Winter break at last

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    So now that I am finally on a short Winter break from university, I can finally sign up and catch up on more forum ramblings!

    My name is Alicia and it is pretty straight forward as it is also my display name. I currently have a 1ft tank that 3 Otocinclus Vestitus or Vettatis (I don't actually know at this point anymore, all I know is all 3 are the same species), some Neocaridina Heteropoda var. Red (red cherry shrimp) and 10 Boraras Naevus (strawberry rasbora) call home.

    My tank is about 4 months old now with 1 month of its life being stock-less. The strawberry rasboras being the newest additions (about 2 weeks now). I have found them to be very versatile creatures as I had a bit of a pest problem (daphnia, and other worms) and they have eaten all of them and generally also help to keep my tank clean, without eating my new born shrimp which is a plus. My shrimp were my first inhabitants of my tank and I was going to keep it as a species tank but then I got bored of not being able to get any other colour variations of neocaridina's as they cross breed so I decided to add the Oto cats and never looked back.

    I am completely new to aquarium keeping and my tank is a planted tank that I started from scratch. I have regular course black gravel in there with some vallisneria, amazonia swords, micro swords with some mopani wood in as well.

    Hopefully I can learn a lot here.

    Alicia
     
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    This is what my tank looked like before I moved it from Onderstepoort to my home in Centurion yesterday... Had to move it as nobody was going to take care of it up North for me during the holiday. It looks awful now because things moved around and I need to rescape. Will repost new pictures once I'm done rescaping and again I suppose when I move back to OP again at the end of July :violent1: IMG-20140602-00569.jpg
     
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    Thanks all :oops: it has been an eventful start.
     
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    Where did you get the Otocinclus Vestitus? I've only ever seen otocinclus affinis.
     
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    I'm not sure if they are vestitus or vettatus and I got them from someone's display tank. They were not for sale but I begged and pleaded... So I just lucked out...
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    Nice! I particularly like otocinclus cocama.
     
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    They are stunning but I have never seen them sold locally and I think they would be well out of my budget anyhow...
     
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    Probably...
     
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    I edited one of the above posts to add a photo of my Oto, you can have a look ^-^
     
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    Nice. Judging by the shrimp they are quite small?
     
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    They are small, but that dark red shrimp at the back was really larger than usual...
     
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    Looked at the pic again and it does look a bit like a crayfish :D.
     

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