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Very cool.nice to see you posting. I guess the conditions were to the pleccos liking.
Thanks April. Just had to pop by BCA to catch up on some things :). Best conditions are the conditions sometimes best left alone.

Congrats on the babies. I think the barometic changes as a result of those crazy wind/rain storms that we had set of all kinds of hypan/pleco hormones. I have been getting fry too and I have done nothing different in my care
I'm believing so too; like our November is the rainy season which is equivalent to the South American rainy season triggering spawning. Too bad the aches and pains my joints get too. Hopefully, everyone's plecos tanks are doing well.

Beautiful fish as well... MOre update needed :)
I'll need to replenish in the future :)
More updates coming.....
 

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Time has certainly flew by. I can't believe I've had this 75g setup for 3 years now. Went through the wild discus phase and now back to corydoras, tetras, and plecos. It was a fun learning experience with wild discus. Upon reminiscing, the tank was really "happening" when the tank was at it's pinnacle. Now to update the tank journal with upgrades and restocking.

CURRENT SETUP:

  • Tank: 75 gallon (48x18x21)
  • Substrate: Caribsea Instant Aquarium Sunset Gold
  • Filtration: Eheim Professional 3 2080 canister filter
  • Filter Media: Seachem Matrix, Eheim SubstratPro, Filtration pads. Oyster shell
  • Lighting: Hamilton white LED strip
  • Heater: Hydor ETH In-Line Heater 200w
  • pH Monitor: American Marine Pinpoint
  • Powerhead: Tunze Turbelle Nanostream Pump - 6025

PARAMETERS:

  • pH = 6.5
  • Temp.: ~26.5°C
  • GH: ~15 dGH (~250ppm)
  • KH: ~1 dKH (~15ppm)


FAUNA:

  • Corydoras Robineae (Mrs. Schwartzi's, Bannertail Corydoras)
  • Brochis Splendens (Emerald Corydoras)
  • Corydoras Aeneus (Bronze Corydoras)
  • Corydoras Sterbai
  • Corydoras Julii
  • Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis (Lemon Tetra)
  • Hemigrammus rhodostomus (True Rummynose Tetra)
  • Paracheirodon axelrodi (Cardinal Tetra)
  • Hemigrammus erythrozonus (Glowlight Tetra)
  • Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi (Black Neon Tetra)
  • Pseudacanthicus Leopardus L600
  • Pseudacanthicus Titanicus L273
  • Hypancistrus sp. L400
  • Neocaridina davidi (Red Cherry Shrimp)


FLORA:

  • Microsorum pteropus (Java Fern)
  • Aponogeton ulvaceus

FURNISHINGS:

  • Manzanita driftwood
  • Natural River Rocks
  • Pleco caves

Additional CO2 Source:

  • Metricide

Dosing:

  • Seachem Safe
  • Seachem Equilibrium
  • Epsom Salt
  • Kent's Botonica Humic and Tanic Acid
  • Amy's Ketapang Almond Leaves
  • Almond Catappa Bark

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Frequency of Water Changes: 2-4 times a month (weekly and sometimes bi-weekly)
  • % Water change: 50%+
  • Estimated cost of setup (not including livestock): $750+
  • Estimate weekly maintenance time spent: 2 hour
  • pH from the tap: 6.8
  • "Tank influences/inspirations": (South American theme: 2wheels2, tony1928, luke78, josephl, mykiss, charles, killifishkerry) (Tank simplicity: crazy72, bunnyrabbit, davej)
  • Type of food you feed your fish: Earthworm pellets, shrimp pellets, NLS, Hikari frozen bloodworms, bunch of other ken's stuff
  • Water test kit used: API master test kit, GH/KH

Here's a corydoras feeding frenzy just the way I like it:


 
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