lucky, you got some beautiful shrimp for freeJust for you lol
Two newbies. Both blind. Still 3 more in another tank still growing.
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This is my oldest baby from the very first nest. Young male fish, almost full grown.
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I also have accidental shrimp in there too that have avoided being eaten. They probably hitchhiked with floaters that got dumped in from my 10g lol
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Theyre giant vals, vallisneria gigantea. Larger and thicker species of vals. I find them easier than Americana.lucky, you got some beautiful shrimp for free
are those vals?
my vals created a baby, and the baby created another baby
Yeah I'm surprised by the shrimp. Thought I was losing my mind seeing them. There's about 2 or 3 of them. Blue and red haha.Thank you again for showing your hoplos & goldies all together. It's cool to see the size differences between them all. It can be hard to tell in more individual pics. I'm surprised by the shrimp survival...so far, so good! I'm loving this tank in a way I never imagined, I was never a GF fan but I might (maybe) be having second thoughts...
shh, don't tell my husband, lol. I'm still working on him for turning our small swimming pool into a koi & weather loach pond...he doesn't like the idea of "swimming with the fishes"...yet, lol
I'm definitely more of a fan of the natural looks. I like biotope scapes, or ones that are less than polished... not the biggest fan of things like iwagumi or Dutch. They can be well done but they're not my taste or style. Iwagumi especially as the scapes don't benefit the fish as theyre too open and not enough shelter for fish. I like scapes that suit the fish's needs most.I like your choice of river rocks. They are much rounder than what I have chosen which are the more flat and oval shaped ones. But my plecos like to be on the underside of rocks and slate, so I go for flat.
Every time I look at one of your pics I am jealous. I have yet to see one of your tanks that did not look really nice. I firmly believe that aquascaping is an an art. One can only do it naturally, one cannot learn to do it. One can learn techniques, but that is not the creative part. The ability to see the finished product in your head before you even start is a rare talent. So is making it happen. Of course this includes the choice of fish and any inverts.
For me the best aquascapes are the ones which have that "haphazardly" natural look but have actually been specifically designed to look that way. (While I recognized his skill, I was never a gaga fan of Takashi's tanks despite acknowledging his contribution to aquascaping and for the plants to which he introduced us.)
He might actually be something else, I asked for photos he might be pardalis. Verifying on planet cat.I hear you on weight issues. Luckily my current house has a slab subfloor in the LR/DR so that's where I put my largest tank (a 5ft 110g), who needs a dining room, lol? I would've prefered to put it on my "dance floor/computer/tank area" but without floor jacks it just wasn't a good idea. It's on a shallow crawl space that also is a by a major support wall. I'm too old to commando crawl almost the length of my house just to see what's under there...& then again a few times with floor jacks...Just no way!
I do more like you do NoodleCats, more for the fish's needs than the "aesthetic" of a particular tank style. Years ago I liked Dutch style tanks because of all the plants, but my fish need hiding places so I want more hardscape. I can appreciate Amano tanks as kind of high maintenance art pieces but not as realistic homes for my fish & my lack of patience with fuss budget frequent trimming to keep it looking "just right"...bah! My fish sometimes breed so I know they're fairly happy. Yours breed more, so much happier! It's all good!
There's a place for everyone's "vision" in our hobby, I sometimes like their tanks, sometimes not.
I think it's also very nice of you to adopt your coworker/friends's gibby. I love big plecos & you really do have a tank he can work in. I bet he'll be fun if he doesn't mow over everything...he might...
Yeah planet cat verified either pardalis or disjunctivus, but can just see the belly in one photo, and is spotted so pardalis it is.I think you may be right, pardalis vs gibbiceps. He looks a bit thin, feed him up! Actually not a bad fit in your tank if he's smaller with your other fish. His dorsal & tail are too small to be a gibby. There are some other choices...I have no guesses