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New Member Intro

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New Member Intro
« on: May 30, 2019, 01:58:31 AM »
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David here,

introducing myself as a new member.  I kept fish (most bettas) when I was a teenager, and got hooked back into the hobby about 7 months in my retirement years (now in my 60's).  I adopted a very aged blue betta from a friend who could no longer take care of him.  He was 4 years old, and looking ready to die, often floating on his side, with raggedy fins.  She had him in a 1 gallon bowl at about 67 degrees F.  I took him home, put him in a 5 gallon tank with a filter, heater, a floating resting tube, and he's still alive today and doing somewhat better.  He is a sweet fish, and very interactive.

SO.....I got re-obsessed with fish, and now have three additional tanks: a 10 tank used strictly for QT, a 15, and a 20 gallon long.  About a week ago, I moved my first set of fish, 7 long-finned White Cloud Mountain Minnows, out of QT and into the 20L.  They are very excited (and exciting).  Three days ago, I acquired 8 purple/blue (color variant) Harlequin Rasboras and homed them in the 10 gallon QT. When they pass QT, they will move into the 20L with the minnows (both Cypranids and supposedly get along).

My next batch I plan will be the Habrosus Corydora, probably 5 or 6, the final set for the 20L community tank.

Not sure what I'm going to do with the 15 gallon.  I had thought to make it a breeding tank, but one of the guys at my favorite fish store is trying to talk me into a beautiful pair of South American dwarf cichlids: the Apistogramma Borelli Opal.  They seem to have great personalities.

That's it.  Hoping to learn a lot here.

David

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Re: New Member Intro
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2019, 12:18:27 PM »
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Hi David, welcome to the forum  :wave:

It sounds as though you have already succumbed to multiple tank syndrome (commonly called MTS)  ;D

Just to warn you, the three dwarf cories (which includes habrosus) do better in a group of at least 10. They will be less stressed so 10 will add only a tiny bit more bioload than a stressed group of 5 or 6.

The opals are lovely fish, I had some many years ago. They are one of the hardier species of apisto. When you go to buy them try to get a bonded pair. The way to do this is to stand motionless and watch the tank. The fish will eventually forget you are there and start behaving normally. The males will display to each other and maybe make threatening gestures. The females will just potter around. If a male allows a female to stay near him and doesn't chase her away, they are more likely (though not guaranteed) to be bonded. It is better if you take someone with you, then when you have chosen your fish, send the other person to find someone to serve you while you keep your eyes on the chosen fish.

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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2019, 07:49:37 PM »
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Hi David :wave:, and lovely to read about your enthusiasm which is quite infectious and about how much you enjoy fish and appreciate their personalities as I do too.  :fishy1:

Looking forward to reading of how your various tanks are doing and how your plans for the 15-gallon one evolve - as well as see some photos of the tanks.  :D



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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2019, 10:46:13 PM »
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 :wave:
Thanks for the warm welcome and tips.  I think I really want the Apisto's at some point.

I knew that the habrosus feel more confident the more of them there are.  Using the "community creator", I was afraid I would overload the 20L bioload, but I'll look at that again more closely.  I would rather not have them at all than have them be unhappy or stressed.

One other option I thought of is to get one of the smaller plecos, like a Clown.  But even they may get too big for a 20 gallon tank.  Do they need a buddy, or are they okay being a solo pleco?

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2019, 03:30:02 AM »
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Keeping them solo is pretty common  :fishy1:

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2019, 08:48:37 AM »
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Hi David, and welcome to the forum.  :wave:

It's always nice to have another multi tank syndrome sufferer on board, and look forward to hearing about your tanks.  :)

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