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Re: From Basics to advanced

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:40 pm
by Crazygar
This is the rare instance in the hobby where the Males are of paler colour than the Females of species. Though once they start breeding, you'll soon find yourself culling some of them to your Apistos. I started out with 10, and ended up with more than I could give away...

Gary

Re: From Basics to advanced

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:10 pm
by Daniel1
Hey Gary,

its funny how in Apistos the male is the bigger one and the much brighter one. Plant growth is great!!, the other 18 watts have really boosted everything.

I'm trimming the E. Acicularis every other day to encourage it to spread out.
I have the usual algae from a recently established tank, That brownish- hearlike algae in the driftwood and in the sand. I'm pretty certain that when the shrimp arrive (hopefully tomorrow) They'll take care of this issue.
The MTS arrived today and as soon as I put them in the tank, they went to the sand and buried themselves. Right now they are exploring the tank.
I am also going to pass by the LFS and pick up 10 ghost shrimp and 6 amanos and i will have my janitor as follow:

6 Red Cherry Shrimp- The biggest that arrive
6 Amano Shrimp
10 Ghost Shrimp
15 MTS
5 Ottocinclus (I will be introducing them sometime next week)

The other 12 Cherry Shrimp are going to the 20 gal tank where, I'm hoping they breed and eventually be of selling quality.

Re: From Basics to advanced

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:28 pm
by Crazygar
Remember, your Otocinclus require the following;

a) Less competition. Cut back on your Shrimp Species. Only Amano would be good.
b) A more "mature" tank. Yes, they'll eat that white fuzzy stuff on the DW with gusto, but what after? Remember that supplemental feedings are important. Any pics?

Gary

Re: From Basics to advanced

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:34 pm
by freshfish
Does he really need to cut back on shrimp if he give supplemental feedings? Especially feeding stuff like cucumber and sinking catfish wafers?

(I'm a shrimp-lover, so that would just not be up my alley- IMO you can never have too many shrimp! I LOVE 'em! :biglaugh: )

Re: From Basics to advanced

PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:42 pm
by Crazygar
Too much competition will definately pose problems down the road. The first few times forgetting supplemental feedings, and behaviour pattens will change.

Gary

Re: From Basics to advanced

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:30 pm
by freshfish
Hey Daniel, it's been a while since your last update- how's the tank coming?