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Multi-Tank Syndrome - Confessions Of An MTS Sufferer By Littlefish

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« Reply #50 on: October 06, 2018, 09:10:34 AM »
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That tank is gorgeous  :D

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« Reply #51 on: October 06, 2018, 09:28:14 AM »
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I'm chuffed to pieces with it, and I can't wait to get some tiger barbs in there, I think they are going to enjoy exploring everything.  ;D
All credit has to go to @Matt for his design, tutoring, and patience. I've told him that I still stop to look at the tank and wonder how something that looks so professional has ended up in my house. I couldn't have created a tank like that without his guidance.  :cheers:

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« Reply #52 on: October 06, 2018, 09:32:33 AM »
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Thanks Donna  :cheers:

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« Reply #53 on: October 06, 2018, 11:59:02 PM »
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Planting looks really good. The whole tank looks lovely.

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« Reply #54 on: October 07, 2018, 02:43:17 PM »
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Wow that looks fabulous.

I'm seriously thinking about how I can re-aquascape my tank without completely pulling it apart! Or having to temporarily rehome the fish.

The blog has given me lots of ideas.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the tiger barbs behaviour is in this new tank - will it be different?

And also to you doing the next tank...  :o

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« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2018, 08:10:07 PM »
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An update on the tanks.

Although the axolotl tank can't be properly planted, they are ok with anubias, so I have used several types to give a bit of variety. I have also used anubias attached to mopani to create what I refer to as their "anibias shelves" on the back wall of the tank, which they seem to enjoy using.

The river tank can't be aquascaped either, but I will be putting some more rocks and wood in that tank, and will post pics when it's done.

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« Reply #56 on: November 22, 2018, 08:17:50 PM »
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Tiger barb tank
I have trimmed the plants and replaced the moss on the left hand tunnel. I think I let the original moss dry out while I was attaching it, and it never recovered.
The gold TBs finished quarantine this week, so they are now in the main tank with the standard and green ones.
They have all settled in, and I'm considering putting some amano shrimp and horned nerite snails in while the fish are still so small.
The tank looks quite under-stocked, but it will give the young fish plenty of room to grow.  :)

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« Reply #57 on: November 22, 2018, 08:31:22 PM »
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South American tank.
http://scapeeasy.co.uk/advice2.htm

Poor @Matt has managed to re-use the mopani wood I had, and created a forest diorama.
Large pieces of wood have been used vertically as tree stumps, with thinner pieces creating root structures.
The planting looks like a forest floor bursting into life after the old trees have gone, and the sunlight can finally reach the floor.
Although this is a smaller tank than the tiger barb tank, the planting is more intricate, and I think it feels as if there is a lot more going on.
I've not used carpeting plants before, and I found them a bit challenging. As you may be able to see for the picture, I didn't plant them deeply enough, and quite a few are floating at the surface.  :-[
There are several plants in this design that I've not used before. I now have a massive soft spot for marsilea hirsuta and hottonia palustris, and wouldn't be at all surprised if they were used again in some of the other tanks  ;)
This tank will eventually house the black and white South American fish, including Harri the female BN, black neon tetras, and the marbled hatchets I purchased today.
I can't wait to put all the fish in the tank.  ;D

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« Reply #58 on: November 22, 2018, 09:09:01 PM »
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Looking really great Donna  ;D

Always great to hear your updates... I suspect there are more tanks for you to update us on yet!!...

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« Reply #59 on: November 22, 2018, 09:13:28 PM »
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I agree - every one of those tanks look fantastic. For me, admittedly, I've relapsed into it all being about the fish with the aquascaping aspect having fallen off the bandwagon and few live plants, but looking at each of yours - the aquascaping aspect is as exciting as the fish aspect, speaking of which those tiger barbs are stunning and almost petrol blue in colour.

