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  1. Rainbow Emperor Tetra are my favorite looking individual tetra.
    6 points
  2. Use them both at the same time for a few weeks
    6 points
  3. Lemon tetras are a favorite of mine. They have colors from a pale to bright yellow, that stands out in a planted tank. And, they are usually on the cheaper side in the LFS so it won't break the bank to get a good size school of them.
    5 points
  4. Here’s a look at several young German Blue Rams from this batch.
    4 points
  5. Whenever I use hobs I place a coop sponge or any sponge on the opposite side with the ziss airstone upgrade. I use that in case I’m to overzealous cleaning the hob or the hob malfunctions so that my cycle is never disrupted. I also use sponge media in lieu of the cartridge.
    4 points
  6. I think I’ve been in this thread about 3 hours now. Been researching finding different pics and watching videos of all these different types. Every time I’m done looking one up a couple new ones are posted. Wow a lot of different verities I’ve never heard of. So diverse so many different colors. This is gonna make keeping all the tanks I just broke down away from my fishroom so hard. 😬
    4 points
  7. This corydoras sterbai decided to pose until I took a photograph. Even did the fin extension for it. Quite a bit going on in this 50 gallon the Crenicichla Orinoco Dwarf almost certainly have spawned. Female missing male patrolling the tank and defending her likely chosen cave. The coop triangular pleco cave.
    3 points
  8. So, I was told of an excellent source for buying live Black Worms. They really are the aphrodisiac of most all mid-sized aquarium fish. Here’s an older video last year showing how well various fish in our fishroom take to them… I was told that this new source was kind of “grumpy” / “defensive.” I found him hilariously so. The experience was like ordering from The Soup Nazi on Seinfeld. I’m determined to be 100% like Kramer, and not like George in our interaction.
    3 points
  9. yeah but @Atitagain at least tetras are oftentimes smaller fish soooooo you can have several types in one large tank 🙂
    3 points
  10. #1 Congo tetras, because who could resist these colors and fins #2 Glo tetras, because again, colors! And they are very hardy, surprisingly. #3 Silvertip tetras and golden tetras. Love the looks and the schooling behavior. #4 Cardinal tetras, the living jewels that look amazing among dense vegetation. #5 Ember tetras, because they are small and their reddish-orange color is awesome.
    3 points
  11. Second the Pristilla black and gold hold up to high flow whatever temperature you have and eat everything including blackworms off the sand
    3 points
  12. In the right lighting… the tiny, delicate Hummingbird Tetra…
    3 points
  13. Gourami Party!!! I cannot describe how thrilled I am with how these thicklips are getting along together. They're wonderful, underrated fish, and they're much more orange and shimmery in person than they are in photographs. Lady Marmalade has calmed down so much in the 55 gallon with Madame Maple, Miss Amber and Lord Orange! She used to get constipated a lot and have a hard time with pooping, but I haven't seen any issues at all now. I think living in the 29 gallon with a group of honeys and no one else of her species was stressing her out. She's so much more relaxed where she is. (EDIT: I want to add that thicklipped gouramis are so personable that they are easy to hand-feed. If i just stick my hands into the surface of the water, they'll come up and try to peck at me. I love them so much.) My honeys are also incredibly relaxed, and my male honey has colored fully up, come out of hiding and began constructing an epic bubble nest! 🥰 I can't wait to see where that goes! Now for the next inhabitants of my quarantine tank. They'll be going into the 55 gallon in a month, when they grow a bit: https://streamable.com/pjwpiq https://streamable.com/3r9u30 These are my four brand new tiny juvenile Synodontis Lucipinnis! They're absolutely adorable, super active, and just glide and wiggle across the tank. They'll get to be about 3 to 4 inches large when full grown. I love them! I'm so fortunate my LFS got them in a little while ago and the batch looked so healthy!
    3 points
  14. Here's a picture my wife took months ago with more color, less derp...
    3 points
  15. I’ve killed fry before by over feeding infusoria. It’s a terrible feeling. We all make mistakes, and that’s how we learn.
    2 points
  16. Hello all, So I walk into work today and I am greeted by this beauty. The baby shark song I can do without, however I thought this was absolutely brilliant. Enjoy!
    2 points
  17. When I was there this past Sunday the owner walked over to one of his tanks, reached in, pulled out six or so Cryptocoryne usteriana, put them in a bag for me, and said "Here. I'm giving these to you. Take them home, make some more, and bring them back and sell them to me."
