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« Reply #1550 on: September 23, 2018, 11:14:07 AM »
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Interesting how a slight change of decor arrangement can affect the dynamics in a tank. The anubias on the piece of wood has a lot of leaves with algae on it. I decided to turn it back to front so that the anubias could be hidden under the silk plant leaves at the back of the tank rather than exposed to the light at the front of the tank. Consequently, the tank now has the decor in more of a smooth, tapered fashion height-wise from back down to front (as is often recommended in aquascaping ::) ). This has had the positive consequence of the entire length of the tank at the front having uninterrupted swimming space for the first time, much reduced bickering and pushing between fish over which territory is whose, and a much calmer ambience.
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« Reply #1551 on: September 23, 2018, 11:31:11 AM »
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Amazing outcome to such a small change.
Great to hear that your gang are now much calmer in their redesigned tank.  ;D

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« Reply #1552 on: September 25, 2018, 03:16:08 AM »
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Pro Shrimp has a lot of snails for sale again. Guess what I'm about to do......

Order placed for 2 x Clithon sowerbyana and 1 x Vittina waigiensis  :)

Looking forward to seeing the pics @Sue  :)

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« Reply #1553 on: September 25, 2018, 08:19:07 AM »
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The snails were dispatched yesterday so they should come today or tomorrow. I bought them late on Thursday even though I was pretty sure they wouldn't be dispatched till after the weekend, but I didn't want to risk them selling out if I waited till Monday to buy them  :)

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« Reply #1554 on: September 25, 2018, 09:38:41 AM »
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@Sue good job you did order them last week - looking at the site today and the Vittina waigiensis are already out of stock.

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« Reply #1555 on: September 25, 2018, 09:40:36 AM »
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That was quick  :o Either they are very popular (very understandable) or they didn't have many to start with.

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« Reply #1556 on: September 26, 2018, 11:08:47 AM »
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Dear tiger barbs,
You have a lot of character for your size. You're brave and very sociable.
It's great that you are not phased by tank maintenance.
It is adorable that you are so inquisitive whenever the syphon is put into the tank.
Adorable, but not excessively helpful.  ::)   :)

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« Reply #1557 on: September 26, 2018, 02:15:55 PM »
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I hope they like their new tank too Donna  :cheers:

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« Reply #1558 on: September 26, 2018, 02:50:49 PM »
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The snails arrived late this morning. Poor quality photo here https://forums.thinkfish.co.uk/gallery-showcase/snail-photos/msg42576/#msg42576

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« Reply #1559 on: September 26, 2018, 03:36:34 PM »
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I hope they like their new tank too Donna  :cheers:

I haven't shown then their new tank yet. We have that excitement to come.  ;D

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« Reply #1560 on: September 29, 2018, 04:01:12 PM »
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Hmmm - I keep looking at my tank, thinking it looks great in terms of activity now but a bit top-heavy and that it could do with a bit of life at the bottom to complete the "family", ideally a creature which might eat the pellets which fall. Stocking capacity won't allow much more, so a shoal of tiny cories and a BN plec (ok on SF, apparently too small from our Fish Profiles and I'd tend to agree) aren't an option. That leaves me with shrimp or... any suggestions? Anything tiny that can be kept singly or in a pair would be ideal. Any small gobies or loaches that would fit the bill and very soft water? [Updated: Hmmm, rosy loach looks perfect but is a shoaling fish...]

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« Reply #1561 on: September 29, 2018, 05:41:39 PM »
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Kuhli loach could fit the bill?  Though worth noteing that the CC doesn't really represent them accurately for me.  Yes they are long, but they are very very thin as well in comparison to other fish...

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« Reply #1562 on: September 29, 2018, 06:18:06 PM »
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I would definitely second kuhli loaches. And I agree that they have a much smaller bioload than their 8cm length. Though how you would calculate if they'd cause your tank to be overstocked, I'm not sure.

I would recommend a minimum number of 5, but even 2 (as I have) would probably be ok. But basically get as many as you think would be comfortable in your tank. The more you have, the more active and intereating they are.

I also think they would help a bit with your pest snails.