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« Reply #60 on: November 22, 2018, 09:43:33 PM »
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@fcmf it's pretty much all about the fish with me too, they will always be my first priority.
Luckily Matt has managed to steer me to using easy plants for his designs, which look stunning, but don't need the CO2 and other upkeep that I would normally associate with aquascaping. I would never have realised that plants classed as easy could create tanks that look like this, and learning about the plants & different 'scaping designs is fascinating. I thoroughly enjoying it.  ;D

@Matt there are a lot more tanks to do.....within the next week or so I'll be ready to start chatting about the next one.  ;D  I hope that you're not regretting this project yet.  ???    :rotfl:    :fishy1:

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« Reply #61 on: November 22, 2018, 10:05:17 PM »
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I would never have realised that plants classed as easy could create tanks that look like this, and learning about the plants & different 'scaping designs is fascinating. I thoroughly enjoying it.  ;D

Love this comment... that's exactly what I'm trying to prove on my site! :)

And no I'm not reretting it in the slightest...only problem is I now have too many requests for me to do the same for other people! I can't keep up!!

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« Reply #62 on: November 22, 2018, 10:19:12 PM »
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You need to start charging for your design & advisory services.  8)

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« Reply #63 on: November 22, 2018, 11:16:25 PM »
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Wow your tanks look fabulous. You are seriously selling the MTS thing! (I am increasingly envious with each new tank 'scape I see) But I barely have time to look after one tank at the moment, so it is the fish welfare that is restraining me.

However, I have some bogwood soaking in a bucket that I'm planning to incorporate into my tank at the weekend. I will be taking some serious inspiration from your South American tank.  ;D

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« Reply #64 on: November 23, 2018, 02:48:40 AM »
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Fantastic pics Donna...  Great job(s)...   :D

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« Reply #65 on: November 23, 2018, 02:18:32 PM »
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Thanks for all of your very positive comments on the tanks.

Let me now introduce you to the marbled hatchetfish that I purchased yesterday, and have settled into their quarantine tank fairly quickly. They are tiny little things, and I think that they have lovely markings.

After forgetting to pick up shrimps and snails yesterday, I popped back to the store this morning and got a bag of amano shrimp (along with a bonus baby rabbit snail), and a bag of horned nerite snails (clithon corona). They are very young/small, and I almost can't believe the shrimp are the same as some of the massive females I've got in the other tanks - they are big girls.  :o

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« Reply #66 on: November 23, 2018, 03:16:52 PM »
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Let me now introduce you to the marbled hatchetfish that I purchased yesterday, and have settled into their quarantine tank fairly quickly. They are tiny little things, and I think that they have lovely markings.
Wow - they are gorgeous.

After forgetting to pick up shrimps and snails yesterday, I popped back to the store this morning and got
I was anticipating the end of the sentence to read "3 more bags of different fish as well". ;D However, I am still equally eager to see photos of the shrimp and snails once in situ.

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« Reply #67 on: November 23, 2018, 06:31:40 PM »
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Oh, @fcmf you know me too well.  :rotfl:
It is quite a struggle not to get carried away with fish as the local MA has recently had a delivery, so there are lots of lovely fish to look at. My will power is getting tested as I struggle to keep to my plans.  ::)

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« Reply #68 on: November 23, 2018, 10:15:01 PM »
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You have a new obsession anyway!... Plants!  :wave:

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« Reply #69 on: November 23, 2018, 11:08:39 PM »
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 :rotfl:
Now I have two obsessions, fish and plants. The local MA has also set up an extra 8ft plant tank, and two extra 3ft plant tanks recently, so now they have a lot more choice too.

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« Reply #70 on: November 23, 2018, 11:15:54 PM »
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Lol you make it sound like they've set them up just for you!!  :rotfl:

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« Reply #71 on: November 24, 2018, 12:14:53 AM »
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Lovin' those Hatchets...   ;)

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« Reply #72 on: November 24, 2018, 08:12:05 AM »
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Lol you make it sound like they've set them up just for you!!  :rotfl:

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They've had quite a refurbishment project going on at both local MAs, and this one has had quite a lot of new kit - display tanks, display cabinets, etc. It's all looking pretty good.
As for the plant tanks, when I walked in and noticed the tanks, I was told that there was no need for me to go to Aquarium Gardens any more  :o
As at least one member of staff at that MA enjoys aquascaping, and as they are selling a lot more plants these days, a bigger plant display makes sense. However, it is very handy for me, and I like to think that everything in the store belongs to me, as it's the only way I can have enough tanks.  :rotfl:

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« Reply #73 on: November 26, 2018, 08:34:26 AM »
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Not strictly fish-related, but certainly aquatic, and part of my multi-tank syndrome.

