Cleaning day

Im cleaning my two tanks today. There’s a lot of work… I was for a long period of time on vacation -my brother was supposed to clean the tanks and feed the fish but he only did the bare minimum..- after that I returned to two dirty tanks. one was full of plants and the other was full of grayish poo and rotten plants. luckily none of the fish died then (only when I came back two days later one of the gertrudae males decided to go for a big jump). Anyway, I decided it was time to clean everything thoroughly.

I Started with the 20 liter tank since it was very dirty. I put my betta (Apple) and all the shrimp in a temporary tank in the meantime.

the temporary tank, as you can see they have a heater, filter plants and a lamp 

I was looking for her! she is responsible for the disco! ah-ha and she’s already full of eggs

Apple, being shy.

A LOT of plants had to be thrown away -they were completely rotten- and a big part of the sand had to go too… the tank looks like this now:

more news will follow tomorrow, when the water will be filtered. this tank will become the home of the gertrudaes and some shrimp. the other 30 liter tank will also be cleaned..

a little shrimp update.

Theres nothing much to say about them this week.. I cleaned their tank but before doing that I had to scoop them out. I finally could see them all at once (counting 3 babies) and one shrimp that looks more like a blue fairy.. anyway, they are all doing fine. no deaths which is good news 🙂 Ill try to take some pictures of them later.

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update 28-02-2015

Here’s an update of all of my tanks (counting: 4 now..I think Im addicted; I really need to stop now). The first one, a +-10 liter planted tank, is currently on my little ikea table surrounded with chamber plants. I had to buy a clip-on lamp though, but Im happy I did it because the plants are growing well. I re-used one of the HOB filters and the shrimp heather (Im planning on selling the other one since I will not use it anymore). The NO2 and NO3 levels are still wayyy too high, but Im patient. I still have to wait at least 2 weeks.

oh and as future inhabitants: I really like yellow shrimps and maybe one or two snails. the tank’s function is to grow little plants though.. because you always need more plants!

citroen garnaal – yellow shrimp – neocaridina

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I have good news for the second tank! I saw the baby shrimp again! yay, he survived (I could not take any good pictures of him, he’s soooo tiny). Im planning on buying new red cherries soon because 3 females died (found the problem but I still need to go to the store).  I also added a little bit more sand, to make the background a bit higher, the tank looks bigger now and there’s more light for the plants (see before and after pics). The anubia’s are growing very well, I have two new leaves already!

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before: messy with plants growing everywhere.

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after: more space and light enters!

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The betta tank is also doing really well! The plants are growing fast and all inhabitants are are less shy (they often come closer to my finger now). Apple is a very friendly betta, he really doesn’t care about the buzzing kubotai’s (I love them, they are very active and so nice to look at) the scissortail rasboras are also less shy, and getting bigger everyday. their tails are bright yellow and black now (used to be light grey when they were stressed).

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The last tank (the biggest) had some problems.. the tank is still empty, because of the high NO3 and NO2 levels. I tried to add as much as possible plants, to make the process quicker. I recently found out that my tap water wasn’t ideal for the tank (PH = HIGH, KH = super LOW, GH too, NO3 = high) so I started using rainwater now, It’s better but the KH is still very low and KH is okay’ish.. so yes, I have a slight green and brown algae problem, but Im planning on making a good bio-CO2 set to lower the PH and give the plants a boost.

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