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6 years 9 months ago 6 years 9 months ago #1429 by helene
My P.nagyi ‘Cher­at­ing’ home :) was cre­ated by helene
About a month ago I decided to rearrange one of my tanks. It is a 63 liter tank. Nor­mally thats far too big for me to think of paros in such a big tank, but since I actu­ally at this moment is lucky enough to have too many off springs of one par­tic­u­lar species, I thought this was the only way to give some of those a good place to live, and then also an oppor­tu­nity to try cre­at­ing a tank that met the paros needs.

The species is P.nagyi ‘Cher­at­ing’, and at this moment I have about 50 all in all. In this tank is 12 at the moment.

I used a gravel which I have not used before, — Flu­val shrimp stra­tum. It reminds off peat gran­ules, and should have a slight effect on low­er­ing the ph, — how­ever not much, but at least its not the oppo­site. I wanted to have a fairly dark tank, so it seemed like a good gravel to use. I think the only dis­ad­van­tage might be that if I need to catch any fish, it may become really cloudy.
Then I have used quite a few small pieces of wood, and stuck some caves (cat-​fish caves, clay) under­neath, I think 3 caves. Lots of leaves, oak. And some spag­num, which I have bought from killi breed­ers, its quite good, the fishes really like to hide in it, — it sinks, but can be arranged a lit­tle, so that theres almost like a wall at the back of this.
Then a few hardy plants, java fern, another water fern, cer­atopteris, java moss, — and a few very big keta­pang leaves

The water is my nor­mal RO water — ph 4.75.0





Heres the first pic­ture, — before the spag­num had actu­ally sunk.





And one of the first fish in the tank, a P. nagyi ‘Cher­at­ing’ male
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6 years 9 months ago #1430 by helene
Replied by helene on topic My P.nagyi ‘Cher­at­ing’ home :)
I have a small fil­ter run­ning, — where I have slowed down the out­let of water, so its stream­ing very gen­tly, oth­er­wise it would cre­ate total cloudy con­di­tions I am sure.

After a few days I put in a few fish, and after a few days more, some more fish, — now all together 12 all young off springs.

I also added two very big keta­pan­gleaves which have been float­ing now for a week, but one of them now fell down. I might arrange it a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but the fish seem to like it as it is. I know that some peo­ple say that keta­pang leaves can affect the ph very much, so it may seem a lot with 2 big leaves like this. I have not found these par­tic­u­lar leaves to make a lot of dif­fer­ence, it may be that they are not very good keta­pang leaves. But they are fine for dec­o­ra­tion pur­poses.

In such a tank, the size and the dec­o­ra­tion, which makes it actu­ally really dif­fi­cult to ‘inter­fere’ in, — catch­ing any fish that looks ill, or chang­ing any­thing, — and I have been think­ing that I think I wouldnt do that if I did not have the expe­ri­ence to the extend that I know the water val­ues is not a prob­lem, that I can keep it sta­ble, — or also in a way that I know the fishes :) … — if I didnt have that with me, I would be lost, because one they are in there, — I prob­a­bly will not get them out with­out tear­ing every­thing down. And I can never ever count them, — so I just have to trust they are all well and safe in there.
So I have to feel really con­fi­dent in what I am doing. I quess I do feel that by now, but that is only recently :)

Here some more pho­toes












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6 years 9 months ago #1443 by Ted
Very nice setup Helene. Thank you for shar­ing it with us.

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6 years 9 months ago #1446 by Ste­fanie
Replied by Ste­fanie on topic My P.nagyi ‘Cher­at­ing’ home :)
Yes, that’s what I thought!

Please share your fur­ther obser­va­tions, it will be inter­est­ing in not only one aspect.

Helene, do you already have expe­ri­ence in keep­ing sphag­num moss sub­merse? I under­stand you used liv­ing, green sphag­num? Does it stay green and vivid for long, being totally under water?
I have thought about the idea of using sphag­num as green pads on the ground of a paro tank before … the water con­di­tions should be very suit­able, but I wasn’t sure how it likes it being com­pletely submerged.

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6 years 9 months ago 6 years 9 months ago #1449 by helene
Replied by helene on topic My P.nagyi ‘Cher­at­ing’ home :)
Hi Stephanie, no, I think you mis­un­der­stand me, — or maybe its the word spag­num which means some­thing dif­fer­ent. I google trans­lated it, and of course the right eng­lish word is peat. Heres a link where you can find it down on the page named ‘peat’.
www.aquariumslife.com/aquascaping/plante…ls-planted-aquarium/

Killi breed­ers use it a lot for breed­ing tanks, — you just put a small amount of it, and it lies at the sur­face for a few days, then sink. It has of course to be the kind thats spe­cially for aquar­ium purpose.
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6 years 9 months ago #1451 by helene
Replied by helene on topic My P.nagyi ‘Cher­at­ing’ home :)
Heres a photo of a tank with some peat in it.

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