Looks like an awesome start, I will be following this to see how it looks in a couple of months. Interesting to read about how you use the Echo/Smart stuff!
Thanks. I will try that. Previously I put food in a net and waited until the fish ventured in but that took a loooooong time (days) as the fish had to get used to the net....when I am going to catch a very fast fish in a big setup I usually feed some flakes that will get all the fish to the top and quickly dip my net in and scoop out the fish.
I am pretty tired of their endless chasing. Feeding time is the worst. They very seldom nip but I do like "peace in the land". For me the tank is like a mediation. There is enough aggression and stress in the world and especially here in DC already! So I do not think that I would risk adding more. I was hoping that adding the glowlight rasboras would chill them but that has not worked.A big net is your savior. Get the kind with the black mesh, it looks like a nice inviting safe cave. Put it in the tank and let it open up but don't move it around.
Then, the scare hand comes into play. Herd the fish with the scary hand. It wiggles, it thrusts, and look, a nice safe cave!
Scoop. It takes time and patience. You can also do it on water change day, with 50% they have less room to run.
But, do you like them? I had tiger barbs in my first adult tank. Mean little jerks. I later found out that I just didn't have enough. If you get a larger group they just interact with each other. Google around and find out. Oh, great tank, before and after!
Then it is time to go! I loved my cichlid tank, but I couldn't take the aggression (nor all the poo!) So I eventually tore it down. Got crap for credit at the LFS, should have rehomed them on facebook.I am pretty tired of their endless chasing. Feeding time is the worst. They very seldom nip but I do like "peace in the land". For me the tank is like a mediation. There is enough aggression and stress in the world and especially here in DC already!
Yes. I have the 4820. It took almost two months to get it. When I was shopping I could not find any 120P's in stock anywhere. I would have bought the stand from them but I wanted one that was not so high as to make access tough. The Archaea is a bit shorter.Nice start to the tank! I am seriously debating getting a waterbox 4820 (this tank?) because it is available now vs waiting an unknown time for a uns 120p. How is the quality of the tank?
Is the oase 600 producing enough flow for you? I am also debating filtration, whether to go canister filter and reactor or sump with a hang on back overflow.
Thanks. They are racing along on pool filter sand that makes up the first ~6" in the front of the tank, forming "The Beach". It is really just meant to form an open area where fish can be seen and where feeding can happen. The rest of the tank is a mix of Seachem Fluorite and Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum for the rooted plants...What are you using for substrate? That pic of the shrimp and nerite looks amazing!