Well, My first post in over a year! I have been on auto pilot with the tank. In February, I had a very aggressive attack of columnaris. It started with my herbertaxelrodi, and very quickly swept the tank. Out of all of my bows, I managed to save one single rubrivitatta male, and two SAE's. I have been soo depressed that I lost almost all of my fish that I just did the normal maintenance and kept things up and running.
Well, I decided it was more depressing looking at a mostly empty tank and I decided to change that. I dont think I will do bows again for a while. The expense, and energy spent to bring those little fish to the beautiful colorful grown fish is just not with me for now. Soo... I will move to a more community tank for a while. I have always wanted to jave a tank of a few species of tetra, so I think the final stocking will be as follows.
10- Congo Tetras
40 - Neon Tetras (I am really looking forward to this part of the tank!)
10 - Oto's
20 -Serpae Tetras
A pair of Apisto's (species to be decided)
and possibly some Cory's
I will keep the SAE's (named Bert and Ernie) in the tank, they keep to themselves, and mostly stick to the back of the tank until the lights start to dim. The Rubrivitatta seems happy at the moment, full color, active in the tank. I will keep him, and hope that other fish in the tank will not stress him out. If that happens, I will give him to another bow keeper in Colorado.
I replaced the lighting tonight on the tank as well. There were too many dark areas of the tank with the 30" BML light, and the Ecoexotic light was pretty darn dim, So I opted to put (2) Finnex planted 24/7 ACL's on the tank. We will see how well they work, the are VERY noticeably brighter than the lights that came off. I have set up my own programming, and have roughly the same light time period as before as well.
I am going to go pickup some Congo tetras on Saturday if my LFS still has them in stock. They had a tank of them a couple weeks ago. The Q-tank is up and running and a seeded air filter is ready to go!
Lets see if I can keep up with journal entries this year.
Anywho here are a few links to some pictures I took during my minor rescape and new lights.
Before the new lights after the rescape
After the new lights!