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  1. I didn’t know Buce flowered but here it is!
    6 points
  2. I love that you made that his food spot. So cute! The grapevine log in my pleco tank. My bearded dragon had ledges to sit on in front of all my tanks but his favorite was the pleco tank with shrimp. When he passed I used his favorite basking log in the tank replacing the manzanita so part of him could be there in his favorite tank.
    6 points
  3. All the new filters are on the tanks except 1. I was running 2 aquaclear 50 on the guppy community and a coop large sponge. I replaced one aquaclear but want to let it establish before adding the second. The guppies now stay on the Marineland side so that tells me the change of flow was great for them. Mom and dad pleco tank was too close to the wall and on a 300 lb oak stand so no option for moving it out 😒 but that one is just there to start other tanks main filter is a fluval 307 with 2 coop air sponges so when it throws a tantrum no big deal Funny thing the biowheel make a slight whirring noise I quickly came to enjoy. I listen as I walk past each tank and know it’s working as it should..unlike the lid rattling of aquaclear 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I redid the pleco tank to remove the substrate because the babies still in there go into the crevices making it impossible to vac. I hate substrate but always use a little because of its benefits. This redo was inspired entirely by advice on Val plant and their 75 gallon journal from @Odd Duck Thank you so much I am in love with the new scape. My CPD in that tank are loving it they started spawning in the elodea planter witching 2 hours….and have every morning since. Mom and dad seem to enjoy it too but they are so infatuated with one another who knows As you can see in the pic dad is missing an eye and has a brown spot on his tail Mom has a brown spot to they incurred these all in transport to me when I got them. But I love them all the more they are unique 🥰 first pic zucchini in the middle whenever I work on this tank I put it in mom hangs on the underside and allows me to pick her up and move her around this way quite convenient! They are both hand tame I love them I loved this planter idea so much I redid my boy and girl guppy grow outs this way too so I could grow out a few baby pleco in them as well. If I need to change them to 20longs as well I just pick up the planters and done…I like easy. These are not complete so look sloppy but here is the starts. I don’t know if I want backing or not…probably not so it is hanging half on/off 🤣🤣🤣 made more repashy on a stick pleco babies on a stick 😁 HAPPY ADVENTURING!
    6 points
  4. Mostly for my own records, this is the tank today. Hungry crabs have pretty much eaten most of the kelp in about two weeks:
    5 points
  5. When I did my fishless cycle....needless to say there was an ooops and I accidentally dosed ammonia to well above 4ppm.....I ust let it ride. I added Fritz 7 every other day and just let it go....then the ammonia started coming down and guess where the Nitrites went....You guessed it...they took off like my first wife🙄 I again just let it ride...3 weekslater I was zero ammonia and zero nitrites and nitrates were 20 or so an the plants were loving life. Moral to the story....LET IT RIDE.
    5 points
  6. If all esle fails you can "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" it. Get the powerhead attach the outlet to the inlet side of the bulkhead at the bottom and watch it become a fountain......ARR ARRR ARRRR ARRRRRR😆
    5 points
  7. I imagine part of the point of the video was to teach us how to bend PVC, cut holes in the sides of buckets, and make an uplift tube. Lots of useful skills that can be applied elsewhere! Actually it’s one of my favorite videos because of all the skills it taught. 😃
    5 points
  8. Bagged and sold lots of fish to my LFS today… (1) 1x F0 male Apistogramma bitaeniata caught in Peru (2) 1x Female Tangerine Molly that had evaded an earlier sale (3) 1x male / 5x female Dwarf Gouramis, 1x male Honey Gourami (4) 10x young unsexed home-raised Electric Blue Acaras (5) 8x home raised Bronze Corydoras of breeding size (6) 6x Glowlight tetras (7) 7x young home raised Bristlenose Plecos This frees up one 20 gal long for Rainbow Shiners to grow out in… And this empties out another 20 gal long for decommissioning, since I’m doing a new set up for breeding Discus… I got by $72.50 for all the fish. I sell wholesale prices, so my aim is just to soften the financial blow slightly from the hobby, not to make money. Today, I turned the cash around, and got a new heater…
    5 points
  9. Here’s some updates: I got a shipment of plants from my plant guy and they’re great. 2 anubias nanna in the mid ground on the rocks and wood, limnophila aromatica mini in the foreground, and a really cool crypt ( I need to get the type as this was a surprise) mid ground and a crypt spiralis in the back. This is along with this beautiful lace plant I’ve had for a year and a half. I’m liking how this looks. Lots of biofilm on the hard scape, a little foggy but I think that’s just cause I disrupted the substrate. Here’s the column tank - who doesn’t love these beautiful fireball platys? They’re so small and colorful and using all the tank space just a flurry of color and contrast between the fish and the scape. So pleased with this. Fun to wake up to! I also planted some crypt spiralis and some tiger lotuses in my main display. The purples on the lotus pads were ridiculous I’m hoping I’ll get a fraction of that in my display. You can make it out in my clean water bucket - I soak the plants in 1:3 parts h2o2:water then just clean dechlorinated water. I’m going to try to get some pics tonight of the display- my diamond tetras are popping and I have a new bn pleco who is gorgeous and needs some pics.
