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Old 03-14-2018, 12:42 PM   #41
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yeah right here fishy fishy here fishy fishy I'll keep you safe. This morning I caught him trying to get another one so I think this is a pretty fairly recent Revelation that there are small ones can actually sit in his mouth he seem to be chasing a big one though and I don't think it fit cuz he got away especially when I yelled and tapped at them on the glass. Hopefully they can last 8 hours till I get home.
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Lol - maybe the angelfish has been watching the nature channel??

Ďwhat, really - fish catch stuff. Yuck, wait a second - Iím a fish...í
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Ah, we were watching an ocean documentary a few days ago.

So nothing seems to go easy. (except money)

Moved the old decrepit AC 110 over to the 46G after adding the water to the tank and low and behold even though I just recently cleaned it out it poofed a cloud of debris into the tank and I have cloudy tan water.

The concentrated tannins from the water must have reconstituted too like instant tea. Plus there was a fair amount of little bits of loose wood almost like tiny saw dust from the DW and perhaps the BN plecos that used to be in there. I think while being wet they were sunken but after drying out for weeks they were like floaties.

Then I decided to add the spare Fluval FX-5 which was gonna be for the fancy Goldies tank in the future (or Discus). Didn't get quite enough water in it to prime start up and it bubbled over and over. Then being in a distracted exasperation, I neglected to close the valves when I removed the outflow tube and water poured all over the floor...

Can I just say staying at work would have been more fun...

Anyway I dug around the storage closet and added a big heater, water was partially filled with cold garden hose water, and some buckets of hot water but still a wee bit low for the Angels.

Wondering if I had connected it wrong I checked the online manual.

I was just a bit stressed and had it connected correctly just needed more water in it. Started like a charm after that.

Had to move the AC 110 over to the right side to fit the FX-5 and then it just barely wanted to work again. Right now it is rattling loudly, and is annoying.

One surprise was that I had the FX-5 since the end of summer just sittling in the corner of the storage closet and when I opened it found I had 3 baskets full -too full, of media, 2 of ceramic tubes and one of Matrix. I added some of the active media from the 29G and the 110 into each layer there are 3. I removed 2 trenta /30 ounce Starbucks cups, 1 of each tray of the ceramic rings. Might add them back in in bags to the 72G to build more active media.

So for now I will capture all of the Neons from the 29G QT and get them acclimated to go into the 72G tank. I want to remove a spiky DW, I think from the 72G to make more room in the middle for the Neons to swim.

Hoping the 46G clears up quickly so I do not have to do a water change or wait till tomorrow to move the 3 Angels in there. Added the new Purigen in the AC110 and forgot to move it to the FX-5 when I had it open.

Fingers crossed for a better part 2 - move for the fish / tank swap.
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Busy times!

I hate getting filters going again.
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395 days since I updated here - wow. That is surprising. Kinda shocking actually.

Anyhow...

The tank has lower light and and kinda dark in there.

Haven't been able to source my favorite Ferka Stemma and Rosetta fert capsules forever now will check this weekend one last time. Even emailed the seller from a couple years back and no response.

Some small changes in the scape, had done a big clean up then had a 6 month reno project ruin my fish and dented the people life too big time!

Nearing completion on the reno, literally boxes from the other room were stacked in front of the cabinets/stands for the tanks and tanks were also mostly blocked except for the feeding corners

Got a group of 12 or 13 very young Congo Tetras from the CAS spring auction. All have done well, grown from under a very small to small Neon Tetra Size to most slightly larger now. They have slightly different bodies deeper chest.

Added the Congo Tetras from the QT to the 72G.

The Neons generally hang out in the bottom half of the tank. Congos top 1/3rd after they were added they decided to split the difference and most are in the 2nd 1/4 to half mixing in together and separating back out again. The 72G has much more flow than their little 20G long tank did. They are needing to gain some muscle strength, they are a bit chubby too so they can use up some of their extra for muscle.

Can't wait to see them in adult colors. Delapool had a bunch of these and made me want them again.

Plants aren't doing that well but I did have a flower on my Anubias Nana. Back late February to mid March. It has now turned green.




Need to do a filter media rinse out Did the tank water thru the FX-5 week or so ago, that flushes a bunch of muck out but the media is due for rinsing. Been 6 months, I think.

I have a pair of Albino Cory and they seem to spawn but I don't think there will ever be a survivor because of the hungry fish.

The Bronze Cories are so big now. They are over 5 years old and a couple are 3 inches body.

Rarely see an Albino BN Pleco so fear they have been bullied out by the Clown Loaches.

Thinking about them now whether I can get a bigger tank for them this year. I am slowly upgrading tanks and reducing the quantity of tanks as I literally am sitting on the couch next to my empty 12G rectangle Mr. Aqua tank. Trying to rethink a few other moves for the smaller tanks.

Will probably put a Plakat Betta into the 72G. It was sold to me as a HE but I really believe it is a SHE. The body just looks fat and broader and shorter. So Although she gets along okay with the Guppy and Endler in the Wine Glass I feel like this active fish would like it better with more room for swimming and exploring.

About 6 weeks ago I started dosing Flourish water column fert. Really need the capsules. API ones don't seem to last very long.

Adding a Java Fern covered wood to the back of the tank becasue I am trying to make room in another.

Still running the AquaClear 110 and the Fluval FX-5. ~1200gp/h (4550L p/h)with filter media needing cleaned. Otherwise would be almost 1500gp/h / 5678Lp/h

My wide Eel Grass seems to have died off Have a Jungle Val with a few leaves and Aponogeton ulvaceus okay but not great, probably needs more root ferts.

Anubias of several kinds all doing pretty well - I love Coffeefolia, its growing like crazy, and pretty neat color stems and leaf texture.

Have 4 or 5 Clown Loaches 4" to 7"
4 Dwarf Petricola Synodontis Catfish
2 young Albino Cories
about 5 Bronze or Green Cories

A few left of the Corydoras paleatus / Pepper Cory.

Unknown about the Albino BN - could be guarding a cave of babies... Had 3 last year.

35 Neons and 6 are Green Neon one left of the Glowlight and maybe one of the Ember Tetras still mixed in there. Not replacing any of the stragglers.

12/13 Congo Tetras

6 Serpae Tetras reg and long fin

Pair of Odessa Barbs

Maybe I will learn how to program my tank light and brighten it up in there.

Will try to get a pic soon.
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Thatís good going on the canister filter. I think 6 months is about right for here as well.
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