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  1. My package just arrived I like to thank the coop for my freebies
    20 points
  2. Here is one side of my pool that has angelfish, ricefish, wild swordtails, and many others, including a gigantic glob of anacharis/elodea. The other side has duckweed. 🙂
    19 points
  3. Thanks for creating all these fun categories! Please let me know if I did this wrong since I did not have anyones post to copy @James Black @FlyingFishKeeper Please enjoy my "Comeback Kid" photo of my girl ChiChi female ryukin and mother of many 😄 (She has had tons of babies this summer, 3 summer tubs full of her fry) Day One photos still at the pet store 2/27/2020 Some photos of the transformation along the way: Current Photos placed in a 1.8 gallon cube for photos only, she lives in a 270 gallon tank now and is mother of MANY.
    18 points
  4. So I'm going to assume that everyone knows that you shouldn't have your fish tank placed next to a window because of algae and such. We've all heard it from one place or another. And all I want to say is that it is such a shame that this is said about tanks. Generally this would be a good thought for people just getting into the hobby but like have you ever seen your tank lit up by actual sunshine? If you haven't, let me explain it. Your little ecosystem that you made is perfected for 1 hour of the day and nothing you can add to the tank can ever make it feel that complete again.
    17 points
  5. I went a little crazy at the fish store Garneri Kilifish Honey Gouramis Rummy Nose looking stressed trio of Red Sword Tails - beautiful! Green Neons Peacock Gudgeon Panda Corydoras Sparkling Gouramis for my three gallon Nano tank. 10 chili Rasbora
    17 points
  6. A Co-Opted Midlife [Personal Narrative] by Dave (Fish Folk) THE FIRST TANK Questions like, “What if I had just bought a new gaming console instead?” haunt me. Four years ago I was given a nice cash gift for Christmas by a family friend. Against all odds, I blundered into a fish store and bought a 20 gallon aquarium kit, a pile of fake plants, several bags of pea gravel, and some gaudy resin ornaments. Sometime too soon thereafer, five fancy goldfish were unceremoniously dumped in. I cringe about this now and freely admit it was garish and overstocked. But that winter we watched our new aquarium more than our flatscreen TV. FINDING CORY Like most kids these days, my eldest son got into YouTube. As that new-tank winter rolled along into summer, he began watching the sort of YouTube channels that feature “Watch me dig holes in my yard and fill them with live animals!” sorts of videos. Of course he asked to tear apart our yard. I bowled a Dad-famous “NO!” strike. But one fateful evening, I came through the door from work to see him glued to YouTube. He was watching this remarkably calm, ordinary guy deliver a deep dive talk into live aquarium plants. Aside from memorizing the algorithms for solving a 4x4 Rubik’s Revenge earlier that year, I had never before seen him so totally glued to YouTube. This sparked an idea: what if I let him have a new fish tank in his own room? I could even build him a stand for it! So with the warm support of my then unsuspecting wife, I repurposed a bunch of lumber, bought him a 10 gal, and set him up with a tank in his room. When he adamantly insisted on live plants only, I sensed that ordinary-guy-aquarist from Washington State knowingly nodding off camera somewhere. YOUTUBE Things kept evolving. I told myself that it was all my son’s hobby. I think we were about five tanks in when he announced his desire to start a YouTube channel. “What about?” I asked. “I don’t know. Stuff I’m into” he replied. We went round and round until it was agreed that I would help him if and only if he started an aquarium YouTube Channel. We were tinkering around with some folk-style electronic music mixing one night, and the name FISH FOLK kind of came to mind. I became the camera guy and editor, and my son would share things he was learning about fish we were keeping. RAMS As new tanks were added, new species were tried out. This brought us to search for the most beautiful small freshwater aquarium fish we could get our hands on. At