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  1. I’m 73 years old and very new to fishkeeping. For years I bred and showed mini wire haired dachshunds, conformation, obedience, rally, field trials and agility, Had the privilege of one of my girls going best in show. I was responsible for every puppy it’s entire life. As they can live 16-18 years I had to stop as at my age they could out live me and I can’t get around as before. So, a new hobby - fish keeping. Found AquariumCoop and You Cory. I am learning so much. Currently have a 10 gal with some mollies and Mickey Mouse platys were sold to me as mollies. One little fry that’s doing well. Tank is about four months old now, have added a number of live plants and sponge filter and have not changed water in three weeks although I did add a pitcher full yesterday to replace condensation. Test strips show all ok. I am now a believer in live plants. Thanks so much for the expert advice and encouragement I’m learning so much. I had a void when I had to stop showing my dogs but enjoying my fish so much. I sit on the floor for long periods of time and just watch them. They,re just great. I’m looking around for a larger tank for them. Thank you again Cory for all you do. Mary
    21 points
  2. This forum went public on Bastille Day, 2020. I think it has been an amazing home for planted tank enthusiasts during a very difficult time. We should do something special to celebrate this community on 2021.07.14.
    18 points
  3. I've just been over the moon after finding out I was getting a C.A.R.E. package. I really have no one to talk to about my tanks or aquatic critters, and I'm just so happy to be a part of this forum and wonderful community. Thank you very much for the package; my little brain meats are working on a possible new project using some of the items... if I can find a spot for another little tank!
    17 points
  4. 50/50 mix of bug bites and tetra color in a pepper mill. I get the large pellets and adjust grind as needed. It will even make fry food.
    16 points
  5. feelin pretty memey today
    15 points
  6. My daughter has accepted her scholarship offering and will be attending the University of Vermont in the fall to study Biochemistry!! It has been a long process of applying and waiting, and we are just so excited to finally be at this point. Anyone here attend UVM? I've been to Burlington many times, it's such a great little city! Excited to have an excuse to keep visiting! I'm a proud Mama Bear! Thanks for letting me share the news! 🎉
    15 points
  7. My 10g took awhile to get here, but the jungle val and the cardinalis took off!
    15 points
  8. A meme's greatness isn't measured in views, likes, or reactions... it is measured in how many keyboards get spat upon because of it. 🙂
    14 points
  9. Not really something I got done today but super cute and involves a Murphy hat. I get home from work and my little girl grabs my hat n glasses and says "look I'm daddy now"
    14 points
  10. What I imagine is happening in Coop corporate this week.
    14 points
  11. I kept this heavily planted community tank a while back:
    14 points
  12. Ok . . . here's one more . . . a 33 gal long we set up for a 5th grade classroom . . .
    14 points
  13. One of my other hobbies is drafting and 3D printing functional widgets. After expanding the number of aquariums in my possession, I decided to design something to help with water testing. More specifically, tanks that do not have storage or flat surfaces nearby to place the API testing kit. Below is the current design. I was doing it for me, but after showing two other people on a local Facebook group, I got a few orders. So here I am, trying to develop a product. I love my job, so this endeavor is more for my entertainment. I was hoping this group could provide suggestions to make the product better. I think it has some cool features. The test tube holder can be moved around on the aquarium using suction cups and a swing arm located on the back. The swing arm is transferable to either side. It can fold inward to reduce the profile when not in use. I made the test tube and cap holders hollow to assist in drying. The syringe holder can move to either side. I added a solutions caddy to keep the entire kit on the side of my stand-alone aquariums. The solutions tray can be removed from the mount on the tank's side if you want to store it or add a basket for supplies. That is version 4.125612 and where ten rolls of filament lead the design. I would love to hear your thoughts or recommendations. Full disclosure; Yes, I am selling it. It's on eBay and Etsy. Yes, I started a provisional patent. However, my goal is to make a product that will benefit the community. If you have any suggestions or guidance (my first business venture), I would be grateful. Some of my other creations: Extension for a Fluval 3.0 Die to make PVC pipes square for finial attachment (Halloween decoration). Soap holder.
