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Fried chickennublet's low tech journal

Hey all, thought I'd document the changes my tank has gone through here. The imgur thumbnails are pretty low quality but you can click on them for a nicer picture if you want

This is what the tank looks like right now, right after a really big water change. The trident fern in the middle-ish and the big java fern on the right were added only just now. My cories are painfully shy and that last water change took a little longer than usual so all but one of them are hiding.


This is what it looked like probably 2 months ago or something.


Not a lot of difference but the big ferns give it a bit of height at least.

Approximately 7 months ago


Before that picture I was using a different light, it made my ember tetras look really red but I hated the purplish hue. Had quite a bit of algae back then too
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Looks good! The cory's look to be pretty good size. What size tank?


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Hello! Yeah I posted there not too long ago, sorry I didn't take your advice, just wasn't keen on adding any more substrate.

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Looks good! The cory's look to be pretty good size. What size tank?
It's just 60cm wide. It's actually a little too small for the corys, I love them but I almost wish I didn't get them.
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Just a few more pics

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Some shrimp. Blue was a bad choice, I almost never see them in the tank.
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Ember tetras looking alright today.
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Got a couple of shrimp today since I had the time. Unfortunately there weren't too many nice ones at the shop so I picked out 4 of the nicer, more active ones. Still have to get myself a horned nerite.
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Today was water change day. As I do my water changes I tend to move my plants and hardscape around a lot so that I can clean up underneath. Saw quite a bit more shrimp than I expected. Picture was taken a couple of hours later. This blue was born in my tank. Still pretty small.


The first time I saw a baby was during a weekly water change. I nearly sucked it up because I thought it was detritus, until I realised it was suspiciously shrimp shaped and moving away from my finger. I was absolutely overjoyed to see baby shrimp. I did buy a berried female along with my second batch of adults a couple of months back, so the babies I got then might just have been from that one berried female. Blues are really hard to spot, so I never see berried females in my tank, but even though I lost some of the original batch I got from the LFS, I'm fairly certain that they have continued to breed, as I sometimes manage to spot babies of drastically different sizes hiding in the plants.

Haven't scraped algae in over a week. The plants look fine but I do get a fair bit of wall algae. I've left the algae alone since I'm hoping to get a horned nerite in a few days. I'm hoping that by getting just one it will have plenty to eat in my tank without me having provide supplemental food too often, plus just one nerite probably means less eggs.
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Welp, got two horned nerites today. They started exploring the moment I put them in the tank so I think they will be fine.

Noticed that the belly on one of my larger embers appears flatter than usual. That one in particular has always been paler than the rest but I never thought much of it since she's active and eats well. She is still active and eating, but I'll be keeping a close eye on that one... if her stomach starts to sink I'll probably have to euthanise.
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The nerites are pretty amazing, the glass algae is pretty much gone. It wasn't really a problem before but I hated scraping it every week. I hope the tank produces enough food naturally for the snails.

I am fairly certain that I lost some of my shrimp. Saw one of my shrimp sporting the white line of death and a terribly enlarged carapace 3 days ago and I've been worrying about them since. I decided to do my weekly water change one day early. Moved the rocks on one side of the tank about as usual to clean but only saw my juvies and no adults, even the ones I bought just recently. I'd hate to lose them, even if I almost never manage to spot them, they were an absolutely beautiful shade of blue. I'm just hoping that they moulted successfully and were all hiding in the corner of the tank that I didn't disturb. I'll probably have to reduce the volume of water that I change. Guess I should also stop disturbing the setup so much when I do my water changes.


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Really nice looking tank! I like the simple look actually. I agree that it would be better to not disturb the setup so much when you do water changes though.
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Really nice looking tank! I like the simple look actually. I agree that it would be better to not disturb the setup so much when you do water changes though.
Thank you both. I'll try not to move the hardscape around too much from now on, I just hate the idea of all that detritus stuck under there but then again I also hate detritus flying all over the tank. I might have lost shrimp because I was too enthusiastic with the cleaning and gave them more stress than their little bodies can handle!
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I posted in the ferts and water parameters sub to get advice on whether I can get away with dosing an all-in-one fert without harming my fish and inverts and after some discussion I've decided to give it a go. I have some pretty ratty looking java fern (pic below) that I've hidden in the back. I'm hoping that changing the fert routine will help them bounce back, although it will probably take a really long time.


Currently I am dosing a product that the LFS foisted on me when I first started fishkeeping. It only has micros and K, but no N and P. As I understand it N and P are produced by fish waste, so in a very low energy setup additional N and P might be unnecessary. Mine is a low energy setup, with super low light (I'm using the dimmest setting on a Chihiros A series light) but I feel like I should have enough plants in there that will benefit from additional N and P without harming the livestock. So I'll probably head out tomorrow to get a bottle of Tropica specialised fertiliser and start giving my tank one pump a week after my next weekly water change, and monitor from there.

Shrimp are still hiding, I think it's probably my fault, my last couple of water changes were especially stressful for them since I moved around nearly all the plants and hardscape trying to clean out all the detritus underneath. They probably hate me, so I'll stop disturbing things when I do my water changes from now on. I will probably also get the API GH and KH tests tomorrow.



There are still a couple of crevices between the rocks like in the picture above where I can stuff more plants. I'm thinking of getting a couple of bucephalandra green wavy rhizomes to fill these little places out. Also not sure if you can see but in the middle there is a shrimp sitting on top of a Glasgarten dinner pad. That is where I've decided to put shrimp food since it's pretty much the only place where my corydoras can't reach. Corydoras may be shrimp safe for the most part, but they sure as hell aren't shrimp food safe.



Finally this is just a picture of the tank as it looks like today. Had to increase the light intensity briefly so that I could take this picture so that my reflection won't be so obvious. Nothing is dead as far as I can tell so that's good.
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I really like the yellows and oranges of all your fish, they really complement each other. Hopefully the ferts will help out the ferns that are lagging a bit, but the tank already looks great!

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