Tihshho Posted May 8, 2022 Author Share Posted May 8, 2022 Yesterday evening was the end of QT for some Sterbai's I picked up a few weeks back. Until the new display is fully cycled and good to go, they went off into the Ricefish tank. Went to take a picture after giving them a chance to get used to their new temporary digs, but they decided it was best to hide. Oh well, I'll snap a picture or two of them later. Also moved the Rineloricaria Parva out of their QT that they had been in an extra week as I wasn't sure if I wanted them with the Ricefish or with the Clown Pleco's. Made the executive call to move them with the Clowns since they are showing signs of being ready to spawn. Hoping the pheromones released will trigger spawning of the Clowns. Per the last check, I did when I pulled all the Clowns, it looked like maybe 1 of the 5 were a female, and after the large waterchange their tank went through due to the Crypt mellt earlier in the week, some of the males had taken control of some caves. Added a few more caves and then added the R. Parva in. Saw some standard pleco flexing of dominance from the orignal inhabitants, but all in all it went well and everyone was happy this morning. Prior to calling it quits with a game of musical fish, I figured doing a large WC on the QT's was a good idea. Thankfully no meds needed to be used and nothing came up with the fish that came out of QT, so a large WC and it was ready for it's next QT inhabitants. Moving to today, went to take a look at the new 40B display... Well the Crypts I had ordered are not fairing too great... The C. balanse looks like utter trash. They came in rough, so I wasn't expecting much from them, but I'll have to keep an eye on ACO's plant stock to see if I can get some better quality ones later down the line. With the melt those were going through it seems the nutrients from that decay has started to feed into the beginnings of Diatom algae... Great... I love this stage... Especially since it started to dust the Litorella Uniflora that I grabbed locally (seen above) that has been on my bucket list to get going in a display. Not only that, but the C. Parva I have is also slightly dusted with it. In response to the diatoms, I did a bit of a waterchange. Here's to hoping I can get the nutrients under control and not get a bad diatom outbreak where plants start to get impacted. Hope to get it cleaned up so it's picture worthy. After that it was time to do the routine feedings in the fishroom and then off to pick Daisy Ricefish eggs. The container where they are hatching keeps getting filled. They are hatching so sporadically that some days I'll see 3 or 4 new babies and others it will be 10 or so. It got to the point I've stopped pulling the babies from the tank containing the breeder box. I actually moved the fry back from the Ziss breeder in the parents tank back here because of how many were hatching. The Ziss box would have gotten too crowded too fast. Made a trip to the LFS in the afternoon in hopes of getting some Otto's to QT to get into the planted display. They have been a great help with diatoms in the past, and I figure if the cycle ends for the display and the diatoms exist they could hopefully chow down and get nice little round bellies post QT. Figured I'd take a look at their plants and also see what else they had. Was hopeful they had more Sterbai's so I could add to the group in the longrun to up from 4 to 8 and figured I'd restock on blackworms. Got to the LFS and I was out of luck on everything I went for. Otto's were out of stock, their latest order that was supposed to have Sterbai's didn't contain them, didn't see any plants that fit my goal for the new display and they were out of black worms... Struck out even with and additional swing. While checking the tanks out I did notice they had a ton of Clown Pleco's in, some of them that even looked to be female. Thankfully this is a helpful LFS, so the employee was more than happy to net out the ones I was after. While waiting for him to bag those up, I was staring at some other tanks and something else popped out of no where... Then a few more popped out... So a group of something else came home as a prospective breeding project. x6 Aspidoras spilotus (C125). Here they are a few hours after being introduced to QT. They happily took to some Xtreme Krill flake when I noticed them pecking around the glass looking for food. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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