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:: Photo collage of our current fishes::: (more coming later)

<Garra Flavatra

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Main Tank Updates

New fishes and plants have been added recently, with slight adjustments in the setup too.

We have just bought two Garra Flavatra at S$2.50 each (a drop in price from $5.00 a year back) as Cat loved Garra a lot. Though we are unable to revive the Garra we both liked, this is as much as we can do.

These two Garra were very active upon entering the Main Tank, swimming around to explore the area. Unfortunately, they appeared to be rather aggressive and seemed to be disturbing some of our existing inhabitants, such as the SAE and the Leopard Corydoras. Hopefully this won’t be too consistent and cause stressed to the fish.

The two competitive Garra Flavatra:

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One Chain Loach died recently, after noticing that it had grown extremely thin. We were not sure what went wrong, as the other two were still living happily. Hopefully these two will continue to stay healthy and help control our snails population (they have been doing a great job on this).

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Our guppies have also been getting along well with one another, and are often seen together as a group.

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Our eldest guppy, Pretty, is still appearing healthy despite her age, but she had started to hunchback a while back. Guess this is just part of growing old.

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On the other hand, our largest inhabitant, the SAE, seems to be relaxing and having a good life. This peacefulness of his may start to be shaken with the introduction of the two Garra though…

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As for the plants, most are doing quite well, though there are occassional ‘melting’ leaves and growth of algae. We will just observe and let the plants grow on their own for the moment.

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Updates on Planted Tank

Seeing that some plants were not doing fine in our Main Planted Tank, and so I decided to remove them and replace with some new plants to give the aquarium a healthy and refreshing look.

Besides getting a nice leaved plant, I also bought a reddish plant, hoping to bring some colour into our all-greeen environment.

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I’ve also bought some HC again, this time splitting them into small patches, and hoping that they will grow better this way.

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Tanks Updates

Just recently did a major trimming session for the main planted tank; removed all the HC in the foreground as they did not seem to be growing well, especially at the presence of our SAE, who seemed to cause the plants to uproot with its frequent barrowing.

All the plants were also trimmed as they were growing very quickly. This was how it looked after the trimming:

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Snails were still a problem though they appeared to be under control. Currently considering getting a few Zebra Loaches to help eliminate the snails totally. They are known to eat snails, peaceful in nature and yet don’t grow too large in size (max. 4 inches). Had a hard time finding them in the LFS though, so will be trying Qian Hu next.

As for the Guppy Tank, plants have been added since the last update, as the tank sure looks a lot nicer with the addition of the flora. Water Violet, the plant that was added in, appeared to be growing pretty strong despite the lack of liquid fertilisers and CO2. Root Monsters were added beneath the substrate though.

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Though I’ve checked carefully for traces of snails before placing the plants in, it appeared that they have once again infiltrated the tank. I have located about five snails so far, and have manually eliminated them. Hopefully that would be the last of them…

Here’s some photo shots of the two tanks:

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Updates on the Planted and Guppy Tanks

Some photo and video updates on both the 3ft Planted Tank and the 2ft Guppy Tank:

Planted Tank

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 Guppy Tank

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Some Fishes Photos

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