the time, we were really only connected to one Local Fish Store. We went in to inquire about German Blue Rams. The owner discouraged us, having been pretty well burned trying to keep and sell them. Dissappointed, we stopped by another Local Fish Store down the road. They did carry Rams, and helped us acquire our first pair. When these spawned, we went into high gear to record everything, research frantically, and try to raise up fry. Our first attempt had some short-lived success. It was just enough to hook us on breeding. When they spawned again, we were ready. Though only seven Rams survived from our first successful spawn, each one grew into a massive, beautiful specimen. MTS What had started as a simple goldfish tank exploded into over twenty one aquariums scattered throughout the house. Each one was developing its own curated story as our YouTube channel continued, and as we experimented with new fish and new community tanks. By this time, we were talking about this way too much to everyone. Irene’s video “4 Stages of New Fishkeepers” came up on my YouTube playlist, and it succinctly summarized everything we were experiencing. According to her programme, our next fateful step as aquarists was to join a fish club. BAP & FISH CLUB And so we did. The nearest club to us was the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society, near Washington D.C. It is a haul for us, but we were so eager to find other fish geeks, that we signed up virtually sight unseen. The monthly meetings featured excellent speakers, and closed with exciting auctions. But the main club feature for us was BAP: Breeders Award Program. We set off on a mission, and did not stop until my son had earned his Advanced Breeder’s Award. Because of our distance, we documented everything on YouTube, building sometimes elaborate, month-long video compositions to verify our successful spawning reports. He enjoyed all of this up to a point, but for me this became something else. A CO-OPTED MIDLIFE It was when my son announced that he really did not feel like continuing to make regular videos for the YouTube channel, but just wanted to peacefully enjoy fish keeping that everything began to come into focus for me. What had been sparked by the whim of a boy was now a raging gasoline fire in the upper story of my adult midlife. I have thought over this long and hard, and can only say for certain that there are an infinite number of worse ways to expereince a midlife crisis. THE C.A.R.E. FORUM So, for my part, I have gently embraced the awkwardness of adoring a hobby I barely knew existed just a few years ago. I have grown comfortable being a NERM. And with a community like the C.A.R.E. Forum, I can join up with enthusiastic fellow aquarists who all share and learn, laugh and sympathize in appropriate measure together. WORKING WITH NATURE There is a stimulating wonder to working with nature that most other hobbys simply cannot compare with. From where I sit, there is a satisfaction to raising a cloud of fish fry that far exceeds a perfect game of golf, rebuiding the engine of a classic sports car, or daily tending to a small yacht. Part of the crisis in midlife is finding an outlet for creative passions, unreached dreams, and most importantly just once and for all being yourself. While aquatics is no good if it enslaves someone to faulty idealism, what it provides by way of stimulating contact with living creatures can set many things into focus. Which is all to affirm the sound advice contained in that wood-carved refrain hanging up in the Aquarium Co-Op: “ENJOY NATURE DAILY.”
    17 points
  7. Couldn't leave this guy in the pet store cups, too cool. Promptly named Oynx by my lovely girlfriend.
    17 points
  8. Can't wait to see the other movies of the NCU *(Nerm Cinematic Universe)
    16 points
  9. Really, I just like posting Pooka all over this forum. I realize her beauty is not to everyone's taste, but she's the apple of my eye. XD Look, she's even smiling in this one, lol!
    16 points
  10. It's not from someone else, but I drilled a bunch of holes in a measuring cup. I hang it on the side of the tank when adding water to disperse the flow so it doesn't disturb plants or substrate.
