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Title: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 03, 2017, 07:10:08 pm
Hi everyone.
I have decided that I should start a multiple tanks log so welcome.
The reason why I am starting this log is to keep all my running tanks in one place. I only have 1 tank running at the moment, my 300ltr. The build and beginnings of this tank can be seen here -> https://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php/topic,194530.0.html

I am building a fish room and the progression can be seen here -> https://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php/topic,230426.0.html

So I will indeed have multiple tanks running soon.

Anyway, a little info about my fish keeping adventure.
I started keeping fish over 2 years ago now and got really hooked on the hobby immediately. I Started with a 30ltr tank and my first fish was a betta. He didn't last very long unfortunately due to my lack of knowledge and the usual [email protected] advice/sabotage.
After loosing the betta I decided to educate myself and went and got a load of books and then joined this fantastic forum. I then decided that I needed a bigger tank and purchased a second hand marina 95ltr tank. This tank was much more successful and I stocked it with a mixture of soft and hard water fish naively. I had a female blue ram who lived for around a year, 10 danios  (which I still have 6 of) and platties  (which bred like wildfire).
After some time wishing I had a bigger tank I went ahead and purchased my 300ltr tank. This tank has given me a rough time because my water went soft and acidic as a result of a poor choice of compost. That resulted in numerous deaths and almost wiped out my platties all together. The water eventually returned to the original hard alkaline conditions after a few months, I am still keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way.
Recently I moved house and the new home has a basement that I can turn into a fish room. Mooving the 300ltr tank was a mighty task but I managed it with no damage thankfully.

So that's the introduction done, here is what I currently have residing in the 300.
From the top,
Danios x 6
Green fire tetra x 7
Betta splendens x 1 (rescued from a friend who moved back to Poland)
Platties x 3 all female
A single female guppy
Australian rainbows x 3
Western rainbows x 3
Brochis/Cory splendens x 6
Corydoras venezuelanus x 8
Bristle nose plecos, 2 adult females and probably 50 ish little ones rescued from a tank I purchased.
Assassins and Malaysian trumpet snails.

I want to buy more fish but I will wait until I have more tanks set up just incase the parameters change again.

The tanks equipment is as follows,
1 ehiem pro 4+ canister (surface flow)
1 tetratec ex1200 canister  (substrate flow)
1 Fluval plus3 internal filter  (surface breaker)
1 tetra aps400 air pump running 3 stones
And A hydor inline heater attached to the ehiem canister.

Plants are as follows,
Amazon swords
Java ferns
Vallis
Crypt brown
Annubias
Cambomba
Elodia
Peacock moss
Mairrimo moss
And water lettuce

Also in the tank is alot of wood, granite and hides.

I hope everyone enjoys following my log as more tanks are gradually included.

I had a rearrange and general tidy up today after the move left everything messy so here is a picture to complete the opening post.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on July 04, 2017, 08:45:54 am
Nice to see the precis of what's happened, and the tank. :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 04, 2017, 07:32:53 pm
I have been trying to post multiple pictures but just keep getting re-directed to start a new topic  :mad:

Any I will post them 1 by 1.

Brochis.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 04, 2017, 07:33:35 pm
BN's
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 04, 2017, 07:35:14 pm
Betta  (I love this guy but have just seen him being nipped by a tetra)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 04, 2017, 07:36:25 pm
Rainbows and one of the platties given to me by GL
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: bbroom89 on July 04, 2017, 07:58:07 pm
Will you be updating this instead of the basement log now?

Like your 300l tank mate. Will follow with eager eyes!
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 04, 2017, 08:40:34 pm
No, the basement log is going to focus on just the assembly of the fish room. This tank is in my dining room and is my display tank.
This log is where I will document all the goings on in every tank once it's up and running.
I am glad that you like it, this tank has been a real rollercoaster ride.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on July 05, 2017, 08:23:35 am
The pics must be too big if you can't get 10 in one post.....try resizing to around 200k ;)
Nice pics :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 10, 2017, 11:33:33 am
Over the weekend we had a house warming and I added 8 new fish. I got 4 platties, It ooked like 2 males and 2 females to add to my 3 existing females but upon releasing them i realized that I had only brought 1 female and 3 males. They are all beautiful so I will have to get a couple more females this weekend.
Also added to the tank was 4 rainbows. 2 red and 2 blues. All looking looking amazingly well. I had 1 big Australian that used to bully all the others but is much better now. Unfortunately the big bit of wood I added after the move has tanned the water so pics are not very good.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 10, 2017, 11:42:28 am
Also the corydoras venezuelanus have been spawning for the last 4 days in on the trot.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 10, 2017, 11:43:33 am
Rainbows and cory
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on July 17, 2017, 05:25:24 pm
Nice tannins *grin*
They look good fish. :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on July 30, 2017, 11:57:09 pm
Well today to my amazement, I seen 4 young platties. They are quiet sizable, probably about 10mm so they have been hiding well. What's amazing is that I haven't noticed any pregnant looking fish and I only included males to the group 3 weeks ago.  They are all totally white, I have 1 fish that looks similar and it's a male.

Also I have a cup full of c. Venezuelanus fry floating in the tank aswell. I am in the process of getting permission to locate another tank in the same room for growing on fry, I have the perfect tank, just need to do some more begging  *grin*

Also, if anyone wants a bristle nose pleco or 3 then you can have them for nowt if you collect from Loughborough. I have albino and normals.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 02, 2017, 05:04:36 pm
I have started to set up another tank in the dining room for raising fry.
It's only small (45ltr) and is going to be ran on sponge filters. It has 2 partitions making 3 15ltr nurseries. I have situated it just below the OH's shrine so that all who are raised here are blessed.
Picture attached.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 02, 2017, 09:16:12 pm
All set and ready to be filled with old tank water when I do the water change on Saturday.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 03, 2017, 11:22:45 pm
Got a picture  all be it blurry, of the breeding stripe on one of my blue rainbows. Check out the guy at the bottom center.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 04, 2017, 11:17:24 am
They must like their new home :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on August 04, 2017, 02:17:22 pm
Definitely his display stripe :)
Some are orange to yellow like hus, also seen a few that are just bright yellow :)
Nice :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 04, 2017, 03:30:55 pm
It's so vibrant goes from Orange to gold but is so difficult to capture.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 10, 2017, 10:35:26 am
Fry are still doing well in the 15ltr nurserie.
Also I have a few shrimp that I found in the bottom of the tank  *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 10, 2017, 01:30:13 pm
Good news about the fry, also random finds are always good. :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 10, 2017, 10:16:49 pm
Yeah I am quite cuffed with the fry, still have my fingers crossed as we are not out of the woods yet but so far this is the best I have done numbers wise. (Touch wood) I don't think that I have lost any.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on August 10, 2017, 10:25:58 pm
Looks well tidy mate :)
Looking good :) hope the fry do well for you


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 17, 2017, 10:23:54 pm
Little update.
Fry are doing well and so is everyone in the 300ltr appart from Herbert the betta. I have been given permission to set up a tank or should I say box for him. I will do that tomorrow afternoon.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 18, 2017, 09:09:45 am
Fingers crossed for him N.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 18, 2017, 10:39:05 am
I planted a seed in her head and said that this can be her tank  *grin*
The box may still become a tank yet.
I am hopeful for him, I turned the temperature up a notch and he is more active and eating more. Still abit wobbly but I am hopeful.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 19, 2017, 12:55:37 pm
I set up a new home for Herbert last night and he seems instantly happier. It's a 30ltr plastic box that I have set up with under-gravel filtration. As soon as I put him in he went straight to the bottom as fish do when moved but after a few minutes he started chasing the bits of duckweed around and looking for food.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Suelo on August 19, 2017, 01:28:32 pm
  Excellent! Hope Herbert likes his new home!
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Post by: Stephen on August 19, 2017, 06:58:23 pm
Looking good  thumbsup
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 20, 2017, 09:36:17 am
Excellent :)
You'll want a cover though as, even when knackered, they still jump. ;)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 20, 2017, 10:30:01 am
Excellent :)
You'll want a cover though as, even when knackered, they still jump. ;)

There is a lid, I just removed for photo.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 20, 2017, 12:12:26 pm
*grin* I thought you would have - don't want any newbies thinking it's ok to keep bettas with no lid. ;)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 20, 2017, 12:39:22 pm
He is looking alot better since the move so fingers crossed that he stays this way.
It must of been the stess of living with the others.

