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Old 12-04-2013, 03:42 AM   #1
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Tank: 40 Gallon Breeder (36.2"x18.3"x17")
Lights: (2) Kessil A150w Amazon Sun (6500K) w/ goosenecks
Filter: Eheim 2217 and 2215 Canister Filters
Heater: Hydor ETH 200w Inline Heater
C02: Atomic V3 Regulator, Atomic In-Line Atomizer, 5lb. Tank
Substrate: 60 lbs. Eco-complete

Ferts
  • 1/2 tsp KNO3 (Tues/Thurs/Sun)
  • 1/8 tsp KH2PO4 (Tues/Thurs/Sun)
  • 1/8 tsp K2SO4 (Tues/Thurs/Sun)
  • 1/8 tsp CSM+B (Mon/Wed/Fri)
  • 1/2 tsp GH Booster (After Sunday Water Change)
Seachem Root Tabs added where necessary

Flora
Rotala Rotundifolia (Rotala rotundifolia)
Crypt Wendtii 'Brown' (Cryptocoryne wendtii)
Jungle Val (Vallisneria americana)
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Variegated' (Alternanthera reineckii 'Variegated')
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini' (Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini')
Limnophila Aromatica/Hippuridoides (Limnophila aromatica/hippuridoides)
Dwarf Cardinal (Lobelia cardinalis 'Dwarf')
Blyxa Japonica (Blyxa japonica)
Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
Glossostigma (Glossostigma elatinoides)
Anubias Barteri (Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia)
Hygrophila 'Sunset' (Hygrophila polysperma var. 'Sunset')

Fauna
(10) Ember Tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae)
(10) Pygmy Cories (Corydoras pygmaeus)
(4) Cardinal Tetras (Paracheirodon axelrod)
(5) Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus sp.)
(3) Banded Kuhli Loaches (Pangio semicincta)
(1) Black Kuhli Loach (Pangio oblonga)
(2) Pelvichachromis Kribensis (Pelvichachromis taeniatus 'Bipindi')
(2) Zebra Nerite Snails (Neritina natalensis sp. zebra)
(2) Yellow Tracked Nerite Snails (Neritina natalensis sp. tracked)
(5) Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata)
(2) Bamboo Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)
(1) Albino Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)
(1) Panda Garra (Garra flavatra)
(1) Peacock Gudgeon (Tateurndina ocellicauda)
(1) Bumblebee Goby (Brachygobius xanthozona)
(1) Lipstick Goby (Sicyopus exallisquamulus)
(1) Blue Neon Goby (Stiphodon atropurpureus)

(7) Madagascar Rainbows (Bedotia geayi)
(5) Congo Tetras (Phenacogrammus interruptus)
(1) Vampire Shrimp (Atya gabonensis) - casualty of a hot day when temperature spiked to 85+

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Old 12-04-2013, 03:58 AM   #2
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Can't wait to see some pics!
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:28 AM   #3
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You might want to go with a smaller species of bow than the Bedotia geayi. They get pretty big for a 40b, and might feel cramped.

impressive plant list!
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:30 PM   #4
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I agree with this. [QUOTE=Noahma;4798689]You might want to go with a smaller species of bow than the Bedotia geayi. They get pretty big for a 40b, and might feel cramped.

I would advise not mixing Kribs, Congos, Rainbows with a bumble bee goby or a scarlet badis. All those are great species to go with just not all together. I had a pair of adult kribs in a 40b and those two quickly took over the majority of the tank. I would also decided on whether or not you want congos, kribs or rainbows and go with one of those.

You plant list is awesome, can't wait to see it all together.
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You might want to go with a smaller species of bow than the Bedotia geayi. They get pretty big for a 40b, and might feel cramped.
Yeah, I have been contemplating what to do with them. It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision with the rainbows. I usually do a bit of research before purchasing fish but they were a good deal. Didn't realize the full size would be so much larger than the juveniles.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:51 AM   #6
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I would advise not mixing Kribs, Congos, Rainbows with a bumble bee goby or a scarlet badis. All those are great species to go with just not all together. I had a pair of adult kribs in a 40b and those two quickly took over the majority of the tank. I would also decided on whether or not you want congos, kribs or rainbows and go with one of those.
The kribs have settled into the aquarium well. The congos and rainbows are both still juveniles and are still plenty small. Once they get bigger I'll move on to something else. I only have another 6 months or so until I am moving again and will have to break down the tank.

Thanks for the advice, its great to have some other opinions. Wont have the dslr up and running for another week or two but I might still put up some Iphone photos for the time being.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:01 AM   #7
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Added some camera pics. Thinking about changing out some plants but haven't decided what I need. I'm thinking something with larger leaves.
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Yeah, I have been contemplating what to do with them. It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision with the rainbows. I usually do a bit of research before purchasing fish but they were a good deal. Didn't realize the full size would be so much larger than the juveniles.
Ive done that a few times lol. Bows are pretty desireable, so most LFS will potentially buy or trade them for you when they start to get larger. I have not had that particular species, so I don't know for certain the growth speed. They may be one of the slow growing bow species.
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I've been starting to see some nutrient deficiencies in my plants and might try and change up the fertilizer dosing regiment. Not sure if I want to go more towards a lighter EI method or maybe try and test something else out. Either way I think I will start dosing twice a week rather than once a week.
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Tank has been changed around a bit. Added a bunch of plants and the recent addition of some spot LEDs is a huge improvement over just the t5s. I'm going to try and add some more photos going forward.
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Kribensis pair.
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One week with the new lights and everything is taking off!
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Decided the tank layout needed a change. Had some new driftwood to incorporate. It was and arduous process and took a few hours.




And the updated pic...
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:24 PM   #14
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Got the plant package from water-kitties RAOK and they are definitely going to be a major addition to this tank.

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Recently purchased a GLA Atomic V3 regulator here on the for sale board. Finally got all the pieces set up and am going pressurized for the first time. Injecting CO2 via an inline ista mix max reactor. Got my drop checker to green and got the plants pearling for the first time. This tank has done well for me as a medium light excel based tank so it will be interesting to see how it transitions. I am keeping the same lighting period and will be upping my fertilizer dosing since before I was using roughly 1/3 weekly EI dosing.

I plan on starting dosing tomorrow with the following schedule.
Monday - 1/8th tsp CSM+B
Tuesday - 1/2th tsp KNO3, 1/8th tsp K2SO4, 1/8th tsp KH2PO4
Wednesday - 1/8th tsp CSM+B
Thursday - 1/2th tsp KNO3, 1/8th tsp K2SO4, 1/8th tsp KH2PO4
Friday - 1/8th tsp CSM+B
Saturday - None
Sunday - 50% water change followed by 1/2th tsp KNO3, 1/8th tsp K2SO4, 1/8th tsp KH2PO4, 1/2 tsp GH Booster
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