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Thread: Amelia's 65g Planted Community
06-21-2013, 02:03 PM #1
Amelia's 65g Planted Community
It's been a looong time coming but I'm finally getting around to starting a photo journal for my 65g planted community. I'm STILL not satisfied with it, and maybe never will be, but it sure has come a heluva long way since I first set it up. Plants have grown in some but still have A LOT of growing to do, and I have been a very neglectful aquatic gardener.
Stocklist is currently:
- 40 Neon Tetras
- 16 Harlequin Rasbora
- 12 Panda Cories
- 12 Kuhli Loaches
- Nannacara anomala pair
- 1 old Platinum Gourami
I've been through a heck of a lot of fish trying to settle on a stocklist and I'm still not happy. Dwarf Chain Loaches, Livebearers, Ancistrus, Angels, Rams and others all came and went. Considering now selling my neons and opting for a pair of Angels. Or removing the Harleys and half of the neons and adding a school of Rainbowfish (would Rainbows eat neons? I have no idea). Suggestions welcome.
So here's the tank as it was when it was first set up (excuse the awful photo).
And now, after 2-3 months.
06-21-2013, 02:14 PM #2
Some shots of the livestock. (There aren't many as I have trouble photographing small fish).
A FAT Kuhli Loach. This one is always fat, not sure why. Maybe it's a egg-filled female.
Not a great shot, but my Platinum girl. Had her longer than any other fish, and she's never grown. She'd be lucky to be 4 inches. Gentle as anything and VERY camera shy! One fish I'll never sell.
A couple of neons.
My golden black-eyed bristly which I don't have anymore (she made too much mess). Old photo but I think it's really cute.
06-21-2013, 02:23 PM #3
gorgeous plants! very well done. I think you'd enjoy a mated pair of angels - problem is, making sure they are mated. Would you start with several small angels and see if any paired up? or do you know where you can get a mated pair?
As for rainbows - depends on what kind. I was disappointed with my dwarf neon rainbows. very temperamental and not too hardy + their colors were not as vivid as I'd hoped. the larger rainbows - such as bosemani - need at least a 4 foot tank so you should be okay there. Have you thought of congo tetras or colombian tetras? nice, robust gorgeous fish.
Oh - and I have a female bristlenose in my 30. I LOVE her. Her favorite trick is falling asleep upside down on a piece of driftwood, loosing her suction then laying there on her back like she's dead. too funny.
06-21-2013, 02:31 PM #4
Hahah! Mommie someone had a photo of their bristlenose doing that at my local aquatics club. How cute!! I really liked mine too except without her, I don't need to gravel vac at all as the filter picks everything up off the top of the sand. With her, big strands of poop everywhere.
I've owned Congos before and hated them. I like the idea of Columbians. How do you mean your rainbows were temperamental? Kept dying on you?
I'd probably start with a few babies and carry on from there if I went the angel-pair route.
06-21-2013, 02:33 PM #5
06-21-2013, 02:45 PM #6
Thanks dutchie! It means a lot to hear. My photography has improved a little too.
06-21-2013, 02:46 PM #7
The Colombian's on the other hand have vibrant color and are very robust and eager eaters. really nice fish.
06-21-2013, 02:51 PM #8
Hm that's a real shame. I was looking at the Boesmanni's and Reds. I don't know. I just can't seem to settle on what I want for this tank!!
06-21-2013, 03:00 PM #9
Wondering - did you have both male and female congos and if so, I wonder if that was the problem. I have all males and they are great! No aggression at all. nice and active and very colorful.
06-21-2013, 03:07 PM #10
I did have a mix of males and females, as I could barely find any males around so had to get female to make a decent school. That might have been my problem, but still I'm put off for life. Plus I just wasn't impressed with the appearance of my Congos. And they were stupid scatty things. Went nuts and smashed into the glass whenever someone walked past the tank too quickly.