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Old 06-29-2004, 06:21 PM   #16
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You are getting better and better with the photos, amanda . You have some real trophy fish there.

I'm pretty confident that your amanos would eat the eggs (if unprotected). They don't limit themselves to just algae. Mine gladly grab any brine shrimp or blood worms that come within reach. I have no experience with cherries.
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Old 06-29-2004, 06:29 PM   #17
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Thanks guys!

I think I've finally figured the best way to handle my camera while shooting the aquarium now -- especially moving subjects -- I've got my flash on a tripod and I'm hand-holding the camera so I can track the subjects. I'm thrilled that I got some good shots of the furcatus. They're so zippy!

So far so good.
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Old 07-06-2004, 04:44 AM   #18
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Mmmmmmmmm. Pea soup!



Just a wee bit murky. Toldja it was just a jumble of stem plants. But you can see that the hairgrass is slowly filling in. And hopefully I should be getting my pearlgrass this week (fingers crossed). I'm going to be keeping all the crypts, but all the stem plants that are currently in there will be coming out (except for the lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' in the back right corner). Not sure what I'm going to put on the left side to hide the filter & heater. Any suggestions?

Who wouldn't love this face!?




Got quite a few of these guys to contend with...



So far they're all really tiny. See that big gravel underneath him? Sand.

ETA: I just compared with the original pic -- I didn't realize how much the crypts had grown!! holy crap!
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Old 07-06-2004, 04:56 PM   #19
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Great looking tank! I love hairgrass as well and am planning on trying some of it soon. Do you find the 65 watts is enough for it or do you need to turn both bulbs on?

Interesting story about amanos and eggs: On a killiefish forum I visit there is a very knowledgable killie breeder from Singapore. He puts killiefish eggs in a dedicated tank with java moss and puts in a japonica or two. He told me the shrimp will pick the eggs up and clean them, but never do any harm to the eggs! So you could be ok.

Also I REALLY like the apisto! Never seen those locally but wouldn't mind getting them if I can find them. Have you found them to fairly peaceful?
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Old 07-06-2004, 05:39 PM   #20
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...the shrimp will pick the eggs up and clean them, but never do any harm to the eggs!
That is so cool!

Thanks for your comments Capt! I think it still just looks like a mess, but it's a work in progress. So far I've only used one light, and everything is growing really well. It's interesting to note that my h.polysperma is growing horizontally!

The apistos are pretty good tempered. They can be a bit aggressive towards each other (I think all cichlids are), but they don't bother the other fish or shrimp at all. I hear that will change if they spawn though.

Over at apistogramma.com these guys are pretty much frowned upon because they're a hybrid and not a true species. Oh well. I still think they're great. Very nice fish, great personalities. The big male is verrry pretty.
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Old 07-06-2004, 05:58 PM   #21
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Cool. I'm actually quite glad you only use 1 light for the hairgrass because I won't have a whole lot of light over mine. You have co2 injection at least, I've heard hairgrass really likes and benefits from that.

As for the apistos, don't worry they look great. I have fish that are hybrids or albino too and don't worry really care how natural they are. It is the real purist, natural to the extreme people that really nitpick about that kind of stuff.
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Old 07-08-2004, 03:19 PM   #22
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Amanda, these are some beautiful photographs, particularly the one of the otto. What camera are you using?
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Old 07-08-2004, 08:39 PM   #23
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Thanks tendril!

I'm still just getting the hang of photographing things in the aquarium -- focusing on moving subjects through glass and water is a bit tricky...

I'm using a digital SLR (Canon 10D). Most of the shots were with a 24-85mm lens, and the closeups with a 90mm macro lens.

Photography is my other primary hobby.
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Old 07-09-2004, 04:46 AM   #24
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I'm using a digital SLR (Canon 10D). Most of the shots were with a 24-85mm lens, and the closeups with a 90mm macro lens.
Nice! Now I'm jealous of your tanks AND your camera!
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Old 07-09-2004, 06:26 AM   #25
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Sorry tendril.

Bet you're not jealous of this though...



The peasoup is getting thicker.

And my pearlgrass didn't come in this week (sigh). Neither did the cherry shrimp. I guess I keep haunting the LFS...
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Old 07-09-2004, 01:08 PM   #26
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My tank went through a 'thick' stage as well, amanda. Took 2-3 weeks to clear off, and it hasn't been back since. As for the pearlgrass, pm me your address and I'll send you a wad out of my tank - that bog can always use a trim. If you get me the address early enough, I'll get the stuff out for you today....otherwise, it'll need to wait till monday.
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Old 07-09-2004, 03:43 PM   #27
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Jeez, thanks Uni! You sure you're ok about smuggling live plants across the border like that? I'll PM you with the details.

I'm not too worried about the green water. I know it's a new tank. I know it's going to go through growing pains. It's just amazing how quickly it can come up out of nowhere!

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Old 08-08-2004, 07:28 AM   #28
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You know what they say... it's always darkest before the dawn, right?



This pic was taken on the 18th. I got really fed up with it, and while I didn't do a total blackout, I did leave the tank lights off for several days. That made quite a dent in the green water. Since then, it's pretty much cleared up completely.

Today was a really busy aquarium day for me. First I caught the four clown loaches and the two SAEs that were wreaking havoc on my plants in my 29g (catching them was a big project). Went to the LFS, and guess what I found?



I bought 'em ALL!

Came home, removed most of the fast-growing stem plants I started out with in my 20g, did a bit of rearranging, and added my new find. About 2 seconds after I took that pic, my apisto ate him.

So then I had to try to catch the apistos. Not easy. I finally ended up catching the cherries instead and placing them in a breeding trap until I can move the apistos over to the 29g. Out of the 6 that I bought, I managed to catch 4, and one of them is half dead because my other apisto tried to eat him before I could intervene. I can only hope the other one is still in there somewhere.

These fish have never bothered the amanos, and completely ignore the little green shrimp, so I assumed the cherries would be fine too (they're the same size). Well apparently the amanos are just too big, and I don't think the apistos even see the green shrimp because they're so well camouflaged. The cherries, on the other hand, apparently look like big fat bloodworms.

Crap.
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Old 08-09-2004, 06:21 AM   #29
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Did you get your hairgrass localy? If so where abouts? GW will clear up...nice pics.
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Old 08-09-2004, 06:27 AM   #30
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Hey Putty

I got the hairgrass at Aquariums West, same as the shrimp. They had some last week, but I didn't see any this weekend when I went in -- then again, I wasn't looking for it.

As for the green water, I'm considering myself lucky. Other than that and some green spot algae, this tank's doin' alright.
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