Did the fair lady mention the rock.... Wine or chocs always seems to ease any fish related "issues" in our house !
Right wordy update !!
Ok made some hard choices today. I took back one of the toddlers just now. Going by how big the calico has got , if they come anything close the tank will look over crowed with 6 in perhaps 18months . Crazy right ! Plus 5 is more pleasing number.
After careful thinking , I'm also rehoming the bristlenosed. She does not seem happy . In the old set up had plenty of bogwood which she loved to hide in. But even with couple of slate caves , she still looks stressed . My LFS is happy to take her. Normal she wolfs down cougette but not touched it since she moved in. She is still eating the wafers.
Little bit sad, but her welfare comes first. I would love to set up the Rio 180 as a species tank for her but got told categorically no more tanks in house...
On a more positive note, the plants all seem to be flourishing, especially the Crinium. Weekly does of flourish and daily dosing of flourish excel is deffo doing the trick.
Had a minor ammonia spike at around .5ppm but looks like the seeding of new filter has taken hold as water back to 0, 0 with nitrates at around 5ppm . Using 100% r/o with its 0 nitrates (my tap water is 50ppm!) is deffo making for a good quality water. Still testing twice daily of course.
Will get more pics soon, as today is final stages of house move!
MTS ordered and some nerites as well. Do they like courgette btw ?
Another big day! The three toddlers were added to the main tank yesterday. 2 weeks in the q-tank and all healthy so no concerns on spreading any diseases (also the OH wanted the q-tank out of the kitchen....)
After the initial shock at the size of their new home they settled in very well. Happily feed this morning. They look so teeny tiny -barely over 2? I'll get some decent pics tonight sorted.
The filter has definitely settled in no more mini ammonia spikes. Water is crystal clear, plants growing bloody quickly. Not had a single spec of algae yet either in three weeks. Which is very unexpected and rather nice. Daily dosing of carbon doing this or are the pants pulling the nutrients out of the water? Also maybe the fact using 100% r/o water means no non tank created nutrients floating around.
MTS due for delivery today and picking up the nerite snails tomorrow. Considering also a couple of bamboo filter shrimp - the rocks are perfect for them to stand.
Managed to get a group shot! Perky the (monster....) calico fantail and Pinky, the red/white oranda have been very welcoming and even parental perhaps to the new guys. We have Lord Vadar the black lionhead, Gold Leader, the red/gold lion head and Marilyn (on account of a set perfect red "lips") the white oranda. So far seems a very happy tank. Look at the size difference !!