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Discussion Starter · #41 ·
yes I know! I asked aout it at the LFS and was told they are good in a community tank...yeah, right! *roll eyes*
for now it is small and behaving. it comes out every eveningwhen the room is dark and the LED light goes off(the florecent stays on for a while after that.) it must dim thngs just enough for it to be comfortable. while it behaves we will enjoy it, when it starts to act up it is gone.
 

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so one of the othr things I do is hand build with clay, as in pottery. I have been on a roll making little mermaids, dont ask me why as I dont really know. Anyway, two of my cousins have planted tanks and put the mermaids I had gifted them into their tanks. My husband loved the idea so now one lives in my tank. Pretty tacky I know, but seeing as I put this all together for him in the first place it was his call :icon_roll

 

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I moved the Crypt(Balansae, I think) back and to the left side of the large vertical DW. the plant which was there (peacock fern is all the tag at the lfs said) I wedged along the inner crevase of the DW.



on the forground DW I have sewn some Chrismas moss along each leg. This would have been much easier to have done BEFORE the tank was flooded! duh! oh, well I am learning as I go.


in place of the crypt I moved I put a pretty little plant which I have no name for...anyone???
 

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short dark algea(I guess, almost looks black, very fine and short and ugly on the white sand!)) growing all over the floor..... help!
 

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I'm a fan of sands. so this is definitely nicely done!

that left side wood looks kinda weird to me... perhaps it'll look better upside down?
anyway a great start.. the crypt is looking awesome!
 

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here is and update....sorry for the cuddy pictures. I believe I am havinging a bacteria bloom of some sort???? a couple fish developed a white fuzz, most cleared up after myacin treatment, lost the rummies but one :(
the head lighte tetras have been move to start another tank.
water is cloudy and substraight has a bacteria/algea growing through it?

 

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Sorry for the loss of fish. Looks like a simple bacteria bloom. Beautiful setup. Tall tanks scare me because I think I would want to fill up all the space with wonderful things and therefore leaving 0 room for anything that moves around.
 

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thanks MrAmost and amajoh.
so if it is a simple bacteria bloom how do I get it under control? large water changes?
it has been suggest to me to do nearly a half tank water change three days in a row.
comments?
 

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YES! clear at last!


and the tetras and rainbows have been moved to the larger tank. 3 angels, 7 rummy noses, 5 black rasbora, 3 julli cories, and 4 ottos call this tank home.
 

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LyzzaRyzz, I think that is what is in the back to the left of the large dw, they were very tall but malted and have just started to grow back...see the three long thin blades?

and thank you, I am pleased with it myself at this point.
 

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played wit the camera a little tonight.
water is clear and plants growing(you can see the micro sword/grass creeping through the sand and down the sides of the mermaid), fish all look healthy and happy.
I purchased two niteat(sp?) snails and love them, you can see thier little mouths munching away as they climb the glass.
I think the angels are lovely but it is all the little things living in this tank that catch my eye.





 

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This tank has come a long way! It was fun reading this thread. Your plants are really starting to come into themselves.

I know you may be attached to it, but have you ever considered taking the upside down Y-shaped piece of driftwood out? In terms of composition, I think it would give the tank better perspective. The piece in the back corner reminds me of Halong Bay in Vietnam. Although, I do like how the other piece forms a little roof over the mermaid :red_mouth.

Either way, happy to see your success so far.
 

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so very exciting! I by chance found some pretty little Rams. of the 3 the LFS had i brought home the most colorful one and the least. Seems I picked a pair!
I hope the are vigelant parents and the egss are still there being watched over in the morning!
 

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the new parents were not good parents, perhaps they will do better next go around?
they are fun fish to have in the tank and their colors are outstanding!

the angels got to aggressive an have been moved to the 80gal tall I have. Now this tank id a mini micro ...lots of little inhabitants
5 black rasbora...love these guys!
7 rummy nose tetras
6 ottos
3 jullie cories
2 blue rams
a doz or so green neons .........love them! tiny and tight schoolers! look like a bunch of tiny lights
and I just got a male dwarf fire goramie as kinda a center piece fish

I have worked real hard at finding fish that add color to the tank. visitors cant believe they are fresh water fish, they think you have to go with salt water to get colorful fish.
anyway I have a pretty full fish load but being they are all small things it doesn't even look crowded
 

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Discussion Starter · #58 ·
have had a time with some black algae. my rams have not done well, one disappeared and the other had a growth on its head and has gotten quite thin and pale although it eats well.
all other fish are doing well. I got two amano shrimp and they have gone to town on the algea, yeah!
here is the tank today
 

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things are growing nicely. Nerite snails are getting large too. and I have a lovely little albino bristle nosed pleco.







 
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