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I have had this tank up for a while (about three months), but I could never get a clear picture of the CPDs. Fast little buggers. Thanks to Karackle taking a tumble, I learned some pointers and tweaked my camera. They are still not the best and the pictures are a little blurry after a huge water change, but hey, you can see fish!

I am trying to focus on keeping the fish less shy. I noticed after blocking off the back with a background and adding moss on the sides they come out and are even swimming up to me now. I really think they like to feel as snug as a bug in a rug.

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10 gallon Aqueon 15 gallon
Home Depot 27 watt light fixture compact lighting. Coralife 65 pc watts
Glass top (to keep the cats away) open top
Top Fin 10 gallon Hang on Back Filtration Tom Rapids Mini Canister
1 2 Liter Diy co2 with 1 3/4 liters of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon yeast changed every 10 days pressurized
Flourite, Sand (almost gone!) and Gravel Mix

Flora:
Marselia sp. (thanks Reckles!)
Christmas Moss (thanks Reckles!)
Sunset Hygro
Peacock weed (not sure what it is)
Rotala Macranda Green
Rotala Colorata
Rotala Roundfolia
Rotala sp. 'butterfly'
Dwarf Hairgrass
Myrio Green
Ludwigia


Fauna:
Celestial Pearl Danios
5 Female Guppy Fry
Yellow Shrimp
Pond Snails
Ramshorns
MTS

3/4 Shot of the tank


Party at the Hygro Club


Female eating a BBS


Males being handsome


I thought the female had a white spot on her head. Turns out it was lint that got in the tank. Whew.....


Still need to work on the pictures, but here are a couple more anyway....



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Nice fish!! What are those mosses attached to? I'd like to set up a tank for several of the smaller fish I like including CPDs. I'm afraid to use very small fish on my current project because of the Angels I will be adding.

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The moss is just in the corner with a 3/16 clear tubing jammed into the substrate in front of the moss to keep it the corner. I wanted the moss unattached so I could easily move it into another tank when they start spawning. However, the moss is attaching to the tubing. Haha. Thanks for the compliments you guys.

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Is your "peacock weed" the single, bright green tall plant? That is a milfoil. I couldn't tell you the species but I would say it is probably not parrot's feather, that one has several leaves in each whorl. It looks like that one only has 3 in each? That is weird. If it does well and keeps growing fast you will be able to create a nice grove via cuttings. Have you had it for long?

You don't have to change DIY CO2 that often. Most people let it go for 3 weeks.


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Yes, that is the one. I just called it that because it has a peacock feather look to it and didn't know what it was. I am glad to finally have an identification. Thanks. It definitely looks like a myriophyllum, possibly aquaticum? This one in the 10 gallon is a sad little stem. I found it last night growing under the moss when I was cleaning. I am liking your suggestion of spreading it out more. Here is the same plant in my high tech tank.

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those are amazing fish sewing! i must get some some day. i like this tank, cute 10 gallon.

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I like your fishes And the tank looks nice!


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Thanks. They are really amusing fish.

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Parrot's Feather.... I put some in my outdoor Koi pond several years ago (or at least what was labeld Parrot's Feather and I pull buckets of it each year. It's just strangling to everything. It even grew up the rocks at my waterfall, and into the stream that flows into the pond. Wish I could get rid of it. Wicked stuff!!! Maybe it acts differently submersed??? If so, I have plenty to stock many tanks worth.....

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Nice CPD's. Any spawns yet?

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Nice tank Sara! And good photos too! I think my CPDs are about the same color as yours, maybe a little more red, but they've gotten darker as they've gotten older too I think. It could be an artifact of different lighting and camera settings as well though.

As for keeping them from being shy, how many do you have in there? Do you have room for a few more small fish? I find that mine are not shy at all, they're a little skittish, but they are always swimming all over the tank, I've seen them schooling with the white clouds and with the ember tetras. I think having other small, not shy fish in the tank must help because i know a lot of people say they are shy fish, but I haven't seen that at all.


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Parrot's Feather.... I put some in my outdoor Koi pond several years ago (or at least what was labeld Parrot's Feather and I pull buckets of it each year. It's just strangling to everything. It even grew up the rocks at my waterfall, and into the stream that flows into the pond. Wish I could get rid of it. Wicked stuff!!! Maybe it acts differently submersed??? If so, I have plenty to stock many tanks worth.....
Haha. I was close with peacock. Do I get any points, lol! I like it so far, but after googling it, I am thinking I will feel like you shortly. It is wicked. Maybe even possessed. I will have to be careful when I trim it and not to ship any of it to illegal states, it is very invasive.

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Nice CPD's. Any spawns yet?
I haven't seen any, but they are chasing each other in the typical spawning fashion. I think they are still too young.

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Nice tank Sara! And good photos too! I think my CPDs are about the same color as yours, maybe a little more red, but they've gotten darker as they've gotten older too I think. It could be an artifact of different lighting and camera settings as well though.

As for keeping them from being shy, how many do you have in there? Do you have room for a few more small fish? I find that mine are not shy at all, they're a little skittish, but they are always swimming all over the tank, I've seen them schooling with the white clouds and with the ember tetras. I think having other small, not shy fish in the tank must help because i know a lot of people say they are shy fish, but I haven't seen that at all.
In person, they look even more orange. They are supposed to be captive bred, so I am wondering if this is the cause. Or like you said, the lighting and age. I actually have way too many. There are 18. I do a lot of water changes and feed sparingly. I have a 15 long cycling for them. I want to be careful in the move, though. I wonder if mine are shy due to being the only species? They do like to swim around in the open spaces, but are easily startled.

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If you have a nice well planted tank full of nice hiding spots and the like, these fish will be nice and comfortable and spend a lot of time out in the open. If you have a lightly planted tank or a bare tank while they will be out in the open they will be nervous fish and hide behind whatever they can when startled. I have 6 of these in my tank and only one of them hasn't outgrown his shyness. The other 5, including 3 that were just introduced yesterday, spend almost all of their time in the open, and when they do get startled (tank shaking after I open drawer or the like), they are back out within seconds. These are by far my favorite fish and in my opinion some of the more interesting freshwater species. Plus you can't deny that they look amazing with all their colors on such a small fish.


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Maybe with that many it helps them be less shy. Mine like to school in the open with the white clouds and sometimes the embers but are easily startled as well, i had to sit pretty still with the camera focused where they like to hang out to get those shots. I know there are a lot of people who call them shy in terms of them not coming out and about though, but I think those are smaller schools generally. Anyway, I'm just speculating glad to hear they school in the open and have a larger home in the works! fun!


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