7 months later...

AndyVE

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HI all,
I currently started this hobby 7 months ago.
Just wanted to thank all the people out here for all the advice and also all other members posting interesting questions for me to read.

Learned a lot from it and for sure still can learn a lot.

Started with a 33g.
Added a 2.3g nano tank a few months later (backup plan since I wanted to try a Betta in my community tank)...did not work that well.
And that nano has been upgraded to a 5.5 at New Year (present to my Betta from me).

So just took a pic of my 33g:
 

Jomolager

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Your tank looks awesome. Glad you've shared. Any plans to give in to MTS? Lol.
 
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AndyVE

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Thanks!

No no .... 2 really are the limit (for now). lol
 
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Coradee

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AndyVE

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Coradee said:
Your tank looks fabulous, love the cherry shrimp on the substrate, great colours
Thanks Coradee.

For some reason my cories are the most shy fish of the bunch!
If I go near the glass all 6 of them go hide under the wood.

The two GBR and the dwarf gouramI love seeing me (they really know I give them food).



 

Cacret

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Looks awesome! How abput though add maybe 2 female bettas? They don't fisht but sometimes get chased around. Anyways both your tanks are AMAZING.
 
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Coradee

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AndyVE said:
Thanks Coradee.

For some reason my cories are the most shy fish of the bunch!
If I go near the glass all 6 of them go hide under the wood.

The two GBR and the dwarf gouramI love seeing me (they really know I give them food).
Some of mine will scoot away if I suddenly appear near the tank, but if I approach slowly they're fine
 
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AndyVE

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Cacret said:
Looks awesome! How abput though add maybe 2 female bettas? They don't fisht but sometimes get chased around. Anyways both your tanks are AMAZING.
Thanks!

1 male Betta is enough...love him.

For now it is fine as it is in my main tank.
Maybe a few more cardinal tetra...

But do not want to put too much fish in there...
Already houses:
- 6 coridoras trilineatus
- 10 rasbora espei
- 10 cardinal tetra
- a pair of GBR
- 1 dwarf gourami
- 3 otocinlus (only seem to be able to find two though...but have loads of places to hide)
- a bunch of RCS

In the other tank I have the crowntail betta and added about 12 RCS since I have that many in the main tank.
He does not mind them (but the fry he will hunt down).
The Betta never had an issue with all other fish in the tank...only the tetra
(killed 15 of those within a period of 1week after being in the tank for two weeks...and never saw him chasing one).

So moved him to his own place and enlarged the remaining cardinal in my main tank (3-4 months ago).



 
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AndyVE

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Coradee said:
Some of mine will scoot away if I suddenly appear near the tank, but if I approach slowly they're fine
Well my sofa is 1m away from it (tank is to the left of me all the time I sit in my sofa).
They do swim around when I have added food to the tank and go sit back in the sofa again.
But if I move only an inch towards the tank they are gone.

Strange thing is that in the beginning they where swimming very active (chasing each other) & very often,
Now they still swim along together and han out together all the time.
But almost never that playful (for sure not so intense)


 

Wendigoblue

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I love your tank, it's beautiful! The RCS do a great job coloring up the gravel!
 

CowBoYReX

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AndyVE said:
Thanks Coradee.

For some reason my cories are the most shy fish of the bunch!
If I go near the glass all 6 of them go hide under the wood.

The two GBR and the dwarf gouramI love seeing me (they really know I give them food).
I have trilineatus (one of my fav) and several other species of corydoras in several different tanks around the house and only one of them, C. Saramaccensis ever run, but they are rarely ever out to begin with. The others run when startled of course. I always wonder if, for mine, there is something that makes them less comfortable than the others, like light too bright or something along those lines. They happen to be the biggest and second oldest of all my corys.
 

Maxi1

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Man I am so jealous! Beautiful tank, love the plants but it's the red cherry shrimp I really love. I cannot keep them and am going to start a new thread, all input appreciated.


 
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AndyVE

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Maxi1 said:
Man I am so jealous! Beautiful tank, love the plants but it's the red cherry shrimp I really love. I cannot keep them and am going to start a new thread, all input appreciated.

Thanks!
When I added shrimp the first time I bought 10...still pretty small ones.
Most of them either got eaten or could hide extremely well.

So added 15 more a month or so later.

Once they are a bit bigger and start to breed they expand very fast.

Last quick count I was very quickly at 60 (and did not even look for them).

My water parameters are nothing special: 6.5-7 PH, 5kH, 12gH, nitrate max. 10ppm and ammonia and nitrite are always 0.

My male GBR will hunt for small fry if he sees one...but leaves the semI adults and adulta alone (only if it is smaller then a few mm).

When I drop a pellet in the shrimp, cories and cardinak eat together from it.

Whith the GBR and dwarf gouramI they are more carefull and back away a bit.

Hope you also will have them soon.
They are fun to watch and look at.
 
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AndyVE

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Maxi1 said:
Man I am so jealous! Beautiful tank, love the plants but it's the red cherry shrimp I really love. I cannot keep them and am going to start a new thread, all input appreciated.
This is my other smaller tank (5.6 gallon isch):



 

Genobreaker

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Both are beautiful tanks!


 
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AndyVE

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CowBoYReX said:
I have trilineatus (one of my fav) and several other species of corydoras in several different tanks around the house and only one of them, C. Saramaccensis ever run, but they are rarely ever out to begin with. The others run when startled of course. I always wonder if, for mine, there is something that makes them less comfortable than the others, like light too bright or something along those lines. They happen to be the biggest and second oldest of all my corys.
Just grabbed my camera and took a "few" pics...
 

Mims

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Wow, you have some great looking tanks!!!