    13 points
  14. He waited so patiently while I mixed it up... I did give him a dog cookie after. 😂
    13 points
  15. I have been thinking a lot about how we make money in this world. I have a good job, working for the university, it is in some ways my "dream job", secure, engaging, flexible, intellectual, challenging...But I still crave MAKING things. I have always enjoyed producing things with my hands. sometimes it feels like I was born too late, or something, because we outsource production jobs these days, and if I had been born earlier I would have ended up a housewife anyway...But still. Some time this next year we are buying a place. I keep telling myself to wait to buy any more tanks. It is sooo hard though, some of my tanks are producing things people actually want! And somehow, despite the fact that I have a REAL JOB now, with benefits and a big girl salary, those little trickles of money feel so much better. I keep pointing out places with basements... There is something about producing a thing with my own hands, be it a shirt, a plant, a loaf of bread, or a fish, that makes me feel much better about whatever meager income it nets me. It isn't really practical yet. But I think one day, before I retire, it actually likely will be. The trouble is it will never replace the kind of money and benefits I currently enjoy--and I am far from wealthy. This pandemic has made me question what I am doing here in this world a lot. Much mulling over of life decisions. Mostly I am satisfied with my choices, but I do miss the pride I once got from selling things I directly produced. What has it made you question?
    13 points
  16. Me and my wife were talking about past fish tanks and how many goods we have had along the way and she asked me probably one of the best questions ever.. "If you could tell your younger self one thing fish related what would it be?" My answer take it slow. New fish and tanks are exciting but giving your full attention to a special tank or fish is 100x more rewarding. So I ask you the same question what's one piece of advice you would tell your younger self?
    13 points
  17. Here is a picture of the aquarium just in case anyone is interested in what the entire aquarium looks like.
    13 points
  18. These are my two jungles. Maybe they should be sep. posts but whatever. I actually have a third jungle but i think i'll not post that one today: 120: 40B:
    13 points
  19. This project has been in the works for months and I'm so excited to share it with everyone! I've done a lot of research on stand building and my husband took a one-on-one class from a master furniture maker in the area. So hopefully between those two things, this stand will turn out looking decent. First things first--the plan. I used SketchUp to render the plan in 3D. This was *immensely* helpful and I highly recommend anyone do this who's thinking of building a stand. You can get a 30 day free trial, which is plenty of time to do what you need. Front view: Back view: (No don't worry it won't be these colors--I'll explain the colors later.) My goal was for this stand to hold a 75 gallon on top and some 10 gallons length-wise on the bottom (with room above them to do maintenance), have a storage cabinet big enough for a 5 gallon bucket, and a middle shelf for storage. I also wanted it to look vaguely like a piece of furniture. Here's a sketch-up with a 55 on top and two 10 gallons and one 5 gallon on the bottom. There will be a door on the cabinet eventually, but that's something I can add later. I followed the basic strategy that the King of DIY outlines in his youtube videos. The weight of the aquariums must be supported directly on the stand's legs. So each of the six legs has two parts--an outer, solid piece that directly supports the weight of the top, and inner pieces that stack around the middle shelf, directly supporting the weight of the top frame. The top and bottom shelf have a frame underneath (edges in pink) with joists (brown) running front-to-back. The different colors represent different sizes of wood. We (read: my husband) used our neighbor's planer to plane 2x4's down in order to get rid of the rounded edge. We're hoping it makes the piece look more legit. Fuchsia is 3.5" by 1.125" Green is 2.75" by 1.5" Brown is a regular 2x4 (3.5" by 1.5") White is flat board--3/4" thick on the shelves, and 1/4" thick on the sides of the cabinet One reason we planed 2x4s instead of buying nicer wood without the curved edges is that we already had a ton of 2x4s lying around. Plus wood is really expensive right now! So using what we had made sense in a lot of ways. Today was a beautiful day so I cut all the pieces I'll need. I've never done all my cuts before starting assembly before, and there's no way I would have done it without the SketchUp plans. But I cut the pieces for the frame and then realized I didn't have the right screws, so I decided to keep cutting while I had energy and everything was set up. My work station: My work buddies: (In the background you can see the project that led to us having a ton of 2x4s: the chicken coop!) Here's all the wood that's going to go into the stand. It's a lot. This thing is going to be soooooo heavy.
