So I was feeding this tank today and OH MY GOD, I didn't realize just how many ramshorn and MTS snails are in this tank lol (hint, its a lot)
Also, I'm getting annoyed at guppy keeping. Endlers are doing just fine in my 5.5 but regular guppies don't do very well for me in this tank. I have no idea why. However, there are some guppy babies in this tank now that seem to be left alone by the other fish and aren't doing badly at all, so we'll see.
If at some point all the guppies die on me, I'm just going to maybe try a different sort of fish in its stead, because this has been a problem for me for years. Ugh
Also, no pics because the tank is in terrible need of a trim job.
No pics, but this tank is now 90% crypt wenditii. I kind of don't like that look, as it shades everything else a heck of a lot and is hard to trim, so I'm thinking about doing a re-scape, using a smaller growing crypt species (petchii maybe) and doing new stems, making a real nice scape and all in the process.
Honey gouramis are no more though . I'll get something to replace them, and also add some sort of neocaridinia and maybe pymgy cories or something similar to this tank. Might have some nice guppies as well, or just throw endlers from my 5.5 in here, as they have been breeding.
Guess who did a re-scape? This guy, that's who. Started the process shortly after christmas.
My main goal was to do a lot of colorful, moderately fast growing plants, with my java fern kinda swaying to the side and arching over. That plant has been through hell and back for me so I figured I'd make it pretty prominent in the tank. Also, just couldn't resist the look.
I also wanted to not deal with wendtii in a dirted high tech tank anymore. It took over and became a hassle. I re-did the substrate in order to remove the plant...
Which meant that I managed to find and salvage over 250 trumpet snails while re-scaping....Damn, thats a lot of snails.
And here's the tank as it is now. I want to add a few things, mostly UG for a carpet, and maybe another stem or two and some blyxa in the back right corner, but I'm pretty happy with how this is looking.
• Echinodorus parviflorus – “Tropica Sword”
• Lobelia Cardinalis var. 'Dwarf'
In front of L. sp. ‘Red’
• Pogostemon helferi
In front of wood
• Rotala mexicana var. ‘Araguaia’
Left of C. becketii petchii
• Cryptocoryne becketii petchii
• Ludwigia sp. ‘Red’
• Ammania sp. ‘Bonsai’
Left side of M. pteropus
• Lagarosiphon madagascariensis
• Alternanthera reineckii var. 'Mini'
Microsorum pteropus – “Java Fern”
• Back left
Anubias barteri var. ‘Petite’
• In front of M. pteropus
Fissidens splachnobryoides – “Mini Fissidens”
• On yellow spongy rock
• Marineland Penguin 100 x2
o Use heater from quarantine tank if dire emergency
• Ray2 Ultra Slim 24” DS
o Dirt with Black Sand cap
• Yellow and Spongy
• Red and Brown
• One main piece
Smaller ones surrounding it
• Carbon Dioxide
o Dual Stage Regulator on 20lb tank
• Atomic Diffuser
Replace with an atomic diffuser eventually
• GLA Atomic Check Valve x2
• Drop Checker Color: Green
• Bubble Counter: 6 per second
Filled with Mineral Oil
The downi will look nice once it fills in, as will the Bonsai. I'm not sure how much bonsai I want to let be in the area though, as I want enough room to balance that and the UG I want. I'm also thinking about doing some flame moss in-between the fern and the anubias on the wood.
sbj1987 hooked me up with a ton of nice stems. This is Rotala mexicana 'Araguia', can't wait till it settles in for me, its really pretty.
And who doesn't love Ludwigia Red?
And of course, I love me some amano shrimp and dwarf sword.
MonsterFish gave me some Lagarosiphon madagascariensis to play with. Not sure how it will do for me (I almost think the amano shrimp might have picked some leafs off) and not sure if I want it here, or in that hole in the wood. Its a pretty plant though, and I'll be sure to make some sort of use of it in either this tank or my 75.
My one oddball shrimp that popped out from my fire reds in my 5.5. Its brown with dark blue sides...I think its cool but we will see what happens. It had eggs when I moved it and those eggs hatched in this tank so I'm curious to see what will come of that.
Mini reneckii below ember tetras. I need more of the tetras, but I'll focus on fish more after I get the plants in order.
Espie are doing well...I might want a few more of them though, idk
I am loving these zebra ottos
In the spring I'll be grabbing more plants for my tanks, and seeing what I want to fit where. I was thinking about doing Mini Myro in place of that madagscar plant and moving the madagascar up front or into another tank, and also considering Muridania sp. Red in the hole in the driftwood depending on how big the leaf size is.
