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  1. One of the many questions @Cory gets is: How many... So, in today's inaugural episode of 'Care Forum Investigates', where average fish keepers of average intelligence attempt to solve simple problems, the question is… How many gallons of water can I put in a 10 gallon tank? I'm not the only one apparently. According to Google people have asked: Not having the fancy scientific equipment to answer the question 'How many gallons does a 10 gallon tank hold per hour?', in this episode we will confine ourselves to the 'how many gallons can I put' question. Equipment used: Non Affiliate Links Aqueon "10 gallon" aquarium: https://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Size/dp/B01MRCNVSY/ref=asc_df_B01MRCNVSY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167116240456&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8960182847743316893&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010107&hvtargid=pla-338193400514&psc=1 United Scientific Large Beaker: https://www.amazon.com/United-Scientific-BG1000-10000-Borosilicate-Capacity/dp/B007QO3RDA Medelco Small Beaker: https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/pyrex-griffin-beakers-15/02540M The result after adding 37.85 liters of RO/DI tap water 25°C (but with no dechlorinator) is seen below: The aquarium began to leak at about 9.95 gallons apparently because of the lack of an unbroken seal along the top most part of the rim. Discussion: While technically possible to put 10 gallons of water in a 10 gallon aquarium, you may not be able to do so without a substantial leak. It is also possible that if we were to increase the total dissolved solids (TDS) by foregoing reverse osmosis water, that all the little solids in the water would plug the leak along the rim, thus allowing for the full 10 gallons of water. Next week on 'Care Forum Investigates': How many gallons of water can I put in a 20 gallon aquarium?
    21 points
  2. A couple of sponge filters, usb air pumps, easy green and root tabs, med trio and a few more things. I hit my goal of 1 year no smoking on Sept 9th and this is my reward.
    15 points
  3. I wish there was an underwater remote controlled submarine 4k camera that would swim in my aquarium and stream the results back to my phone. I could watch fish breed and check on fry from anywhere. And if I were in a boring meeting, I could get out my phone and watch my fish instead.
    14 points
  4. Container day and it is a good one! Easy Planters are in!
    13 points
  5. The baby 3" fire eel will do fine in my tank of several hundred neon tetras. Well it did do just fine, 2 months later it was a 6" fire eel and there weren't any neon tetras left..... 😔
    13 points
  6. It is often surprising to realize just how many of our aquarium plants are native to the United States and especially the Southeastern US. One of those exotic looking yet home grown plants is the lovely banana plant, Nymphoides aquatica. Found from New Jersey to Florida in ditches, still waters, and ponds it is one of my all time favorites. My first task was to locate where it could be found in North Carolina. I used my Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas to narrow the search down to specific counties. Craven County had a dot, and so was added to my itinerary for my aquatic plant collecting road trip. I thought surely I could not mistake banana plants for anything else, but you can never be too careful, so I brought my trusty, Godfrey and Wooten, Aquatic Plants of the Southeastern United States just to be sure. After several productive but non banana plant ditches I hit upon this site. Shazaam! Banana plants galore! Checking my Godfrey and Wooten for confirmation against what I was collecting I was sure I had success! Even a few baby banana plants. The eternal question always is: What do plants want? Knowing where and how they grow natively in the wild would go a long way towards answering this question, so I was determined to make observations and take measurements. Here was the temperature This is the water chemistry No nitrates, no GH, no KH and a very low pH. Surprisingly there seems to be a bit chlorine, but whatever the source, I guarantee it did not come from a water treatment plant as I was in a very remote unspoiled location. The substrate was 3 inches of mulm, over a couple inches of mud, over a sandy bottom. Most plants were firmly rooted all the way into the sand in about 1 to 3 feet of water. Some plants had lily pads nearly the size of my hand. Smaller plants on runners or nearer shore had more bananas. Some plants were flowering with delicate white flowers floating just above the surface of the water. I collected a handful of plants and headed quickly home to the 1930s Historically Accurate Planted Aquarium as these would be a very authentic addition!
