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Trichopsis pumila
December 12, 2011
4:45 pm
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Just got a trio of these for my 30cm cube, too young to sex yet I think (only about 1.5cm long), hoping to get a pair.

Lovely little fish, very underated I think, here's a quick video of them hunting ostracods in the hairgrass -

December 12, 2011
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Hi Tom, your tanks looking cracking /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

You can usually sex them by about 20mm -

How are the St Kilda mice?

December 12, 2011
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Cheers Colin. Got back last week, mice doing well thanks! Managing not to get blown off the island at any rate.

Hopefully going to be setting up another two cube tanks after Christmas, so keep me in mind if you spot any particularly cool minifish on your lists.

December 12, 2011
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will do and yes I will /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

December 12, 2011
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Now that's how to do a planted nano tank, beautiful! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Cake or death?
December 13, 2011
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Fantastic tank indeed. Do you use CO2 supplementation?

December 13, 2011
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Cheers chaps.

Oaken, no CO2, almost no ferts (very occasional trace), standard 11w light, ADA Amazonia substrate. Very easy, very cheap bar the substrate. Would probably work just as well with garden soil though.

December 13, 2011
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Wow, and does this kind of set-up have more longevity than an Amano-style one?

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December 13, 2011
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Beautiful thing about a nano is that the area is so small you can plant it densely from the start. For example I bought all that hair grass for about £6 from an online nursery, the Lileaopsis was about the same again and everything else was trimmings from the main tank.

Then you only need for the plants to remain healthy and grow slowly, which nutrients from the substrate should easily provide as long as you haven't picked anything too demanding on light/co2. And no worries about algae or anything because you're not dosing huge amounts of ferts and co2.

Can't imagine there being any issues with longevity, the slow growth means that fish/food waste and the odd bit of trace should keep it going forever really.

December 15, 2011
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Cool. I was wondering about the CO2 because it looked like especially the hair grass was growing so well.

February 24, 2012
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There's been quite a lot of croaking going on in this tank over the last week or so, and after feeding bucketloads of microworms for a couple of days the male is now guarding a decent sized bubble nest under one of the frogbit leaves. He's even fending off snails, which I'm quite impressed by.

Go Go infusoria culture!

February 24, 2012
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got paramecia if you need it????

February 24, 2012
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Nice to hear Tom!

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February 27, 2012
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Fry hatched this morning (from a second bubble nest, first was abandoned), probably about 80-100 at a rough guess. Tiny wee things. Sadly I'm crazy busy this week and heading off on fieldwork on the weekend so this lot will largely have to fend for themselves. Hopefully a few will make t.

February 29, 2012
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2 days after hatching the fry have now been moved to a third bubble nest, and don't seem to be free swimming yet. Anyone know if this is normal behaviour for these guys, I'm failing to see what all the effort is for /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

February 29, 2012
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LOL trying to hide from the big hairy predatory looking thing that keeps staring at them???

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February 29, 2012
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Haha could be, he keeps building the nests right next to the front glass though. My ugly mug doesn't seem to scare him much, he vanishes at the sight of the camera though.

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