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8 years 6 months ago #1002 by Lit­tle
Tom – Paros or no Paros that tank is truly mag­nif­i­cent. I can’t believe this is a photo of the tank after you broke it down and replanted lt.

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6 years 9 months ago #2861 by Alek­sandr
Hi Tom!
How things stand today? How Parosphromenus?
In the most recent Video I do not see Paros.

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6 years 9 months ago #2862 by Big­Tom
Now there is a coin­ci­dence — a reply to this topic after nearly 2 years inac­tiv­ity just as I come back to the forum!

Now, this tank did not work out as a Paro breed­ing project due to issues with water para­me­ters. I still have two of the orig­i­nal Paros in a retire­ment tank, but unfor­tu­nately I lost the females before I could have a proper attempt at breed­ing. How­ever, I have now just turned two of my 25l tanks back into a Paro project. One is stocked with 4 cur­rently uniden­ti­fied young Paros which had been lan­guish­ing in my local shop for many weeks. The sec­ond will be stocked with one species from this list -

Parosphromenus anjun­ga­nen­sis
Parosphromenus linkei
Parosphromenus ornat­i­cauda
Parosphromenus parvu­lus
Parosphromenus opal­lios
Paras­phromenus fil­a­men­to­sus


These are what are avail­able from my importer, I have yet to decide which one — any sug­ges­tions?

In the mean time, I have been breed­ing Sawbwa resplen­dens, Danio ery­thromi­cron and Petru­ichthys sp ‘Rosy’, which are the cur­rent occu­pants of the ‘Bucket’ (among oth­ers).

Here is a recent video of the cur­rent sta­tus of the tank for those inter­ested -

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6 years 9 months ago #2863 by Alek­sandr
Thank you Tom.
I made a descrip­tion of your aquar­ium on Biggest Ukrain­ian Forum . Many people’s delighted with your work.
Par­tic­u­larly impres­sive is the work of the oper­a­tor. :)
Wait­ing new pho­tos of Paros.

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6 years 9 months ago 6 years 9 months ago #2864 by Big­Tom
Aha. I still feel bad about not suc­ceed­ing with Paros on the first attempt — I think I was try­ing to achieve too many things at once really. The new setups are more focused.

If peo­ple are inter­ested in the tank apart from the Paro angle then per­haps they might like to read the jour­nal over on the UKAPS forum, where there is much more detail and will not clut­ter up PP with non-​Paro con­tent :)

www​.ukaps​.org/​f​o​r​u​m​/​t​h​r​e​a​d​s​/​p​31​.​14521​/​p​a​g​e​-​34
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6 years 9 months ago #2869 by Peter Finke
The tanks of Big Tom are beau­ti­ful, but they are not really ade­quate for Parosphromenus. It is impos­si­ble to grow such a wealth of plants with sub­dued light, in water of a pH below 6, maybe 5 or 4, even 3, and with a car­bon hard­ness of zero. You even could keep adult spec­i­men of some fish species (linkei, fil­a­men­to­sus) in such orna­men­tal tanks, but nearly no oth­ers, and the breed­ing will be dif­fi­cult or impos­si­ble.

I very much like Tom’s tanks, too, but they are not typ­i­cal black­wa­ter fish tanks. It is just what Tom him­self says: You can­not achieve all your goals within one ideal tank. But you can run a beau­ti­fully planted dun­gle on the one hand, and breed nice Paros on the other.

But I admit: after hav­ing seen only black­wa­ter tanks, you like to see a beau­ti­ful plant jun­gle again. There­fore, wel­come back, Tom!
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