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  1. I paid 32 dollar for a single sea bass.....it was lightly sautéed in a garlic herb butter sauce with creamed asparagus and a mushroom risotto.
    26 points
  2. Spoiler alert! If you are waiting for your C.A.R.E. package, do not watch until after you have opened yours! Don't say I did not warn you! 🤪
    17 points
  3. It’s been one of the greatest honors in my hobby to help set up tanks for others. This is especially the case with our local Hospital Cancer Center. They’ve got a 120 gallon aquarium in their waiting room. I was able to donate all plants from our home tanks, and partner with an LFS to donate fish. Today, I’m catching 12x young Electric Blue Acaras to add. It’s hilarious how hard they are to catch. There’s 200+ in this Growout tank, but they’re very evasive… Eventually I caught 12x, and set them in a net breeder until bagging + delivery time… I’ll be updating this post over the next three hours with more details. My Mom was a cancer survivor, though she passed away a few weeks back. I know the battle with cancer is very hard, and want to express my heartfelt care for anyone in the fight.
    17 points
  4. Yay Goodies! Thank you again co-op and forum members!
    16 points
  5. I just saw @Irene's latest video (Congrats!) and I think she needs to change her forum avatar to celibate this milestone. Here's my suggestion:
    15 points
  6. This one I don’t find funny it actually upsets me but it is the myth that grates on me (although thanks to commercialism and marketing to sell more unneeded stuff then the internet parroting that contrived nonsense as gospel there are so many I think my head will explode 🤯) snails (and other algae eaters) are scavengers and you don’t need to feed them. Just because someone can survive dumpster diving it does not mean it’s going to thrive or receive proper nutrition. I was at a big box and heard the kid tell a lady that you just throw them in any tank and you never need to feed them because they are “garbage eaters” 😳😭😤 I very politely stepped in ( I think offending people is offensive in and of itself). It turned into a wonderful half hour conversation. The store kid thanked me and explained that’s what they are told to say because then people will buy them 😡. this young man has gone on to start his own shrimp/snail tank and now has a list of questions for me whenever I go in and shows me pictures on his phone of how shiny and big his snails are getting 🥰
    15 points
  7. I thought that maybe some people might be interested to see my freshwater pipefish Doryichthys martensii. I'd also be interested to hear from anyone keeping these or similar species. Has anyone bred them? Apparently it's not too difficult with some species. They're like sea horses so the male takes the eggs from the female and holds them in a pouch until they hatch. These guys are also known as long shouted Pipefish and they come from Southeast Asia. They're true freshwater fish unlike many that are estuarine or fully saltwater. I have 5 in a 50l tank because they enjoy company. They're not quite full grown yet (assuming 15cm full size) so I might upgrade them but for now the tank works well because they don't move much or fast and they require mostly live small foods. The smaller tank size makes it easier to get the food to them. I have neocaridina shrimp and amano shrimp with them as an extra food source. They will pick eggs straight off the amano shrimp, it's quite funny to see. Here's a video of them being useless at hunting daphnia. I like how they move their eyes. It reminds me of puffer fish.
    15 points
  8. Hi Everyone~ Last night I was sitting and enjoying my 40 gallon and what I thought was the pygmy corydora's was not.. they were itty bitty Panda Corydoras!! They look just like the adults .. but itty bitty! I almost DIED! I have no idea where they hid their eggs, but I never saw them on any plants or surface. I was getting ready to add to the 7 that I have but guess I don't have to do that now.. It was really hard to get a picture of them and I only counted 3 so not sure how many there are yet.
