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Tom's Poco Pozo
July 22, 2014
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Hi all,

I'm back, as promised :)

The new tank is up, hurrah!

120x40x120cm (576 litres), placed under a skylight and currently running entirely on natural daylight, although I will hopefully be adding some LED lighting soon for evening viewing and to make photography easier.

Themed as a loose-ish Venezuelan morichale biotope, inspired heavily by the footage of Ivan Mokolji - https://www.youtube.com/user/fishfromvenezuela

Flora - Eleocharis acicularis and Ludgiwida sediodes under water, various non-biotopic grasses and ferns above.

Fauna - Otocinclus sp., Nannostomus eques, Paracheirodon simulans so far (in small numbers as waiting on new stock at LFS), planning on adding a group of Dicrossus and perhaps one other cichlid species (either an Apisto, wild type rams or Biotodoma wavrini) and maybe Corydoras habrosus. Also have feelers out for Ammocryptocharax elegans but they might be a long time coming.

 

Waiting for wood to sink -

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Planted -

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L. sediodes -

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N. eques -

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A very lost looking tetra -

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July 23, 2014
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Looks excellent! Looking forward to frequent updates ;)

July 23, 2014
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what tetra i cant see it pic too small

July 26, 2014
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This is going to be amazing again, isn't it. Cool Looks brilliant so far Tom please do keep the updates coming.

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September 16, 2014
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Sorry for the lack of updates here. I still have ultra-heavy tannins and no lights on the new setup so can barely see anything, but here's a compilation of a few low-light fish shots to keep things ticking over -

Dicrossus filamentosus:
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Farlowella sp.:
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Chilodus gracilis:
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A tiny Nannostomus eques fry that I just spotted (yay!):
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And the emergent plants going mental:
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The L. sediodes is not terribly happy without light but is just about hanging in there. Hopefully it'll perk up when I finally get something rigged.

September 17, 2014
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This is just awsome :) GJ 

September 19, 2014
12:58 pm
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Wonderful tank, Tom!

I imagine the tank is heated: what temperature do you have? And do you loose a lot of water due to evaporation?

What kind of water do you use (hardness, pH)?

 

September 20, 2014
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Wonderful tank, Tom! I imagine the tank is heated: what temperature do you have? And do you loose a lot of water due to evaporation? What kind of water do you use (hardness, pH)?  

 

Thanks Oreo. Temp is 25c. Evaporation is not too bad at the moment as air temperature is not far off that during the day and it's in a small room which holds the heat/humidity quite well. It'll probably increase come winter.

 

I started with tap water (soft but above neutral pH due to NaOH added by the water company). However all water changes and topups are now done using rainwater so pH and hardness should be low, although I admit I haven't measured anything in ages (probe needs calibrating).

September 28, 2014
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Gnarly male Farlowella -

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And several more N. eques fry of a vanishingly small size -

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I've also just taken a bit of a risk and added a mated pair (with fry) of Guianacara stergiosi. They went in yesterday afternoon and after a bit of general consternation have successfully rounded up most of their fry and set up shop under the wood at the back of the tank. 24 hours later I still have all my neons and everyone is pretty calm, so fingers crossed.

Here's the male in what appears to be parenting mode (no markings except a 'teardrop'). The dorsal injury is and old one.

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September 29, 2014
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Lovely stuff Tom. I saw Ammocryptocharax on Aquarium Glaser's list recently but no idea if any UK shops use them?

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September 29, 2014
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Matt said
Lovely stuff Tom. I saw Ammocryptocharax on Aquarium Glaser's list recently but no idea if any UK shops use them?

Cheers Matt. I'll ask at my local if they'd consider a Glaser order but they're pretty uncommon as far as I know. Just found the Ammos on their website, thanks.

Got a slightly better shot of the male G. stergiosi this morning -

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September 29, 2014
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Lovely-looking fish. Aren't they playing havoc with the plants?

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September 29, 2014
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There's only really hairgrass for them to mess with, and so far they don't seem interested. By all accounts they mainly only dig around the spawning site, which I would anticipate being deep under the wood anyway so it might not become an issue.

November 20, 2014
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Time for a wee update I guess.
 
All the L. sediodes diedFrown. Not enough light I guess (stems got longer and longer whilst the leaves got smaller and smaller and eventually vanished). Have replaced it with L. inclinata var. 'verticillata', will have to see how that does. Also had an explosion of duckweed but not too fussed really as the current keeps it all in the back corner anyway. Looks quite effective.
 
I've given the palm grass a pretty aggressive prune as it was trying to escape through the skylight and was flowering like mad. Other emergents and submerged hair grass all doing fine. Still loads of tannins despite fairly frequent water changes.
 
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I've got 15 Iguanadectes spilurus and some more N. eques arriving next week :)
November 28, 2014
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Can't wait to see man I love your set up. Did you make it yourself? I want to make one like that but a little taller

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December 1, 2014
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Amazing and should look even better with the new inhabitants!

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December 3, 2014
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Barb Man said
Can't wait to see man I love your set up. Did you make it yourself? I want to make one like that but a little taller

Thanks Barb Man! The tank and cabinet were very kindly given to me by a friend on the UKAPS forum. The stand was homemade (I just reassembled it and painted it white), the tank was custom made by ND Aquatics I think.

 

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Amazing and should look even better with the new inhabitants!

Cheers Matt. Slight delay on the new guys but hopefully next week.

December 4, 2014
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Those Guianacaras look really good in there. And the tank is looking fantastic as well :)

December 17, 2014
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Had a bit of a re-arrange, plus my Iguanadectes spilurus arrived this afternoon! They're lovely fish but I'll be interested to see how big they get - some sources say 5-6cm, others 10cm. Better pics once they've settled in.
 
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December 17, 2014
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Because the juvies look like Mikrogeophagus I wonder if over time you could breed them to be quite small. However I think that the grown specimens look nice as well but would be cool to have them stay that big for life. Pictures for comparison. I think this could work but would only work over a very extended amount of time and with a much bigger population. Though of this becasue just last week I read about how some cyprinids are just smaller versions of other species and some have no differences from their larger counterparts besides size.

 

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