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Old 09-11-2013, 04:14 AM   #121
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The ammonia can be registering from broken up chloramines if you're water is treated that way and you're (hopefully) then using a dechlor product that works on them. Depending on when you test that may be getting picked up...or there's something else in the tank that is decomposing/producing N waste/leaching.

As for the java fern that's definitely a quick way for them to reproduce. I have a regular that's been melting ever since I got it...the way the roots were bound I can't tell if the rhizome is still healthy or not, but every leaf that has melted has been producing daughter plants beforehand, so it thought the conditions were right or at least wanted to give it one last shot.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:19 PM   #122
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The ammonia can be registering from broken up chloramines if you're water is treated that way and you're (hopefully) then using a dechlor product that works on them. Depending on when you test that may be getting picked up...or there's something else in the tank that is decomposing/producing N waste/leaching.

As for the java fern that's definitely a quick way for them to reproduce. I have a regular that's been melting ever since I got it...the way the roots were bound I can't tell if the rhizome is still healthy or not, but every leaf that has melted has been producing daughter plants beforehand, so it thought the conditions were right or at least wanted to give it one last shot.

The ammonia is from the MGOCPM; I'm sure of it. It been about 3 weeks since I filled and it take time for the ammonia to stop leeching... I'm sure there could be some other factors as well but the MGOCPM is the main culprit to the ammonia.

I think I will let that Java Fern do it's thing for awhile then make a new cluster with the smaller plants.

I went to my LFS today, AquaTropics to look at their stock and it got me excited to stock this tank. They had so many to choose from. Among my favorite where:

Pygmy Cory
Habrosus Cory
Neon Tetra
Pork Chop Rasboras
White Mountain Minnows
German Blue Ram

Soo many choices!
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:26 PM   #123
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Not sure I ever went to that store when I lived in the Twin Cities. Sounds like some good options though!
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:47 PM   #124
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I'm really considering getting the following stock; however, I won't be purchasing until at least another week. So ya never know what they will have at the time:

10 Pork Chop Rasaboras (Trigonostigma hengeli)
10 Corydora Habrosus
1 Assassin Snail
1 Betta
Possibly a few CPD's

Sounds good, we will see what next week has to offer. I hope the ammonia is done leeching by then...
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #125
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Still cycling...
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:08 PM   #126
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50% Water Change Today.

Lowered Fixture To: 16" PAR 40 Substrate; 7" PAR 80 Rim

Tannins Slowing Down.

I rearranged a bunch of plants today and looks much better. Also, I think the MGOCPM is almost done leeching Ammonia into the water column.

Pictures will come soon.

Stay Tuned!

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Old 09-23-2013, 10:11 PM   #127
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Please forgive the picture quality. The pictures my iphone 4 shoots doesn't do this tank justice!

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Old 09-25-2013, 11:27 PM   #128
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So I ran across another deal I couldn't pass up today. I found Harlequin Rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) for $1 each. I bought 11 of them. Adult Harlequin's can grow up to 2 inches in length which is longer than my original intentions of getting the 'Pork Chop' version which get up 1.5 inches in length, but I'm a sucker for a good deal. I had to have them.

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Nitrate 10
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #129
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10/11 Harlequins survived. The one that died looked like he got hurt somewhere along his journey. He had a gash by his dorsal fin and wasn't shoaling with the rest of the fish. I figured he might not make it. RIP little one!

Today, I purchase 12 Corydoras habrosus and I am acclimating them right now.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:00 PM   #130
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All the Corydoras habrosus are moving up and down at one side of the tank like they want to escape. I hope they will survive this transition period from the store to my tank.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:45 AM   #131
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All the Corydoras habrosus are moving up and down at one side of the tank like they want to escape. I hope they will survive this transition period from the store to my tank.
Pretty normal behavior for most cory species. Some will do it forever, others will settle down in a day or so.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:43 AM   #132
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Pretty normal behavior for most cory species. Some will do it forever, others will settle down in a day or so.
Okay, I'm really enjoying watching all the action in the tank.

Video update coming soon.

Stay tuned!
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:59 AM   #133
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Nice! My C. pygmaeus in QT are very skittish. Bolt around everywhere whenever I move past the tank.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:12 AM   #134
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Like clean look so far
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Nice! My C. pygmaeus in QT are very skittish. Bolt around everywhere whenever I move past the tank.
I've read that Pygmy are more skiddish and shy versus Habrosus however Habrosus are larger which can be undesirable in a nano tank.

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Like clean look so far
Thanks! It's a work in progress.

Now if I can just get my hands on a good camera. Then I can take pictures that won't give my TPT friends a head ache. lol
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