This is what it looks like when your axolotls wait until you've finished cleaning their tank, then one of them takes a massive pooh, and tries to bury it in the sand.  ::)   :rotfl:


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« Reply #74 on: January 26, 2019, 05:37:10 PM »
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Just a quick update on the tanks.
The tiger barb tank is doing well. I had old flourescent tubes on it, and the plants were struggling, but since changing to new LEDs things have been much better. Unfortunately this was too late for the Echinodorus magdalensis on the right hand side of the tank, which I've had to replace with new plants, which are quite small at the moment. They'll soon grow though.
Looking at the picture you'd never guess that there are 24 juvenille tiger barbs in the tank, but I promise you that they are there, and are mainly the fuzzy blurs near the front.
@Matt the sagittaria subulata path suffered with the flourescent tubes, and being shaded by the crypts. Now the lights have changed & I've trimmed the crypts I'll probably plant a few more sag towards the back of the "path". Is there anything else you can see that I need to do with this tank?

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« Reply #75 on: January 26, 2019, 05:49:57 PM »
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I've trimmed the carpeting plants in the tree stump tank. I've also thinned out and removed some of the crypts, which were quite heavily planted to start with, and then grew like weeds and started to take over the tank.  :o
I've been a bit heavy handed with the trimming, but I want to encourage the carpeting plants as much as possible. The marsilia hirsuta is still my favourite, it's so pretty.
I also need to confess that I'd incorrectly calculated the volume of my tank, and always though it was a slim-line tank with a volume of a maximum 140L. It isn't, it is standard depth, with a max. volume of 220L. After planting etc. the volume is actually 170L, and this means that I can recalculate my stock levels.
Having explained my concerns to Matt  with regards to putting Harri the BN into the tank (she'd probabaly trash the carpeting plants), and seeing how small the marbled hatchets are, we've discussed only using very small fish. I'll get more marbled hatchets, use the black neon tetras I've already got (and increase their numbers), and get some salt & pepper corys for the bottom. All fish are around 3cm, should look more in proportion to each other, and more in proportion to the delicate planting.  :)
@Matt  I've also changed to an FX4 filter, but with wider nozzles on the output, so I won't blast the hatchets out of the water, an don't have to think about where to site a spray bar in this tank. Is there anything else I need to do with this tank and/or the planting before we start thinking about adding fish?

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« Reply #76 on: January 26, 2019, 05:53:15 PM »
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The tiger barb tank does look great - well done, and the lighting looks a lot more natural than my fluorescent tube. :cheers:  [If/when I ever convert over to LEDs, then I'll maybe given live plantkeeping another go then, given that Littlefish is attributing her better results with plants to the LEDs.]

I've hunted for the tiger barbs. I think I can make out 10 with an additional 5 likely-wishful-thinking blurs that I'm trying to convince myself must be some of the others.  :D

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« Reply #77 on: January 26, 2019, 05:58:47 PM »
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Tree stump tank looks really lovely too.

