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8 years 6 months ago #1418 by Ted
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O, it was the African Mopani wood!! It was buffer­ing the pH. Now all is well and can con­tinue low­er­ing the pH.

Go, with Peter’s sug­ges­tion to use fresh bog or swamp wood.

Now I’m just using Oak, Beech and Cat­appa leaves, per­co­lated peat moss for tan­nins and java moss floating.

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8 years 6 months ago #1419 by helene
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is mopani wood a spe­cial kind of wood ?

I havent found any prob­lems with the nor­mal kind of ‘aquar­ium roots’ that I use.

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8 years 6 months ago 8 years 6 months ago #1420 by Ted
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Mopani is a very dense wood from Africa, it just sinks and very heavy. Pop­u­lar here in the States for Aquar­i­ums and Repites. But I have no doubts now that it was buffer­ing the tank water to 6.66.7 pH

So the drift­wood is out of the tank. All 6 babies were out eat­ing Moina this morn­ing! I’m very pleased not to have any loss.

The ones I sus­pect are males show the begin­nings of a bril­liant blue stripe on the bor­ders of the dor­sal, anal and cau­dal fins. No other col­ors except the 2 dark bars that are the body length.

They love the brine shrimp so I will start try­ing some soaked decap­su­lated shrimp eggs mixed in with the hatchlings.
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8 years 6 months ago #1435 by Peter Finke
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The “wood” that is sold in pet shops for the use in nor­mal aquaria belongs to totally dif­fer­ent sorts of wood. Wood from peat regions is the best, but it is nor­mally sold dried out and that is bad already. If you are once able to get hold of f r e s h wet wood pieces from bogs or swamps, take it. It’s just the best. If you only get hold of dried pieces, you must soak it before some days in des­tilled or at least pure rain water and con­tinue to mea­sure pH and con­duc­tiv­ity.

There are many sort of “oak-​wood” sold, too, and it is impos­si­ble to tell gen­er­ally it to be goood or bad. You must try. And I don’t remem­ber the place, but I warned to use Mopani-​wood some time ago. This African wood is entirely use­less resp. wrong for use in black­wa­ter tanks with a sta­bile low pH.

A good alter­na­tive to fresh bog wood from peat regions is alder from creeks or small rivers, but only dead pieces that could be col­lected under water.

There­fore mind: Wood is not the same as wood. And pet shops sell many things that are entirely use­less for Paro-​lovers.

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8 years 5 months ago 8 years 5 months ago #1487 by Ted
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Update: Fil­a­men­to­sis Young

All 6 young fish are well and greet me at the front of the tank for feed­ing. The brine shrimp and moina are keep­ing them fat. I always tap the front of the tank just before food time.. it works well to bring them all out for inspec­tion.. and it didn’t take long to train them.

I now sus­pect there are 4 males and 2 females. Still no strong col­ors but the males cau­dal fins are devel­op­ing nice, The sus­pect females are very sim­i­lar in pat­terns for now, but do also have a less devel­oped cau­dal ie: more rounded.

The males are occa­sion­aly spar­ring with each other, espe­cially a more dom­i­nant male who keeps his col­ors darker. They do this in a head down man­ner and usu­ally clamped fins, except the dom­i­nant who will also flare his fins for a full display.
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8 years 5 months ago #1541 by Ted
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The Wet Spot is get­ting (hope­fully) Parvu­lus and Sin­tang next week. They still have Ornat­i­cauda.

I’m not sure what the heck Sin­tang is, seems to be a generic name in the indus­try, and have found sev­eral dif­fer­ent pic­tures of them, but mostly may be “Blue Line“

The young Fil­a­ments are doing well and I’m fairly con­fi­dent that I will have 2 pairs out of the six fish.

The males are dark­en­ing up and the fil­a­ment is grow­ing well. The females are lighter in color.

I will try to get some pics for you all, but, always strug­gle with good aquar­ium pictures.

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