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PostSubject: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:33 pm

Well, I have had about 3 weeks of stable, clean, clear fish tank, and my thanks to all. All my fish seem happy, and healthy, thriving, and growing.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:36 pm

Very Impressive. You have a right to be proud. As your live plants mature your going to have a stunning tank. Good Job.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:45 pm

The river you made in the center is a great look ThumbsUp
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:08 am

Very nice, I like those moss balls...think I'll get me some. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:21 am

good job! It 's always a good feeling to have everything going smoothly.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:13 pm

I do have a freind who is growing some aponogenen bulbs for me, so those will be added in the long run.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:37 pm

I am sooo far behind and have lots to catch up on....so here it goes!

Recently I viewed my tank and found that a big hole had been dug. I didnt think I had any fish capable of this in the tank, does anyone know who the culprit is? Only new additions are the bamboo shrimp, and my only other suspicion is the algaw eater. Strangely enough the large blue marbles have been moved around significantly as well. Sorry the picture is so bad, but its about 3-4 cubic inches of displaced substrate and the blue and the slate are usually clear or white rocks.



Then I found a peppered cory with very little life left and took these pics before it died. Anyone give a diagnosis? It have a severly concave tummy, which seemed to appear over night, and the scales looked like dry skin, and the left eye was bulging with blood under the surface, looked alot like a black eye.





Then my big bamboo shrimp molted and its shell was floating in the tank. A very sizeable shell at that! But its color was brilliant orange-red after molting and was cool to see. I assume that its healthy and eating well if it did this?


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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:38 pm

I also captured a picture Of the shrimp hanging out behing the Farlowella Catfish.



Then I decided I was no longer satisfied with the aqua scaping and moved a bunch of stuff around. This is the latest setup but it will change again soon. I am getting ready to re-home the gourami and algae eater and boost the schools of tetras.




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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:57 pm

WOW that tank sure has been busy, still looking good and the Bamboo Shrimp is beautiful.

Hope someone can provide some insight on the fallen Cory.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:34 pm

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Then I found a peppered cory with very little life left and took these pics before it died. Anyone give a diagnosis? It have a severly concave tummy, which seemed to appear over night, and the scales looked like dry skin, and the left eye was bulging with blood under the surface, looked alot like a black eye.

Oh, no! The poor cory. Sad That is a dreadful way to go but it's hard to say exactly what took him off. The raggedy dorsal and blunted barbels make it look like he was beat up, but OTOH the dry skin and concave abdomen look like starvation - which I know is not the case! So what happened?

Well, I'm certain the disrupted gravel had something to do with it. Perhaps when the gravel was overturned and disrupted, something came to the surface which may have looked like food to the cory. If it was old and spoiled and he ate it anyway, then a severe intestinal problem would arise. This may be characterized in different ways - gas, bloating, and internal strife of the most painful kind. Corys are prone to this condition which is why even their normal "unspoiled" food should not have too much protein.

Anyway, this next part is just guessing but I think that he passed everything that was in his guts and became dehydrated. This accounts for the cracked and dry appearance of the body scutes and the concave abdomen. Where plump soft undersides should be there is only a bony cavity which makes me think there was a complete evacuation of the entire intestinal tract. IMO the severe trauma of it was too much for him and he succumbed. It was a freak accident.

Are the other corys okay?

I simply can't figure out how your gravel and blue "stream" got so messed up! Have you figured that out yet?

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:04 pm

THe other Cories are fine, and the rock mover is still a mystery Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:47 am

So the rock mover ended up being the Algea Eater. I cought him in the act of digging holes in the blue marble faux river. I have decided to start re-doing the tank and some of the aquascaping. This is mid process, more changes certainly to come, but here is what I have so far.....along with some new neons, now that I re-homed the gourami and CAE.

The new plant on the right is a bunch plant called Cabomba, and the tall grass on the left is regular Giant Hair Grass.











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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:24 pm

Gorgeous photos, especially the neons in the last pic.
A small point (hardly worth mentioning!) but the way I see it, in the first pic, the Cabomba is on the left and the hairgrass is on the right. Is your image flipped?

It will be a happier tank minus the CAE. I'm sure he'll go to a good home.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:01 pm

no, my mind is just flipped Smile im tired!

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:33 pm

Here are some more updates to the home tank:

Tiger barbs went to the work tank, and the majority of fish in here now are different species of tetras.

Overall Tank - 20 FEB:


Some of my red eyes - I love this fish!


Rummynose +


Gold Gourami:


This guy was listed as algae eater shrimp, I assumed amano, but its starting to look like a blue berry shrimp, would be a steal at $1.29


Fuzzy but a good capture of the color I got going.


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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:59 am

cool shrimp! where did you get him? I like the evolution into a tetra tank.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:56 am

I found them at petco, staples mill

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:51 pm

How is your Cabomba doing?

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:45 am

Seems to be doing very well. It has a lot of new growth on it, but I am curious as to how it will be in the long run. If the stalk is leaning some the roots start dropping from the leaf nodes.

I am trying to figure out if I should let it sit as is, or if I should drop those stalks down and wiegh them down across the back of the tank and have new shoots come up across the back.

I have a new sizable piece of driftwood that I am going to put in there, and that will require some rearranging of scape. I may evaluate after that.

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:10 am

Some more pictures and updates to scape, go a nice new chunk of driftwood from Rama.








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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:47 am

Love the shrimp and the rummies!

The tank is looking really nice. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:49 pm

The color mix of tetras is perfect! ThumbsUp Just some pale, clear colors with pops of red. I really like it!

There are probably a few things you could do with the Cabomba but why not just cut off and replant the attractive tops?

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:18 pm

Looks like you have a couple good looking male cherry barbs, what area of the tank do they seem to prefer?

Top - Middle - Lower - Allover

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:18 am

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of Tank - 55 gal semi planted   Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:08 am

every so often I like to post a few more pics Smile






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