10-02-2013, 08:14 PM
Beautiful tank and fish. Thanks for the videos.
10-03-2013, 02:34 AM
Simply one of the most beautiful planted aquariums I've ever seen.. you are truly an inspiration to everyone who views it
10-03-2013, 06:39 PM
Wow. Beautiful! I could spend hours watching this tank!
10-03-2013, 07:30 PM
Thanks all. Yes, I do spend a fair amount of time sat in front of the tank. It's my relaxation time after busy commuting in London.
It's also my time to note all the little things I need to do to it at the weekend: which stems to cut back, keeping an eye on any algae spots etc. This week I've been stopping the filters each day for about 15min whilst I spot treat the last few remaining patches of black beard algae and staghorn algae. That EasyCarbo stuff is pretty amazing - spot treated with a pipette, it bleaches algae patches to a bright red/pink before dying and falling off the plant in a few days. Over the next few weeks I'll start cutting back on the amount I'm dosing each day to try to wean the plants off it a bit.
I went to my LFS tonight to stock up on supplies. I went there with a specific list of things so I knew it'd cost me an arm and a leg! A few bottles of fertiliser, EasyCarbo, bulbs etc. I was going to pick up some Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata) as they eat all kinds of algae and I've always been interested in them, but they were out of stock.
I've been meaning to increase the oto school a bit so I picked up 12 (Otocinclus affinis) to bump them up from the nine I already have. They should be much more secure in that larger group now.
I will get a few Amanos when they are back in stock. I'd be interested to see if they eat BBA like I've read. That'd be handy!
Stocking is now done. Aqadvisor is right on the button with about 135% stocking level. Terrifically overfiltered and very heavily planted with a strict maintenance schedule: I'm happy with this. Times are good
10-03-2013, 10:37 PM
Gorgeous tank! As JudyJetson said, your tank is indeed inspiring.
10-22-2013, 05:41 PM
Quick update on the jungle.
Although it's impossible to count them amongst the dense undergrowth, I think I've lost two or three of the new otos which is a shame. The assassin snails seem to hone in on any bodies to devour them before I get a chance to spot them but I've seen a couple tiny skull-like bones at the bottom of the tank, which look vaguely oto-like. I guess I got a weak batch (I didn't lose any of my first batch).
I've been away on holiday for a week and, whilst I have a robotic feeder for the fish, I was a bit concerned about leaving the tank with no way of dosing EasyCarbo (to keep my algae issues at bay). Over the week prior to leaving I gradually reduced the carbon dosing, and before I left I changed the timer schedule for the lights. I wanted to try out Spardas' "siesta" suggestion - by splitting the photo-period into two sessions of three hours to see if that had a limiting effect on the BBA (in absence of EasyCarbo). I'm delighted to report that upon my return there was no algae in the tank at all. No increase, nothing, and all plants had grown well and looked healthy.
So, thanks Spardas!
10-22-2013, 06:11 PM
That Spardas is a smart fellow. Sorry to hear about your oto's. I like oto's but I can't keep them alive in my liquid rock. Congratulations getting rid of the algae, I guess it's time for new pictures and videos!
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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10-22-2013, 06:31 PM
Sorry about the loss of your otos.
10-22-2013, 08:42 PM
Hmmm...counting my penguin tetra tonight I am missing two. I've not counted them in around a month though so maybe this happened ages ago. My giant eco-system tank seems to gobble up any bodies. Oh well.
Will take some new photos in a week or so as I'm away a lot at the moment. Will have to leave the other half in charge of the tank.
10-27-2013, 04:23 AM
Been busy lately, but I'm glad to see your report. A shame on the otos but at least there's a silver lining, no algae!
I hope your vacation was good. Did you go scuba diving somewhere in the tropical reefs again? lol.
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