12-09-2012, 11:13 AM
I enjoyed the story of the shrimp surviving, what are the odds?
It's funny how all your fish rush to the top at feeding time. My Red Phantoms wait for the food to sink to them. Which is odd because the biggest fish in tank are Emperor tetras. The Emperor's are a little aggresive at times but even the Pencilfish are not afraid of them.
Thanks for always responding to our posts no matter what.
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12-09-2012, 06:12 PM
No problem. Thanks for the conversation.
12-09-2012, 06:40 PM
glad to hear your rams are doing well. My single fella is doing great. I have a female ordered for him :o) couldn't stand it.
I think you'll enjoy more serpaes. I have 6 and would get more but don't want to push my stocking limit. They're my hubby's favorite ... well next to the rams :o)
12-09-2012, 07:43 PM
Thanks Cindy! Keep in mind it's only been 9 days. I believe yours were doing quite well, too, before the 10th day. =X I'm holding my breath. lol
That being said, I'm having a difficult time sexing my Rams. Now they both look like males to me, but I could be wrong. I'll have to take a better look later and maybe snap a photo. They still get along, though... so maybe they're playing the safer in numbers game.
I love the Serpaes, too. They're so fun to watch - probably some of the more playful fish in the tank, if you ask me, and they're quite beautiful.
12-09-2012, 07:56 PM
You probably know this already, but just in case I've found that the easiest way to figure out the sex of Rams is to inspect the large black spot for reflective scales. Males have a completely black spot, and the females will have reflective scales in the spot.
Mine is DEF a female, and she is doing well. Her colors are not very bright though. Judging from what I saw of yours I would also say that they are both male, but I couldn't see the spot.
130g: 7 Angelfish, 1 Bolivian, 12 Neon Tetras, 14 Serpae Tetras, 9 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora ? Ghost Shrimp
I've noticed that people HATE it when you point out how stupid they are, so now I try to do it politely.
12-10-2012, 01:20 AM
I have heard of that Mandy. Kind of difficult to tell, even using that methodology.
Well, I went out and came back too late. Don't want to disturb them while the light is out... however, I did notice earlier that one of them has a pink belly (very pink). I looked up sexing GBRs and that seems to be one of the easiest ways to tell the difference. Pink belly = female; white belly = male. So it looks like I lucked out and have one of each.
Of course, that doesn't mean they'll pair up, but I'm remaining optimistic. So far, so good.
I'll try to get a pic of both of them tomorrow after work.
12-11-2012, 02:15 AM
I just found another dead Black Phantom tonight. I'm pretty sure this is the same one that was acting erratically last night. She was swimming up and down the one side of the tank, looking at the tank... Not sure what that was about, but there was nothing physically wrong with her. Anyway, that's another one, bringing me down to 4 Black Phantoms. I figured this would happen... one by one, they're felled by the touch of Death.
The one in the QT is still surviving, but just moping around. I know she would decay in due time, if I just left her in the 75gal without treatment, so I'm giving it a go.. Fruitless effort, I'm sure.
Anyway... other than them (again), everything else is going well with the tank. It's the 10th day and my GBRs are still with me and enjoying their new home.
To stay on the safe side, I tested my params again... and again, everything was fine. 0 amm, 0 trites and 5 trates.
It's getting a little gross in there, as my plants aren't doing too well, so I picked up some more liquid ferts (trying the Aqueon brand this time to see how that goes - I compared the nutrient info with that of Flourish and there's not much difference, but we'll see). I'm also going to up my dosing to twice a week, possibly more.
I've learned a few things today, when I was researching plants and algae. I also decided to calculate my light's watts/gallon and found out that my 10gal has high light (over 3w/g) and my 75gal has medium light (2.2w/g).
According to mainstream thinking - medium-high light requires more tech, while low light requires low tech. Since I have medium-high light, I need to start grooming/trimming more, dosing more and probably add some CO2 (I'm going to opt for Flourish Excel (perhaps every other day), because I do not want to start getting into dosing with gas (4 bubbles per second or whatever it is). I don't have that much time in the day to bother with that.
