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catchandrelease' 25gal planted ****resacped...03/14/2010 What do you think???

Well theres no time like the present to get some pictures going on here.
The tank is an 18x12x24. The tank has been up and going for almost a month.

Equipment
Eheim 2213
coralife 65w 6700k / 2-42w cfl DIY for a few hours midday
compressed CO2 w/diy inline reactor
Flourite gravel
EI Dosing

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alternanthera reineckii
lilaeopsis brasiliensiscrypto wendtii
bacopa caroliniana
Dwarf Hairgrass
echinodorus rose
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10 RCS
4 otos


Still trying to figure out what fish i want to stock the tank with. Im really leaning towards just some rummynose and thats it. Maybe some corys to go with them. any tips are welcome.


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not a bad start. well there is white cloud mountain minnows, harlequin rasboras (mines have a real bright red coloring to them if you got the right water conditions and give them the right nutrition), there are danios (pearl, leopard,zebra, etc..), neons/cardinals, maybe even put a pair of dwarf cichlids such as german blue ram or bolivian. Hope this helps and gl with the tank.

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Very nice start! Some rummy nose tetras would be cool. Maybe 8-10?
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i think the blue in a large school of like 16-18 neons would stand out fantastic...rummies may blend into all the tan and red

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Thats a good point jenna, i havent thought of that. As much as i love the rummies it seems like all signs point to cardinals or neons.
Still waiting for the plants to start filling in, i recently broke up all my bacopa and replanted individual stems hoping to get things going a little better. It seems like the plants are all healthy but they are being quite idle, they arent quite growing like i was hoping. im not sure what else i can do, I have a feeling i do not have enough intensity in my lights. They are running 11 hours a day and between the otos and crs i have no algea which makes me think i need some more intensity. Any suggestions?
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coralife 65w 6700k w/15w T8
are all the bulbs t8?

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The 65 is a PC and the 15 is a T8
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seems like it should be plently of light. is it hanging? maybe you could lower it

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Its on a glass top, i just ordered a batch of macros in dry fert form. I havent been doing much in the way or macros just flourish comprehensive and iron. So i assume that will help me out.
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So i went to the LFS today and picked up 3 GBR's and 10 Rummynose. As of now I would say thats all this tank will have in it, i dont want to overstock it. All fish are doing very well, they already look quite comfortable in the tank, they all ate shortly after acclimating and being released into the tank. the only aggression is between the GBR's.

I cant for the life of me snap a pic of the rummys but i have a few of the GBR. I believe they are 2 female and one male. But there is one that im not quite sure about.


The female, pink belly gives it away.
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The male, figure this due to the fins extending past the start of the tail fin.
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This one im not so sure about. It is the most aggressive of the two, i would think male but the fins stop before the start of the tail fin so im not sure. Anyone?
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im pretty sure its a male. judging by fins and temperament im betting on it.


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My GBR is the devil... He attacked my Betta in a planted 20 with a ton of room


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haha thanks for the positive input. The GBRs are so far so good. the more agressive one has been in there for longer than the rest, and hes only aggressive towards the other GBR. Even the RCS have been jumping off his nose to make him go away.
It looks to me like the GBR keep to themselves when theres a few.

BTW hope the betta recovered
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i prob would have stuck w/ just a male/female pair. if there is spawning, things could get ugly, or if you really want 3, maybe have gone with a cichlid more prone to harem spawning like apistos 2f/1m. i would just keep an eye on the aggression thing. 10 rummies is a great size for a school!

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The rummies look great thank you. Once the GBR mature a little more and i can fully determine the sexes i will bring back 1 of the males if there are 2. I assume 2 female 1 male is good, thats what i was hoping for initially, I think it may be that way also.
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