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  • Posted on: 18/12/2015 12:53
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #1
Hey all!

A long over due update.

The Rams have really settled in and are growing well. Have 5 females and 2 males, so a nicely balanced group.

The Lemon tetras have been joined by a large shoal of neons (15). Both are excellent fun to watch

I also added 6 ottos as noticed a lot of algae build up on the Anubis and java. Algae is now virtually non existent in the tank and they are every partial to courgette (and runner bean actually!)as well as wafers.

The corys seem to spend the whole time laying eggs. Endless clutches of eggs all over the place. Not seen any young figure they get eating straight away. Will post pics tonight!


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  • Posted on: 18/12/2015 12:45
Re: Goshdarn these pond snails! #2
You will also end up ironically having to find snails to feed to the assassins! I now have a little snail breeder tank in the garage just to feed the assassins! But as MM, said they are actually really fascinating to watch and they do a great job. Will take a few weeks to establish but before you know, it all the pest snails are gone.


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  • Posted on: 9/9/2015 12:01
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #3
Morning All

Sadly 2 of the males died 3 days apart and have no idea why. No obvious signs of illness and gills bright red etc . Perhaps they just could not settle in as both were very reclusive. The remaining 7 seem in very good heath and very interactive with the tank.

Water parameters: NOH3, 0NO2 and I keep the tank under 10ppm NO3 at all times I do 50L changes every 3 days. Temp 25, pH a shade under 7 and 4edgree hardness.

I think I'm not going to go with the BN pair . The dynamics between the Cory and Rams is nicely balanced.

The Lemon tetra have definitely grown. They like to spend most of their time zooming in and out around of the outflow pipes, it's as if they are playing a game! They will occasionally cruise the tank en masse and are so fast in moving at feeding time.

I am therefore tempted to add a second shoaling group (in about a month) as the other 2/3rds of the upper tank seems empty a lot of the time!


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  • Posted on: 5/9/2015 22:45
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #4
I swapped 3 of the males for what I hope are 4 female (so 9 rams in total now). As it turned out I had ended up with 6M out the original 8! Luck of the draw right... well it seems to have worked out ok there appears to be a small group now of 1M and 2F around one piece of wood. A pair around another. A couple of males have each got their own spot. The other two are cruising around together so figure are F. 5F 4M and it all seems pretty harmonious.

Going to wait a 2 more weeks afore the BN pair.


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  • Posted on: 2/9/2015 10:45
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #5
Morning all!

Tank update all have settle in really well.

It looks like I have ended up with 5 male and 3 female rams. All the males have found a feature in the tank which they have claimed as their own and are being very cute in defending form the other males. The 3 gals are keeping together going from spot to spot - checking out the bachelors pad perhaps...

Am I better off trying to get replace a male or two with a female. rather hard to tell the sex in the LFS display!


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  • Posted on: 30/8/2015 21:40
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #6
Tank pics !!

The 8 Rams are doing very well and just lovely to watch. They cruise around in a group and very interested in their new home Resized Image

The 11 corys are very active and have covered the tank floor endlessly. Sometimes moving en masse or in small groups. Went for bronze in the end to keep cost down. Lovely long flowing tails.

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The 15 Lemon Tetras and zipping around like a coordinated display team! Hard to photo so a general tank shot instead

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I have had no algae at all, not even a diatom outbreak. And I have no idea why! Any clues? The lighting is a lot less bright than it appears. 80w in total perhaps low light prevents it ?


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  • Posted on: 30/8/2015 13:34
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #7
Best update do far. Tank occupants are in.

15 lemon tetra, 10 corys and 8 Ram . All look in great heath and are all swarming around the tank exploring like crazy. Will post pics later today once the lights are on.

It's utterly compelling to watch.

All are juveniles and plenty of room to grow

I'll add the pair of bristlenosed in a week or so time.

Well worth the 2 months wait to cycle the tank


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  • Posted on: 29/8/2015 19:20
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #8
Evening all! Ok been running the tank for 4 nights now and dosing to 4ppm. The NO2 is being reduced between 12- 15 hours. Noticed that as the nitrate builds up, the nitospira are less efficient. Shows how important it is for the weekly pwc and keeping the nitrate levels down. The NH3 is getting fully removed now within 8 hours!

Tonight will do a full water change. Have 400l mineralised R/O ready to go. Both 200l water butts have had an air stone running all day.

Then tomorrow... The best part . Getting the fish

Just want to double check. Can I add all the fish in one go or do I need to hold the rams back for a couple of days to allow the rest to settle in ?


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  • Posted on: 26/8/2015 15:01
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #9
And wouldn't you just know it. 14 1/2 hours of dosing @ 4ppm NH3 - NO2 = 0ppm. Woot!!

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  • Posted on: 26/8/2015 14:25
Re: 396l South American Cichlid Tank #10
WAHAY (can you tell I'm excited)! it looks like the nitrospira are working overtime as well.

this is 12 hours after NH3 dosing, NO2 at 2ppm

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and this is after 14 hours around .25ppm
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water change worked a treat FL!



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