    15 points
  11. And then there were the CARE packages. Since there had never been CARE packages (or even talk of one) when I got one in that first month, July 2020, I thought something had gone wrong with my order and contacted Candi to complain. Boy was I embarrassed to find I was complaining about receiving a gift from the Co-Op. But I wasn't the only one: CARE package recipients during the first year of the forum: July 2020 - @Daniel, @Bill Smith, @MickS77 September 2020- @Streetwise, @RovingGinger, @StephenP2003 October 2020 - @Brandy, @yannachka, @DaveSamsell November 2020 - @ange, @Jessica., @TheDukeAnumber1 January 2021 - @ADMWNDSR83, @Alesha, @Fish Folk February 2021 - @Maggie, @James Black, @Betsy March 2021 - @Aubrey, @Kirsten, @H.K.Luterman July 2021 - @Colu, @Patrick_G, @quirkylemon103
    15 points
  12. In honor of the CARE forum's 1st anniversary, let's give our fish a treat! And what better treat could there be for a nerm's fish than a taco? 😃 The purpose of this post is to encourage you to make your fish a fish-appropriate taco, give it to them on NERM Day (July 14), and upload a picture or video to a thread I have yet to create. This is a great way to celebrate NERM day if you're not able to make it to your LFS wearing Aquarium Co-op gear, or if you're not interested in stuffing your own belly with tacos. If you already know how to make fish-appropriate tacos, then you needn't read any further. See you on NERM day! 😄 If you're looking for some culinary help, however, keep reading and you can learn from my first attempt at cooking for my swimmy friends. I decided to do an experiment to see if fish prefer hard shell vs soft shell tacos. (Actually I was just trying to figure out if they liked any tacos, but let's pretend.) Hard shell tacos were made with zucchini shells: Soft shell tacos were made with seaweed: Fillings included any fish food I had lying around. I tried two different kinds of "glue": powdered chia seeds and repashy. I even added a little garlic powder to the "glue." Fish are supposed to like that, right? And oh yeah, I also included rocks. Because I was trying to get the tacos to sink. (Spoiler: I should have used more rocks.) I stuffed my tacos with layers of glue and food. It was quite fun! In the end they looked pretty nice. Especially with some spirulina powder decoratively sprinkled over the top. 😘👌 My husband walked by, looked at the results of my labor, and said, "If only the fish would appreciate this." Hopefully I would prove him wrong in just a few minutes! Feeding time came and unfortunately the tacos didn't sink. Should have used more rocks. Or bigger rocks. Or bought a veggie clip like I've been meaning to for about a year. So I had to tie the tacos to a plastic tray that came with my breeder box, and put rocks on top of the tray. I think this made the tacos look a little scary. At any rate, I tried to encourage the fish to give them a try. I didn't offer any of their regular food. And then I sat in front of the tank, got out my phone, and waited. And waited. It occurred to me that I feed my fish really well every day, and maybe I should have fasted them before trying this. Because obviously they would have appreciated that. 😛 Finally the biggest pleco came and checked out the spread. She eventually figured out the food was on the tray, not around the tray or under the tray or even the tray itself. She took a taste of the soft shell taco and immediately swam away. Bleh. Okay, so she doesn't like seaweed. Eventually she figured out how to nose her way inside the soft taco and rummage around. She certainly seemed to like the filling, and I even saw her pull a long zucchini sliver out of it. But it soon got away from her and went floating up into the water column, where the gouramis totally avoided it. Any time a glob of "glue" came floating out of a taco--I think this was the chia seed version--the tetras nabbed it. I counted that as a moderate success. The loaches, who I was sure would find the tacos and devour them, had no interest in swimming over the tray. My husband came by. "Maybe the tray smells weird," he said in an attempt to be comforting. Eventually I gave the top-dwellers some of there most boring pellets and walked away. A watched pot never boils, right? Later I came by and saw one of the otos had found the tacos! And it looked like someone had picked away at the inside. The soft shell tacos looked relatively untouched and rather mushy. I came back hours later, late at night when the lights had been off for a long time. You can probably guess who was eating the tacos now. It was dark, so I didn't get a picture, but I'm sure you can imagine the writhing mass that I ended up lifting out of the tank. It was a great way to get rid of about 500 Malaysian trumpet snails, if nothing else. Lessons I learned: My fish prefer hard shell tacos. Use more rocks in the taco itself unless you're feeding top-dwellers and want it to float. Do not use a strange tray. Make the taco more open-face so the yummy insides are accessible. Like a food boat instead of a food pocket. This shape should be easier to carve out of a vegetable anyway. To give yourself the best chance of success, fast them a day ahead of time. You can make a fish a taco, but you can't make him eat. Best of luck to you.
