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  1. I love it when these previous threads come back to life. A lot has happened since @Streetwise first posted his work on lighting schedules.
  2. In heavily planted large community tanks I have had all kinds of fry and shrimp survive to adulthood even though there were dozens of 3 to 4 inch angelfish in the tank. But this is the exception to the rule. The shrimp invented their own work around. The shrimp stopped coming out in the daytime and I would only see them at nighttime. But the cherry shrimp continued to breed and make more shrimp that grew to adults. I am sure large numbers were eaten too. Endlers in this tank reached an equilibrium between angelfish predation and the enormous capacity of females Endlers to pump out fry. Even when I tried myself to rid the tank of Endlers, I couldn't catch them all. Eventually I had to resort to traps. New Corydoras would pop up from time to time even though I never noticed any fry. But again, none of this would have happened in a 29 gallon tank. The key was lots and plants and lots of levels and zones for all the different kinds of fish. So yes, your angelfish (and swordtail) will chow down heartily on almost everything that looks eatable, the question is, can they eat their tank mates faster than the tank mates reproduce?
  3. This looks wonderful! I can see the @Streetwise inspiration at work. Everything looks so elegant.
  4. I have 2 groups that I wild collected recently while looking for aquatic plants. I like them quite a bit.
  5. Don't worry it is nothing a little salt won't fix.
  6. I just got this shipment notification from Felix: Guess they heard us talking.
  7. Yes, that is parrot feather. The one you circled is the one growing out and above the surface of the water in the photo above. It closes up at night and then opens up again in the daytime. I didn't know it did that.
  8. @Aubrey Even when I am running all the fancy monitors on a tank, the main one I am curious about is temperature. And temperature is pretty much the easiest thing to measure. I can usually stick my hand in the water and know to within 2 or 3 degrees what the temperature is. The dissolved oxygen probe explained mysterious lethargy on one occasion once, but otherwise nearly all the time the dissolved oxygen is just a function of water temperature. I like tech stuff and I think that it why I am attracted to the monitoring, but I don't think it has had an effect on my fishkeeping.
  9. I'll let you how things go with my Felix (when it arrives). New products like this always need to be tested and are often prohibitively expensive for what they do. It is good to be skeptical and let other people test first.
  10. @Jessica. has set a high bar graphically So I will do my best to follow in her footsteps in labelling the plants
  11. Usually honey bee water collectors have little interest in stinging 🙂. Interestingly the role of water collecting is a genetic trait and these water collectors have no interest in collecting nectar or pollen.
  12. @MattyIce I think the life part is what we mean when we say seasoned. Once your tank has an interconnected web of biology the aquarium always has the tools to right itself. Cycled traditionally means that a colony of ammonia and nitrite oxidizing bacteria are well enough established in the aquarium to allow for the addition of fish without concern for toxicity. Seasoned to me extends eco-system to include various algaes, rotifers, paramecium, other bacteria, microscopic worms and crustaceans all living in the water, on the glass, on and in the substrate and on plants in a way that supports a micro food web mostly below the level of visibility (except with a microscope). In other words it is like a creek or a pond.
  13. Don't reduce the salt/soda and water as that provides hatching water of the proper salt/soda/water ratio or even if you trimmed everything proportionally there is little to be gained. Also I get further hatching between the 24th and 36th hour, but I start using the newly hatched shrimp at about hour 24 for 2 reasons Newly hatched baby brine shrimp are still mostly nutritious yolk By removing some baby brine shrimp the water is less crowded/polluted for those yet to hatch
  14. I always have a lot of hydras in my aquariums and sometimes they can try my patience as you will see here. I am trying to feed the baby sparkling gouramis but the hydras can seemingly eat their weight in baby brine shrimp or baby Daphnia. But I have never seen one injure even the smallest fry and they are fascinating denizens in their own right. I seem to have at least 3 species of hydra in the tank. Green ones, black ones, and pale orange ones. Or maybe they are just morphs of the same species?
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