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  • #303331

    BigTom
    Participant

    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 –

    http://imageshack.com/a/img841/6277/3y8cx.jpg

    Planted –

    http://imageshack.com/a/img908/3406/05cdc5.jpg

    L. sediodes

    http://imageshack.com/a/img843/9519/caxaq.jpg

    N. eques

    http://imageshack.com/a/img673/5066/d7f342.jpg

    http://imageshack.com/a/img540/9277/775c10.jpg

    A very lost looking tetra –

    http://imageshack.com/a/img673/5028/631b11.jpg

    #353321

    oaken
    Participant

    Looks excellent! Looking forward to frequent updates ;)

    #353323

    brian c
    Participant

    what tetra i cant see it pic too small

    #353343

    Matt
    Keymaster

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

    #353532

    BigTom
    Participant

    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:
    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/911/g00xhl.jpg

    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/540/5fTBYc.jpg

    Farlowella sp.:
    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x533q90/539/uPUwSW.jpg

    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/600x800q90/537/Orara0.jpg

    Chilodus gracilis:
    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/600x800q50/661/S0M5rg.jpg

    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/661/wh48XN.jpg

    A tiny Nannostomus eques fry that I just spotted (yay!):
    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/600x800q90/908/JD0jsd.jpg

    And the emergent plants going mental:
    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x646q90/674/0Ud3GF.jpg

    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.

    #353534

    deepinpeat
    Participant

    This is just awsome :) GJ 

    #353535

    Oreochromis
    Participant

    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)?

     

    #353536

    BigTom
    Participant

    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).

    #353550

    BigTom
    Participant

    Gnarly male Farlowella

    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/582x800q90/661/eAtOYv.jpg

     

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

    http://imageshack.com/a/img540/3766/gNB8CY.jpg

     

    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.

    http://imageshack.com/a/img537/7204/YwblHu.jpg

    #353543

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Lovely stuff Tom. I saw Ammocryptocharax on Aquarium Glaser’s list recently but no idea if any UK shops use them?

    #353507

    BigTom
    Participant

    @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 –

    http://imageshack.com/a/img910/7810/09jNgQ.jpg

    #353563

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Lovely-looking fish. Aren’t they playing havoc with the plants?

    #353564

    BigTom
    Participant

    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.

    #353739

    BigTom
    Participant
    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.

     

    Some fish photies from this evening (I rigged the old Kessil back up again)  –

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I’ve got 15 Iguanadectes spilurus and some more N. eques arriving next week :)
    #353756

    Barb Man
    Participant

    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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