convicts (1) fluffy (1) rebel (1) spawn (1)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

20G Long sold

A gentleman paid me a visit and took a look at the 20 long, he liked it and picked it up for 650 bucks.

WC and filter clean up - community tank

Last evening we visited my aunt's place for dinner and had some half hour to one hour. Checked out that I had done water changes to my community tank there, but no filter cleaning in a very long time. As expected the filters were fully clogged and full of dirt. Did a water change about 50% and filter clean up and filled with fresh water. This tank is fully matured and the amazon swords 3 bunches are doing really well, its a jungle out there. The banana plant which was doing so well during the initial phases of the tank has receded into a faint memory of its former self. Was good to see the hygrophilla cuttings doing ok.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

WC and cleaning - cichlid tank

After a long time, I made a partial water change on my convict tank. The water parameters were stable, no ammonia, no nitride and no nitrates also - the API master test kit was not able to detect any. But still I went for a partial water change, about 30%. I noticed that the water was a yellowish shade, I think because the driftwood is still leaching its tannins into the water, but that is not a cause of concern for me.

I cleaned the HOB completely, of course from water from the tank. cleaned the filter cartridges and media and also cleaned the internal power filter sponge and set every thing back. As for the glass, I wiped clean only the front face as I did not want to lose too much algae since I have the pleco in. The filter media were messy and full of dirt and cleaning them was a thing but everything is cleaner now and will perform better.

Finally did some changes to the aquascape. The sand substrate was flat throughout except potions which are claimed by the cichlid couple. they are digging furiously to make their caves in the substrate, but they hit the glass bottom... I created some mounds and valleys to soften the landscape a bit. Waiting for the sand to settle before I take some pictures.

Next plans - cement tank

I am planning to get a cement tank, longer than tall a little wide, should be ideal for having plants that grow out of the tank and will house a few guppies and other fish that I want to grow out. Currently I am looking for places where I can get such a tank or have something made.
I have seen some places on Sarjapur road leading to Agara circle, where there are folks who make pots for plants. Planning to check them out. Suggestions welcome.

Next plans - Wooden stand

1. Build a 2.5x1.5x3 stand for the aquarium at aunt's place. I am planning for a wooden stand. The tank has a foot print of 2x1, I am going to make it a double stand and hence the 3 ft height. Initial design completed with google sketchup and it looks like this.

For this I need 2''x2'' lumber - hard wood, at the moment I am undecided on what to get, but that will depend on the cft rate so that I get the best deal. The assembly will be using 4'' wood screws and the plywood will be 1'' thick.

Wood required will be
Legs - 2'' x 2'' x 3' (4 nos)
frame - 2'' x 2'' * 30'' (4 nos)
Plywood sheet - 2.5' x 1.5' (2 sheets)

Planning to get the wood cut to size at the timber shop so that it will save me the pain of cutting. Choice of paint or wood stain to be decided later.

updated design with extra legs for stability (as suggested by Seetharam of IAH - my thanks)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Meet the Aquarist - Vimal Stan

Vimal Stan is a fellow aquarist from HSR Layout and he is into planted tanks. He has got a 4.5 x 2 x 2 tank that he has built from 12 mm polished glass. The tank sits on a custom made fully enclosed metal stand and custom metal hood that is supported on the stand.

He has got mounted about 4 powerful CFL lamps with reflectors for his tank which is fully planted with moss, ferns, crypts, chain swords, blyxa, hyrdophila and a lot of other plants which I cannot recall. The tank looks beautiful in multiple shades of green, red, and pink. The substrate is about 3'' of ADA soil.

The pressurized CO2 setup is diffused with a diffuser and for filtration he has got a Eheim cannister filter which neatly sits inside the enormous stand. The fishes include Cardinal tetra, Lemon tetra, Glass tetra and Rainbows.

The other tank he has got is a 1 ft cube that has Cherry Shrimps. This is also planted but yet to take off.

I met Vimal at his residence in HSR 4th sector last evening, spent some time admiring his tanks and setup, discussing about his aquascape and his custom designs and left with a lot of Hygrophila Polysperma cuttings.

Thanks Vimal for the great time and looking forward to meeting up again.

Monday, June 16, 2008

End of spawn

Turned out that my first convict spawn was unsuccessful.
The eggs started turning white and by weekend almost all the eggs were white.
The convicts have cleaned up the eggs and are now guarding the flower pot and surroundings very vigorously.

Other updates include a very rare clean up of the mini tank, currently housing 4 gloFish (danio) 6 juvenile guppy, 1 snail and 6 ghost shrimp. The plants are growing well in the sunlight, There is no algae breakout and flora I have are Java moss (including a moss wall), a lily plant (it is reddish to brown in color) and Anubias petite that I recently procured.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Garlic laced fish food

Tried a small experiment.
did not feed the fishes (in both my tanks) for whole of yesterday. I normally feed them twice a day.
Today morning I took one clove of Garlic and mashed it into a paste, added about quarter glass of water and mixed well. In this solution I soaked (for about 2 mins) my cichlid pellets (for cichlid tank) and my community fish (for danios, guppies) pellets and dropped these one by one into the tank. Promptly everything was gobbled up. Planning to do this routine once a month.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Almost 90% of the eggs have turned white and its already past the 72 hours since the eggs were laid. So I think either they were infertile or they had a fungus attack. Anyways I read that first time spawns are mostly unsuccessful and poor little Rebel was as inexperienced as me.

On second thoughts I am beginning to have my suspicions whether Fluffy is male or not. Anyways I can answer that later. Let me watch the what happens to the rest of the eggs that are still golden brown in color and keeps me hopeful.

On the smaller tank at my aunt's place. Did a 30% water change (WC) today. No cleaning the glass, not cleaning out the filter media, just water out and fresh water in.

Eggs turning white

About half of the eggs from the current Convict spawn have turned white. This means that they were not fertile and would eventually catch fungus and waste away. The good news is that about half the eggs still seem to be fine and Rebel is fanning the eggs and keeping it well ventilated.

Anyways it is 3 days tonight from the laying and the eggs are supposed to hatch today.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

20 G Long - Done with the braces

Had some extra pieces of 2 inch wide and 12 inch long 6 mm glass and finished with the top braces for the 20 G long tank that we built over the weekend. I am sure that with 6 mm glass for a tank that is just 12 inches tall, the braces are not required. But done with the braces just to increase the safety factor.

Spawn pictures

Finally managed to take some pictures of the spawn. It appears to be small, probably because the Rebel is still not fully grown.

The eggs attached to the inner top surface of the flower pot.

With mommy

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Looking to sell

I was thinking of selling my 20 Gallon Long tank - 30in L x 12in W x 12in H tank that I built during the weekend. Its a tough one made of 6 mm glass. But with the convicts spawning, I need to rethink of this or get another tank done in another two weeks ready to house whats left of the current spawn.

Pictures of the tank -

Monday, June 9, 2008

My First Convict Spawn

Rebel my pink convict female has spawned. She has laid her eggs on the top surface of the flower pot. She stays mostly inside the pot now and the male convict named Fluffy is performing sentry duty. Looks like if the eggs are fertile they will hatch in 3-4 days time. Till then its a wait.