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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #250 on: June 12, 2018, 08:19:47 AM »
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I had to look them up too - beautiful fish.
I also had to look at the Wharf Aquatics site....then check how far it is from me....

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #251 on: June 12, 2018, 08:51:47 AM »
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I just looked them up too. PlanetCatfish calls them Hisonotus leucofrenatus with the common name Niger oto https://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=1386  I have also found it as Ototcinclus niger. Presumably it's one of those species that has been reclassified into another genus.
Aha! look here
Shops do have a tendency to use older names.


Lovely little fish, whatever they are called  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #252 on: June 12, 2018, 10:48:40 AM »
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They are little cuties for sure, although they're hard to spot in the tank and are much more camouflaged than the usual Otos you see, with their whiter under sides...  On the plus side, that just makes it more of a bonus when you do spot them...  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #253 on: June 12, 2018, 11:30:14 AM »
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Just playing with google:-

I already knew that 'leuco' meant white or lacking in colour (eg leucocyte = white blood cell)
Frenulum - a bristle or group of bristles on the front edge of butterfly wings.

So does leucofrenatus refer to the white spots on the edge of the fish's pectoral fins?

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #254 on: June 12, 2018, 11:35:07 AM »
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It definitely could well do and would be fitting etc...  :)

Just been trying to spot them in the tank, which is hard when the tank lights are off as they are at the moment...  One of them though is busy at work on one of the Bucephalandra plants...  Really excited at the prospects of them helping with algae - although it goes without saying that this is not the only reason I got them... 

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #255 on: June 15, 2018, 12:46:40 AM »
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Newest pic, after all the work gone into making the plants take off again: 


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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #256 on: June 15, 2018, 05:06:12 AM »
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Great looking tank cookie' can i ask what the tall red plant on the right is please, is it be Rotala Roundifolia ?


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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #257 on: June 15, 2018, 07:28:11 AM »
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Spectacular.  8)

Can I also see a flowering bucephalandra? Lovely.  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #258 on: June 15, 2018, 09:39:07 AM »
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Thanks guys...  In all honesty though, it has been something of a saga getting the plants growing well again but it's getting there again now...  You might remember that amongst some recent additions was a Bacopa Caroliniana that is around one third of the way in from the left there, was planted in April and is virtually at the tank surface now, one stem had to be trimmed & replanted because it did get there, lol...  All of the H.Costata has gone, because it died basically, and I had to give up on the Nymphoides hydrophylla 'Taiwan' because the Amanos just ate it constantly in the end...  Happy with how it's looking now and may still add even more plants soon... 

@Rustle  that red dude in the RH front corner gets asked about a few times and is actually one of the plants that stalled for a while...  growing well again now though, thankfully...  It is a Ludwigia Palustris (http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantdetails/Ludwigiapalustris(035B)/4453) :)

@Littlefish  yeah, towards the left there...  Great little plants...  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #259 on: June 18, 2018, 10:35:15 PM »
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The new living room blinds were done on Friday, after a lengthy wait...  Really chuffed as it has made a considerable difference to how much natural light enters the tank - the one main last bastion of potential algae causes...!!!  Correspondingly, I have now cut out the liquid carbon too, with the new daily fertiliser regime being simply 1ml of TNC Complete...  Fingers crossed things will remain on a nice even keel and the algae will ease off even further in the coming weeks...

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #260 on: June 18, 2018, 10:41:15 PM »
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It's looking really good. Well done on bringing it to life again. :cheers:

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #261 on: June 19, 2018, 10:25:35 AM »
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Great looking tank. Planting looking  good. Is that Sagittaria in the foreground behind the Rabbit Snails ?

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #262 on: June 19, 2018, 11:04:18 AM »
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Thanks @daveyng ...  :)   It's an Echinodorus Amazonicus...  just a small/young one... 

I do like the "Amazonicus" variety of Echinodorus and wish I'd known more about it when first setting up the tank...  By all accounts it is one of the smallest Amazon Swords and I have a bunch of older ones along the left hand end of the tank - they seem to stay under control nicely, especially compared to the Echinodorus 'Bleherae' Amazon Sword that's just behind the one you mention and a fraction to the left...  I have to routinely remove some enormous leaves from that bugger, but the Amazonicus can be more or less just left alone...  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #263 on: June 19, 2018, 07:13:13 PM »
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Tank looks absolutely amazing and the plants soooo healthy.  8) [Useful feedback too on how you fared with different plants - taking a mental note as, suffice to say, a lot of mine are disintegrating and will need replenished soon.]

