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  1. Every fish store needs this...
    8 points
  2. This is one of my nerites - Figgy - bridging the gap between a rock and a driftwood. I've already had to turn this guy back over once...I'm pretty sure he's fearless! 😂
    5 points
  3. Welcome to the jungle🌿⠀
    5 points
  4. I made a gigantic mess. 😄 Tore apart my 75 because last night I decided I wanted to redecorate. So I took out all the rocks and wood, and any removeable plants. Was pleased to see how big this anubias has become. Filling back up... And done for now. Waiting for it to clear up before I do any more poking at it. It's going to take a few weekly water changes to get all that stirred up mulm out.
    4 points
  5. Now that the Hamilton door is open... 🤓 And... ( @Daniel - I am sure that food is really great!!! I saw a Hamilton reference and it was all a Hamil-blurr after that! 😅)
    4 points
  6. When your partner says, "Your fish looked extra hungry so I put a handful of flake food in the tank..."
    4 points
  7. After growing out a small batch of Odessa Barbs I acquired from Select Aquatics over the summer, I finally attempted to breed them this week. Two days after pulling the adults, I'm finally seeing fry! Not sure how many will be in this batch total (three? three hundred?). Time will tell. Right now there at the teeny-tiny, glass-hugging, sliver stage. Almost impossible to focus on with my phone, or aging eyes! I'm currently feeding them a diet of micro-worms, vinegar eels (alas, don't really have enough of these right now), and Sera Micron. If anyone wants specifics on the breeding setup, go to Greg Sage's YouTube channel. I'm replicating his most current set-up note-for-note. His great video series will get all the credit for any success I achieve (I'll gladly own any failures). I'll keep this thread updated with any trials or tribulations (and hopefully successes), just in case anyone else is interested in Odessas.
    3 points
  8. Just over a year ago I was scrolling through fish for sale on ebay and came across something called a 'rainbow snakehead'. I had never seen a fish like it so I immediately fell down an internet research hole and discovered another even smaller species Channa andrao. They looked and sounded great so I decided that I had to have one. A quick bit of background. Channa andrao is a small snakehead species maxing out at 11cm. They come from swamps in the basin of the Brahmaputra river and so require a yearly seasonal drop in tank water temperature. It also means they are tolerant of poor water conditions and they breath air at the surface. They're predators but mostly feed on invertebrates and exhibit quite social behaviour as juveniles. Once mature they pair off and in the wild each pair will weather the cold season in a burrow together before breeding once temperatures rise. Unfortunately as soon as I was ready to get my new tiny snecks, a national shortage and Covid hit the UK and I pretty much gave up hope of getting any. Then last October I randomly did a search for them and found an online shop selling them. I ordered 4 youngsters of 6-8cm and quickly got a new tank set up. They all arrived happy and healthy. It looked like I had 2 males and 2 females. They were great fun to watch. Very social with each other, gently touching all the time and hanging out together. They were wild caught and so I fed live and frozen foods at first. Now they eat practically anything including Tetra crisps but I still feed mostly frozen foods. I think that's enough for one post so I will continue another day.
    3 points
  9. I went full Cory on my fish food today. I crushed the flakes by hand and used a battery powered pepper grinder on the granules. Now I don't have to touch fish food when I feed.
    3 points
  10. Thank you Aquarium Co-Op for the best information on aquarium plants around. I put the plants in the dragon stone and my betta loves it
    3 points
  11. 20 days old! They’re finally big enough to eat baby brine shrimp and last night they got their first meal. Yaaaay! They’ll grow much more quickly now. Plus I’m figuring out how to light them better for photos. 😊
    3 points
  12. So most of these eggs turned out to be infertile. Takes a little time before they plainly show up white. However, a _few_ fry are hatching. Short video below...
