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A couple of pics
October 30, 2012
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Rüdiger
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Hi there,

I thought I'd share a some photos of some of my critters that didn't turn out too bad despite the very basic camera. If they show in the intended order it is

pic 1 - 5 Badis badis parents and offspring,

pic 6 + 7 Dario dario about 10 minutes after I put them into the tank

pic 8 + 9 Corydoras agassizi at least that's how they were sold

pic 10 - 13 Nannostomus marginatus

pic 14 Crossocheilus reticulatus

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R.

 

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Edit: Naturally it didn't go as planned. Now pic one is of course C. reticulatus.

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October 30, 2012
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Nice pics Rudiger , Love the Retic's got a few of these very undemanding and pleasant natured fish !

October 31, 2012
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Very nice Rudi. :) Do you keep the Badis and Dario together?

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October 31, 2012
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Thanx Andy. Yeah, the C. reticulatus are really convincing fish. They are the only fish I ever bought initially as "working fish" to see what they can do about a bad spot of algae. Not only are they really good at that but you just have to love them. I had planned to always swap them for young ones once they reach a certain size (adult size way above what I usually keep) but they really have found a way into my heart. They are allowed to stay!!! Laugh

 

Thanx Matt. Yes, I keep them together in my "Asian river". The Badis don't seem to even notice the Darios, but then again, they are very docile in general (mine at least). See next post for more pics from the tank. Cool

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October 31, 2012
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All fish pictured above, except C. agassizi & N. marginatus of course, are inhabitants of my 160 cm desk tank, the "Asian river". There are of course a few more, which I would like to introduce. The tank itself has changed quite a bit since first established but I don't have recent pics yet due to a lack of time right now. Just imagine the second tank pic (just tank) with plenty more plants. T. albonubes and D. rerio had to be removed because they had grown up to be "food terrorists". Even when feeding "targeted" with a pipette, they would bust in and literally burst before the others had anywhere close to enough food.

Species that have evaded decent photography so far are Danio margaritatus, Hara jerdoni, Akysis sp. and Erethistes pusillus.

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October 31, 2012
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What the heck, here are the "best" photos I've got so far from the 4 remaining species. Hara jerdoni, Erethistes pusilla, Akysis sp. and Danio margaritatus. And don't anybody say anything about the algae on the glass in the Akysis shot. I had only been back 15 min. from vacation! Yell Cleaned it the same night but the fish didn't show anything but the odd barbel since.Confused If anyone knows which Akysis species it is, please feel free to say so. Can't be A. vespa since they are +45 mm SL already.

 

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November 1, 2012
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Hi Rudi how is the shape of the caudal-fin in your Akysis?

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November 1, 2012
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Hi Matt,
I'm waiting to see that myself! As I said above, I can say a lot about the barbels though. Smile Those 2 minutes I got to see them after introducing them into the tank the caudal was kept tightly clamped. I am confident however that I'll get in a decent shot sooner or later.
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November 2, 2012
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Fair enough. :) Love the stream tank by the way - how do you prevent algal growth with it being in the window?

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November 2, 2012
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A very good question indeed Matt. Let's say it was a bit of a journey. Let me start with saying that I always wanted algae in there even though most would have me declared insane for that. I just installed some "I look like sand blasted glass" self-adhesive film on the back pane as you can see in pic 1. But I got a lot more than I bargained for as is evident in pic 2 & 3. Even mechanically removing algae twice a week didn't make any inroads into algal growth. Then I fabricated an external background from just a piece of 3 mm MDF, a length or two of 10 mm square timber and a bit of self-adhesive "mirror film". (pic 4) Add a strip of LEDs as a sunrise - sunset kinda light (pic 5) and bob's your uncle. The actual algae control after this modification is brilliantly done by my two C. reticulatus. Now I have exactly the amount of algae to make it look natural.

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November 5, 2012
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Matt said

Hi Rudi how is the shape of the caudal-fin in your Akysis?

Just got a brief look at the fully extended caudal of one of the guys (certainly no chnace of a shot). It is fairly triangular to delta shaped with maybe the top ever so slightly more extended than the bottom. It lacks the distinct marking (band like) of most Akysis spp. that I've seen so far. It (the caudal) is fairly similar to A. maculipinnis pictured in the profile here. But there's the thing with the size of the fish. As I mentioned it is a good 45 mm SL and that's a bit large for A. maculipinnis?
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November 12, 2012
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Hmm, I think His Darkness may be better placed to answer this.Confused

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November 22, 2012
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Maybe this helps to ID the bugger?

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHTmTHwrN1s?feature=player_detailpage

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November 26, 2012
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Unfortunately I have to do it this way.

 

Link to video.

 

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November 27, 2012
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Hmm, A. maculipinnis? Hopefully The.Dark.One or Stuporman will see this...

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November 28, 2012
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Yeah, looking at the patterning, especially of the caudal, it should be A. maculipinnis. But there's still the size of the fish, which does not correspond to any description I could find. Perhaps someone here on SF can confirm that the species does indeed grow significantly larger than the 30 - 35 mm stated in most profiles? As already mentioned, my two specimens are >45 mm SL.
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November 28, 2012
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Don't think I've commented here before. Love the tank! Really well done. How long has it been up and running?

November 28, 2012
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Thanx a million.

It's been running for about 11 months now. I've been telling Matt already that it has changed quite a bit towards the green side. I will take some shots soon and explain then why I had to changed it.

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November 29, 2012
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Hi Rüdiger,
When I look at your string algae and the video, I suspect, you're fighting the same problems as most aquarists in Brunswick for two years.
Can it be that you got in Akysis Basin a slight cyanobacteria problem?

I ask because I had problems for about a year also in several aquariums with one or the other algae, preferably filamentous algae or cyanobacteria. I do not really have anything against filamentous algae, but if this me overgrown the pool completely, I do not like that so much.

Long story made short: two years ago, the total hardness of our water has dropped by 6 ° to 3 °, the carbonate of 3 ° to 1.5 °. Reason for this is that water is added to the polyphosphates to precipitate the iron, which has left some places light brown edges.
The effect is that we have now no more iron in the water and hardly any minerals. Foremost among the plants suffer, but for me it has in the long term effect on the fish had.

A few months ago I have already begun to increase the total hardness of the water with Sera Mineral Salt, to approximately 7 - 10 °. The plant growth has been improved somewhat (including a root fertilization with fertilizer sticks). But I've only got rid of cyanos completely after I've thrown a few iron nails behind the filter mats. The reason: polyphosphates precipitate of iron, and so thoroughly that even iron fertilizer for 30 - 60 minutes is no longer detectable. Rusting nails but then saturate the polyphosphates and again it remains ferric oxide.
The effect is that the stem plants, in particular the Brazilian Shield Pennywort (who turned since a year within a short time in mud), grow again and and thus remain no more nutrients for cyanos left.

Meanwhile, it tried some aquarists in Brunswick and also achieved the desired success. Perhaps is this experience for you also of interest.

greets Jutta
November 29, 2012
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Does the fish have serrations on the pectoral spine Rudi?

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