I also just bought a 10 pack of Assorted Horned Nerites, which I'll be adding to the 75gal. My 2 Nerites do a spectacular job in the 10gal. They've gone to town on the algae on the glass and you can definitely tell where they've been. They leave trails of clarity. lol They supposedly do well with Assassin snails, so we'll see. The only bother with Nerites, is that they leave their eggs thrown sporadically about. You'll find them on the aquarium glass, all over the place (they're tiny single eggs), and you'll even find them on the backs of other snails (like my Rabbit). Better eggs than algae, m'thinks. Plus, some of the fish might eat them in the 75. Not so much in the 10.
I would add Otos to the 75, but I don't trust my Golden Wonder Killies. I have a feeling that I'd start missing Otos, one-by-one, until they're completely gone.
Anyway, snails are ordered... just awaiting the shipment. On another note - nearly every pond snail I once had in my 75gal is gone (thank you Assassins). There's 1 snail that's bigger than the typical pond snail, but I have no idea what it is. He survived, which makes me think the theory is true of Horned Nerite snails with Assassins.
Since I've lost nearly all of my Black Phantoms, I think I'm going to pick up 3 Serpaes (to up their school) and the Opaline Gourami this week. No more Black Phantoms for me!
12-12-2012, 05:59 AM
Tonight, the same effects of whatever it is these guys have is happening to the Phantom in the QT. Oddly, where the two bumps are at the base of the tail, the bottom part of the tail fin completely falls off. I see it on the bottom of the QT. When I saw this in the 75gal, I thought the other fish were nipping at him for being weak. Now I know that's not the case. I wish I could call it fin rot... but it doesn't look like that at all. It's more like a case of Leprosy. ;/
I think I'll clean out the tank tomorrow and dose with something else. Possibly an anti-parasitic agent of some sort. I have Prazi, so I might try that. Whatever this is... it's not reacting to salt treatment or fungus/bacterial treatments. Which leads me to believe, yet again, that it's some genetic mutation. It's quite frustrating.
Well, regardless, I have a couple of updates. I just ordered an interesting looking Manzanita branch/stump for the 75gal.
Here's a pic of it at the store (out of water):
Can't wait to get it into my tank.
I also purchased 10 Phyllanthus fluitans (Red Root Floater) plants on Aquabid. I'm going to put 5 in my 75gal and 5 in my 10gal.
The 10gal needs some coverage, because there's so much light. It would be nice to cool it off a bit, due to the high algae growth. You should see my Lilly plant... it's growing like crazy. I'll post a pic tomorrow. The 75gal doesn't necessarily need the coverage, but I'd like to give my Golden Wonder Killies some cover up by the surface, plus it should provide an interesting visual with the red roots sticking down from the surface.
I plan on placing these on the left side of the tank, where I'll also be placing the new driftwood. It looks good in my mind, but we'll see. ;P
This is what they should look like, if grown properly (and they're supposedly easy):
I think they're quite pretty. =]
12-13-2012, 12:40 AM
It's Wednesday! That means it's new stock day at PetSmart, and since they've been sold out of Opaline Gouramis every time I go in there for the past two weeks, I decided to go for it today (despite buying on new stock day usually being a bad idea).
I purchased a beautiful Opaline and I should have taken a picture of him when he was in the bag, because now he's being extremely shy. I forgot how timid these guys can be. He darts around every now and then, as well... I'm hoping that he's just a little nervous and not used to his new surroundings. He acclimated for about 15min to get used to the water, so hopefully that was enough. Same area, same water. I tested my ammonia just to be sure and it was 0. Tested everything on the 10th and it was good to go, so everything should be fine for him.
The only bad news is that the Black Phantom I had in my QT died today. Oddly, the other part of his tail fin fell off. I'm thinking the fungus meds expedited his death... either that or the stress from moving. The other one in the 75gal that deteriorated lasted for quite a good time later. I don't think there's anything I can do for these poor guys. Oh well...
12-13-2012, 12:43 AM
Congrats on the new gourami. Eager to see photos.
Very strange on the phantoms. You'll probably never find the cause of their deaths which has to be frustrating.
Also love the look of that branch. It's going to look killer in that tank.