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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 75 gallon jungle 11 gallon cube
    13 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
    12 points
  6. Newest 75g work in progress
    12 points
  7. 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
  8. 10 gallon with Sewellia hillstream loach, CPDs, and white clouds (Youtube) Fluval Spec V with betta and chili rasboras (Youtube)
    10 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. You all take such wonderful photos! Here's my 10g pea puffer tank. Not quite what I imagined but the peas are very happy. 🐡
    10 points
  12. My 12.7 gal. home to corys, Amano shrimp, sparkling gourami and lots of pest snails. 9 gal. home to pygmy corys, kuhli loach, neocaridina shrimp (4th generation), lots of pest snails: 7 gal. home to a pea puffer, one nerite, one Amano shrimp and two neocaridina: 6 gal. home to 3 vampire crabs and way too many neocaridina shrimp and pest snails... something in that water, because I keep finding new shrimplets every time I look in... 3 gal. home to a pea puffer, all other living things become food.
    10 points
  13. @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.
    10 points
  14. I've finally convinced my partner to let me set up another betta tank! (Only 4 more tanks to go..) This is Daniel "Danny" Phantom, and the absolute turd burglar made me go over budget when picking him out, but he's so handsome. His tail makes him look like a ghost! He's in a 5 gallon tank, vibin at 79 degrees, and just got most of his silk plants replaces with live ones. Wish them luck!
    10 points
  15. We went to Missouri for a week to visit my husband's mom, and while there we checked out the St. Louis aquarium, as well as the zoo. The aquarium was small, but a few of the exhibits were very well done. Here's some highlights: The entrance had this neat clock with cichlids inside, as well as a projected display on the wall. I was in love with their tank full of red garra (they called them Doctor Fish, since they're used to treat psoriasis). Do panda garra do this? I want a tank full of them now. They had this great set up for archer fish, where someone was holding a target covered in fish food for the fish to spit at. Of course I had to linger and stare at any catfish they had. Leafy sea dragons are always a fav. As are sea turtles Never seen this before - reminded me of those brushes you put in cow pastures for enrichment. And at the zoo, they had this great enclosure for the hippos that featured fish they coexist with, including a display on how the hippos feed the fish with their poop. X3 I think next time we're going to drive up through Springfield and see the wildlife museum/aquarium they have there.
    10 points
  16. Full tank shot thread. Here's my 10g. More info about it is in my signature.
    9 points
  17. Four at once! Sorry I keep posting when I get some but it tickles me every time.
    9 points
  18. This is the light I got for $30 at the aquarium club auction. This is the lowest intensity. I think it’s a bit to much for this little tank! 😆
    9 points
  19. I wish you would quit posting pictures of that globe tank. Every time I see it my need to have one grows. 😀
    9 points
  20. Guppy panda corydora shrimp nerite community pygmy corydora shrimp mystery snail
    9 points
  21. One thing I enjoy about the forum is the opportunity to live vicariously through others. Like with reading a book, I can imagine the experiences I'm reading about, getting a taste of them without devoting energy, money, space, risk, or even much time. It helps me see what I enjoy most, so I can prioritize and get a good pleasure:work ratio in my real life.
    8 points
  22. First, pull out several hand/net fulls of duck weed. Next, dunk arm into tank between 6 and 24 times moving plants and trying to get them to stay rooted/in place. Repeat as necessary. When finished, simply replace all the water that's been splashed on the floor with fresh water. Finally, mop.
    8 points
  23. Here’s my 17 gal apistogramma steel blue pair’s desk top tank
    8 points
  24. Today’s soap opera ended uneventful. My alpha took one solid run at the upstart. The teenager testing his might hid at the other end of the tank for 30 minutes while the boss strutted around and flirted with the ladies. Their little egg laying spot is like the clubhouse and he was allowed back over and colored back up so I am guessing he will still hold the second spot. The AR is doing amazing. No melt or leaf loss so far. It grew to touch the glas so I scooted it down. It’s growing out of the planters. When I took the picture of the last one I realized another of my girls had babies. It was swimming in the cup hiding. the ludwiga red and oval is are sending new shoots out of the stems all of my elodea was looking perky today The narrow leaf ludwiga I cut and put in the guppy girl grow out is doing great HAPPY ADVENTURES…TRY SOMETHING NEW
    8 points
  25. Crazy exciting stuff happening today (at least to me). 3 days ago one of my new cpd challenged my second in command and won. My second lost some scales but does not appear injured. for the past three hours this young upstart has been challenging my alpha😲. I took 2 vids because nosey snail kept getting in the way. They have not yet engaged in combat so cliffhanger…to be continued……Thanks to help from @Streetwise you won’t get crows feet from squinting at my teen ie tiny videos🤣
