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  1. I was siphoning up plant debris and snail poop from the unoccupied quarantine tank to get it ready for the next batch of fish. I got all the big stuff up and was starting on the second round of cleanup when I noticed something rather not debris-like at the top of the tank. It was baby fish! I counted about 6 but I have no idea how many I sucked up and tossed out in the grass with the first round of siphoning. 😞 The last fish in the quarantine were rummy nose tetras and dwarf neon rainbows. I really wasn’t expecting babies from either school since I wasn’t doing anything to encourage it. Now I wonder if there are babies in the main tank. I’ve never had baby fish other than guppies so I’m a bit out of my depth with these guys. I have frozen baby brine so I plopped a cube in for them. If I manage to keep them alive I do have the Co-op’s fry food but those granules are pretty big, more guppy fry size. These guys are tiny and nearly all eyes! Really hard to get photos of but here’s one of the little guys.
    6 points
  2. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Assorted Mystery Snails Nerite Snails (Military Helmet and Zebra) Goldfish Black Ranchu Calico Fantail Shubunkin Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Galaxy Yellow Plakat (NICE) Marble Blue Plakat (NICE) Super Yellow Plakat (NICE) Gouramis and other Anabantoides Female Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami Sparkling Gourami Scarlet Badis Cichlids Apistogramma Agassizii "Tefe Red Back" Apistogramma Trifasciata Albino Common Kribensis Bolivian Ram Corydoras and other Catfish Sixray Corydoras (Wild) Corydoras Ambiacus Corydoras Elegans Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory Synodontis Schoutedeni (NICE) Plecos Common Otocinclus L255 Spotted Medusa Pleca L106 Orange Seam Pleco L056 Rubber Pleco L240 Galaxy Vampire Pleco Loaches Golden Dojo Loach Borneo Sucker Loach Black Kuhli Loach Yo-Yo Loach Tetras Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Blue Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Diamond Tetra Flame Tetra Glowlight Tetra Neon Tetra Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Beckford's Pencilfish Rasboras Chili Rasbora Neon Green Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Copper Nose Barb Odessa Barb Siamese Algae Eater Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio Giant Danio White Cloud Gold White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Endlers (Locally Bred) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Leopard Tail, Cobra Red, Flamingo, and Red Tuxedo) Black Tiger Guppy Pairs Japan Snakeskin Guppy Pairs Yellow King Tiger Cobra Guppy Trios (Locally Bred) Black Lyretail Molly Sunset Platy Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbows Oddballs Chameleon Tiny Spiny Eel Peacock Spiny Eel Pea Puffers Fish listed from top to bottom: Synodontis Schoutedeni, Marble Blue Plakat, Dumbo Ear Halfmoon, Halfmoon, Super Yellow Plakat, Copper Nose Barb, Golden Dojo Loach, Peacock Spiny Eel, Yellow King Tiger Guppy Trio (Male), and Japan Snakeskin Guppy Pairs.
    3 points
  3. Started to build my coldwater tank. Welded four of the 1" acrylic panels. Woot! 🤪
    3 points
  4. I'd call that a dkh of 1. KH can be measured in either parts per million of carbonate and bicarbonate in your water, or in degrees. 1 dkh equals 17.9 ppm. Of course, the real answer is that it's around that amount, but we don't need finer detail for aquarium purposes. As long as your kh and ph stay stable, I wouldn't worry about it. Just be sure to do regular water changes, which will help to replenish KH. Based on what you said about the pH of your other tanks, I'm assuming that the kh of your tap water reads higher?
    3 points
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  6. Welcome to the forum @initiallyfish Glad you could join us!!! If you have any questions ask away, I'm sure you'll learn lots!
    3 points
  7. That's me! I'm @Finnegan! Thanks!
    3 points
  8. Having seen some other people start threads covering their nerm projects as a whole, I figured I might start one as well. From this thread I will keep those who want to follow my overall progress updated. I'll start by giving an intro to those who do not know me yet: https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/profile/2850-corydorasethan/?tab=field_core_pfield_1 Okay so onto my projects. I currently have two aquariums. Here's a little more on them... The first is my pride and joy, the 29 gallon planted community. This is my main "display" tank and houses large numbers of livebearers and catfish. My next tank is a 10 gallon aquarium used for housing more livebearers, a gourami, snails, and another flying fox. I have not posted a thread yet on this one, but I plan to do so in the future. It still needs some work: So yeah there is a bit on my aquariums. I'll make sure to update this thread weekly at least. Thanks.