    14 points
  9. After months of searching I recently found two female Scarlet Badis. After quarantine and conditioning I tried a little experiment. Since I've heard that their breeding behavior is somewhat similar to bettas, I tried a trick Gianne Souza mentioned while discussing betta breeding. I placed the male and females on either side of a glass barrier that allowed them to see and get interested in each other before being allowed to make actual contact. After 24 hours I pulled the glass divider and they started spawning within seconds. I got plenty of pictures of the "wrap." It was important to me to watch the actual spawn because I've been curious to know whether the eggs drop straight down (making an egg trap usable) or are adhesive and attach to plants (making a spawning mop usable). After watching a spawn, it certainly appears that the eggs drop straight down into the substrate. It looks like the female is able to produce a fairly large number of eggs in one spawning session. The male energetically displays for her and follows her around trying to herd her to a suitable spawning site. I had the male in this tank for about a week before introducing the females. I gave him time to claim the anubias plant as his territory. I thought that might make a nice place that would still allow me to get pictures rather than dense, bushy vegetation. It had an added benefit. It seems like the female prefers to position herself under some kind of a canopy (under a leaf or this small flower pot in the last photo) to signal that she is ready for the wrap. It is kind of a compromising position.. It wouldn't surprise me if this is just a safety measure to defend against predation while they are temporarily incapacitated. Here's what a fry looks like shortly after hatching. I found it clinging to the glass. It reminds me very much of celestial pearl danio fry, just with some banding and generally darker coloration. Once I grow out some fry I'll post pictures of juveniles. I almost forgot: here they are getting to know each other. When I saw them both struggling to find a way through the glass, I knew it was time to pull it and grab the camera.
    14 points
  10. Lol, your wish is my command, @CT_. Thank you so much for the well wishes, everyone! My kids will be thrilled to hear that you found them so entertaining. 😂 CC: @Flumpweesel @DannyBWell @Rich B @GameCzar @Expectorating_Aubergine @CalmedByFish @DebSills
    13 points
  11. 75 gallon jungle 11 gallon cube
    13 points
  12. This was posted on the GSAS Facebook page. It’s Hilarious 😆. I suspect the OP might be a forum member so claim it if it’s yours and thanks for the laugh!
    13 points
  13. I am totally biaised but isn’t he the cutest? 2nd day in the tank, he has already used everything enrichment (the bridges I made for him, the hide, the ugly floating log) He also swam with the bubbles, hunt every single moving particules, terrified my baby cory, unrooted some plants and showed the rest of them who was the boss! Feel free to show me your betta too!
    13 points
  14. I got the the Best of Show female betta at auction at the 2001 International Betta Congress Yearly Convention for $200. Cheers erupted in the room when the hammer went down.
    13 points
  15. In a different thread, @Fish Folksuggested I make a post about what a LFS is like in Japan. I'm thinking about trying to go to mine this weekend. It's there anything in particular y'all are interested in seeing? If there are any specific fish or products you'd like to see, let me know and I'll do my best to get some pictures.
    13 points
  16. Hi ....My name is ArmyVet and I have MTS. I have a fish room and in total I have 20 fish tanks with plans completed to add 15 more. The first thing I think of in the morning is I have to feed the fish...the second thing is how many more babies do I have.😱 When I get home from work I immediately go to the fish room for the evening feeding and general overall enjoyment of being with my fish. On my day off (I say day because I only get 1) it is spent entirely in the fish room unless my wife comes in with my gun ushering me out with me screaming ...I dont wanna go...I DONT WANNA GO!! Im my living room I have our couch and a fish tank on either side so no matter where I am sitting I can see my fishies! I keep saying I dont have a problem...the only problem I can see is...where to put another tank!😋
    13 points
  17. This one might be a little controversial, pls no ban
    13 points
  18. I've been working on a new tank for my living room. I started with nano tanks and this will be my first big girl tank. Follow along if you enjoy seeing new tanks get going. It's going to be fully planted and feature nano-ish, subtropical fish. I started with a stock 75 gallon marineland tank and stand from petsmart. I didn't like the stand, so I used resin and molds to make an aquatic plant and schooling fish design. I chose the particular plant mold because it reminds me of hygrophila angustifolia which I plan to put a lot of in the tank. I couldn't find a good fish mold, so I made one from hot glue and a little toy fish my kids had. (Unfortunately it's a clown fish, but probably I'm the only one that will see it in person and notice that detail.) I placed the fish so some looked like they were in a schooling formation and some are hiding in the plants... and there are a couple "hidden" on the sides of the tank. The hardscape is locally collected. We don't have cool rocks around here... mostly just sandstone and limestone. I chose sandstone. There are a lot of negatives to this choice, but this whole setup is pretty expensive, so I decided to save money on hardscape. I have lava rock in media bags under the aqua soil and then still used a ton of aqua soil. Probably 60lbs of fluval stratum in there. There is caribsea "peace river" sand in the front of the tank. I love the look of fissidens fontanus (pheonix) moss, so I'm attempting a dry start for the first time. To my amazement, it seems to be working! It's been about 2.5 weeks so far and I'm seeing new growth on the wood and rocks. I put the moss on most of the woods and rocks hoping some of it would take, and it looks like there should be a decent amount. I tried dry starting some hair grass too, but that was a fail. (look at that tiny, perfect fissidens) I'm planning on planting in the next week and flooding the tank. This has been a very slow moving project that started in June. This project literally forced me to repaint the interior of my house... just a thousand things to do and I'm finally getting close to being up and running and will post updates on this thread. And if anyone is interested in budget, I can give that info at the end too.