    12 points
  20. Step one. if you have ammonia and don't have fish, STOP CLEANING. You do not have a cycled tank. You need to let the tank grow bacteria that will eat the ammonia. You need to leave them alone to do that. You don't really want "spotless" gravel. You don't want to be doing massive water changes. You want to see ammonia go down, and eventually nitrates to go UP. Then you can think about fish.
    12 points
  21. So, we're on vacation. First one in a L O N G time. Some snaps at the beach below. It's a bit cold, but a wonderful time for birding! Back at home, we've left our fish in the care of one of the 5th graders whose classroom we've set up the 33 gal long breeding for profit tank in (see photo below). We made a chart showing all of our tanks in the basement, and walked through how to feed everything. She'll come by once a day with her family to feed the ca. 17 tanks. We prepared pill-containers with food for each tank. This girl could not be more excited! Which is a point worth seriously considering: It is important to pass on a love for this hobby. I am guessing that this 5th grader is going to know far more about fish keeping after watching 26 species of freshwater fish feed for two full weeks than most kids ever learn. It's fun to take a break, leave the fish in someone else's care, and get outta dodge city. But even more delightful to share the aquarist hobby while away!
    12 points
  22. I've thrown plenty of shade on angelfish in the past, and I don't think I'll ever like the creepy boney look of white angelfish, but I just got this lil guy in the mail, dealer's pick, to help control my endler population and he just got of quarantine. So gosh darn cute! I love how curious he is, looking around slowly at everything, and how he has to tilt his whole silly body to look at things, like "...wooowwww..." I probably shouldn't call him "he" yet because I have no idea how to sex angelfish. But I'm thinking of calling him "Fafner" since I hope he teaches these young endlers a little fear 😛 Anyway, I formally apologize to the angelfish lovers out there for dissing them. They are totally fun to watch and I'm so happy I have one. May have to get another for the swordtail/guppy tank!
    12 points
  23. There be babies here! I know it’s just endlers but it’s my first ever fry and I’m really excited. Years of fish keeping in the past and now again in the past two years since I started up again I never expected fry as my water is just terrible.
    12 points
  24. Awesome tanks guys, so inspiring! Here are my 44g long, 2*7g and the new 15g long(under construction). Cheers!!
    12 points
  25. Here's a few shots. Got a 55 gal, 29 gal, 10 gal, and 5.5 gal . . .
    12 points
  26. Cory said he won't ship fish but he'll ship a dog?!
    12 points
  27. Having members like @Aubrey who fascinating microscopy contributions and @H.K.Luterman whose Dragons and Pookas and Igors have been a forum mainstays since the very first day of forum and @Kirsten who represents the epitome of the forum prime directive (which is to be kind and helpful) are what make this forum the fascinating, funny, informative, kind and helpful place that it has become. We are lucky to have them as members!
    12 points
  28. My partner has been working very hard to raise African Dwarf Frog tadpoles and we’ve finally got a small batch that have developed arms and legs. They’re being moved to a bigger tank that can have hopefully more stable water parameters. anyway they’re just so cool and adorable. We are really excited and wanted to share!
    11 points
  29. Here is my 10 gallon neon tetra aquarium. It has val along the background with dwarf sag in the foreground. Lucky bamboo is planted in the substrate throughout and is growing out of the top. Here is my 5 gallon blue dream shrimp aquarium. It has overgrown Christmas moss made to look like a tree. I need to trim and shape it. Here is an earlier picture of the 5 gallon when it was a little less overgrown and much more visually clean.
    11 points
  30. I know what you mean. Watching the fighting can be stressful. But I suspect that is what they live for during the day and dream about at night. Having a mate and planning for a family all the while fighting with your nasty neighbors is much better than ho-hum boredom. It's just like buying a house and then getting into a bitter fight with the homeowner's association, it gives you a reason for living.
    11 points
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