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  1. Here's an update on the blue marble guppy strain I am creating. Im getting more and more males coloring up like dad. I caught dad Mr Marble himself as well as several juvenile males in different stages of development of the body pattern and a young female that is getting white on the top line too.
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  2. I realized I never did this! I live in Denver and joined the forum in December. Just wanted to say thank you to all of you out there! I recently realized how truly unique this forum is -- thoughtful, informative, supportive, welcoming, uplifting. It's a true honor and pleasure to be here.
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  3. 45gal Indonesian Tank cycled/stocked 10gal Pea Puffer cycled/stocked Organizing aquariums, parameters, receipts, etc to an iPad App Clean stack (2) 29 gal aquariums
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  4. Since you don't have substrate your best options are going to be floating plants and epiphytes. ACO sells java fern and anubias, but for fry hiding places it is hard to beat hornwort or guppy grass. Also water lettuce has long feathery roots that can be good hiding places. So can a pile of rocks with cracks and crevices left between them. Java moss is another great fry plant that doesn't root.
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  5. Canโ€™t wait to get some fry out of these!
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  6. Yeah my rule of thumb is to always check the co-op first for whatever I need. But if they don't have it and lfs can't keep it in stock? Screw it, buy it however seems reasonable to you. I couldn't find java moss or hornwort or even ramshorn snails at local stores, so I just found them on etsy and eBay and they were fine. Covid's decimated supply chains for so many domestic hobbies, gotta get things through unconventional means sometimes. Local gardening store couldn't even get a bag of dirt for months! At least I feel a little better buying plants from a hobbyist than from a large company. Gotta help each other out right now.
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  7. Yup! They'll often spend several hours / half a day or so at a stretch above the water line, chillin out. So I always leave a half inch or so gap for them. They also love taking the Floating Beta Log Hi-Line Tour of the tank. Beep beep! Get the little bugger back in the tank and close up any snail-sized holes. They might be sulky for a little bit but will probably be okay.
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  8. After over an hour of arts and crafts, I am covered in glue but I now have alllll the plants I want for the tank. I have a few different kinds of crypts, anubias nana petite, swords in the back, dwarf sag in the middle that I think I will totally need to keep trimming and a Java fern on the left that I had no clue would come that big. I really have no clue in general, but I'm proud of myself and think it looks pretty. Anything I should be concerned about? The tank lighting is just what came with the Tetra kit I got.
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  9. Thank you for the recommendations. I ended up getting the 3.0 and am running it around 70% in addition to the ray 2. Vallisneria took off like crazy!
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  10. Hi @CT_ An excellent choice. I have grown aquarium plants emersed for about 9 years now so I can have some of the more 'rare' species on hand for an aquascape when I need them. I use Miracle-Groยฎ Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food for all my emersed plants. I use a little over 1/2 of the small spoon that comes with the fertilizer in 20 ounces of water. It gives me good results. Hope this helps! -Roy My emersed growing set-up
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  11. Y'all. I found the betta!! Ordered him this morning (left the browser window open last night and thought if I wasn't crazy about him in the morning, then I wouldn't buy him...obviously was still crazy about him!). ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ธ He's a Koi Boy!: a Red Koi Galaxy Male. I love his little white chin and the blue dots on his dorsal and caudal fins! I'm concerned about shipping him because of the temps (our highs have been around 40F lately ๐Ÿฅถ)...but I think they live in Virginia (?), so maybe the shipping will be speedy since I'm just down south in North Carolina. They mentioned that they'd try to mail out next week...I let the seller know that I don't mind the wait for better weather and would wait even longer if needed. The snails and plants arrive tomorrow! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒฑ
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  12. Week 8 Well, the chia plants took a turn for the worse and I decided to remove them. I replaced them with a spider plant. I added as much soil as I could without sinking the candle holder. I think the amount of soil is the primary issue with plants not thriving, but we'll see what happens. At the very least, I think this is an attractive way to start off the spider plantlet before moving it on to a larger pot.
