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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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First Tank Questions - Amanos, Loaches (Pics)

Tank Setup
- 20 gallon high, hob filter, 150w heater, 2x14watt T5's (9hrs/day)
- Substrate = 1/8" peat moss, 1.5" flourite, 1.5" river gravel
*Used seachem neutral regulator to dechlorinate tap water. No ferts.

2 x Java Fern
2 x Crypt Wendtii
3 x Crypt Spiralis
1 x Water Sprite
2 x Cabomba
3 x Anacharis
1 x Dwarf Hairgrass
2 x Anbuias Nana
1 x Anubias Barteri
2 x Banana Plant
1 x Dwarf Sword

3 x Zebra Botias
6 x Amano Shrimp
5ish x Mystery Snails

So, after the tank was up and running for a week or so, I added about seven mystery snails. A week or two later I noticed approx. 30 or so baby pond snails all over the tank. So, after a little reading, I decided to get some zebra botias for baby snail cleanup. They cleaned them out overnight. They seem to be leaving the adult mystery snails alone, but they've eaten the smallest mystery snail. The loaches are only about 2" right now so I wanted to try and add shrimp while I could and hope they wouldn't get a taste for them. Put six Amanos in there Friday night, so far the loaches seem to be leaving them alone. I've been dropping catfish tablets in there to try and satisfy the loaches hunger so they wont eat any more inverts, but they dont even touch them. The snails and shrimp clean them up. Any suggestions on feeding the zebra botias? Or are they going to eat snails until they're gone? Does anyone have any good experience with Amanos + Zebra botias? Bad ones?

Anywho, here's some terrible pics...

Left Side


Right Side


Best pic I could get of the speedy botias...
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I have no idea what to feed your Botias but I did want to complement you on your tank. I love it esp the piece of wood that looks like an eel!!!
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Tank looks great so far! A couple of suggestions, you may want to pull the banana plants out of the substrate more. Those "bananas" need to be completely on top of the substrate so they don't rot. Lastly, you'll want to attach the java fern to the rock or the wood. If you bury it, you'll rot the plant from the bottom up. Keep up the good work.
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Partobe - Yeah, the botias ended up killing one of my shrimp and were kind of screwing up the vibe of the tank, so I took them back to fintastic. The tank community seems much more peaceful now. The mystery snails are moving around again and the otos seem happier too.

khaynes3 - So, I rescaped the tank a little bit this weekend after I removed the botias. I took that big rock out as it was taking up a lot of space for little result, and bought a few more plants to put in it's place. I also got the banana plants out of the substrate. I sort of "pinned" the java fern between a rock and the eel-like piece of driftwood.

Anyways, I think the tank looks much better now. I also bought some water test kits - ph of 7.6 and negligible ammonia. Here's a pic.

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Also, meant to add that I started dosing ferts this week. Half a capfull of Seachem Flourish once a week - and I'll skip the dosing every 4th week to make sure the plants soak it all up.
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