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  • in reply to: Amazon frogbit and root length #352233

    Saxodave
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    Thanks for the reply Tom. I probably will trim them back. They look a bit unsightly and your experience seems to echo mine in that the roots head for the substrate when there are relatively low nutrient levels.

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #351887

    Saxodave
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    They have grown quite a lot and pretty quickly. I assume they are about full grown now and their colours show up really well when the males start displaying and getting a bit shirty at feeding time. I have lost one of the original six I put in and one of the remaining ones spends a lot of time skulking at the back of the tank but looks healthy and comes out to feed every day.

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #351815

    Saxodave
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    Well, I have had my sparkling gouramis and Boraras maculatus for a good few months now and, for the first time today I heard one of them croaking while I was carrying out a water change. I was surprised how loud and clear it sounded!

    So far I haven’t noticed any signs of pairing up or a bubble nest but I am so pleased with this set-up and the way the fish interact with each other. Thankfully the foam filter I use seems perfectly adequate to keep the water clean.

     

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #350721

    Saxodave
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    Thanks Rüdiger

    What should I be looking for when buying my next sparklers in terms of knowing whether they are males or females?

    Dave

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #350711

    Saxodave
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    I bought three from one shop knowing that I have an outstanding order at another place from which I will buy another three or four. Do you think I shoud keep an even number or odd, or does it not matter? I know they are supposedly quite difficult to sex so I don’t really know what I have already.

    I very much like the way they swim as they seem to curl and bend their bodies as they move around the tank. They also seem to be getting on with the dwarf rasboras okay too.

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #350680

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    Trichopsis-pumila.JPGJust to prove I actually have got some gouramis! I’m guessing this is a male? Trichopsis pumila Sparkling gourami.

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #350673

    Saxodave
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    After a four and a half month wait I have finally got my hands on some sparkling gouramis (Trichopsis pumila). I suppose the good thing is that the tank has had time to mature!

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #350109

    Saxodave
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    Thanks Matt. That’s fine. I like the new-look forum; it makes sense the way you have rearranged it.

     

    I’m really pleased with my tank, just a little frustrated that it is taking so long to get the final part of the puzzle! I will post more pics when my sparkling gouramis take up residence.  

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #350106

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    Rasbora-Gourami-tank.jpgFinally I have managed to buy another eight Boraras maculatus to accompany the two I bought just before Christmas! There is still no sign of any LFS stocking the sparkling gouramis I want and I am not paying £18.50 carriage for unseen fish by post from the one supplier. Someone suggested these fish are ‘seasonal’ and I may have more luck in the spring/summer. My name is still down on two LFS lists for when stocks eventually do come in. At least the tank is maturing nicely though.

    in reply to: Access denied. You do not have permission to view this page. #350105

    Saxodave
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    Brilliant. Thanks very much. Dave.

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #349880

    Saxodave
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    Hello Rüdiger

    For a small fish B. maculatus seems to be very self-sufficient and resourceful.

    I think there has been a longer delay in fish deliveries because of the New Year. I thought I was only going to have to wait a couple of days or so before getting some companions for my two tiny inhabitants. It might be wise to pre-order the sparkling gouramis now in case there is a long wait for them also. Again, no shop near me, out of six, stocks these on a regular basis.

    Would it be a bit of an overload if I ended up adding five rasboras and four/five gouramis all at the same time if I had to?

     

    Kind regards,

     

    David

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #349872

    Saxodave
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    Boraras-maculatus.jpg

    Was only able to get two dwarf rasboras (Boraras maculatus) at my LFS and have had to order more as no-one round here seems to keep them in stock. They now like frozen bloodworm and tropical mini pellets after a couple of days of not seeming to eat anything, although perhaps there are already colonies of microbes forming on the sunken beech leaves I added a while back.

     

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #349752

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    Thank you luffy for your snails comment, especially as I have already noticed a couple of small snails in the tank. I will leave them for the gouramis to attend to assuming they don’t grow too quickly!

     

    Rudiger, I forgot to say that I have in fact already done two water changes before receiving the test results I posted last night so I am even more hopeful that conditions are now right. I will source Boraras maculatus from my LFS and place an order for the gouramis.

     

    We will have to compare our efforts reagarding improved airlifts!

     

    It’s a shame you can’t cook and eat L.minor because, as you say, it is quite prolific. At least just a few scoops with the net keeps it in check.

     

    Regards,

     

    David

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #349749

    Saxodave
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    Interesting about the efficiency of air lift due to bubble size. I never knew that. It has inspired me to design my own version of this at some point. However I assume my DIY effort is working quite well as I just tested the water and Nitrate = 10ppm and Nitrite = 0. The tank seems to be cycling well.

    The light levels have now been lowered to a level I am happy with by a liberal surface covering of Amazon frogbit and Lemna minor.

    As for tank access: luckily I can do all necessary maintenance through the lid flap except take the bogwood out. filter foam cleaning won’t be a problem.

    Is it too soon to start lightly stocking with fish? I was going to put a few dwarf rasboras in before the gouramis.

     

    Regards,

     

    David

    in reply to: New Dwarf gourami setup #349655

    Saxodave
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    Hi Rudiger

    The foam I am using is an Algarde 45 Foam Element, I believe it is a replacement for the Algarde Bio Foam Filter 200. I am not sure the pores per inch. I have to admit that the air pump I am currently using is perhaps not high spec but always worked okay in the past. It is a Hi Tech 1000 MK-801 and although it is transferring some water up the outlet of my filter, it seems to be bubbling a lot and not bringing up as much water as I would like.

     

    As for the moss I will have to try to get my tweezers  and gravel cleaner near to suck up the dead. It’s a shame because the bogwood now won’t look as good as I had hoped.

     

    Now…snails. I spent a rather long time eradicating, by hand, quite a few hundred tiny, red ramshorn-like snails from this aquarium before setting up this design. If possible I don’t want another snail explosion! Are you suggesting snails that would fit in well with the kind of blackwater/Asian/leaf-litter set-up I am trying to re-create.

     

    Kind regards and, once again, thank you for taking the time to answer my queries. It is much appreciated!

     

    David

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