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  13. I would get him some frozen food to tide him over. Transition him to dry once he is warm. One stressor at a time, cold+hungry+scared=sick.
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  14. My 40 gallon community tank was in desparte need of a re-scape. It was discusting! All the plants died because of a green water issue that wouldn't go away. But now that the green water issue has been resolved, its time for plants! I asked you guys, what should I do for plants? (see the thread below:) and you guys gave me so MANY suggestions. I decided that I wanted to go with... -Cryptacrone Wendetii in front of the wood -Amazon Swords to perimeter the inside of the tank -And then some rotala indica by the sponge filter ITS GOING TO LOOK GREAT!!! Since my lfs is more of a saltwater store they have a very limiting stock of plants. So I will have to get these plants overtime. But today I was able to pick up some cryptacorne wendetii red (see below) Now what is this community tank stocked with? -Angelfish x3 -Zebra Danios x6 (more coming soon) -Cardinal Tetras x5 (more coming soon) -Upside down catfish x2 -Bristlenose Pleco Heres the cryptacorne wendetii planted:
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  15. Hey everyone, just wanted to share some joy. Here is what is good for me, I made a new goldfish pond My pond lilies are making new leaves My gunnera plant is coming back with big leaves My hillstream loaches started breeding My dwarf hairgrass is starting to spread Feel free to share what you are happy about!
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  16. First time pulling the eggs should be free swimming soon ๐Ÿค—
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  17. I have always struggled with keeping stem plants, planted. I use a soil substrate with a gravel cap. I am now trying these small, tera cotta pots and so far they are working great. I can do the planting outside the tank and arrange the plants in each pot like I want. Also easy to move without disturbing the plant. The pots are easy to bury in the substrate and not bad looking if you just place them on top of the substrate. Plants do well in them. They are available on Amazon and are very inexpensive. Your thoughts?
    2 points
  18. Rainbow Darter is starting to color up. Read a NANFA spawning report that one aquarist had success breeding them using spawning mops (!) So, made a mop that blends in pretty well. Weโ€™ll see... Rainbow Shiners coloring up. Did light timer narrowing for a bit, now expanding to simulate seasonal change. Males have begun chasing females. Added a spawning tray. We shall see...
    2 points
  19. Ordered in about 1/2 lb of live black worms this week. Oh my . . . feeding this is so fun! These fish have never been happier. You'll enjoy watching this . . .
    2 points
  20. Hiya guys, Long-time hobbyist here, was a coral-reef maniac (you almost have to be) all through the 2000's, until Hurricane Sandy knocked our power out for 5 days and it got so cold in my house that I lost everything.. That was 8 yrs ago, and I swore I would never get another tank.. But I didn't pinky-swear) I was always envious of some of the gorgeous planted FW tanks that I saw... and now with Covid forcing us to spend so much more time at home... i just got sick of looking at my dead boring furniture.... SO.... I got the itch again.. Started binging on Youtube vids... SO much has changed since I last had a FW tank, but it's exciting! I won't say I 'stumbled' upon Co-op... because I probably watched a thousand or more videos and streams before I decided that this is where I should land... I like the vids... the info... the experience... the ABSENCE of over-produced presentations... I feel like Corey just talks to you like a friend... a friend who knows a helluva lot more than i do... and is willing to share.... SO... I have a little 10g that i've been cycling with liquid ammonia for about 2 weeks... picked up a few plants, but i want more... i plan on getting some Cherry shrimps... MAYBE 1 or 2 tiny fish
    2 points
  21. Put it this way, I work with many animals who draw blood if they bite and I am used to that. I was prepared for her to go after my hand as I had seen the video @Fish Folk has up on youtube. I still couldn't help flinching. I added the music to cover my yelp the first time she nailed me. It is a serious hard bite for such a small fish. No way even NEAR to causing actual injury, but she MEANT it. Think a hard mean pinch. Guppies nibble your hand and it tickles. She wants you to hurt. I have a healthy respect for her and avoid her corner when I clean the tank.
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  22. I completely agree with @CorydorasEthan like him I don't live anywhere near the Co-op though.
