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  1. Please don't promote deceitfulness or lying.
    13 points
  2. Ive been enjoying taking tons of photos of my fish lately and thought id share some of them that didnt necessarily fit in the macro photography thread. Do you have any favorite fish photos youd like to share? Lets see em
    8 points
  3. Signatures can help provide context for posts. The right words can go a long way to helping others understand your perspective, and hobby focus. You can edit your signature in Account Settings/Signature, and create a nice minimal signature. https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/settings/signature/ Effective hobby signatures should be short, and not distracting. Please do not promote your brand, channel, site, store, etc. Try to avoid large images, long quotes, or memes. I personally prefer to just use text. Remember that many forum members check-in on their phones! If you link to your forum journal, please embed the link. Check the URL to make sure that you are linking to your journal, and not a specific comment in your journal. The vertical bar character ( | ), also known as the pipe, can be useful to separate items, such as journal links. It should be shift-backslash on most keyboards. Here are some signature examples: Young betta keeper, learning about plants in small tanks | Tank Journals Old-school hobbyist returning after time-off with a 120 gallon Angelfish community | Tank Journals Veteran hobbyist building 16-tank fish room for breeding | Fishroom Journals Chasing every color of Neocaridina | Shrimp Journals Keeper of this, that, and the other thing, with a focus on a specific technique | Tank Journals List of hobby things you value | Tank Journals All about ponds and outdoor life | Pond Journals Aspiring Nerm, ready to learn | Tank Journals
    6 points
  4. I went to the Grand Canyon last week. This picture doesn't do it justice.
    6 points
  5. Besides the stuff about promotion, those are just my suggestions from being involved in forums for many years. I have edited the text a bit. Your catfish is cute! On a previous audio/music production forum, we would list our computer, OS and version, music software in use, audio plugins, hardware, and style. With technical questions, it eliminated the back and forth phase of figuring out what someone's basic setup was.
    5 points
  6. Male rosy bitterling in breeding colors
    5 points
  7. Quick update on the Sterbai corydoras, I have been noticing a lot of breeding activity and today I was able to find 8 eggs on the glass! She has been laying eggs all over the tank as I watch her swimming under crypt leaves and rocks. I saved the ones on the glass and put them in a breeder box as those are a lot easier for me to get. The driftwood, plants and rocks make it very difficult for me to gather the rest of the eggs. I am very happy that I will be able to grow my school of sterbai corydoras. Any tips on raising the fry is greatly appreciated. I added indian almond leaves to the breeder box and have hikari first bites and repashy to feed the fry.
    4 points
  8. It would be fun to see everyone put what country your in. This could help when perscribing meds, because what may be legal in America may not be legal in the U.K. Also it would just be cool to see where everyone is from!
    4 points
  9. Gotta be baby Otocinclus as the only fish in the aquarium are discus. I love baby fish!
    4 points
  10. Noticed one if my tanks was a few of degrees higher than usual a couple of days ago. Didn’t think that much of it as it’s warming up around here but we haven’t used the AC yet. Usually keep tanks 76-78. Went to do water changes today and as soon as I touched the water I knew that same tank was way high. It was 93. Pulled heater out right away and it was very warm. Got temp down with slow water changes to about 83. Leaving lid off and turned the overhead fan on to cool the rest if the way. Fish seem ok. Guppies, lamb chop rasboras, and plecos. It was an Aqueon Pro 150 watt heater about two years old. Glad I caught it in time. Threw a 50 watt heater I had in there for now until I get another one.
    3 points
  11. Boom! Here we go summer . . . bring on the mini ponds! Last summer we started with about 7x Guppies, and ended the summer with 75. That was one mini pond. This year, we're hoping to do even better. There's nothing comparable to the brilliant colors of guppies pulled from an outdoor tub at the end of summer.
    3 points
  12. Here are mine! My Siamese Algae Eater is so cute!
    3 points
  13. First fish. A sculpin! Not a Grunt sculpin but a Tidepool sculpin (Oligocottus maculosus). Let's hope he adapts well to the tank!
    3 points
  14. LFS finally had some healthy looking otos.... Currently in the baby plant/quarantine tank which has been ugly...waiting for a clean up crew. All but a couple will move most out to 20s and 75 in a few weeks. No scraping this tank anymore.
    3 points
  15. Today on my commute home I out of the corner of my eye I spotted the corner of a 30 or 40 gallon storage tote barely sticking out of the brush on the side of the road - my brain immediately thought "FREE SUMMER TUB" After 2 u-turns on a 4 lane highway I pulled over in traffic to happily discover it was a heavy duty style and holding water....loaded it up....in true Alabama style I didn't even get one funny look from a passerby. I even had this sense of crazy urgency worried someone would beat me to it if I didnt get back to this barely visible tote in a matter of seconds.... All of this was not advisable behavior BTW 🙂
    3 points
  16. I personally don't medicate during quarantine until I see a need to, and then use the medication that is most appropriate for whatever pops up. From what I understand, the med trio is often used as a single dose "marinade": dose all three just once together and let it sit a week.
