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My desktop nano tanks (9/9)
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AquaDee
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PostPosted: 2010.08.10(Tue)12:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

unissuh wrote:
It's Elatine gratioloides; I don't think it's available outside of Australasia but there is an (apparently) very similar species called Elatine triandra in circulation.


Owuu... Cool, I will check it out later and let you know what I find here in USA Smile. Thanks for the info!
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)1:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice tanks you got there.

I wish I could own cherry shrimp but they cost $40 each at the lfs
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)1:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the heck? I mean I understand them being a little more due to it being illegal to import-export in Australia but not that much because they breed so fast.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)2:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imagine how much CRS must cost in Australia Shocked
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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)8:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know which LFS you were going to, but RCS aren't worth $40. They trade for $0.5-$1 between hobbyists, perhaps $5 at LFSs around here.

CRS are more like $10 for B/C grades at stores and trade anywhere from $10 for A grades to $400+ for high grades between hobbyists...

There are a couple of sites you should probably check out: www.aquariumlife.com.au & www.aquagreen.com.au - the first is a local fish forum & the other is a very good native plant and livestock retailer.
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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.09.08(Wed)21:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just cleaned out all the damn RCS from my P. gertrudae tank ready for a second try at getting a bunch of fry - they're all going back into the cube as they're just too good at hunting down eggs. Starting to actually see eggs here and there now that they're out of the tank.

Some horrible pictures of the spawning process:















I think I will probably end up moving a different moss covered magnet cleaner to the top each week as they mostly seem to spawn there and move the old one to a hatching tank. Hatching should in theory not take more than 2 weeks.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.09(Thu)2:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! I wish I could spawn some fish...

A FTS maybe?
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PostPosted: 2010.09.09(Thu)18:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't really done much with the cube - just weeded out a lot of plants last week:


Shocking photo I know, couldn't be bothered staying back at work until it got dark.

Rescaped the home one to give myself a bit more room. I think the crypts being in the middle was a bad idea as they could shade out the rest of the tank from there so I squashed them into a corner.



I was considering growing a grass-like carpet on the open space which would make it look a bit like a forest edge, but collector-itis won out after a few days so I'm just leaving it open to grow whatever plants I happen to come across that I don't already have and are both nano/low light friendly. Don't feel that I have to 'scape this tank well as I have my bookshelf "display" tank in my room to take the attention.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.10(Fri)12:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should put some plants on the left side of the tank. Looks great as it is, though.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.10(Fri)12:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

That all staurgene sp. in your work tank?

I liked the crypts being in the middle but I understand when you say it was shading out all the other plants.

Collector-itis is a huge issue with me Rolling Eyes
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