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7 years 6 months ago #2093 by Teu­nis
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Hello all,

Since a few months I keep a small group of 5 Parosphromenus sp.


At first I kept them in my 100 liter com­mu­nity tank, they where OK in there but I had to over­feed to make sure they would get enough food. Not an ideal sit­u­a­tion and no chance of off­spring. There­fore I set up a small 10 liter tank for one pair.
as float­ing plant I used lemna, but some­how I can never keep it alive. so I added twigs in the upper part of the aquar­ium.

the water chem­istry: (as far as I can mea­sure it)
pH 5.93
KH <0,25
GH <0,25
Temp 23 C
should I lower the pH? and how fast?
how much should I give the cou­ple to eat? they usu­ally get white worms, because that is the eas­i­est avail­able now.


Teunis.

Greet­ings,

Teu­nis.

have a great day, or a good night.

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7 years 6 months ago #2094 by Svert­ing
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Try glass worms. They eat it gladly, and the food can live for a day with Your fish. I feed my paros every sec­ond day, becouse there are always some uneaten lar­vae.
With white worms it’s bet­ter to under­feed slightly, than over­feed, since the over­dose will die and decom­pose.


The pH will go down with time, all You need to do is let the leaves rot.

Do You have some kind of fil­tra­tion? You prob­a­bly are unable to have any Lemna, becouse of biofilm on the water. There are small fil­tres with skim­mer, it might solve the prob­lem.

Beau­ti­full C. vendtii on the first photo. It’s a shame they haven’t found their way into this tank. They would make an ideal cover.

8 x Parosphromenus sp. ‘blue line’ — 5 males, 3 females

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7 years 6 months ago #2098 by Teu­nis
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thnx for your reply,

I’ll order some glass­worm.

The pH would go down if I wouldn’t do a water change twice a week. I use oak extract to lower the pH.

The Cryp­to­co­ryne is C cor­data var. blassi, its to big voor the small tank, and I did not use sand or gravel on the bot­tom of the tank. besides a pH below 6 isn’t suit­able for most plants.

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Teu­nis.

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7 years 6 months ago #2101 by Svert­ing
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I have pH around 5 and some Microso­rium, Val­lis­ne­ria and Caretopteris ;].

8 x Parosphromenus sp. ‘blue line’ — 5 males, 3 females

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7 years 6 months ago 7 years 6 months ago #2102 by Ste­fanie
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I have a pH between 5,0 and 5,5 — and Microso­rium, Ric­cia, Cer­ato­phyl­lum, Lomar­i­op­sis, Fonti­nalis, Cer­atopteris and Cryp­to­co­ryne lutea and undu­lata are doing quite well .… which looks like this:




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7 years 6 months ago #2103 by Ste­fanie
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Teu­nis wrote:


Hi, Teu­nis,

I think it is Pan­gio I see besides you paros in this com­mu­nity tank. As far as I know Pan­gio doesn’t like peb­bly ground with gravel and stones — they like soft ground, fine sand, mud and leaf lit­ter to root around .….… And they like soft, acidic water too (not to the extent that paros pre­fer, but nonethe­less) — and in my expe­ri­ence such stones as I see in your tank harden the water .….….
In my opin­ion the tank shown on your first photo is nei­ther suit­able for paros nor for loaches.….….

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