    2 points
  9. Just wanted to share a success story. I brought in some fancy guppies from Twin Cities Guppies almost a year ago with the intent of doing fish for profit, inspired by Cory's series. My area had a dearth of quality guppies, seemingly because all the local breeders had moved on to other live-bearers and cichlids, so I decided to go for it in my 40 gallon. I've definitely diverged from Cory's advice by going specific strain as opposed to nice mutts, and I'm doing it in a much bigger tank than a 10 or 20, but apparently I've hit the market right. I've only been selling them to my store for the last three months, and just today they've called asking me for more, apparently demand is through the roof. The last time I delivered, I sold them 30 fish and they were sold out within a week. I'm actually running up to the point we're I don't know if I can keep up with the volume, which is an exciting problem to run into. I understand this might be a boom and bust scenario, and I'm okay with that; I'm very patient, and I've got some other breeding projects in the works to take its place. It's just really gratifying to have the fish store call you instead of the typical other way around, and I wanted to share that mark of success with you all. Thanks for all the support and tips! (The thumbnail is one of my juveniles)
    2 points
  10. One of my Amazon frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) produced a flower bud today. I did not know it can do that.
    2 points
  11. So that one anubias is slowly being pushed more to the left. And she's spending a lot of time laying with her face in it. It must be love. Got some shaky cam footage of her this evening. Cute yawn at 1:18. SO MANY DUCKWEED ROOTS. I keep sucking them out every week and more just get in the water column. I'm half tempted to switch to a HOB just for the water polishing.
    2 points
  12. A couple months later and I'm loving how everything is looking. It's not the most elaborate or uniquely aquascaped tank, but I love my puffer community tank.
    2 points
  13. Hi Vanessa- Have you shown (or considered showing) your partner the last post you made? You're a good communicator and there's some really powerful stuff in there that leaps out at me: * Music and Fish keeping are *both* hobbies for me. Truth be told, I get the same exact sense of happiness and relaxation out of changing guitar strings as I do out of doing water changes. There's definitely a joint connection there that I think your partner can relate to and understand about you- you might have to help him a little bit more to see that you both feel the same sense of enjoyment from your hobbies. * You mention that you've made the efforts to share in his hobby. Has he shared in yours? Can you combine them? Personally, I'm pretty sure that I can't come up with a single person that I know that wouldn't find it enjoyable to watch fish and listen to Jazz (a good stiff drink in hand would make this into a perfect "hat trick"). * If you're getting older, could this be case where what your partner is really worried about is that you might have an accident (e.g. slip on a wet floor or fall carrying something) or that there might be circumstances where they might have to take care of your pride and joy tank and they feel overwhelmed or intimidated by that? Maybe try to tease this out and then talk about a plan to avoid both? * You call your partner "a good man"- make sure that he see this for sure...I think I can generalize here- most men see that in print or hear that out loud from their partner rarely-especially as relationships get longer. Having a partner acknowledge this about me would make my day, week, month, and year. * Consider if you can play "let's make a deal". Maybe your partner has had their eye on something for their hobby that they've been holding back on for themselves that they've assumed you wouldn't agree to or just feel guilty about spending money on (maybe something for their saxophone, or music collection, or a collectable from their favorite Jazz artist, whatever). If you're at the stage where you're financially secure, maybe you can agree to green light something "big" for both your hobbies? Good luck- I'm rooting for both of you to come together over this.
    2 points
  14. I moved some plants around, added the rest of the cherry shrimp, added some moss(not shown in any of the pictures) and I trimmed the rotala(?) I might propagate the anubias
    2 points
  15. When I started my fifteen gallon tank, I decided to do a fish-in cycle. I couldn't source enough lava rock, so I only planted on one side. With the half-planted tank, I let it run for a month before adding my first five ember tetras. Of course, they were watched, like a hawk, and water was tested daily. After a week, four more were added. I floated the bag of new fish and did something else, for a while. When I went back, to add tank water to the bag, I found both groups of fish with their noses pressed against the plastic barrier. A week later, four more were added; with the same behavior shown. Next, came the three otocinclus. I acclimated them and released them into the tank. The little embers swam with the otos, from the very beginning. They were welcomed without any fuss; even though they were much larger. Then, I added five shrimp. When they were released, the embers all ran and hid. It took them two or three days to get over their fear of the strange, scary monsters. Lots of fun!
    2 points
  16. Lots of cool possibilities! Love everyone's ideas. Here's a few shots of our 55 gal Discus tank. We've kept Rams with them , Threadfin Acaras, and Electric Blue Acaras. It's a fun option to consider. Discus like it hot: 85-88 degrees Fahrenheit. Bear that in mind when considering everything. (BTW -- this tank runs simply on two large sponge filters!)
