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  1. They arrived! A little wilted but not even a dead leaf! (Edit: okay when I was planting I found a few dead leaves. 😄) I ordered on the 15 and they arrived on the 24th. Very impressive for eight terrible days in the mail. And the rest of the haul that came with it 😁 Thank you @Cory, @Randy and team!
    7 points
  2. Nothing to add, just watching this thread like (Seriously though, I hope you get a healthy plant one way or another and that your fry are okay.)
    7 points
  3. I have happy news! Dragon is back to eating, and is acting more like his usual derpy self. He's had three meals, and is back to swimming around. Here he is getting chased by Igor. He's still trying to sit up in the plants with Dinky, but is too heavy. I put my old King betta's hammock in there to see what he would do, and he did try to utilize it before accidentally knocking it off the glass. I have a suction cup plastic soap caddy coming in the mail to act as a platform for him, but it's delayed being delivered. I hope it arrives today. I'm just so relieved he's acting more normal. My poor, sensitive sea monster.
    6 points
  4. This has been pretty well covered, but there's one issue I don't believe anyone addressed. Several times you indicated that you're unhappy with not being able to message @Corydirectly. I'm curious why you seem to think you should be able to. Do you contact Jeff Bezos if you have trouble with your Amazon order?
    6 points
  5. My new tank arrived almost 2 weeks ago and I keep forgetting to post as I go with the set up! It came on a pallet with a caution cone on top. I have been prepping for months and finally got my gravel, so I have been able to get started on the set up.
    5 points
  6. Went to clean my coarse AC sponge filter in one of my basement tanks and found this cool little Plumatella repens colony living in/on it. I lost my last bryozoan colony somehow, so I was excited to see these pop up again in another tank. I plan to get down there this evening with a macro lens and hopefully get a better photo 🙂
    5 points
  7. You may have just made Cory's day by comparing him to Mr. Bezos.
    5 points
  8. 500,000 lives lost to covid-19 in the US alone. Millions of lives turned upside down. Thousands of small businesses lost forever. And then there's Charles and Susie Clapsaddle losing hundreds, if not thousands of fish and years of selective breeding. And here's a hullabaloo about customer service complaint about a dead plant and a refund instead of a replacement?!
    5 points
  9. Wow, I am totally blown away!!! I'm not a fishkeeper with years of experience, but being a part of this community has given me all the necessary tools, and so much more, to be successful. Being a very experienced mother and pet owner, and having a basic working knowledge of chemistry, has also come in real handy. Also since I just retired last fall and don't have many other hobbies, I've been able to spend probably a whole lot more time than most on my three aquariums and reading about fish. The real heroes here are the many very experienced fishkeepers who respectfully share their vast knowledge with the rest of us nerms. I guess I will have to try my hand at uploading a vid of the unboxing - I promise not to look at the shipping email! You're going to see my lovely Cosmo in that video - he's a real beauty! Thank you!!!
    5 points
  10. You got a dead plant... and immediate refund... And you are here bitching about it... All I can say is.... try some other sellers... See if you get that kinda treatment..... Cory... the friggin BOSS.... responded to you.... you got your money back.. you were apologized to.. If that's not enough for you... Sorry, I'm from Jersey and have no filter...
    5 points
  11. Hey now!! Ok, you're right. Don't ever forget it! 😁😁😁
    4 points
  12. An advantage to pond snails is they make a good emergency food for your fish also. I broke my femur three years ago and spent 15 days in the hospital. My thirty high had lots of neon swordtails and lots of pond snails when I went into the hospital. When I got back home it still had lots of swordtails, but the snails were gone! The swordtails, who typically ignore them, decided escargot was better than nothing, so they ate the pond snails. There were lots of empty shells, but no snails. The snail population has since rebounded, but it was interesting to see. The swordtails are back to having no interest in the snails again now. When there's nothing else to eat, fish will eat the snails. (At least mine did.)
    4 points
  13. I don't work for aquarium co-op, I'm just another customer. I am just curious why you would be upset with a refund rather than a replacement with the weather going on across the country? I'd have thought giving you a refund and letting you re-order a little later when things are warmer and your plant wouldn't die a 2nd time due to shipping delays that aquarium co-op has no control over would be the best way to go for everyone involved. A lot of people lost live plants AND animals in this mess. USPS won't even accept live animals in the seattle area right now until things improve. Just something to think about that may make you feel better.
    4 points
  14. Here's another thing about iron I learnt: if you add liquid iron, make sure not to run a UV-sterilizer because it messes with the liquid iron's chelation and renders it unusable for your plants. Some liquid iron fertilizers in Germany actually have this added as a warning to their products. Just a little tidbit, that can have effect on plant growth.
    3 points
  15. First world problems. The value the Aquarium Co-op team provides from their youtube videos alone is worth an entire years worth of shipping mistakes before I would abandon them. They have taught many of us, free of charge, all that we know about the hobby. That knowledge then has saved me literally hundreds of dollars in potential fish keeping mistakes. Not to mention, this forum and the value it provides. From the way I see it, getting a dead plant and then a refund??? Sounds like you can just watch a few more of their livestreams for free and call it even.