    4 points
  10. When I was working in casino management in Vegas and then corporate business management and traveling a lot, I became hard core cynical and all business and never got to slow down to enjoy things. When I retired early thanks to that stress the one thing I promised myself I would change is that. Now I slow down and appreciate and enjoy every moment and nature with childlike wide eyed wonder. It is one of the things I am most grateful for and it makes life remarkably enjoyable.
    4 points
  11. Actually the one you are thinking of is the black earth worm...Lumbriculus Variegatus. They are the ones who burrow into and eat the flesh of humans. Eisenia Feitidia or red wiggler....those are the ones who slide up the nostrils and take over the brain and take control of the body of the host. Essentially turning the host into a worm slave in the hopes of some day becoming a Politician. Well because we all know those are all worms!
    4 points
  12. Does anybody else have a little Easter egg in their tank or hidden feature that would go over looked but is a staple to your tank? For me it is the "sacrificial rock". I found this piece of slate in a box from a closed down pet store that was in the garage. After upgrading Bob to the 40 and giving him sand with new plants, this rock became the sacrificial rock. Its purpose it to honor the lives that were sacrificed for Bob. It has seen plenty of clams, shrimp, worms, and snails. Plus it looks nice and gives Bob a nice place to look for food. Kind of an older pic, but you can see the rock in use. Does something in your tank(s) have a little separate meaning?
    3 points
  13. After changing the water in my 5 gallon cube aquascaped tank I found these mystery square eggs. I'm suspecting Assassin Snail eggs but not sure. If so any hints on hatching them out?
    3 points
  14. It’s looks great! And I’m wondering how much coffee you had this morning? 😆
    3 points
  15. When I was in high school my mom volunteered at the national aquarium. A friend on the staff would come to dinner occasionally, and one time she brought me a bag of some rare Melanochromis they were playing with at the aquarium. I was so excited! I kept those fish in a chrome rim 29 at my folks house and later in various apartments. I think they were the golden variety that’s now in every petco but in 1989 they were super cool.
    3 points
  16. Just got done reading through your journal, didn’t read every post but I have to say I love the way you document your journey. All the pics and detailed explanations are easy to read and understand. I only wish I could articulate my experiences when speaking to someone let alone in a journal. I won’t have time to be very active on here next couple weeks because all my extra time will be spent rearranging and downsizing my fish room. I was thinking I would do a journal entry at the end of each day at least. I’m so glad I finished reading through yours before I started.
