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6 years 8 months ago #2871 by bart­ian
Your bucket o’ mud surely is the most beau­ti­ful tank I know.

It looks like a per­fect paro tank, except the water isn’t ideal. It is well pos­si­ble to make a tank look like this, but with acidic water. Most Cryp­to­co­ryne will grow hap­pily in any type of water, just like [i[Microsorum[/i], and there are a lot more.

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6 years 8 months ago 6 years 8 months ago #2872 by Big­Tom
Yes, I believe that the main issue for Paros with this tank was sim­ply the sub­strate (the pond soil used con­tained lime, which I did not realise at the time). A friend of mine has a sim­i­lar tank with an acidic sub­strate and has suc­cess­fully bred good num­bers of Paros sp ‘Sen­tang’ and choco­late gouramis in it with­out any inter­ven­tion -


www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/a-little-box…co-fry.25069/page-23

So it is pos­si­ble, although I agree with Peter that a more con­trolled approach is gen­er­ally prefer­able and obvi­ously the more demand­ing species would need more par­tic­u­lar care.
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6 years 8 months ago #2873 by Lit­tle
Wel­come back … we indeed missed you in your absence. Paros or no Paros your tanks are amaz­ingly beau­ti­ful. Did you repo­si­tion the tank? It doesn’t appear to be in front of the win­dow any longer. I must now go and read you post on the other forum.

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6 years 8 months ago #2874 by Alek­sandr

A friend of mine has a sim­i­lar tank with an acidic sub­strate and has suc­cess­fully bred good num­bers of Paros sp ‘Sen­tang’ and choco­late gouramis in it with­out any intervention

Hi Tom,
What water para­me­ters in this tank? What spe­cific sub­strate does he use?

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6 years 8 months ago #2875 by Big­Tom

Lit­tle wrote: Wel­come back … we indeed missed you in your absence. Paros or no Paros your tanks are amaz­ingly beau­ti­ful. Did you repo­si­tion the tank? It doesn’t appear to be in front of the win­dow any longer. I must now go and read you post on the other forum.


Very nice wel­come back on this board :)

Yes, the tank was moved form the win­dow to against a wall — it was annoy­ing not hav­ing win­dow access in the sum­mer, and this way it can be seen from 3 sides.

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6 years 8 months ago 6 years 8 months ago #2876 by Big­Tom
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Alek­sandr wrote:

A friend of mine has a sim­i­lar tank with an acidic sub­strate and has suc­cess­fully bred good num­bers of Paros sp ‘Sen­tang’ and choco­late gouramis in it with­out any intervention

Hi Tom,
What water para­me­ters in this tank? What spe­cific sub­strate does he use?


From my friend -

“Kh was 0 and sone­times 1, gh4 and ph tended to vary between 5.8 and 6. Temp was 26.
Sub­strate was the aqua pond soil with eheim peat pel­lets sprin­kled on capped with tmc nutra­soil.“

The “aqua pond soil” is this one —

Basi­cally just a top­soil with­out added nutri­ents I think, it has neg­li­gi­ble effect on water parameters.
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