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Old 03-11-2013, 01:21 PM   #46
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I will update this later on. I took a set of pics a while ago but seems kinda silly to post them now.

Gunna try and get some more plants and a last few fish next week as well (I'll be having spring break so I'll actually be home with the tanks)

Been busy with school and such, as I will be for a long long time I guess :P
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:27 AM   #47
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Update without pictures.

I discovered today that my parents apparently cannot spot uneaten fish food when it is left all over the tank.....fish have a bad case of cloudy eye and algae has run rampant. Plants are struggling since they were covered with diatoms and the like but they will bounce back in time. Same with the fish. Nothing worth looking at though.

I had to talk to my folks though about if this tank is too much for them, because with the amount of uneaten food I saw in there that looked as if it'd been in there for over a week, I straight up told them that if they can't take better care of the fish and plants in this tank that we should just tear the whole thing down, because I've been getting sick of having to do 8 hours of work every time I come see this tank >_>

I might sound like I'm being needy/bitchy here, but I know my parents actually like having the tanks around, and they did not want to sell and take down everything and intend on keeping it. So I think we reached an agreement about how to better handle this tank...I have a neighbor that cleans aquariums professionally, so my parents suggested that they would just pay him to take a look at the tank once every other week (still doing water changes themselves once a week and dosing and all that) so that algae and all that does not take over. Although I'm in charge of the tank when I'm around (I prefer it that way anyways).

Also, I'm going to re-do this little 10 gallon quarantine I have so that I can use it to quarantine plants. I'll include that tank in this journal and will be working on it throughout this week, I have 2 t8's on it for now, no co2 (I don't need it to be a super growth tank or anything like that), and will dirt it and all that. Maybe even get a few small inverts going in there just cause I have 2 sponge filters in the thing as it is, so why not? If I ever felt inclined, I could run co2 into it, but I kinda want to avoid that since, I don't feel like getting another bubble counter and such.

I might be getting some more plants into this tank while I'm home for break, and for the love of aquaria I'm hoping to find a pair of bristle nose plecos or something to help with algae/detrius/be awesome since I like plecos as is anyways. I also want to see if I can get snails back in this tank, even if its just MTS and ramshorns.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:13 PM   #48
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Look into ghost shrimp.. u can buy hundreds for a few bux, big enough not to be eaten instantly and will give u piece of mind on detritus for a few weeks.
Eventually, they will get eaten but they are cheap, do a decent job, and provide a tasty snack
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:48 PM   #49
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That might be a quick fix, but between the cichlids and bichirs you really think they'd last more than a day or two?
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They are amano sized.. so 30-40 of them would last a few weeks id think. 5 last a week in mine.. and there are plenty of predators at mid and low levels of the tank that try and pick their eyes out
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:48 AM   #51
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I'll take pics tomorrow, but I set up a small 10 gallon with medium light and a soil/sand substrate so that any stem plants that get uprooted can be planted there and NOT destroyed by my korelia

Easier this way since I think my parents would have an easier time planting uprooted stems in a 10 as opposed to a 75.

I discovered that the tank had a MASSIVE ammonia outbreak and diatoms everywhere...so my parents must have been over feeding/not paying attention to waste while doing water changes, so I had a talk with them about getting that taken care of because I'm slightly getting frustrated with this tank and the fact they aren't taking care of it the way they said they should. Told them that if they didn't want to do this that I could just sell everything...which they didn't want me to do so we'll see how this all plays out.

I'm happy for their help but if they are going to help then the least I can ask for is that they keep everything alive and healthy, or at least the fish >.> I only have 1 angel left, which makes me very very sad, so I'll have to either find them in the same lfs again (not holding breath) or just order them from somewhere (I believe they are Pinnoy Zebras).
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:35 PM   #52
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This tank is not doing super well, due to various circumstances, so for now I won't be updating this thread...although I will start up a new one now that I know what I'm doing more or less.

I just got a better co2 diffuser and that should fix my problems, then I just need some more fish and a boatload of plants. Look out for this in the future, because I'm too stubborn to give up the idea of monster fish in a planted tank (or as monster as I have anyways lol)
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This tank is getting more plants and better care the moment I get back home for the summer.

And maybe a few more fish, preferably a pair of nice sized bristlenose plecos and maybe an oddball sort of fish, and another cichlid pair....and more angels, because angels are awesome regardless.

But definitely more plants and better care. Especially now that co2 is up to speed.
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Tank looks great, big fan of those Angels. They will really look awesome @ adult size. I wouldn't have thought they were from a LFS. They look pretty exotic.
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Sadly I lost the angels

And a lot of the plants...like a lot a lot.

I shall be pressing forward soon though, new angels and plants and other fish as well.
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why were they lost??
im sorry to hear that!!
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sorry to hear about your angels. using probiotics could also help with the detris buildup.
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sorry to hear about your angels. using probiotics could also help with the detris buildup.
What's probiotics?

And idk why I lost the angels...I wasn't home for a month when it happened and my parents apparently didn't even notice (either they got really sick and the bichir ate them, or they died and the bichir ate them....either way the bodies were eaten) I'm going to get new ones at some point over the summer, but I am annoyed about it, and the tank in general. BUT I WON'T GIVE UP. I'm doing a major re-scape over the summer (well....I say that cause I'm going to clean off all the wood and re-do it....but I feel like I'm going to do my hardscape relatively similar to how I've been doing it....)
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I discovered today that my parents apparently cannot spot uneaten fish food when it is left all over the tank. I straight up told them that if they can't take better care of the fish and plants in this tank that we should just tear the whole thing down, because I've been getting sick of having to do 8 hours of work every time I come see this tank >_>
Reminds me of what I came home to when the automatic feeder dumped its contents. Obviously their eyesight is not very good. Why not just tell them to just feed the fish 1x a week and mark it on a calendar. Just feed them good frozen or live food 2 weeks before going off. That is what I do when I go off for a week.
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