    3 points
  17. Thats so sweet. Enough to make a grown man cry 🥲
    3 points
  18. Like @lefty o said, let it ride. You think that stuff is bothersome wait until you get to the diatom algae stage 😉.
    3 points
  19. I’ve had a 29 gallon tank that I first bought for a grow out tank for Jack Dempsey cichlid babies. Then when they finally moved out, it became a plant holding tank, then got a temporary crew of bronze cories, then plant holding, and now it is evolving into a pea puffer tank. My shoal of puffers seems a bit crowded in my 20 long, so they will get an upgrade to 29 gallons. It’s the same footprint as the 20 gallon long but is 50% taller and of course, almost 50% more volume/territory. It’s got plenty of growing out to do and after the substrate settles, I’ll be adding some tall Anubias hastifolia, some big A. barteris, and a couple good sized A. nanas. I’ve also got an assortment of Java fern varieties that may go in either long, or short term. The Anubias and Java ferns are all on either wood or rocks so they can be rearranged if needed because, well, pea puffers are jerks. I’ve got some snails stocked in there already since the filter is well seasoned - a mix of bladder snails and red ramshorns. I’ll be adding some Amano shrimp, likely in about 1-2 weeks with the timing depending on the parameters settling so they can get settled in well before I add the puffers (the puffers are used to having Amanos in their current tank). Here’s to hoping for a slightly more peaceful puffer tank overall with more room for them to spread out. First pics (1 & 2) are the worst of the hot mess stage, next is partly cleaned up but with cories (3), next is completely bare and clean - woo hoo! (4), then with the first layer of substrate with pool filter sand margins and a center of heavy clay dirt with some Osmocote sprinkled on top (5), next with a very thin layer of sand over the dirt (6), then driftwood in place and more sand (7), plants in (8), finally with water in right after restarting the filter (9). Nothing quite like getting 3 or so hours into the reset and realizing you don’t have enough black window film to cover the back. 🙄 I still want to put moss on some branches, too, so I’ll need to drain it again for that so I’ll be able to slide it forward on the desk to make it easier to add the window film. I’ve also ordered a different filter (one that will restart without any fiddling with it after water changes or any power outages) and the sponge prefilter will be smaller. I’ve also ordered a better light. I anticipate some Crypt and Val melt, but I’m hoping for some good growth from the swords. The ‘Aflame’ swords have some BBA, but I’ve just treated it with peroxide and will repeat that treatment as necessary until it’s clear. I’ve got loads of red root floaters or frogbit that I can float if needed and the new light will have a controller so I can adjust intensity and timing. Once the Val gets tall, I probably won’t need any floaters, but we’ll see how things evolve. I’ll be adding an ACO sponge, too. Open to any thoughts or suggestions. I wants to get a big “mother” Amazon sword like I put in my 75 gallon, but couldn’t find one. Depending on how the Val does, I may entertain putting one there. Current plant list: Vallisneria americana (Jungle Val) back right, trimmed since I just got it yesterday. Echinodorus cordifolia (Radican Sword) back left that got a little dry in transit yesterday, some small E. ‘Aflame’ swords center right in front of the wood, plus a single baby sword just in front of the left side of the wood, that should be a ‘Red Flame’ but I can’t remember for sure. 😆 Helanthium tenellum (Pigmy Chain Sword) center front Cryptocoryne axelrodii right front and Crypt. balansae just left of the ‘Aflame’ sword Epipremnum aureus (Pothos) top left I’m still debating adding some Echinodorus vesuvius between the sponge filter and the wood. I’ve got loads of that but the leaves are so skinny and crisp they don’t really create much hiding effect and the peas don’t seem to like going into them. I’m just thinking it will soften the effect of that giant prefilter sponge!
    2 points
  20. Posted this about 8 months ago on another forum, edited it here for relevance. Duckweed food Inspired by Marks Shrimps - https://marksshrimptanks.com/ Basically get a boatload of duckweed, my first batch I used about a half gallon. My next batch I'm going to make thicker and will probably use the whole gallon freezer bag. Take your duckweed, some spirulina, bee pollen, and some bentonite clay. You could add repashy powder as well. then dump it in a blender and make a smoothy. Spread it out on a pan (I lined mine with wax paper) and let it dry. Cut or break it into pieces, I kept mine in the fridge and it lasted until I used it all up 2 to 4 months later. Check out Marks video, he explains and shows you how he does it better than I do. I had been throwing away buckets of duckweed (this was before it was warm enough to feed to my goldfish), and finally decided to do something with it. Besides the duckweed I have bee pollen, spirulina and some bentonite clay. A half gallon of duckweed filled up a cookie pan. It turned out pretty good, the shrimp and otos love it! Some things I discovered. 1) I should not spread it so thin next time on the wax paper, it came out like a green fruit roll up lol. 2) takes a few days to dry depending on how thick you spread it 3) It lasts a long time in tank before breaking down. 4) The ingredients only cost me about 24 dollars and will probably last me a year. 5) I need to measure how much of each ingredient, I'm really bad about that and regret it later..
