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George's Nano

lljdma06

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This is maturing nicely, George and it is very pretty to look at. Sometimes simple is best for some scapes when you have multiple tanks. The crypts will be the place for some gourami love, as the croaking indicates courting behavior. They will breed readily under broad-leaved plants. Look for very tiny, grey wrigglers. Your daughter will get a kick out of it as the breeding behavior is fascinating to watch. But your filtration may be too much for many to survive, though they get moist, warm air from the sealed tank. Crucial for the development of the labarynth organ. You never know.

Good luck.
 

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Thanks, llj!

It's funny, my tank is literally two feet away from my desk and I listening to their croaking as I type...

Breeding them would be very cool.

I have to confess I'm getting more into the fish these days, what with my biotope tanks and marine set up. It's what attracted me to the hobby originally before these pesky plants began to almost rule my life!! :lol:
 

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Breeding them would be very cool.

The breeding itself isn't difficult to accomplish. It's the fry raising. The fry are extremely tiny and they need to be fed very small foods and great care must be taken to maintain proper humidity levels and air temperature when the labarynth organ is developing. By comparison, the cherry barb fry I raised were massive, even as wrigglers and were munching on BBS from day 1.

I have to confess I'm getting more into the fish these days, what with my biotope tanks and marine set up. It's what attracted me to the hobby originally before these pesky plants began to almost rule my life!! :lol:

You're talking to someone who's been very into fish for over 20 years! I'm also very much into plants!

When there is marriage between the two, it is extremely satisfying and my favorite scapes are usually ones where there is fish breeding. The 8g was a bonified Platy factory. :lol: When you can create a semi-accurate biotope (Sorry, no one's going to win any competition with the "muddy ditch" or "muddy river" scape, and you have to be realistic that no biotope is entirely accurate), or really put some thought regarding the habits of the fish you're keeping, I find that the scapes become very interesting. Because the fish then also form an integral part of the scape. So often now, they are an after thought and sometimes I wonder if the fish are comfortable in some of those very exposed scapes, especially if the fish species chosen is typically more reclusive, or prefer a less open environment. Gosh, for me, the fish are right up there with the plants! And I mull over fish choice for a long time or I won't go forward with a scape idea until I know that the fish in that scape will be comfortable. When planted tanks are schemed around the behavior of the fish being kept, the fish begin to exhibit more natural behavior and then there is usually some sort of fish porn. :lol: And then the babies come, and then there's brine shrimp hatching and extra water changes. Finally, you are setting up another tank to accomodate the growing children and the cycle repeats itself. What a wonderful reason to buy a new tank!

It is so elemental really.

Happy plants = Happy fish = usually more fish. :lol:

Good luck, I hope the gouramis breed for you. It is fascinating to watch.

llj
 

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Quick update.

This is still going strong. I suffered from major crypt melt, after a big maintenace session ready for the FoF.

The crypts are recovering nicely and I'm even seeing some nice moss and Bolbitis growth; plants I've never really had success with before.

The whole layout is now far more naturalistic, textured and complex, quite different from my usual style.

I've also added a Siamese fighter, rescued from the Hagen show, that is a hit with the family. I'm not a major fan but I don't see the tank, except at weekends.

I'll post up some photos when I get access to my usual computer later this week.
 

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Better late than never...

Non-CO2, no liquid carbon, minimal water changes. Dosing is 1ml of Easylife Profito per day. Growth is incredibly slow, which is ideal as I'm away from this tank for 5 days a week.

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It's been a while...

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year!

Here's some recent shots from my nano. Some minor changes, nothing major.

I only get to see the tank at weekends, as I work away during the week.

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Happy new year George.
The tank looks absolutely stunning now, those Crypts are super healthy.
I think the scape is actually too good for a tank with a silver plastic lid :lol:

Cheers,
James
 

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Well, it's been almost 8 months since the last update, so here we are...

Almost 2 years since I first set this up. It's now my longest ever running aquascape, and one of the most trouble-free.

I maintain it once a month. 2ml TPN+ and 2ml Liquid Carbon per day. 50% water change and filter clean once a month, with glass cleaning.

The crypt roots are actually forcing the Sumatra wood upwards so I can hardly close the tank lid!

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