using this principle is working great !! staghorn turning red and then disappearing!! day by day:) thanks alot i guess you have fire red shrimp too with your red cherry shrimp!
Glad to hear that. I suspected that to be the problem. The article you read was correct about excessive lighting being the cause of algae breaks, but they should have categorically specified that a reduction in time is the solution rather than intensity.
The staghorns and some others should disappear in a few weeks time. I have staghorn algae in the plants touching the sidewalls in my other tank in the balcony. That's because of the continuous sunlight they get there. They don't spread at all, and I know that if I just cover the side with paper, they will disappear. But I don't really mind them there as long as they are behaving.
Next, in all the places where you have claudophora and beard algae growing you can cover them over with java moss. The advanced java moss will outgrow them in those places. I had beard algae on the top of the bogwood of this tank growing because of the direct light intensity over it. Later I simply put some pelia moss over the beard algae and around it and now as you can see the entire top region of the wood is covered with pelia moss. No sweat.
Learn to perceive moss growth as an indicator to a particular region where a proper plant can flourish.
And yes, there are quite a few shrimp in there that have evolved into the fire red grade - being entirely red with the distinctive red limbs.
Excellent tank !! How are you feeding them the ginseng ? It is in powdered for or are you feeding slices of the root ?
Thank you very much!
I feed them Ginseng tablets.
Powder tends to float on water and spread unevenly around the tank. The slices of root are hard and require a lot of boiling to be made soft, and in the process most of the nutrition will transfer into the water.
The tablets on the other hand retains all the nutrition, can be readily consumed by the fish and shrimp, and they sink and stay in one area only (like algae wafer). Checks all the points on the list.
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Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:34 am Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr
Definitely appreciate your patience and would like to congratulate you on your tank. I just needed to know if you faced a lot brown smut that settles on the leaves and drift wood and what measures have you taken to reduce that. Your valuable inputs would be beneficial.
Tank: H 2ftX L 2ft X B1ft.
Plants: Java moss, nana anubias and java ferns.
co2: Diffused ( less then 1bsp)
Fauna: 4 medium sized discus and a few mountain minnows
Light : 56W PLL (Reduced the duration recently to 3hrs 30min
Time - 5pm to 830 pm
External canister Eheim 2217 for filteration
Hi Chetan! Definitely appreciate your patience and would like to congratulate you on your tank. I just needed to know if you faced a lot brown smut that settles on the leaves and drift wood and what measures have you taken to reduce that. Your valuable inputs would be beneficial.
Hmmm brown smut eh? ... I have really not faced this problem and nor do I know anything about it, so it would be wrong for me to comment on it. Maybe you can post it as a new thread with some pics. Somebody should be able to help you out that way.
Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:48 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr
would love to see shrimp fries pics? in your aquarium you can use magnifying glass like i did to get better shoot!! how Marsiella doing?? update pics soon!! waiting for some greenery!! of your Jungle!!
Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:53 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr
Thanks for the positive comments guys! kudos!
I've been a bit lazy on getting my next journal entry together. But am getting to it. Already have series of topics in my mind. Will get to posting each one subsequently.
The next topic is about the social hierarchy features I've observed in my tank residents. Have to just crop and resize some pics of the tank to make topic interesting. Should be able to put it up soon. Maybe some of you will like it.
'sup bro! I had taken one pic of a shrimp fry. Will put it up along with others I planned on. Marsilea are doing ok. They of course not growing so rapidly cos they are by default slow growers. New leaves are coming out, but it's nowhere close to a carpet look.
Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:01 pm Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr
DOMINANCE HIERARCHY: Identifying the Alpha fish in the Cardinal Tetra School
The animal society is well known for its dominance hierarchy. This is the social structure order followed within a group or clan, with individuals given ranks just like in the army. The top rank belongs to the alpha, and is followed by ranks like beta, subordinate, and omega in descending order of power.
Dominance hierarchies occur in most social animal species that normally live in groups, including primates. Dominance hierarchies have been extensively studied in fish, birds, and mammals. Dominance hierarchies can be simple linear structures, which often arise from the physical differences among individuals in a group in relation to their access to resources.
The physical difference often stands out in the individual(s) holding the alpha rank in a hierarchy. And it can be observed in aquarium fish as well. The physical difference comes out most successfully when the school has been placed in a tank in their juvenile age. That’s why I would always recommend to introduce young fish in a tank, and to refrain from introducing adult fish. This method will create a stable social order, resulting in healthy fish with low stress levels and a long life.
However if adult fish are introduced in a tank, they will lose their pre-existing social ranks and the structure has to be reformed. This introduces stress on various levels mainly due to the jarring nature of the transition, unlike in the wild where rank promotions/demotions are smooth. The only exception is in species like shrimp which have high mortality in nature. These species adapt very quickly to sudden change in social ranks.
Now incidentally the cardinal tetras in my tank have been together since their childhood. And so within a few months the social order was formed and the dominant matriarch fish could be made out. The alpha female fish has developed additional unique coloration. I found it to be very interesting. Though I have not observed any unique colorations in the males as yet.
It wasn’t easy to get a good picture since they never stay still near the camera. But after a lot of effort I finally got a few good ones. So here they are. Enjoy! ...
Dwarf Shrimp alpha females also exhibit dominance markings. The marking is a conspicuous streak running down their back, like a Mohawk. The colour of this streak is a different shade of the shrimp’s colour. In Red Cherry Shrimps the streak is more visible in lower grade females. In high grade RCS (like Fire Reds), because the overall body is so heavily coloured, it is difficult to make out the streak; however on keenly observing it can be seen. This also brings about the point that the grade of a shrimp is independent of its social rank; that is, a low grade Sakura RCS maybe at a higher rank than a Fire Red RCS within the social pyramid.
The common Indian dwarf shrimp also display these dominance markings.
Here is a picture I took a long time back of an alpha female RCS…
You must agree that this phenomenon is just one of the many things that make the aquarium hobby so exciting.
If you have any inputs you would like to add to this, then feel free to post a reply.
P.S. did the ninja disguise itself well or what?!
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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:17 am Post subject: Re: Tank Diary: It's A Jungle Out There (Non-CO2 Planted Shr
@Chetan :=>I Agree with the theory of dominance !! one thing that i noted in my scape was the Indian Rainbow shrimp are the one which has reproduced well !! these guys whr the once i introduced first!! and had been successful with them even in worst condition!! they aren't scared of anything be it a Fish , Assassin Snail , SAE they just rule the tank!! my RCS are really weakling i guess!! they are scared of everything !! IRS are the once which respond first ,then sae and assasin snail , nerite snail, RCS afterwards!! so i guess even population and starters(first introduced fish) plays a role in theory of dominance .
so anything u want to go really good with
introduce them well!!
posting a video of my shrimp taking thr spinach!!
u can see IRS eating while RCS appearing rarely!!
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