    2 points
  18. When you’re packing your kids lunches and you know the cucumbers will be there at the end of the day for your plecos….
    2 points
  19. If you can make it work for you, A side mounted HOB or adding a small circulation pump works very well.
    2 points
  20. To everyone who offered support, encouragement, and information: many thanks! I have decided to pass on the cichlid tank. I still think it sounds interesting, but it isn't what I want. I want my small tank which is enough added work for me, but not so much that it'll cut into my reading, quilting, crocheting time. Plus, I was just appointed to our town's Library Board of Trustees - not a prestigious position, trust me, but still a time sink. So, no cichlids, and my boss is disappointed.
    2 points
  21. Hummingbird Tetras are like little carnival glass bubbles of micro perfection. Glorious, refined fish. If you're patient enough for it, videos like these are why YouTube has forever changed this hobby . . . (Part 1) (Part 2)
    2 points
  22. Well, I did clean off the piece of driftwood with a steel brush and peroxide. It was messy! But I ended up chickening out and going to an LFS to buy some driftwood. After buying a quantity of driftwood that can best be described as an amount that will result in a "conversation" with a non-fishkeeping spouse, I boiled it up. That made the house smell... Rustic. Yup, that's what I am going with. Further endearing this new effort to my wife. With the wood I used (yes, I bought rather more than this), here is the result in the tank: Immediately, the males began jostling to determine the new territories. Yes the blurs are the fish! I seem to have 3 solid territories in there. Encouragingly, the females hid under and behind the driftwood while to dominant males displayed and harassed each other. Success? I hope so! I also decided to spring for some Chara macroalgae, after my failure to find it in habitat here. It should be coming tomorrow. I'm hoping that replaces the guppy grass (which is doing terribly) over time as fry cover. However, I also got the Ziss Egg Tumbler and Ziss Premium Breeder Box (both from the Coop so I think it's okay to mention them here) today as well, in hopes of ensuring I am successful in my breeding attempts. These are my long-term project. I don't want this simply amazing species going extinct. With the Chara will be coming some aquatic isopods. I'm hoping to use them as a clean up crew and supplemental live food in my tanks. All my tanks already have amphipods for that, but isopods will be nice too. Plus, today's trip to the LFS had me thinking about *gasp* doing a planted tank. Maybe. Maybe. But if I do, I think amphipods and isopods will be useful in there.
    2 points
  23. We’ve got six long fin Serpae tetra that I think look amazing.
    2 points
  24. Black neons or black phantoms
    2 points
  25. It could be a red Lazer tetra here's a male in breeding colours
    2 points
  26. Hi Everyone, I have a well planted 20 gallon tall tank and was wondering how many more fish I could add without throwing off my water parameters. I currently do a 25% weekly water change and ideally wouldn't deviate from this with the new fish. Here's my current fish/invertebrate list: - 1 very chill male betta - 6 harlequin rasboras - 6 red cherry shrimp - 4 amano shrimp - 1 gold inca snail - 4 nerite snails - a few bladder snails that hitched a ride that I keep in check I was thinking of adding 3 or 4 more harlequin rasboras or doing a small school (6ish) of another species (Neon tetras, chili rasboras, etc.). Do you all think that would increase the bioload too much? I know the rough 1 inch/gallon rule, but I figured that the invertebrates aren't impacting the bioload the same as fish do. I attached a picture of the current setup.
    1 point
  27. @Beardedbillygoat1975 there is no doubt- ADF are so cool. Every time I go to my Mum's house I can't stop watching the 2 that I got for her. They are such clowns- it's kind of amazing to think they even survive in the wild since they can't get anywhere they SEEM to be headed- and yes, their eating is clumsy to say the least which is why I had her start with target feeding (to make sure they were getting food) and I think that's the only way she feeds them now- which TBH has kept that tank considerably cleaner than if they just ate on their own- I can't even imagine. The Flex does seem rather fragile- it certainly isn't a tank you can just move on a whim that's for sure. I think it is a happy accident it occured to yours- as yes, I think the ADF prefer the shortest route to the top. Glad they've been some source of joy.
    1 point
  28. Day 2 Starting to swim a bit added some vinegar eels for those who are further along from the egg sac
    1 point
  29. @Atitagainsure looks that way with the info I’ve received from @Guppysnailand @Vanishi was my own worst enemy in terms of feeding live foods.
