Cod's Asian Communitope

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Cod's Asian Communitope
« on: October 06, 2018, 10:17:03 PM »
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Hi all,
It's been a long time since I last posted on the forum. I was quite active when I first discovered Think Fish when I narrowly avoided buying two fancy goldfish for my parent's old 15l tank.

Thanks to the advice on the articles and the forum I have avoided many other potential catastrophes and my four year love affair with the hobby has resulted in my development of an Asian communitope tank. I can't call it a biotope as there are a number of fish and plant species from various parts of SE Asia.

Livestock:
9 Harlequin Rasbora
7 Five-banded Barbs
3 Odessa Barbs (to increase to 6 when stocking allows)
6 Dwarf Chain Loach
1 Siamese Algae Eater
3 Amano shrimp
1 Nerite Snail

Plants:
Java Fern (standard and mini)
Bucephalandra species
Cryptocoryne (including wendtii, bullosa, usteriana, willisii and nevelli)
Rotala indica
Limnophila sessiliflora
Eleocharis acicularis
Pogostemon helferi
Pogostemon stellatus
Java moss

The eagle-eyed observers will have noticed Crinum calamistratum in the back right of the tank. Whilst this plant is African, at 8.99 a plant I wasn't going to throw it out!

I also have a few fish from my old setup that aren't Asian in origin - these are 3 X-Ray tetra (which are coming up to 4 years old) and a large Bristlenose pleco that arrived with the tank. Whilst the part of me has considered trying to rehome these 'aliens', I just can't bring myself to do it. The X-rays were my second fish purchase (after the obligatory platy) and I feel quite an attachment to them.

I'll try and get a better shot of the tank soon, but I'm feeling quite proud of my current setup and wanted to share it.

All the best,
Cod

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 10:22:59 PM »
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Looking good!  :cheers:

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2018, 11:30:35 PM »
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Good to hear from you, Cod, and about your tank's current inhabitants. Tank looks great from the pic too.  :cheers:

I always recollect that you have x-ray tetras as we started out tropical fishkeeping at the same time and both got x-rays at the same time - I also have 3 left who have their 4th birthday later this month.  :fishy1:

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2018, 11:53:36 PM »
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Lovely looking tank.

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2018, 07:11:50 AM »
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I think your tank looks great.  8)

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2018, 08:55:52 AM »
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Thanks for the comments everyone. FCMF - I'm glad to hear your X rays are still going strong. They really are lovely little fish. If I had room for another tank I'd definitely set up a South American theme with the Xrays and the pleco. I could add some hatchet fish and corydoras, amazon swords.... I think I better stop there before I'm on eBay bidding on my next tank!

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2018, 02:27:51 PM »
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That's a lovely looking tank.  :cheers:

I quite like the concept of a communitope. I think this would also describe my tank well - I have mainly SE Asian fish and plants, but not completely and not all from the same country. I've also descovered recently that I could add 'blackwater' to the description of my tank.

I love the aquascaping of your tank and am always on the look out to steal ideas. What size is your tank and how hard is your water? What is your substrate?

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2018, 03:33:34 PM »
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Your tank is looking great  ;D

I have a fish Asian communitope as well. Plants are a different matter.

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2018, 05:39:33 PM »
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Thanks Helen,

My tank is 90cm x 30cm and has a capacity of approx. 130l, though the volume of water is obviously less.

My water is on the hard side, so I have tried to purchase fish that can cope with this. The exception being the fivebanded barbs which prefer softer more acidic water.However, I've read that as the fish are now farmed, they are less likely to require softwater. They seem happy enough and the two fish of the initial 9 that I purchased died from escaping from the tank. They're a great alternative to Tiger barbs!

My substrate is Colombo florabase.

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2018, 09:50:56 PM »
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I have fiveband barbs too and find them a fantastic addition to my tank.  :D

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2018, 05:34:39 PM »
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Tank looks brill Cod...  :)

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Re: Cod's Asian Communitope
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2018, 09:35:04 PM »
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Thanks Top Cookie.

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