    2 points
  17. Alright, as promised, here's some photos of the setup. I forgot to add that my filtration consists of an old 206 canister filter that I had left over from my first tank with a spray bar and intake sponge, as well as a couple co-op sponge filters to add some extra surface agitation and gas exchange. In the front left corner is my solution to doing water changes without sucking up babies. It's a pump I got from PetSmart that is designed to dump out over the edge. I threw on a small intake sponge on it and it works surprisingly great.
    2 points
  18. You might not be able to carry a 75 gallon tank up 3 flights but I bet you can carry 30 or so 20 gallon tanks up over a few days!!! Technically you are still within his "rules" and as far as I'm concerned you "adjusted" 😉 Also, look into acrylic tanks. Much much lighter than glass tanks half their size and in my opinion better to look at. Best of luck to you! Go easy on him with you "adjustment"
    2 points
  19. I encourage whatever is on my plants is my tank pristine no, but it is very natural-ish and imo very pretty in a different way
    2 points
  20. I guess this is just a rant at the other half? I mean physically moving aquariums is something you have to think about. If it really is just you and him that are available to lift it then you will of course be limited by how much you can physically lift. Maybe a compromise? A 55 gallon is probably manageable between the 2 of you not knowing your physical conditions etc. Offer some friends/neighbors some beer or something to help and you could probably get a bigger aquarium moved. I guess it would be frustrating if your partner didn't appreciate your hobby like you do. That said don't knock the smaller tanks either. A 20 gallon is a perfectly good aquarium. Not for Oscars but still a good size especially the 20 long one of my favorite dimensions to work with.
    2 points
  21. I watch mine. If I have fry in my tank and feed then they grow and multiply so I vacuum very lightly just surface hover to remove excess and they stay right at the gravel line and small enough I cannot see them without a magnifier. A clip on uv for hob or any uv helps control them if they are already too many and the green hydra because the green ones hove a symbiotic relationship with green algae living inside them. I have no scientific idea why I am not a scientist. I added one in the first tank I had them as they were already out of control and it knocked them back to a useful level. Hey anything that eats the bacteria and Protozoa that can prey on my fish is ok in my book.
    2 points
  22. So today wont be an hour of work, but I thought I would post it anyway. Yesterday evening I mad a DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery, to learn how I made it click here. I have some brine shrimp eggs coming from amazon quite soon, and cant wait to start my first hatch. Today I wiped the glass of green spot algae on my community tank. Today I also discoverd that the roots on my amazon frogbit are growing!
    2 points
  23. Hello! Thank you for the warm welcome! I have been keeping fish for 20+ years. I am learning so much from Aquarium Co-op and am enjoying looking at everyone's tanks on this forum. We have bettas, neon tetras, rainbowfish, Endlers, khuli loaches, corydoras, and neocaradinia shrimp. My husband keeps saltwater tanks and we have lots of corals, fish and inverts. This is such a WONDERFUL hobby, you are always learning and making new discoveries!
    2 points
  24. new meme 😁 very basic I know @Aubrey I couldn't figure out how to add drop shadows to text I am using krita btw
    2 points
  25. Okay so here's the story... I originally had two male endlers which I upgraded to the 29 gallon tank. When I got a pleco for the tank, a tiny guppy fry somehow got into the bag, and so we added it to the tank as well. Now she looks like this: She and the endlers had babies together, and eventually, there came to be multiple different colorations. I wouldn't call them strains yet, only mutts. First are these yellow, leopard/cobra guppies. These in particular seem to have swordtail-like extensions on their tail fins. Still others have huge, completely black fan tails. Next are these bright coral-red guppies: The females of both types are as big as guppy females, and pretty much look the same as their mother, with either pink, purple, yellow, or black tails. Some even have a blue that glows in the sunlight, which is pretty cool. Okay onto the plants. I have some water sprite that has reproduced in the 29 gallon, so I am adding some to the 10 gallon. Same goes for my Java fern. Additionally, I got some water lettuce or something from the store and put some in there, and now it is thriving. I can't say the same about my 29 gallon though. A few pieces of duckweed got in as well and have taken over the tank in there!
    2 points
  26. not related to aquariums: my family got 3 more ducks 😁 they are adorable and anyone who has time, space, and patience for them should get some
    2 points
  27. Thinking of new aquarium memes(my new hobby 🤣)
    2 points
  28. An update on the Cherry Shrimp. The colony is really taking off and I am very happy with how this line is turning out. It can be tedious removing the less colorful shrimp, but the results are well worth it.
