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South American 400l

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New fish are settling in well. Will hopefully get the corydoras spawning in the near future once they’re properly conditioned.

The tucano tetras are tiny! I knew they were a dwarf species but didn’t realise how small they’d actually be. Stunning little fish but hard to capture their beauty on camera. This is a breeding tank so ignore the algae!!!

Nice! I’d like to have some Tucano’s too at some point. Are you hoping to breed them also?
 

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New fish are settling in well. Will hopefully get the corydoras spawning in the near future once they’re properly conditioned.

The tucano tetras are tiny! I knew they were a dwarf species but didn’t realise how small they’d actually be. Stunning little fish but hard to capture their beauty on camera. This is a breeding tank so ignore the algae!!!
Aren't adult tocuano somewhere between neon and ember tetra ?
 

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Just thought I’d update the thread with some pictures. I didn’t realise how much some of the fish had grown but when you compare them to the photos at the beginning of this thread the difference is dramatic. The biotodoma are starting to fill out now and slowly getting that beautiful blue shimmer they develop. Within another six months they should look amazing.

Please ignore the bba! I’m in the process of killing it all following on from me not noticing I’d ran out of co2 a while ago. Have also removed a lot of plants and opened the scape back up with should Improve flow a great deal.

Cheers
 

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That's the beauty of a 400L tank... being able to have a community like that, well jealous but at the same time i'm just in admiration, everything looks well happy!
 

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I’ve not personally kept embers but I’ve seen quite a few in the flesh and I’d say the tucano are definitely smaller.
Ok. The site i saw selling them said they got to a bit over an inch - so maybe they are longer but more streamline or maybe that site was incorrect;

What is the fish in picture 3 that has blue/red and fork tail - right most center fish ?
 

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Hi all,
The biotodoma are starting to fill out now and slowly getting that beautiful blue shimmer they develop.
Fish are all looking in tip-top condition. Usually Dicrossus filamentosus females only get red ventral fins when they are ready to spawn.

cheers Darrel
 

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What is the fish in picture 3 that has blue/red and fork tail - right most center fish ?
That’s a hemigrammus rubrostriatus if it’s the fish I think you’re mentioning. A new tetra which is starting to become more readily available. From the same area as cardinals and rummynoses.
Fish are all looking in tip-top condition. Usually Dicrossus filamentosus females only get red ventral fins when they are ready to spawn.
Thank you Darrel. They do spawn quite frequently however they are the most useless parents, and can’t defend a spawn once the eggs hatch. Not like the female apisto who appears to be hidden away with another spawn again. I’ll make sure to siphon the fry out this time if it get the chance.
 
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That’s a hemigrammus rubrostriatus if it’s the fish I think you’re mentioning. A new tetra which is starting to become more readily available. From the same area as cardinals and rummynoses.

Thank you Darrel. They do spawn quite frequently however they are the most useless parents, and can’t defend a spawn once the eggs hatch. Not like the female apisto who appears to be hidden away with another spawn again. I’ll make sure to siphon the fry out this time if it get the chance.
No it isn't the tetra; I think (after a bit of googling) it was the Dicrossus filamentosus which seems like a very lovely fish (at least in your aquarium). My understanding is they require a bit of special care and can be finicky which is why i have avoided them but if that is the correct name for the fish it is quite lovely.
 

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No it isn't the tetra; I think (after a bit of googling) it was the Dicrossus filamentosus which seems like a very lovely fish (at least in your aquarium). My understanding is they require a bit of special care and can be finicky which is why i have avoided them but if that is the correct name for the fish it is quite lovely.
Sorry, yes you’re correct. They’ve been pretty easy to be fair. The one thing they require is soft water with a low tds. Other than that they eat anything and are well behaved. About as good a community cichlid as you’ll get.

Cheers
 

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The female apistogramma lineata is protecting another spawn. Seems to be much larger this time. She’s doing a great job again but they will eventually get eaten if I don’t remove some. I’ll attempt to get them over the coming days with a turkey baster If I can.

I’ve added some terrible pictures, about the best I can get without infuriating mum.

Cheers
 

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She's really beautiful and so is the male, definitely worth trying to catch a few to raise!!
 

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Might be worth putting them in a breeding tank. I wonder if you could capture her with the frys so she could continue caring for them.
 

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She's really beautiful and so is the male, definitely worth trying to catch a few to raise!!
Might be worth putting them in a breeding tank. I wonder if you could capture her with the frys so she could continue caring for them.
It’s definitely my plan to get the fry out of there the issue is it’s a big tank with tonnes of hiding places so almost impossible to catch them.

I’d have no chance of catching her let alone alongside the fry. She’s a great mother but I’m pretty sure the stress of capture would also break the bond. However I only rescaped this tank a few days ago so she must’ve had the fry already. Normally this would cause the mother to abandon her fry but she has carried on fine. It was quite some disruption that I caused too. She really is an excellent parent. Now as for the dicrossus 😂 they too nice too scare anything off.
 

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Tried to get some photos of the characins in this tank, near on impossible as the things don’t stop moving! And a couple of the male apisto as he fancied showing of his dorsal which he rarely does.

Cheers
 

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Those pencilfish are just... incredible!! How many to you keep? Can finally see why they're so pricy. Really all of these fish look so beautiful, colourful and healthy.

Also that apisto male 😍😍😍 They're on my list for the future definitely, great that they are happy to live with dicrossus too.
 
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