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Looked in the 20H this morning and actually yelled in surprise: hey, more baby guppies! Two new fry. Didn't expect that. Counted on my fingers- it's been just about six months, so this should really be the last lot they're able to have. Seeing the fry prompted me to (carefully) do a tank cleaning, and move the babies into the mesh box (which has been empty for a while, but still in the tank).
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Really beautiful guppies!

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This tank is doing so well for me now, I hardly think about it. Feed the little guppies once a day, give it a water change and dose some vitamins once a week, done. Haven't used ferts in a long time. Only thing I don't like about it is how all the plants are similar height in the tank now- nothing reaches above midlevel- but buces are starting to grow atop the skull again so maybe that will help break up the evenness. Left side:

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Someday soon I'll get a full tank shot again. I'd also like to keep a betta in here again (thus I haven't changed the title of the journal yet)- after the guppies live out their little lives, maybe.
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Corner shot, from across the room.

Guppies still doing grand. A few weeks ago I unplugged the heater during a water change and then forgot to plug it back in- for um, several days. Everything looks fine, though. I'm running the AC less this summer (two degrees warmer than I used to, at 74). I thought it would be hard on the plants, to have a temperature drop- the tank is usually now between 72 and 74, but it looks even better than before. The few rotala stems are greener, and the crypts are growing in thicker. So I think I will just keep as is (unheated) until fall when it cools off enough to quit using the AC. Or bump my heater setting down so it doesn't click on as much... . . .
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At some point in the last week or so I lost a guppy?

I hadn't counted them in a while. Watching them yesterday while feeding I idly counted- and came up short. Counted again- yeah, now there's only eight. Don't know what happened- it's possible one got siphoned out while I was cleaning- but I always check the bucket afterwards for that. I suppose it died of something else and the snails cleaned up . . .

Ah well, I'm not very attached to these fish- their color is pretty but they're so small I don't discern individuals and never gave them names.

Here's a full tank shot from angle:
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Nice. With the plants being so low, the tank looks bigger in the pictures.


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Thanks, @Econde. Yeah, I'm glad that darker crypt in the back corner started growing taller to kinda break up the horizontal evenness of it. Would like to have floaters with roots that hang down, but none have worked out for me yet- frogbit died on me, the salvinia minima they stay short . . .
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Dwarf Watter Lettuce! When it starts to get bigger, it starts to root and root some more. It's so bright in the picture but Those are definitely Dwarf water lettuce on top with long roots draped inside the tank.



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Tried that one too, once. Died on me just like the frogbit. I even put little circles of airline around them, because somebody told me they don't like being jostled by the current. It didn't seem to help.


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Tried that one too, once. Died on me just like the frogbit. I even put little circles of airline around them, because somebody told me they don't like being jostled by the current. It didn't seem to help.
Awe man. Yea from my experience floaters do best in low flow setups. Or at least diverted flow. I had my canister filter turned way down. Sorry it didn't work out for you.


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Yep, I have sponge filters running on airlines in all my tanks. So there's a decent amount of surface agitation. Hornwort does great (but I not my favorite how it looks), salvinia and duckweed struggle, frogbit and water lettuce just outright died. I haven't tried watersprite in a long time- used to grow that rooted. Maybe it would work? Hm.
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Yep, I have sponge filters running on airlines in all my tanks. So there's a decent amount of surface agitation. Hornwort does great (but I not my favorite how it looks), salvinia and duckweed struggle, frogbit and water lettuce just outright died. I haven't tried watersprite in a long time- used to grow that rooted. Maybe it would work? Hm.
Might be worth a try. Sucks when plants that everyone else grows doesn't work out for us. Ah well. Such is our hobby .


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Ha, no kidding. You know what I can't grow, that's supposed to be easy? Java fern. And moss, I've tried several kinds, they all falter and die. My crypts and buces do great, though!
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A few days ago I noticed one of my guppies wasn't feeding, but just hanging around at surface. Then was always in the corner by the heater-

and closer look saw it's very bloated. I fasted the tank two days and fed cooked pea bits after, but this one fish never ate any.

I moved it to a container with plants, because I didn't want the others to pick at it, if it's contagious? I thought about giving epsom salt bath, but then the fish lost eqilibrium, and the end was not long after.

So now only seven little blue guppies.


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