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Old 09-20-2016, 09:59 AM   #11
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Day 4: going plant shopping today.
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:06 PM   #12
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I would move the driftwood off center at few inches


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Attempted to nudge, pretty well locked in place by the flourite and sand. Think will be easier to add another piece to one side to remove the symmetry.


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Added some Java moss and some free stems of wisteria. Not my favorite plant but they were free.


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Would love some input on a school to add after my remaining ones pass.
My Bolivian ram is on the gentler side, never touches even my guppy fry. So was thinking smaller to have a larger school. To this end.
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Or a smaller tetra like rummynose or cardinals. Also open to their suggestions.



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I would go with some Cardinal Tetras, Neon Tetras, or some Ruby Barbs. I have a school of Ruby's in my 15g.


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The CPD have to be one of the most beautiful fish I have seen. BUT they hide ALL the time. At least 5 keepers I know have the same complaint. There is supposed to be a dither fish for them but I will be darned if I can remember what it was - only brushed past that tid bit once and can't remember where either.

At one time I had 18 and I would only see a glimpse of them maybe 2, sometimes 3 at a time in the tank, they stayed hidden all the time if the lights were on. And even when there were floating stems on the top of the tank, to give cover from the light.

If the lights were off they would swim around, but it would be too dim to see them and appreciate their beauty. As soon as I got up to get a closer look it was like there were NO fish in the tank. So frustrating to only see them as dark shadows.

My favorite right now for activity and color is the nano fish Microdevario Kubotai
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Will have too look into the micro rasboras.

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Life expectancy is the main drawback though unless I made temporary breeding and fry tanks.








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Those are pretty nice looking, the short life cycle is a downer for sure. It all depends if you want to grow out the eggs/fry to the future generations, and have the time to grow the micro foods and raise them as well. If you are interested in the challenges of raising babies then consider them.

Selecting tank mates carefully and making sure there is diffused lighting and they can get enough to eat could be a challenge, especially to make them comfortable with some of the other community fish in there.
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