Picture Update 7.9.09
Intended to post this a week ago, when the pictures were taken, but I've been busy. The tank is coming along, growth is a little slower than I would like, but dosing has been irregular. This is now resolved, and hopefully the growth rate will pick up. Several stems have been added, and the Elatine triandra has been removed due to it being a complete nuisance.
Since May I have fully stocked the tank, first adding red cherry shrimp and then moving over the inhabitants of my 29 gallon tank. Five otos, six odessa barbs, two khuli loaches, and a kribensis pair; all settled in quickly and seem much happier since the upgrade; the loaches in particular are much more active. I've also purchased about two dozen green neon tetras and four dwarf chain loaches. The tetras were purchased in two orders, and I may be removing several as I'm unhappy with their numbers since adding the second group.
Unfortunately, the Pelvicachromis pulcher made short work of the RCS. On the bright side, the pair have mated successfully and the tank is home to approximately 40 kribensis fry. Both parents took extremely good care of them during the first two weeks, at which point the pair began to fight (during the weekly WC). The father has not been allowed near the babies since, but the mother is rearing them alone just as aptly. I've noticed no loss in numbers, and the barbs have more or less ignored them. A few of the fry are visible in the photo of their mother.
I would like to add a couple more dwarf chain loaches, and find a good home for about half of the tetras. My short term goals with the scape are to replace the large anubius with needle leaf java fern, and find a new carpet/foreground plant - I'm considering glosso. Thanks very much for taking the time to look; any comments or advice are, as always, much appreciated.
Last edited by Voozle; 02-25-2011 at 05:03 PM.
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