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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-23-2008, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Neoman's 55 Starting Fresh 3/10/09

Flora
- A LOT of Ludwigia
- 1x Ozelot Sword
- 2x Anubias Barteri
- 1x Anubias Barteri Nana
- 1x Cryptocorne wendtii

Fauna:
- 3x Microgeophagus ramirezi (German Blue Ram)
- 2x Trichogaster leeri (Pearl Gourami)
- 8x Puntius titteya (Cherry Barb)
- 5x Hyphessobrycon colimbianus (Columbian Tetra)
- 3x Paracheirodon axelrodi) Cardinal Tetra
- 1x Corydoras paleatus (Peppered Cory)
- 1x Hyphessobrycon callistus (serpae Tetra)
- 1x Some other random red tetra.

Specs-
- 70 watts of lighting, roughly 1.3 wpg
- 1 Penguin Biowheel 350
- 1 Penguin Biowheel 150
- 1 150 Watt Heater
And Now for the pictures. Bear with me, im still getting used to the settings on this camera.

FTS Without Flash


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Ludwigia


Cory

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Kinda hard to tell but are those all males?

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Those two are both males. Theres a third, smaller male, but i don't have any pictures of him.


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Those two are both males. Theres a third, smaller male, but i don't have any pictures of him.
I wouldn't recommend keeping all those males together with no females. Since it's a larger tank it may not be a constant war but you will run into problems.

I'd throw 3 females in there with them.

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I had thought about that, but then wouldn't they pair up and fight each other anyways? They haven't really been bothering each other at all.

On another note, one of the cardinals died today. I got 5 of them about a week ago, and since then every one or two days another will turn up dead. Theres one thats been eating a lot, all the time, but the ones that have died have refused to eat at all. I know its just a matter of time until the last one that hasn't been eating dies... whats going on?


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I had thought about that, but then wouldn't they pair up and fight each other anyways? They haven't really been bothering each other at all.

On another note, one of the cardinals died today. I got 5 of them about a week ago, and since then every one or two days another will turn up dead. Theres one thats been eating a lot, all the time, but the ones that have died have refused to eat at all. I know its just a matter of time until the last one that hasn't been eating dies... whats going on?
The pairs will compete for turf but there should be enough space and hiding places in your tank for them to live together. There will eventually be much more aggression with no females.

I'm assuming you didn't quaratine them.. A fish that isn't eating is sick. Chances are they had something when you got them. Did you see any spots or anything on them?

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nope, and its definately not ich. I actually saw one die the other day, and the signs seemed similar to those Neon Tetra Disease. He lost his color in splotches, and all of the sudden just started swimming erratically and died.

So apparently, cardinals can get NTD too? But then why wouldn't this one be effected?


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nope, and its definately not ich. I actually saw one die the other day, and the signs seemed similar to those Neon Tetra Disease. He lost his color in splotches, and all of the sudden just started swimming erratically and died.

So apparently, cardinals can get NTD too? But then why wouldn't this one be effected?

I have heard that NTD can be spread to other fish although it is rare... The only experience I have with it is when I tried to add about 10 neons a few months back. I ended up bring back all of them after 4 croaked in 2 days.

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i accidentally got two male rams at first. they were not bluffing. lol holy crap! some will get along though...

just a suggestion, loose the back drop. it really takes away from what you've put together. an all black or blue one would look much better.
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I'm not planning on keeping the background, and the other side is black. I just put it that way to see what it would look like, and haven't gotten around to taking it off yet. Ill switch it eventually.

Anyway...

What could I use as a foreground for this tank? I really want a carpet of some type of plant, but im worried it wont grow because my lighting is too low.


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intestinal parasitic nematodes, maybe? i had fish display such symptoms when i had parasitic nematodes and an opportunistic bacterial infection.

try a moss carpet. they do great in low light, and always look amazing.

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Any particular type of moss?

Also, I think I'm going to move the columbians, serpae, and what I now know is a white tip tetra, to another tank. I really only used them to cycle, now they just take up space, and I really just don't like the way they look.

I;m looking to replace them with a school of something. So far im contemplating

- A group of rasboras
- Rummy Nose tetras (are these hardier than cardinals?)
- Neon or Cardinal Tetras (I really like the cardinal tetras, but again, I don't want to be wasting my money if theyre just gonna die again)
- Any other suggestions?


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i really like the rummy nose in my tank. i think their hardiness might be dependent on weather or not they were captive bread. i am having reasonable success w/mine. i might wait until your tank is pretty stable though...
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If I were to get a 130 watt light, would I need Co2 to keep up with it?


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