Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
wow, I didn't know that people actually counted my fish! Great job counting guys!
There are no algae on the java ferns. All of the old leaves of my java ferns have these black dots. I am no botanical expert but if they behave anything like real ferns, these are their spores!
I set the tank up mostly with the pseudomugil furcata and threadfin rainbow in mind. However, when I saw tank-raised cardinal and rummy nose that are healthy, vibrant and available at the LFS, I just couldn't pass them up. They will go into the big tank that I am setting up.
I am appreciative of all the inputs, however:
1. One's sense of aesthetic appeal is different from others. While I like having only one or two species of schooling fish in one tank myself (hence the above explanation), there is nothing wrong with having three, four or five species in the same tank if they behave peacefully to one another. On a related subject, it drives me nuts when I look at the judge's comments on the aquatic-gardeners.org aquascape contest and saw they always criticized the artificially bred colored varieties of fish, whether it is discuss or anything else. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder folks!
2. As far how much fish is too much, it all depends on how big the fish is, how efficient the filtration system is, and how often and how big water change is. While eventually the fish population in this tank will be thinned out, currently there is no problem. I personally like less fish in the tank since it is easier to keep algae under control,\. But if one decides to keep 21 fish in a tank with a good filtration system, thick plant growth, and frequent water change, and the fish don't hover at the surface gasping for air, then what is the problem?
Again, I am very appreciative of the input and am not trying to be argumentative. I just want to offer another viewpoint!