    3 points
  13. Checked after lights out... another pair of Rams spawned. This time on a rock (Yesssssss!!!!) Pulled. H2O2. Lots of fry to tend! 😅
    3 points
  14. I have two for the fish room but I'm thinking a couple more would look great in our guest bathroom. You know, like the ones your mom wouldn't let you use growing up 😂
    3 points
  15. I'm pretty pleased so far with the results of adding crushed coral and Wondershell to my pink ramshorn tank. I'm still chasing that PERFECT shell without any white spots. And some lovely detritus worms in this photo. I think of them as aquarium sprinkles. And recently I bought a pack of multi colored mysteries off of Aquabid. I got purples, blues, golds and light and dark browns. None of the purples wanted their pics taken today. I'm thinking of adding some magentas into the mix soon, since I really love the look. Also, I love how they eat duckweed. I'm thinking about incorporating it into their food somehow.
    3 points
  16. Not quite big enough for baby brine shrimp yet. She tried!
    3 points
  17. Red albino guppy fry, 18 days old, showing a bit of color already.
    3 points
  18. Hey! I feed that food!
    3 points
  19. All the above: single species planted tank for one of the fish in my bucket list to breed 🙃 I would like to do pea puffers next if I had a tank to spare.
    3 points
  20. Several months ago, we asked our LFS to order 4x female dwarf Gourami. Some fish keepers have never seen females, since most all that sells seem to be the brightly colored males. We’ve been giving them the royal treatment... lots of live food and frozen entree’s. They’re in a very wild, well-seasoned tank. Lots of duckweed, wisteria, pothos roots, etc. Then just a week or two ago, we popped in a divider, and brought home a colorful male. He’s now gearing up, getting used to our water, eating lots of healthy foods. The plan is to remove 3x females, and then move the male across the divider. Short video below.
    2 points
  21. Something about black worms and peer pressure... got 2x pairs of Rams gettin’ in the mood. These are 2nd gen born & raised in our water. Goodness what a haul if these work out. If we pull, probably just batch them all together. Substrate spawn pulling... *ugh* not my favorite...
    2 points
  22. I just got my towels today with my Aquarium Co op order. They were made to go here! Shout out to Aquarium Co op for sending me a replacement pump for my Easy Green the other day. Mine wasn't working. You guys are second to none. Thank you.
    2 points
  23. Aquarium Co-Op sells repashy soilent green: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/repashy-soilent-green Would suggest to get it from the co-op instead of amazon because if something happens to the package during tranit, aquarium co-op will look after it where as amazon not so much. I haven't fed repashy to guppies, but heres a video cory did on repashy: Repashy is good as it can be fed to fry (The powderd stuff not sure about the gel stuff, the powder is how you make the gell)
    2 points
  24. I am far from an expert but I did notice you are using easy green. I believe your plant is a root feeder primarily and that could be the problem. It could fall into coincidence with everything else. I would add some root tabs into the substrate around the plant. It may have used all of the nutrients in the substrate and is starving out. I hope this helps, and please keep us posted!
    2 points
  25. Me too! I accidentally ordered a gigantic container of it, too 7 ounces, not .7! That should last about 10 years, right? 😬
    2 points
  26. Yup, you should be fine with a 5g, but I wouldn't put anything else besides the betta in there except maybe 1 or 2 ramshorn snails. Please don't try to cycle your tank with your betta in it. Just get some API quick start or other kinds of bacterial culture, put a little fish food in there, make sure the microbes are turning ammonia into nitrite and the nitrite to nitrate before adding fish. It will only take a few days to a couple weeks at the most, and it'll ensure the health of your aquarium. If you're super impatient, you can probably add a couple inexpensive snails after dosing with the maximum amount of quick start or stability or whatever you choose. Just don't be surprised if some don't make it.