    12 points
  19. Newest 75g work in progress
    12 points
  20. First I'll post a video I just took tonight of Pooka's tank. It was dinner time and she was very ready for food! Her tank is a 40 breeder, she's a featherfin catfish, and she lives with blue platys and a super red bristlenose. Next is my 75, housing two senegal bichirs, a blood parrot cichlid, an electric blue acara and a ctenopoma. Here's my 29 gal, housing my humpback limia colony, male blue platys and a molly. There's some miscellaneous snails in there as well. 5 gallon betta tank (my oldest tank) And my 20 long, deep substrate invertebrate tank. There's mystery snails, ramshorns, malaysian trumpet snails and the beginnings of a bloody mary neocaridina colony. I didn't take pics of my pea puffer tank or my snail tank, as I'm wanting to give them both makeovers.
    12 points
  21. Found about 5 of these today in my guppy community. Legs are red as well. My original red shrimp were very low grade with clearish legs. I guess my tiny terrorists are trying to impress me because they know I’m mad at the ones in the Pygmy tank 🤣
    12 points
  22. Generally I have some sort of concept or design in my head and try to find things that will fit my vision. Once I have the items, then I will do a “dry run” either in the aquarium or just anywhere large enough to put everything on. Here is an example of my most recent aquarium: Figured a rough look for the driftwood that somewhat matched what I had in my head. Put it together with the final look dry in the actual aquarium: Planted it and added water: Aquarium still in progress and growing:
    12 points
  23. Thank you so much! 😍 I am without words, but my gills are hyperventilating and my fins are fluttering! 🐡 I am honored and so happy to be part of this community, where I have learned so much and found so much support for my wacky ideas! 🙃 I can only hope that I can give back and in turn be of help to anyone I can. 😄 Thank you, thank you, thank you! 💦
    12 points
  24. Happy Meme Monday
    12 points
  25. My Blood Parrots have always been the biggest photo bombers in my house. From juveniles to adults, they have to be in every picture if they know it's happening. It can make it difficult to take pictures of other fish in the tank. And then there's this guy......
    12 points
  26. Haven't been active on here in a while. I've moved and I'm now setting my tanks up in a new flat. Got a surprise before moving, my Nymphaea minuta flowered! In super high tech conditions this plant develops flowers that flower underwater! Super high tech in this instance is a bit more than 30ppm co2, daily EI dosing, Remineralized ro water (GH 6 KH 3), and very intense light. This is a short tank, 26 cm high with a Chihiros WRGB2 30cm. This means that this super powerful light is about 20cm from the substrate. Please pretend the algae isn't there 😉 I've neglected this tank a but preparing to move...
    11 points
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  28. @Bentley Pascoe did a wonderful talk on planted aquariums and the club’s horticulture award program. @eatyourpeaswas there so the C.A.R.E forum was well represented! I spent $50 at the end of meeting auction and somehow walked off with a Kessil A360we Tuna Sun, a nice bag of Aponegeton, some dragon stone and a canister filter.
    11 points
  29. I’ve decided to explore several species of native U. S. Darters. Currently, I have a single pair of Ohio native Etheostoma caeruleum (Rainbow darters). I’m ordering a second pair to bring out color in the males, and increase visibility. I’ve upped the flow in this aquarium significantly by adding a small powerhead. I’m also ordering two pairs of Etheostoma zonale (Banded Darters). I’ve got a second tank prepped for them, also with heavy flow boosted by a small powerhead. There are excellent articles available to read up on these species from the NANFA website. My particular interest is breeding fish. Here is one on breeding the Rainbow Darters. And here’s another on breeding Banded Darters.