    12 points
  7. A journal for the tank I re-do most often! I've re-scapped this 75 gal tall tank several times in the last 2 years. The height makes it difficult to work on, so my most recent scape was done with the goal not having to stick my arm in the tank so often. This tank is a unique size, 36" wide, 30" tall and 16" deep. It was a lucky craigslist find, with the wooden stand and cap. Most recent re-scape: Timeline October 2018 - Discus & Driftwood May 2019 - A sad amazon sword and some driftwood (we had just moved, so tank was emptied out. Discus moved to a 120 gal in the new house) August 2019 - Plant overload! Looked wild, but was way too much work to maintain. February 2020- planted jungle val in the background and tiger lotus in the foreground. The tiger lotus got HUGE, and I let it go for a bit. May 2020- Overgrown! July 2020- The val became too much to keep up with, so it all came out a few weeks after this photo August 2020- Totally cleaned out the tank, re-did the substrate (dirted with sand cap) Sept 2020- This has been set up for about 4 weeks, and needs a few months to grow in. For this, I purposely went with slow growing and easy to maintain plants. I want to add more buce around the rockwork. My eventual goal is to wean it off co2 and add altums (which are currently growing out in a bare bottom tank) Oct 2020 Thanks for looking!
    12 points
  8. The only way to be good at what I do, is to keep a level head, and stay calm in the chaos, when modding a stream the size of Cory's, Lots of practice, I've been modding several years now, complete focus, and patience, lots of patience. I appreciate your recognition, and kindness to notice.
    12 points
  9. Today, and yesterday, I painted one of my walls black, got new dressers for the aquariums, and got a new desk. First, I had to get rid of the old cabinets and move the tanks somewhere else temporarily. After that I painted the wall, put the new dressers and desk together, and put the tanks on the new dressers. And lastly, I put all my stuff in the drawers.
    12 points
  10. The new fry system hard at work in the fish room. Trying to get more active in the forum and I thought this was a good starting point. This has changed the way I breed fish. Thanks Master Breeder Dean for being willing to share your knowledge.
    10 points
  11. So most of you know that I’m not known to be a plant type guy. I like aquarium plants but I primarily breed fish and any plants are secondary. That said I like plants in my tanks that are almost all bare bottom or substrate free, green is always nice. A while back when I was helping out in Cory’s fishroom I see one of these that is being tested in Cory’s tanks. For me seeing something new like this required pulling it out of the tank, examining it, scrutinizing it, etc. and I’m like I’d definitely like to try that. So when the test batch came in I got my hands on a couple and you may have seen them appear in some cameo shots in my fishroom videos or on my Instagram. Of course I had to answer countless questions about what it was, but no longer because they are now available to everyone. The cool things about these planters, I can just drop in a potted aquarium plant, they look great and are easy to move, rotate, change out plants, etc. Thus the name Easy Planter I’m sure. I do add a root tab to the plant and squirt in some Easy Green when I remember to, but the Easy Planter itself looks good, functions well, protects the plant, and just makes it easy. Oh and no more do I have to harass Randy and Cory to get them in and on the co-op website, they are there now!
    10 points
  12. I run a 110 planted tank with a sump. I would take advantage of the overflows and get a sump. I would look at 40B DIY sump kits on ebay. They seem nice. I previously had two fx4 filters on this tank. It eventually crashed because they couldn't keep up with the bioload of a planted tank, clogged up fast, and didn't provide good of flow. Also with the sump I can hide all the equipment now.
    10 points
  13. My day job is beekeeper. Bees have parasites too, just like fish. The one beekeepers fight the most is Varroa destructor and it is a mite. You think killing a parasite on fish is hard, try killing a bug that is on another bug. Formic acid (a chemical in ant stings) is the only approved organic treatment for Varroa. But it is still nasty stuff that you do not want to breathe or touch. I normally work my bees in shorts and t-shirt with no veil, but not today! The 2 pads you see on top of the honeycomb frames are the formic acid. My goal is to send the colony into the winter with very few mites to maximize winter survival. Last year, I took 51 hives into winter, and by spring I still had 51 hives.