I also need to confess that I'd incorrectly calculated the volume of my tank, and always though it was a slim-line tank with a volume of a maximum 140L. It isn't, it is standard depth, with a max. volume of 220L. After planting etc. the volume is actually 170L
At this point, a smile broke out as I read this, as I knew what this meant.  ;D  I agree that having fish of similar proportion to one another and also to the decor of the tank is important.  Would love to read how you get on with the habrosus cories that you're proposing which are lovely - very envious.
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« Reply #78 on: January 26, 2019, 09:03:51 PM »
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The tiger barbs are a bit easier to photograph from the end of the tank, though even then they are still a bit of a blur @fcmf

As for the smaller cories, it will also help that I now have the Pozzani filter to reduce the GH as well as the nitrites in that tank.  :)


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« Reply #79 on: January 29, 2019, 08:04:09 PM »
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@Matt  I've also changed to an FX4 filter, but with wider nozzles on the output, so I won't blast the hatchets out of the water, an don't have to think about where to site a spray bar in this tank. Is there anything else I need to do with this tank and/or the planting before we start thinking about adding fish?

Looking at the tank now (and I must admit I'm a bit of a fan of what I'm about to suggest... just look at my photos in the gallery section... what would you think to doing a vallis background? The back potentially looks quite bare...

The more this tank gets the better it will look  :cheers:

I'd love to see an up close photo of the marsilea hirsuta as you often fave about it and must admit I'm getting quite jealous that I can't find any locally!

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« Reply #80 on: January 29, 2019, 08:06:07 PM »
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@Matt the sagittaria subulata path suffered with the flourescent tubes, and being shaded by the crypts. Now the lights have changed & I've trimmed the crypts I'll probably plant a few more sag towards the back of the "path". Is there anything else you can see that I need to do with this tank?

Nope! You've done a great job with this tank  :cheers:

My only suggestion is how about some taller stem plants in the rear corners? Up to you entirely... it looks great  :afro

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« Reply #81 on: January 29, 2019, 08:31:50 PM »
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Here is a closer picture of the marsilea hirsuta. I've not had any luck with carpeting plants previously, but the ones that you suggested for this tank appear to all be doing well. The M. hirsuta is my favourite just because the leaves are so pretty.  :)
I see what you mean about the back looking a bit bare. I'm a bit torn because I think the black neon tetras will look good against the black, but I also think the tetras and hatchets will all appreciate some taller plants, even with the floating plants. Let me have a think about some options.

As for the tiger barb tank, there are some baby echinodorus magdalensis in the back right corner, but they will take a while to grow in. Do you think tall stem plants in both corners, behind the E. magdalensis?

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« Reply #82 on: January 29, 2019, 08:40:04 PM »
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Ahh yes I forgot about the echinodorus in the corners. They will do the job nicely  :cheers:

Great closeup photo. That mixed carpet looks great and the M. Hirsuta does indeed look fab  ;D

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« Reply #83 on: January 29, 2019, 09:15:31 PM »
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I've had a quick look through what I have in the spare plant tank.
I have a couple of bunches of quite nice twisted vallis, and one bunch of giant vallis.
I also have a few stems of the H. difformis left. I'm going to put a piece near the front right hand side of the left hand tree stump as I think that was in your original drawings, and it might have been shifted during my heavy handed trimming & thinning of plants, but if you think we can use more of it then there is some available.

What do you think?

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« Reply #84 on: January 29, 2019, 09:23:15 PM »
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Ahh sorry I've just re-read my post above... I mean to say the more *mature* this tank gets the better it will look... So, up to you on the difformis. If you have some, plonk it in and see how it looks?... the luxary of having a tank just dedicated to spwre plants!!! I can only imagine the fun I would have!!

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I admit that the plant tank is quite a luxury, and it's great to have somewhere to put the plants taken out when stripping down a tank to re-work.  :)

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« Reply #86 on: January 29, 2019, 09:37:48 PM »
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Don't worry we'll have it aquascaped in no time!!!  :rotfl:

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Don't worry we'll have it aquascaped in no time!!!  :rotfl:

Yeah, if I don't find some new fish to put in it first.  :rotfl:

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« Reply #88 on: February 05, 2019, 02:45:44 PM »
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Well, the tree stump tank is finished, and I went to MA to get some fish today. I got marbled hatchets, black neon tetras, and salt & pepper cories. They are settling into the tank as I type.  :)
I have some hatchets & tetras in another tank, so they will be moved when the new ones have finished their quarantine period.
Also, there were only 4 S&P cories in stock, so I've asked if they can order some more and will increase the numbers within the next few months.
I've attached a pic of the tank taken yesterday, and will post pics of the new fish in a day or so, when everyone has settled.
Thanks @Matt for your awesome design skills.  :cheers:  and seeing the S&P cories in the tank, we were right to go with tiny fish.  ;D

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« Reply #89 on: February 05, 2019, 05:56:36 PM »
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Wow - that tank is absolutely stunningly gorgeous, so well done to both @Littlefish and @Matt !

