I just tore apart the tank the babies are in and pulled 54 fry out and STILL didn't get all of them out. It's insane haha plecopocalypse.Your fish are always so nice looking.
I have not had any bn now for many years. The reason was how prolific they were. I got my first in 2002 and at either the 2012 CatCon I sold all my bn. It was a few adults and maybe about 60 offspring. I could not take it any more. I was not able to sell them fast enough. I was being overrun and I had already moved into Hypancistrus zebras in 06.
So I am curious to see whatever number on the way to 50,000 it takes to get your eyes to start spinning. My final bristlenose spawn was over 100 eggs. Yikes!
And gonna shame these guys for not eating them, no population control, even though they attempt to eat anything else that they can fit in their mouth (trumpet snails, rocks, plants, sticks, anything that hits the tank surface, etc)
Ahh, this is technically a riparium. Different than paludarium. Ripariums feature more emergent plants, maybe a little bit of hardscape, but most above the water is emergent plants. Paludariums are more land portions compared to ripariums, sometimes only having a small portion of water.I have a question relative to a tank i will setup in may - you call this a Paludarium; but i only see a branch above the water line. The reason I am asking this question is that the tank I am building will be 4ftx4ftx18 inches high and I'm trying to decide how high to fill the water and how to elevate a portion about the water level for plants (mostly crypts, hydro, anubia grown emersed). Originally i was thinking water level between 12 and 14 inches high with driftwood 14 to 16 inches high but i'm not sure that will be sufficient nutrients for the crypt - then i was thinking maybe i should pack organic dirt up to 14 inches in the back but i'm not sure if that will leach or cause problems of the fishes (my intention is to run the tank around tds 15-20 and ph between 4.5/5.5; gh will be 1 or 2 and kh 0 (peat will be used to stabalize the ph). Any suggestions or comments.
This type of set up you are looking at could work very well with a wild betta species or even some species of killifish who like peat and such. Or, since it's a larger setup, a school of gourami species that like these parameters.
I've grown some crypts emersed, they do fine with standard potting soil ime. You may find that the crypts do fine with this setup too. Humidity matters though, gotta keep them fairly humid too. But, I don't foresee any problem with emersed crypts or anubias. And hydrocolotyle is very emerse happy, you don't even need to plant it, drape it over the wood and it'll take off happily.
Look into growing bucephalandra, ludwigia, hygrophila, pogostemon octopus, and limnophila sessiliflora emersed too, all of these are super easy to convert to emersed and will add some nice variety. Pearlweed is another super easy emersed plant.
If you need moss, Java, Christmas, Taiwan, and Phoenix moss I know all grow emersed well as long as they have a damp base to grow on to not dry out. Can place these on your driftwood if you find it bare.
Java fern also grows emersed.