bit of a clean so not the best picture but I figured I'd share anyway



I've lost a few more fish so current inhabitants are:
11 penguin tetras
1 angelfish
1 oto
1 cherry barb

I was expecting the ram and the neon tetras to go, the tetras had gotten very old. I'm expecting the cherry barb to go too at some point. I'm pretty lightly stocked right now but I'll keep things like this for a while. The angelfish is super fun and seems to be happy to be the only larger fish in the tank
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Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #24
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More photos:





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Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:08 PM   #25
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I am in the process of getting a Rio 180, and aim to get something similar to this but with a bit more twigs and moss!

Love this!
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:34 PM   #26
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Turns out my angelfish is female. She laid eggs today and is very busy now chasing the tetras away from them. Bit sad that they're all infertile due to her being the only angelfish in the tank so her hard work will be for nothing.
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Fauna: penguin tetras, angelfish, german blue rams, otos etc.
Flora: Vallisneria, crypts, java fern and anubias nana
My 4g planted nano
Fauna: 3 amano shrimp
Flora: hairgrass, pgostemon helferi, staurogyne repens
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