Marc's fish room build

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Re: Marc's fish room build

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A few updates.

Unfortunately as expected the H. inspector eggs didn't make it, they looked good for a few days, then there was a mass of egg casings kicked out of the cave, 3 or 4 eggs were still intact, but within 24 hours of me trying to raise them they were covered in fungus.
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On a brighter note, during water changes this morning my f1 L128 male was trying to get a suspected female (also f1) into a cave. I'm not expecting anything soon, the male has been hanging around the cave for over a month now, but this is the first interaction between fish beyond shoving food around!

The S. barbatus fry are continuing to grow well without any losses that I am aware of. I think i'm going to have to move them to a larger tank soon!
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Today was the first day in a few months where, in England, we have been allowed to leave home without it being for one of a few defined reasons.

I took the opportunity to trade in 70 juvenile S. barbatus, and 41 Moenkhausia sp. Kogal yellow, which I have been raising over the past few months for some store credit.

So I now have a few new additions to the fish room.

Neosilurus ater, already very active and great fun to watch.

Plus a pair of Hypancistrus sp(l471), not massively into Hypancistrus, but these seemed nice and seem to stay small.
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Hi Marc,

Thanks for the update. Glad you were able to get out... and gladder (I know, not a word... even my phone was smart enough to flag that word as wrong, and my phone is a (truly) smart phone, so it autocorrected "gladder" to "Glaser." I guess it knows where I like to shop)... back to point... Glad you were able to get more catfish!

Great video. That tank is beautiful.

Hoping to see you in October,
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That is a smartphone!

It's one of my favourite tanks to watch, the decoration is simple, but looks good and seems to achieve my desired look of a hillstream.

In the tank is sand, rounded pebbles/cobbles, two bits of wood, then a couple of each Anubis and Bolbitus. Beyond putting the plants towards the back, I tried not to overthink placement of any decoration, I find the more I try to make a tank look good the more artificial it looks to me!
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Noticed a bit of wear and tear on some of my A. magoi, this males barbel especially, just a few scratches on a few others but no female is noticeably beaten up, so possiblity males fighting.
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Hi Everyone,

Nothing exciting to report, but wanted to suggest that my power backup system has probably paid for itself now! Last night we had a power cut from 7pm until 00:30 this morning ~5.5 hours, caused by high winds blowing a tree/branches onto a nearby power line.

I was beginning to get nervous, after 5.5 hours the voltage was running very low on the batteries, and heavy rain would have prevented me from running my generator outside, but luckily the batteries held out long enough!

Anyone with a fish room, considering setting one up, or even with a single tank, I recommend looking into an appropriate power backup!
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Delighted this isn't one of those "pics of dead fish" events. The planning paid off for you and the fishes. Well done!

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Glad your backup power held out Marc. You've got some really nice fish.

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A bit more activity from the A. magoi, I've still not witnessed anything myself, but it looks like a male has been trying to hold this this female, some damage at the base of the dorsal and scrapes down her side. The picture was taken about 2 days ago and the damage has already healed completely.

Similar to reports in various Facebook groups my males dorsals have been growing over the past month or so as the water has warmed up slightly, and I've noticed more scrapes of the females. None look gravid, and there hasn't been any evidence of eggs yet.

I have added some guppy grass, thinking they may like some vegetation to deposit eggs in.
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MarcW wrote: Sat May 22, 2021 7:00 amI have added some guppy grass, thinking they may like some vegetation to deposit eggs in.
Maybe a large... really long I mean... spawning mop is needed?

Good luck Marc. Splendid fish!

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Good idea, I bought some koi spawning mops, about 5-6 inch diameter and 4 feet long a while back, they just collected a lot of detritus so I took them out and forgot about them.

Now you have reminded me, I'll give them another try!
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Great post! I enjoyed the build and it's nice to see ongoing updates. How are the Sturisomatichthys festivus doing?
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Thanks, the S. festivus, are doing well, haven't had any eggs from them for a while though.
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