The cory have been laying again today. I managed to save some eggs before they where gobbled up. I probably won't be saving any more because I don't have the space if I can't move them on quickly.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 24, 2017, 11:11:38 am
Hi all, little update.
Herbert's still doing well in his own tank, although I just seen a baby platy swimming around in there with him. I must of accidenly caught it when I better the betta out.
I have decided that my mum can have Herbert as she has never kept fish and is always looking at him when she visits. I am going to be giving her strict care instructions on some paper and I will ensure that the tank she gets is ready for him.

I have advertised on Facebook my young platties, cory and bn's and have someone coming tomorrow for 3 platties.
Corydoras still not ready but some are getting close now.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on August 24, 2017, 12:18:29 pm
Take a copy of Ian's guide for bettas for her ;)
I'm still having serious thoughts about the bn for Marsellus's tank, been doing a bit of reading etc so i will let you know shortly with any luck :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 24, 2017, 02:05:56 pm
Take a copy of Ian's guide for bettas for her ;)
*agree* *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 25, 2017, 12:25:11 am
Take a copy of Ian's guide for bettas for her ;)
I'm still having serious thoughts about the bn for Marsellus's tank, been doing a bit of reading etc so i will let you know shortly with any luck :)


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I think I will actually do that, thanks for reminding me  *cheers*
With regards to the bn, don't forget my tank offer. I don't mind if you bring me your smaller tank later when you have everything switched over. I will be glad to see more of the bn's go to fellow enthusiasts. That's why I am happy to sort you out an appropriate tank.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 25, 2017, 12:44:02 am
Some fry  *fish*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on August 25, 2017, 01:09:10 am
Nice pics :) they're all looking well
Thanks for the offer :) i think it would be too deep (front to back) to fit on the stand we already have unfortunately, the 54l is only 1 foot (30cm) front to back.


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 25, 2017, 01:25:01 am
Check out the crazy overhang either side of my fry tank lol.
It has a bit of ply and foam underneath cut to the correct size underneath. I am hoping it stays okay. Should be as the shop I got it from, most tanks was like that. This tank was literally say ontop of 2 normal shelf brackets.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on August 25, 2017, 01:33:32 am
Yeah i wouldnt want to take that chance long term lol
Weirdly the cabinet we have has a curve on the front so the corners at the front overhang slightly.


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 25, 2017, 01:49:20 am
Fair enough.
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 25, 2017, 10:51:00 am
I seen the rainbows spawning last night for the first time. It was really interesting. The blue male can literally turn his breeding colours on and off like a light, amazing.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Si4geckos on August 25, 2017, 02:03:03 pm
Some fry  *fish*

Are those your cory fry from your most recent spawn? They're looking very good and a decent size already. Congrats.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 25, 2017, 04:17:46 pm
Shame you won't get many, if any, fry. But then they're likely to be hybrids if you do.......
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 25, 2017, 06:35:10 pm
Some fry  *fish*

Are those your cory fry from your most recent spawn? They're looking very good and a decent size already. Congrats.

Yeah they range from 2-4 weeks old in that picture. Some almost ready to move out of the nursery.

Shame you won't get many, if any, fry. But then they're likely to be hybrids if you do.......

If I see any eggs I will try raising them to get some practice in. I don't intend to take rainbow breeding too seriously until they are all in species tanks.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 26, 2017, 09:38:06 am
You need to get your power sorted out downstairs. ;)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 28, 2017, 10:10:19 pm
You need to get your power sorted out downstairs. ;)

I know it's really bugging me now.


Anyway today Iain came and took a pleco and while he was here he spotted a baby cory going about its business in the main tank. I didn't know it was even there.
I think I will try full depth with the fry tank for a week then move the biggest ones over.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on August 28, 2017, 11:39:52 pm
Yep he was tiny but looking really well, already showing some nice colour :) at a guess i'd say he was just over 10mm long but looking chunky!
Was good to see the tanks and all the inhabitants again, its all looking good :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 29, 2017, 09:43:59 am
Unexpected babies.... *grin*
If only my gossei would do that again..... *rolleyes*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 29, 2017, 10:51:58 am
God knows how it got there let alone grown so well. He/she must of found a nice hideout where plenty food gets stuck.

I am starting to think about other species of cory that could do well in my waters for future projects, any ideas?
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Post by: plankton on August 29, 2017, 11:42:10 am
How hard is it?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 29, 2017, 02:57:50 pm
14.6 gh according to the water report. Api gh test says 13
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 29, 2017, 02:59:46 pm
Maybe bronze.
Possibly paleatus (pepper), but they need it no more than 22C.
I wouldn't attempt any others, they are all better in softer water.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 29, 2017, 03:08:57 pm
Thanks Ian. I will be keeping that in mind.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: gwnm on August 29, 2017, 05:55:14 pm
these corys can take hardness up to 15°H
 
bronze cory (Corydoras aeneus)
Sterba's Cory (Corydoras sterbai)
Schwartz's Cory (Corydoras schwartzi)
Green-gold Cory (Corydoras melanotaenia)
Spotted Cory (Corydoras melanistius)
Natterer's Cory (Corydoras nattereri)
Corydoras polystictus

rest are mainly 12 or below
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 29, 2017, 06:19:08 pm
I would prefer my fish to thrive rather than manage.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: gwnm on August 29, 2017, 06:28:41 pm
I would prefer my fish to thrive rather than manage.

no offense meant, just wanted to let you know which ones you could possibly have based on your water hardness as its right at the top range for corys
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 29, 2017, 06:42:00 pm
Yeah I understand and appreciate the input. It's still a list of possibilities. I am still surprised about my current success.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: gwnm on August 29, 2017, 06:46:34 pm
i know the feeling i have eggs up the side of my water intake tube and have no idea whose they are lol
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on August 31, 2017, 08:09:50 pm
Just a few photos.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on August 31, 2017, 08:50:45 pm
Looking good :)
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Post by: Calmwaters on August 31, 2017, 10:35:58 pm
I've some how missed this multi log of yours but all caught up now Newbie.
Things are looking good & your fish seem to be enjoying themselves judging by the various fry popping up ;)
Some fab pics too :)



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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on August 31, 2017, 11:39:41 pm
You've moved a few things since the other day ;) lol
Looking good :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 01, 2017, 07:41:37 am
I've some how missed this multi log of yours but all caught up now Newbie.
Things are looking good & your fish seem to be enjoying themselves judging by the various fry popping up ;)
Some fab pics too :)



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Thanks cw, my photography is getting there.

 
You've moved a few things since the other day ;) lol
Looking good :)


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Had a major clean up to try eliminate the smell. It reeked didn't it.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Suelo on September 01, 2017, 08:18:26 am
Your tank is looking great!
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 01, 2017, 09:03:33 am
My sense of smell isnt that great to be fair so didn't really notice lol i have good days and bad days with it though, my OH can smell everything it really irritates her sometimes lol


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 01, 2017, 10:40:24 am
It stunk of poo really bad.
It's because of all plecos I think.
My sense of smell isnt that great to be fair so didn't really notice lol i have good days and bad days with it though, my OH can smell everything it really irritates her sometimes lol


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My sister's OH has no sense of smell at all. It has its ups and downs I suppose, can be dangerous aswell.

Your tank is looking great!
Thanks Sue, I do like the scapeing from the center approach better than the sides.
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 02, 2017, 04:50:08 pm
New boy.
Thanks Iain.
I will get him a few girls when he is abit bigger.
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Post by: Stephen on September 02, 2017, 04:56:23 pm
Tank is looking good  *grin*
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Post by: Suelo on September 02, 2017, 05:02:17 pm
He's looking good!
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 02, 2017, 05:24:40 pm
Tank is looking good  *grin*

Thanks Stephen. I am quite pleased with the way it looks finally.
Everyone seems happy and healthy touch wood.
Even one of my new platties that was looking rather sorry for himself after another male put him in his place is looking better now.
He's looking good!

