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Old 10-15-2020, 01:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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If the cloudiness is suspended substrate particles, try Seachem Clarity. It is a flocculant, causing small particles to clump together so that they can be removed by mechanical filtration. If tannins, try charcoal or Seachem Purigen in the filter.

I swear I'm not a Seachem rep, but I've tried other brands of flocculant and they don't work.
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If the cloudiness is suspended substrate particles, try Seachem Clarity. It is a flocculant, causing small particles to clump together so that they can be removed by mechanical filtration. If tannins, try charcoal or Seachem Purigen in the filter.

I swear I'm not a Seachem rep, but I've tried other brands of flocculant and they don't work.
Ditto. For what it's worth, I just bought some Flourite substrate as well, and it does say on the back to use "Clarity" if there are cloudiness issues.
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I'm back...thanks for the advice y'all. I had used some Clarity early on and got no results from it, but just as I was preparing to head to the store for the Purigen the tank seems to be clearing up finally. I'll do a water change tomorrow and update some pics after that sometime. In the meantime here are some pics of the critters (below).

I ended up with 3 male and 4 female Apisto.cacatuoides. 2 of the males are Triple Red and the other is Orange (maybe Orange Flash???)...he is in the QT tank still until I decide if I want them all together or not. My favorite fish however are the Cory.habrosus...oh man those guys are cute and fun to watch. I lost two (these guys are tiny) during drip acclimation, but the rest settled in about 15 minutes after release and have been non-stop since. So that's a handfull of Apistos, 15 C.habrosus, a baker's dozen-ish natural-form Neocaridina davidi, and more Endler's than I can count...and Pio, the betta.

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Looming really good. I remember Blyxa from years-gone-by, and it was always a good grower, even in a moderate-tech set up. I think it will do well for you.
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I just bought a few Panda Garra. They have plenty of 'personality'. Check them out
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:40 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I have apisto envy!
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Well Michael...here is something else...

So I have good, stressful and ironic news to share.
The stressful part is that after a really good water change the water has clouded back up...no big deal because...
The good news...my new stand arrived today. Hooray!!!! It's a beauty and it will accommodate the sump I am about to build for this. So either it'll clear up on its own again, or I'll eventually have some custom filtration and will get it cleared up regardless.
However...what's this that the kids are looking at as they hover over the new stand???
As I was preparing to draw the water down to "as-empty-as-possible" I notice the "sleeper male" is actually a female...and now a potential mother. So I guess lifting a 125 gallon tank 2.25" up to the new stand will get to wait a few more days after all.

My kids are now looking up everything they can on Apisto fry...it's fun to homeschool sometimes...

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As a note, if I could type a list of "Don't" advice for getting Apistos to spawn it'd go something like:
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- have your water temp somewhere in the range that your heater doesn't kick on from ambient
- install the brightest lights you are willing to run
- feed flake food while withholding the "good stuff" until you are ready for your Apistos to prosper
- change 75% of your water for super-chlorine-phospho-metals-max tap water and hope you put enough stress-zyme in there to keep them from dying
- drop a bunch of supplements that your plants will love, but will likely stress your fish out
- provide as much flow as possible such that every plant is swaying with the current
- clear out anything that causes a tannic stain to the water

And of course in this case I can only guess that these Apistos were so glad to be here rather than where they were, that none of that really mattered... +1 to Endlers and C.harbrosus as dither fish perhaps???
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OK, now you are just rubbing it in. If any of the fry make it, I have an underpopulated and fully mature 20 long. . .just saying. . .
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OK, now you are just rubbing it in. If any of the fry make it, I have an underpopulated and fully mature 20 long. . .just saying. . .
Indeed I will keep you in mind. I am not confident in this batch's chances since these are still young Apisto's and there are a LOT of Endlers in here, but if any make it of this or any future batch I'll hook you up.
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