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Man Yu

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  1. Seems a bit too "clumpy" for duckweed. Try googling "Azolla" and see if it matches the plant.
  2. Updates: Folks, meet Omega Red and Scarlett Johanssen... Omega Red (whom I initially thought to be a male when I picked her out of the dealer's tank... come her first molt though and she surprised me with a tell-tale saddle ) And Scarlett Johanssen, who was pregnant when I picked her out and so avoiding any mistakes as to her gender: Alas though, poor SJ went up to the Great Big Gumbo Bowl in the sky this Tuesday, July 27th. About two days after she hatched her eggs. I ruled out water parameter shifts as the cause of her demise, seeing as Scarlett O'Hara and Omega Red are fine and about, as well as the myriad of shrimplets the two berried females had dropped. Must be old age then, as I had no idea of determining the age of the shrimp offered on sale. I also added a Horned Nerite (Clithon sp.) to control the beginnings of a diatom bloom. Thankfully though, other types of algae haven't made their presence known as yet. Gary the snail: And here's a couple shots of the babies... cute little buggers, trying to spot them in the tangle of growth is like playing "Where's Waldo" everytime, trying to take a good picture of them is a heck of a job as well... First day post-hatch (2mm TL): 5 days post-hatch (4mm TL):
  3. That tank would be a nightmare to watch over in an earthquake situation though... I understand that they've reinforced the floor with specially-engineered earthquake-proofing sub-construction but any lateral movement is still apt to have the massive volume of water inside swishing to and fro against the tank walls and is apt to splash over the rim considerably. Mr. Amano's got steel guts to invest and have this installed, that's for sure.
  4. Man Yu

