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Friday, December 4, 2009

End of peace

The smallest of the brichardi has been killed. I found it lying almost dead, face down and immediately separated it. But it died some time later. This one fish was part of a group of three called the Leftists. This was because they used to occupy the rock cluster on the left edge of the tank. They used to coexist in peace and I thought everything would just remain that way. But nature reminded me that it is was time.

The remaining two brichardis of the Leftists group have also been wounded but not fatally. One them is sporting scars on the body whereas the other one is having a shredded tail. I found these two with thier lives hanging in balance as they were trying to hide behind the filter draw pipe. I seperated the two and immediately added some pimafix to give them some stress relief. How I wished I had got some API stress coat too!

So that leaves the other 3 brichardis in the tank. One of them is the biggest, already almost 2 inches and this one seemed peaceful. I could see one of the other two medium ones and there was no sign of aggression or damage on it. So I could immediately think about one reason for the end of peace. A pair had finally formed. But wait a minute, if this was true the other remaining medium sized brichardi was in grave danger. I could see that the two ones which seemed like a pair were not together, but when they passed by each other, there was neither love nor aggression.

I searched for the remaining brichardi and finally when it came out, I saw that it was also clean. No signs of damage whatsoever. So its not a pair that has formed. Looks like its a trio. Either a trio has formed from the original six inhabitants or the fact the biggest 3 just decided to eliminate the smaller 3 fish. Whatever it was, it was an evening of ruthlessness as I stood helpless before nature and watched all that unfolded before my eyes.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Moss tank update

When shifting houses we are forced to strip down planted tanks to the bone to enable us to easily transfer the setup in pieces to the new house.

This is how the tank looked before it was strip down. It had an over growth of Java moss on the central driftwood and good hanging growth of Christmas moss on the stones laid out.








Recent updates to the tank

1. Made christmas moss the main stay of the tank and added 3 clumps of flame moss.
2. Made several cuttings of the anubias and have tried propogation, need to wait for some time for the results.
3. Changed the layout and added another driftwood to soften the water and make it more acidic. My tap water is hard and alkaline.

Pictures from the setup




Brichardi update

I lost my whole lot of Brichardis save one when I shifted my house. Recently I have resetup the tank and procured another lot of juveniles and am reattempting a pairing and breeding attempt.

Lucky for the fishes, this new place has borewell water that is hard and high on the quantity of dissolved solids, no idea on the pH though. Junked the old substrate and setup the tank with only rock work. These rocks were collected during a visit to Mekadatu-Sangam.





Full tank shot. The tank is a 20G long with dimentions 2.5'x1'x1' and the rocks are setup with a triangular arrangement. I don'k like the arrangement either and I will be resetting it up soon.

Obtained 6 numbers of Brichardis. The biggest is about an inch long and the smallest is about half inch. 









Feeding them on a mix of prepared and dry foods including

1. Tetrabits
2. Hikari Cichlid gold
3. Hikari Cichlid Bio Gold+
4. Wardley cichlid pellets
5. Wardley flake food
6. Dried bloodworms (rarely)
7. Frozen bloodworms (once a week)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Selling off the 3 footer

Shifting house implies
Stip down the existing setup -> transfer the tank, top, stand, equipment and fishes to new house -> re setup there.

So I thought why not breakit up into
Stip down the existing setup ->Sell the tank, stand and top-> transfer fishes -> setup a new bigger and better tank in the new house.

So thats the reason I am selling off my 3 footer setup. I will be retaining my 6 numbers of N. brichardi in my 2.5 footer. The 2.5 footer is lying idle at the moment and it will become my brichardi tank in the new house.

That leave me to setup a 4 footer for the new house and will give me an immense choice of fishes! Hmmm....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Some updates

My HOB filter for the 33G tank has gone bad. It was in use for a little over a year. I will know the exact cause of problem when I get back home and would decide if I want to get another HOB or a new cannister. Fishes are all fine, thanks to Pallavi who has been doing the feeding routines and the water changes.

