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Old 10-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #46
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Had an overhaul last night, scraped lots of hair algae off the driftwood. My moss had really taken off which made me realise that my weeping moss wasn't very "weepy", so im guessing the seller had just tried to pass off excess spiky moss as weeping, as it looks exactly like my spiky. So while the driftwood was out I removed the "weeping moss" and tied all my spiky to the drfitwood on the right. My fissidens had pretty much outgrown the small rock it was tied to so that now resides were the weeping once lived, hopefully it will continue to thrive there.

Im pretty happy with the left side of the tank, the back should grow in nicely. The right side will be finished when funds allow haha. When the right is planted I know i'll end up tweaking the foreground.

In need of ferts atm, been without for quite a few weeks now. Was using NT Labs which worked quite well but I think im gunna give Tropica TPN+ a go as ive heard good things.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #47
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Got extremely lucky!!! Popped into a LFS that I haven't visited in nearly a decade as it's quite out of the way, and they only had some Apistogramma Agassizii!!! Finding them at a store here would be on par with finding Jesus' porn stash haha. It was the first time they ever had any and were surprised themselves when they arrived in store. So am now the proud owner of a male/female pair
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:55 PM   #48
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Just out of curiosity, what species would you all add to this tank?

Very tempted between cardinals, serpae and rummy nose atm, even though my initial plan was embers =S
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #49
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Anyone know what variation my agassizii is?

Also, opinions on what species of tetra should go in here?
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:19 PM   #50
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Found my female apisto floating around the tank today, alive but unable to swim. Did a water change and kept her in a net in the tank to stop anything harassing her. She has moments of being ok but it's touch and go. Hope she pulls through
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #51
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Nice tank, dwarf pencils are some of my favorite fish, love their movement and playfulness.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #52
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Nice tank, dwarf pencils are some of my favorite fish, love their movement and playfulness.
Me too, such characters. Almost bought 7 beckfordi today to keep them company today. Maybe i'll pop back at the weekend haha.

I did instead buy a SAE today and an assassin snail, one for some hair algae and one for the ridiculous amount of ramshorns living in my tank atm. Hopefully they do their job well. The SAE seems to be chasing off my male apisto when he gets near, hopefully that'll settle down once it has been in a few days.

On a sad note my female apisto passed away. As gutted as I am it's the first fish to pass away since I started this tank so I can't be too upset.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:09 AM   #53
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Little update

My aunty gave me her old 22.5x14x12" tank to scape for her. She needs something simple to look after but pretty so I found the first tank pic for inspiriation.

While I have her tank im using it to work out a new scape for my own tank (ignore the condition of it and the blue gravel lol), as im finding my current setup quite tedious and want more floor space as ive just bought 3 more cories. This is what ive come up with so far, it will be planted on the back left and maybe back centre, with only clumps of hairgrass infront of the driftwood and moss in places.I will also be ordering myself an external filter very soon
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:31 AM   #54
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Think I have finally decided on my new scape

I will be using the same substrate that I have atm, the fluval stratum at the back and caribsea white sand in the visible areas. Im going to buy some blyxa japonica for in between the rock and the main driftwood, maybe my nymphoides taiwan to the left up against the glass to hide the gap left by the driftwood as the heater will be in that rear corner. Most likely going to just put some bacopa behind the main driftwood as I have some quite tall pieces atm. Rotala rotundfolia will be going in the gap in the rear centre to follow the lines of the driftwood. Maybe my java fern attatched to the right side of the smaller driftwood. As for the lil cave in the centre I will be mounting moss around the edges to make it more secretive and give the fish somewhere to hide out

If you managed to read through that without slipping into a coma and can visualise what I propose Id love to hear some opinions or even some improvements and ideas
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:46 AM   #55
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Not an update as such but my girlfriend did get a decent shot of the otos and the SAE asleep on my nymphoides last night. Here's to sleeping with the fishes
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:35 AM   #56
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Well after a full day running around and stressing, my new layout is up and running. Not 100% happy with the planting atm, decided to just use what I had lying around. I'll give it a few weeks before I tinker with it again.

Once again I had driftwood problems!! Even though the large piece was mounted to slate, it wasn't enough to keep it in place while I was filling the tank. So after cleaning its mess, putting a few small rocks on top of the slate, and putting ol' trusty on top of the wood (the big rock that kept the driftwood in my first scape from floating away).

Current inmates are:
7 Nannostomus marginatus
6 Corydoras Trilineatus
2 Otocinclus
1 Apistogramma Agassizii Male
1 Crossocheilus Siamensis
1 Ancistrus Temminckii Female
1 Trichopsis Pumila
1 Aphyosemion Australe Male

The killi and the sparkling gourami were a spur of the moment buy in the thought that they could be residents for my aunties tank when I finish it, but im tempted to get my girlfriend a nano tank as she has took a shine to those two. Everything gets on fine luckily, the otos hang out with the SAE, the gourami either hangs out with the apistogramma or the pencils.

Oh and since I bought an assassin snail all the ramshorn babies head to the surface to keep out its way, which get scooped out and put elsewehere. So I think it would be safe to say I have a few hundred ramshorns, all under 1cm, and all the pond snails I removed from the tank a while back are doing fine.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:08 AM   #57
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Well things just get weirder in my aquarium haha. Yesterday I bought 6 nice rummy nose tetra, they all took to their new home fine. Later I noticed one rebel rummy who decided he's too cool to shoal with the rest, which has led to him and the killi pairing up and starting their own cliq. The only time the rebel joins his own is if the killi decides to join them in the current. Go figure
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:59 AM   #58
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I was just reading your list of tank items and prices on the first page, and I thought Canada's prices were expensive. You guys in the UK easily pay double or more for some things, yikes!

Nice tank BTW.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:36 PM   #59
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I was just reading your list of tank items and prices on the first page, and I thought Canada's prices were expensive. You guys in the UK easily pay double or more for some things, yikes!

Nice tank BTW.
Yep the UK sucks haha. Thanks will be doing a slight rescape after xmas when I get a second LED canopy, stay tuned
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