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Old 02-02-2013, 03:16 PM   #46
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Thanks Chad! The Rams and Angels add so much personality to the tank. I love your tanks really beautiful. I how to be able to scape with as much talent someday! I look forward to seeing how your new cichlid tank comes out
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:16 PM   #47
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AWESOME deal on the breeding too!!!

The tank is looking really good!!! Again I love the fish assortment you have! Some of my very favorites!!! I hate that I can NEVER find the majority of them locally! I am going to do a Austin trip(100miles 1 way) when Tax return gets here and see if I can find some cool fish!

Anyway keep up the great work!
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #48
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Thanks again drew! Good luck with the trip. I can't wait to see what you get!
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:49 PM   #49
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Default FTS progression...so far.

Day 1

Day 6

1 Month


6 Weeks


2 Months


Plus a couple from the QT tank.

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:53 PM   #50
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What are your water parameters like? I want my Bolivians to start breeding. I think they're old enough now. And you don't use Co2?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:15 PM   #51
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Great progress. Love the combo of fauna.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:23 AM   #52
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Thanks Alipper!

Milkman my parameters are Ph between 6.6-6.8,
Amm. 1Ppm or less, Nitrate less than 10Ppm, Nitrite 0 Ppm,
Temp. 77. I feed three times daily flake first, then either
frozen bloodworms or Brine w/ Sprinula, finally NLS small fish formula.
I dose C02 Booster daily, hope to upgrade to a tank at some point soon.
Good Luck with the breeding attempts. I hope this helps!
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:35 AM   #53
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Default 10 Week Update

10 Weeks!

A little re-scape and some other updates. I added Dwarf Sag., Blyxa Japonica and Jungle Val.

Sold off the Angels after they had a nice meal of Amano shrimp (I thought they were getting a bit big for the tank anyways). I think I will try out some Varitus. I also add a Korilla to up the flow.

I tried working the DHG into a little more compact field and hope the Blyxa and Dwarf Sag will make a really nice lawn scape.

I am also fighting a bit of an algae problem, got to find balance and work it out!

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Main 2/16/13


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Blyxa


Dwarf Sag and Argentinian Sword


Bacopa


Drift w/ Java Fern and Moss


DHG with a bit of algae


Bolivian Ram



Cardinals



Sterbai (check out the color)


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Old 02-17-2013, 11:09 AM   #54
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Awesome progress. You should have let me know about those angels, I would have bought them off you and put them in my 75. Those cardinals really pop well in the tank too.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:20 PM   #55
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In my experience, DHG needs quite a bit of light and CO2 to really take off. Trimming down is also supposed to promote growth of runners.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:48 PM   #56
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Thanks Alipper! I am thinking of growing some more Angels out (a friend has a breeding pair). With the feeding sched. I have for the Rams to breed, they should be about 4"x4" by summer. Loving the cardinals! It took a lot of trips to the my LFS to get a hardy school, but now they are little tanks.

Thanks for the feedback Gumbo. I am going to try and do a trim with my wc tomorrow.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #57
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Smile Micro Sword foreground carpet

Just wondered if you had ever tried Micro Sword before? It really seems to like lots of light, but grows just fine without CO2. The plants in your tank look so healthy and happy that I am sure that a bit of micro sword would do very nicely. Just a thought if you give up on the current carpet plant.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #58
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Thanks for the input Lotus! I have been thinking of ditching the DHG I thin micro swords might fit nicely in its place. I will have to keep an eye out locally or wait out the weather.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:30 PM   #59
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Tank looks amazing! Really good job! How are the fry doing??? How long have you had the rams before they bred??
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:52 AM   #60
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Hi Chris,
Thanks for the feedback. I am liking the layout so far. The Rams bred about 5 weeks after I got them settled into the tank. The first attempt at fry didn't go great, but I think it will get better. I have heard that it sometimes takes a few tries to get it right. I am going to try and split off a few free swimmers next time, in case things go awry again.
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