    3 points
  16. I’m sorry that you had a bad experience. I started ordering from the Co-Op after watching cory’s YouTube as well. I have always been impressed with my shipments. Even had a plant replaced when mine just withered and died after some discussion with customer service. I think something that needs to be pointed out here is that @Cory did respond to you here, admitted a mistake he made in his response to you here, and did not have your response removed from the forum sponsored by his company. I believe him to be an honest and reputable business man who keeps things as open and transparent as possible. The last week went far beyond anybody’s expectations, trust me I live in Texas. Mistakes happen from time to time, but the effort was made to make things right with little effort on your part. I’m sorry it’s not what you necessarily wanted, but still a lot more than you may have gotten from many other places.
    3 points
  17. 😱🥳😱 This is super exciting and unexpected! THANK YOU!! And, to be in the company of @Maggie and @James Black...I can't even!!! They are the best! I am thankful on the daily for the forum - it's a great resource with really great people! 🎉🎉🎉
    3 points
  18. LAST SUMMER we did our first outdoor mini tub. It was on the back porch. 15 gal. We used a large sponge filter and mini pump for underwater flow. We threw in some stem plants — Ludwigia, Anacharis— and water lettuce. We started with 6-8 guppies. Ended the summer with ca. 75 glorious sun colored guppies. Fed once or twice a day on various foods. This year, we plan to add a few more tubs. Hoping to create a mini “tub-falls” idea where water pours from higher tubs down to lower ones with guards in place to keep fry from getting sucked up. We’ll probably try larger tubs (25-40 gallons). Each will keep a sponge filter. Will try guppies in one... maybe all. But tentatively would like to try breeding Rainbow shiners when it’s still cold enough, and maybe something else like white clouds. Each will have some black diamond blasting sand for substrate. Main plants will be water lettuce because it grows so well in good sunlight. We will feed random mix of flake foods, some live bbs, etc. once enough larvae grow, feeding can back off some.
    3 points
  19. Hi! I've been keeping fish for 18 years with lots of failures and learning in the middle. I currently have a 75 gallon community tank that I just restocked for the first time in about 3 years. My four year old son has recently taken an interest in the tank so we added 6 congo tetras, 6 gold barbs, two pearl gouramis and two angelfish, named Plutoid and Fishy, to our existing 6 black and white skirt tetras and rosy barb. I'm pretty sure I've made stocking mistakes, despite my best research efforts, which is how I stumbled on the ACO's YouTube channel and forum. I'm hoping to keep learning from my mistakes and start up my old 20 gal long so I can try a planted tank again. I had a horrible failure with it 10 years ago and have been scared try since. All of the videos and posts are quite inspiring.
    2 points
  20. A short species profile.
    2 points
  21. I use the food storage containers from Target. The brand is Made by Design. Containers are 4*4*8 an 8*4*8. They're really minimalist and look nice. They come with a white lid but I made clear ones from polycarbonate sheets and used usb powered LEDs to light them up. If you use the lid it comes with you can take off the rubber seal so it's not airtight, you can inlay the clear polycarbonate into the existing lid and have a very clean looking mini tank I plant pothos and subwassertang and then add Scuds and dried leaves(scud food), it's fun for kids. Plants grow slow but they don't die off. Picture included is one that's been going for a few months it's a 8*4*8 and using a photography light, usb leds are smaller and cleaner looking
    2 points
  22. I think the betta thinks they are worms. The snail is unlikely to be attacked and killed, and will likely learn to pull the antenna in when the betta is near. It isn't that he is hungry exactly, it is that for fish "worm" = IRRESISTIBLE CANDY BAR!!
    2 points
  23. I have a 4way gang valve with a single nano pump running my hatchery. It isn't the pump, it is the setup. You need valves. Edit to add: I can run 3 brine hatcheries with room for a 4th, or 2 large sponge filters off one pump. You should have enough power.
    2 points
  24. Yeah, I thought of that after. Oops! I had a couple beers with dinner tonight. 🙂
    2 points
  25. Her magnificent blackness, the Queen of Spades...
    2 points
  26. It looks like a dragonfly nymph
    2 points
  27. @James Black, I am thinking about trying this overflow system:
    2 points
  28. Algae of most types occur around the world as their spores are endemic in the air and as such go "where the wind blows" that's why aquarium keepers in Germany get to fight the same algae as we do here in the U.S., or another fellow fishkeeper in Australia, Singapore, or Argentina. I get amused by the fact that so many new aquarium hobbyists buy the Marimo balls under the impression they are buying a moss and not algae and I have seen some of them react with disgust when they found out it was a form of green algae as if it changed the fact that they absorb nutrients and they still look just as fuzzy cuddly as before. They were marketed at just about the same time as the Nature Aquarium movement based on Takashi Amano's work became more popular here in the U.S. and I met quite a few then who believed they were an actual moss and would have probably not bought something labeled as an "Aegagropila linnaei Green Algae Ball" quite as quickly, at least not without first researching if it might spread. All our tanks contain a certain amount of algae, it's a fact of life on this planet, the algae takes care of some of the nutrients, just as our plants do, only if things get out of balance do algae really become unsightly. I don't stress over a bit of algae in my tank as long as it looks to be in balance and doesn't disturb the overall impression, it serves as another source of food for my algae eating crew as well. To me the Marimo ball is a reminder that Nature is so much better balanced, and perfect in its inter-dependencies, than any of our most complicated, and intricate aquarium eco-system designs can ever be and a tip of the hat to the fact that the algae whether cute and fuzzy, or wildly propagated by the wind has been here for a long time, and will be so for a long time to come.
