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09-12-2012, 01:02 AM #11
Originally Posted by es31710
For the GBRs, is that a 1 male to 2 female ratio?
I'll keep all of this in mind. Thanks es. I kept a Dwarf Gourami with 4 Serpae's before and they all left each other alone. I'd like to try another one. Love those fish - very interesting/beautiful. If it doesn't work out, I could always re-home or trade it in for something else. Do you think the GBRs would be the problem?
09-17-2012, 10:39 PM #12
Well, I added the new dual-bulb T5 HO fixture last week and it's amazing what a difference it makes in lighting. I don't think you can really tell by the picture, but you can certainly see how fast my plants are growing. Some of the Cabomba are nearly 1/3 larger in size, reaching for the top of the tank. I think I'm going to let the Ludwigia wrap at the top, in order to provide some top cover, but we'll see how that works out.
It seems the better light brings out the black bg a little more, as well, which makes the plants pop better.
On a very happy note, I was finally able to get my Nitrate levels down. It took me about 4 water changes - 3 big ones and a slightly smaller 4th. I'm fairly certain that my fertz have a little to do with that, since they add a little Nitrogen to the tank. I could be wrong, but it's something I've read about. That, combined with the cycle...
So, after having done the last water change yesterday, my readings are:
0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites, 5 Nitrates. Perfect for fish, so I'll be shopping in the next day or so.
Petsmart gets their new stock in on Wednesdays, and since that's the only LFS in the area, that's where I'll be going on Wednesday.
I'm going to start off by adding my Tetras. I'm going to try with the original 10 Serpae + 10 Black Skirt (or Phantom - still undecided) plan. Wednesday's the day!
In the meantime, I have many annoying pond snails that are overtaking the tank and continuing to destroy my plants and lay eggs. I'm thinking about ordering a couple of assassin snails tonight and deal with the prob. ;/
You know, you just want to be nice to these dumb snails in the beginning and you tolerate their presence (even liking them to a certain degree), but NOOOoOoOoooOoo, they have to go out of their way to become pests.
I suppose it's time to intervene.
09-18-2012, 12:49 AM #13
Wonderful! I can't wait to get my double T5 set up in. :) The Assassins will def do the job for you. I had one in my 55 and he did his job well.130g: 4 Angelfish, 2 Roseline Sharks, 12 Conga Tetras, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora
09-18-2012, 02:47 AM #14
Well, I believe I finally fleshed out my 75gal stock and I'm going to stick with it.
10 x Serpae Tetras
10 x Black Skirt (or Phantom) Tetras
2 x Assassin Snails
4 x Golden Killifish
3 x German Blue Rams
1 x Paradise Fish or Opaline Gourami
Week 8 (maybe split it up between 2 weeks - 8 & 9):
8 x False Julii Cory Cats
1 x Bristlenose Pleco
09-18-2012, 12:23 PM #15
0Originally Posted by KevinVA
Had one experience with a Paradise Fish - he was gorgeous but he was a mean sucker. :o( Had to take him back. Watch him carefully and make sure the LFS is willing to let you return him. He did not play well with others. If I ever get another, I'll have him in a tank by himself.
My BNP is a great fish - he's an albino and still a baby but so active and visible all the time.
Want some Rams but that probably won't happen.
Oh - and in my 30 gal I have 3 dwarf Gouramis with my tetras (8 colombians and 5 serpaes) - no problems so far .... but I watch them just in case.
BTW - my 90 is stocked! I posted some photos on my journal if you want to check them out.
Last edited by fishmommie; 09-18-2012 at 12:26 PM.
09-19-2012, 12:49 AM #16
Yeah, I think the Paradise Fish is a gamble, but they really are beautiful fish, so I want to give it a shot. If he doesn't work out, I'll try returning him and get an Opaline. If THAT doesn't work out... maybe an Angel. And if THAT doesn't work (lol)... well, maybe I'll try out an Apistogramma. Actually, the Apisto would be my favorite over the Angel. Perhaps a pair of those. They supposedly do alright with Rams.
I'm glad to hear your BN is active. So many people say they hide all the time. I think if you give them the right home to be comfortable in, they should be pretty present.
Wow, good luck with the 3 Gouramis. All males, or did you do 1 M to 2 F ratio? I'm willing to bet the Gouramis and Tetras leave each other alone. I had 3 Serpaes with a Dwarf Gourami in my 10gal and they did just that. Everyone warns about Serpaes, but the only aggression I've ever seen was toward each other - no other fish, yet.
Looking forward to seeing your 90gal journal. I'll take a look tonight. =]
Thanks for stopping by!
09-19-2012, 01:02 AM #17
0Originally Posted by KevinVA
09-19-2012, 11:13 PM #18
Well, for some reason my Trates spiked up from 5ppm to 10ppm or 20ppm (can't remember what it was) yesterday. I suppose it could have been from my dosing with 1ppm ammonia and the addition of some liquid fertz, but I also saw some decaying plant matter where my new stock of Ludwigia was planted.
I did some grooming/pruning down there and removed a decaying stem, a few decaying and loose leaves and left it for the night. I haven't dosed with ammonia since yesterday morning and I just tested the Trates again and it was at 10ppm.
Soo, I did another small (about 10 gallons) water change and tested again. This time it looked like it was between 10-20 again (with nothing added - only a few more loose leaves removed). Just to make sure, I used a new test tube, with new bottles of Nitrate testing solution. This time it came back 10ppm.
I think 10ppm is decent enough for fish, so I'm going to try stocking my Tetras tonight and keep an eye on the trates over the next couple of days. It's pretty irritating that they keep rising for no apparent reason.
09-19-2012, 11:18 PM #19
0Originally Posted by KevinVA
09-19-2012, 11:18 PM #20
I am so excited to see your first fish for the tank!!!
That tank is beautiful, and is just begging for fish. :)130g: 4 Angelfish, 2 Roseline Sharks, 12 Conga Tetras, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora