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Penguin Tetras

The week after the first three black neons were introduced I added the penguin tetra. Tetra are happiest when kept in groups, so I thought the penguins would add some company until I get some new black neons.

These are slightly larger than the neons, and they have a black stripe which continues onto the lower tail fin. However, it seems I am unintentionally going for a black and white theme for the tank! I plan to make sure the next fish I get have some more colour 🙂

Next set of denizens enter the biorb

Next set of denizens enter the biorb

The new penguins were more agressive to begin with and they settled in much more quickly and were chasing each other, and the neons, round the tank within 10 minutes. Overall they have livened up the tank and all the fish seem more confident.

I also added the shrimp (“Scampo”) a Japonica shrimp, who is now my favourite denizen. It sits behind the heater at the top of the tank disturbed when it hides. I thought I didn’t include many places to hide in the tank but I have ‘lost’ Scampo several times!

Scampo has already shed a skin, and his colour gradually returned over the course of a few days.

Scampo the Japonica shrimp

Scampo the Japonica shrimp

Life in a biorb!

This blog post is dedicated to life in my Biorb.

After a bit of reading around I discover that Bioorbs are not ideal tanks. Fair enough, they are expensive i agree, but they do look stunning. Also, they aren’t huge tanks – but then I don’t have a large flat so I can’t accommodate a large tank anyway.  They are portrait style – which looks cool but doesn’t leave much swimming room. Opinion seems to divided on the filtration system but it works, so it’s ok by me. Putting aside my reservations about the tank, I went out (on the internet) and exchanged hard earned cash (plastic) for a black Biorb Life 60.

I realise that in opting for the best looking tank on the market, I will have to limit the number and type of fish I can keep, I don’t want to over crowd the tank. But I’m ok with this, I don’t want just a fish tank. I want an aquarium that looks great and fits it well as a piece of furniture in my home.

I am a little disappointed that I cant have a dwarf aquatic frog as the tank is too tall, but hey in a couple of years I can upgrade the tank, or maybe reef-one will have produced a great looking and practical tank.

Tank Setup

I set up the tank, washed the filter and ceramic media, put it all together and added water. Then I added the stress zyme and stress coat to get rid of the chlorine and start the bacteria growth. I was worried that the sachets wouldnt be large enough for the 60 litre tank but the reef one support said it would do the job ok. Although the guide says you can add fish after 48 hours I left it 2 weeks to make sure it was properly cycled.

The heater provided in the tropical conversion pack is not quite powerful enough for my tank (it is alas in a draft position), so I have ordered a 100W heater to be sure the temperature stays constant without the heater going flat out all the time trying to reach 30 degrees.

So after two weeks my first fish arrived! 3 black neon tetra. I know they dont like to be in shoals of less than 6 but I wanted to introduce them gradually so next week I’m planning to get three more.

Here is a photo of Killer, Psycho and Ripper in acclimatising to their new home 🙂

Life in a Biorb

Life in a Biorb