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Planted 22 gal. long Mr. Aqua

Discussion in 'Aquarium & Aquascaping General Discussion' started by rodahl, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Keith

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    As soon as I saw the lower leaves answer more light required BUT to do that you are back to square one again

    What would happen if you gave it a very heavy trim and see what happens to the new growth, if problem persists out and in with a new plant.

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  2. Jason King

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    As Keith said, personally I would uproot the stem plants and chop the good tops, then replant the tops and bin the old bottoms.

    In a few weeks it will be worth while.
     
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    Thank you Keith and Jason. I will try this.
     
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    I don't think you have much choice if you want to solve your problem.

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    Hello Rob

    Long time no hear from you, how are you and your Aquarium going?

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
  6. rodahl

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    In bad need of a haircut. It's been many months:
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    Great to see you posting again.

    I would give it a light trim and it would then have that 50/50 appeal of controlled and natural appearance.

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    Indeed this turned into a very nice jungle nature tank.. Looks very pretty.. Good to see it's still around and doing well.. Nice job! (y)
     
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    Absolutely, looking great :)
     
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    Thanks for the gardening tip Keith. Good to hear from you too!
     
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    Thank you Marcel.
     
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    Thank you Tim
     
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    Update: while doing some gardening, one of the little fellows must have jumped out of the tank. I didn't notice until I found it on a piece of blotter a few days later. In the meantime, another one has increasing hypopigmentation on the posterior of its body. Have no idea of what is causing it. I have been unable to find any answers online.
     
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    That's a shame, I've found they can be a little jumpy, I lost a few that way :(
    Is it effecting its health; has its behaviour changed?
     
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    Yes the can be Jumpy, i once bought 30 of it's relatives 15 x B. maculatus and 15 x B. urophthalmoides.. I ordered them online and they where delivered personaly at the doorstep via special courier. Last time i ordered fish via internet, :( they all were very pale in color an not all in perfect body shape. This already rang my alarm bells.. Non of them survived and a lot of them jumped, lost all within a few months. Later i found a realy good looking batch of maculatus and kobutai in the LFS didn't ttink twice and bought 15 maculatus and the last 5 kobutai, that was over a year a go, all are still happy in full ornate color with a lovely round shiny belly and non ever jumped.

    Jumping and color loss is a stress indicator, only thing very hard to determine is the agressor. This can be a lot, from genetic or maltreatment at the wholesaler or lfs, or inveronmetal issues as water quality, parasites, not enough coverage.. I keep mine under a very dense layer of floating vegitation, i notice how denser it grows the beter thay feel. The come very close to the surface foraging the vegitational roots, if i thin it out and scoop a lot off, then they stay a tad deeper. These fish react very sensitive to this change in invironment. Seems like more light makes them feel more vurnable and refuse to go to the surface.. Best personal guess, not a bright light tank fish, they probaly get stressed to much if constantly in an too unprotected zone... :) If they only could talk.. What would they tell us? There for we can only guess for too many times.
     
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    Its very obvious you have observed those fish very carefully and worked out their natural requirements.
    I had a few B. maculatus and. I also notice they certainly did like the top cover of the floating Water Sprite or the middle cover where there was more hiding places.

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    LFS had a small business cyber sale the other day so I bought 6 more. They are very tiny, but seem to be adjusting nicely. I have a lid on my tank and it is heavily planted with an open swimming space.
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    If I remember they prefer to be in a good sized school as they can be rather shy and edgy.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    I bought my B. urophthalmoidesin in a large shoal of 30. I still have around 20 left; they're getting a bit old now. They live in my nano and still largely move around together.
     
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    That is the problem when buying in larger numbers you start loosing them as they all age at once. I found it better in buying smaller numbers and that way you always had a big school.

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