    Betta Tails

    Uh oh. You're going to have to exhibit vertical breeding stripes then before you approach one. Otherwise, he'll chase you away from his bubblenest.
  5. Whoops. My bad. It was actually Engelvee who started the Walstad bowl. Apologies to MadameSpank for the mix-up!
  6. Since I intended to breed these, I'm severely limited as to choices of appropriate fish companions for the little guys that won't harass them and eat the babies. Not to mention that I'd have to factor stocking issues in a mere 2.5 gallons of water. But if I do happen to come across specimens of the all-too-rarely available Sawbwa resplendens, I know I wouldn't be able to resist them. @MadameSpank: You're the one with the Walstad bowl, right? How's it coming along? Updates are in order!
  7. ^In case you are inclined to try it, my best advice is to research well and invest in proper lighting (doesn't have to be expensive, especially in the case of planted nano tanks, seeing as the shallower water depth ensures plants still get high photo-intensity with less wattage consumed), but lighting that's appropriate for plant photosynthesis needs nonetheless. Or at the very least, look for appropriate plants that will thrive in whatever conditions you could reasonably provide for it and not just throw in plants that are "all that's available in the LFS". Nothing defeats enthusiasm like failure and nothing fires up enjoyment of the hobby like success
  8. ^LOL. Guess I misspelled the actress' name there. Volcanic reds are fantastic. They're just as visually stunning as good quality Crystal Reds but less demanding with regards to water quality. The only deterring factor would still be the price, however.
  9. She's actually burdened with eggs at the moment.
  10. A stroll through the garden: LEMME OUUUTTTTT!!!!! Thanks for viewing!
  11. Scarlett practicing her killer drum beats on a Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides leaf: Practicing her high-dive:
  12. So I recently got into the nano planted tank side of the hobby. I set up my 2.5 gallon aquarium on July 5, 2010 and has been letting the plants grow and fill in. Last Saturday, July 11, I introduced the first occupant (sans the myriad micro-bugs that came in with the substrate and the plants of course). Meet Scarlett O'Hara, my female Volcanic Red Shrimp... Volcanic Red or Fire Red shrimp are solid-colored line-bred morphs of the more common Red Cherry shrimp, Neocaridina heteropoda. Unlike the cherries, however, Volcanic Reds are rarer and more expensive, almost costing as much as AA-grade Crystal Red Bee shrimp. Their beautiful appearance and spunky presence in a nano setup, however, more than makes up for the price IMO. If we are to compare appearances to marine ornamental shrimp, I'd say the closest analogy is that Red Cherries are the Lysmata wurdemanni of the freshwater shrimp world while Volcanic Reds are the Lysmata debelius counterparts (which, incidentally, are also commonly called Fire shrimps). This is my tank: And this is Scarlett O'Hara... (I'm planning to get two more specimens this weekend after I get my paycheck, another female which I will name Scarlett Johannson, and a male which I will name Omega Red)
  13. ^If you are interested in keeping rainbowfish but are concerned with overstocking issues, I suggest you be on the lookout for threadfin rainbowfish Iriatherina werneri. They max out at maybe 3 cm (only their outlandishly long fins make them even longer than they actually are) and are among the most minute of the Atherinid rainbowfishes... excluding the diminutive Pseudomugil genus, that is.
  14. Koi x goldfish hybrids are very possible. The original crucian carp, the ancestor of goldfish, is very closely related to common carp after all. It's practically like a wolves x dogs scenario.
  15. I would not recommend using these twist ties. Not matter how good of shape it looks to be in the metal inside will rust. I use either black thread or fishing line. It can be tough tying the little knots but it is much safer. Tried them before. Actually, only the very tips of the metal wire inside (same diameter as two strands of human hair)will be exposed enough to the water so as to rust, and I am loathe to imagine how water would get to creep inside the plastic coating... unless of course you refer to instances when some people strip away the plastic coat from the ends of the twist-ties?
  16. Plastic-coated wire twist-ties are actually a better option for attaching Java ferns and Anubias onto driftwood. Not to mention they are a heck of a lot easier to tie into knots by merely twisting them - easier to remove as well.
  17. It's Egeria densa. Elodea has more tightly-packed stem nodes and more leaves per whorl (I forgot how many exactly) compared to Egeria
  18. ^Might as well splurge just a little bit more and get cherry shrimp this time rather than ghost shrimp to enjoy success. Cherries have gone down considerably in price in recent years because they breed like rats and are typically available in better health from being kept in ideal tank conditions as compared to wild-harvested ghosties, thus being a heck of a lot hardier.
  19. the shubunkin is basically a calico-colored comet (which is a torpedo-shaped breed with a large tail fin). Thus, you could say that all shubunkins are technically comets, but not all comets are shubunkins.
  20. Salt treatment's not generally advisable for dwarf South American cichlids. The pH and increased water hardness might in fact be more detrimental to their osmotic functions. Might be better to attempt keeping low pH and half-strength Melafix?
  21. a recurring skin ulcer situation like that seems to indicate an ongoing waterborne low-grade infectious bacterial proliferation in your tank. Maybe doing a start-over and over-all sterilization (but keeping your filter media damp and aerated in a separate container so as to avoid killing the beneficial bacteria and having to re-cycle) is in order.
  22. I suspect those are broadtail ryukin that have been produced by crossing ryukins with butterfly moors to improve the delta shape of the fins. Unfortunately, they developed a horizontally-spread tail set that isn't very desirable in true broadtail ryukins. They look interesting though. Kind of like butterfly-tail dragon eyes that don't have the dragon eyes.
  23. Well, not that the algae by itself will be the source of a probable ammonia spike (though it will contribute), it's just that all this time, the suspended green algae are the primary consumers of nitrogenous waste in your tank and due to the algae's rapid assimilation of ammonia, beneficial bacteria will have had little food sources to proliferate. And then suddenly, WHAM! No more algae to absorb the bulk of ammonia in your tank and sparse populations of denitrifying bacteria to serve as a buffer as well.
  24. Frogbit would be more suitable than duckweed. It looks like a miniature water lily and isn't as aggressive in multiplying. Duckweed tends to inhibit gas exchange at the water surface when it covers it completely and end up depleting the oxygen content of the water.
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