    15 points
  13. Full tub with fry: My attempt at a good photo with my phone:
    15 points
  14. In the spirit of our nearly universal love for tacos, and friendly competition, welcome to the opening sign ups for the first annual Taco Eating Contest. If you wish to enter simply include in a post below "I am in it to win it!" and your official entry into the contest will be noted. This thread is for sign ups and pre-contest discussion. The rules and guidelines for the contest are below. - Because they are wide spread Taco Bell crunchy tacos will be the "standard" for acceptable tacos allowed. Other options and home mades will be allowed but they must be very similar in size and composition to be counted. Soft tacos will be accepted but in the event of a tie or discrepancy preference will be given to the crunchy taco eater. - I will create an official entry thread where at minimum a before and after photo must be posted showing pre-consumption and one showing the aftermath. This is an on your honor contest that lives on the integrity of the forum members and the before and after photo will generally be accepted. If something seems off about your entry more "proof" may be requested which may include more photos. The only guaranteed proof is a full video which you can record if you wish and provide if needed but it should not be necessary. - The goal is to eat the most tacos in one sitting. A sitting will be defined as a maximum of 1 hour. - The entry thread will be created at the beginning of NERM week (July 12th) with final submissions being accepted on July 16th and the winner will be crowned on the 17th. - I may amend rules as the contest nears and in the event of any gray areas I will make the required decisions or lean on the moderators for guidance. And what would a contest be without a prize! The crowned winner will be mailed at no expense a one of a kind taco champ trophy 3D printed in Coop green! I quickly made this in CAD and 3D printed it. It's not perfect but it is unique and will be your bragging rights for the year.
    15 points
  15. Hello fellow Nerms! So here is a short, about me: My name's Nathanael, I've been a glassblower for sometime now and like many was affected by the past years events leading me to new hobbies with all my downtime. I had an interest in water features (home fountains etc) related to my work in glassblowing, which led me down the YouTube rabbit hole till I came across a YouTuber called Asu. This gentleman made amazing diorama style paludarium tanks, well being artsy already, I was hooked. This kicked off months of research, any fish/aquarium info I could find I was digging into, culminating in me building my first tank from glass up. Shortly there after helping setup a tank for my roommate and again shortly after that decided to build another larger tank. That brings me up to my current journey in fishkeeping. Here is some images of the 40 gallon paludarium again built from glass up.
    15 points
  16. Found these in the 75 with my Mekong River Puffer Colony today. Only other fish in there are victorea mouthbrooders and variatus platys doesnt look like either of those . 6 and counting just turkey baster'd them over to the breeder boxes
    14 points
  17. Hello community! Greeting from Austin, Texas! My name is Blake and I'm new to the hobby. I've had my tank less than a year and it been an adventure even in that short time. I knew going into it that I wanted to create a betta fish rescue home, and that's what I've been striving for. Muay, a blue male crowntail, is the first betta to inhabit AquaBithia (name of my tank). I also have 2 black racer nerite snails and 1 blue Mystery snail. My tank is a 20g high and is planted(ish). I have water wisteria as a floating plant (my betta loves me for it), I have a huge Amazon sword that has thrived in my tank, Vallisneria that..... well it's trying to take off lol. I see new growth in it so I just hoping for the best. I also have a java fern and a few baby javas it produced. And some kind of stem plant I bought from a local fish store and seems to have gotten really leggy and tall. Anyways, my tank is ever evolving and it's communities like this that give me confidence to push the boundaries of what I know and try new things. I'm excited to be a part of this.
    14 points
  18. Hello forum fam! 🤗 Thank you for making this community so magnetic! 🧲😆 You can see how I got hooked into this crew by looking through my HS Tank thread - @Streetwise immediately made me feel important and cool and @OceanTruth and @Socqua made me feel like I made new, fun friends! @Brandy offered solid advice that I've slowly been following (I originally thought shrimp were silly, and now I loooove shrimp...and I never would have tried them without her suggestion!). And then, when tragedy struck I received so much support!! @Colu talked me through what I should do and @James Black (among many others) offered support! Y'all have talked me through anxieties (I'm prone to those 🤣) and taught me so much! I always enjoy reading posts and comments from @lefty o and @Mmiller2001 and @Daniel and @Patrick_G and @H.K.Luterman and many, many more! I feel like there are many members that are "The Greats!" in my mind, and I always feel like I've done something big when they like or comment on my posts! @Sal has provided so much style inspo for me - I am still looking for the perfect cabinet for my 20 gallon, and I'm determined to find it!! @Isaac M and @Hobbit remind me of how fun it is to collaborate on exciting projects...I wish they had been my group members/lab partners in school! 😜 I could go on for days - I have so many other people to mention...it's very hard to narrow it down! If you have ever liked or commented on any of my posts...I appreciate you more than you know! I am so proud and excited to be part of such an awesome community of aquarists and wonderful friends! All the feels y'all, all the feels! 🥰
    14 points
  19. The forum opened to members on July 14, 2021. But before a week before that, Cory and small crew were testing and building content. I am pretty sure this was the first post, and of course it was Memes! You can tell this was a really early post, because you could give still Cory reactions So that one above from Kevin Green is half of all of Cory's reactions.