He really is a looker, like his dad. I hope he likes his new home. I even got some of my old water lettuce back with him after mine disappeared for some reason.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 02, 2017, 07:17:42 pm
Hope he settles in well for you mate :)
The water lettuce is in all my tanks, my OH commented the other day on the fact i take loads out at water changes and about a week later its filled the top again. Could've brought you a load! Lol
You can see his patterning starting on the front of the anal fin in that pic :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 02, 2017, 07:30:31 pm
Me too he went straight into hiding when I released him so no in tank shots for now. Probably abit freaked out by the big rainbows. If we meet again I would be happy to take some lettuce or you could post some if you want rid. I have no idea where mine went lol.
Title: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 02, 2017, 07:38:16 pm
Yeah i imagine so, my OH panicked about our little guy initially because he was hiding, but a couple of days and hes out and about quite regularly :) they just need to establish if they're safe and whats around them
I'll post some up when i next do the water changes, or if i move the fry on you can have the cover off that lol

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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Calmwaters on September 02, 2017, 07:39:43 pm
He looks good, enjoy your new edition. :D


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 03, 2017, 10:35:41 am
Very nice N. :)
Are you sure your lettuce didn't just turn into duckweed? ;)
I THINK I managed to not get any in my tanks though...... :P
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 03, 2017, 11:00:34 am
Very nice N. :)
Are you sure your lettuce didn't just turn into duckweed? ;)
I THINK I managed to not get any in my tanks though...... :P

That is actually what happened, the lettuce turned into duckweed  roflmao

Anyway the cac/apisto/cockatoo cichlid has taken up residence in the right rear corner, right where I can't see him properly. Hopefully he changes his mind soon or starts swimming around more.
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 03, 2017, 02:41:51 pm
I have managed to get a couple of decent shots of the apisto.
I am just wondering what you folk think, should I move him to one of the grow out 15ltr sections? I am only thinking this because it will be easier to feed him and get him nice and big and strong.
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 03, 2017, 03:15:13 pm
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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 03, 2017, 05:13:26 pm
I moved a handful of cory over to the main tank today, probably 20 ish. Still got  :censored2: loads in the grow out tank I would say easy over 50.
While I was at the grow out netting cory I noticed 4 tiny fry swimming around in the left section  (unheated and unfiltered) I think that they are either danios, tetra or rainbows that got in there on the cabomba. Most likely rainbows as they are the only egg scatterers I have seen spawning.
I am just going to leave them and see if anything happens.
Title: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 03, 2017, 09:34:34 pm
Good pics of the little man :)
You might find he will hide and make his way around the covered areas before he gets confident enough to come out in the open.
The rainbows looking a bit more yellowy on the nose than the yesterday :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 03, 2017, 11:16:30 pm
He is venturing out but staying close to cover. Really chuffed with him thanks pal.
Yeah he turned his nose light off after those 2 pictures.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 03, 2017, 11:37:50 pm
Yeah they do like their caves and hide aways, the one in my 100l has discovered the tunnel system that runs through my arch piece and has spent some time working his way through there. Wont be doing it for too long though before he's too big lol


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 04, 2017, 09:39:10 am
He'll be fine :)
The rainbow beacon is a good capture.
That's a lot of fry, they'll be going right up and down the east coast at this rate (and any other hard water areas ;) ). *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 04, 2017, 12:02:03 pm
Any one here want corydoras venezuelanus bred by myself? As always, tff users get the best prices aslong as I get to see occasional pictures. MA said they will give credit for them so I will be able to shift them that way if needed. I will do them at £2.50 each or 5 for £10 or 10 for £15 to people on here who keep tank logs or will post pictures. That's a unbeatable price.
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Post by: Si4geckos on September 04, 2017, 09:30:45 pm
That's a very generous price. Are they the orange patchy ones or just normal greeny colour? I saw some orangey ones in a LFS the other day and was tempted (if I had room). Great to see so many of your fry surviving now.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 05, 2017, 12:36:51 am
That's a very generous price. Are they the orange patchy ones or just normal greeny colour? I saw some orangey ones in a LFS the other day and was tempted (if I had room). Great to see so many of your fry surviving now.

They are Orange spot, see this picture.
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 05, 2017, 01:26:46 pm
Small update. Most of the cory fry are in the big tank now. I am taking as many bn plecs to a fish shop (Leicester aquatics) on Sunday and the cichlid is using a spare sponge from a sponge filterthat is in the tank for if I need to set up another tank as his own private residence.
That's all for now.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on September 09, 2017, 09:27:11 am
The Corydoras venezuelanus look good and healthy  thumbsup
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 09, 2017, 11:15:53 am
Thanks Stephen, they have done me proud considering that they had no berbells and almost no nose on some this time last year due to a poor choice of substrate.

On another note.
I am taking a load of Bn's to MA tomorrow and they have offered £1.50 credit per fish, I have over 20 so looks like I will have to get something special for the tank.

 Any suggestions ?
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Post by: Stephen on September 09, 2017, 04:10:23 pm
Thanks Stephen, they have done me proud considering that they had no berbells and almost no nose on some this time last year due to a poor choice of substrate.

On another note.
I am taking a load of Bn's to MA tomorrow and they have offered £1.50 credit per fish, I have over 20 so looks like I will have to get something special for the tank.

 Any suggestions ?
That's a tough question seeing as you are already very successful in breeding BNs and Venezuela Cory.
How about breeding some central American cichlids ;)  *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 09, 2017, 04:45:51 pm
I haven't bred the BN's, I rescued them out the bottom of a tank I purchased. Didn't think they would do so well but they seem to have all survived. The cory I have bred and have had 100% survival from the last 3 batches leaving me with loads of cory  *grin*

Anyway on a slightly duller note, I lost a platy today, my only golden micky mouse and i really liked her aswell. Turns out my gh is dropping again so looks like I will be changing the compost tomorrow. I wish I listened to you in the first place and got the tropica  (What tropica soil is it you have Stephen? There is 2 kinds). So tomorrow I will be scraping back the sand, removing the compost and replacing it with tropica. Luckily it's sectioned off under the sand so should be abit less painful on my back.
Still going to have to move all the fish out temporarily.
Urgh this is going to be a real ball ache but needs to be done asap.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on September 09, 2017, 10:05:57 pm
I use the Tropica Plant Growth Substrate which has zero effect on pH or hardness.
It does require topping with sand or gravel, so 1cm of Tropica and minimum of 2cm of sand or gravel but I would suggest to go deeper with the sand (about 5cm/2inches).

Here's Tropica's recommend plant substrate based on tank size. (I used 6 x 2.5L bags (15L) on my 600L tank).
(http://tropica.com/imagegen.ashx?width=500&image=/Plant%20Care/612/2.JPG&crop=resize&class=product)

Hope it helps
Best wishes
Stephen
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 10, 2017, 10:22:23 am
Female apisto cacs (3) if they have them. ;)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 10, 2017, 05:48:29 pm
I use the Tropica Plant Growth Substrate which has zero effect on pH or hardness.
It does require topping with sand or gravel, so 1cm of Tropica and minimum of 2cm of sand or gravel but I would suggest to go deeper with the sand (about 5cm/2inches).

Here's Tropica's recommend plant substrate based on tank size. (I used 6 x 2.5L bags (15L) on my 600L tank).
(http://tropica.com/imagegen.ashx?width=500&image=/Plant%20Care/612/2.JPG&crop=resize&class=product)

Hope it helps
Best wishes
Stephen

I have got that stuff today 2.5L, should be enough due to only having about half of the tank dirted.
I will do it next weekend because it's getting late now.

Female apisto cacs (3) if they have them. ;)

After I realised that I was struggling for time I decided to get some fish aswell as the substrate today.
I took the last of the female cacs, only has 2 but looks like the male has chosen a mate already.
Also got 5 female guppy to go with my 1 female and got 2 males aswell. Not worried about adding to much bio load as I took 25 BN's to the shop which payed for the cacs and guppies.
Still got plenty of Bn's to go but that can wait until next week, if I can catch them.
Pics to come later when I turn the lights back on.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 10, 2017, 06:46:05 pm
I am not certain that the 2 new cacs are female. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 11, 2017, 09:11:35 am
I'm pretty useless with cichlids, but it's not obvious that they are females, the shapes would point more towards male......but if they are all quite young yet........
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 11, 2017, 09:19:08 am
Hard to say, the females have a more predominant black stripe down most/the front of the ventral fins (so ive noticed with mine) where as males tend to be coloured. The other give away would be the behaviour, if they start tilting over in front of lil bub then they're likely to be female as thats what they do when they display to the males, along with tail slapping the face if they get that far :)
2nd pic looks female, not sure about the last one even with the black on the ventral, although they do have some colour in their fins, its not as strong as the males. Stubbs and Mum have orangey fins but no pattern. How big are they?


