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  1. Hugos really been enjoying his new freinds, i dont think he likes the fact that the neon tetras get food, he wishes it was all for him. At first it was challenging to get the neon tetras to eat without hugo hogging it. I've started using flakes that i push down to sink for the tetras and then i stick with the floating pellets for hugo. Hugo doesnt like food out of his feeding ring or sinking food, so that helps. The plants have been growing amazingly! The hygrophillia compact is about to split into two and the sword has some baby leaves. The hygrophillia siamensis is melting back. Hugo loves to sleep under the leaves as well as by the filter intake. I wonder why he likes the filter intake, maybe he just likes the sucking feeling, idk😆. I know hes not getting sucked in because he can easily swim away from it and theres like 0 flow in the tank. He also LOVES sleeping underneath the wood. He just loves to sleep! The neon tetras have started their "loose schooling" which is good it means they are comfotable in their tank. I wanna get a snail for this tank, back when i did have a mystery snail he would stare at it for hours. Im thinking a nirite snail.
    6 points
  2. Yesterday I moved everything out of my 29g and moved in a 75g. Let me tell you, it was hard work. I finally got the fish in the 75 at 1am this morning. BUT I love the 75!!! OMG! I hope my plants and fish transition well. I have about 25-30 Platys. Thus the bigger tank and will be adding Angelfish soon. 29g 29g The move.... BAHBAM! Cloudy mess But Oh ya! I managed to install the lids backwards. DERP More Pics to come!
    5 points
  3. BINGO!!! Just had a detailed phone call with him. He's looking at what scraps he has available when he gets to the shop, I'm taking some measurements, and we're comparing notes tomorrow. It's going to be 1" thick acrylic, and we might even be able to make it 40 gallons instead of the 20 I was hoping for. It certainly will be brat-proof, even when she gets to an adult size. When this sinks in, I am going to cry. Seriously. Thanks @Cory, and thanks to all of you for your ideas. I'd say y'all couldn't believe how much it will mean to me to have this tank... but you probably can.
    5 points
  4. Oh man, that's so sad! I don't have a definitive answer, but I've been raising practically hundreds of endlers for months now and I haven't noticed anything like that. My feeling is it might be something genetic, especially for a rare colorway that's probably pretty inbred at this point. You might want to try breeding the male(s) out to some generic endler females (I'd recommend in a separate tank) to see if the problem's with him or one of the females. Fingers crossed it was just a bad first (or last) brood from a female. Otherwise, sounds like you're trying to give them the best! I'd also recommend a few more floating plants to hide under and around to help reduce some stress.
    4 points
  5. Instead of a custom tank, how about building a "safety" display case to surround a regular tank, with one sheet of bullet-proof acrylic in the front for the viewing window? I wonder if this option offer two benefits over a custom-built tank: 1) cheaper to build, and 2) easier to find a custom craftsman/builder?
    4 points
  6. That looks great! My wife basically said I had to find a way to find the fish hobby a little. So I’m selling shrimp and maybe will be breeding corys. This small operation so far is bringing in about 300-400 a month. I would say it is working pretty well
    4 points
  7. I think I’ve lost all but one of the babies in the fry box. 🤦🏼‍♀️ The last five were doing great, but I believe they slipped through the mesh I have over the outflow when the water level got too high. Alas. The good news is the vinegar eel culture I now have is thriving! So I should have a better variety of food for the next batch. One thing I realized I did differently with my fry box this time is I never added a nanny snail. I thought maybe the algae buildup would help feed the fry a bit, plus the snail poop is less than pretty. But instead I think the algae ended up trapping some when they swam near the bottom. I wonder if the buildup of uneaten bacteria from the infusoria also contributed to the poor water conditions. A few days ago I added two nanny snails and they’ve made quick work of the algae. Lesson learned. Always add a nanny snail! Meanwhile, out in the garden, the chickens are helping me sift compost.