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« Reply #1563 on: September 29, 2018, 06:39:29 PM »
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Thanks, both; will have a think, although any further suggestions welcome. (Incidentally, I haven't had any pest snails for some time since I stopped buying live plants - the ~10ish that came off a large Echinodorus were removed one by one and that plant is long gone.)

Brine shrimp for dinner (for the fish, not me) - those little neon greens have vociferous appetites and try to cram several in their tiny mouths at once, causing their throats/necks to expand due to their greed!
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« Reply #1564 on: September 29, 2018, 09:55:32 PM »
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hey! long time no post  :yikes:

Im finally getting a marine aquarium and my dad is sharing his 190L so i can have more species like my 3 new debauwi cats!

good to hear from you all again!
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« Reply #1565 on: September 29, 2018, 10:19:20 PM »
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Good to hear from you, @apache6467 - I had been wondering about you recently, so that's great to hear your update. Debauwi catfish look interesting, and that's exciting news about a marine aquarium too.
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« Reply #1566 on: September 29, 2018, 10:22:42 PM »
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yeah, ive just been busy with college and holidays over the summer. My tanks are upgrading so my khuli loaches and glass cats have more room, and recently restarted my shrimpery, still no breeding :(. if you got any questions, feel free to ask!

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« Reply #1567 on: September 29, 2018, 11:27:42 PM »
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Hi @fcmf , I've just thought, where is your tank at with plant (real or not) cover of the substrate? I've realised that I see a lot more of my kuhlis since I've had more plant cover. In my case it is crypts and bolbitus where the leaves provide cover about 10cm above the substrate. So that might be something else to consider if you do decide to go for kuhlis. 

(My bolbitus leaves green shadows on the sand substrate, so I think the leaves can be almost translucent. It took me a lot of prodding and scraping to realise it wasn't patches of algae!.

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« Reply #1568 on: September 30, 2018, 07:42:35 AM »
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Kuhli loaches have very cute faces @fcmf   :)

Hi @apache6467 great to hear from you. I hope that college is going well, and that you will be posting some pics of your tanks & fish here soon. What are you considering for the marine aquarium?

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« Reply #1569 on: September 30, 2018, 08:38:12 AM »
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@Littlefish i will be if my phone camera decides to work! The marine is not totally finalised, we have a payment plan for it (2,200!) but should be a nice addition. Stocking would be mostly corals and im hoping for a gobi!
However to get this tank i had to rearrange my tanks. Yesterday, after heading to Shirley Aquatics (they have a shark tank  :o ) to look at marine tanks, we decided to give it a go. The larger, more boisterous and plant eating fish in the 190L were taken to a new lfs that has tons of corals and a very nice flowerhorn. If only i had the tank, id have my own Frank! 6 Buenos Aries tetras, a female krib and a large angel were traded for money off 3 Debawi Cats!! To catch the tetras was a challenge, so we drained the tank and also removed all the fish to a temporary bucket. Then I got 45KG of playsand at argos for 10! and rescaped the tank. as my 55L is bing upgraded to the 190L, i used wood from there to provide a greter scape and an archway, much to my khuli loaches annoyance. @fcmf khilis are cute, but need a large group and dither fish to show themselves a lot and dont go for snails, as they sift through the sand.

Currently, i have all the stocking for the 190L in my 55L* as i didnt want to leave them in the bucket overnight with no filtration or heating, whilst the 190L clears and heats ready for fish. Once they are moved into the 190L, then my shrimps get an upgrade :D

*I know I know, its currently overstocked but fish should be released today

Current stocking for 190L
  • 8 silvertip tetras
  • 1 golden barb (was accidentally given us and shoals with everyting)
  • 4 black neons
  • 8 neons
  • 10 Khuli loaches
  • 4 Bronze corydoras
  • 4 Julii corydoras
  • 2 BN plecs
  • 1 pearl gourami
  • 5 Glass Catfish
  • 3 African Glass Catfish
  • 3 Rummy Nose Tetras
  • 3 Whiptail catfish
**Probably will change**

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« Reply #1570 on: September 30, 2018, 08:47:29 AM »
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Wow, you've been very busy.  :)

Marine tanks are not cheap, but as you say, it's a nice addition. I look forward to hearing more about your progress.

