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#261 snazy

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:54 PM

That's really odd. Sorry to hear about that Eagles sad.png

You say the water is the same as at your home but maybe not so(pipes difference for example) and maybe there's just some chemical in the water the bloodfins are very sensitive to and the other fish aren't.

Whatever the reason, it's highly frustrating.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:34 PM

Same water company... obviously the pipes can have different things.

 

Can't figure this out at all.

 

 

 

Neons are now conditioned.  They have been fed 2-3 times a day - each time I had a chance to just walk over to the tank and stare for a few minutes... now every time I come to stand in front of the tank for a few minutes they come to see me. :D



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 11:20 AM

Just finished reading through the whole thread ... what a nightmare!  I hope you get some answers soon.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:35 PM

Wow...  Great dedication you have.  Not sure I would have actually read the whole thing.  :lol:

 

 

Thanks. 



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:15 PM

I love a good mystery although obviously I'm sorry for the fish you've lost.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 01:08 PM

Me too...

 

I don't know what's up with the bloodfins, but the way the neons are getting along, I am moving forward with a new specie... I'll be adding rummynose soon.  Hopefully they will do as well as the neons have.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 07:52 PM

A quick update...

 

A group of the neons, not all but a good number of them:

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A quick video of the neons swimming about:

http://www.flickr.co...03/10213296746/
 

A quick video of one of the corydoras, he was the only one to come out and be videoed...

http://www.flickr.co...03/10213351314/

 

One last video...

http://www.flickr.co...03/10213175815/



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 08:44 PM

Lovely videos!

Those neons look fantastic :D cute cory too.

Ouch I see some scratches though, my tank is the same. :/

Fingers crossed for the rummy noses :good:

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 08:58 PM

Some scratches?  Its a minefield of scratches... second hand tank. :/  Don't notice them as much in person.  :dunno:

 

 

 

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:54 PM

Looks great! :good:

 

Can't wait to see how the Rummys turn out, lets hope for the best!



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 03:13 AM

Looking good, hope the rummys do well :D How soon do you think you'll be getting them?



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 04:31 AM

That's a beautiful cory.  I like the tower of rocks at the left specially but the whole tank looks impressive, it will be great to see the plants growing in.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:18 PM

Darn those bloodfins, what the heck?!

 

But congrats on the neons, Eagles!!! Progress is always good :) The tank looks really great!



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 09:54 PM

An update is long overdue.  Apologies...

 

Things are going well... the neons continue to thrive and I've bumped their group up to 21.  They look fantastic in the tank.

 

I've planted the tank now - just have to wait for the plants to grow in a bit and the look should be close to complete.

Still struggling with BBA, but I think that I have a handle on it now.  I have a few options available to me.  Here's how I see it...

 

 

#1 - CO2 - this is a tricky spot as the tank will be largely untended over the summer.  I'll be able to stop by a few times a week to keep it going and keep it beautiful, but it needs to be largely self-sustaining by then. 

  • The easy way to increase the CO2, is to increase the bioload.  More fish means more CO2.  Not that the fish alone can provide the level of CO2 required, but they can help to keep the levels more stable, and stability is the most important thing, I believe.
  • The next easiest way is to add a dose of liquid carbon daily.  I might even try to set-up some sort of daily drip dose which could work to add the dose without human input.  The question is... how does one set that up?
  • The more reasonable method would be to add some CO2 via either yeast (don't think I need to get to 30ppm, but just higher levels than I currently have, plus hold the levels more constant than they currently are) or even some pressurized dosing.  I honestly have to say that the yeast method actually intrigues me more, because it will enable me a greater challenge to overcome.  Just injected CO2 via a pressurized system that's so bland... where's the excitement and the challenge?  (Realizing of course that doing yeast on a tank of this scale might be a fool's errand. But, sometimes those are the most fun, especially against all odds! wahey.gif )

 

#2 - fish - Fish that eat BBA would be a great addition...  Interestingly, black mollies are local to Mexico, and as far south as Columbia.  That's right Columbia... which means that they are 'native' to South America, and will fit in the biotope.  However, I think that they are going to be a short-term solution, until I get the CO2 corrected.  The mollys are one of my favorite fish, and were my favorites as a youngster.  These guys will be moved to another tank once the BBA is under control, because the water is softer than they would prefer long term.  I'd like to give them their preferred water option.

 

 

#3 - Lighting...  I've moved the light up a bit from about 2 inches above the level of the water, to about 6-8 inches above the water level.  The decreased light and the more stable CO2 levels should certainly help with the BBA.

 

 

 

Now for the fun part...

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Right side:

http://www.flickr.co...03/10616024876/

 

Middle:

http://www.flickr.co...03/10615992675/

 

Left side:

http://www.flickr.co...03/10616267503/

 

 

Better shots of plants...

http://www.flickr.co...03/10615992145/

 

 

Cory:

http://www.flickr.co...03/10430102834/

 

Cory eating:

http://www.flickr.co...03/10430218273/

 

 

Video from before I added the extra neons to put the group up to 21...

http://www.flickr.co...03/10430102794/



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:18 PM

Gorgeous! Can't wait to see what it looks like when everything grows in.

Of course love the cories & neons. :D

 

Nice vid too! Can't wait to see the next one with the newest additions!

 

Hope the BBA clears up soon :c



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:27 PM

Beauty!



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:51 PM

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 03:12 PM

Looks grat Eagles!!!!!!!

 

Nice barbels :hey:



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:11 PM

Thanks.  I hope to have another update by mid-week.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 01:00 PM

Quick update:

 

I increased the circulation in the tank to try to get the liquid carbon better distributed through out the tank and better combat the BBA... The fish seem happy with the increased circulation, or at least, not fussed about it.  The plants on the other hand... have uprooted! :lol:

 

 

Not all of them, but the giant hygro is unrooted now, and so has a few stems of the cabomba.  The cabomba has been uprooting rather regularly... same silly stems just don't seem to want to be planted.  So, I will be keeping the higher circulation, and I will be replanting (again).  I'm hoping that they will stay in the substrate this time.


A few quick shots of the BN Pleco.  (Had some drama regarding the ID, but thanks to a couple of folks here: Paradise3, Tongue_Flicker, Wildbetta and TwoTankAmin, I feel confident now that it IS a BN.)

 

 

Anyhow, I figured I'd add them here for folks to enjoy:

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More pics to follow, but I can't access my flickr account from work. :/







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