    4 points
  8. Officially fell off the deep end of the MTS pool... 4 x 40 breeders, 8 x 10 gallon 5 x 5 gallon.
    4 points
  9. Hello! This is an updated picture of my fish room dedicated to shrimp for profit. I’m moving only as fast as cash will allow me. I know I could have done more 10s or some 20s, but I wanted my premium RCS in the 20L so that way I can monitor and cull easier. I might add another 10 gallon or a 20. Maybe down the road build another stand for below and put some more tanks on it. Nothing fancy, this is all I can afford currently. No fancy auto water changes or drains (though my washer and dryer are right by it and I could use that drain (TBD)). I have a stingray light coming as well as an Amazon basics long power strip for behind the tanks to clean things up. Just wanted to share what I’m up to. I’m really enjoying this and I love seeing the messages from people saying how they love my shrimp. you can clearly see aquarium coops influence on me. Seen are their sponge filters, I’m getting the finnex light, the Ned trio is sitting there ect. Haha.
    3 points
  10. I don't have a lot of experience with Endlers personally, but my first thought was the same as @Kirsten, if the adults all seem fine and the rest of the tankmates seem fine, I'd tend to think that inbreeding could likely be the cause, especially if you're seeing signs of deformities. I also agree with Kirsten's suggestion of trying to breed genetic variation back into the line. @WhitecloudDynasty has several threads documenting his practices for breeding new lines, and he posts a lot about how he introduces diversity by breeding back into the line and then continuing to select for the same traits, so I'd recommend reading over some of his threads for ideas on good breeding practices (unfortunately, not all breeders practice good practices).
    3 points
  11. Wow! Judging from your KH as well, I think that means you have super duper hard water. One way to test, if you can get some distilled or RO water from the supermarket, try mixing it 50/50 in a clean container with some of your tap water and try another reading. Distilled water should be all 0, so whatever you read with this half & half mix is half your actual water hardness.
    3 points
  12. I agree! Also it might better for the fish, too.
    3 points
  13. cleaned up the 29 a bit - this is the 29 i replaced the substrate - at this point i think it is settling in:
    3 points
  14. I pre-portion out my fish food as well when I go out of town. I write the day of the week on the baggies, or more recently I used a pill box. That way our 15 year old neighbor can’t mess things up too bad. Your fish are a little e complicated since they’re eating raw tilapia, but I bet you can come up with a good system! With Dragon’s recent attempt to eat Dinky, I would be worried about letting them go hungry. It seems like Dragon does not like being hungry.
    3 points
  15. This is tough, because I know what you mean about trust. Will the house be empty, or will you have someone on site who can at least notice a major catastrophe? In cases like this, if I have no one, I tend to choose a non-pet person, who will follow directions exactly and have them check in once or twice a week. With pre-measured portions, and no inclination to get creative (hide the rest of the food so they can't over feed because the "poor things look hungry") they can't do too much damage.
    3 points
  16. If you've got plants in thank small tank, I would definitely start dosing ferts. 0 ppm nitrates is going to leave your plants unable to use any of that light energy coming in from your stingray, so the algae are going to have a field day. Water changes are a treatment for symptoms, but they will never address to core problem. 10 ppm in the other tank is pretty solid, but if you've got plants and 9 hours of light, you could afford to push it up to 20 ppm and it will make your plants more productive, which will then make your algae less productive. A 40% water change per week is a lot, so if you are able to address the algae problem through boosted ferts, I would do it.
    3 points
  17. Hey everyone, I just wanted to provide an update on the tank and let folks know the direction I've decided to go in. This tank is becoming an experiment in "What root feeders won't implode in fine sand." I've got C. parva, C. lucens, C. Wendtii (classic and green), dwarf sag, and microsword. I also tossed in red root floaters and floating fern (Salvinia Natans) which are extremely happy. I've had a good bit of melt on two of my 5 buce, but the other 2 are holding up super well. So far so good. I'll report back with more updates. I have so far managed to avoid any algae in the first two weeks of having the tank up and running and I'd guess I'm about a week or maybe two away from having the tank sufficiently cycled for livestock according to my current parameters. Thanks again for all of the input so far!
    3 points
  18. Good morning, Beavis.
    3 points
  19. Baby guppy with a piece of frozen bloodworm that was supposed to be for mom and dad.
    3 points
  20. There are a lot of pros for sponge filters, Excellent for biological filtration, okay at mechanical filtration, cheap and easy to use, pretty much just drop and plop. They oxygenate the water while also cleaning it, they are really powerful filtration while having a very light current for fish that do not like high flow. During a power outage they are inside the tank and will not dry out. They won't leak on your floor. I am not sure what your looking for but there is a few, they only have two cons, they are ugly and you have to put your hand in the tank to clean it. IMO it is the best type of filter though.