    1 point
  30. Protective of who gets his blackworms huh?
    1 point
  31. There not that readily available that why they command a high price Here's what they look like when not in breeding colours still a nice tetra
    1 point
  32. I get the same for Amazon swords and a little more for the few Crypts I’ve taken in (I love my Crypts and usually only share with friends, 😆) with only plant weights. I’ve gotten the same ($2.00) for vesuvius swords in clumps of 5-6 (usually have a few with little runners). I get $1.50 for a clump of pearlweed or Christmas moss. I get $2.00 for 5 stems of Ludwigia ovalis or glandulosa, or water wisteria (some of the few stem plants that grow for me). I need to start printing labels, even if I only use them fir local swap meets.
    1 point
  33. I’ve been using aquaclear sponges for awhile now, and I’ve never had any problems with chemical smells. When they are new, they smell a little like the polyester that they use in stuffed animals, but quickly goes away in the water. I do recommend buying from a LFS as amazon is making freaking billions of dollars right now, so one less customer won’t really hurt them. Another bonus to going to an LFS is that the employees usually have tanks of they’re own, and will have more valuable information than amazon will help you with.
    1 point
  34. So, I never watch reaction videos, because, well, I can react to stuff all on my own. But I have watched a few of her videos and I think she is uncommonly good on camera. She is so expressive and engaging. Plus she lives in my home-away-from-home, Tucson, AZ! I also like that as an opera singer, she can appreciate the metal singers she has covered. She has a broad appreciation for music, and it shines through.
    1 point
  35. A good breeding fish for profit scenario. I know at least in my area multies always sell well at club meetings, swaps and auctions. The hardest part is getting them out of the tank LOL
    1 point
  36. Ahh, keep in mind that they love to eat plants, so make sure you have extra! The tank is looking great! It looks like the fish are settling nicely in their new home. Welcome to the dark green side! We happily await your arrival! 🤪
    1 point
  37. I use canisters in my FW tanks, but they are all less than 12 gal., so a sump would be a stupid choice. I clean the coarse intake sponge with every WC, but the canisters themselves once every four months or so. They have a combination of sponges and ceramic bio-media. I do have a sump in my SW tank. It is a 36 gal. temperate tank, so I had to rely on mechanical filtration since the BB took a couple of months to get established. It is a 5 gal. sump tank inside a 10 gal. tub. WC once a month, sump cleaning only once so far, tank has been running for almost four months. Still fine tuning flow, but the water runs clear and parameters are good. Socks are 50 micron and 180 micron mesh. Tank is stocked with about 30 fish, 16 anemones, a few crabs, clams, starfish, mussels, macro algae. I have been exchanging notes with @OnlyGenusCaps and do not think I would ever consider a canister for SW. The critters produce an exceptional amount of waste.
    1 point
  38. Me too! I love my small tanks an multitudes of small fishes.
    1 point
  39. I LOVE these! How many can I put in a 14 G cube and what kind of light do I need to make them shine like that! I’ve been searching for something a little different that would be able to prosper in a 14 gallon, preferably as a school or at least a shoal. These are stunning and I MUST find some! Thank you!
    1 point
  40. Columbian blue tetras are stunning they are one of the medium size tetras
    1 point
  41. Wow those are super nice that color definitely an 11.
    1 point
  42. There will likely be reduced survival rates in the fry since there will be more fish to eat them and eat eggs. At least that’s what happened with my bronze cories in a 20 gallon tank. To discourage breeding, I would keep them at the low end of their optimal temperature range (not their tolerated range, their optimal range). I would make certain to NOT use cooler water during water changes. Use the same to slightly warmer water. I would try to NOT do water changes just prior to big weather changes/storms. Stop feeding live foods or extra meaty foods as much as is possible while still maintaining their health. Basically avoid anything that can be breeding triggers or do the opposite. I don’t know of anything that will 100% prevent cories from breeding once they get rolling. Sometimes it’s easier to just remove and grow out babies, then sell locally or find a wholesaler that will buy from local breeders.
    1 point
  43. I seen these guys in concert 4 times. They were great showmen
    1 point
  44. If I had to choose one as my favorite it would have to be the rams horn snail, ability to colonize, but looks nice. Amazing algae and food scrap eater and also keeps goldfish eggs clean and clear of fungus so very useful for breeding, also by the time the goldfish are getting bigger more rams horns are hatching and the goldfish can get a few love snacks
    1 point
  45. Tannins are amazing! Embrace the tea and the benefits.
    1 point
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