Sunday, June 30, 2013
Having just recently come back to the hobby of Aquariums and fish keeping after 20 years, I discovered there were advances in many things. Technology advances, fish identification advances, a wider variety of tank types plus the internet has opened up communication making certain items and fishes easier to locate and obtain.
If you expand this photo you can still see the algae on the back and side glass, on the driftwood, rocks and gravel. The airline is one mass of algae. I decided the little otocinclus needed some assistance in algae removal and I purchased an albino female Ancistrus, 2 young Rainbows, 5 Zebra Danios and 2 Nerite snails.
Within the week the C. aeneus, which the two 5 year old male original tank occupants had NEVER been with a female, decided to spawn with the newly provided female. Guess they weren't THAT unhealthy, even with the lack of water changes and green tank............ Of course the big Australian Rainbows peeled all the eggs off the glass.
Every other day after that the Rainbows and Zebra Danios would take turns spawning and eating each others eggs. Then I'd do a water change and the aeneus corys would spawn again.
I purchased a test kit at Petco to find out the parameters of my well water. In the process of testing I discovered my nitrates were off the charts! It took me a week of 25% water changes every other day to get the nitrates down to 20 ppm......wow! I also discovered during testing we have amazing water here for Corydoras. PH 6.8-7.0 hardness 120 ppm with an alkalinity of 80. I decided I needed more Corys.