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Baddams's Feisty Fluval
    Hi all

Following my 'Welcome' post..

It's a Fluval 240 Roma with a Fluval 305 filter. 
The previous owner replaced the lighting with an LED bar, but I've no idea of the model/spec.
That means the original hood's missing and it's open topped (damn you, evaporation!).
The substrate's playsand and the hardscape's various cobbles and pebbles picked up from all over (my garden, Guernsey, Santa Barbara..).
Some driftwood and a half coconut that my Kribs completely ignore as they excavate various corners.
Plants are Hygrophila guianensis & Vallisneria spiralis "Red" with some Java Ferns, an anubia(?) and the stunted remanants left over from The Great Amazon Sword Melt. I'm trying a second attempt at carpeting with some Monte Carlo after the DHG failed miserably.

Current inhabitants:

18x Harlequins
8x Neons
10x Amano shrimp
3x Panda Corys
3x Otos
3x Platys
2x Kribensis

Pics are of the initial set up, the Amazon Massacre and present.

ALL comments and advice very welcome!

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Hmmm... struggling to post more pics - help!
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(08-05-2019, 05:41 PM)Baddams Wrote: Hmmm... struggling to post more pics - help!

You might have to reduce the size of the pics before uploading.
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Have you resized them?
You can add multiple images in one go, or one by one. Either way you need to press ADD ATTACHMENT to add it (it will show in a list below the box), if you do it one by one you need to press add attachment each time you select an image. Hope that makes sense
 😇 Heaven doesn’t want me...
And Hell is afraid I’ll take over! 😈
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Ah yes, pictures were too big.
Let's try again...

Pics are of the initial set up - loads of Platys and healthy-looking swords, the melting disaster (with added floating DHG) and the current condition (Valisnaria & Hygrophila growing like crazy and the Monte Carlo finding its feet.

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Looks lovely and lush, amazing how plants, moss etc can quickly settle and make things look mature and natural looking.
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Make that seven Otos - Just picked another four up from my LFS. 
The original three are losing The War On Algae.
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Have a think about some Nerite snails. They’re good for algae.
500L Sooperhooge Goldfish tank Smile
12L The Startank Aquaprise - Decommissioned Sad
200L The Barbarium….Green Tiger Barbs and Nerite snails
20L Nano Marine.....stocking in progress!
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(09-05-2019, 06:52 PM)Cheltgirl Wrote: Have a think about some Nerite snails. They’re good for algae.

Hmmm... I've got an open-topped tank. Don't they tend to do a Houdini?

I've got a growing (uninvited) snail population as it is.
I'm not averse to having some - I'm not interested in maintaining a pristine tank (not that I'd have the time to!).

They're about 1-2mm across and look like tiny brown Ramshorns.
They're not a problem and I do squish the odd one when I'm cleaning the glass.
My concern is that I don't want to hit some sort of critical mass of maturity and numbers & end up with a massive population explosion.

The LFS had some small clown loaches (about an inch) priced as groups of three (I can't remember how much).
I know they get huge, but I'm not sure how quickly they grow and how effective they are. 
Any advice?
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