    2 points
  29. My pleco. I didn't buy this fish, it was dumped in my lap by someone else shutting down their one tank who didn't realize they still had a pleco living in there. Because I don't know what kind it is the question of how big it's going to get keeps me up at night. I have shared a picture of it and been assured by people on the PlanetCatfish forum that it's not a common pleco but they weren't able to tell me exactly what it was and there are plenty of others that will get too big for my 29 gal tank (it's currently 6" and already makes me feel guilty). I can't help but love it. It's so ugly it's cute, has tons of personality and is a gentle giant but worrying about keeping it happy and comfortable for its entire life is stressing me out.
    2 points
  30. I agree with @Ken, I would leave it and let it settle on its own. The mulm was always in the aquarium, it just became dislodged from your sponge, that is all. It will become lodged into your sponge once again. Your aquarium is looking great by the way!
    2 points
  31. I was walking along my Betta Barracks to check the temps, and I was carrying this sponge filter box. 8 of the bettas didn't notice, but #9 looked like he fainted or had a stroke. He was fine a few minutes later, but now I know better !
    2 points
  32. Thank you! I hope so. I've posted on a general topics just now to see if anyone can help me with my problem. This seems like a very kind and caring community I'm happy to join.
    2 points
  33. Thank you! yes it is! I was also Fresh on piranha-fury.com so I figured to keep it going I have a 27g cube that I recently bought locally off ebay which I'm going to setup as a community tank with live plants. It's been about 10 years since my last tank but aquariums have been in my family for years so I'm familiar with them. I've mostly had piranha tanks (3x) so this is a new corner for me
    2 points
  34. I just realized the thumbnail, in my first post, is of the 10g aluminum sided tank that became the 15g tank next to me, after it started leaking. Which is now on the floor next to the 25g alumininum in the dinning room. I am lucking to have a wife that enjoys me enjoying my fish tank habit. These yellow ladies are amoung my favorites.
    2 points
  35. It actually comes with a second lens, too, if you want to change the light cone. It's like $45 on amazon, so def worth a shot for how well designed it seems to be. I was mostly salty at Fluval for not making a 12" version like everyone else 😂 [Fluval if you're listening, make the aquasky in a nano.] A girl can dream, right?
    1 point
  36. I’m using the Fluval 3.0 Nano and I’m happy with it but I’d love to play with a spotlight.
    1 point
  37. The easiest plant you're going to find for an axie tank is java moss. It will tolerate temps down to 59°f, though it will grow more slowly at lower temperatures. It's easy to find, easy to care for, and is very attractive. Java ferns and anubias also may work, but they may not. Java ferns can be finicky, I've always had trouble with them, at least. It might look pretty cool if you can get an entire carpet of Java Moss going. It'll help suck up nitrates, too. To propagate more moss to make an entire tanks worth, try cutting up pieces of the moss and sticking the pieces in some jars in a window with a bit of air and a few drops of easy green. I also cultured some daphnia by accident that way, my fish loved it!
    1 point
  38. I got a similar net made by shurhold. Also bought a 9ft telescoping handle.
    1 point
  39. Very possibly. Something like a sera micron or new life spectrum powder. CPD fry are bad at being fish. If sufficiently small food doesn't fall directly in front of their face, they won't eat it. I can't say that first bites won't work but just watch them closely when you feed them. Maybe be prepared to get something else for them if they don't take to the first bites. If all else fails they have a good shot of surviving by grazing in the older, more mature tank for a while. The newer tank might be a challenge.
    1 point
  40. It is possible generations of fry will prey on other generations. I haven't specifically about CPD's but i don't know why they wouldn't. If you want to mix generations maybe put in a lot of cover?
    1 point
  41. Now it's time for tank. Construction started on the 1" thick acrylic aquarium that will be home to the biotope. Four sides done, two more to go. Then the fun begins!🤪
    1 point
  42. as long as pleco's have a decent food source, they dont bother plants too much. imo good plants for large tanks include amazon swords, val's, dwarf aquarium lilli's.
    1 point
  43. I would say my Siamese flying fox. He is blind on one side due to some type of deformity or injury. Even so, he has gotten bolder ever since we moved the gourami and other flying fox out of the tank. Now he just nips and bites my Corydoras for fun and is aggressive during feeding time.
    1 point
  44. Anything breed to have longer fins natural fin are less prone to damage and fin rot
    1 point
  45. Thank you! These 8 closest tanks are the ones I purchased from my LFS last year.. Sadly NONE are up and running yet. I did work on one today.
    1 point
  46. Wow, it’s looking great!
    1 point
  47. Just picked out a few males to breed in individual tub. what are you guys working with this year? got some pictures of your stock?
    1 point
  48. Wow!! That got clear FAST!!
    1 point
  49. Short video... so cool... our first U. S. Native fry!
    1 point
  50. Cool! Hope it opens up some!
    1 point
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