Face Lift

A slight face lift to the site here. Changed to a new theme that I like better, and also added the customary social media buttons for those who like to +1 or like pages.

If you’re visiting on a mobile device there will be no change to the theme, as flair is kept to a minimum to increase load times on the terribly slow cellular networks and also to save you on your data caps.

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Nature Finds A Way

In my 125 gallon aquarium I have Diamond Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Scalare Angelfish, Bristlenose Plecostomus, Bronze Cory, Julii Cory, and Peppered Cory. Over the past several months I have observed the Diamond Tetras, Scalare Angelfish, and the Corys spawning in the tank. So much so in fact that hardly a week goes by that I do not have eggs somewhere in the tank.

It is possible that the Bristlenose Plecos have spawned but I haven’t seen them in the act. I have both a male and female, for several months they always hung out on opposite sides of the tank however in the past few weeks I see them together more and more often near some driftwood. As I understand it, the male will guard a cave as the spawning site.

The Corys when they spawn paste their eggs all over the place in random locations, but not very well hidden locations. Usually they are on plant leaves, but they usually put a few on the glass as well.

The Diamond Tetras dart up into my floating plants to leave their eggs, particularly the Water Sprite. All the while, the five Scalare Angelfish have themselves contorted completely vertical to get up into the plants and eat them.

My mated pair of Angels favor the left side of the tank where the spray bar is for their spawning. They usually pick a leaf on one of my large Anubias (Anubias hastifolia to be specific). They will guard their leaf with extreme vigilance preventing anyone but the corys from going on that half of the tank. However, by day 2 the eggs will have slowly disappeared as dad gets hungry and likely the corys during the night. Continue reading

No News is Good News

As the saying goes, no news is good news. The past few months have been for the most part uneventful. Which means, nothing bad has happened! Well, too bad.

So bad news first, Julii Corys. For some reason a few of these guys died and for the life of me I don’t know why. All I can guess is they must have had something from the store, and thankfully it appears to have only affected them. Water tests show this tank as always being 0 ppm Ammonia, 0 ppm Nitrite, and 5 ppm Nitrate. My pH is steady at 6.4 and my tap water is naturally soft at somewhere between 1 and 2 dGH. I manually add Equilibirum to increase that hardness to the 3 to 4 dGH range so the plants don’t suffer. That should be pretty ideal for the Corys. Dispite that, I’ve lost 4 of the Julii’s which is half the original number. None showed any sign of disease that I could see, so it must have been something internal.

The good news is everything else is growing and behaving perfectly. The Angels are all huge now, and I’m happy to say a pair has formed and spawned 3 times now. I’ll probably make another post to talk about that in more detail. I even went on vacation for a week which inspired my post about vacation feeding (or the lack of).

So enough words, here are some updated pictures.

Comments Opened Up

I’ve opened up the ability for users to leave comments to make it less restrictive, mainly an account is no longer required to post a comment.

Your first comment will still need to be moderated, but after that they should be instant unless you include any links.

Fighting spam is always a fine line, but I’m actually less worried about spam than I am malicious links. So, we’ll try this and see how it goes. If it gets out of hand I may have to lock it down again. Until then, happy commenting!

Update 12/15/2012: I’ve reverted it back to needing to log in to comment. All I’ve gotten is an enormous amounts of spam in my e-mail!