A new day’s 44L

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    Haven’t updated on the little 44L in a while. Some time ago I removed the asian water fern (it’s submerged now) and replaced it with Berula erecta from the pond, which is doing ok but would’ve done better without being right on top of the the filter and airstone :)

    Current fishy inhabitants are 5 guppy babies i got a couple of weeks ago from @Josh_talks_to_his_fish . Thanks again, they’re really cute! Some are developing nice blues on the tail already. Once they’re big enough I’ll probably move them to the jungle tank, which could now do with some action in the top level :thumbup:
    Also the 2 minnow fry are growing out nicely.
    I moved a couple of the wild type neo shrimp to the riparium today.

    Still planning on CPDs for this tank.

    Nice low maintenance tank this. Needs the occasional syphoning up of spilled aquasoil, and thinning of floating plants.

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    Brand new CPDs :thumbup:

    Very excited but also very nervous, they’re imports and a fresh shipment to boot (arrived at lfs on Friday).

    However they’re looking quite good and active, and even have healthy appetites which surprised me. Fed a little frozen cyclops (showed a lot of interest but might not be small enough), vinager eels (relished those) and First Bites (went down very well).

    Hoping to keep them alive long enough to successfully breed them, and hopefully much longer than that. Bought the only 3 males, plus 7 females. I don’t think they’re quite sexually mature yet and defs not in breeding condition. The females also seem younger than the males? Females are about 2cm, some slightly less.

    Here’s a shot video clip @TheGrissom
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    Cant see the video on the work pc, will have a look at home. From the pics though they seem ready to breed. Is that their quarantine tank? Or are they the only fish in that tank?
     
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    Thanks Brenton. Species only tank, well with shrimp and snails. Will have to remove the other mosses once trying to get them to spawn in the container.
    What do you feed your adults if you don’t mind sharing?
     
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    They gorgeous @A new day

    Hope they all do well and do well for you
     
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    I feed them everything.

    banana worms each morning. In the evenings I feed powdered food or flake food that I have powdered (I have 3 different powdered foods and 2 different flake foods).

    For the fry I only feed vinegar eels until they can take banana worms (about a month old), then I feed vinegar eels in the morning and banana worms in the evening until about 2 months old. Then I feed banana worms in the mornings, hakiri first bites in the evenings until I think they are big enough to fall into the adults feeding schedule.
     
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    Looking good. The wait is over. Keep us updated if you get fry :thumbup::cool:
     
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    Sure thing. At the rate I spam the forum you’ll be sure to get about 10x the necessary amount of updates anyhow :lol:
     
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    Updates are good. I like following along on other peoples builds :thumbup:
     
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    Uhm yeah I’d like to follow along on yours but you don’t really give us the opportunity now do you? :lol:
     
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    You win :thumbup: I'm going to type now. :cool:
     
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    So far so good with the CPDs! Yesterday was the first time I’ve laid eyes on the fish in person (have only ever watched them on YouTube) so don’t really have an intuition of what normal behaviour for them looks like.

    But they seem to be settling in nicely, actively interested in food, exploring the environment. Might be my imagination but even slightly more coloured up and bellies slightly fuller. All accounted for thus far, which is encouraging.

    2 short video clips of them hunting vinegar eels this morning. Very tricky / rather impossible to get good footage with my dinosaur phone plus they’re super tiny.
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    Focusing on getting them in top condition and gaining their trust for now. Feeding very small portions very frequently and they’re now already coming out when they see me so that’s cool. Half expected them to be more timid than they are.

    Thinking once I see some sparring, interest in the mosses etc I’ll get the container in.

    Has anyone had experience with those Marina HOB breeder boxes to hatch eggs and raise fry?
     
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    Perhaps I should get a plastic tub with a little heater and sponge filter going to raise fry? With some floating plants? Or a Marina HOB breeder box?
     
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    That 16L should do it for a little while. Might as well use that vase for something useful:lol:
     
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    Fry need very little space. Its more water quality and stability that are important. I have a 180L breeding setup consisting on 6 x 20 l tanks and a 60 l sump. One of your unheated plant boxes could work as long as it doesn't get too cold.
     
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    The 2 minnow fry have graduated from the 16L to the 38L perhaps 2 weeks ago and they’re growing out very nicely. But they’re coldwater fish. Think I might have to add a little heater to the 16L while it’s still winter, then it might work for CPD fry!
     
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    You could always send the fry my way I have tank space :lol:
     
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