    3 points
  17. Somebody be sweatin loss o' their moonshine tub!
    3 points
  18. Im still in shock at how small the algea wafer is 🤦‍♂️
    2 points
  19. 15 gallons, 3 nerita snails, should have it covered pretty well, right? ...or not
    2 points
  20. Small sponge filter (or none if planted heavily enough). No heater required, but make sure water hardness is on the high side. if you plant heavily enough, and make sure lighting is good, you won’t even have to feed often. Just throw a betta in there, and they will live off its scraps.
    2 points
  21. Welcome to the forum! They are definitely not cherry barbs. They are serpae tetras it looks to me. Once they get comfortable though, they will get a really nice red color with black fins.
    2 points
  22. I was curious if people think an apistogramma would work in my community tank. It’s a 75 heavy planted . Current stock 8 rainbows,10 Congo tetras, 20 cardinals, 24 ember tetras, 6 green neon rasboras, 6 swabwa barbs,6 green fire tetras, 6 Cory’s, 2 bristlenose plecos and crap ton of snails. I have read they can work in community tanks. And if so a male or female? I’m assuming a pair would be a bad idea though
    2 points
  23. I love tiny tanks, and I consider many of my systems as wet houseplants. The smaller the tank, the longer I wait for it to season.
    2 points
  24. A quick update on the rack. No fry yet, from that last hatch, but the water they are in is very, very green, so I'm uncertain if any have hatched yet. The crypt beds are looking amazing and I'm excited to slowly replace the pellia with pink crypts!
    2 points
  25. A teenager with MTS, sounds relatable🤣 Cherry shrimp don't need a heater (unless your house is like 60F room temp, but I doubt it is) Cory has mentioned in past live streams that he has seen cherry shrimp breed under a thin layer of ice. Filter is techinically a MUST, but it depends on your setup. Personally with the limited space you have with a 1 gallon, I would heavily plant it instead of doing a filter. Plants I would recomend are Hornwort, Moss, Amazon Frogbit. All these plants will grow rapidly and eat nutrients in the water colum. All of these plants you could probably get from a fellow aquarist, look on craigslist, your local fish club auctions, etc. You should get them for a few bucks each. Food like the Shrimp Cusine or the Shrimp King pellets are all very good for shrimp, would reccemond. (couldnt find any shrimp king pellets in stock at a resonable price on amazon. And couldnt find any on aquariumcoop.com) I would also reccemend to get some Repsashy as a nice snack for the shrimp, you can feed this to your pygmy corys as well. Its a little expensive so maybe don't get it right away but defentley think about it. For the amount of shrimp I would do maybe two or three of the SAME GENDER of shrimp. So either all males or all females. Females seem to be the more attracted ones, and are bigger with more color usually. For substrate it wont really matter and isn't a MUST as. all of the plants I suggested will do better floating. You would probably be better off getting some substrate at your LFS, or from a local aquarist (once again would be cheaper, and would have some of the bacteria that you want to start off your nitrogen cycle) The General Rule of Thumb is once a week waterchanges, it varys with each tank. I've gone three weeks without needing a waterchange before. You only need to do a waterchange when you test for excess amonia or nitrites. Eventually you may never need to waterchange with the plants that you have. @Streetwise doesn't do waterchanges on some of his tanks because of the way his tanks are setup. To learn more about how he sets up his tanks for 0 waterchanges click here.
    2 points
  26. I think Ich-X is the way to go, but I would not do them with the other 2 in the trio....due to the daily waterchanges that Ich-X requires when treating for an active infection. You would just be taking the other meds out during the waterchanges, which wouldn't be effective. Ich can show up as 2 or 3 dots one day and be way more a day or two later, after the parasite has multiplied exponentially. So even though there are only a few dots now, it could definitely be ich.
    2 points
  27. I have a bunch of $30 inkbird heater controllers for this exact reason. There was a guy, Giga, on nano-reef.com that made the coolest mangrove island saltwater tank. It ended up crashing because a heater failed and cooked the inhabitants. They also have wifi models for slightly more money, I'm trying one out now. Glad you caught yours in time to avert catastrophe!
    2 points
  28. Same happened to me with an Aquael 50W in a 7G with CPDs and Shrimps, fortunately without casualties. I've ordered externals temps controllers, to have a double protection just in case.
