After some time of identifying your fish, you will get the hang of it and differentiate which is which. I'm not too familiar with Angelfish. Those I've had do not display herbivorous behaviour. However, I've read of some that are observed picking at the young shoots of moss. But this does not necessarily mean they are eating the plants.bernGPS wrote: Gosh And I though they are the same since their tails are red.
Matter concerning the angles noted. Will they eat or dig up the plants?
Actually, if your fish are not destructive herbivores, you will be able to have them in your tanks. All fish will consume/should consume some vegetables, just like humans, for a balanced diet. If you overstock your tank with plants (Plant densely), you will have no fear of fish eating your plants, as you'd not notice the leaves that's eaten in a dense tank / the fish get so saturated with eating the plants, they stop doing so.
Another suggestion about your potted sword plants (Echinodorus). These plants have a vast root system, and the roots do a great deal to help you aerate the soil (preventing toxic anaerobic patches in the soil) and eventually when established, it prevent burrowing / digging fish from unearthing the "muddy" laterite base layer. Therefore, you'd be better rewarded if you free them from their pots and plant them directly in the soil. You'll see them grow faster this way too. Their flowers are a delicate white and last only a day. Flowers appear as a stalk that quickly push above the water (Mine grows 4 inches in a day!). If you force this stalk under water, the leaves below the flowers will turn into baby Echinodorus plants!
Initially, you should wash away the dirt. But when the filter gets slimy, you should preserve some of that slime when you do the cleaning, as that is the good bacteria that purifies the water and keep fish healthy.bernGPS wrote:The water becomes crystal clear the following day. But the 3 layered filter layer (especially the polyester wool layer) is very dirty and needs washing.
Thanks for posting up the pictures. Your prawn looks like a marine / brackish water prawn instead of a freshwater prawn. It looks like Parapenaeopsis sculptilis (Rainbow prawn) to me. If it is, you'd have a hard time keeping it alive in a freshwater aquarium.bernGPS wrote:Would anyone be interested with the location of where the fish plant is is collected?
Some photo to whit your appetide
1) Children playing at the freshwater stream at Sematan beach 2) Hermit crabs galore 3) Hermit crabs 4) Prawn in the bucket. I caught this prawn found sitting in the stream by cupping my hand together 5) I managed to persuade my children to release this prawn back into the stream as I have no idea how to keep it in my aquarium 6) These marine creatures were not so luckily though. We caught a Borneo sucker fish also hiding in a small moist hole in the piece of wood in the stream. Unfortunately the photo went missing.
I hope you enjoyed that.
And yes, there's many people interested in where a fish or plant is collected. Scientists like to know in order to study its distribution, so understand it better. Governments would like to know, so they can protect their natural resources. Businessmen will like to know, so they need not spend money to prospect for them, the angler / collector will like to know, so they can go fish it up / collect it for their collection, and the naturalist will like to know, so they can go and study it in their natural habitat instead of looking at a preserved specimen in a jar.
BTW, if your prawn is indeed Parapenaeopsis sculptilis, then the Malaysian Government is interested in info on their Environment/Habitat, and their distribution (a series of Collection points). see this: http://symbiosis.nre.gov.my/Species/Pag ... tilis.aspx
I adore those Borneo suckerfish / hillstream loach and I've tried keeping Gastromyzon borneensis in my tanks before but have not been successful as I think I can't give them the correct habitat - a chilled tank with a fast current flow to simulate the cold fast running mountain stream.