    3 points
  21. My betta tank sits below my grow light set up, and the shelf around it accumulates the usual clutter of aquarium stuff that I never seem to properly “put away.” One day while tending my anemic pepper seedlings (which received a diluted water soluble 3-2-2 organic fert ~weekly or so, smells less than pleasant, grows mold, clearly was not working, I wasn’t satisfied). The easy green bottle caught my eye... did 1 pump for ~<1 gallon of water, gave it to some of them to see what happened. Was concerned about some plant burn since it was a super concentrated dose compared to the directions of 1 pump:10 gallons. Left is old fert right is easy green after a week or so (less than rigorous study design 🙈). Same pepper variety, same seed start date, same lighting, same soil. Soon switched to giving it to all of them 😂. Did this for a few weeks and the OG Easy Green group has clearly outpaced. WOULD NOT use it for green leafy’s since it’s not made for “people plants.” The high potassium content (compared to the ratio of N and P, especially compared to garden ferts) didn’t seem to have ill effects. I have no plans on using this long-term for garden plants, because again it’s not made for human consumption plants. It also doesn’t have the correct phos for flowering plants (appropriately so as it’s not made for that). But interesting food for thought that easy green may provide a gentle dose of nitrogen and trace elements without the salts of normal garden ferts, the combination of which may be helpful for starting seedlings.
    2 points
  22. Silly Neolamprologus Multifasciatus
    2 points
  23. I agree with @Kirsten and @ererer. It's probably a genetic problem due to interbreeding.
    2 points
  24. measure the diameter and then check amazon for "black pvc"
    2 points
  25. That is reallly smart @Anita! you could have basically an acrylic window, and plywood box, set the tank inside.
    2 points
  26. I got some fritz zyme 7 from aquarium co op recently and was wondering if the product gives false testing for ammonia. I originally bought a bottle from amazon but was unsure if it was safe because one of the reviews said that you should test the product for ammonia to make sure it is not spoiled. I tried that, and it tested for 4-8 ppm ammonia. I thought it was spoiled, so I bought another from aquarium co op. I tested that bottle, and got the same results. I contacted fritz zyme and they said it is a false reading because it was not meant to be tested for ammonia, which I thought made sense. So, I used the fritz zyme in one of my betta tanks. I waited a little and when I tested the water the ammonia rose from 1-2 ppm to 4 ppm. I think the product worked though, because right now I am seeing almost no ammonia and some nitrites. But I was wondering if the reading when I first added the product to the tank was false, because I am planning on using it in a quarantine tank and a new tank. I don't want to use it if the ammonia actually was that high because that wouldn't be safe for the new fish.
    2 points
  27. Chili rasboras are great. I'd do them with a contrast coloured shrimp (orange, yellow). they really colour up with a dark substrate. It makes their red really "pop".
    2 points
  28. My son has a 5 gallon tank that was in his room. Unfortunately, it was mostly forgotten up there as we don't spend much time up there, so I've relocated it next to my normal tanks and added some plants from my other tanks. He is a bit discouraged by the past several months of it, but I think a new spot will help significantly. He had a Betta in there before, and he may go back with another one. However, I want to give him the option of a few other fish. I've got the following to consider: cherry shrimp, betta, celestial pearl danio, clown killifish, and neon tetra. Any suggestions on my list, or anything else to add?
    2 points
  29. Pre pandemic my last big vacation was 3 weeks. I preportioned food into zip lock baggies, taped to the aquariums. Tanks were fed every 3/4 days and water top up only (instructions on adding dechlorinator were included). Everything survived. My shrimp only tank I added some botanicals approx a week before I left. They got fed once during the 3 weeks and just grazed on biofilm etc. Fish were happy when I was back and they started to get more variety in their diet again.
    2 points
  30. I have endlers in a 5 gallon. They fit great, are hardy, and the boys are colorful.
    2 points
  31. Here's my older fry, now starting to hang down lower, with the grownups, and on the other side of the tank from the youngins. Altogether I counted 19 fry today that are large enough not to be eaten by the parents. I'm so happy!!! Oldest Fry and mom Oldest Fry and dad - proud papa! Group of oldest
    2 points
  32. I love EBAs. Been wanting one for a while, I lost one due to epistylis after getting it from the store; I thought it had ich and was very sad and frustrated that I couldn't cure it. That was before this forum, and now I know the difference! I recently got a new baby I bought online that's hobbyist bred and I'm growing it out in quarantine. I'm very excited to see it grow up. Great video!