    14 points
  20. I have posted elsewhere about my 'special' betta. He came home shortly after my son passed mislabeled as a crown tail, with such a severe fin and tail rot the LFS employee asked if I could take him and possibly save his life... or at least make his passing humane. I don't have pictures of when he first came home, [edit: spouse just found picture and I added] I do have pictures of earlier this year when he (once again) ripped up his fins to go to the hospital tank... and promptly knocked himself unconscious by swimming into the substrate (he apparently does this for entertainment?) I have a second picture of him this morning, back in his regular tank, flaring for his picture. He's a pretty boi! Knocked out cold, I honestly thought he'd committed hari kari until he swam up into my hand. Here he is today, back in his tank. Bubble wrap on the back and sides of the tank provides insulation and helps maintain more stable temps (in case the 2° temp fluctuations at night contribute to his odd behaviors). Obviously, he grew out finnage that is *not* a CT, lol.
    14 points
  21. Made a nice little score on Craigslist today… Vintage, slate-bottom metaframe aquarium - 30 gallons - with original stand, for 20 bucks! Its a little rough, and is going to need a complete overhaul, but it’s pretty much a carbon copy of the first tank I ever owned as a kid (mine was only 10 gals. though). It actually holds water and doesn’t leak, but I’m going to replace all the glass anyway. It will be easier to clean up the frame this way. Planning on using it for a Betta Sorority based tank, with as much “period appropriate” stuff that I can find.
    14 points
  22. So this is the tale of my biggest tank. It was purchased used in June of last year as a birthday present from my hubby. Due to other circumstances (unplanned breeding of rescued Jack Dempsey’s and over 1500 fry taking over my world) it wasn’t set up and started until mid-March this year. I wanted to plant heavy from the beginning and I started accumulating plants around December or so. I found a used piece of driftwood that I liked for the right price and started soaking it, then found a couple more pieces with a similar texture and look and started them soaking, too. They even froze inside their barrel of water during Snowpocalypse in February. Finally got it started on March 13. Put black, opaque, cling window film on the back. Carefully layered my baked clay dirt, Osmocote granules, then black blasting sand. Very carefully placed my wood pieces. First pic is the main inspiration piece, then substrate added, all wood added, fiddling with placement, planting process, floating wood after filling with water despite rocks on top (🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️), additional rocks attached to wood by those super sexy zip ties, then current wood placement and first day planted.
    13 points
  23. Just had this picture of an Aquarium toilet in Akashi Japan sent to me by a friend. I know some are lazy with the tests and the water changes, but trying to toilet train your fish by example is taking it a bit too far. 🤣🤣 🤣
    13 points
  24. I am almost a year into my role as a maintenance tech for a large store in the Chicago suburbs, I figured it would be fun to share some interesting clients tanks, cool new aquarium installs, current favorite fish in the store, and fun perks of professional fishtankery. Here is one of my favorite saltwater tanks. This one is interesting because the client had this cabinet face custom made by a carpenter. All of the doors are functional for quick feedings but the whole front and sides are on sliders so it can be easily pulled away from the tank for easy maintenance.