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  23. Thanks a bunch guys!! Yeah, after about 10 minutes he started doing his snail thing again! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜
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  24. Be careful. They're addictive. All 6 of my tanks have shrimp, and 3 of them are shrimp and snails only.
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  25. I hope he is ok, you'll have to keep us updated on him. I have a mystery snail who seems to sleep a lot, my family often jokes "He's dead again", then a couple days later "He's dead again". It's become a running joke. Pakal, a month really? That's amazing!
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  27. water sprite is my recommendation as it provides great cover and grows in a variety of low light conditions. It can also grow as a floating plant which makes it even better. I hope this helps you make a decision. I would also recommend java fern.
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  28. One of the oldest and most venerated topics on the forum, @Streetwise posted this early on the first day of the forum.
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  29. My little sister's betta aquarium had two nerite snails in it, and one escaped out the lid and died in a dark box it had crawled into, so we couldn't find it, despite having looked everywhere (it was out for at least 2 weeks, probably more). The second nerite snail escaped multiple times, and we found it trying to head for the exit of the room. We put him back in and he was fine. He likes to stay out of water in the tank (above the surface and sometimes in the filter), so I did a little research and apparently they live in mangroves (brackish areas with lots of aquatic trees between rivers and estuaries). They are aquatic snails, but they can spend a long time out of water. Just make sure you have a lid and cover the openings so that he doesn't escape again. Maybe provide little areas above water in the aquarium, while still enclosed in the tank (like floating plants/dwarf aquarium lily, tall rocks or wood that barely stick out of the water, etc.) So I wouldn't worry too much if he has been gone for a couple of days out of water. Hope this helps.
    2 points
  30. Nerite snails can live out of water for up to a month so your snail might only be in minor shock. He should be fine though.
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  31. It will clear up in no time and should be no problem. I've done it multiple times.
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  32. its been so long since I've gone climbing
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  33. Make it a planted breeding tank for pygmy cories. I haven't tried it yet, but I heard that they don't eat their eggs or their young so the school will just build up naturally over time. So it would be planted, a breeding tank, and a single species tank.
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  34. Poor angel. Iโ€™m glad you can give him a bigger home!
    2 points
  35. So, I have been thinking...what about some sundews, butterworts, and venus fly traps? They have tiny root systems, love the damp, need water and humidity constantly, and would not outgrow their containers for a long time. alternatively, a mini phaleonpsis orchid in bark/spaghum mix--you might have to balast the candle holder with a weight on the bottom to keep that upright if it grew a flower spike.
    2 points
  36. I'd suggest letting the tank "season" for at least a month before adding shrimp, and 3 months would be better. I put some information together a while ago for a new shrimp keeper and saved it for future use. I'll post it below. Hopefully you'll find it helpful. The two most common ornamental shrimp are caridina and neocaridina. The caridinas need lower pH and softer water, and are generally more difficult to keep, and more labor intensive. Neocaridinas are more forgiving, and generally do better in higher pH and harder water than caridinas. They're often referred to as red cherry shrimp, though there are several other colors available. Neos are the only ones I have any experience with, and as long as they like your water they're pretty easy to keep. There are many color varieties of each species, and while caridina and neocaridina shrimp won't breed with each other, any of the color varieties within the same species will, and the results will generally be brown or clear after a few generations. For this reason, if you want to maintain a specific color it's best not to mix them. To get the most enjoyment from shrimp, keep them in shrimp only tanks, or shrimp and snails. That way you don't have to worry about predation, and they'll also be more visible if there aren't predators in the tank with them. Even if they are the only things in the tank, they will feel more secure with hiding places, especially when molting or when a female is releasing babies. Dense plants are a good option, along with a pile of rocks, sized so that the shrimp can crawl inside. They are more sensitive to changing water parameters than most fish, so most experienced shrimp keepers recommend limiting water changes to around 15%, and there shouldnโ€™t be a big temperature difference. They need biofilm to graze on, which is why it's usually recommended to let a tank run for several months before adding shrimp. You can do it sooner by adding a sponge filter, plants, substrate, etc from an established tank, but you still aren't likely to have as much success as you will if you're patient and let the tank "season" (I know this from first-hand experience). In addition to the biofilm, they will also benefit from being fed. There are several commercial foods especially for shrimp, but I've also given mine several kinds of fish food, and they've eaten all of them. While there are mixed opinions about it, most people believe they also benefit from blanched vegetables once or twice a week. I've tried several things, and mine seem to prefer zucchini and spinach, followed by sweet peppers. I usually feed those late in the evening and remove any uneaten portion the next morning. By the way, shrimp just LOOOVE freshly crushed snails. Mine will swarm all over one.