    2 points
  33. Berried ghost shrimp and bonus bladder snail
    2 points
  34. @Isaac M I think pretty soon I'm going to try and move my Harlies. I caught some of them hanging out IN the amazon sword that the eggs are in tonight. They're getting wise to the little ones I think. They need to pick on someone their own size. 😁
    2 points
  35. Wife and kids headed to the in-laws so I grabbed the pieces of hardscape I need for my future Sad Bowl rebuild - obsidian from Glass Butte which is an hour away from us. Sometimes called mahogany obsidian due to the red/orange inclusions that make it look wood grain. Then I cleaned up the kids tanks - they are 3 and 5 so not quite ready to do their own maintenance. I think love is in the air in the Shelly tank. After that it was the Sad Bowl water change. Ughh but I’m starting to feel better about the scape I have in my head so that’s helping. Now I’m just finishing cleaning my python hose with half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a pond pump circulating the water through the hose.
    2 points
  36. That comes down more to the type of pump your using, you can try putting it on a cloth or something if the sound is coming from in vibrating on something. If it has two outlets, and you only have an air tube on one outlet, adding a second one would also reduce noise. If the noise is coming from the motor itself, getting a quieter pump would be the best way to do it. I forgot the brand name off the top of my head, but the grey one from petsmart is pretty quiet, (aqueon?) the aquarium coop nano pumps are the quietist by far, and I use them to power my sponge filters in my 270 gallon, so pretty powerful. They do not run the Ziss filters though, you need a stronger pump for them.
    2 points
  37. So since the beginning of this thread, I've really been inspired to stretch the limits of my existing equipment. I bought a cheap clip-on macro lens on Amazon, and I've been working with a OnePlus 6 phone, some walmart desk lamps, and a tripod. The OnePlus 6 - close to a 3-year-old phone now - can shoot 4K 60fps reasonably well on a tripod. It also has a slowmo mode claiming 1080p 240 fps, but looks super grainy with terrible autofocus and no ability to lock it. So I used both of those modes to make a video with the macro lens. (Sound Warning: I don't stand strongly behind my song choice). Camera Experts: Would love your feedback on these shots, and maybe some opinions on whether it might be worth it for me to simply upgrade my phone for a better camera, or if a dedicated camera would be that much better (for the amount of money you might spend on a nice new phone).
    2 points
  38. Nice!! Love me a nice RCS. Looks like you’re in business. Here’s our simple fish room. We breed a lot, but don’t ship too much.
    2 points
  39. Also, @Irene made a great series of videos documenting experiments with different cycling methods. You can find them here:
    2 points
  40. One of my greatest pet peeves is when fish stores don't give people information to be successful at this hobby. Not just the wasting other people's money to make a buck, but it kills people's motivation and joy (not to mention the fish).
    2 points
  41. it only takes 2 guppies to make a guppy tank. you know what to do........
    2 points
  42. In tank news, I’ve pulled another batch of babies! At one point I counted at least 25 in there. Then late one night I decided to pull even more because I want to keep some for my next generation breeding pair, and I’ll need to keep a handful to make sure I get the gender I want. (I think I want to keep a female, since males seem easier to find.) So now who knows how many are in there!! I also ordered a vinegar eel starter culture on @Fish Folk’s recommendation. I had been hesitant because I thought they were the same thing as micro worms, which crawl up the sides of their container in really gross patterns, but these just wriggle in the water, which is totally fine with me! They should help me feed this huge batch of babies. I have a feeling infusoria alone won’t cut it with this many! The tetra in the 10 gallon still looks fine! I finished the dose of paracleanse just in case. Just hang in there for one more week, girl!
    2 points
  43. I’ve definitely posted my boi recently but I see a betta photo post, I have to add mine. Everyone’s fish looks so handsome ✨ Sir Aether Finnbar; coolest crowntail I ever did see Admiral Harold Mustard; benevolent captain of the tank and glutton
    2 points
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