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A Richuelo is what we call in Argentina (and most south america) a small stream or small river. my tank is like the edge of the stream :D

set up:

36 bowfront.

catalina light T5HO 3 24W. 2 10k and 1 65k.

substrate is mine special ;), bottom layer has dolomites and mourish of potash, peat, bag of seachem flourish, bag of eco complete and bag of amazonia :cool:

plants: anubia sp. Gasser, Anubia heterophla, anubia nana petite, anubia nana narrow, anubia lanceolata, nymphaea sp, nymphaea micrantra, nymphaea zenkerii, eleocharis sp., eleocharis montevidensis, crinum calamistratum, and floating water sprite :D

fish: nannacara anomala, red coral pencilfish, calico bushy nose pleco, group of 6-7 pigmy cory cats, 2-3 ottos .

eventually i would like to add some co2.

im not much of a photographer but enjoy :cool:

(more pics next post)
 

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Very nice! How many N. anomala do you have in the tank? Is the female the one with the mottled pattern of dark brown?

--Michael
 

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thanks! yes that is the female and when the fry were smaller she was even darker!!! :D really big change from her normal light brown colors.. the male is the blue/red one
 

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Really cool, especially the N. anomala. So did they breed in that tank? I've been curious about what water conditions they prefer. I don't have the type of set up they'd be happy in, and I'm sure my water is too hard, but they are a great species to check out once in a while.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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thanks, they breed quite fast in that tank. when i had them in the 20l the ph was higher around 7.6 or so. but with this tank i added amazonia to help lower it. now the ph is around 6.4 and in less than a month after set up they laid eggs twice, first time unsucessfull, second time, chan! success =D
the water, as you can see in the photo is not all that clear. i don't have carbon in the filter and the wood is probably leaching tannings, don't know if that helps..
 

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bump! re did the tank a few weeks ago.

changed the amazonia for flora max black.
added a ton of plants!
added some apistogramma viejita rio something
messy pics coming tomorrow, some extra stuff floating around from overbuying stems and stuff =D
oh and, i can finally grow some moss!! don't know what tipe but is growing :cool:
 

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Very nice looking tank Damian..

I too, have some N anomola very similar looking to yours.. I got tired of them spawning in the tank and took out all the females and fry (work!) but left a lone male (I thought; 1 small juvenile escaped capture but fortunately turned out to be a male - who, poor thing is harassed constantly by the larger male ;0)P

Can't wait to see your new layout and esp the Viejitas.. very nice fish.. haven't had an opportunity to keep those Apistos *yet*

joe
 

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thanks, the viejita are really young at less than half an inch for now...the nannacara are doing great! enjoy the pics
 

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more pics

lol, on the third photo is crypt ideii...i swear this poor plant has had it rough! twice i moved it, twice it completely melted and both times i thought it was gone for sure! i just noticed it yesterday while planting, again...:frusty:

the nannacara fry are all gone, i couldnt get the boy out, he probably snacked on them..

new plant list include: stargrass, ludwigia pilosa, staurogyne portho velho, mini micro sword, and other stems that i have no clue what their names are!!!! my second attempt to doing stems :icon_hang

oh and, as you can see, im finally able to grow moss!!! not sure what tipe it is but is growing;)
 

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Re: mid september update!

i re did the tank again. unfortunately the hairgrass arrived in crappy shape and i was able to save only about half of it and was not enough to cover the area i have...

i also failed again with the stem plants:twitch: i kept a few but most others got leggy and seem too demanding, not my style so here it is:

new plants:
*Crypt wendtii "florida sunset"
*Crypt Keii "Jambusan"
*Crypt Crispatula Var. Balansae "Green"
*Crypt Crispatula Var. Flassidifolia
*Dwarf Hair Grass, probably E. Parvulus

also have some New Fish:
*Wild caught in Peru by a friend Giant Ottos.

you can also see the apistogramma viejita are doing quite well! =)
 

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Ooooooooooh, nice plant...the purple undersides will look great in the scape. I really like the Crypt-heaviness of this scape; they're gonna look great as they fill in.

That's cool on the wild caught ottos. Do they tank breed when they are wild caught?
 

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thanks man! you recognize the stauro. portho velo up front? =)

i like crypts because they are easier and undemanding for the most part.
as far as the ottos go, i don't know how they will do in the long run..i only had them for a few weeks if so..
 

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long due update..

so its been a while, i moved i changed stuff i rechanged..

this is what the tank is looking like today:

fish: apistogramma cacatuoides orangeish flash(look yellow to me), bearded corys, apistogramma panduro, coral red pencilfish, long fin bushy nose plecos,

plants: crypt ideii, crypt cordata rosainberg, crypt cordata hybrid, crypt wendtii green gecko, crypt wendtii florida sunset, crypt crispatula, cryptos that i forgot the names to..lol, dwarf hair grass, crypt parva (soon to be moved out), mesanthenum sp (africa?), nymphoides sp taiwan (soon to be gone) and a lovely stem plant that i got from cavan and forgot the name to :-k

sssssso, what you guys think? enjoy [smilie=n:
 

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Too bad you dropped the Nannacaras for the 'Orange Flash' Do like the panduro though! And the pencil fish (loved to have a school of them but waaaaay too expensive over here...)
 

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Too bad you dropped the Nannacaras for the 'Orange Flash' Do like the panduro though! And the pencil fish (loved to have a school of them but waaaaay too expensive over here...)
didnt decide to change the nannacara,..i traveled and when i came backt hey were gone :-x
i like the panduro, they are very skittish though, hopefully they will breed =) the orange flash breeds all the time and i raise the fry in a separate tank.

the coral reds are awesome!! i bought them in two separate batches from a friend...i agree, expensive :-\"
 
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