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« Reply #1571 on: September 30, 2018, 08:54:55 AM »
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@Littlefish I forgot to mention that i still have my 3 whiptails and they are going in the 190 too!  :vcross:

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« Reply #1572 on: September 30, 2018, 09:45:12 AM »
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Awesome.  8)

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« Reply #1573 on: September 30, 2018, 03:02:48 PM »
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the fish have been released!  :fishy1:

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« Reply #1574 on: September 30, 2018, 03:18:37 PM »
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I hope that they all settle quickly.  :)

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« Reply #1575 on: October 02, 2018, 09:47:24 AM »
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I have created a Flickr album so I can use my phone camera! Pics are here!
https://www.flickr.com/gp/167234617@N06/7q49iV

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« Reply #1576 on: October 02, 2018, 10:50:02 AM »
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Great to see your fish @apache6467   8)

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« Reply #1577 on: October 02, 2018, 01:11:03 PM »
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Very nice, @apache6467
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« Reply #1578 on: October 02, 2018, 07:01:14 PM »
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I really like the black and white steipped fish - what are they? I was going to ask if they're penguin tetras, but that species doesn't seem to be on your stocking list above.

Your tank is generally lovely.  :D

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« Reply #1579 on: October 02, 2018, 07:09:34 PM »
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Thanks!  ;D tho I have a dilema. I have 1 Pearl Gourami. I dont know the sex as im not good enough to identify it. It does seem lonely but i dont know if getting another one is the best idea. If it two males it may lead to fights but i dont know. Id like your opinions before i make a mistake please since i dont want to put either fish or my other community members at risk.

Also any of you stocking geniouses, is my tank overstocked? Juwel rio 190 with fluval 306 filter

Thanks,
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@Helen they are African Glass Catfish, more active than the asian glass cats.
https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/pareutropius-buffei/

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« Reply #1580 on: October 02, 2018, 08:46:44 PM »
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If you use the community creator on this site and just input fish of the right length rather than necessarily all the right species you will get a view on whether you are overstocked. Let us know the percentage stocked you get given on the internal filter option and we can advise from there.

I personally have kept gourami singly in the past they are not naturally schoaling or schooling (yes there is a difference!) so they are not believed to be required to be kept in groups.

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« Reply #1581 on: October 04, 2018, 06:19:12 PM »
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I've had a lot on my mind and, by the time I remembered to put the nerite snails' food in their food dish yesterday, lights were off and the fish had assumed their sleeping positions, so I didn't disturb them.

This morning, my orange nerite snail was in the food dish, rather than his usual sleeping quarters that can be one of four locations. I thought something was awry as his innards were protruding in a similar fashion to when he's upside down and attempting to rectify his position. However, I realised he was actually peering up at me, as though quite indignant that he hadn't been fed! Within a minute or so of dropping food into his feeding dish, he was all over it and has remained in situ for the remainder of the day as I have replenished his food supply twice in an effort to acquit myself for having not fed him yesterday.

Updated to add: This evening, both snails are enjoying time together on a leaf, as can be seen from the photo.

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« Reply #1582 on: October 05, 2018, 07:08:59 AM »
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Snails having a nap after stuffing themselves on extra snacks they managed to guilt trip out of you @fcmf
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« Reply #1583 on: October 05, 2018, 04:49:20 PM »
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They do enjoy an active "nap", with flesh stuck to flesh, or with one pushed up against the other.   :o

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« Reply #1584 on: October 06, 2018, 03:21:49 PM »
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We have just been to the garden centre which used to house Maidenhead Aquatics' Stokesley branch, the one that was destroyed by fire 6 or 7 months ago. MA's store locator on their website still says "closed until further notice".
But things are happening at the garden centre. The site of the old building is now completely levelled, with earth moving equipment still on site. The outdoor section, which survived unscathed, is still where it always was. The area to the side of the garden centre, which used to be a sub-let area selling sheds and other outbuildings, is now covered with a temporary looking building housing almost everything that used to be in the destroyed building, including autumn lawn feed which was always cheaper here than anywhere else.