    8 points
  26. 8 points
  27. Do we get one this year?
    8 points
  28. Curses. You are all enablers. I went to bed thinking about it. Then I made a plan. Then said, well I'll go and if they're there I'll get them and if they're not oh well. They were there. I bought them out. Six. They're HUGE to me being 1.75" each.
    8 points
  29. Thought I'd share my DIY light for my 5g tank. I wanted to see my rice fish from above so I ditched the lid and made this light instead. Its growing flame moss and floaters quite well. I took a couple feet of this [1] (probably <2$ worth) left over from a project and slid a generic ebay "COB" style daytime running light for cars (~$2.50) into the housing. It came out really well. I think the light level is just right for what I've got here. If you turn the voltage up past 12 V (a running car would be close to 14) it gets VERY bring VERY fast too. If the specs are to be trusted its about 350 lumins (Directed straight down) and 7000k color temperature. [1]:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M09PBYX Here's a photo of the light module.
    7 points
  30. The rest of my plants came in on Friday and I went ahead and planted. I've been really busy, so this has been my first chance to sit down and update. Here is a little planting map I made. It's not easy to read. Sorry. My planting varies slightly from the map, but I mostly stuck to the plan. I picked a lot of new plants I haven't tried before. This tank is basically just a large experiement. My planting choices expalined.. really long, feel free to skip. Starting in the foreground: Dwarf hairgrass- the green X's. I have 3 pots and they are each planted differently as an experiement. The first pot was split into 3 sections and planted during the dry start and I thought all of it died, but one of the plants in the middle does have new growth. Of the remaining two pots, one was split and the plugs were planted normally. The third pot was pushed down into the sand to see if the plant will spread from the pot like Cory recommends.. Buce-The red X's. I got 3 different varities, all farm sourced. There is kedagang green long, green broad leaf and Theia. Hydrocotyle tripartita Japan, 2 pots Monte carlo and dwarf baby tears - one pot each, just gotta see if either of these like my water and setup. Lobelia cardinalis- my first try with this plant. I have 3 bare root plants. Pogostemon Helferi Downoi- I wanted to try this because just to see. It came from a tissue culture cup, did not look good in the cup and most has already melted, so I don't have high hopes for it. Anubias- I have it listed there but I haven't added it yet and I'm not sure if I will... I have some in another tank I can grab if I decide it needs something there. Crypts- I've pulled 2 large tropicas from another tank. I got a new Hudoroi. I also got a retrospiralis that I mixed in amongst the background to add texture. There may be some other small crypts in there because I pulled a few small, unknown crypts when I grabbed the tropicas. Hygrophila compacta- I really love the way these look in other people's tanks when they are fully converted. I got a couple of really robust looking ones so hopefully they do well. Echinodorus Martii- supposed to be a smaller Amazon sword, but I'm worried it might end up smaller than I wanted. I wanted a sword that doesnt get too big and stays green since I already have several red plants. This plant came in really healthy... I could have split it... maybe I should have. Tiger lotus- I tried to leave a large area for this plant. I'm hoping for some good reds here. Rotala Red and Rotala Orange juice- I got a bunch of these stems. They are growing roots and new leaves already, but they growing somewhat horizontally, which is kinda annoying. Maybe that will help them fill in better? The I'm hoping for some discernable color difference between the two species, which will be stunning if I'm successful. Madagascar lace- I do not have this plant yet and I don't plan on adding one until I feel the tank is balanced. Algae all over a lace plant would be not good and this is really going to be my main centerpiece plant. This plant will be positioned to get really good flow from the filter, which I've heard is good. Ive also heard they like a cooler tank, so that is another plus with this setup. Hygrophila angustifolia- I like this plant and it has grown decently in my low tech tanks, so I'm really hoping for a dense background of this stuff. I got a ton of stems and a lot of it was already melted (and it came with duck weed!!!), but I got so much, I'm sure plenty will survive. The crypt retrospiralis is mixed in with it. The fissidens is doing great! Three weeks seems to have been long enough to get some attachment. The stuff on the wood is doing the best, but it looks like the rocks are doing OK. And that's all the plants! I'm running a fluval 407 canister filter. This tank is in my living room and having a quiet filter was my top concern, and this is indeed a very quiet. I've got a dual stage CO2 regulator from CO2 Art. The diffuser is a neo diffuser. I have two 48" lights currently. A Fluval 3.0 and a Hygger. I really like the Hygger as an affordable light, I have one on another tank as well, but it got a tiny splash when I turned on the filter and it acted kinda glitchy, even though it's water resistant (IP68?). But just this weekend, one of the big chain stores was having a crazy good sale and I snagged the fluval 3.0 for dirt cheap. And the hygger stopped flickering and seems fine again. I did not plant the front because I had only planned on running one light but this will give me more flexibility in the future. Here's some pics Right after planting 3 days later. I'm already getting growth and pearling The compacta is getting some color. My rotala is all weepy. I wasn't expecting that. I'm sure I can correct it with time.. the diatoms have already started... I tried a dark start hoping to skip this phase but nope.
