I lost my lone rainbow fry. It either jumped out of the fry box, or it was small enough to slip through the grooves. We searched long and hard in the tank. It likely fell prey to the 10 young Endler's who were free roaming the 10 gallon tank.
I gave up on the first batch, and I ordered more eggs. They arrived on 9/30, and I put them in pure (aged) RO water. I'll try to keep the temp in the 75-80F range. I also have a better fry box now.
Now it's Oct 10, and we have not seen any rainbow fry yet, but the due date is approaching around Oct 13 - 14.
I had a successful hatching of Amano eggs from one mother, but not the other. Unfortunately, my zoe bucket crashed, and I lost all those within 24 hrs of noticing them. Bummer! I will try this again, too. I am not sure what caused the crash. I had them in 2.5gal of water. I removed the mother back to the 20gal, then I started dripping saltwater in (used a whole jar of Seachem Brackish Salt) to bring salinity up to 1.022 sg. I have a bag of Reef Crystals that I will try next time.
One of our female Endlers is in bad shape with ich. The 36BF tank has been getting nightly Paraguard (1ml / 2gal), and I'm running the temp around 86-88F. I put the ichy girl in a bucket, and her Paraguard dose is a little higher than the main tank (2ml / 3gal).
The 8 rummynose are still swimming, and there's another brood of 6 Endler fry in a box in the 36gal. The 20 long still has 11 CPDs and 4 Amanos (2M/2F). One is berried (again? still?).
Water changes have been tricky lately. I use the same prep barrel for all 3 tanks, and each is kept at a different temp right now: the 20 has no heater, so 70-72F generally; the 10 is at 80-81F for rainbow fry; and the 36 is at 86-88F for ich treatment. This week, I changed the 20 on Friday night. I then (forgot to) turn on the heaters in the barrel. Then I change the 10 whenever the temp is around the right range. Finally, I change the 36 when I get tired of waiting for my prep water to get hotter.
It's still better than lugging buckets around!
Current dosing is as follows in all 3 tanks:
Prep barrel: RO water + 15ppm Ca (CaSO4) + 7ppm Mg (MgSO4)
Macros: front-loaded into aquarium directly after WC:
- 14ppm NO3 + 8.83ppm K (from KNO3)
- 8ppm PO4 + 6.58ppm K (from KH2PO4)
- 6ppm K (from K2SO4)
Micros: 3x/week including first dose immediately after WC with macros:
In 500ml solution:
10ml treats 35 gallons
4.4ml treats 15.25 gallons
2.6ml treats 9.25 gallons
PPM Grams Source
Fe DTPA .1 6.022 Fe DTPA 11%
Fe Gluc .05 33.1ml Flourish Iron
B .037 1.402 Boric acid H3BO3
Cl .65 6.74 CaCl2 (+0.37ppm Ca)
Cu .0025 0.065 CuSO4.5H2O
Mn .045 0.917 MnSO4.H2O
Mo .0017 0.028 Na2MoO4.H2O
Ni .0007 0.021 NiSO4.6H2O
Zn .04 0.746 ZnSO4.H2O
FTS from Sep 1
Here are a couple pics pre-trim on Sep 20.
Front: Hygrophila araguaia
Echinodorus tenellus / pygmy chain sword (I think! was sold to me as "micro sword")
Eriocaulon aquatica (not pictured: now has a flower bud which is a first for me)
Right: Limnophila aromatica (mini? I don't know, stays pretty compact)
Limnophila indica / ambulia (not yet trimmed, obviously)
Center: some Endler's and Pogostemon sp. ĎKimberleyí ("ley" or "ly"? the Internet can't decide)
Lower right: Bacopa carolinana, of course