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That tank looks so very beautiful. You should be very proud of what you have created for your troops. They all look happy and well fed.
Hows the new 55 doing?
Thanks!
Will do a proper photoshoot of the 55 soon (after tonight's water change), so will be able do an update on that too. No algae problems there, am pleased to say. And goodness the plants are growing fast.
Am really enjoying it all.
 

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I knew you would.They are a labor of love.
My Grand daughter (Lennon) has been non stop with her new 10 gallon. She sits in front of it from the time she getup in the morning talking to her fish. She has taken to putting her table and chair right in front of it. She eats lunch with them, but We do make her come come to the dinner table and join the family. As soon as she finishes it's right back in front of the tank. If it were up to her she would feed the fish every time they swam in front of her. Her father thinks it will be easy to teach her to tell time. And so far I think he's right.

Her Grand mother wanted to take her shopping for cloths. (that didn't go over too well with Lennon.) The first question from her was (can we stop at the fish store Nanna?) When Nanna said No the response I thought was priceless. (Then why are we going shopping. I'll wait for papa to take me.) Her father, and step mother heard the conversation, and lost it. The response was just too much for Nanna, she lost it too.
So Papa took her shopping and yes we did get her cloths, and a betta of her own. Now she has two tanks and knows exactly how to take care of them. Papa is so proud. (can you tell?)
 

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Aha! And another Enthusiast is Born.
Good for you. And her. And her parents. lol.

At that age, I was more into furry animals (we had guinea pigs), but whatever works.
I hope it is the start of a life long interest for her.
 

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With the way she has taken to the tanks I would say it will be an easy and long interest. She now sits and checks out the pictures in the aquatics Magazines I get. and will come up and ask me to read the (story's) to her. And all the questions we get. I really hope it continues.
 

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Major excitement!

We have a baby cherry barb hanging out in the moss (top centre of whole tank pic above)

Soon after I moved this tank through to the kitchen I noticed the temp had dropped a little. Maybe the setting got nudged in the move? Anyway, I tweaked it back up to normal and thought no more of it.

It must have triggered spawning.
Anyway, weeks later (yesterday) I was doing my daily Tank Staring and Occupant Potting, and saw this tiny streak of red jazzing about in the moss. Closer inspection and it is a 1cm (ish) cherry barb.

Amazing that it survived, completely unbeknownst to me. No protection, no special food, in a tank of marauding Betta, black neons, cherry barbs and nerites.

Will try and get a pic, but it is looking tricky. May have to wait til he/she grows a bit more confident.
 

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Haha!
I am indeed a VERY proud Mum!
Yesterday I thought i saw a boy.
Today I definitely saw two girls.
So maybe there are three... or more... or just two...
They are only coming out of the moss when I feed the rest of the rabble, and hover within an inch if the moss, so early days yet. :)
 

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The cherry barb babies have finally started free swimming, and I removed a huge clump of moss which was growing across the whole centre top of the tank and blocking the view, so I got a photo of them (top right):

Still not sure if they are boys or girls. They look redder or yellower depending on the light cycle as it goes through dawn to dusk.
There are 4. Three tiddlers (1cm) and one nearly twice the size. All active and eating from the sinking fish food and off the moss. They LOVE Repashy.

One is much braver than the others - one of the small ones.

The plants are really filling out now.

And the shrimp are loving standing ‘surfing’ on the tossing foliage and feeding.

One of the wood shrimp.
They both turned bright orange, then one turned back to brown. Here he is:


No pics of Tagawa this time.
He was far too busy blowing bubbles behind the filter to want to model today. Busybusybusy. Just in case there was a passing lady to impress.
 
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