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 11, 2017, 10:48:29 am
They are just a tiny bit bigger than the male, but he was a smaller sibling anyway wasn't he Iain?
The male (who I shall refer to as little bub) started swimming with one of the new additions as soon as I released them and I did see the body tilting you mention. The two are still together this morning and the other is at the other end of the tank. Seems little bub is more confident and less hidey now aswell.

The guppies I got are really gorgeous take a look  *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 11, 2017, 12:21:03 pm
The second "guppy" is definitely an endler-cross. ;)
Very pretty though, all of them. :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 11, 2017, 12:56:56 pm
The second "guppy" is definitely an endler-cross. ;)
Very pretty though, all of them. :)

The fork tailed guy?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 11, 2017, 01:10:52 pm
Yeah he was one of the smaller males, not the smallest but smaller than a couple of the other boys. I imagine he likes the company :)
The guppies are nice, the forktailed one is definitely an endler cross as Ian says :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 11, 2017, 01:12:22 pm
I did let the OH choose which guppies she liked the look of. I don't really mind, he is good looking IMO
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Calmwaters on September 11, 2017, 02:10:36 pm
New editions looking good Newbie. :D


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: chesterjohn on September 11, 2017, 04:59:23 pm
The endler cross guppy is very nice looking. I'm not a big guppy fan, but love that one.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 11, 2017, 05:05:31 pm
Thanks folks.
My parntner spends much more time looking at the tank now I have "pretty fish" in there. Before when I just had the danios  (quit plain pink) the Australian rainbows  (quite plain silver) and cory (quite dull coloured) well that was her opinion. She used to barley look at the tank.
I am just glad that she is more interested.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 11, 2017, 10:47:16 pm
I have an increasing number of pond snails appearing. I have no idea what to do about it because I don't want to harm my mts, any ideas?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Suelo on September 11, 2017, 11:35:40 pm
When I had an explosion of snails last year I did 3 things. Putting in overnight veg & picking it out, snails'n'all in the morning (not sure if your MTS might just eat it all up anyway), feeding less, and then manually picking out any snails that I could see. I used planting tweezers to pick out the snails and after a couple of weeks I'd vastly reduced the numbers. I now even return to the tank any snails that I suck up by accident during water changes.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 12, 2017, 07:25:11 am
I was thinking it would have to be a manual attack. MTS  will go for the veg so probably just going to be picking them for a while.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 14, 2017, 04:55:55 pm
No more fatalities to report, still going ahead this weekend with the change of dirt.
Quick run down of what's happening.
Main tank- cory fry growing up fast, apistos seem to be quiet territorial to other fish, there is a pair I think because they are always together and shooing off other fish I think I seen abit of a physical argument between 2, can't be sure if it was the pair or not because both the new ones look the same and seem to be the same type as the one from GL. The new ones both have a spot on one side and a stripe on the other, GLs has stripes on both sides. All 3 have identical tails.

Fry tank- 2 unidentified fry are now over a week old and growing very slowly but definitely growing. There is some other microscopic organisims swimming around in there which I have no idea what they are, I am hoping they are baby neo shrimp but I don't know what they look like.

Herbert's box - will be decommissioned this weekend and Herbert the betta will be transferred to his new home, an aqua 40, in preparation for going to my mothers house.

I also have alot of activity in a large bucket in the garden and it's full of daphnia and mosquito larvae which I have been feeding to everyone as a treat.

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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 14, 2017, 10:20:38 pm
Good to hear :)
I have noticed when i first catch mine in the mornings before they've woke up properly they can be dulled down and only show a spot in the middle of their body before it returns to the full stripe when they do wake up. Also not really helpful one of the females has a couple of speckles of colour on her tail.
But everything sounds like its ticking over nicely :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 16, 2017, 10:58:50 am
So today's the day i finally do the dirt change. Trouble is that the cory are spawning so I will wait until they finished before starting.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 16, 2017, 01:07:48 pm
Panic stations!
I thought that it would be a good idea to leave all the fish in and now it's completely blacked out in there  :mad:
I am plugged in another 2 filters full of floss to try get it to clear and currently changing water.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 16, 2017, 01:25:57 pm
As soon as I can see what I am doing the fish are coming out and I will finish the job.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 16, 2017, 08:40:46 pm
Finally finished. I have been at it since about 1pm up to 8.30pm a full shift just to change substrate. Also got another cup full of egg again  *grin*
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Post by: Calmwaters on September 16, 2017, 10:03:45 pm
Hell of a day you've had!
Glad your all sorted out.
Layout looks good, once settled will be great.
Hope your relaxing this evening :D


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 16, 2017, 10:25:24 pm
Hell of a day you've had!
Glad your all sorted out.
Layout looks good, once settled will be great.
Hope your relaxing this evening :D


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Thanks cw I tried to keep my old layout because I like it so much. It has been a long hefty day and yes I am chilling with a bottle of wine right now.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Suelo on September 16, 2017, 10:53:30 pm
 *cheers*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 17, 2017, 11:42:09 am
Did you not take the opportunity to get rid of the duckweed? ;) *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 17, 2017, 08:01:59 pm
Did you not take the opportunity to get rid of the duckweed? ;) *grin*

I actually like it lol.

The male apisto hasn't shown up today but both females are out and about.
Also I have managed to sell 4 BN's on Facebook today for 3 quid each and had Jack Dixon from the forum come for 5 cory, gave him seven because I am nice lol.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on September 17, 2017, 08:06:19 pm
You had a busy day changing the substrate, wow!
Well done.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 17, 2017, 08:11:51 pm
Took me 8 hours to complete lol
I am glad it's done now and also my sand isn't too deep any more.
I will be adding SAFE which is the powdered version of prime and stability for a week and then see what the results are. Any idea how long the tropica plant growth stuff might give off ammonia for?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 18, 2017, 08:10:29 am
I think it's about a month?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 18, 2017, 10:33:57 am
Thanks Ian.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 18, 2017, 12:29:14 pm
Some pictures.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 18, 2017, 12:58:50 pm
My male apisto has vanished! Looked everywhere for him but nowhere to be seen. He was swimming around happily after I put everyone back after changing the substrate. Really annoyed and upset with this.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: gwnm on September 18, 2017, 01:02:41 pm
my male likes to hide maybe he is as well?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 18, 2017, 01:14:26 pm
That would be a shame, but don't panic yet, I've had fish disappear for months and then suddenly reappearing. Wait until you see a problem.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 18, 2017, 01:19:39 pm
By problem, what do you mean Ian?
All my other fish seem to be acting normal. Rainbows in breeding colour, brochis and cory are spread out which is good from my experience. Non of the other a schooling and the snails are still in the sand. There won't be any harmful build ups because I am dosing safe and stability.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 18, 2017, 08:03:28 pm
Fish parts or it acting weirdly.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Calmwaters on September 18, 2017, 10:54:46 pm
Hope he turns up.
Great pics! :D


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 23, 2017, 08:54:19 pm
The male apisto has shown up  *grin*
I think I might get a couple more females tomorrow to try and encourage him out abit more. It seems he has decided to live behind the largest bit of bog wood in the middle of the tank.
The cory are looking well, any opinions on how many I should keep? I think I have about 15 youngsters and 8 adults at the moment. Also got a dozen or 2 in a cup who will be going to the grow out tank in a week or so.
And any thoughts on how many BN to keep? Probably have about 10 youngsters knocking about.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 23, 2017, 09:01:07 pm
Glad he’s shown up! Been a bit worried about him myself.
No idea on what you should keep though, aside from him obviously ;)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 23, 2017, 10:21:09 pm
I was really worried aswell. Now you don't have to send the OH to beat me up lol.
I think he isn't getting on with the girls, I thought I seen one of the girls trying to nip him and she is also nipping the other female aswell so hopefully getting more females should sort that out otherwise I will be returning her.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 23, 2017, 10:34:00 pm
Lmao i’ve not told her! Dont intend to either!
The girls can be really moody, as you know i think one of the girls is responsible for half tail. But mum was a moody bugger and chased just about everyone from her area, Stubbs is quite placid, but the girls can be moody with each other as well.
Hows his pattern coming? Has it developed any further?


