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Really nice!!! What is the plant on the top of the driftwood? Is it Java Fern Windelov? (still learning plant names)


Thank you and thatís exactly what it is!


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Now that itís no longer floating and establishing more, the growth is really speeding up! Iím loving the purple-ish coloration the leaves are developing. The lighting itís under is a Fluval 3.0 and a Finnex Planted+. In the future I hope to replace the Finnex with another Fluval. Now if only the salvaged staurogyne porto velho would take off lol




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This stuff grows pretty fast! I feel itís almost time to propagate it and get a bigger ďwallĒ going of blyxa japonica. Picture taken post water change. Darn tetras like to photobomb when theyíre hungry lol




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Hereís the blyxa today! I propagated one of the plants to see how it would go about a week ago. Gonna pull off more of the side shoots to spread it out.



A stripey female neo next to it.




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What the tank looks like today. I know the massive crypt garden is kind of out of place, but theyíre so pretty and full, I canít bring myself to pull them.

The blyxa japonica is doing very well.




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Everything is looking nice and healthy. Very nice work!

Impressive crypt. I had a couple of big clumps of Crypt like that years ago.

When I finally pulled it the root system was unbelievable. It went to every corner of the tank. Should have taken a picture of it because it was really something to see.


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Everything is looking nice and healthy. Very nice work!



Impressive crypt. I had a couple of big clumps of Crypt like that years ago.



When I finally pulled it the root system was unbelievable. It went to every corner of the tank. Should have taken a picture of it because it was really something to see.


Thank you! Itís actually been a long road for me, learning, tweaking, figuring things out. Itís not perfect but Iím no longer embarrassed lol.

Next step is rolling the custom micro mix once this CSM+B is gone.




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Beautiful tank. Your fish are very healthy as well. The red rummy noses are the "canary in the coal mine" for fish health .

I see black neons, rummy nose, corydoras ( not sure which type because only see a tail.)

Can you give some information of this tank?

Size?
How long set up?
Types of fish?
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Beautiful tank. Your fish are very healthy as well. The red rummy noses are the "canary in the coal mine" for fish health .

I see black neons, rummy nose, corydoras ( not sure which type because only see a tail.)

Can you give some information of this tank?

Size?
How long set up?
Types of fish?
Thank you! I care about the fish more than the plants. If it comes down to doing what's best for the fish or the plants, I choose the fish every time. One exception is when I found a home for my britslenose male because he was just destroying everything, but that's mainly because it made keeping the tank more stressful than relaxing.

That's exactly why I got the rummies in the first place but really fell in love with their schooling behavior. Only complaint about them is they spook real easy.

Absolutely!

The tank is a 40 breeder, it's been up for about two years now. It currently houses 23 rummy nose tetras, 10 black neon tetras, a sole survivor old neon from a previous tank years ago, a male apistogramma cacatuoides super red, 6 otocinclus, 5 or 6 panda cories that have spawned, but I wasn't aware of it until babies appeared out of nowhere lol, two false julii cories, a good colony of cherry shrimp, some ultra reclusive amano shrimp, and more snails than I'd even care to guess, including a couple nerites, but mostly ramshorns and MTS.

I inject co2 and utilize the EI method for fertilization, the substrate is a mix of BDBS and Controsoil - it used to be capped but after pulling up some big crypts for a partial rescape, that went out the window, at least on that side. lol

8 hour photoperiod at full intensity utilizing a Fluval 3.0 and a Finnex Fugeray Planted+, I've been contemplating upgrading the Finnex to another Fluval 3.0 or revamping the lighting altogether to try out the SB Reef offering.

It seems like a lot of fish but going off the bioload via testing parameters and the fish behavior, I don't even think it's fully stocked to potential, but I'm also not one of those people that needs to cram as many fish as possible into a tank...slow and steady wins the race. I've been thinking about adding a farlowella and a female apisto, but it's not a priority.
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Thank you for that information! Its nice, along with a picture of the tank, to get a scope of what is not always apparent to the eye by including a description.
I would have never guessed there were that many fish in here, so that is a good indication that they are correctly added by zone. When you think of the fish that you have, they are pretty much evenly distributed by the area they occupy. So, no, I would not say you are overstocked.

Aggression levels and types of fish make a big difference in determining stocking levels as well. In my 180 gallon I recently got rid of half my geophagus because I felt they were doing more squabbling than anything else. Now that that other half is gone the whole dynamic of the tank has changed, the bottom fish are just roaming around foraging for food and rarely demonstrating aggression toward other fish. There is no getting around the fact that there will be some- regardless- they are cichlids after all. But, everyone seems more relaxed now that the largest fish in the tank are relaxed.

I have come to realize that we are really the best measures of our stocking density. We know it by "feel" by being in close proximity where we have become overstocked--- the tank becomes not very enjoyable to watch.

This is a great tank--- thanks for sharing. Makes me also want to get a group of black neons again-- a very beautiful fish that is stunning to watch in natural morning light.
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Thank you for that information! Its nice, along with a picture of the tank, to get a scope of what is not always apparent to the eye by including a description.

I would have never guessed there were that many fish in here, so that is a good indication that they are correctly added by zone. When you think of the fish that you have, they are pretty much evenly distributed by the area they occupy. So, no, I would not say you are overstocked.



Aggression levels and types of fish make a big difference in determining stocking levels as well. In my 180 gallon I recently got rid of half my geophagus because I felt they were doing more squabbling than anything else. Now that that other half is gone the whole dynamic of the tank has changed, the bottom fish are just roaming around foraging for food and rarely demonstrating aggression toward other fish. There is no getting around the fact that there will be some- regardless- they are cichlids after all. But, everyone seems more relaxed now that the largest fish in the tank are relaxed.



I have come to realize that we are really the best measures of our stocking density. We know it by "feel" by being in close proximity where we have become overstocked--- the tank becomes not very enjoyable to watch.



This is a great tank--- thanks for sharing. Makes me also want to get a group of black neons again-- a very beautiful fish that is stunning to watch in natural morning light.


Thank you! And that is exactly why Iím in no hurry to keep adding stock. I do a lot of research about the potential tank mates and ask questions before making a decision.

And yes, I agree about black neons. I think they are an underrated/under utilized fish.



I was also able to get my hands on a very healthy crypt flamingo over the weekend! The plant has very long, white, hairy roots. Only one leaf melted since Sunday and it is throwing a new one already. Iím really hopeful itíll do well.




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I moved the Fluval 3.0 to the foreground and the Finnex to the background to see how it would look. I think the Fluval makes colors pop more (as well as throwing considerably more PAR). What do you all think? Iím considering purchasing a second Fluval 3.0 to light the entire tank.




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I'm about to get a Fluval 3.0 that will overlap the rim of my 16G tank because I can't find anything better at the price. This will be my sixth, the first five being Nanos. Ten photo points let me do three photo-periods plus a brief night phase. I can copy my settings from one light to another. I can enjoy my tanks at 07:00 and 21:00 without running all day.

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