The garden centre website says "We will operate out of our temporary facility whilst work begins on rebuilding the garden centre following the devastating fire in April".
The question is, does MA intend reopening there? They still have Stokesley on their website. And what of the staff - surely they can't be sitting at home unemployed for all this time? It is usually the staff that make the difference between awful, average and good fish shops, so will this MA be as good if/when it reopens?

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« Reply #1585 on: October 06, 2018, 03:34:41 PM »
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Sounds to me like it might be being rebuilt... it will be an insurance job anyways I would think?...

I doubt it will be the same staff when it reopens or rather they will have had to find other work... they might come back the minute it reopens of course as we fishkeepers are a passionate bunch!

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« Reply #1586 on: October 06, 2018, 03:58:03 PM »
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The Thinkfish member who helped me over my shrimp problem a few years ago lived quite a bit further north than me. Her local MA had the same manager as the one just a couple of miles from us, and she refused to use any branch managed by this chap. She preferred to drive all the way to Stokesley as the manager who was there was so much better. But he will doubtless have moved elsewhere by now  :(

I also have problems with the MA a couple of miles away. It is a lot smaller, which means fewer tanks so a smaller selection of fish. And it used to be owned by the garden centre which was taken over by Wyevale, who turned the fish section over to MA. The old fish section did not have a good reputation, and even though it is now run by MA with all new staff I still can't bring myself to trust it  :-[

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« Reply #1587 on: October 06, 2018, 04:16:12 PM »
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It amazes me how much the first impressions, look and feel of a shop, and the knowledgeableness/friendliness of the staff away my thinking on a shop.  There is a world of water and an MA near my work, the MA I don't like, the wow I do but the shop is very 'open plan' and whilst the staff are nice it just feels uncomfortable in there...

There is quite a small MA and a large MA nearer home (I travel 100miles a day to work and back!) They have the magic three! Great first impression that has maintained to this day, truely amazing staff and a comfortable browsing environment to the shops.  The managers are different but you can't tell...

That reminds me... I've yet to go to Preston Dobbies MA (the garden centre one). It's just on the wrong side of town a bit too much for my liking and too hard to get to... that's another important factor come to think of it!  Especially when fish transport time is considered... I try and limit it to 30mins.

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« Reply #1588 on: October 06, 2018, 04:39:48 PM »
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For me, the staff do influence me quite a bit. I used to like one shop in a garden centre near Darlington. Mark was the knowledgable chap there, and nothing was too much trouble for him. Then all the staff suddenly changed, and the fish section went downhill. My then hairdresser who has a pond (and this shop sold pond fish) told me that the owner and his wife divorced and the garden centre sold as part of the settlement. the new owner sacked all the staff and brought in new.
A short while later I went into a shop in Billingham, and there was Mark. He remembered me and we had quite a chat. This shop is not in an area we usually visit, and they specialised in marine fish, so I never went back.
Fast forward a couple of years and we called in a shop just south of Northallerton, which is almost on the way home from York. The shop looked a lot different, then I saw why. Mark is now a partner at this shop! This is now my go-to fish shop. To give you an idea about Mark, he keeps his own fish tanks, and regularly visits fish shows all over the country. He also asked me for details about fishless cycling  ;D Even before he went there, the woman who used to be sole owner gave very good advice. I was in there once listening while she served another customer. No, I'm afraid you can have that fish, your other fish will eat them. No you can't have this other fish, they are also too small to go with your other fish. Which fish will go? Well, how about this, and this, and this....

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« Reply #1589 on: October 07, 2018, 07:07:19 AM »
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Let's hope that the MA gets rebuilt. Perhaps, with it being new and shiney, it will attract the good staff to return.

I find it quite interesting to eavesdrop on advice being given. There is certainly a big difference in the approach by those who care about the fish, and those who are looking for sales. 

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« Reply #1590 on: October 09, 2018, 09:34:45 PM »
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~~Apaches Weekly Update 9/10/18~~

:fishy1:New Additions :fishy1:
The 190 has had some interesting inhabitants, that are used for (pest)snail control. Before you all comment; not another clown loach! they arn't, they are another, smaller and I dare say prettier member of the botia family. 2 Zebra, or as I like to call them, Candy Stripe Loaches! Inspired from the latest issue of PFK (With the flowerhrorn on the front!).
Another new species was also added to the 190L was a trio of Blue Rams! They are stunning little fish and we have a male and two females that were in the shop for around 2 weeks as a trio and ate as soon as I released them into the aquarium after 'drip' acclimation using a syringe. I have also applied to do work expirience at the LFS and fingers crossed, a part time job, but who knows!

