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The Nymph's Spring (EA900)

shangman

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Thought they’d have them in stock, they usually do. Must say they look very healthy.

What did you think of the place? I’ve not been a while, are they well stocked up currently? Stocking was quite low during covid which was understandable.
I thought it was a very interesting place, the bit I LOVED was the wall at the back left which was just full of fascinating fish of all types all mixed up together. All very healthy and lots of top choices. A lot of gobies which is always lovely to see, a few lovely unusual nano fish. It's definitely going in my rotation of shops now, and will check there when I get another tank cos I'm sooooo stocked up now lol. I don't think they were low stocked, but it's quite all over the place, but tbh I quite like that, feels like you might discover some treasure (I definitely felt I did). I think worth a visit, and I liked chatting to Lee while he caught the fish for me about his breeding SA fish escapades.

They had the coral pencils and they were BEAUTIFUL irl but omg that price... especially compared to the marginatus which were only £3.50 and still very lovely. They also had one-line pencils and Beckford's, great selection.

Very nice, they look in excellent condition - I’m very envious, they’re definitely on my shortlist.
You've gotta keep them, they've got enormous spirit and personality in buckets, lots of interesting behaviour. The tank is even more captivating now they live in it!

When I saw them I instantly knew I'd have to have them, didn't expect such nice big fat ones 😂 so much for my self control!

😂 I’ll not show this to the ringleader of my embers who was pecking about on the substrate earlier.
If it was a fight the pencils would decimate, they're very happy to barge any fish they consider in their way, they're like Londoners among tourists 😂 even the apistos!

Luckily the tetras seem to really enjoy the pencils and are much more confident with them about, all the schooling fish like to go about in groups together which is very cute.
 
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Yay, I don't sound like the only mad aquarist spouting out a love of pencilfish anymore.

If you think they look nice in a led lit tank you should see them in natural sunlight.
I'm very glad you did all that spouting! 😂 It was you that really put the seed of keeping them in my head, and I'm so glad you did. They have so much personality, I can totally see why you'd keep them alone in a tank, they're so watchable and funny.

I bet they look incredible in natural sunlight, I'm so taken by that irridescence and of course that's always best in sunlight. I would love to keep a tank in natural sun one day, hopefully sooner rather than later, though atm in our house all the windows are taken up by giant houseplants and that's a war with the parents I can't win!! Hopefully we will be expanding the house in the next few years and a fabulous natural tank can take pride of place.
 

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They had the coral pencils and they were BEAUTIFUL irl but omg that price
I really need to breed mine before they get too old. Can’t be having people paying 12-15quid for them ha.

Glad you like the marginatus, pencil fish are great. As you’ve noticed already, more cichlid like than tetra.

Cheers
 
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I really need to breed mine before they get too old. Can’t be having people paying 12-15quid for them ha.

Glad you like the marginatus, pencil fish are great. As you’ve noticed already, more cichlids like than a tetra.

Cheers
They were £17 there :eek: Great healthy specimens but omg. Could've asked for a deal but I think even then it'd be a bit much! I knew I wanted around 12 pencils so that took them off the list for now, along with you saying that they're demon fish lmao. You definitely should breed them! You'll have a rush of people wanting them I'm sure. I think I will try to keep them in a few years maybe, now I know how fab the pencils are. Mine have already started breeding in the foliage, will be fascinating to see if any fry manage to make an appearance.

They are much more cichlid like, they've got the full package - beauty, brains and funny. 😂 Also very happy that so far all my worries about them have been unfounded, the only "problem" is how greedy they are!
 

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Starting to really get somewhere...

Ignore the clingfilm 😅 Sadly my buces at the bottom have pinholes all over them :( I think it's time to do a pH pen CO2 test thing and make sure it's all balanced well, especially now the plant mass is becoming so much more substantial. I'm also planning to increase the light from 75 to 90, the floating plants block out a lot of light to the rest of the tank, and I think they'll like the extra light and maybe flower for me :)

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