Plants. Fish. Happiness.

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  1. Figeth

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    Greetings all!​

    I am well known as a scatter-brain. So I wish myself the best of luck at keeping this ordered.

    In this thread I will attempt to collect my thoughts and photos into a timeline of sorts; to display my fish keeping experience and experiments.
    This way I can track which guppy varieties I am developing/experimenting with, the new plants I acquire, and the tanks I have.

    With much excitement and way too much nervous energy, let it begin!​

    -Figeth​
     
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  3. MariaS

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    That is exactly why the Forum is so great and has many benefits compared to Facebook/social media where posts are there today and gone tomorrow whilst on the forum you record your lifetime of fish keeping and advice that anyone can go back to years from now and benefit from
     
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    Sounds exciting! Looking forward to following this! Have fun!
     
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    Figeth

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    It began in May 2019 with some guppies.
    I had a 37L tank and nothing else. No filter, no heater, no light.
    Luckily, my friend (who gave me the guppies) lent me equipment as well. They said I could return it all when I got around to getting my own - "no rush" .

    The next day, I got equipment. I also discovered how easy it is to spend too much at fish stores...

    Enter The Blue Monstrosity:
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    It contained so decently tailed guppies though:
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    I still can't take good photos of fish...

    Quickly realising a blue light just wouldn't do, I unwittingly created cat - TV. Charlotte loved her interactive screen!
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    Slowly, I got better at taking pictures of fish. I bought my first few shrimp (some cherries and red rillies); they thought they were the lords of the tank since the male guppies didn't bother them at all.
    I got very excited about a hybrid ramshorn I found in my tank, it had a leopard print pattern!

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    My parents had converted the swimming pool (25 thousand litres) into a freshwater eco-pool during the summer/autumn. This pool was, of course, in need of fish. To eat the mosquito larvae I reasoned.

    Koi came first. Twelve butterfly koi, each still young at 7cm long; they loved the pool as I'd hoped, racing laps of it, foraging in the sediment, eating pellets off the surface (they did get a little spoilt at first).
    My female guppies were relegated to the bathtub (centre in the photo, part of the natural filter system). In that cold, algae-covered heaven, they thrived.
    Plecos were added ("just four, to eat the algae") but they were soon devoured by the dragonfly nymphs that lurked in the depths of the deep-end - where even the koi dared not go.

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    The white light I had gotten was faulty and died by mid-June...the blue was back. Unimpressed by this change, and the cold of winter, Charlotte took to basking in the sun, climbing onto cupboards, and other such, sophisticated, activities.

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    One month had passed.​
     
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  6. f-fish

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    Would be nice to be able to read the posts in this thread ... but sadly making everything center aligned, well not worth the effort trying to do so.

    Our brains are trained to read left alignment for a reason.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Dragonfly nymphs can take out a plecos? :eek: Heard they're a menace but didn't realise that much so.
     
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    Figeth

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    The plecos were quite small (5cm) but yes, dragonfly nymphs are horrid.
     
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    Wow, crazy. I wonder what could prey on them.
     
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    Those dragon fly nymphs are real little killers and a big pest
    Love Charlotte
     
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    Would frogs eg platannas eat dragonfly nymphs?
    But if you plan on breeding the koi, perhaps not as they’ll eat fry too.
     
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