A New Day’s pond

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    Thanks @Marius Swart :)
     
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    Brilliant pond and use of that space

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    Thanks @Cliff!
     
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    Surprising but not so surprising due to all the plants

    I have two big plants growing one on each filter on top of my HEAVY bioload tank and my nitrates stay below 10 which is almost impossible in a stingray tank so the plants make a difference
     
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    That’s great @MariaS for a stingray tank, wow!
     
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    Must admit I was shocked myself as I hardly ever test my water but last week, @Cesar's male that's in my tank 'visiting' stopped eating and i couldnt figure out why so decided to test my water which I hadnt done for months so I was very surprised
    As it turned out he was just very sore... as one of the girls got fedup of his over zealous breeding attempts and she just spiked him so the poor boy was very sore

    I can only think that although i do large water changes, these two big plants are doing something as well
     
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    @MariaS unrelated to the pond but do you think steady nitrates of 10 in a community tank is fine for normal community type fish? Or should one make a special effort to keep it lower? I think it’s fine but would appreciate your opinion please.
     
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    Nitrates up to about 30/40 is fine
    Some heavy bioload tanks sometimes hit 50. Im not saying its fine but its a fact

    I believe if you running max 30/40,you ok
    When i tested mine, i was expecting to get a reading of about 40/50 so I was really surprised that i got such a low reading

    Water changes, good mechanical filtration and plants where possible all help to keep your nitrates low
    The better your mechanical filtration, the less gunk slips through into your media which in turn keeps nitrates down
    My fish wont allow live plants in the tank so I have plants on top of the tank with the roots growing in my internal filters, another way to 'kill the cat' if you cant have them in the tank
     
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    Thanks @MariaS much appreciated. I tend to do a (smallish) water change on my community tanks when I see it go slightly above 10, which is at the moment around every 10 days to 2 weeks (used to be every week but things are settling). Thinking I might try to extend it to every 2-3 weeks as long as it doesn’t go above 30? Both tanks are heavily planted.
     
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    You will have to play around and experiment as obviously every tank is different but if you stay below 30 you fine
     
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    Thanks again :thumbup:
     
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    Fry!!! Lots of them! :thumbup::D

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    They definitely did not waste any time! :thumbup::lol:
     
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    Nope they didn’t :lol:
    They’re teeny tiny, probably newly hatched. Didn’t see any yesterday or early this morning. In fact, had to double check that it’s not mosquito larvae or something :) probably around 50 or so.
    I don’t see the adults eat them, but wish these ones under the lily pads would go join their brothers and sisters 5cm away in the hornworth, it’s a much safer playground :)
     
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    Wow that's awesome, especially in such a new setup. Suggests they're happy and healthy in their environment :)
     
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    Your pond looks awesome. Well done with the fry so soon.
     
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    Thanks I was about to scoop out some water for the pot plants when I noticed them. Luckily I looked :)
     
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    Well done on the fry :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks @Reedfish it’s cool, hope at least some of them survive!
     
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