    7 points
  31. When I was a kid we used to ride our bikes to the local "little store" (maybe a mile from home). For Halloween they always stocked big boxes of wax candy-lips, teeth, you name it. They were unwrapped in big open boxes that you could pick through and cost like 1-10 cents each. They were so good-you could chew the wax like chewing gum when you were done wearing them......(and no one died even though hordes of kids probably touched each piece with their grubby little hands)
    7 points
  32. Sometime amazing things happen. My daughter wanted to take her senior pictures at the Point Defiance Aquarium in Tacoma, just a short ferry ride away. It was a great day of fun. I’m lucky to have such a great kid! You going to love this vid of a Ratfish!
    7 points
  33. I’ve had a bit of a rough week in terms of animal husbandry- I lost 3 half black purple guppy fry inexplicably and a variatus platy. For the HB purples I’d not medicated them, they came quickly from a reputable breeder who has good qt procedures and these had been bred in his fishroom so I’d not necessarily planned to medicate the group unless they showed signs of disease. Well 3 dying in quick succession in 24 hours woke me up so I gave them the med trio. I’ll follow that with Expel-P in a week or so as well. The variatus initially did well they ate well and had no issues but then I found a body that had been half eaten by snails 2 days ago. The other fish looked ok. Oddly the tank had some nitrites but I thought it was just the dead body so I did a nice size water change, added a touch of salt and watched. Well I didn’t like what I saw. They were huddled together near the top of the tank. So I’ve moved them to a bucket with a sponge filter to medicate them and see if we can Id the cause of their malady. The rest of the weekend was maintenance and one conundrum I’ve had is my shell dwellers- neo brevis. I’ve not seen any fry lately. I’ve got a male and female in a shell and 3 others 2 males and 1 female who occasionally shack up together then split up. It’s a bit of a soap opera. Throw in my sons mollies and it’s really a soap opera. I added a different cichlid salt blend this go round and I’m not sure what I’ll do next. Maybe pull the shellies to their own setup. Do the variatus with the mollies once they are done with QT? I’ll have to consult the tanks owner my 4 year old to see what he wants to do. I’ve seen a little bit of some odd behaviors from my other breeders- full red albino guppies - 3 females were lounging on the crushed coral substrate. I went ahead and did a water change - I’ve been trying to do 2-3 wc a week with them since I’ve been feeding heavy. They perked up after the water change and a dinner of brine shrimp. Sorry about the images but they do love the aptly named guppy grass! Finally I’ve been spending some extra time on my main display- 45 g tetra community- and really just love all the action. It’s over stocked filtered and planted. I’ve added an aponogeton ulvaceus initially positioned it in the back between the dwarf Lilly and the swords but right up against the back glass. Well either the pleco (7 BNs of various types) or the bronze corys (2 f 3 m) had redecorated and it was floating around with a bolbitis I’d picked up at Fishtoberfest. I found a nice spot in the mid ground and planted the ulvaceus and the bolbitis got tucked into a crack in the wood. The fish were very active this evening- I was running around dealing with my tank stuff so maybe they were just eager to please but man do I enjoy this tank! I also Spent some time with my blue Hawaiian guppies and my blue dream shrimps. There are now 4 generations in the tub of the guppies and despite my recent cull and sell off to the LFS the BD Neocaridina are taking off again. I’m thinking I may need to separate out some of the juvenile guppies to power feed and get them ready for sale next 1-2 months. They do seem to be slow to color but when they do bam! Here’s an adult and then some of my juveniles. You can just start to make out the blue and yellow hues on the guppies - I of course stressed them out by pulling them to check and photograph. The neos are super solid color wise and once again just a bit stressed but still excellent color. My plan for this week is keep a careful eye on these sick fish and I’m back to figuring out what to do with the cracked flex. I’ve really been thinking of African dwarf frogs. My snails in the flex have been very happy. I don’t think there’s any sad bowl like hijinks going on but maybe I need to reset it again. I did throw some polyfilter in so we’ll see if it colors up. From what I’ve read frogs have their own health issues quite different from fish so who knows!