    2 points
  29. Better pictures. He has a name: Tiberius! And there is someone stalking already!
    2 points
  30. If you can't beat 'em, you know the saying.... join 'em.
    2 points
  31. They hide everywhere!
    2 points
  32. UPDATE: Definitely recommend the thick plywood! Works perfectly under the tank, still perfectly level. 🙂
    2 points
  33. I will happily support most any LFS that properly quarantines their fish and pay more money for those fish. As hobbyists, we also should be prepared to quarantine, medicate, and feed with quality food fish newly arrived to our care. Shipping will stress the healthiest of fish and reduce immune function. Also, a good tip is if you live close to your LFS/LPS, to check on the same fish a few times over several days or a week after they arrive to the store to see if they stay healthy or if their health worsens. Or, if there's something particular you know you want, to see if you can order it before it arrives, and show up the day it's delivered to the store and take it home immediately before it's added to the tank in the store.
    2 points
  34. I got this book and can't recommend it enough. It's an easy to follow step-by-step manual from the expert in the hobby. I've followed his advice on setting up 2 tubs this summer-a 40 and a110 gallon. So far I've got some Yellow Iris and water hyacinth and Creeping Jenny growing. I threw in some java moss and some dwarf water lettuce from my tanks and things are looking good. Anyone have advice on where to buy water lilies online? There's a local garden store that said they may have some after Mother's Day but who know what varieties they'll get.
    2 points
  35. Oh boy do I! 😂 his name is Lo Ban (it means “boss” in Cantonese). Went to the fish store for something else, saw him, and it was all over from there.
    2 points
  36. I've not used any Repashy foods to condition corydoras, but I would say one like the spawn n grow, or grub pie would be good. I use frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp, and live blackworms to condition mine. Another thing I will do is squirt in a little baby brine shrimp so that the adults will see that there is small foods available for fry.
    2 points
  37. Chemistry major... Your going to end up the forum expert on water paremeters, meds, and ferts if your not careful 🙂
    2 points
  38. Exactly. You've obviously had aquariums for quite some time like me, or unlike me, you have a degree in Fisheries Biology, but then again the internet makes everyone that has fish a passable Fisheries Biologist like me, though I'd never call myself a Fisheries Biologist.
    2 points
  39. After I find a place to hide it from my wife lol I am going to trying my hand at growing clippings from my stem plants and Java Fern plantlets and a livebearer with some color. I want to set up a bigger tank in my house so I was thinking I could use it to get a jump start on some things to transfer in the winter. I need to keep it limited to whatever I can do with stuff on hand so my free tote stays relatively "free." The first thing I need to do is make sure it hasn't been contaminated with chemicals or shine as @Fish Folk mentioned 🙂. I will get it cleaned up this week and get some water soaking in it and see if I can detect it leaching anything.
    2 points
  40. Bolivian rams are Omnivores just offer a good selection of foods and they will be fine the foods you have will fine for Bolivian rams
    2 points
  41. Hey, so should I get rid of my little catfish even though I sized it to be little? I don't want to step on toes.
    2 points
  42. # On Quarantine Yeah, quarantine is pretty important when your average fish cost is around $100 😬 I appreciate the compliment, but I'm still pretty new to reef tanks, I wouldn't do what I do unless you want to learn from my mistakes first hand 🤣 # Tank Journal Forum Thanks for the advice on the tank journal, I will do a "build thread" for my new 40-breeder when I finally get around to combining my tanks (probably in early June). # Scarlet Badis You know, I'm not sure... At first I thought that I had a male and a female, but Ventress does have a little red (even though it's definitely not the bright red that Dooku has). I don't know if "she" is a male that is just not dominate or a female. They rarely fight or chase each other... Maybe I'll post some pictures and get some advice from this forum. If they are a male/female pair, I would like to try to breed them at some point. Thanks! I don't really do much for the crypts; I dose Tropica specialized nutrition (or premium? whichever one doesn't have nitrates and is orange) and add Seachem root tabs once a month. As for the names, I think a lot of people in this hobby lose sight of the fact that these animals are pets. Giving everyone a name builds the attachment to them and makes them feel more like family and less like an object 😃 I try to name every fish I get after it survives quarantine (but not before because it just makes deaths that much harder).
    2 points
  43. Yeah, I've always heard that rimless acrylic tanks need full bottom support, though I don't have any acrylic tanks myself. 1/2" or 3/4" plywood (not osb - oriented strand board, the stuff that looks like chunks of wood glued together) on a metal stand should work fine. Some folks use something with cushion as a mat in between, as @Nate s said.
    2 points
  44. if fish dont look good in the store, dont buy them. who's fault, could be they sold you sick fish, could be your water parameters, could be acclimation, or any combination of things.
    2 points
  45. Back porch planters are filled with substrate- pea gravel, lava rock, and river rock. Water and water lettuce are in as well as some Fritz 7.
    2 points
  46. This thread inspired me to add some Otocinclus to my big discus tank. About 3 weeks ago I purchased a group off of Aquabid and plopped them in and waited. Today I saw this: At about 10 seconds a discus passes by looking like a slowly moving death star.
    2 points
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