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Looking really good with the algae in there, when are you adding the stock.
 
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I may try later this week to get a few fish in there.

Just don't want to add fish before I know I am not going to be making any more major adjustments.
 

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I may try later this week to get a few fish in there.

Just don't want to add fish before I know I am not going to be making any more major adjustments.
How's the tank running, have you had to make much adjustments.
 

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The tank is doing well. All the algae however, has all but disappeared. Assuming nutrient and lighting are the main factors.

Here is a video of the stream showing the slower flow rate during the "dry" season.

I will post pics of the tank soon. Have been really busy lately.
 

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Went out to look for fish. Well more to catch some. Easier said than done with a hand net.
I did manage to get several candidia barbata, Taiwan Horse Mouth (Direct translation of Mandarin name).
Not exactly what I was wanting to get as they are on the larger side but I will see what happens with them for a while as they are good at alerting water quality issues and apparently are used as a biological indicator species.
The flow of the tank is not nearly as much as I thought it would be and the fish look very comfortable swimming around. The guppies were put in a few days earlier to test water and help the new fish settle and overcome any skittish behavior.

Within about 5 mins of adding the fish to the tank, they were going after flake food and following the lead of the guppies.
The shrimp, of which there were 4, 3 small one medium, seem quite aggressive and will chase fish near their "turf". I will watch and see what happens there.

There were a few hitchhikers in the rocks and sand that are now coming out. I have not been able to identify any but will keep looking.

Some pics of them acclimating:
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Went out to look for fish. Well more to catch some. Easier said than done with a hand net.
I did manage to get several candidia barbata, Taiwan Horse Mouth (Direct translation of Mandarin name).
Not exactly what I was wanting to get as they are on the larger side but I will see what happens with them for a while as they are good at alerting water quality issues and apparently are used as a biological indicator species.
The flow of the tank is not nearly as much as I thought it would be and the fish look very comfortable swimming around. The guppies were put in a few days earlier to test water and help the new fish settle and overcome any skittish behavior.

Within about 5 mins of adding the fish to the tank, they were going after flake food and following the lead of the guppies.
The shrimp, of which there were 4, 3 small one medium, seem quite aggressive and will chase fish near their "turf". I will watch and see what happens there.

There were a few hitchhikers in the rocks and sand that are now coming out. I have not been able to identify any but will keep looking.

Some pics of them acclimating:
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Looking forward to see how it all develops, good to hear the fish are eating and settling so quick.
 

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Nice! I've found algae clumps in streams difficult to grow in aquaria, perhaps they need lots of fertilizers
 
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Nice! I've found algae clumps in streams difficult to grow in aquaria, perhaps they need lots of fertilizers
I think that is part of it. The flow and intense sunlight can't be matched indoors for general hobbyist unless you invest financially in your setup.
 
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