I'm trying to get my plants to fill in like yours, but one of my eels keeps digging them up. I'm going to move him to another tank, once we move offices, and I can set up a bigger one. I only have a 5 gallon betta there now.

Hopefully someday mine will look as beautiful as yours!!

What lighting do you have on your big tank?
 
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AndyVE

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Mims said:
Wow, you have some great looking tanks!!!

I'm trying to get my plants to fill in like yours, but one of my eels keeps digging them up. I'm going to move him to another tank, once we move offices, and I can set up a bigger one. I only have a 5 gallon betta there now.

Hopefully someday mine will look as beautiful as yours!!

What lighting do you have on your big tank?
Thanks Mims,
Was lucky the big tank is standard with 2x 24W T5HO lamps.
Should not be much of a problem to achieve the same result.
am in no way an expert on plants or even fish keeping.

Also had hair grass in the beginning but removed it since it would not get bigger.
So experimented a bit what plants did well and I liked the most.

Also had some amazon sword plant before that did well.
But it became so dense and the leaves turned brown...I started to dislike it.
So removed it.

The (java) moss I originally just planted in there. Looked nice, but did not grew fast. So changed it into a carpet instead (saw a video online how to do that).
It looks bare for a month or so....but they turn out great. The one on the left is 1.5 months old I think and the one on the right around 5 months (already trimmed that one...was getting tall). My shrimps love hanging around in them.

Most of the plants in my nano are taken from the big one (when I had to trI'm it).

The plants in my main tank are:
- ClinopoduI'm browneI (rear left)
- ?? (Mint like plant do not remember (front left)
- Egeria najas (weed front left of the driftwood)
- Elodea (waterweed at behind the Egeria)
- Vallisneria Nana (large small leaves at the
back, right side of driftwood)
- Java moss (front left and right carpet)
- Flame moss (on the triangle shrimp house)
- Limnobium laevigatum (smooth frogbit)
(floating plant)

all of those I do not consider as dificult plants.
They also grow in my nano tank (but a bit less fast)

The frogbit is the fastest one : cut the roots almost weekly so they do not get too long and even throw away half of them every two weeks or they cover my entire tank surface.
 

CowBoYReX

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AndyVE said:
Just grabbed my camera and took a "few" pics...
Awesome tanks I wish mine looked half that good, sweet trilineatus too. I have one baby from my other ones. I'll post some of him and see what else I have.
 

sunnycal

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Your tanks are beautiful. Your plants look awesome. I find myself going back and fourth about getting some red shrimp. They look great in your tank with your other fish. I enjoyed seeing your photo's.

Have your gbr laid any eggs yet?
 

CowBoYReX

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Oh, I'm assuming the corys don't mess with the shrimp? Never tried it.
 
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AndyVE

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They do almost every month

All of the sudden they both disappear to the same corner in the back of the tank.
After a few hours only one of them will leave that spot to look for food.
Saw some eggs already a few times (at least I think they are).

But so far they never hatched. Think they eat them after a while of get eaten by others.

They started doing that yesterday evening again so maybe this time....
Is around the 4th attempt
 

sunnycal

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Thanks for answering my question for I'm curious for I have a pair myself. I'm not looking to raise any fry though, at least I don't think so. I've had mine only for a month or so now. Please do post if you find yourself with any fry. I'd love to read about your journey of whatever happens.

Added: When I purchased the two I thought I had bought two females. I didn't want to worry about having any eggs or fry. But now that they have matured a bit more I think one of them is a male.
 
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AndyVE

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CowBoYReX said:
Oh, I'm assuming the corys don't mess with the shrimp? Never tried it.
Not at all. They even eat from the same pellet together...and so cute to see.

So far only my pair of GBR and dwarf gouramI are hunting through the moss for fry.
But once the shrimps gets around 3-4mm they leave them alone.

The shrimp are however much more alert when they are in the open and one of them is around.

Even my betta did not hurt them when he was in the tank (same behaviour as the GBR).
He now has his own place but added (straight away) also a dozen of the shrimp to keep him company.
only once saw a dead adult....but even have fry in there now.
 
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AndyVE

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sunnycal said:
Thanks for answering my question for I'm curious for I have a pair myself. I'm not looking to raise any fry though, at least I don't think so. I've had mine only for a month or so now. Please do post if you find yourself with any fry. I'd love to read about your journey of whatever happens.
No problem I will!

read that the first attempts never work for them.
They still need to learn what they have to do to make the eggs fertile and to take care of them.

so far I did not saw the eggs yet. ps do not worry if your male is sometimes a bit aggressive towards your female (chasing her). Mine does that also from time to time. But usually they are always swimming near each other.

are really cute fish with and interesting ones to interact with.
 

sunnycal

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Yes, I've read that you won't get any fry from the first attempt.
My two have been getting along really well with the exception of several days ago. That's when I noticed that I didn't have two females like I once thought I did. The male was kind of aggressive toward the female. Not too alarming though but I was watching them. That only lasted for a couple of days and now they are back to swimming and eating together. It is nice to see them interact. I'm really enjoying them a lot along with my other fish also, of course.
 

CowBoYReX

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AndyVE said:
Not at all. They even eat from the same pellet together...and so cute to see.

So far only my pair of GBR and dwarf gouramI are hunting through the moss for fry.
But once the shrimps gets around 3-4mm they leave them alone.

The shrimp are however much more alert when they are in the open and one of them is around.

Even my betta did not hurt them when he was in the tank (same behaviour as the GBR).
He now has his own place but added (straight away) also a dozen of the shrimp to keep him company.
only once saw a dead adult....but even have fry in there now.
That is very good to know, thank you. I may attempt it down the line
 

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