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #264 on: June 19, 2018, 10:26:27 PM »
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At the mo, I'm just anxious that they'll continue to be ok without the liquid carbon, but I'm thinking that with the significantly reduced light and the modest fertiliser routine, now that I am including the macros, everything should hopefully be ok, just perhaps slow down a tad - which I don't mind...  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #265 on: June 19, 2018, 10:30:39 PM »
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One thing is for sure though, lol, the old clean up crew is pretty extensive now, with 12 Amano shrimp, 8 Oto Cats, 1 BN Pleco and a whole bunch of snails in there taking care of business...   :D

Actually got plans for one more Nerite snail, a Red Nerite Snail (Vittina waigiensis) - which are absolutely gorgeous, but really hard to get hold of... 


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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #266 on: June 20, 2018, 01:35:07 PM »
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I'm so excited...!!!       

After waiting patiently for them to become available again, I have just snagged two of the Red Racer Nerite snails (Vittina waigiensis)...  Really pleased right now - daft though, innit, over snails...   :rotfl:

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #267 on: June 20, 2018, 02:13:58 PM »
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Congratulations  :cheers:

And there's nothing wrong with being excited about new arrivals.  ;D

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« Reply #268 on: June 20, 2018, 05:50:49 PM »
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Great news - when getting mine, it was a close contender between the red and orange ones; ultimately I opted for the orange but would definitely get the red as a(n) additional/subsequent snail, subject to availability, of course. Looking forward to seeing pics after it arrives and settles in.

Incidentally, do your tetras leave the shrimp alone? I'd like to get some shrimp but would be concerned about my x-rays harassing them and would probably freak out if I caught one chomping on one.  :yikes:

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #269 on: June 20, 2018, 10:08:38 PM »
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The ‘Red Nerites’ look cool. I also like the ‘Horned Nerites’ Although the tend to be smaller than the standard ones.

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« Reply #270 on: June 20, 2018, 10:16:24 PM »
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Certainly will sort a photo once they're here and in the tank...  :)

There are some great looking Horned Nerites...  another tempting CUC member...  :) 

@fcmf  no problems with the Tetras and the Amanos...  There has been the odd occasion where it looked like a fish may have taken a tentative poke at the shrimp, but it's not easy to tell if that's just the shrimp doing that instantaneous reverse gear thing if a fish gets too close, but even that is rare and happens even less now that they're all familiar with each other etc...  If anything, it was the Platies which were the worst for that, those two blue ones that had a brief stay at Cookie Towers before being shipped right on back to Wharf...  The orange/red Platy can be a bugger too, but his sin is to chase the Red Phantom Tetras rather than hassling the shrimps...  If I could catch that little monkey, he'd be shipped off back to Wharf too, but he's a lot more canny than the two blue ones and is an accomplished net dodger...!!!   :rotfl:

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« Reply #271 on: June 20, 2018, 11:00:48 PM »
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Is it the Wharf in Nottingham that you keep referring to? You are very lucky to have that as your local fish shop.

Prior to children, we had a trip over the Pennines to visit it for my birthday. It was very memorable not least because we got caught in a sudden snow storm on the way home (best part of a foot of snow in less than half an hour). Spent a while failing to get over a small hill and then had to take a massive detour as the road we'd travelled out on (under blue skies about 3 hours earlier) had since been closed. Needless to say, I was glad I'd not bought any fish and I've never been back to buy fish from there - just in case something unexpected happens and I can't get them home in a timely manner.

Do they still have that huge tank with, I think it was a pacu?

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« Reply #272 on: June 21, 2018, 12:23:35 AM »
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They do indeed Helen, and many other whopping specimens, not least of all some gigantic common Plecos...!!!  And yes, by the way, that is the one indeed...  near the M1 junction for Mansfield (not sure of the J number)...  A bit further on and actually in Mansfield is the hugely impressive Pro-Shrimp, although I have as yet not managed to get to the place in person, but they are fantastic for plants and of course for an impressive line up of ornamental snails (which changes often as stuff becomes available etc...)

I used to live on t'other side of the Pennines myself, on the outskirts of Stockport and not far from the Derbyshire Border...  Still have many friends and family over that way... :)

I dunno if you are anywhere near Stockport Helen, but there is an equally amazing fish shop there too, called Abyss  ( http://www.abyssaquatics.co.uk/ )

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« Reply #273 on: June 21, 2018, 02:05:49 PM »
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Yay...!!!  The two Red Racer Nerite snails have arrived...!!! 