    2 points
  27. I found this video interesting. It's not about ich but a similar microbe.
    2 points
  28. You could do a planted, species only, breeding tank. With shrimp!
    2 points
  29. Sanded down rough areas on future betta's enrichment, then just watched my fish in their grace and beauty. This weekend the otocats have FINALLY started eating the algae wafers! I'm going to start adding fresh veggies in that location, too. The rasboras are getting two very, very special tankmates/future tank "bosses" soon, and I absolutely can't wait!! Watching YouTube vids on the soon-to-be new arrival for care info. I'm extra excited because I won't even have to quarantine this little guy/gal, which frees up the quarantine tank for some new honey gouramis or maybe guppies for my 20L. So many choices!! I'm tempted to try guppies since they seem so lively and happy, and the danios would take care of a lot of fry, especially if my 10 or so danio fry make it to adulthood. This one stem plant is less than 2" from the top now. I really want to see what it does when it gets there! If anyone has positive ID on this plant, please let me know. So beautiful!
    2 points
  30. I have never owned mystery snails in the past. Infact I have always tried to stay away from snails (except nirites) because of how often they breed. Well... I decided I would pick up 1 mystery snail from my lfs to help with the algae problem in my betta tank. All the mystery snail has done is be ANOYING. He decided to dig up my monte carlo, hasn't even ate a spec of algae. I'm thinking of moving him to community tank because the plants in there have bigger roots, so it would be harder to dig up. I was wondering what your thought of mystery snails are? I mean I find them cute, but just really annoying.
    2 points
  31. The parasite is Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, so I guess 'Ich'.
    2 points
  32. I think my neocardia cherry shrimp breeding is pretty sucessful.Have a lfs offering me $3.50 a piece 😀😀😀
    2 points
  33. Feeding my breeding cherry's with some Brightwell vitamin F fortified Hikari shrimp food
    2 points
  34. Personally I would go with the kit then modify it to fit your needs. If your quarantining shrimp for example you could just keep the heater and light but replace the HOB with a sponge filter. Or if its goldfish just save the heater for when something breaks.
    2 points
  35. I've always got my flies from Josh's Frogs (same website name) and they carry Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila hydei which is larger. These are the flightless varieties and are wonderful to feed fish. I've never seen fish go as crazy for food as they do these. The larger hydei is the kind I've always chosen since their life span is a little longer and if I want to feed smaller fish, I just feed younger flies. Although they don't fly, they are super fast. You have to get the knack of banging the container on the table to get them in the bottom, open the lid real fast and shake a bunch out onto the water, then quickly put the lid back on. Removing the lid while just on the table is a mistake you'll only make once. Personally, I would go for ease of care and culturing. Good luck and let us know how it turns out. Respectfully, Phil
    2 points
  36. I live in the Chesapeake Bay region and I recently started dreaming about doing a biotope tank from our local Chester River. I’d have to work with a local ecologist to get the right fish, but this list has given me some good ideas: https://www.chesapeakebay.net/discover/field-guide/all/fish/estuarine_fish I don’t think I’d want to have more than a 150 gallon so I’d be keeping with small fish. Maybe... Gobies Pipefish Skilletfish Striped killifish Sticklebacks Blennies I would love to have an oyster reef on one side of the tank and grassy plants on the other for the pipefish to live in.
    2 points
  37. I go with "ich" as in ichthyo- But when I see it I say, "Ick!"
    2 points
  38. So far, and it's only been a few days, the multiple water changes a day is the hardest part (and honesty it's not that hard). Luckily, like a lot of other people right now, I am working from home, so I have the extra time to put in the extra care these fry appear to need, as suggest by Greg Sage. I have the adult tanks (2 of them) situated next to the fry tank. The adult tanks are on auto water change, so the water in them is good. When I change water from the fry tank, I just siphon 'seasoned' water out of the adult tanks, as per Greg's recommendation. I didn't have a lot of adult fish to start with-- 6 females, 3 males. So when I was picking out my females, i just picked them all and didn't have the luxury of choosing the most egg-filled ones from a larger selection of females. To be honest, I had a hard time discerning if any of them were carrying. But I guessed at least one must be, as I conditioned them well for 3 weeks ahead of time, as I started my vinegar eel cultures. When I pulled the adults after 2 1/2 days together, I was please to see there were eggs scattered about that had not made it through the bottom grate, and that had not been eaten. So my guess is that more must have also fallen through and are currently below the grating. Those visible eggs are now gone. They either fell through finally, or hatched. Like others have said, the I guess the easier part is getting fish to mate; the harder part is keeping these super tiny fry healthy and fed so they make it to the juvenile state.
