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#1 Graham

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:33 AM

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I took a load of plants to the fish shop the other day and came home with some seachem stuff and two juvenile fish named above. I am keeping them in my main tank http://www.scotcat.c...h...post&p=3497

The tank has a little aeration at night and minimal CO2 dosing as the plants are going a bit mental . Is this suitable as i've read they might need more aeration? The tank also gets mighty warm and i'm thinking of housing the filters in a fridge to cool the water.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 10:57 PM

Hi Graham,

There are conflicting reports on keeping this species. I have never kept them but it is believed that they don't like the p.H. to be too low and would be good to aim for the middle ...p.H. 7 or thereabouts. Again there are different views on the temperature and again I would aim for the middle 75f (24c) and hardness up to 25dGH. They do like planted tanks where they will lie on the leaves of Amazon swords etc. There is a short article on the keeping and breeding of this species here
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Posted 26 December 2008 - 05:47 AM

QUOTE (scotcat @ Dec 26 2008, 07:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Graham,

There are conflicting reports on keeping this species. I have never kept them but it is believed that they don't like the p.H. to be too low and would be good to aim for the middle ...p.H. 7 or thereabouts. Again there are different views on the temperature and again I would aim for the middle 75f (24c) and hardness up to 25dGH. They do like planted tanks where they will lie on the leaves of Amazon swords etc. There is a short article on the keeping and breeding of this species here
Thanks Scotcat.

I try to aim for 6.8 to 7 pH but they might have to swim in warmer water for while until I get my fridge installed.


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Posted 31 January 2009 - 01:43 PM

These two fish angry.gif They are still in the tank, cunningly hiding at the back and I've never seen them move. They seem happy though as they have grown a bit on hikari sinking wafers and Sera Catfish chips as well as any other un-eaten food. They have a fair bit of competition and i'm just a wee bit concerned they're not getting their share.

it might be that they need a couple of pals with them so will have a look about for some other ones. I have plenty space for some more fish.

I'll keep you posted.




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