    11 points
  30. Oh wow, thanks so much! Love my forum family!
    11 points
  31. Only 3 orders.... you need to get busy.....🤣 Seriously though....Aquarium Coop is the finest when it comes to online ordering, information, customer service and really customer support. Any question any issue or if you just want to say thank you... @Candi is there to take care of you. On the information @Cory videos are priceless. I thought I knew alot about fishkeeping....WRONG!!! I have learned so much from his videos...that alone is worth the price of admission. Now they have @Zenzo on the team makes it even better as he is another priceless resource for us to gain information from. Last but absolutely not least...this forum is the Crown Jewel of the entire Empire that is the CoOp. Here we are family and we all come together to enjouy this hobby and to learn from one another. You will find someone who specializes in every aspect of this hobby....from plants....to fish....to diseases to breeding everything and anything. So sit back and enjoy the show....and welcome to the family!
    11 points
  32. I used to be opposed to any sunlight on my tanks. But I’m learning to embrace it in moderation. This 29 gal. U. S. Native tank gets a couple hours of filtered sunlight each morning. Rainbow Shiners, Redtail Goodeids, and Rainbow Darters all do well in the light and high flow + aeration. Here’s one minute of sunlight on the tank…
    11 points
  33. I need to edit the video clips I took to make sure there aren't any customers in them and remove the audio so they don't get flagged by Disney, but until I get the chance to do that, here are some pictures I took at the LFS this weekend. Tank setups: Plants for sale:
    11 points
  34. I too have a blood parrot photo bomber. Everything is all about Igor.
    11 points
  35. Oh ....and did I mention...I added a live camera to my fish room so I can watch them when Im not there.....Nope no problem here!🤪
    11 points
  36. Hi, my name is Kerry. I have 6-9-15-7 fish tanks depending on the day of the week 🤣. I have a problem….no more outlets and my other tanks are stored behind stuff to heavy for me to move. Hubby planned that. I have a lovely home I come out of my fish room, now rooms to visit occasionally. I like fish more than people. Amazon is under the impression I run a wildlife foundation. When hubby looks in the kitchen and says dinner smells funny I explain it’s for the fish I’ll make yours next. I store my guns in the fish room..heaven help anyone who intends my babies harm 🤣
    11 points
  37. Adopted two kittens for my girlfriend's birthday. One has taken to watching the tank with me.
    11 points
  38. 10 gallon with Sewellia hillstream loach, CPDs, and white clouds (Youtube) Fluval Spec V with betta and chili rasboras (Youtube)
    10 points
  39. The timer turned off in other room, but the lights were still on in the 75 and 55 in the "plant" room 🙂 The 75 has white clouds, Kubotai rasboras, otos, and a boatload of neo culls. The 55 has emperor tetras including a couple of fry, glowwight danios, a female dwarf gourami, and otos as well as red neos
    10 points
  40. Community tank: mollies, platies, guppies, endlers, mystery snail. I need a class in fish tank photography because the colors look nothing like this in real life. My plants are green, my fish are blue. This looks like a 1972 Sears ad.
    10 points
  41. Planters came today. I rinsed all three cups to put in 4 glass plant holders. There were tons of little plants they were packed in like sardines. I knew if I put all into 4 cups the bottom of them would not get enough light. I needed more planters and thought…if only the little cups they came in had suction cups and hole 🤔. Out came the drill, super glue and suction cups. I made planters out of them. I decided to place them at the water line under the light with some leaves and some leaf tips out of the water. I’m hoping access to co2 will help the transition and once they start growing good after adjustment I’ll slowly lower the planters. The ones with just black gravel are the plastic cups. I now have 10-12 free swimmer CPD. hard to count they are so tiny. The first two are starting to look like fish instead of eyelashes with eyes. Mom laid and dad if fanning ho can resist these faces 🥰 Lefty’s fin is growing back but not the bony part(do not know the name of that piece) he is growing so well I am proud of him! Even my gang of CPD love repashy on a stick HAPPY ADVENTURES…TRY SOMETHING NEW
    10 points
  42. Did waterchanges, planting and trimming on all the tanks today. 12 litre betta tank 240 litre planted community 25 litre 'iwagumi' The office tank rack
    10 points
  43. I used mostly potted plants with a few bunches of loose stems and a handful of loose Ludwigia from my wife’s tank. The growth has been pretty good. Most have at least doubled in size. here’s an old pic and a current one.
    10 points
  44. This is what the tiny fry turned into! Two of the three survived. The other one is still silver and half the size of this one (in the background).
    10 points
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