    2 points
  37. Definitely test your tap water also. Many, many years ago I had an Oscar in my fifty gallon tank and Oscars are very messy fish. He had an undergravel filter and an old Super King HOB. The UG filter handled the biofiltration and the HOB did the mechanical. HIs water quality was typically perfect. After doing a gravel vacuuming one day and replacing the water I'd vacuumed out, I checked his levels the next day and saw the ammonia was a bit high. I assumed I'd disturbed the gravel bed too much and that was causing the rise. So, I did a twenty percent water change and assumed things would be okay. The next day the ammonia levels were a bit higher yet. I then did a fifty percent water change. The next day they were higher yet. I was starting to get a bit confused. They should have been coming down, but they were going up. I did another 50% change. The next morning the levels were even higher. As I sat there staring at the test results it occurred to me that maybe it was the tap water. (We have a well and not municipal water.) I tested the tap water and the ammonia was sky high. That was the problem. No more water changes for the big fella and in a couple of days the ammonia was gone from his tank and his levels were perfect again. If you find high ammonia levels after a water change, always check your source water. It changes on a routine basis, especially seasonally.
    2 points
  38. @JettsPapa that's a great idea! I'm adding straws to the grocery list right now. Thank you!
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  39. And the moon is waning gibbous. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  40. Are you still feeding your fish? If so I would stop for around 4 days while you continue with the water changes. If you are still feeding them they are putting the ammonia right back, and if you stop feeding them, they are going to continue adding ammonia for a few days while they digest the food, so that is why I say about 4 days of fasting. of course if you see any aggression while fasting them, feed them to help with it. For water changing if I need to get toxic levels down, I do a 60-70% water change first thing in the morning and a second in the evening, usually spread 8 or so hours apart. Once ammonia gets to around .25, I stop with the water changes and monitor that the tank gets the rest of the way to 0 on its own.
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  41. When adding water back to the tank when doing a water change, do it very aggressively over the plants there might be a dead something hidden in the plants or somewhere. That is what usually messes me up when my tank goes out of whack. Good luck, I'd move the fish if possible till you get this under control.
    2 points
  42. I would not do more than 50% a day doing more than that can affect you beneficial bacterial
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  43. Congrats to our winner, @WhitecloudDynasty!!! This was really fun and I would love to do it again sometime, let me know if you would too!
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  44. Thanks! Iโ€™m really happy to see them in the aquarium. They seem to already enjoy it, as the males were sparring with each other! The betta is cutely antisocial, and I got a quick photo of him before he zoomed off from me haha.
    2 points
  45. Finally moved all the fish from the 40 to the 125!
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  46. First baby brine! Orange bellies! Now we are on our way!
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  47. I have had this Monte Carlo for almost 2 weeks now and its looking AWESOME. It starting to carpet a bit, and it hasn't even melted back yet. I thought it would as I bought it as a tissue culture out of water. There is a bit of algae on the glass and some hair algae, so I will be putting the light on a timer. And I'm thinking if the betta lets me I will add a snail to clean it up for me. And possibly down the road some cherry shrimp (thats only if the betta doesn't eat them)
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  48. My Nano I just ripped apart after an infestation of Ostracod that I couldn't get under control. This is my 50 gallon that I am slowly removing the sand from. It was more of an "island"-style but has been doing much better since starting to fill in the sides with plants.
    2 points
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