Very excited to read about the new fish - how many marbled hatchets and black neons are there?  What type of tetras in the other tank will be moved across? 

Very much looking forward to seeing photos of your new fish, especially the adorable S&P cories.
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« Reply #90 on: February 05, 2019, 07:01:48 PM »
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Thanks @fcmf   :)

I'm so impressed with Matt's aquascaping design skills, plant knowledge, and patience. He's been great at explaining what needs doing, and why, and this is the outcome. I love it.  ;D

All the fish I bought today have gone into that tank, and the others will join them when their quarantine is complete. There are 10 marbled hatchets, 15 black neon tetras, and 4 salt & pepper corydoras. I have more marbled hatchets and black neon tetras in another tank, and I have a 60L quarantine tanks set up for the rest of the S&P cory and some shrimp, that I hope to pick up by the end of the week. Everyone should be fine to join the others in the main tank early March.

I've got the very dark blue light on in the tank at the moment, and still couldn't resist taking some pictures. The S&P cory are tiny (approx. 1cm), and adorable (I can't wait to get some more), and the tiny silver dots in the second picture are the marbled hatchets who have all formed a group at the top, facing the water flow.  :fishy1:


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« Reply #91 on: February 05, 2019, 07:11:50 PM »
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That's fantastic - and thanks so much for sharing these photos as an interim measure until further photos can be taken once they've settled in and in brighter lighting. (I did wonder how I was going to manage to wait until then!)  A very exciting day!
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« Reply #92 on: February 05, 2019, 09:09:37 PM »
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Here's an instagram'd photo Donna... as soon to be uploaded to my site for the world to see  :cheers:

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« Reply #93 on: February 05, 2019, 09:21:06 PM »
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I showed some pics to the guys at MA when I went to get the fish. They especially liked your carpeting plants.  :cheers:

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« Reply #94 on: February 05, 2019, 09:40:09 PM »
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I showed some pics to the guys at MA when I went to get the fish. They especially liked your carpeting plants.  :cheers:

Second shot added showing the carpeting plants  :cheers:

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« Reply #95 on: February 06, 2019, 08:30:32 AM »
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Just a quick pic of the salt & pepper corydoras this morning, to keep @fcmf going until I can put some lights on in the tank this evening.  ;)
The fish seem to be doing ok, exploring the tank, and settling in.  :)

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« Reply #96 on: February 06, 2019, 07:18:55 PM »
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A few more pics of the fish in their new tank. The last pic even has a salt & pepper cory in the bottom right corner.  :)
The fish are still settling in, and I'm still adjusting the water flow and lighting, but we'll get there eventually.
There are more fish to go into the tank, just increasing the numbers of the current species, and I hope to get some shrimp too.

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« Reply #97 on: February 06, 2019, 09:21:33 PM »
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Great pics, both this morning's and this evening's - much appreciated.
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« Reply #98 on: February 07, 2019, 09:59:01 AM »
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At this time of year, when the sun is low in the sky, I don't fully open some of the curtains until later in the day, to avoid direct sunlight on the tank.
This morning I opened the curtains fully to take a pic of the tank, and see the sun shining off the hatchets and tetras.  :)


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« Reply #99 on: February 07, 2019, 07:14:34 PM »
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The hatchets are fascinating fish - lovely to see them in their glory like that, and look forward to seeing even clearer pictures of them in due course. The black neons almost look blue/green in that light.  Ooooh - I think I see a couple of S&Ps... both on the RHS, one under the filter and one near the substrate, perhaps?

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