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 24, 2017, 12:51:07 am
Can't get a decent picture at the min but looks the same to me lol
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Post by: Calmwaters on September 24, 2017, 02:22:36 am
Glad he’s turned up :D


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 24, 2017, 09:21:30 am
I wouldn't keep more than 3 or 4 adults in the tank N.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 24, 2017, 11:42:04 am
I wouldn't keep more than 3 or 4 adults in the tank N.

Thank Ian are we talking apistos or bn's ?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 24, 2017, 12:25:41 pm
BNs, sorry I should have made that clearer.
Female apistos are worse than males (except for males with other males), even with a harem there are spats. I would say at least 3 girls, maybe 4 or 5.......
One of our Israeli friends had a female go completely rogue and pick on everything else is the tank......
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 24, 2017, 06:55:14 pm
Ok thanks Ian. Regards to the apistos. I will get 3 more females during the week if I can get down to MA. I was looking at the male again today and comparing to the picture of him and his patterns on the fins are almost as good as his sibling that Iain kept but the patterns on his body are almost non existent which is strange.
Looks completely different. Still struggling to get a picture with where he is though.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 24, 2017, 07:13:28 pm
Got one, I had to encourage him to come out of hiding with a net though.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 24, 2017, 09:22:30 pm
He’s looking good! Definitely changed his pattern and grown his fins in well!
Males dont always display the lateral line, i’ve even seen Stubbs look very dark and Bubba has just looked silvery in his body before with only a faint trace of his lateral line. Depends on their mood i think, the brothers are always just silver in the mornings with no markings at all until they wake up!


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 24, 2017, 09:40:21 pm
He’s looking good! Definitely changed his pattern and grown his fins in well!
Males dont always display the lateral line, i’ve even seen Stubbs look very dark and Bubba has just looked silvery in his body before with only a faint trace of his lateral line. Depends on their mood i think, the brothers are always just silver in the mornings with no markings at all until they wake up!


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He is looking more like his dad now, now I am not so envyios.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 26, 2017, 06:06:30 pm
Check this out  *grin*
The high protein diet is doing him the world of good.
A few of the other fish aswell. So far no loss since the substrate change.
Title: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 26, 2017, 07:24:57 pm
Good picks N!
He really looks like a mini version of Bubba, even down to the clear patches on the tail and anal fins!
Glad everything has settled down :)
Moved a few of his siblings to new homes today :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 26, 2017, 07:56:29 pm
Cheers Ian. I was thinking those clear bits would colour up eventually but probably not if dad still has them.
I am glad you managed to shift some, was it a private buyer or an aquatics shop?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 26, 2017, 08:06:11 pm
Private, my mate from work, his mum and auntie. Took one of the males (all orange if you’ve seen the log) and 3 females. Got someone else coming this weekend for the remaining 3 females, leaving us half tail, the one with a curl on his filament on his dorsal, and the little male.


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 26, 2017, 08:06:58 pm
Pic of Bubba for reference :)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170926/125ceb7aa9fbad9104ceb7daaebb35b6.jpg)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 26, 2017, 08:10:34 pm
Would anyone be able to offer an opinion on whether I could have more fish in my community? Here's a list of what I am keeping.
11 rainbows  (2 auzzies, 3 western, 3 blues and 3 reds)
6 golden zebra danios  (I would like to replace these with CPD  as they pass on, they are getting old now)
6 greenfire tetra  (as these pass I would like to replace these with bloodfins)
Approximately 15 platties I have a few babies
8 guppies but could become more as several females are looking large
Approximately 25 cory
6 brochis
3 apistos  (planning to get another 2 females soon)
4 bristle nose plecos  (when I move on the remaining youths)
Also a shed load of mts, some assassins and a few neo and amarno shrimp knocking about.

I would like get more rainbows and possibly even something else once I get rid of some more BN.
Any opinions?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 26, 2017, 08:13:51 pm
Pic of Bubba for reference :)
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Thanks for that, they are actually very similar yet different aswell.
Another photo.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 26, 2017, 08:23:00 pm
I have just noticed that his front black dorsal quill isn't as big as it was, is it possible that the moody female has had the end off
Title: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 26, 2017, 08:32:13 pm
No they stay smaller than the couple just after, if you look at the pic of Bubba, his is shorter before the 2 elongated ones (its a little blurry), same as all he males
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 26, 2017, 09:01:14 pm
No they stay smaller than the couple just after, if you look at the pic of Bubba, his is shorter before the 2 elongated ones (its a little blurry), same as all he males

Thats a relief
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 27, 2017, 08:40:53 am
Lovely colours N.
The guppies look good as well.
As to the stocking question, well..................the rainbows aren't full size yet, so some will be getting on for twice what they are now remember.
I'd be inclined to say don't add anything more. (and get the cellar sorted out ;) *grin* )
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 27, 2017, 04:53:19 pm
Lovely colours N.
The guppies look good as well.
As to the stocking question, well..................the rainbows aren't full size yet, so some will be getting on for twice what they are now remember.
I'd be inclined to say don't add anything more. (and get the cellar sorted out ;) *grin* )

Thanks I.
I will be getting it sorted out soon.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 27, 2017, 07:57:59 pm
Just come home to find a dead platy  *bye3*
One of the ones from Iain, another one of my favourite. Test results are normal and she hasn't been looking ill so God knows what happend to her.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on September 27, 2017, 08:31:30 pm
I hope your apistos are behaving themselves.....
Sorry for your loss :(
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 27, 2017, 10:44:42 pm
That was my initial thought aswell.
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Post by: Calmwaters on September 27, 2017, 11:39:44 pm
Sorry for loss :(


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on September 28, 2017, 07:03:17 pm
Sorry for your loss mate :(


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Suelo on September 28, 2017, 10:54:12 pm
Sorry for your loss Newbie  :(
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 01, 2017, 10:48:55 pm
Thanks guys. I don't think I will be buying more platties because they are very delicate in my experience. I have a sunset male pineconed atm aswell. Shame because they are lovely fish. Maybe might try sword tails when I run out of platties  ( although that will be a few years away from now with any luck)

A little update, I have put the two unidentified fry in with the cory fry so I don't have to divide the microworm, my cultures have gone abit slow recently.
The neo shrimp are doing Well in there aswell. Got a couple of big females that are berried. They were a freeby in the bottom of the tank when I got it and were tiny but are now quite big. I have yellow and reds.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 03, 2017, 12:46:34 am
Bristle nose damage
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 03, 2017, 09:45:13 am
When I put veg in the Trigon with two of them it's gone within 48 hours now! :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 03, 2017, 12:45:07 pm
I only leave for 24 hours. I will start leaving for 48.

Every time I look at my community tank it seems there are more cory. I have flipping loads! Here is just a few of them in pic 1.
In the fry tank I have put in 3 assassins to try get ontop of the pond snails. There is loads of movement in there so it's looking good. Pic 2 fry tank.
Pic 3 and 4 just random shots from the community. And Herbert the betta is going at the weekend as I have finally got round to sorting his new tank.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 03, 2017, 12:49:06 pm
They are getting secretive then. ;) :)
Did the rainbow with the lump sort itself out or have I missed/forgotten something?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 03, 2017, 12:58:17 pm
The rainbow still looks abit rough  (lump still there and cloudy eye) but I think it's improving.

I have just seen a couple of BN  males fighting lol. Looks like I will be taking as many as I can catch to MA  at the weekend.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 04, 2017, 01:11:13 am
Just come home from work to a dead rainbow and platy the platy was already really poorly but the rainbow was fine. The dead rainbow was a female red one and the body had blood shot eyes and redness on her underside. Also I can't find the male apisto again. Water tests are fine.
Really frustrated as I now think the apistos are killing my fish with the marks on the rainbow so I will have to set another tank up and separate them.  :mad:
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 04, 2017, 01:45:35 am
This is so strange I have looked everywhere, lifted everything, moved all clumps of plants checked every book and cranny and he is nowhere to be seen. Only thing I can think of is that he has jumped out of the hole the fry cup sits in and the dog has ate him. Is that too far fetched? He would of had to jump through a 3" hole and anoth 6" up to get out. I can't see a bottom dweller doing that personally.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 04, 2017, 09:09:39 am
He's obviously good at hide-and-seek.
Maybe he'll turn up.

