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Azedenkae's Rheoheros lentiginosus Aquarium, Part 2: Maturation and Growth Progress
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Azedenkae's Rheoheros lentiginosus Aquarium, Part 2: Maturation and Growth Progress
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Azedenkae
Sep 01, 2022
Up until now, the Tengos have stayed predominantly within the wood hovels in the two corners. The Camaxes have always been more out and about. Part of this I could tell is because the Tengos tend to chase the Camax away from where they are hiding, but certainly the Tengos seem to be far more shy compared to the Camax. Any time I approached the aquarium, the Tengos tended to hide away. Today, most of the african cichlids are still out and about, but one of them has taken up residence in the hovel in the front right corner, and the Tengo that was normally there has been displaced. As far as I can tell, this was not due to aggression - I have not witnessed the african cichlids chasing the R. lentiginosus. More than likely, the Tengos are simply afraid by nature and even after having to enter open space, try to hide underneath the heater, behind rocks, and so on. The Camaxes however have no problems with the african cichlids, and even sometimes 'shoal' with them, using the terminology loosely of course. Hard to take pictures or videos of these behaviors, but I do hope to have something visual to present soon. I do wonder about the differences in personality between the Camaxes and Tengos then. None of them are wild-caught, to be clear. The Tengos are F1 (of wild-caught parents), however. I wonder if the differences in personality is due to their size, specific strain, differences between collection localities, or generation post-capture. At this point, I have not found any evidence to suggest the differences in behavior is likely due to any one or combination of these variations.
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Azedenkae's Rheoheros lentiginosus Aquarium, Part 2: Maturation and Growth Progress
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Azedenkae's Rheoheros lentiginosus Aquarium, Part 2: Maturation and Growth Progress
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Azedenkae
Jul 27, 2022
Fritz Aquatics got back to me today. The MaxOut Pro and MaxOut Pro Freshwater products are 100% identical. Yesterday I added a lot of food to the tank as I was trying to reconfigure my autofeeder to output the amount of food that I wanted (it did not work, it spilled food all over, including outside the tank). I could have cleaned it all up with a net but decided to see what would happen if I left the food in instead (while still having the autofeeder feeding on the old schedule). Pictured is about a third of the food that is still remaining in the tank, the rest is in a small crevice. And I'd estimate would be maybe about a 1/2 to 2/3 of the excess food I added yesterday. I did a check about 15 hours later (i.e. just now) and ammonia is reading zero still, but nitrite had reached 0.5ppm. This is not exactly surprising, and there is a chance that it will grow even higher over the next few days. This is the downside to targeting 1ppm ammonia consumption/day rate, as there may not be any buffer in case something goes very wrong. But even then, as you can tell, there is already some buffer here given that ammonia is still reading zero despite the excessive amount of food added. I did check pH just in case the presence of nitrite may be rather due to a 'weakening' of nitrification due to a pH swing or something. It was 7.8. So no, not really significantly different from what it was. One thing I noticed today when checking the tank was that aeration was significantly decreased. There were barely any bubbles. Had a look and yeah, it was because of the filter pad. That's what I don't like about this particular product, they don't really let anything through too easily. So I removed it and... tada. Also surprisingly there is not too much noise. Not definitively sure why, most likely just that the larger bubbles released from the sponge filter do not flow directly into the impeller. Oh and no, I do not believe the change in aeration caused nitrification capacities to change (and therefore the nitrite increase). Yes, nitrifiers need oxygen, but not so much that the lack of aeration specifically from this mechanism I set up impacts nitrification. Anyways, for now I have turned off the autofeeder. I have added (marine) salt to the tank before so it should render the nitrite I am measuring non-toxic at the moment, though I will keep an eye on the fish to see how they go. I'll add another tablespoon of marine salt into the tank just to be sure.
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Azedenkae's Rheoheros lentiginosus Aquarium, Part 2: Maturation and Growth Progress
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Azedenkae
Jul 26, 2022
I notice that the bellies of the Tengos are still pretty sunken. I have decided to quadruple feeding - hopefully it's an issue of underfeeding as opposed to worms or whatever. I have also relented and decided to buy some 'better' chemical media to help polish the water. I could do a massive, like 100% water change - nothing inherently gonna go wrong with that most likely, but I am just too lazy. Plus, I do want to see if good chemical media can actually clear up my tank. I mean, while making this collage for a moment I literally thought I had accidentally uploaded the same pic twice. But clearly the tank water color from a few days ago versus now looks no different. I had to start checking for specific details, like the snails or the filter pad I added underneath the wavemaker to temper the noise from the larger bubbles flowing into the propeller of the wavemaker, to realize they were indeed two different pictures. So I got some Fritz Aquatics MaxOut Pro. Apparently this is the saltwater version as there is a freshwater version available, though I can't tell what is the difference. I had a look at the product info sheets, and they are practically identical: https://fritzaquatics.com/assets/files/uploads/MAXOUTPRO_SALES_SHEET.pdf https://fritzaquatics.com/assets/files/uploads/MAXOUTPRO_FW_SALES_SHEET.pdf I have sent them a message to ask for clarification. Random - I notice a small bladder snail alive today. No idea how there is still one around, but there is. Lastly, the LONDAFISH automatic fish feeder is terrible quality - it is made very cheaply, and spills food everywhere. It does not have the finesse fine-tuning that I want either, so I have a lodged a return for it and bought an Eheim fish feeder instead. Up until now I have bought five Eheims and they all worked great, I really don't know why I decided to get something else this time. Even though Eheims are a bit more expensive, their quality really is top-notch.
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Azedenkae's Rheoheros lentiginosus Aquarium, Part 2: Maturation and Growth Progress
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Azedenkae
Jul 25, 2022
Some of the mystery snails are still alive. Not entirely sure what the feeding patterns of the cichlids are - and why they hunt some but not others. Seemed like they cleaned up the bladder snails quickly, so I had figured they would also consume the snails pretty quickly too. Will keep on observing them to see if there are any patterns I can recognize. There is one dead mystery snail near the water surface decomposing. Kinda gross but anyways, the tank will handle it one way or another. Measured ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate today. Ammonia and nitrite is zero, nitrate is 20ppm or so. Which is expected given I have noticed decaying mystery snails seem to produce quite a lot of ammonia. But well, perks of cycling an aquarium properly is that the nitrification capacity can be pretty robust and handle extra ammonia relatively easily if need be. I mean, 20ppm nitrates, assuming produced entirely from nitrification, corresponds to almost 5.5ppm ammonia oxidized, so quite a bit over the last few days. And that's on top of whatever amount of nitrate produced but is already consumed (by plants). The ammonia likely not only comes from the snails, but also a bunch of organic matter that I kinda released into the tank last time I cleaned the lids. So water quality is fine. The other day from stirring up the sand plus all the cleaning I did there was so much detritus floating in the water, and most of it has gone away. However, I really do not like the discoloration, so I may do a big water change anyways.
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