    2 points
  39. I also feel like meds will break down over time into things that are more inert. (This is just my opinion based on a science degree and a little common sense).
    2 points
  40. Can you increase the rate of CO2 to compensate for off-gassing from the sponge filter? Sure. Do you need the CO2 at all though? If your plants are doing well now, you probably don't. "They'll grow faster with CO2!" Faster growth isn't always a good thing. It simply means you'll need to be in there more weeding things out and trimming plants back. CO2 is great if you're trying to grow exotic stuff, or raise plants commercially, but for many/most home aquariums it's not absolutely necessary. I'm of the belief that there are two types of aquariums. There are the plant-centric aquariums where plants are the focus and the more exotic the plant the better. (The ADA and Iwagumi styles) The plant-centric tanks tend to have very few fish and they're just accessories more than the focus. There are the fish-centric tanks where the fish are the focus and plants are secondary. Some plant-centric tanks don't run any filter at all and their entire focus is on having a perfectly aquascaped tank. I'm more fish-centric. I grow whatever plants grow in my tanks (and boy do they grow!) without much outside help. I've got water sprite, some jungle val, java fern, java moss (lots of java moss), anubias nana petite, I'm experimenting with pogostemon (so far so good) and a variety of crypts (so far so good also,) and dwarf sag. The top of the tanks are covered with lots of floaters, red root floaters, frogbit, salvinia minima, and duckweed. I spend about an hour a week weeding out junk now with no CO2. If I added CO2 I'd likely be weeding out more stuff more frequently.
    2 points
  41. Rams pulled from substrate now free-swimming. Short video update.
    2 points
  42. Feathery friends enjoying the day
    2 points
  43. @s1_ Unfortunately for our space 60" is too long. 54" is about the widest we can go. I found the following industrial shelving: 1. https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/storage/bulk-rack/extra-heavy-duty/bulk-storage-rack-48-w-x-24-d-x-84-h-starter-3-shelf-levels-wood-deck-light-gray But it isn't clear between the product width and outer width that it meets the +1/2 inch rule of thumb. @James Black I also found the following tutorial, similar to the video posted above from Cory: 2. (114) Dual 75 gallon Aquarium Stand Racking - YouTube We also found racks that do meet the dimensions but are only rated for ~600lbs per shelf, which just probably isn't enough for 75gals + glass + substrate + filters + lights. 900lb seems more appropriate. The more we think about it, the less confident we are on DIY. Not because we don't think we can do it, but more than for this project we just don't want any risk. 3. If anyone is in the PNW and feels comfortable doing this, we'd pay $300 for a leveled and tiered stand for 75 gallons that meet our specifications (making it look nice our responsibility :D). @SocquaMy wife loves the idea of decorating it with plants. We'll have to do that. 🙂 @Phillip Any chance you can check if the width of the shelf is 48.5" actually? I realize it probably is not. We're having trouble making the vision of a 75gal with 10s above work so we're working on the vision of two 75gals with storage underneath. @Tetra Guy clarification. Is your idea to look at a pre-built plan and get plywood cut to size, and then level and screw it together ourselves?
    2 points
  44. This is a piece of wood and Anubias that I was marinating in my Askoll 20. I'm moving it back to one of my windowsill shrimp tanks. I had some spare Anubias from the Co-Op. Nooks and crannies: Installed:
    2 points
  45. 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
    2 points
  46. We have a leopard gecko named Dax who is such a sweetheart. My son wants a snake, but that's not going to happen until he's old enough to fully take care of one. I already have my hands full with aquarium keeping!
    2 points
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