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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Lido Progress

The oddities continue with the Lido.

Last weeks water change went from being a regular maintenance event and ended up as a mass clear-out session of the remaining plant life losses and removal of old root balls buried in the substrate. As well as a well deserved trim on the Java Fern.

By the end it look a lot more clean and tidy, despite a bit of free floating dust that was soon removed by the filter. Hence the mist…

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After a few weeks of the tanks plant life getting worse and worse, i felt a little relieved after carrying this out and managed to salvage a few of the healthiest looking shoots to try and encourage them to regrow.

The JBL ProFlora Bio 160 system has been running a few weeks now, and growth does seem to be aided, but the concentration is still very low and has barely risen…

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So i assume the small amount of CO2 the Bio 160 kit adds into the volume is being taken up very quickly before levels can build up.

A pressurised system is becoming more and more a priority to try and boost the CO2 levels up.

On another note i ended up getting hold of a couple of Sewellia lineolata Gold Ring Butterfly Sucking Loaches. A very pretty and unusual small loach i have not come across very often.

Also, the first “sucker fish” i have ever owned that has made an active beeline for tufts of green algae!

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These guys chill out during the daylight hours it would seem, then become much more active when the moonlights are up and the early night-time hours. I sat on several occasion watching a darkened tank and admiring their unusual movement patterns, which involves a rather unique “sidewinder” type wiggle as they seem to articulate their body half way along.

I did start with two of them…

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But sadly lost one a few days later for no apparant reason other than an odd red surface blemish to towards the tail fin on one side of the fishes body.

I was pretty bummed out about the fact, but fortunately the other is thriving quite happily and has also been out for a sniff of a sinking catfish pellet while the Bristlenose and Cory's are distracted elsewhere.

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Upgrade time for this tank may be coming a little sooner, after i caught a glimpse of a TMC Signature aquarium. For the price, these tanks seem like a good alternative and should be a bit cheaper than a custom build. I will have to work out how it compares in the near future.

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