Wow, do I have a lot of catching up to do! So much to tell! I might need a couple of days to get it all down, lol. Here's what I'm excited about today:
My 3 foot tank has become about as low-tech, low-light as it gets -- filtered sunlight, no electric light at all. And it's a jungle! Full of happy plants and fish and algae-munching critters. I'm a huge fan of low-tech/light setups, I guess I'm just trying to push the boundary of how low that tech can get and still support a healthy tank. So far, so good!
And keeping Aang and the Bristlenoses (and shrimps) company now is a school of White Cloud Mountain minnows. Peaceful fish, my ass! All they do is argue, but it's very entertaining. And breed! Fortunately, they're nasty little cannibals who like to much their own young, so I only get about 1-2 babies per hatching. I have so much to say about these fish, it'll have to wait for another post. But BABY MINNOWS! Omg, cuuuuute!!!
ALL of my gorgeous, gorgeous java fern (both species!!!) has been completely decimated by pond snails. They have pushed me too far! No more Ms. Nice Aus! The words 'extreme prejudice' most definitely apply! I've pulled about 150 of the munchy little suckers out this week, and I won't stop 'til I collect 'em all!
The Bn's have grown a heap, I love them to bits.
I think the minnows have hassled a lot of my smaller shrimps to death, but I still have the big Darwins, they take guff from no-one!
Aang's fins are stupidly long now. And doubly stupid, being as he has two tails' worth of extravagant finnage. No more fancy fins for me! As pretty as they are, the floofy-fins make swimming so obviously exhausting for these poor lil guys. I just feel bad for Aang, I can tell he wants to zip around and can't. Thankfully, he's completely forgotten the fact that gnawing the fins off = go faster. But now, he spends a lot of time resting on plants rather than swimming, it bothers me. I think I'll stick to plakats from now on.
The long-armed prawns share the 10-gallon tank for now. A little cramped, really, seeing as they've all grown a heap. But they seem happy enough, each has its own hidey-spot and arguments haven't involved someone becoming someone else's supper yet, so it's all good.
The female prawn is eggy again! I think the minnows (all eaten now) I had in there ate the last lot, so I'm crossing my fingers I get a few babies from this one. They -will- need a bigger tank, but that can wait for summer, I'm not messing about with large new tanks in the cold months.
While the prawns LOVE to eat pond snails (which is lucky! as I love feeding pond snails to them
) they won't touch MTS, so I have the the most enormous and numerous population of those in the prawn tank. They'te thriving, and entertaining in their funny, snaily way.
Both tanks are horribly untidy at the moment, but are doing well and I'm thrilled with how healthy they've been.
Anyway, there's a quick update. I promise to drop in more often!