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Old 01-28-2019, 04:30 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Congratulations again!

A few fry should find enough miscellaneous live food (e.g., protozoa) in an NPT to survive. It could be the parents are eating the fry one-by-one.

If you want to learn what's going on, buy a livebearer breeding trap and put some fry in it and feed them.

The main thing, though, is you have a nice planted tank and it seems the Rams are content with the setup. You may get several chances to raise fry.

Good work!
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:10 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Hello Diana, glad to see your reply.

Last two days we suffered a heat wave and temp raised to 27 celsius degrees =( (usually temp is 23 celsius).

I dont know if father and mother eat the fries or simply get fried

For fishfood, im using tropical mikrovit. I will buy a livebearer breeding trap for the next put.

Thank you, yours,

Leonardo
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Old 02-02-2019, 04:28 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Well well well... Three months and three days after, here is the tank.
Ram's fries disappeared.
Today I made a haircut and a first big water change.
Pics of before and after.
I hope remember once by month to keep you update with this tank.

Yours, Leonardo.

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Old 02-03-2019, 03:47 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Lots of color. Be careful about over-pruning. You need a certain amount of plant growth to keep algae at bay. I don't see that your tank needs any pruning.

Very pretty guppies. Do you just keep males in the tank?
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Lots of color. Be careful about over-pruning. You need a certain amount of plant growth to keep algae at bay. I don't see that your tank needs any pruning.

Very pretty guppies. Do you just keep males in the tank?
Hello Diana ! Its always nice to read your words. Yes, i only have male guppies in the tank. (they are the only survivors from my very first tank (before i started to know about your method))

I have dismanteled the other tank, so i will start the very first one (36 liters) i think in two weeks. Im not decided yet what kind of hardscape to put in in.

I taked note about your over-pruning advice =)

I will be posting from when to when pics of this tank, for me, its really relaxing when i come home and see this tank. And of course, im really happy.

Thanks again Diana and all who read this post and post a comment.

yours, Leonardo
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Hello all! I have some vibrant news.

I've set up a 1 gal Walstad aquarium for my mom. It's a gift for her.

It's a very little amazing and mom fell in love with this mini tank.

Diana, thank to you for make this hobby really amazing with your method.

My 65 liter tank in my house is doing really really wild.

Yours Leonardo

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I'm glad that you and your mom are enjoying your tanks.

Love the photo of the shrimp. Very nice.
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Hello all and hello Diana, thanks for your kind words again.

Well, four months update. tank is going really really wild. I had one Tango Down (female Ramirezi was died by the male. One day, i arrived to house and see the female, i note one side bited from the guts to the ventral fin (if it is well written)) so i got no more ram couple =(
And i'm facing one algae issue. I was thinking about three possible causes or a combination:
1) Last 2 weeks, we suffered two heat waves (one per week) with temp rounding 38C or 100.4F
2) Female Ram died, so less biological "charge", less "charge" for the plants, algae wins
3) Potassium missing ?

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If you want more pics, just let me know. For the "mini" one of my mother, its doing really good.

Thanks for reading here =)

King regards, Leonardo
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Yours, Leonardo
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Too bad about the Rams, but they're a bit delicate.

It looks like Blue Green Algae is taking over your tank. If the algae will peel off, try gently removing it from plants. (I swizzle matt algae onto an old toothbrush.) I would manually remove as much algae as you can and then do a big water change.

I recommend tackling this problem as soon as possible. Once competing algae gets the upper hand, plants will stop photosynthesizing and producing oxygen, such that they won't be able to keep the substrate aerated. Roots will start dying. Then, you get a substrate meltdown.

I would also check for substrate bubbling. See my thread on 'Smelly Substrates.'

It would be a shame to see this otherwise pretty tank go downhill. If Blue Green Algae really takes over, you can kill it by treating the tank with the antibiotic Kanamycin. However, I would try manual removal, substrate poking, and a water change first.
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