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Old 01-27-2013, 10:33 PM   #106
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Time for a moss trim!



Cories are hiding in the back of the tank because I just did a water change:



Rolled about 15 Cory eggs outta the tank and into my Cherry tank for hatching. Here's hoping!

Berried mamas everywhere:



Loving these crypts more and more every day:

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For some reason, the berried Cherries love to perch in this spot just beneath the spraybar outflow:



This is the post-feeding time snail pile:



And that's why I like to keep a ton of snails in every tank. Magical cleanup. The sand in this tank couldn't be more spotless.
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Young Cherries are everywhere:



Have a couple other berried females that are going to release babies any day now.

Was hoping the Corydoras would keep the shrimp population in check but it looks like I'll have to do that manually.
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Front:



Right:



Left (ignore the mess):



Cories and Cherry juvies making a mess:



While in the fish room a few floors below, I noticed a super-pregnant Endler:

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Old 02-09-2013, 12:47 AM   #110
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Just curious: do you have enough snails?

I'm liking this evolution somewhatshocked! These little "Natural" set ups can really look very cool, and I'm impressed! The driftwood looks wonderful, and as long as you continue to get nice crypt growth, this tank will look outstanding.
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Thanks! I (and by "I"? I mean "we" - even though I do all the work) just decided simple was best. Have trimmed the moss a couple times and obviously need to work on it again this weekend.

Looking forward to watching the Crypts grow and spread this year.

Really enjoying all the open space for Cory observation. They're so much more fun in small tanks like this. The C. habrosus I've got in my 220 at work just seem to disappear into the abyss of moss.

You should see all the snails come out during feeding time. Probably 200 Pond Snails (I for real selectively breed them, much to the shock of most on here) and 100ish MTS of various sizes. Only a handful of Ramshorns in this tank, though.
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Those mosses are filling in reallllllllly well. I like the placement and foresight to see what they'd become.

As always, nice crypts.
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This tank truly does look great. It is very simple looking yet fulfilling. Keep up the good work. What happened with cory eggs?
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Thanks.

They actually hatched! There are 12 of them surviving. So far only one of them has croaked. Peacefully existing in my various shrimp tanks at the moment. Hoping to move a few back into the 10gal when they're older and my various other tanks.
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Parameter update time!

The small amount of manzanita in this tank STILL has my pH at 6 (or just below), KH between 1 and 2 and GH around 7-8.

Tap that goes in at the moment/depending upon the day is pH 7.5-8, KH of 5-6, GH 12-14.

This is craziness.

May be insane for me to say it but I wish the buffering would hurry up and, you know, quit it. Ideal params would be 6.5-7ish pH, KH 2-3, GH 7-8. That's where things usually settle for me in most of my non-buffering tanks. Guess we'll what happens over the next several months.
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Thanks! I (and by "I"? I mean "we" - even though I do all the work) just decided simple was best. Have trimmed the moss a couple times and obviously need to work on it again this weekend.

Looking forward to watching the Crypts grow and spread this year.

Really enjoying all the open space for Cory observation. They're so much more fun in small tanks like this. The C. habrosus I've got in my 220 at work just seem to disappear into the abyss of moss.

You should see all the snails come out during feeding time. Probably 200 Pond Snails (I for real selectively breed them, much to the shock of most on here) and 100ish MTS of various sizes. Only a handful of Ramshorns in this tank, though.


I got some MTS from Msjinkdz and they bred and were fine for a while then died. Besides algae wafers and the like is there any special way I need to feed them if I get more MTS? I love MTS they are so cute!
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MTS will eat just about anything. Literally - just about anything. Everything from algae to shrimp foods to decaying fish and shrimp - even other snails that have died. They eat it all.

What are your water parameters?
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PH 6.4-6.8 usually. Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are at 0. My tank has lots of plants in it. I need to get one of those gh/kh test kits I forgot last time I was at the pet store :/
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Hardness aside, those parameters sound okay.

It's possible that you just don't have enough food to sustain them once they reach adulthood, however.
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Oh OK, so I would just have to feed them when I feed my fish.
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