Do you think it may be the females in a gang? How many do you have now?
Definitely time to get your stuff sorted out, you can't be doing with strange deaths.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: gwnm on October 04, 2017, 09:40:45 am
female apistos are mean,
i didn't see them going after my fish when they was in my main tank but i did see the male chasing my keyhole cichlids and made them live in one corner of the tank so moved him and the female to the 80l alone and he jumped out tank next day after she chased him out
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 04, 2017, 11:12:00 am
Well I have come down this morning and there he is, bold as brass. Damn he is good at hiding.
The females, of which I have 3. Are not out of the blame frame so I will be running an extension down stairs when I ge5 chance and set up a 120l for the apistos.
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Post by: Gingerlove05 on October 04, 2017, 11:59:30 am
Sorry you lost the rainbow and platy :(
Glad lil bub is ok, they are good at hiding. Sometimes our little one cant be found then next thing you know he’s right in front of your nose. I also hope its not the females responsible for the deaths, as gwnm says they can be a bit mean.


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 04, 2017, 12:10:44 pm
I have never actually seen any aggressive behaviour towards othe fish from the apistos but I really do suspect them. One female was under the big center piece of wood last night while I was looking for bub so maybe there is eggs there. Also another different females belly looks big (could she be carrying eggs?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 04, 2017, 12:38:57 pm
Quite possibly......
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 08, 2017, 11:32:53 pm
Today Herbert finally went to his new home and is now called Fu. My mum is dead chuffed and I think I have started something off for her as she is already talking about a bigger tank for other fish.
The cory fry are growing fast and already have some adult colour in some of them.
The unidentified fry are growing extremely slowly but are starting to look like rainbows but still unsure.
No more death's to report in the main tank so the cichlids are being given more time until I actually see aggression.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on October 09, 2017, 08:18:14 am
Sounding a bit more positive mate.
Love the fry  *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 09, 2017, 11:09:11 am
Fingers crossed for the big tank.
Bit disappointed he's not Herbert any more.....but Fu is a good name. ;) *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 13, 2017, 08:38:30 pm
Haha yeah Fu is a good name.
Well I received a order of pellets yesterday, today the dog had eaten them all by the time I got back from work.  roflmao
Anyway, I have a question, would a 15ltr tank be big enough to temporarily house heavily pregnant guppies in as a maternity tank? I want to raise a few guppies for the first time and I think all fry so far have been eaten so I want to try raising them in a separate tank. I have 2 spare 15 sections in my fry triple tank thing.
Talking about the fry tank, I am pretty sure that the 2 unidentified fry are rainbows. I have seen the long anal fin that only my rainbows have. So I have 2 baby rainbows and 80+ cory fry in the center of the fry triple tank thing all seemingly doing well.
1 more thing. I think I will be taking loads of cory to the lfs because I am struggling to sell any now. My quandary is, they are only offering credit at MA and the only shop that's offering cash say that I have to wait a week after handing my fish over to receive payment incase they are unhealthy And for some reason I don't trust them to be honest.
So, what do I get with my store credit? I would like more fish (thinking  CPD) or maybe a load of neocaridina. I have enough plants so what's your opinions?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 13, 2017, 10:53:22 pm
I have just made an awsome change to the 300. Who can spot what I have done?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Suelo on October 13, 2017, 11:01:38 pm
Painted the back black, or put a black backing on it?

It looks good, whatever it is!
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 13, 2017, 11:51:56 pm
Yeah a black backing in the form of a plastic pallet base that I got from work.

Looks so different in a good way. Just makes me want black sand even more now.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 14, 2017, 11:39:50 am
It does make such a difference! *grin*

The guppies will be ok in the 15l short-term :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 14, 2017, 12:32:28 pm
Thanks Ian. I will put a couple of big females in tonight and see what happens.
The black back is going to make everything stand out so much more. It looks quite dark now compaired to before but everything is much more visible. It's a weird feeling and is going to take some getting used to but I am very happy with the look.
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Post by: Gingerlove05 on October 14, 2017, 04:45:21 pm
It does look good N :)
I’m sure it wont take long to get used to :)


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Calmwaters on October 14, 2017, 10:28:37 pm
It really does make the fish stand out more.
Looks good. :D


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 14, 2017, 10:30:58 pm
So I have put the 2 most pregnant looking guppies in the left section  (now named the maternity ward) along with a mature sponge filter for filtration, a couple of bits of corrugated sponge  for fry cover along with a sponge filter body without the sponge again for fry cover, a load of cabomba and duckweed and a plastic drainage 90° elbow for the ladies to hide in if they wish. Hopefully it works out well.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: kas on October 14, 2017, 10:39:29 pm
Black backgrounds make a huge difference. It took me a year to decide to paint mine. Great decision thumbsup
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 14, 2017, 10:42:37 pm
The center section  (fry tank) is ticking over nicely. One of the neo shrimp in there has eggs so fingers there.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 14, 2017, 10:46:31 pm
Thanks Iain, kas and CW. It's just a slotted in bit of laminated card so less permanent but still a great improvement. Best thing is the fact that the pipework is hidden.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 15, 2017, 09:51:12 am
I love the guppy with the rainbow tail. :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 15, 2017, 04:20:14 pm
I love the guppy with the rainbow tail. :)

Me too, I have 3 of each of both kinds in the maternity ward. I think guppies are lovely fish for display tanks. Go nicely with the rainbows aswell.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 15, 2017, 09:11:40 pm
I have been to see my mother today and am pleased to report that the betta is doing great. I showed her how to do a warer change and she was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. She was under the impression that she would be emptying the tank and cleaning the whole thing every month as thats how my grandad used to do it  (no wonder his fish never lasted).
Here is a couple of pictures.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 15, 2017, 11:54:50 pm
I have just spent a long time watching the fry tank. I am really enjoying it, there is so much going on in there. I have pond snails, Malaysian trumpet snails, assassin snails, red neocaridina, yellow neocaridina, cory fry and rainbow fry. That's what I can see anyway.
Some pictures below.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 16, 2017, 09:01:26 am
Very nice.
Fu is a lucky betta. :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 16, 2017, 12:01:13 pm
This morning I have found a dead female apisto. It was the one that was paired up with lol bub and had a big tummy. Her tummy wasn't big enough to look bloated so I am now fairly convinced that the male apisto is killing fish. One of her pectoral fins was bitten. Looks like dispite the fact that I hadn't seen her for a couple of days that she only died very recently. No decomposition and the body wasn't stiff so I don't think the fin was eaten after death.
I now have to make a decision on what to do with the remaining apistos.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on October 16, 2017, 07:45:44 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss DF  :(
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Post by: Suelo on October 16, 2017, 07:54:00 pm
Sorry you lost her  :(
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Post by: Gingerlove05 on October 16, 2017, 10:22:22 pm
Sorry for your loss N :(
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Post by: Calmwaters on October 17, 2017, 02:40:35 am
Sorry for your loss N :(



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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 17, 2017, 08:46:17 am
Sorry to hear :(