:fishy1:190L Community Spotlight :fishy1:
The first spotlight goes to the oldest inhabitants and my personal favourite when I was young, the Bronze Corydoras AKA Corydoras Aeneus. I have 4 of them. 3 males and a female, Big Bertha. I remember going to the LFS and asking my dad for some bronze catfish, and that sparked my interest for Corydoras, and catfish on the whole. They have successfully laid eggs in the past but none were fertile  :-\ but they wouldn't have lasted in the community tank, as the fry would be lunch!
They often appear out of nowhere when food is dropped in and they will eat just about everything. A real beginner friendly fish and a catfish that doesn't hide until you poke it!

Shrimpery Update
Not much has been going on with the shrimp at the moment but they always come out for feeding time. No shrimplets yet, but fingers crossed! The embers are getting along nicely, and one has only one eye! It manages to compete for food surprisingly well.

Thats it for this weeks update, and the first time writing in this style, so constructive feedback is much appreciated!

Thanks for reading,
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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #1591 on: October 09, 2018, 09:41:23 PM »
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If you plan on doing an update every week, why don't you set up thread for them - perhaps on the gallery board. That way we can read your updates together instead on them getting lost in the 'Daily News.

Your style is a bit different, but I don't dislike it. And it'll be nice to be able to easily find your updates if I miss one.

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« Reply #1592 on: October 09, 2018, 09:54:33 PM »
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If you plan on doing an update every week, why don't you set up thread for them - perhaps on the gallery board. That way we can read your updates together instead on them getting lost in the 'Daily News.

Your style is a bit different, but I don't dislike it. And it'll be nice to be able to easily find your updates if I miss one.

Shall do! Only problem is I tend to loose my thread after a while! Ill port the post over now.

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« Reply #1593 on: October 09, 2018, 10:00:42 PM »
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It's easy to find your thread if you lose it. Click on Profile -> summary, then click on show posts under your avatar.

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« Reply #1594 on: October 09, 2018, 10:13:55 PM »
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Thanks Sue! I have created the new thread, and it has some more information as a bonus, that I totally didnt forget to add to the original post! Happy Reading!

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« Reply #1595 on: October 11, 2018, 09:01:26 PM »
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The marine tank is no longer going ahead due to costs, and a deal on at out local lfs. For 220, you get a 1.2 metre long 240L tank, internal and canister filter with uv light, heater, LED lights and CO2 diffuser. The substrate, plants and wood are included. We have also purchased 2 electric blue rams for the tank, but they will stay at the lfs for now, as I dont want to mix them with my regular rams.

As for stocking ideas....

Peppered, Sterbai and Panda Corydoras
Coral red pencilfish
Emperor Tetras
Electric Blue Rams
Marbeled Hatchets
Possibly 2 pairs of  appistograma, different species (LFS expert said it would be possible due to the long tank)

Thoughts and critisisms welcome!
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« Reply #1596 on: October 11, 2018, 09:07:24 PM »
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Sounds good, with one exception. Either the rams plus one pair of apistos, or two pairs of apistos and no rams. Don't forget to take everything an LFS says with a pinch of salt till you've researched it for yourself.

Don't forget that some species of apisto are harem breeders so if you chose one of those you could do 1 male and 3 females plus the rams in that size tank.

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« Reply #1597 on: October 11, 2018, 09:09:33 PM »
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One pair of apistos it is then, as the rams are an appeasement gift!

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« Reply #1598 on: October 11, 2018, 09:15:23 PM »
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Or a male and a harem of 3 females with a harem type apisto  ;)

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« Reply #1599 on: October 11, 2018, 09:17:08 PM »
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Or a male and a harem of 3 females with a harem type apisto  ;)

What apisto do you reccomend then @Sue ? Harem sounds very interesting but the tail of the male must be a centrepeice!

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