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01-12-2014, 05:19 AM #1
Kevin's Planted 40B
Been a while since I kept a new journal - a few months anyway, so I decided to keep everyone in the loop about my relatively new 40B.
Originally, I was going to use it for breeding (as many of you already know), along with 4 other new tanks (2 x 10 and 2 x 20L). I was also going to use it for plant grow out, so I could sell some plants. So, I threw two pieces of driftwood, a bunch of plants and 4 plecos in there (with a slew of RCS) and went to town. After about two months, life started to kick me in the rear and I decided to pull back a bit. This was certainly not the time to start breeding fish and selling plants. I had a 4 month old baby and a 3yrd old and if you know anything about either one, you know that they're a lot of work. Add a full time job to the schedule and the last thing you want to think about doing is taking care of 7 different fish tanks at the end of the day.
So, I broke down the two 10 gallons and was left with 5 tanks. Recently, I broke down one of the 20Ls and rehomed my 12 Corydoras Sterbai to the 40B. So, now I'm down to 4 tanks, but I still have some plants, rcs & pond snails in the 20L. Don't care about the pond snails, but I'd like to rehome the rcs if I can manage to get them out.
Anyway, things have begun to stabilize: my son is getting a little older and easier to take care of, my 3yr old daughter is still a pain in the butt, but her B-day is coming up in July... just a mere 6 months away!@$ lol I'm hoping 4 is better than 3. =X I've been able to enjoy the tanks again and 4 tanks certainly is a lot easier for me to take care of and fishkeeping has become a joy again. So, I decided to spice up my 40B a bit and do a rescaping + add some fun fish (not that the Plecos weren't fun, but the tank was pretty empty).
I decided to make it an angel tank. Now, I know a 40B isn't ideal for keeping angels, but it's certainly doable and it'll be a while before they're fully grown and requiring more space. So, I decided to stop by Petsmart (not the most ideal place to shop for fish, but it's the closest I've got) and saw they were selling veils for $4.04. Clearly, I couldn't pass that deal up, so I bought 3. Brought them home, acclimated them to the tank and they were seemingly fine. Unfortunately one died... and I replaced him. Then, another one died... So, now I have two angels and a dead one in the freezer. I'm fairly certain they died from stress OR banging their head into the bottom of the container the fish "experts" at Petsmart threw them in, as I witnessed this twice. ;/
I plan on getting another one, as the two I have are doing fine right now. I've had both of these for about a week and they look pretty good. I noticed a touch of fin rot in the beginning, but it seems to have cleared up after having been in the tank for a bit, plus I've done a couple of water changes. I'll probably stop by Petsmart tomorrow and get another replacement. Again, not the most ideal place, but I don't really want to shop on Aquabid or elsewhere for fish that are readily available.
So, my current stocking is this:
2 x Veil Angels (1 black, 1 black/silver + whatever I get tomorrow, bringing it to 3)
12 x Corydoras Sterbai
4 x Calico BN Plecos
?? x RCS
?? x Assassin Snails (moved these from my 75 gallon to deal with:
?? x Pond snails + Ramshorn Snails)
As far as plants: I pretty much took everything that I had in there, out, with exception to the Italian Vals. I replaced everything with Crypts, Java Ferns & Hygrophila.
Current plant stocking:
11 x Cryptocoryne retrospiralis (I only ordered 6)
6 x Cryptocoryne Wendtii Red (I only ordered 5)
5 x Hygrophila corymbosa stems
5-6 x Vallisneria Spiralis
3-4 x Java Ferns (still young - came from my 75gal)
I also added a branch of Grape Driftwood (which is really great for plecos, btw). They love eating the sap or whatever the excretion is that seeps out of the wood when submerged. So do the snails & RCS, but the plecos absolutely love it. I haven't heard much about Grape driftwood used in the trade, but it's pretty interesting stuff and provides some good eats for the fish. ;P
Current driftwood stocking:
1 x branch of grape driftwood
1 x log (w/ a narrow passage hallowed out) of grape driftwood
1 x malaysian driftwood (the plecos live in here)
I'm having a problem with placing the branch... it's kind of an awkward shape, because it looks like half a ladder (picture an E w/ stems extending outward from the long line in the E). Tomorrow I'll take some pics and hopefully you guys can help me out. Since I had so many extra plants from my order, I didn't want to waste any, so I planted them all... that didn't give me much room for placement of anything else. I wanted to gain some height from the added branch and tie on some Java Ferns, but I have no idea how to organize it in the tank. Now that I have it in there, it seems obtuse and just fits... plus getting it around the other driftwood is a hassle. I don't want to waste it, but I'm not sure how I'm going to set it in there and make it look good. I mean, the inhabitants love that I added it, but I want to enjoy the aesthetics, so I'm at a crossroads with it. ;/
I also just added more substrate to the tank, today. Rinsed out more black diamond sand and carefully added it to the tank without any issue. The reason for the addition was due to the fact that some of the areas in the tank weren't prepared for plants... so there was little substrate to bury the new additions. That's been amended. Most of the fish were actually quite welcoming of the newly added sand, which was odd.
Anyway, that's what I've been up to over the past week or so. Pictures to come tomorrow!
01-12-2014, 05:58 AM #2
Great start to a new journal, I look forward to seeing your tank develope.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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01-12-2014, 06:06 AM #3
01-12-2014, 06:14 AM #4
Getting jelous at you and every one else that can get RCS. Hope you will be able to rehome them from the tank. Looking forward to seeing the process.Do as I say. Not as I do.
01-12-2014, 03:45 PM #5
The process is the problem. I tried doing this before and I can usually get a few RCS in a net... but otherwise, they're quite elusive and jumpy. lol I think the best bet would be to drain the tank, which would make it harder for them to escape... but then there's a mop of Java Moss in there, along with a canopy of Frog bit, so that's another problem. Haha. Honestly, I can't even tell they're in there anymore. When I moved the Corys, I was able to get some RCS... not sure how many of them (at least 10). I imagine that makes the population in the 40B about 30-40 (there are babies swimming around, so I can't be sure how many exactly).
I've heard that using a snail trap to catch RCS would work, but I've tried that before to no avail. I'll keep you posted. I'll post some pics of what I have to deal with later. ;P
01-12-2014, 03:50 PM #6
Try looking up shrimp traps. They work similar to snail traps and should make it much easier to move the shrimp.20 gallon tall: empty
29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
10 gallon QT: empty
01-12-2014, 04:03 PM #7
01-12-2014, 05:53 PM #8
ahem just rememberFW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's
01-12-2014, 06:05 PM #9
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01-12-2014, 08:54 PM #10
I've looked up shrimp traps and it looks a lot like my snail trap. =/ I suppose I can try it again, but I have a feeling the snails will just gravitate to it and pretty much out compete the shrimp. I was able to find a couple of them in the 20L that need rehoming, but here's what I'm talking about w/ the tank looking a mess:
I'm sure you can imagine how difficult it might be to actually find the shrimp and then get them out. lol That's why I'd like a trap, but I'd prefer a shrimp-only trap, rather than a snail/shrimp trap, because I'm almost certain the snails would overtake the trap. =/
As far the 40B goes, I was able to take several shots that came out pretty well. The room was light and apparently the water is a bit dirty, so just ignore that. It appears I'll need to clean up the canister filter.
Here's the full tank shot:
The driftwood branch I've been talking about is actually on the right side now (I had it on the left, but it looked like it would fall on someone if it ever decided to settle completely).
Here's a closer look of the left side:
So, the branch is just sitting in there now, but I'm taking suggestions for what to do with it. Any takers?
More images to come...