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|06-01-2019 03:46 PM|
The 200litre tank (aka 55 US gallons)
Will you be going back to the LFS for more shrimp?
|05-28-2019 11:50 AM|
Well, All Change chez The Samphires.
I popped up to the LFS yesterday to get some snails and shrimp for the 200 litre. Everything is growing beautifully, but there are parts of the glass I can't easily reach, that a snail could, and I have some green filamentous algae on the big wide leaves, that are just crying out for shrimp to do some mowing.
Anyway, no shrimp, and I came home with a new betta, and no tank to put him in.
He's a flary reactive little lad. Not yet full grown, crowntail, black head, silvery back end, and orangy fins.
He was very miserable in the tank (maybe 5 gallons) they had him in - one plant, 30 snails, and some rainbow fish. Very stressed! Exactly the kind of purchase I promised myself I would never make!
So I brought him home, wracking my brains for how to house him.
I hung him in a jug in the big 200litre, while I decided what to do... Mr Samphire is against another tank. Odd man. So the ideal would be to shuffle things around, and sneak another tank in 'by accident' if necessary. Maybe next time he is away for work... ;)
But poor little No Name was flaring so hard - at EVERYTHING - that it obviously wasn't going to work out for him in the big tank. Too busy for him, even with masses of cover. None of my other 3 have EVER flared. No Name is really up for a fight. fingers. snails. leaves. his reflection. Anything, really.
So No Name has gone into the 57litre with the ember tetras. Quietest tank. Less traffic going past it. Most peaceful occupants. No Name is flaring at his own reflection and some of the leaves. He is ignoring the embers, and hasn't seen the shrimp. But then no one does. They are invisible house elf shrimp.
He cost 1/3 of what I paid for any of the other 4, so I am guessing he is a genetic dead end (lol) but who cares? No one needs perfect fins when they have this much personality!
Kham has come out of the 57litre and into the 70litre with the purple rasboras. He has chillaxed already, and is loving exploring.
and Tagawa (who has never flared in his life, and is the gentlest of the 4) has come out of the 70 litre and into the 200litre. He has made friends with the watersprite, and is ignoring everything else, at the moment.
I am keeping a VERY close eye on everyone.
I have concerns about the honey gourami and Tagawa being in the 200litre together. But have read up for hours on it, and have seen quite a few people say that their honeys are very peaceful. And I already know that Tagawa is very peaceful. Will watch like a hawk and see what happens. There is only one male gourami, and he rarely leaves his top corner bubble nest, leaving Tagawa the other 190 litres, if he chooses to use them.
|04-23-2019 06:14 PM|
Wow! Very nice
|04-21-2019 07:52 AM|
I’m pleasantly surprised by the Aquasky.
I had doubts it would penetrate 18 inches of water, but the way the crypts and dwarf sag are growing shows that worry was unfounded.
And the App is excellent. V easy and intuitive. 4 zones (dawn, midday, dusk and night) all adapable, with individual control (and memory) for red, blue, green and white. They slowly morph from one to another, like natural daylight does.
The only issue I have found so far is that when we had a power cut, I had to switch the timer back on. It had saved all the timer and colour settings, but i had to switch it off/on to activate again.
However, i did that on my mobile phone, so it could be re-started from the other side of the planet.
(I’ve now moved all my tank lights onto some form of wifi controlled timer App. This means I can check they are functioning properly using my phone. I had a problem a few months ago, where a manual timer failed on Valentine’s tank while i was away and the light was on 24/7 for 3 days. Am still dealing with the algae bloom consequences of that).
|04-21-2019 02:31 AM|
Truly remarkable tank!
It is beautiful and amazing as other members have already stated. How would you rate the Fluval Aquasky?
|04-19-2019 11:31 AM|
Originally Posted by blubird101 View Post
I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
It was £95 for the plants. I’m (vaguely) guessing that is between $100-150
I’ll attach a screenshot of the order with the prices and plant names. Some of the plants were multiples, so some of the listed prices are for 3 or 4 plants.
Then i added the 2 extra anubias from my local store, and both unfortunately died of rhisome rot.
But all the plants in the main order have done brilliantly.
|04-19-2019 10:10 AM|
|Old Dog 59||
Lennon has a 10 gallon and now a 5.5 gallon, that she just loves to watch. She is interested in all aspects of the hobby. She knows exactly what each fish is and how to feed them. So yeah I miss the big tanks but I got more in return.
As a centerpiece fish how about this https://www.thatpetplace.com/Bedotia...bowfish-208554
I know you wouldn't want the shipping but if you can find them in the UK They are absolutely stunning. You have room to put in 3-5 in your tank now 2 male and 3 female or even just 3 males. They would bring the color out and really stand out in the tank.
|04-19-2019 09:31 AM|
Very well done tank! Love the look! Thanks for sharing!
|04-19-2019 09:21 AM|
Wow! That is an amazing tank, lovely aquascape! I would love to get a tank like that in the future <3
Absolutely superb job. Keep updates coming, I'd love to see how it progresses :)
Just curious, how much do you think it cost in plants?
|04-19-2019 07:43 AM|
@Old Dog 59
Every time I mention this 55g of mine I think of you, your 75g and your 55g.
Makes me feel very lucky, but also a bit guilty, like I am rubbing your tragedy in.
Thanks for the compliments.
I am already thinking that I might have to thin out some of the big leaved Echinodorus, but some of the bigger leaves are dying back by themselves, so will wait and see what happens. The new growth will be acclimated to these conditions, but I don't know whether that will mean bigger or smaller leaves.
And I do wish I had at least one bright centrepiece fish. I thought the gouramis would fill that role, but they haven't. I wish I could risk a king plakat betta in there, but am not sure it would be a good idea, with the honey gouramis.
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