So, to update, just added the tankís first permanent residents!
10 praecox rainbows and 3 SAEís.
Theyíve all been in the tank only 24 hours, but even in this short amount of time theyíre doing well. The rainbows came out of hiding within 15 minutes of being added, very flashy fish!
Theyíre all babies, rainbows only being an inch or a little less, but their colors are nice. My smallest SAE is about an inch too, the biggest is about 2-2.5 inches.
Insofar as the plants go, most are doing well. The ozelot swords melted all the way down and never recovered, and one crypt pontederiifolia did the same. The other two are doing well and throwing new growth. Iíve noticed that even the first of the new submerged growth on these plants get a bit of melt to them, but the 2nd, 3rd, and beyond leaves that the plants are growing look almost perfect.
The tiger lotus melted all the way as well, but one of them is slowly but surely bouncing back. Iím hoping if it just goes unmolested and gets good established roots, itíll work.
The weekly 50% water changes and low amount of water column dosing seems to be working well both for the plants and keeping algae at bay. With this routine the fish should be really happy.
Iím waiting for the echinodorus xinguensis to start throwing runners, the hygrophila compact is doing really, really well.
I replaced the ozelot swords with some crypt balansae, I just loved the hammered, tall leaves. Hopefully they fare much better than the swords they replaced!
Enjoy the pictures lol. The rainbows are incredibly hard to photograph.
The tank also currently has an 8 hour photoperiod. Once growth really becomes established Iím hoping I can end up at 10 hours for maximum viewing.
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