Right. So. Time for an update.
No ammonia or nitrite spikes from adding Big Red and the half shoal of ember tetras, so i added the other half today.
We are now up to 12, which various sites have said is a comfortable number for them.
I’m now looking at the tank and thinking it is too busy and crowded with plants (seen some impressive plant growth recently). And 12 embers make it look crowded with fish - to me.
But it isn’t my tank, is it? It belongs to Kham and the tetras now. And they all seem to be loving the plant density.
And the embers are definitely enjoying the safety-in-numbers of being in a bigger fleet.
The tank is under stocked according to its huge filter capacity, and stocking calculators.
But it has higher stock levels than I think is visually ideal. Maybe it is Big Red’s presence that does it.
The assassin has been busy. Can you see him in the pic? Climbing the R wall to the indian almond leaf. He has grown. I keep seeing empty pond snail shells on the substrate. So he is eating well. I have frozen bloodworms ready for when he wipes out the pond snail population.
The pic shows quite how much growth has gone on. I’ve been adding a little liquid CO2, and it really gave everything a kick up the backside. No melting on anything, which is stunning.
Sorry about the blurriness on the front wall. That is algae.
It appeared this last week. I’m torn between leaving it for the snails, or wiping it away, for my visual pleasure. Will decide at tomorrow’s WC.
The indian almond leaves are helping soften the water beautifully.
I’ve had hard water in the tanks since moving here 10 years ago. 2 IAL leaves have dropped this 57litre from 7.4 to 6.6 on the pH Alert.
That is a really handy gauge for using them on Valentine’s 22 litre and Tagawa’s 70 litre.
Oh, and Big red is much calmer now he is away from his harem. I doubt if he is happy, all on his shoaless lonesome, but the rest of the shoal (still in Tagawa’s 70litre) are friendlier and flirtier and definitely happier without him. He hasn’t bothered the embers or Kham at all, despite them being orange-red.
: 70litre mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, 2 nerites, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
: 22litre cube; betta, 2 amano. Heavily planted.
: 57litre cube; betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, heavily planted.
; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, pond snails and 1 assassin doing his thing. Heavily planted.