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Ummm, Those aren't Corys. Those are "Clown Loaches" and the get Big!

Tank looks good:proud:
 

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thanks for the head up on the LOACHES..you are right! didnt realize just how big they got! they will be gone when they start trouble!!...thank you!
So what would you suggest replaceing them with, I liked the bold look to thier markings. I am going to a great LFS wednessday to get some small schooling fish. have a suggestion on numbers as well? the tank is 45 gallons. we are favoring the HeadLightTailLight tetras. Also looking a perhaps a few Rainbow fish, there is one they have wich stays a bit smaller, but I am thinking that will be to much for the tank.

here is the tank today, bad picture and light tint of green to the water....ugh! hoping the new additional plants will help correct that....yes?

 

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the clown loaches have both passed, I will be checking water in the morning.
all the Angles look great.
Is there a pH level that is wrong for the loaches?
I have added an air stone tonight
 

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Check all your parameters, there may have been an ammonia spike from there not ebing a cycle. Maybe new tank syndrome?

Tank looks great though,The HC and dwarf hair grass may not do too well with the light. I doubt there would be medium light at the substrate.
 

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I would split up the hair grass into smaller clumps and definitely get more plants. If the tank hasn't been cycled then dont add any more fish into the tank untill it's been cycled.
 

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Hi Liam, yes, no more fish till tanks cycles...only fish shopping I am doing is window shopping !

I have the patients to let the hair grass spread on its own, I was afraid to separate it to much, call me chicken!

I am really hoping for a nice swath of HC, but now I am worried about not having enough lighting?????
 

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I like the look of this tank, with its strong vertical elements in wood, plants and fish!

When it's cycled, you might look at a school of Corydoras catfish. Some are boldly patterned, some more delicately so, but most school, and they'll do a bang-up job of keeping the top couple of millimeters of your sand stirred up. A group of hatchetfish might look good there as well, adding shimmer and movement just below the surface. In a mid-level schooling fish, would you be looking for color, or additional vertical elements to reflect the overall look of the tank? I think black phantom tets would add that for you... Mine tend to stay in the lower 1/3 of the water column, and the males spend most of their free time displaying to one another, fins at full extension.

Any way you go, it's a beautiful beginning!

~Bruce
 

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thanks for the complements and suggestions Bruce! I like the idea of a school of Corydoras. and had not thought of hatchet fish, but that is a great thought as well, whats not to like about shimmer!
for color I am really drawn to the rummy nose tetras
 

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the Dwarf Baby's breath is starting to recover, new green shoots are peeking out of the dead clumps it had become
the Drawf Grass is all brown but the smallest clump looks just fine, how strange is that?

the red leafy plant has all melted away but one stalk which I dont have much hope for.

everything else is growing and seems healthy, I have added another light, a florecant bulb for plants.

water seems cloudy, not bad just not cystal clear.
 

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ok, I have added diy CO2 to the tank, three days now.
*the one stalk of the red leafy plant has a new bit of growth to it and I added to that area a plant called peacock fern?
*the drarf hair grass is gone but one small area and has been replaced with a dwarf java which seems to be a hardier plant.
*the HC is still trying, not compleatly lost yet, keeping fingers crossed. the giant hair grass is hanging in but not growing, hoping th CO2 helps it along.

I lost the clown loaches and the larger angel not long after I moved them to the tank so there are the 3 angels left.
I have added 5 headlight taillight tetras, 11 rummy noses(4 remain, everyone has brilliant red faces so the waters seem to agree with them not sure why they dropped off)
and I got a black ghost knife fish, he will stay till he causes trouble and probably shouldnt have added it to the tank in the first place.

this spring I still want to add the corries and get the number of rummy noses back up.
 

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and up dated shot of the tank. the water is looking and testing good. with pictures I see the growth I have on several plants! HC struggles along.
the black ghost knife is behaving thus far. comes out for the dinner when the tank is fed.
 

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I really like this tank... only thing I could say is a lil bit of a rake in the sand would be nice, like peak it up behind the main piece of wood and maybe give it a wave here and there...


great work :)
 

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the plants are growing! I hardly notice day to day but reviewing pictures ...goodness! I have added glossostigma to the backleft corner.
the Dwarf Baby'sBreath still struggles .though I have added DIY C02
 

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I would get rid of the black ghost knife. They tend to be semi aggressive predators that will peck at smaller fish if they can catch them. They are nocturnal so you won't see it much anyways.
 
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