    2 points
  21. Our first tank was a 10gallon princess themed tank for my girls. They picked neon green, purple, and pink gravel. When we upgraded and I convinced the family to go with something more natural I placed a piece of the neon gravel on top of the substrate. You can’t see it unless I turn on the blue light.
    2 points
  22. Wow! Those are some freaky looking eggs--I love those little boxes they are in. Glad I have seen them so if I ever encounter them in a tank I won't panic. Assassin snails may be the only kind of snail that didn't arrive with all the guppy grass and hornwort I bought to load up my fry tank.
    2 points
  23. I am in Pinellas park area. My friend has a store called "living color tropical fish". Other stores that may be able to help are "marine warehouse aquarium" in tampa and "fosters exotic pets" in tarpon springs
    2 points
  24. They should be calling that a surface skimmer, not a protein skimmer which is a very different thing. This is only designed to remove debris or the oil film from the surface like @Tihshhomentioned. Protein skimmers are a saltwater thing. It’s very difficult to get that proteinaceous foam (that true protein skimmers remove) in freshwater compared to saltwater. Honestly, if you could get that foam in a freshwater tank, something is very, very wrong! Do a 100% water change immediately! 😆 😉
    2 points
  25. I agree. When I kept multifasciatus I tried to setup the tank to resemble their natural habitat. I had mine in a 40B 3" or 4" of pool filter sand, several xl escargot shells. Breeding will occur and if the colony gets too big you can just net out sub adults or larger if/when its necessary.
    2 points
  26. At first glance, I thought the title was "Shell Dwellers in Bathroom?" 😂 If anybody ever needs the answer: Yes.
    2 points
  27. Very interesting! I know nothing about ponds but your telling of it made it very interesting. I am glad the art of storytelling was not entirely lost to the quick post blog YouTube era.
    2 points
  28. If a bigger pump isn't doing it the issue you're running into is either the airstone, placement of the airstone, water level/height of the tube, or your bend. Start with using a standard airstone. If that doesn't work, increase the water level with the new stone, if that doesn't work try raising/lowering the airstone in the tube. If none of those work, then you've got an issue with your bend.
    2 points
  29. The suspense is killing me!
    2 points
  30. I think my largest female is about 2" as well, but my males range from 1.25-1.5". And so far, they have always bred true for me. The babies start off anywhere from pale peach to orange, but the juveniles all end up coloring up into bold red-orange. I seriously love them so much. I know I should try other livebearers, but I think I'll just have to set up another tank for that because dwarf red platies are so beautiful and fun to watch. 😍
    2 points
  31. I wouldn't worry too much about the brown algae, it's one of the easier ones to get under control. Almost every tank ends up with some brown algae during the first few months of setup, and it will dissipate over time as you get your lighting and fertilizers dialed in. If you start seeing green algae or gray algae, that's a more serious concern. If you are reading 0 nitrates, you should increase your Easy Green dosing. I try to aim for around 20 ppm nitrates. Your KH is probably okay, but the GH is more of a concern in my experience. I'd aim for higher than 5 or 6 GH, but I'm honestly still trying to get that dialed in within my own setups. The khulis sound like a good idea, they would love that pile of rocks you have going on. Maybe a crazy idea, but what about a betta in there? If you managed to get one with a good temper, it would probably occupy the top part of the tank and leave your bottom-dwellers alone. You currently don't have anything to fill that top level of the tank, and bettas are always winners. I've had community tank bettas before and it was a lot of fun.
    2 points
  32. My living room tank was originally a habitat for a bullfrog. Two artifacts from those days are now in there with the fish. One is a decoration that acts like a little porch with a small cave under it that the tadpole and later frog used to chill out on. Another is a mystery snail! Luke the Snail coexisted with Felix-Jim (my son couldn’t decide between Felix or Jim for the frog’s name) and helped clean up after him. He is leading a new life cruising around the same tank albeit with a much higher water level and a much larger degree of diversity in tank-mates! Here’s a cory and an amano hanging out on FJ’s old porch while a few tiger endlers look on.
