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Old 12-04-2013, 03:42 AM   #1
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I am going to do a better job of doing updates. I'll put up a photo soon with all the new plants put into place.

Tank: 40 Gallon Breeder (36"x18"x17")
Substrate: 60+ lbs. Eco-complete Planted Black Substrate
Filter: Eheim 2215 and an Fluval C2
Lights: 36" Aquaticlife T5HO 78W (6000K/650nm Roseate)
(2) Kessil A150w Amazon Sun (6500K)
Heater: Eheim Jager 100W (Temperature held at 78)
CO2: Flourish Excel (5 ml daily)

Flora
Rotala sp. ‘Green’
Red Macrandra (Rotala macrandra)
Rotala rotundifolia (aka Rotala indica)
Red Tiger Lotus (Nymphaea zenkeri)
Red Ludwigia (Ludwigia repens)
Crypt Retro (Cryptocoryne retrospiralis)
Crypt Wendtii Green (Cryptocoryne wendtii)
Amazon Sword (Echinodorus grandifolius)
Jungle Val (Vallisneria americana)
Dwarf Sag (Sagittaria subulata)




Fauna
(7) Madagascar Rainbows (Bedotia geayi) - juvenile
(7) Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus sp.)
(4) Kuhli Loaches (Pangio Kuhlii)
(4) Congo Tetras (Phenacogrammus interruptus) - juvenile
(2) Pelvichachromis Kribensis (Pelvichachromis taeniatus 'Bipindi')
(2) African Darter Tetras (Nannocharax fasciatus)
(2) Zebra Nerite Snails (Neritina natalensis sp. zebra)
(2) Yellow Tracked Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis sp. tracked)
(1) Vampire Shrimp (Atya gabonensis)
(1) Albino Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)
(1) Panda Garra (Garra flavatra)
(1) Reticulated Flying Fox (Crossocheilus reticulatus)
(1) Bumblebee Goby (Brachygobius xanthozona)
(1) Lipstick Goby (Sicyopus exallisquamulus)
(1) Blue Neon Goby (Stiphodon atropurpureus)
(1) Scarlet Goby (Rhinogobius Zhoui)

Ferts
Weekly 1/3 EI dosing (Adjusted for No CO2)
  • 1/2 tsp KNO3
  • 1/2 tsp KH2PO4
  • 1/16 tsp K2SO4
  • 1/8 tsp CSM+B
Seachem Root Tabs added for vals and sword

(3/17/14)


(12/14/13)



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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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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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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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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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