It's unusual, but not unheard of, for males to be grumpier than females.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 17, 2017, 09:49:34 pm
Well today brings some better news. It looks like both the guppies in the maternity ward have given birth and I have seen a couple of fry. Both the ladies came to the front of the tank looking much more relaxed and asking for food. I have gave them a nice meal and will move them back in the 300 morning.
Also in the fry tank next door, there are quite a few cory that will be going in the 300 at the weekend because they are getting big now. The 2 rainbows will probably be going into the 300 next week aswell.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 17, 2017, 10:51:22 pm
Well there are loads of guppy fry.
I do have another 2 females ready for the ward but I will let the fry get bigger and move them over to the nursery before I put anyone else in the ward.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 18, 2017, 08:16:25 am
Will you be able to get rid of the guppies?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 18, 2017, 10:38:56 am
There is always the lfs if I can't get rid of any.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 18, 2017, 11:02:01 pm
I have had a play around with the tanks.  I have removed the coconut cave with anubias attached to the empty right side of the triple tank but am still unsure what to do with that particular section, suggestions welcome.
I was thinking either a invertebrates tank or just another grow out tank.
Some pictures below, picture 1 is what the 300 looks like after the rearranged hardscape (not happy with the look, more suggestions welcome) it's abit cloudy after a clean of the prefilters.
Picture 2 is the triplet tank. What shall I do with the right hand side?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 18, 2017, 11:15:08 pm
Some show pics.
Pic1. Some activity in the 300
Pic2. Guppy fry in the maternity ward
Pic3. Fry tank.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 19, 2017, 11:48:19 am
Have you got shrimp in the other two sections with the fry?
The big tank looks very "clean" now.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 19, 2017, 12:50:07 pm
Only in the center section. I want shrimp in the other when I get some shrimplets because they will deal with any dead fry.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 19, 2017, 04:18:59 pm
Er, don't know, you could go with shrimp, maybe a different neocaradina?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 19, 2017, 05:36:07 pm
Well I seen a nice blue neo in the 300ltr last time I done a wc. I have no idea where it can from lol.
I have yellow and red ones in the center section. If I see that blue one again I will put it in the right section and start a invertebrates tank.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 19, 2017, 06:14:06 pm
Just been looking for that blue shrimp and noticed a big hollow in the sand going under a log/cave.  Upon closer inspection I seen a BN digging away. Possible pre spawning behaviour perhaps?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 20, 2017, 07:39:36 am
Could be, but my old one used to dig for fun......
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 20, 2017, 10:34:07 pm
The death toll since adding the apistos stands at 2 cory 3 platties a apisto and a rainbow so I have decided that I am going to take them to the lfs tomorrow. It's a shame but I can't allow any more death's. It's weird because I haven't actually seen any aggressive behaviour towards the other fish but it's to much of a coincidence considering the parameters are fine.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on October 20, 2017, 11:30:06 pm
Sorry to hear :(
I thought you were setting up a tank for them? Also are you sure its the apistos attacking them? After seeing our mum apisto guard her territory, if anyone has hung about for too long they would get a good chase out of the area but she never hurt anyone. I know they can be a bit moody, Bubba has never been an issue, he would chase less than mum.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 20, 2017, 11:43:59 pm
I could set up a tank but i would be scared of putting anything with them. Also an apisto has been killed aswell so nothing's safe. If I could only identify the aggressive fish I could separate it but it's like they are in there best behaviour whenever they are me. I am certain that the dead fish are being killed as tgere are marks on the bodies and I don't see anything wrong with the fish before I find them dead. I just don't know if it's the male or a female but it all started when I added the apistos.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 21, 2017, 12:49:12 am
I have done some further research regarding the cichlids and I think I have a possible reason for the killing. I read that they need loads of caves in some cases. Tgere are some mellow apistos and some killer apistos, I think I have the latter. So I have a change of plan. I will set up a tank for the apistos with loads of caves. I would rather learn how to properly keep these stunning fish than just give up on them. So tomorrow I have a busy day.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 21, 2017, 09:14:09 am
Fingers crossed for you.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Calmwaters on October 21, 2017, 10:59:47 am
Good luck with it all & I hope it all works out. They are stunning fish.


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 23, 2017, 03:27:58 pm
Finally got some power to the basement. I have found a hole in the living room floor that looks like some pipe from an old radiator went through. I had to hammer out the morter the hole had been filled with to clear it out.
Now I have a 4 socket extension down there which will allow me to potentially run 7 tanks sort term until I get the electrics done properly.  *grin*
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on October 23, 2017, 04:40:27 pm
All the best mate  *grin*
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 23, 2017, 06:16:10 pm
Thanks Stephen.

I have just been to b&q  and got 25kg of kiln dried silca sand and tgen to tge RANGE and got 6 small but interestingly shaped bits of wood. First tank to be set up will be an apisto tank. I am going to give it a good go at doing these stunning fish some justice. I will have to steal some "established" sand from my 300L as I have read that they need an established tank but i can't wait 6 months to move them.
I am thinking 95L square tank. Any opinions?
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on October 23, 2017, 06:32:23 pm
This article may be useful.

http://www.tfhmagazine.com/details/articles/the-cockatoo-dwarf-cichlid-apistogramma-cacatuoides-full-article.htm

After seeing your latest photos I noticed your signature "My MTS log" .
I thought that you had a "Malaysian Trumpet Snail" log seeing as you have lots of snails.
How wrong I was  roflmao
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: chesterjohn on October 23, 2017, 06:37:42 pm
How many Apistos do you have in total? In a smallish tank, I'd keep an eye on it. They can be a bit grumpy and if none of the females are feeling like male company, he might get a hiding.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 23, 2017, 06:58:41 pm
How many Apistos do you have in total? In a smallish tank, I'd keep an eye on it. They can be a bit grumpy and if none of the females are feeling like male company, he might get a hiding.

He is the more bossy of the two genders and is forever chasing them away. I have 2 females from MA along with the male Iain bred. I have a few different tanks to choose from so if the 95L turns out to be too cramped I will put them in a different tank.

This article may be useful.

http://www.tfhmagazine.com/details/articles/the-cockatoo-dwarf-cichlid-apistogramma-cacatuoides-full-article.htm

After seeing your latest photos I noticed your signature "My MTS log" .
I thought that you had a "Malaysian Trumpet Snail" log seeing as you have lots of snails.
How wrong I was  roflmao

Lol thanks Stephen, I have already read that but thanks anyway.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 24, 2017, 10:30:15 am
The 95l should be ok for starters, at least the other fish will get a rest.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 24, 2017, 07:33:57 pm
At the weekend i am going to be setting up tanks and making a 32amp ring circuit. Priorities are  #1 apisto tank #2 a tank for the cory and live barers #3 the 5x2x2ft tank (don't know what to do with this tank in terms of stocking) I was thinking of a Tanganyika biotope but seeing as I know sweet FA about them that's probably not the best idea so suggestions welcome.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: kas on October 25, 2017, 09:57:00 am
I like the sound of an Mbuna tank. Get googlng and good luck with the weekend to do list.
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Post by: fr499y on October 25, 2017, 10:40:38 am
easy to setup, easy to manage. ( For mbuna that is )

Ocean sand works brilliantly, round cobble type stones are best as they have a smooth enough surface for them to munch algae off. Overstock to keep aggression down, Seriously over filter. Pull out the odd one or two dead ones ( does happen, they are aggressive after all )
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on October 25, 2017, 11:16:35 am
Make sure they're all omnivores if you do go for Tangs, you don't want any veggies in there getting bloat. ;)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on October 25, 2017, 02:46:50 pm
I  did consider mbuna but decided againt is for 1 reason, they all look like the same fish just wearing different outfits, that's why if I do go for a rift lake it'll be a Tanganyika biotope, very interesting IMO from my research.
Other possible set-up are still on the cards tho.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on November 03, 2017, 11:52:14 pm
It's been a little while since I updated this thread so here goes.
Main tank.
All doing well apart from one of the blue rainbows who has developed a manky eye.  and apistos still in situ as I have no more deaths  (touch wood) since moving some hardscape around.  I have seen the male having a go at a few others but I think everyone has learned that he is not to be messed with. Strangely, I have had no more cory spawns for a good while, probably a good thing with how many I have. Also I have a red tiger Lilly bulb I planted a while back and it's suddenly shot up.