    13 points
  25. Plop and drop baby! 🙂
    13 points
  26. Mine arrived yesterday evening! Thanks Aquarium Coop!
    13 points
  27. So I warned you all that this might be slow. All 10 tanks were successfully moved. I lost a few juvenile acaras, and about half the rummy nose tetras. The shrimp, snails, guppies, neons, Bettas, puffers, Rams, and various large fish came thru just fine tho. The plants less so, in the heat, in an open bed pickup, tho they are beginning to recover. These two are in my living room on the floor. The basement needs plumbing and a ceiling... I can't get tote ponds down there so I'm going to go with a row of 100g stock tanks eventually. Unfortunately the first one is already occupied by some squatters... But! I did score the best Craigslist freebie yesterday! That's going to go in the living room soon! The question is... Do I go with a UGF, sponges/corner matten, or just circulation, plants, and MTS? I'm leaning hard toward a @Daniel inspired simple box o' water plan. Much like a super sized 1930's aquarium.
    13 points
  28. I didn't mention anyone specifically in the video (my bad!), but I'll tag a few here who have been especially helpful to me. And I apologize for the wobbling of the video...I'm quite the amateur and um...I talk with my hands. You'll see my right hand flapping about quite a bit. Sorry. 🙄😂😆 @Daniel, @Bill Smith, @Brandy, @Streetwise, @H.K.Luterman, @MickS77, @TheDukeAnumber1, @Hobbit and of course @Cory, @Irene and @Lizzie Block for their expertise throughout the year. Alesha
    13 points
  29. This is what I imagine everytime Dean does his commercials trying to advertise co-op products in videos.
    13 points
  30. And, here they are! 🥳🥳🥳 THE WINNERS OF THE MEME CONTEST! 🥳🥳🥳 Congrats to @MAC, @MickS77, @TheDukeAnumber1, and @Kevin green! PM me your mailing address if you're interested in a modest Nerm Week Sticker prize! 😜👍 @Cory I have a new appreciation for the difficulty of meme commentary - it's not easy...as evidenced by my pitiful jokes, haha! HAPPY NERM WEEK TO ALL!!!
    13 points
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  32. I haven’t made a video in quite a while. I will try to make something because this forum has been so important to my mental health during such a difficult year. We have such an amazing community, and I really appreciate @Cory for building this forum for us to come together and share our hobby of keeping things alive in water.
    13 points
  33. Sunlight is my favorite form of lighting. I would do it for all my tanks if I could. and and
    12 points
  34. A friend just linked me this. I love it!
    12 points
  35. one of my anubias is flowering, had no clue they could do this. Also have a guest in my guppy tub out back 🙂
    12 points
  36. A few progress pics but with some big gaps. I should have taken more pics. First is about 6 weeks after planting. You can see there is a UV sterilizer in there. I had a huge issue with green water (have I mentioned the Overfeeders Anonymous membership?) and that was what finally tipped the balance and got things going in the right direction. I actually don’t have any photos of the pea soup stage. Sooooo embarrassing for an “experienced” aquarist. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ I just couldn’t bring myself to take pictures in that stage, but it was an impressive, beautiful green. 😆 🙄🤪 I’ve never managed that much green even when I was *trying* to grow green water! Next pic is the Gold Nugget pleco that really isn’t the right size for the nano fish “theme” but was the right price at the right time (went to get some lights from a guy and, he said, “Oh, by the way”). Third is a red pearl sword I really like. Fourth is a Crypt ‘Green Gecko’ that really isn’t. I’m 99% sure it’s actually Aponogeton, probably ulvaceus. Fifth is my clown pleco, yes, I actually got a picture. Haven’t seen it in at least 6 weeks now. Sixth is cory eggs, assorted swords, other Apos, some Anubias and Buces (and my Gold Nugget again, he’s very brave). Seventh, and last for now, is some Crypt ‘Pink Flamingo’ in mid transformation from emerse to submerse. So, I FINALLY have some nano fish in here to go with the 6 adult bronze corys (and now at least 2 fry) and 5 total plecos (Goldie, clown, 2 lemon drops and a blue eyed lemon). A whole 5 ember tetras so far. But I have more embers, a bunch of chili rasboras, Kubotai rasboras, celestial pearl danios, and otos that are 6 to 10 days away from going in depending on which quarantine group they made it into. I’ll get some new pics tomorrow.
    12 points
  37. Was trying to get some decent pics of the growth of some of my new plants and got totally photobombed by two schools of tetras, and one straight mean mugged the camera. I thought it was funny so I wanted to share.
    12 points
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