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12 minutes ago, akconklin said:

Well, pooh! I'm sorry the girls aren't playing well together! 🙄 Glad you caught it before there was great damage. Ohhhhh...those nitrates in soil and dirt. I think they are what has caused my tank to be soooo touchy. Especially since I was adding Easy Green too, not realizing that I didn't need that for a while. The soil was just put in last October and I had trouble with my parameters all the way through the spring of this year. Now things have leveled out, thankfully.

Hoping you see some balance restored soon. Thanks for the update!

This is exactly why I waited to add Easy Green! I'm expecting the soil to release ammonia/nitrate for quite awhile. Luckily for me I don't mind doing a LOT of liquid tests 😆

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My Fluval 3.0 came in and I'm overjoyed with how it looks. Long term I may try to lighten the water but for now I'm just letting the chemistry do its own thing when I can. Some of the frogbit roots are well past a foot long and they look awesome!

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1 hour ago, Bill Smith said:

Really beautiful. 

I think it was particularly masterful to go with black angels; their silhouettes are so striking! 

Wonderful work!

It wasn't planned! I'm just very attracted to double black angelfish and was lucky enough to find someone an hour away who was selling my boy. The female was an bought from my LFS as a companion to him and the juvenile zebra is a PetSmart rehab (it was covered in ich but is now healthy and eating like a pig!)

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Today I did the first water change (mainly to reduce tannins as light was no longer reaching the bottom of the tank). In 2 days if my nitrates don't rise I will dose Easy Green for the first time. Only my moss feeds from the water column so there is a reasonable chance that I won't need to dose liquid ferts for awhile. For transparency, I did turn on the lamp after doing the water change! The water is still VERY dark, I don't want to give anyone unrealistic expectations haha.

My platinum angel is doing well in quarantine and has managed to put on some weight and the fin damage hasn't advanced so I'm calling it a win. It's currently on a diet of BBS and Vita Chem dosed to the water column. I'm considering picking up a second at the same store next Monday/Tuesday but I'm not certain. I'm waiting to dose meds after I make my decision on another angel or not. My main concern is having to relocate them to another tank (currently I have 3 tanks that are not set up but I'm unable to because furniture has been coming and going).

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Posting again because I realized my two pinoys spawned. I only noticed because Relomia was hanging out in the corner for awhile. These two spawn like crazy but I haven't had any success getting the babies to wiggles. Any advice on pulling the eggs (they're on the silicone seal) and what to hatch them in? I have deli containers and methylene blue that I've attempted to hatch in the last time they spawned however none of the eggs hatched. They're definitely fertilized as I've caught them in the act a few times.

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This tank is so fascinating to me. The tannins are amazing. I've been dealing with algae blooms again, after removing some dying hornwort, so I kinda-sorta understand turning on lamps to try to see in there! Ha! So glad it's doing well.

We have a dozen whiteclouds in the Q tank, and I'm considering adding something new to the Q tank in between doses of med trio. So I'm ALL FOR another angel!

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I’ve very much enjoyed your build thread.  Your platinum angel is gorgeous.  
so are your black angels.   
Many years ago I had angels that spawned in the aquarium.  First few runs nothing happened.  Then as the parents became experienced they were able to raise them into fry.  If memory serves me correctly they fan the eggs multiple times a day to keep them from getting moldy?   
When the eggs became fry I separated them and grew them out in a ten gallon.  
Great job on everything!

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23 minutes ago, Jollypop4321 said:

I’ve very much enjoyed your build thread.  Your platinum angel is gorgeous.  
so are your black angels.   
Many years ago I had angels that spawned in the aquarium.  First few runs nothing happened.  Then as the parents became experienced they were able to raise them into fry.  If memory serves me correctly they fan the eggs multiple times a day to keep them from getting moldy?   
When the eggs became fry I separated them and grew them out in a ten gallon.  
Great job on everything!

Thanks! I've had this pair for 2 months in quarantine and almost a week in the hex. They've spawned together since week one so I'm pretty close to the conclusion that I'll have to pull the eggs if I want to see babies.

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Fed some nummy banana worms + trimmed the roots of the frogbit today! I'm hoping that the next time my angels spawn I'll be able to pull the eggs, though I've failed 2 hatches in DIY egg tumblers and I'm not quite sure where to go.

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They've spawned again! I wasn't expecting this at all because Relomia slimmed down two days ago, I'd assumed that she'd laid her eggs and eaten them already. I'm planning to pull this batch because they are egg eaters but I'm not sure how to go about it. My attempts with pulling have all failed to hatch any babies. I've tried a 32oz deli container with methylene blue and airline tubing as well as a 10g storage bin with methylene blue and a sponge filter. Any ideas?

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45 minutes ago, Daniel said:

I have only had success with the parents raising the babies.

Oof. These two have eaten every spawn since their very first together a few months ago. I know that the male has raised spawns before he was rehomed to me, so I was hoping that the female would eventually "get it" especially now that they're in a much larger tank (they've spawned in an small as 10g).

I've moved some of the eggs out with a pipette. I tried scraping them with a razor and got bitten multiple times so decided against doing them all that way.

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They've laid on slate before, I've just never been able to hatch the babies. Now that they're in my hex they LOVE the glass. Maybe in the future I'll try spawning them in my 29G without any other fish. The male has raised babies to wigglers before, but my female is from the LFS and these are likely her only spawns.

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WE HAVE WIGGLERS! It took several tries leaving them in with the parents (about 2 months). Dad relocated them off of the glass they were originally laid on. Now I need to set up a breeder box for them, I'm very excited.

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