With the rains setting in seems that the outdoor tub is a lot of activity with the guppy females proceating a lot. Another week and I will be home and have a neat update of how the tanks are with three months of my absense.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A quick trip got planned for a new project in office and I am off to US for 3 months. I will be based out of SFO. I expect the work to be tight so that I am kept occupied, for I do not have many friends in SFO and bay area now and weekends will surely be boring.

Currently in transit in Singapore airport, just thought I will make a quick update. Lovely Singapore airport again. Fishy updates, nothing in particular, just maintaining the two aquariums for now and they are in good hands in my absence. Expect the moss growth to be lush and untamed by the time I return :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Comments from IAH on my low tech setup

I finally got the courage to make a post on IAH with pictures and details of my low tech moss tank setup. The following are comments and suggestions by the members

1. Adding a thin layer of sand, fine gravel will enhance the look of the tank. The placement of rock/looks can be bettered
2. Add a neutral background.
3. You can tie some spiky moss with the stones which are sitting at the front.

Will edit the post as and when there are more updates.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Low tech planted nano updates

Some pictures of the planted nano

Full tank shot - Jan 23rd 2009
 
Full tank shot - Feb 8th 2009
 
Xmas moss - Jan 23rd 2009
 
Xmas moss - Feb 8th 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Outdoor tub update

Summer is arriving and direct sunlight will heat up the tub too much for the livestock and the plants in it to survive. So I have moved the tub back to a position where there will be no direct sunlight falling on it. but ensured that there will be sufficient diffused sunlight and plenty of day light that the tub willbe recieving.

I should say that the plant growth has not been fantastic. I expected more during the winter months. Currently there are amazon swords, hygrophilla and tiger lotus that are growing in the tub and livestock are mostly guppies and ghost shrimps. Guppies are breeding like crazy.

Some pictures of the setup.

The tub on my balcony.


Couple of amazon swords have grown short and bushy because of the high light conditions.


The tiger lotus (or may be lily) send red leaves right to the surface. 


A few of my guppy fry.

Friday, January 16, 2009

My low light planted setup.

Last month I have started a planted low light setup. I have no substrate in the tank, only rocks and driftwood and so the plants I have chosen are Moss, Anubias and Java Fern.

First the tank. The dimentions are 1.5' x 9'' x 9'' roughly holds about 6 gallons of water. The lighting currently in is a 11W CFL that is on for eight hours a day in two phases of 4 hours each. This is a no fish tank and so I had decided not to go for any filteration, but I have been informed that still water with lighting will lead to algae issues.

Currently I have installed a 2.5W 150 Lph nano internal power filter for this tank and it creates some kind of a circulation to keep things going. The driftwood is placed in the centre to create a grassy hill kind of centre piece with rocks all round the hill at the base to create a rocky shoreline. I want to create the effect of a forest at the slopes and trying to achieve the same with the plants.

Currently the plants are Java and Xmas moss and Anubias nana - gold and petite. For Fern I choose the dwarf java fern which has been promised to stay small so as to not compromise with the 9'' hieght of the tank.


No fishes in, couple of wood shrimps are the only occupants. No CO2, no fertilisers, still finalising on the water change regime. Some say 50% water changes a week, where as the others suggest topups and rare water changes. I need to find a balance to enable my slow growers to survice and is possible to thrive.


These are pictures of my initial setup when there was only java moss and a single Anubias nana petite. Currently the tank needs some maintenance. Will post recent pictures soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Neolamporologus Brichardi

Brichardi are a species of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Beautiful fishes are characterized by tan colored body with flowing lyre shaped tail fins, blue eyes with matching shiny blue on the fin tips. The edge of the gill cover has a 'T' shaped black marking with a yellow blotch. Overall the fish looks stunning.
Recently I managed to get a group of six juveniles and managed to setup my three footer for a Tanganyikan setup.  The setup has to contain rock formations mainly vertically stacked, preferably till the water level. These fish are typical tanganyikans, prefer hard and alkaline water.

Few pictures of my about 1'' juveniles.