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  1. Hi everyone I have recently moved all of the cpd fry into the 29g. In order to get them out of the 5g I had to pull everything out! I was sad to tear that thing down, but I ended up moving it downstairs with the rest of my tanks and I rescaped it and it actually turned out really nice! I am going to wait another couple weeks probably before posting any photos of the fry in the 29g. It’s going through an ugly phase at the moment just some diatoms and stuff, but the Otocinclus I added have been making quick work of it! Unfortunately when I caught all of the fry out of the 5g to move into the 29g I only counted 28. I was really shocked because it hadn’t looked like any were missing. I’m still happy with 28 surviving for my first time attempting to breed anything. I have 8 ember tetras in with the 28 cpd and they like to hang out together and occasionally swim across the tank in a large group it looks awesome! Anyways sorry for no pictures this time, but it will be worth the wait.
  2. Thanks Patrick it’s actually low tech. It’s been running for about a year and a few months. I just set up my first high tech tank and plan on moving some of the helferi over to it to propagate it quicker it’s definitely one of my favorite plants!
  3. They really are happy they have the right side to go hide if they’d like, but they always hang out in the open area. Whenever I come up to the tank they all get excited and come up waiting for food! I watched one kill a tiny little shrimplet today. He just bit at it a few times as it was swimming and killed it and let it sink to the bottom. Ever since I moved the adults out of this tank I’ve noticed a bunch more shrimplets popping up, I didn’t realize how many they were actually eating! I’d like to get these guys out before they get much larger and take out a bunch of the shrimp themselves.
  4. Hi everyone this is going to be the last update of the cpd fry in the 5g. I got the 29g planted and co2 hooked up last week. I have been so busy with everything that I haven’t been feeding much live bbs so I finally spoiled them with some this morning and then again this afternoon! I don’t know if the 5g is hindering their ability to grow more quickly because they really don’t seem a whole lot bigger or I’m just impatient and they grow slow which is most likely the case! Either way I hope to put them into the 29g in a few weeks that will be their forever home. They are still difficult to get good pictures of so I did my best!
  5. I would probably leave the bristlenose out they will probably cause more of a mess! If it’s bare bottom you should be fine without shrimp it’ll be easy for you to syphon all the uneaten food and poop off the bottom anyways!
  6. Crabby I agree with Mr. Gumby they will be fine for a while in a 5g even that many. Maybe put some shrimp in there to eat the food that gets to the bottom, but also syphon the substrate to help clean it up. I just syphon into a smaller bucket so if I accidentally suck up a fry I can easily scoop them back out into the tank! Congrats by the way I’d love to see some pics!
  7. Thank you I appreciate your help! I have my co2 set to come on at 6 tomorrow morning and the light to come on at 7 so hopefully I did it correctly and it all works properly!
  8. Correct so when I set the time will it turn on right at that time or does it ramp up or down before the time I set it for?
  9. Hi everyone I recently purchased the finnex planted plus 24/7 hlc, and I’m curious how the custom 24/7 works. I already set all the time slots to what percentage I want the lights so be. My question is say I want the lights to come on at 7am, do I press the 6am button at 7am when I’m in the time set mode? Or is there a ramp up and down time before lights come on and before they go off? The reason I’m curious is I’m using pressurized co2 and I just turned the lights on manually today, but I want to get it working properly before I go back to work on Monday. Thanks for any help I hope someone has lots of experience with this light.
  10. Congrats!! From my experience if they are mature and you have males and females it doesn’t take much to get them fired up to breed! Any time I feed a frozen or live food they breed! I’d love to keep making more, I’m just a very busy person and don’t have the time! Even though it’s been easier than I ever expected it to be.
  11. Very cool! That is true any time my lfs has them they sell out quickly. Hopefully you’re able to breed them for your lfs so more people can enjoy them they are really cool little fish.
  12. Congratulations that is awesome!!! I would definitely get them into the breeder box until your fry tank is ready because the moment they actually start swimming the adults will most likely pick them off. It is super easy and fun! I imagine you’ll have more coming. Yes I fed mine hikari first bites for probably the first month just be careful not to foul the water when feeding in the breeder box since it’s a smaller amount of water. It’s good to have them in a smaller tank so it’s easier for them to find the food. Good luck and let me know of any updates!
  13. Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s just because the substrate is still new. I did a 20g water change this morning I’m going to check the ph kh/gh tomorrow and see what they’re at. My tank has already been running over a month now and is fully cycled and I finally got my co2 bottle filled now I’m just waiting for the right plants to be in stock! My family is sick of looking at a tank with a towel over it to keep light out for the last month lol.
  14. Thank you so much gator I really appreciate it! Each scape I do I learn something new and apply it to the next one. I know I still have a lot to learn and that’s what I love about this hobby. Great question by the way! The main reason I decided I want to use co2 is to grow a nice lush carpet. I grew a partial Monte Carlo carpet without co2 but it took almost a year to do so! Like I said it was a partial carpet still patchy in areas. I’m putting it on a 29g so I will definitely need co2 to get a nice carpet. Also I just want to see how much better I can get plants to grow because mine already have nice color I can’t even imagine when they have the proper amount of co2!
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