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Old 08-09-2004, 07:59 AM   #31
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I have to check out AW. Me and the GF always go to Big Als for fish and King Ed for supplies.

I want some hairgrass.

I had a major war with BBA when I moved my tank - you are lucky.
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Old 08-09-2004, 08:07 AM   #32
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I had a major war with BBA when I moved my tank - you are lucky.
I take it you haven't seen my 29g!

Actually, it's weird. I have had cross-contamination between my tanks (just me being sloppy), and I've got a few little tufts of BBA on one of my crypts, but it's just not taking hold here like it did in my 29g.
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Old 08-09-2004, 05:33 PM   #33
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Mine is alsmost under control, scrubbed, scrapped, reduced water flow, and introduced SAEs...I am almost happy with the tank now.

I think BBA is the worst algae to deal with.
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Old 08-09-2004, 07:01 PM   #34
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Nice pics Amanda... hope those Cherries will multiply as quickly as they did in my tank!

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I think BBA is the worst algae to deal with.
BBA is a real "patience" alga. Provide the best conditions, then sit and wait and one day it's gone For me, the worst kind by far is hair alga...
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Old 08-09-2004, 07:07 PM   #35
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Nice pics Amanda... hope those Cherries will multiply as quickly as they did in my tank!
I just hope I still have some females left. Of course the apisto went for the most colourful ones, which are, I believe, the females.



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BBA is a real "patience" alga. Provide the best conditions, then sit and wait and one day it's gone
So true. I started seriously monitoring and supplementing the Nitrates in my 29g and the BBA disappeared day by day. There's very little left now.
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Cranking up the nitrates did a lot in my case too...I can't wait to see the pressurized CO2 on there.
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Old 08-10-2004, 02:11 AM   #37
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Pressurized CO2 will really get that aquarium ripping away Amanda! Your algae problems will disappear!

I really like the lay out you have put together. That dwarf hairgrass is going to look fantastic growing with the Crypts!

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Old 08-10-2004, 03:55 AM   #38
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Pressurized CO2? What, do you think I'm made of money?? Hee. Actually, it's Putty who just got CO2. It's still waaaaay down on my wish list.
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Old 08-10-2004, 07:26 AM   #39
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This is how the tank is now.



Still a little bit cloudy, but almost clear.

Took out all the fast-growers the other day, and what remains is what I'm keeping. I just did a major trim on the e. stellata. Ideally it will be taller and fuller. There are a few strands of rotala rotundifolia in the lower left that will eventually grow nice and big. The hairgrass will continue to fill in. And eventually, I'll have pearlgrass running along the right side and around towards the back. (a girl can dream)

I finally got the apistos out and over into the 29g -- that pop bottle trick totally works! And now the cherry shrimp are happily swimming about. In fact, if you look really closely, you can see one of 'em in the hairgrass at the lower left. Still not sure how many I have left. I've only seen three at one time, but that doesn't mean anything.

So currently, the only inhabitants are shrimp (amanos, cherries & green), ottos (3 common & 3 gold), and 4 furcatus. Oh, and snails. A billion snails.

Yowza. Compare the size of those crypts with the original picture. I swear, they're the same plants!
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:22 AM   #40
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I was just about to head to bed and decided to have a last look at the tanks... and I have baby green shrimp! They're so tiny!!

I would've taken a pic, but they're also very quick.
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Old 08-10-2004, 04:39 PM   #41
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Amanda--are the furcatus "schooling" fish in the Harlequin Rasbora sense of the word? I've done a little preliminary research on them, but would appreciate your thoughts.

Nice work on this setup.
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Old 08-10-2004, 05:16 PM   #42
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Hey John

Their behaviour reminds me more of danios. They're very active, zippy little fish, almost exclusively towards the top of the tank. They don't school so much as interact -- the males are always displaying for each other and for the females... Not even slightly aggressive either.

I really like them. Harlequins were always my favourite schooling fish, but now...
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Great, thanks. They seem like great additions to any peaceful environment.
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Old 09-06-2004, 07:54 AM   #44
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I managed to catch a few pics of my pregnant shrimps.



and...



I've got some pregnant green shrimp in there too, but those guys are just too well camouflaged.

And most of my cherries and green shrimp are showing this yellowing which is apparently eggs in production in their ovaries...



Now I'm worried that I might not have any male cherries. This one showing the yellow spot is one of the paler ones that I thought was a male. Apparently not. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if the eggs produce anything...
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Old 09-06-2004, 08:34 AM   #45
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Good luck! Nice tank btw
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