Also got a pot of Hygrophila Corymbosa Compact, which is perhaps a bit of a gamble after my abject failure with the Hygrophila Costata, but we shall see...   :D

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #274 on: June 21, 2018, 02:10:54 PM »
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Hooooray! New snails.  :)
Congratulations on your new arrivals.  :cheers:

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« Reply #275 on: June 21, 2018, 02:27:03 PM »
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God forbid, but one day I might actually grow up...!!!   :rotfl:

Really chuffed with the new additions, and they're not too big, which is a bonus...  Was initially really put off Nerites because of their sesame seed reputation, but the original Black Helmet Nerite is a little doozy...!!!  Saying that, you never see him when the tank lights are on, but then his primary function is as a key working member of the clean up crew...  These two new boys are handsome little tykes and are more about adding that little splash of colour and just plain having some of the rarer snails - which I do get a kick out of...  :)

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« Reply #276 on: June 21, 2018, 03:28:44 PM »
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Here are the two new boys...  Please forgive the poor pics and glare from the tank glass etc...  but they're good enough to see them at least...  :) 




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« Reply #277 on: June 21, 2018, 06:11:59 PM »
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They are really gorgeous!  :cheers:

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« Reply #278 on: June 21, 2018, 07:12:31 PM »
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 ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #279 on: June 21, 2018, 08:51:43 PM »
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Dude! Nice looking snails.  :cheers:

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« Reply #280 on: June 21, 2018, 10:26:33 PM »
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I'm really chuffed right now as they are quite happy pottering about in full view with the lights on...  :D

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« Reply #281 on: June 22, 2018, 10:47:43 PM »
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Tell you what guys, I used TNC Carbon for what was just a fraction over one month - maybe 5 weeks - and the plants have gone ballistic now...  aquatic jungle city...!!!   :yikes:

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #282 on: June 23, 2018, 07:35:21 AM »
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Good to know. How does it compare to Flourish excel...(have you ever tried this)? What is your dose rate?  I want to give a different liquid carbon product a go as the easy life stuff I'm using I really dont rate.

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« Reply #283 on: June 23, 2018, 09:37:53 AM »
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I've only ever tried the TNC Carbon Matt and so, alas, am unable to give a comparison verdict etc...   

TNC's recommended dose is 1ml per 50 litres, per day...  My tank holds an estimated 150 litres of water, after allowing for substrate and decorations etc, and so a full daily dose would be 3ml...

My regime was to slowly build up to 2ml per day and then eventually drop that back down to 1ml per day and finally stop completely...  So, at the highest level, I was still only on two thirds of the recommended daily dose... 

What I have noticed both times I've used liquid carbon is that you don't necessarily notice much difference initially, and then after a little while things take off nicely...  I would imagine that it may be different from tank to tank according to set up, plant levels and nutrients etc... 

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« Reply #284 on: June 23, 2018, 11:26:27 AM »
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I’ve always assumed that all of the liquid carbon products were the same in terms of ingredients. Is this not the case ?

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« Reply #285 on: June 23, 2018, 12:01:05 PM »
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Ditto Dave...  I dunno the answer though...

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« Reply #286 on: June 23, 2018, 07:15:38 PM »
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I thought the same too but recently I am hearing that the flourish excel contains something different... @Sue was it you I heard this from??

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« Reply #287 on: June 23, 2018, 09:02:45 PM »
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Flourish Excel contains polycycloglutaracetal which is a polymerised isomer of glutaraldehyde.
TNC carbon contains glutaraldehyde. This is from The Nutrient Company's website
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Contains :- 2% Gluteraldahyde

If there are any other 'liquid carbon' products I'll see if I can find hat's in those.

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« Reply #288 on: June 23, 2018, 10:32:18 PM »
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I've been adding 0.5ml TNC carbon to my tank for a few weeks. The recommended dose would be 4ml, as I have about 220l of water in my tank.

I didn't want to add enough carbon to trigger a major growth spurt because I'm fairly sure I have a lot of other nutrient deficiencies which would be exacerbated.

In general, since I've been adding TNC carbon I have noticed that the plants are looking more healthy and green, without having noticeably increased growth. It is also showing up other deficiencies, but they're not really extreme, so I'm expecting to be able to treat them (when I get around to looking up what they are!)

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You may well be on the brink of a growth explosion Helen...  Well, "explosion" is an exaggeration, but don't be surprised if growth rates do start to increase any day now...  :)

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