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Thread: 75g Mbuna Tank
03-03-2012, 06:24 PM #41
I went into this with the idea that it's an experiment, and having two other planted tanks to relocate the plants to if the experiment fails helps!
03-05-2012, 03:50 PM #42
I braved the mbuna teeth yesterday and replanted what was left of the dug up plants. In addition to uprooting the plants, apparently the mbuna also shredded them. Crazy fish!
I managed to replant some ragged looking blyxa japonica and a few stem plants... the rest went in the trash. The Amazon swords, vals, and chain swords are all doing great.
03-06-2012, 09:49 PM #43
The M. joanjohnsonae are in stock! Placed my order for those, plus the replacement Rusty. They are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.
Gotta get more rockwork into the tank before then, which unfortunately means sticking my hand in the tank with the ruthless mbuna. Dang.
03-06-2012, 10:41 PM #44
Two words: Metal Gauntlets125g - 6 Zig Zag Rainbows, 6 Turquoise Rainbows, 6 Boesmani Rainbows, 5 otos, 6 corys
03-12-2012, 02:34 AM #45
I've lost both adult female white tops within the past two days.
Day one: fine
Day two: hiding, not eating
Day three: dead
I'm not entirely sure what's going on because water parameters are fine. Today the tank was due for a water change so I went ahead and did that.
The only thing I've seen that looks like this is columnaris... and I wouldn't expect that in a heavily filtered mbuna tank with a lot of current.
I was supposed to get another shipment of fish on Tuesday but I'm going to postpone it... I need to figure out what's going on in my tank and I will need to order additional fish to replace the ones that died. :(
03-12-2012, 01:52 PM #46
My guess would be aggression...most of that occurs after lights out, and hiding usually is due to aggression. Death that fast is not due to illness...
You might try a red bulb in your fixture, or getting a red lens for a flashlight and checking out what goes on in the tank after lights out.20gal long planted community
03-12-2012, 06:37 PM #47
The female white top looked pretty beat up in the pic. Poor fishI hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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03-12-2012, 09:56 PM #48
0Originally Posted by Fishkeeper
I'm not entirely sure what to do, other than move the most likely aggressor (the male white top) to his own tank for awhile to chill out... and hope that when I add him back, history doesn't repeat itself.
03-26-2012, 06:40 PM #49
Yesterday I set up a "time out tank" for my male white top. The bugger made me take out every bit of rockwork to catch him, though. The large female saulosi actually swam into my net of her own accord, but that dang male was elusive.
I pretty much completely redid the tank in order to add more caves. Will get an updated pic soon. New fish are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday!
11-21-2013, 05:02 AM #50
Update: The swords and java fern are doing great. I also added some java and Christmas moss on a whim and it absolutely exploded. I ended up taking out a bucket full and giving it away. I can't even believe how insanely full of moss the tank was. I wish I'd taken a pic!
I'm toying with the idea of adding CO2 because I have the opportunity to buy a unit that is equipped to be split into two tanks, and the 20g that's underneath this one REALLY needs CO2. I hesitate because I don't want to lower the pH.
Of course, I'm also considering trading in all the mbuna and getting something like an Oscar or two instead.