    2 points
  33. The up flow of the air bubbles basically pulls the water in from the bucket up to the bend and out the into the bucket. The constant flow of the air bubbles make a constant flow of water
    2 points
  34. Just finished pruning pretty heavily. One plant (in front) was pinholes and rotted leaves throughout, though this was the much smaller plant, almost overshadowed by the big one. The big plant I would say is 75% gone. Hoping it wasn't too much... Thanks to all who helped
    2 points
  35. As usual, I'm a little late jumping in here; life tends to get in the way. This forum is as close to social media as I'm willing to go. This is mainly because the guidelines are pretty straightforward, and all opinions and ideas are welcome. There is a lot information on these forums. Some of it I don't fully understand, and some of it I just can't use. I can however glean small pieces of information from almost every post I read, and I do appreciate it.
    2 points
  36. By morning they've all hatched. I skimmed through a bit of the footage and was able to see several falling loose from the cluster with the help of their parents. The male and female both spent a good deal of time shaking and prodding the eggs. This morning they are sitting on the wigglers. I noticed last night that the wigglers don't seem to be "sticky" like the rams and apistos I've watched. They are loosely swirling around the bottom of the cave in the current created by the parents.
    2 points
  37. ill disagree with the others on temp. for me guppies have always done great in 72-74 degree water.
    2 points
  38. I wouldn't worry about age too much for a molly either. A pet store in Berlin, NJ many years ago (maybe 40 years now?) had a pair of retired breeder sailfin mollies that were among the most gorgeous fish I've ever seen. The female was around 8" long and the male was pretty close to that with a huge sailfin and both fish were just gorgeous. The male didn't know he was a retired breeder as he was flashing and displaying to the female like crazy. I talked with the store owner who said he saw them at his wholesaler and couldn't resist them. He'd bought them cheap but put a high price tag on them as he didn't want to sell them. (The price was something like $69.99 for the pair.) The story he'd been told was that the Florida breeder was getting out of the business and sent off his breeders along with his last batch of young fish to the wholesaler. The breeders were sent to the wholesaler for free and were a once in a lifetime type of fish to find for sale so he grabbed them. They'd been pond-raised their whole life. The store owner wanted to keep them for himself but his wife insisted they had to be put on sale, so he lied to her about how much he'd paid for them and put a really high price on them so no one would buy them and he could keep them. Even though they were huge and retired, the male was still more than actively trying to breed, so age shouldn't be a huge issue.
    2 points
  39. You could always add some kuhli loaches if you watch the tank at night/ low light conditions. They love hiding especially in little caves and underneath things. I have 6 in my rock tank and they found the hollow stone and took up residence.
    2 points
  40. An infant medicine dropper is necessary with fish...after all these are our Babies😊
    2 points
  41. That was a simply incredible Beardie no doubt abut it.
    2 points
  42. Very cool! Interesting observation about the extra fanning.
    2 points
  43. Eggs are hatching right now, about 48 hours after being laid. For much of this evening the mother has been vigorously pumping water onto the egg cluster, enough to really rattle them around and much more intensely than yesterday. I think she might be helping them to shake loose. Wigglers are highlighted in yellow on the cave floor.
    2 points
  44. Here are my platies, bought from a local chain store, where they looked mostly gray/silver with blue-ish speckles in a tuxedo pattern. Once I got them home and healthy they are mostly mostly purple-ish blue. One or more of them had fry in QT, so now I have 6 fry: three pale yellow, three dark gray. I am hoping one of them will turn out to be a blue male so I can keep this beautiful blue strain going.
    2 points
  45. Here are the pictures of the egg planter process. Cleaned and baked eggshells: Poked small holes on the bottom of the eggshells and added root tab: Filled with sand and added plant: Added to QT: As soon as the "eyes " become visible, move them to DT as the alien has hatched according to plan:
    2 points
  46. Hmm, looks like it some snail canoodling. Snexy times. Prepare to get bedazzled.
    2 points
  47. It looks to me like one of those worms that crawls out of the tank in the middle of the night and attacks people.
    2 points
  48. If the tank had an auto water change system and auto feeder, this might be extremely useful of a setup for wild caught species that are shy. I wonder if this would assist in some species being able to provide hobbyists more F1 fry?
    2 points
  49. The Acrobat and Jeena had a bad dinner date... Little crab on the menu...
    2 points
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