    10 points
  14. I don't remember what caused me to first get into the hobby. It was the late 60s. I think it was the only pet my parents would let me get and I loved anything to do with "nature" but I wasn't allowed to go camping or fishing or hiking... or well pretty much anything. When I finally broke free from that life, I dove into all those things I wasn't allowed to do. I went camping as often as I could and I lived for a good hike. I fell in love with kayaking, birdwatching, etc. I was always out in nature in some way. Get me away from people and civilization and that's when I felt most alive. Then a few years ago I got hit with an incurable auto-immune disease. My body was/is eating itself. Suddenly doing all those things that made up a huge part of who I was, just weren't possible any more. I retired from work and pretty much from life too. I'm lucky in that I have an amazing wife and three adult children who have all been incredibly supportive, but I still felt lost. I no longer had a purpose and I couldn't really do a lot of the stuff that made me happy. Then I saw a twitter post from a comic book writer I follow who's name is Greg Pak. He had recently got back into fish keeping too and was posting about his fish tanks. I remembered all the joy I got out of keeping fish when I was a kid and I knew we had a 10 gallon tank in the basement, so I had one of the kids bring it up for me and I set it up in my office. Then I started to learn. Suddenly I had something I could focus on and even on those days when I couldn't get out of bed, I could still read about the hobby and discover different ways of doing things. That was 4 months ago. I got my first guppies about a month after setting up the first little tank, and now I have a 55 gallon, two 45 tall tanks, and two 20 gallon tanks. I have guppies and shrimp in two of the tanks and some CPDs in the little 10 gallon, which is now my QT tank. I have some mystery snails coming this Friday and some Boesemani Rainbows are ordered too, but they haven't shipped yet. Now I can have that little piece of nature right by me. Even when I can't walk, I can still experience it and my quality of life has gone way up in the past four months. My wife has said she sees a big improvement in my outlook and I just don't feel as resigned to my fate as much any more.
    9 points
  15. A nice-sized spawn from a pair of wild types. Tank is a 65-gallon.
    9 points
  16. I've got some Vallisneria flowering like crazy. Thought I'd share. I wonder if anyone knows why Val flowers? I've never had it do this before. It's sending up dozens of little blooms. The tank is an a greenhouse. Maybe the shorter days are triggering it? Temp ranges between 75-65. It's gonna be time to break this tank down for the winter soon, and I will miss the val. I started with 5 plants in the tank in May. The flowers sprout up in these long curls, then bloom when they hit the surface. (Forgive the reflections. There's not I can do to take photos in the greenhouse without getting them.)
    9 points
  17. I made my first sale to a local fish store today. I don’t want to bury the lead I made $5.00 for each two oz cup of Java moss = $50.00! I was prepared for $2.00 a cup. The owner said it will sell out tomorrow. He will sell it for $10.00 a cup. The funny thing is the Java moss was a secondary sale to the tiger mosaic guppies of which I got $20.00, a dollar a fish. I figure this was a good place to start. To help build his business. No fancy guppies in his store. I almost fell down when he said $70.00. The picture is my fish in his tanks and the moss.
    9 points
  18. Haven't even moved in, already getting trolled.
    9 points
  19. Having a fish room full of African cichlids made having grow out tanks pretty important so I made a grow out setup in another room. When I was trying to take these pictures I stepped back into the unused closet... Then I thought to myself, why have a closet in my fish room? For all the fishes outfits? The result was me starting this. And now my fish room has a baby fish room. The bottom 2 shelves are spaced to accommodate 30B's. Once I source a couple I will have an extra 60 gallons for fry and another 90 for juveniles. And I no longer have to move fish between rooms now.
    9 points
  20. I have a hospital tank where i keep lose plant trimming to grow out. My theory is the dense vegetation also helps reduce stress in fish while quarantined. I was trimming plants in my guppy tank and i went to throw a plant in there, and i noticed a tiny blue dot moving. I dropped to the floor and looked closer and saw a cloud of blue dots. There's fry in there. I haven't had a fish in there for like, 2 months. The last fish i had in there were forktail rainbow fish and i left them in there a little longer than intended (5 weeks) before moving them to my main tank. Zero clue how the fry have been surviving or how long ago they hatched. Thankfully i have fry food on hand and started feeding immediately. I'm still blown away that i somehow bred fish.
