5 Months Update Baby Food, Shrimplets, Brine Shrimp, Infusoria, NO filter, NO CO2, NO Ferts 5 Gallon
This is 5 months update. The fish are called Sparkling or Pygmy gourami.
How to hatch brine shrimp: It’s very straight forward. I used lukewarm tap water. No water conditioner. Cheap sea salt - same as aquarium salt. The brine shrimp lasted around 3~4 days in the plastic bottle after they hatched. The temperature in the tank was around 27°C or 81°F. I did stir the floating eggs a few times after setting it up.
How to culture infusoria: I used water from this planted tank. I siphoned water around the plants and around the gravel to catch some infusoria. I boiled the fresh spinach for around 10 minutes until the leaves were completely soft. I did this so that the bacteria would break it down much easier and quicker. You can use other veggies like lettuce or cabbage. I also added an algae wafer. But it seemed like it’s not completely necessary. Just after 24 hours of setting this up, the water had become cloudy white. That meant the bacteria bloom had occurred. Infusoria eats bacteria. This thing later did stink, though. It took around 6 days for the enough infusoria to colonize for me to use it.
About the baby pygmy gouramis:
In hindsight, I should’ve moved the babies to their own tank in the beginning.
But I didn’t want the pair to keep breeding.
In hindsight, I should’ve removed the parents earlier.
In hindsight, I should’ve made infusoria first.
In hindsight, I should’ve known an Amano might get to the fry, allegedly.
I think some were eaten by the parents, then lack of food, then the amano, all contributed to the dwindling numbers. I didn’t know there were less of them. I always thought some were hiding in the thick foliage.
The ones that survived are all different in size. Several are big and healthy, and there’s one that looks exactly the same size as a month ago! That one only eats infusoria, still. But all of them are doing well.
I’m still feeding TetraMin Baby every day hoping they would eat it one day. The uneaten food is used up by the shrimp.
11 months update www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsUkQ...
10 months update www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ZAW...
9 months update www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im9lD...
8 Months Update www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLh-4...
7 months update www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyftw...
6 months update www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpi4C...
4 months update www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdkR...
3 months update: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xut0Y...
2 months update: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBGcP...
The setup video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvmGJ...
NO filter, NO CO2, NO Ferts Planted Tank Series:
This is a Walstad Method tank. The credit goes to Diana Walstad for publishing the organic soil substrate method.
The book that I read to make this aquarium:
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(Hard cover) amzn.to/2tB4xiZ
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(digital) amzn.to/2svT0Sy
4.6 gallon low iron rimless tank amzn.to/2yKTWST
5.4 gallon low iron rimless tank amzn.to/2y5YZeO
50W heater amzn.to/2tAQOsy
Heater cover so plants won't get burned amzn.to/2sw42ap
Tiny thermometer amzn.to/2tAwFmg
Magnetic thermometer amzn.to/2LRCrXd
(I'm using the tiny thermometer with a small rubber band to hold it in its place.)
Mini round shape magnet scrubber amzn.to/2zx6k8D
Miracle gro organic choice potting mix amzn.to/2tyHm9g
2~3mm gravel 20lb bag amzn.to/2gJ5tOl
2~3mm gravel 5lb bag amzn.to/2y3e3ih
Aquarium scissors amzn.to/2BXY1GW
Aquarium Tweezers amzn.to/2EWyAZe
TetraMin Flakes (gourami and shrimp food) amzn.to/2Gouypo
Brine shrimp net: amzn.to/2uuvy9O
The exact one I used is from aliexpress. you can find it easily by searching "brine shrimp net"
Camera: LG v10 (manual mode) stock app.(planted 5g nano shots) amzn.to/2DXzccn
Clip 3 in 1 lense photo kit. I used the macro lens for close up shots. amzn.to/2HPggiF
Camera: Samsung Note 5 (auto mode) stock camera app.
(baby food making shots) amzn.to/2EuwO1e
The Best Growing Plants in this tank:
1. Ceratophyllum demersum (hornwort) amzn.to/2srT6HY
2. Azolla imbricate (mosquito fern) amzn.to/2LapS8z
3. Najas Guadalupensis (guppy grass) amzn.to/2LLN8L8
4. Bacopa caroliniana amzn.to/2LIPFpj
5. Ludwigia Sp. Mini Super Red amzn.to/2J0SAfu
Hemianthus glomeratus (pearl grass) amzn.to/2LIIPA5
Egeria densa (Anachris) amzn.to/2LJCUuO
Didiplis diandra amzn.to/2LJj4j2
Rotala rotundifolia (indica) amzn.to/2JbzLFF
Dwarf hairgrass amzn.to/2sjG2W1
Gymnopedie no.1 played by Accou
Gymnopedie no.1 (Harp arr.) played by Peter J
Gymnopedie no.2, 3 played by Kevin Macleod