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Old 09-12-2012, 07:49 PM   #31
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yeah bettas arent too gentle on the plants. it doesnt help that your substrate is probably a bit too large in particle size for the roots to really penetrate well.

for the diatoms, there isnt much but manual removal from the glass, frequent water changes, and possibly algae eaters. amanos or otos (though i dont advise having a school of otos in a tank that small).
Thanks for replying Marko! Yeah they definitely aren't, hah. But only a few plants have floated up the rest seem okay and he has finished the initial days of exploring the tank. So I don't think he will be trying to nestle in the plants as much anymore. Because he has already found a sleeping spot.

I've decided to tie the Anubias that have floated to rocks and then if others float I can tie them down as well.

Now that I don't have to worry about that, I can either add Amanos of Otos. I have other tanks I could rehome the Otos Into once the algae is mostly cleared. So I could do Otos. But I could also do Amanos. Anyone know which is better?
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:55 PM   #32
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the otos will probably give you more bang for your buck, as an oto costs similarly to an amano shrimp, but shrimp require less food than similarly sized fish.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:15 PM   #33
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that makes sense, maybe ill get some otos then.

what do you think of addign some pygmy corys to the tank? they are so cute
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:08 AM   #34
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im processing some really awesome photos right now! ill post them real soon
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:27 AM   #35
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now that is one handsome fish.
wonder where one could get a fish that good-looking. probably only from a particularly talented breeder with very high-quality stock...
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Bahahaha!
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:41 AM   #36
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here are the pics guys!!! they came out awesome!!! here they are enjoy!


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The stud himself!


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Good job man... excellent shots. Love that fourth one, with the reflection.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:00 AM   #38
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Good job man... excellent shots. Love that fourth one, with the reflection.
thanks!!!! the fourth one is my favorite as well! its the 3rd photo i took i figured out an awesome lighting setup to get great photos!

in case anyone is wondering, NONE OF THESE PHOTOS HAVE THE COLORS ENHANCED!
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:06 AM   #39
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wonderful pictures!
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:07 AM   #40
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wonderful pictures!
thanks!!

i can explain the lighting setup if anyone really wants to know
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #41
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Those are awesome shots! Absolutely explain your lighting. That's one of the biggest challenges in fish tank photography...the lighting is not always optimal.

I do like the photo with the reflection as well. I love that it shows the reflection off of both edges of the glass! HOORAY PHYSICS!
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:49 PM   #42
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excellent shots. love #4, and the face close-up.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #43
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Those are awesome shots! Absolutely explain your lighting. That's one of the biggest challenges in fish tank photography...the lighting is not always optimal.

I do like the photo with the reflection as well. I love that it shows the reflection off of both edges of the glass! HOORAY PHYSICS!
thanks!!!

sure! Here is a photo showing the setup... the background is a peice of white matte board, i didnt have the flash over top of the tank like i usually do, because side lighting shows off the colors better. and since i overexposed everything besides the fish is white

hah! its actually showing on the mirror.

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excellent shots. love #4, and the face close-up.
thanks! I love the closeup! he looks like a killer!
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The mirror goes inside of the tank?
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:34 AM   #45
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The mirror goes inside of the tank?
no the mirror is right on the outside of the tank. its actually a big mirror that i have on my dresser, i just moved it for the photos
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