And as this grows I'll try and update at least one every 2 months if not once a month And definitely as soon as possible after any significant changes.
So this tank needed a nice trimming when I came back home to it. Thinking about other fish to add to it, thinking about pygmy cories or rosy loaches for the bottom…waiting on the shrimp population to slowly increase and for the Japan Blue Endlers to start popping babies as well.
This Madagascar plant is doing pretty well, it’s a bit of a weed though. Pretty soon I’ll be cutting it so that I only keep the tops since it grows so fast and does seem to like branching. I hear this stuff is fragile shipping wise though, and that’s a shame since its so nice. I might try the extras in a soon to be started project…or see what they do in my 75 (seems like a bad idea though)
Amano close up
Sparkling gourami close up
Espie Rasbora hate the camera it seems
I heard mini Myrio is hard, its doing okay for me. Looks a little bleh though but I’ll give it more time to fill in. Its growing though so I’m not worried.
Overall, I’m happy with this tank, but I think I’ll start dosing PPS Pro liquid stuff from Nilcog soon as I saw some pinholes in the older leafs before I started trimming. I also have a few more plants I need more of, such as the Rotala indica, Rotala Butterfly, Rotala Pearl, UG, and the Limnophilia vietnam that I’m trying to grow out for my 75.
As I said in my other thread, I’m currently rather busy, so throwing a fast update at you all. I have a plan for that right side that I’ll start once I get back from vacation.
(I’ll take a nicer looking FTS one of these days)
(no idea why AR mini doesn’t like me…I think the front of my tank isn’t getting enough light…downfall of the rayII)
(the weird ones are in here, they just blend into everything. Fire red doesn’t blend into anything)
I give up on UG, I'm going to switch to Monte Carlo. Added some Rotala indica true behind the E. setecauem, which I'm hoping grows well for me as its a pretty plant. Waiting on my blyxa japonica to grow back, the fern kinda shades it but its growing so I'll wait. Might trim and spread the petite anubias as well.
If monte carlo doesn't work I'm just going to say screw it and toss down as much petite anubias as I want to into the foreground and let that carpet.
Some pygmy cories died so I bought more. I added some mini xmas moss and more flame moss, I have too much of that Madagascar stem (I removed a bunch yesterday though), I removed the buce from this tank since the was no space in here that I liked it, and I added variegated macrandra. I’m going to be adding some sygonanthus to this tank once it comes here from StrungOut, which I’m super excited for.
Fun fact, I’m also an idiot and for several months, at least half a year, thought one of the pygmy gourami died and that I only had 2, until the other day when I saw all 3 at once and felt really, really dumb.
Only other livestock plans for this tank are maybe some more shrimp, maybe a second Nerite snail, but definitely 3 more espei Rasbora so that I have two schools of 8. Oh, and let the Japan Blue Endlers do their thing.
Picture Time (come on grab your friends)
Downoi was getting shaded while I was away, it was not happy. I’m hoping that I can get it to bush out again since it was doing well not that long ago.
Blyxa moved up front, I’ve given up on japonica as a background plant. Especially now that I have some aubertii for the 75.
This.stuff.is.a.weed. Its really pretty but before I cut it each stem was like two feet long it was insane.
Mini x-mass moss on rock. I’ll see how it does and how long it takes being shaded to get going.
One of the daughters of the weird shrimp. Sadly I don’t see the weird ones much anymore, they may have died, hard to say.
This stuff is growing slowly where I have it but I’m confident it will start getting nice once it bushes up more.
Same with Ammania bonsai (which I really want to just start calling Rotala indica since that is more correct).
I’ve started dosing the tank again PPS-Pro style. Some of the plants, specifically the erio and the mini Guyana started looking bleh when I forgot to dose for a bit :S.
My mini myrio is and downoi is melting a lot more than I'd like for some reason.
I am unsure why but there are some things that need to be cleaned up in this tank. Mainly I need to tame down the java fern as it is invading the mid ground and shading a lot of my plants. I need to get the myrio and the downoi back in shape or acquire more if need be.
I also want to thicken my Ludwigia Red as I keep cutting it. I need to be diligent again and trim the tops and side shoots, remove the bottoms, to get it neat again.
I recently added some sygonanthus to this tank as well, curtsy of StrungOut. Specifically added Manus and Maderia to this tank, as well as Belem.
Not 100% sure on how they are placed atm but I'll most likely move things around come WC day on Sunday (or maybe earlier because its nice to just have to do the 75 and the QT/Growout tanks on Sunday).
I've been dosing (not as diligently as I should I'm afraid) PPS-Pro form Nilcog, however I am considering forgoing that and doing straight EI, at least until plant mass is where I'd like it.