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Old 03-14-2013, 02:01 AM   #121
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Here are the two fish in their new home:




I'm kinda not sure about the moss anymore. I kinda had a vision for how that would work and it isn't panning out. Have CO2 now, high light, good ferts, and it doesn't seem to do much. The rocks are getting coated with brown algae, so I'll let the BN Plecos come in and do some cleaning before I make a final decision, but I might end up just having the rocks in there bare. Even the moss in the substrate seems to do nothing. Same with the grass.

Really I'm having a hell of a time with foreground stuff I'd say.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:28 PM   #122
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So it looks like my local Petco just got some BN Plecos in today, so I'm going to head down there and pick up a pair to hopefully help with my brown algae problems. Lady from the store said they are small, but from what I've heard they are still great cleaners and should hopefully have the tank in better shape in no time!
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:26 AM   #123
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Okay, so here's a fun story. I have several pet stores near me and figured I'd call around to see if anyone has BN Plecos in. First place I call says they just got some in that day, great! So I go to the store and look around, and only find one group of Plecos unmarked. The fish person on duty was heading to break when I tried to flag her down and she said she'd get somebody for me. I get someone from another department who has no clue what the fish is. He goes to ask about the fish and comes back with nothing, and tells me I can always come back tomorrow. Normally not a problem, but I told him I had specifically called to see if I could find a place to pick one up tonight and to please find out. He comes back and says we're good to go. So I picked up two but want to be sure these actually are BN Plecos. Quite small and so I didn't think they'd have the obvious bristles yet.



On the plant front I pulled out the water wisteria and sprite that I had bunched together and just saved a minor amount of wisteria behind the driftwood. Sprite is gone. Moved the Pogostemon erectus to the front left of tank. Moss there is gone. I figured if the moss on the rocks does or doesn't work this stuff should hopefully just grow nice and bushy up and over the rock face. My green ludwigia has been growing like crazy and so it got moved to the back next to the left rocks were it should take up space nicely like the Cabomba in the other corner. I also pulled a bunch of foreground plants that were either dying severely or long term stagnant. Put the one plant up front on the right to make some more room in the back for when it grows in more.

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Old 03-16-2013, 02:19 AM   #124
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They look like little BN's to me!
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:22 AM   #125
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Awesome, thank you very much! I thought they were, as I tried best I could to look up photos on my phone, but the problem is I had never had them before and you always see adult photos in searches when the fish look their best, harder to find young pictures!
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:05 AM   #126
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Unfortunately on Friday one of the tetras was belly up in the tank, and so they are now a schooling 8. I of course checked all the tank parameters and nothing seemed out of place, and my only concern is that whenever I feed, even yesterday when I fed blood worms the tetras don't really seem interested, and every fish I've ever had just loved the blood worms. In other bad news I was trying to re-position the filter outtake and diffuser and ended up breaking the diffuser. So until the new one comes in Monday or Tuesday I just have huge bubbles coming out of the tube. Mainly waste, but figured that something is better than nothing for the few days.

Switching to good news, I saw both BN Plecos in the light today for the first time since I put them in. They had taken to the rocks, specifically the underside of them and hiding but hopefully this means they are starting to get used to things and will start coming out more.

Also did my 50% water change and had most of the remaining plants pearling which was nice to see.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #127
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Feeding in this tank at this point is becoming really weird. The tetras still just don't seem to want to eat. Even when I throw in some very fine pellet food one or two of them might come for a spec or two, and in general they just never seem excited for food. I can only hope they are foraging at night.

And then I blanched a cucumber for the first time last night and put it in and it was pretty much a dud. Would check on it occasionally with my phone light figuring at least the Plecos or Raphael would be on it but no one ever was. More surprisingly come morning there weren't even any snails on it! On the other hand I put another slice in my barb tank and they went [censored][censored][censored][censored]ing bonkers for it!

The angel at least is fun to feed. Any time I come into the room he swims up hoping for food, and when feeding time comes I hold a pellet under the water and he swims up to about 2 inches away. I release and he gobbles it right up. Usually repeating for about 5 (large) pellets until he's happy.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:58 PM   #128
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Continuing to wonder if I'm feeding veggies correctly. On Friday I again cut two slices of cucumber, cut out the middle part with the seeds, and dipped each in boiling water for a minute. I then let them cool and stuck the fork handles into the substrate of the respective tanks. Again the barbs ate it up but once again in this tank I awoke to a cucumber that didn't even have snails on it. I thought they were supposed to get covered in snails?

Another interesting thing happened. When I fed bloodworms on Saturday I saw the Angel get very aggressive for the first time. He has an interesting quirk too, where he tilts to a 45 degree angle before dashing at the tetras who were also collecting the worms. He did this at least a dozen times and before each dash he would tilt.

I am currently waiting to hear back from The Wet Spot, but the rest of the fish will go in Wednesday if they get back to me in time and we finish all the arrangements. I might also spend Wednesday morning doing some plant moving, but we'll see. At very least the Cabomba and Tiger Lotus needs a trim.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:15 PM   #129
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Another interesting thing happened. When I fed bloodworms on Saturday I saw the Angel get very aggressive for the first time. He has an interesting quirk too, where he tilts to a 45 degree angle before dashing at the tetras who were also collecting the worms. He did this at least a dozen times and before each dash he would tilt.

I've noticed this with all the angelfish I have ever kept. When it's a "normal" chase, they stay upright. but when they really mean it, they lean over and charge. Glad to hear it's asserting itself.

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So I take it you don't think it will actually harm the tetras? I hope not, don't want to see them or any of the other coming additions get too beat up!
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So I take it you don't think it will actually harm the tetras? I hope not, don't want to see them or any of the other coming additions get too beat up!

I don't think so. In my experience, angels are territorial and aggressive, not violent.
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Ended up doing some plant moving.







Firstly I spread the plants in the back out more evenly to give them each a bit more space. Then I moved the smaller plants that were right of the driftwood forward as foreground plants for now. Then I cut the Sunset Hygrophilia in half and placed it to the right of the driftwood. Finally I moved the Scarlet Temple in front of the driftwood. As long as it grows a bit the color it has could make a fantastic centerpiece plant.

At this point I've had the entire back row pearling, as well as the tiger lotus (which is almost constantly pearling it seems), the Sunset Hygrophilia, and a little bit from the Scarlet Temple.
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Well, if you had told me years ago I'd eventually spend $240 at one time on fish I'd say you were [censored][censored][censored][censored]ing nuts.

Today I ordered the 3 Pearl Gourami, 6 Roseline Sharks, 6 Dwarf Chain Loaches, and 4 non-common Cory's for my barb tank now that it no longer has the Raphael or Red Tail to help clean things up.
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Fish are here and in separate buckets getting ready. Ran into a problem though. My 30g filter won't actually fit over the lip of the 75g tank. So I've ordered an AquaClear 50 for it. I figure I'll take some media from the AquaClear 50 on my 29g tank to help it seed. And of course I'll be monitoring the 75g tank closely until and after it arrives.
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And of course in the time it took me to write that the male gourami managed to jump out of his bucket. At least now he seems to have settled down after realizing outside the bucket isn't a nice place, just hope he's alright.
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