Triple tank. Cory will be moved to the 300ltr tomorrow as they are getting big now. The guppies are doing well and I estimate that I have 20-30 doing well. I have still not had any shrimplets so I have decided that they are not going to be sharing the tank with any more fish after I move the cory out. The 2 rainbows are looking well but 1 is still abit small for the main tank so I will give them a few more weeks.
Anyway here's some pictures.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on November 05, 2017, 10:44:05 am
Looking good :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on November 12, 2017, 01:19:46 am
Today I took 60 of my home grown cory down to Cornwall to terror aquatics. Got a good price of £180 including fule. I am kinda miffed because said fish shop despite having some amazing fish wasn't really up to my standards (lots of dead or dieing fish) and the young guy working there didn't seem to have much knowledge. They had a few species I wanted but I didn't take anything due to the state of the stock.
Also I now only have 15/20 cory and they are much less confident already. Next batch is being kept.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Si4geckos on November 12, 2017, 04:42:23 pm
Today I took 60 of my home grown cory down to Cornwall to terror aquatics. Got a good price of £180 including fule. I am kinda miffed because said fish shop despite having some amazing fish wasn't really up to my standards (lots of dead or dieing fish) and the young guy working there didn't seem to have much knowledge. They had a few species I wanted but I didn't take anything due to the state of the stock.
Also I now only have 15/20 cory and they are much less confident already. Next batch is being kept.

Wow that's a decent price! Might start collecting some eggs this week haha.

Sorry to hear about the state of the fish in the shop. Hope they do ok.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on November 12, 2017, 09:47:21 pm
A few pictures just because I am bored.
1, the tank
2, the last remaining female apisto, I never found the body but haven't seen the other for a while, I removed all the docor but she has vanished.
3, lil bub
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Gingerlove05 on November 12, 2017, 10:24:09 pm
Sorry you haven’t found the other female :(
Lil bub is looking well, how big is the hole in the wood? Just trying to gauge his size in comparison to our :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on November 12, 2017, 10:55:08 pm
The hole is about 4 inch in diameter.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on November 13, 2017, 12:43:55 pm
Shame about the other female :( , but others looking good. :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: kas on November 15, 2017, 12:31:52 pm
Looking good, and impressed you managed to get a decent price for your fish. It couldn't have been a nice feeling leaving them in that shop though.
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Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on November 19, 2017, 10:30:18 pm
Abit of an update.
Today I took the last of the excess plecos to MA in Nottingham.  They gave me 7 potted plants and a bunch of elodea which I think was a great deal for 8 bristle nose. I got 2 ludwigia and the others in the pic. I now just have 3 (I think) BN's in the tank, 1 male and my 2 original females.

I also done abit of moving around. The last of the cory from the fry tank was moved to the 300ltr along with the bigger rainbow fry and some guppy fry. I have moved some of the guppy fry over to the middle fry tank to keep the smaller rainbow company.

Here's a few pictures.

Pic 1 is how the tanks looks now, still very yellow, nitrate reducing programme is in full swing now.
Pic 2 is the labels of the potted plants I got.
Pic 3 is the lil rainbow in its new home.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on November 20, 2017, 09:03:51 am
It has grown well. :)
Looking good.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on December 16, 2017, 02:48:27 am
Hi all.
This morning I recived a phone call from my mother to say Herbert the betta had passed away.
It is sad, but there is a silver lining, she said she wants a bigger tank so she can have some different fish. (Result!)
So I have said she can have my old 95ltr tank, that will give her much more choice than the 25ltr she had for the betta.

I am am going to set the tank up at her house on Sunday and cycle it with seachem stability. When I am satisfied that the tank can process 1ppm of ammonia in 12 hours I will give her some guppies (She really likes them) and then help her decide what else she wants.
She keeps mentioning neons and I keep saying "your water is not right" lol. Any suggestions of a suitable hard water alternative to neons folks?
I will also be looking for any other recommendations for the tank, bottom dwellers and top swimmers???
They must be attractive, very brightly coloured, interesting and easily cared for.
I am thinking possibly a bright coloured BN for the bottom and some lemon tetra up top (I know lemons will go all over like guppies but can't think of anything else lol) any suggestions welcome.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Suelo on December 16, 2017, 08:38:51 am
Sorry to hear of Herbert's passing  :(

What about one of the small pseudomugil species if there's one suitable for your mother's water? I've had no luck with my Gertrudae, but they are absolutely amazing to watch. Their fins are such an unexpected shape, they are so active and I love it when the males display to each other. They are in a tank next to my neons, and they are much more watchable.

What about platies? They come in all sorts of colours and go everywhere in the tank. And (depending on other inhabitants) how about Amano shrimp. They are very active, go everywhere, and if you get big ones, they are very visible too.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on December 16, 2017, 09:41:33 am
Sorry about Herbert/Fu. :(
Lemons may be ok, x-rays certainly will be.
Some of the microrasbora are good as well, espei can take harder water even if harlequins can't. :)
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Post by: Gingerlove05 on December 16, 2017, 12:07:09 pm
Sorry to hear about Herbert :(
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on December 20, 2017, 12:42:10 am
Just thought I'd post that I have met a fish keeper who I found on Facebook and he works with live barers so I shall be getting some fish from him soon. I got a load of RCS from him last week but they seem to have vanished, probably eaten by the apistos. He has a load of geophagus fry If anyone's interested.

I will be picking up a group of fish that are critically endangered, Balsas splitfin (Ilyodon whitei) on Friday with hopes of getting some good reproducing happening.
Exciting times, hopefully they are happy in my 300 otherwise I'll have to get my backside in gear down stairs.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: plankton on December 20, 2017, 11:37:53 am
The goodieds aren't as rare as was first thought, they found them in 3 or 4 different areas. ;)
They are nice, I do like the "different" livebearers. Haven't kept them since I lived in London.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on December 31, 2017, 02:49:05 am
Pic 1 lil bub, pic 2 both female BN, pic 3 last female apisto, pic 4 male BN.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: WBT12 on December 31, 2017, 09:31:27 am
BN's looking well cute... and so love bub... gorgeous colours
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Post by: plankton on December 31, 2017, 10:56:32 am
L'il Bub has such a big mouth!!!!
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Post by: Gingerlove05 on December 31, 2017, 12:01:56 pm
L'il Bub has such a big mouth!!!!
Just like his dad! Lol
He’s lookig well N :) how big is he now? His brother is coming up around 50mm long, and not far off around 15mm broad.
some very nice pics of them all :)
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on December 31, 2017, 04:07:42 pm
L'il Bub has such a big mouth!!!!
Just like his dad! Lol
He’s lookig well N :) how big is he now? His brother is coming up around 50mm long, and not far off around 15mm broad.
some very nice pics of them all :)

He is about the same but probably only 10mm wide.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Ruth on December 31, 2017, 04:54:58 pm
Bub looks like Mick Jagger with his big gob!! Lol!


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Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Newbie fishkeeper on September 17, 2019, 08:45:43 pm
I'm back on the site.
Well I have been away from the forum for some time now. Life has gotten in the way of spending time online but I'm making some lifestyle changes to allow more me time.
So I'll start/restart with whats changed.
Still have my 300ltr 4ft tank but now it's stocked with mainly central American fish, with a few exceptions.
Unfortunately little bub damaged his jaw to the extent he couldn't eat so sadly we lost him. After loosing him I was feeling deflated with the hobby and decided to re-do my tank.
So I done a load if reading and decided on a loose CA themed community tank based around cichlids.

I set up a 125ltr tank for my existing fish to have after I seen the cichlids picking on the cory. So now I have a 125ltr tank with;
15 corydoras Venezuelanus, 20 glass blood fin tetra and 2 bristlenose as the main occupants. Currently I have a load of juvenile T bar cichlids in tgere growing out aswell, I think I have 10 or 12 in there.

And the 300ltr has; 16 x Buenos Aires tetra (an exception), 6  x blind cave tetra, 5 x rainbow fish (another exception because the 125 is too small), 3 x Rainbow cichlids, 5 x firemouths, 4 x t-bars, 2 x electric blue acara, 2 x blue acara (both acara are from South America but the wife and I both love them) 1 x Nicaraguan cichlid, 10 swordtails and 2 limia.

My intention is to move on 2 x t bars 3 firemouths leaving me with pairs of each and looking out for Nicaraguan cichlids to try get a pair of them.

I appreciate that my tank is heavily stocked but the nitrates are well under control getting to about 40 before the weekly 50% change.
And the stocking seems to be working very well, I currently have 2 pairs caring for fry, the eb acara and t bars again so I am going to be looking for alot of new homes soon, in fact I already have about 5 t bars ready for new homes.

Anyway here's a couple pictures,  I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone again.
Title: Re: My multiple tanks log
Post by: Stephen on September 17, 2019, 09:43:26 pm
Hi Nick good to see you again.

I have sent you a personal message (PM).

Stephen