    9 points
  21. This is not a traditional macro photo but I kinda love it. I got my first plants for my nano tanks yesterday and when I was sorting out my floaters had a tiny black speck like a grain of sand stuck to my finger. My camera wouldn't show me what it was so I used a jewelers lens and got this pic. I must admit, I love the adorable little guy! His name is Watson 🐌
    8 points
  22. Plan everything twice, think about it for a while, then plan everything twice again. be sure there is enough electrical outlets and circuits that can handle any power requirements. things to aspire for; central air system heating the whole room, which includes ventilation or dehumidifiing too. sink and drain in the room auto water changing thats a little bit for a start
    8 points
  23. I see your ottoman and raise you a queen size bed... From where I am sitting, looking right Looking left ......nerm
    8 points
  24. I don't want to be slum lord trying to calculate just how many more tenants I can squeeze into a tiny apartment before the breaking point of filth and disease take their toll. Here is what I do. I stock the tank as if there were no filter and no airstone (almost as if the aquarium was a big betta bowl). You are guaranteed not to overstock that way. Why use this method? You have happier healthier fish in cleaner water. As you can read on this forum, sick fish are no fun.
    8 points
  25. this is charlie mint i had in an aquarium previously and converted it to partially submerged, partially emersed. it is vining like crazy but it has also started flowering! ive never had this plant flower before. this is the nano pond style tank i have going with shrimp and juvenile daisy ricefish
    8 points
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  27. Thanks Cory! I've learned tons since that video and although a lot of practices are still the same some techniques have changed. At one point I was fascinated with using a Flash. I have a 61MP of a Rainbowfish that kinda blows my mind using a high powered flash. I went from taking spotlight photos of individual fish with black or blown out backgrounds to doing more fish tank shots with fish in them. For every single one of these I still use the same lens, a 90mm Macro. Having a proper 1:1 ratio (or more) magnification for these tiny fish is key for a nice photo next to having good light. I've always preached about having enough light to keep your ISO as low as possible. When I film at the store, I borrow the lights from the aquariums next to the one I'm filming to give me more light on top of bringing my own little 12w light. Once you figure out the whole ISO, Shutterspeed, Aperture settings you'll understand light and everything will flow.
    8 points
  28. Yup, there’s a massive selection of food just for ricefish here. Probably because it’s the most popular pet fish to keep here in Japan. Here’s a small selection from the pet section at my local home center. The green one in the second picture is a favorite among many medaka keepers as you can watch them pick at the donut shaped, floating pellet. Quite interesting to watch a bunch of them go at it. The gold color packaged food is also quite popular. This one was recommended to me by a ricefish breeder/farmer. He said that this food helps his fish grow well and doesn’t get his water as dirty compared to other foods.
    8 points
  29. it’s hard to photograph this tank
    8 points
  30. I got my Aquarium Co-op brine shrimp eggs, and hatchery up and running today! Really excited to see if this increases my breeding colony of Emperor tetras.
    8 points
  31. (Found on Reddit)
    8 points
  32. @JessTheMess92, Wow! I have been so clueless. I posted above that my freshwater clams had starved to death. I went over to my tank and took a photo to prove it. It was easy to find an empty clam shell. Wait a minute! The last of those clams in that tank died at least 6 years ago. How come there a so many clam shells scattered around the substrate...no, it couldn't be, could it? It just goes to show that you can only see what you believe is there. The freshwater clams are clearly not as 'starved to death' as I had previously assumed. I guess my tank is dirtier richer in microflora and fauna than I realized. I am stunned.
    8 points
  33. I haven't even used this hatchery yet but I could see I wasn't going to like the stand. I was watching an old video of @cory talking about brine shrimp and he had this huge upside down pyramid shaped hatchery and he'd built a stand for it out of PCV pipe. I thought, that's a good idea and I'm sure I can do that. So here it is.
    8 points
  34. I moved to LA area in April They are doing great so far
    8 points
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