    2 points
  29. I finally made a visit. The tubs need to get topped-off a bit. I took home a huge bag of water lettuce.
    2 points
  30. I feel like my cycled filter media smells like cilantro. Never noticed duckweed smelling though. Have to smell a bunch next time I scoop out the main tank.
    2 points
  31. I am a licensed Plumber in New Jersey... While I can't commute to Washington, lol... I am here if you need any advice.
    2 points
  32. So far this is the only baby I've found from the last clutch. I've been looking for weeks and thought they might have all been nabbed by the danios.
    2 points
  33. These "moss" balls have always baffled me, how a ball of filamentous green algae got to be so popular in the hobby so fast, ...when it was actually first discovered in the 1820s by Anton E. Sauter in Lake Zell, Austria who named it Aegagropila linnaei has had me somewhat puzzled. Here we are usually spending lots of coin, time and effort preventing and combating algae in any form, spend time to get our lights and fertilizer regimen just right to keep algae out of our tanks; and yet this fuzzy, and cuddly looking green tribble made up of one of our arch enemies the green algae has softened the heart of the fiercest persecutors of algae by disguising itself as a "moss". I love it!
    2 points
  34. Yeah, this is not an ideal moment to enter the market. But just thinking about "what if" as I look at my most recent cloud of EBA fry and wonder if I could single handedly flood the local Seattle market with this fish in only one hatch.
    2 points
  35. when things go sideways, it seems there is rarely an ideal solution for all involved. it sucks, but it is life. seems the co-op made you whole for the lost/dead item with no hassle. small businesses arent amazon, and just cant afford to always reship everything.
    2 points
  36. When she is ready, she will let the male (and you) know: Older females are harder (but not impossible) to work with.
    2 points
  37. My neighbor recently had a new septic system installed and it's an Aerobic Treatment system with an air pump/blower and multiple chambers. Pond snails could probably survive in such a system. More modern septic designs often incorporate air pumps and don't just rely on anaerobic decomposition. Also even in older systems water dumped into a septic system would have some measure of oxygen in it anyway and some new water would be entering the system fairly regularly. It might be enough to keep a few tough snails alive.
    2 points
  38. It looks like some form of fungus my water lettuce gets it when they get water diping on the leaves of my lid and start to rot
    2 points
  39. The thing is they do shipping by one way only - priority mail. I'm assuming that saves them a lot of time, and that's how they always get in-stock shipments out same day or next day. Normally, priority mail is 2-4 days, but as we all know the shipping industry has had quite a few issues in the last year. Other vendors will ship express mail or FedEx, but you have to pay dearly for that. I've ordered plants from no less than 5 vendors. A-C is by far the best quality, the best packaged, and at a fair price, but they can't do anything about the weather or the USPS, and anything shipped live comes with a risk of being dead when it gets there. I hope your sprite bounces back - the roots seem to look ok!
    2 points
  40. wow, thanks guys! This forum has been so much fun to hang out on. This forum is a reward in itself let alone a aquarium co-op care package! Will defentley do @Streetwise.
    2 points
  41. Congratulations! It couldn't have happened to 3 nicer nerms!
    2 points
  42. John at KGTropicals just did a great video on how they pack fish for shipping. MIchael's Fish Room also has a great one for shipping critters.
    2 points
  43. Last year I had a 20 gallon tub with a sponge filter, planted bacopa and floated frogbit. I kept guppies the past three years. This year I'm going to do a 40 gallon stock tub with water hyacinth and possibly some floating horwort. I have some Medaka in a 10 gallon right now. Just waiting for spring. No tech this year after speaking with some local fish keepers on how they bred their rice fish last year in tubs.
    2 points
  44. It is the server rack version of a fish rack. Very cool!
    2 points
  45. I commend you @Oliver T, for your noble cause. I know the aquarium hobby has saved around 30 species of fish from extinction in the wild due to habitat loss, and an ever growing number on the endangered list. I’m not sure if there are any specific funds or conservation efforts for wild marimo moss balls, i will have to look into that. One of the best ways to bring about conservation efforts is to do what you just did. Start a conversation about them, share pictures and information on them, and get people interested in the wonderful marimo moss ball. Highlight the benefits of a macro algae, that can live for over 100 years. Did you know you cut them open and spread them out for use in unique aquascaping methods. Yep, they dont have to be kept as a ball. I tip my hat to you @Oliver T. I too love them, and until i read your post was unaware of their decline in nature. You have peaked my curiosity, and now im off to learn more about our rolly polly algae friends. Thank you for that.
    2 points
  46. I really felt for him when he said they may have lost a decade of selection.
    2 points
  47. Forktail blue-eye rainbowfish
    2 points
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