    7 points
  34. Also somewhat updated my main 29 gallon shrimp tank.
    7 points
  35. I suspect the Puget Sound Biotope is more of a slice of nature than most community aquariums folks have. Indeed most people carefully craft their captives to avoid these sort of natural interactions occurring. It is to @eatyourpeas' great credit that she has set up a true place to "Enjoy Nature Daily". Her log reminds me of a nature documentary, where she holds the cinematographer's ethic - don't interfere. It is not easy for the cameraman on your favorite nature show to watch the hyena succeed in getting to the lion cubs. Surely they could intervene in these artificially small spaces we have placed these creatures in called "preserves". But with journalistic integrity they document how the natural world works instead. I think, happy or sad updates, this is why this journal has 18 people following it as of today. I know today must have been hard to watch, but I am thankful for your persistence Eatyourpeas, and for creating and documenting a world where we see the process of nature play out. Thank you!
    7 points
  36. ok, got some lights on the other tanks.... 10 gallon with cpds and my "green" neo experiment 55 with young congos, laser cories, and a boatload of guppy fry and females 10 gallon with male guppies and some fry as well as my blue/blue rili neos 20 gallon with my chilis and yellow neos The funky camera angles are an attempt to reduce window glare/reflection...
    7 points
  37. DISCLAIMER(!!!!!): I have a very dry sense of humor and voice box to match. I am absolutely appreciative of my care package and it's contents! Also I was taught to find the pointy end of a knife by pressing my finger into it. If it hurts it's the wrong side. Knife safety is important. My phone is archaic and I was too lazy to use my computer's video editing so here is the promised selfie.
    7 points
  38. Don’t chase parameters. Double your plant budget. Your goal is a mature tank not a cycled tank. Enjoy your tanks and breeding projects- if your not enjoying it stop and rethink what you’re doing.
    7 points
  39. Bigger isn’t ALWAYS better… I started with a 210 saltwater tank 5 years ago, and spent a fortune on lights, hardscape, livestock and equipment. While I still enjoy it, my 10-29 gallon freshwater planted tanks with sponge filters are actually more enjoyable— less stress, less maintenance, less money, and equally beautiful in their own way.
    7 points
  40. Got a rare photo of Scruffy the Janitor, the bristlenose who lives with Pooka. Happy to see his bristles are growing in.
    6 points
  41. So the process has begun, it has been a very busy week in My Aquatic Vivariums consolidating, breaking down, and cleaning. I have broke down the 29G rummynose breeding tank (will breed them in a different way) tank will become my new plant grow out, 2- 60Gs both in storage will be sold, and the 3G will be donated. Cleaned out all plants, hardscape, and fish from 2-20Gs will finish breakdown and sell both. Broke down and reset a 55G and my 125G. will make a detailed post on this tank probably tomorrow on the My Aquatic Vivariums journal thread. Still to do on the downsizing: break down 2-20Gs sell 1 and other will be a running QT other will be sold. Break down 2-10G 1 going to become snail breeding tank other going to storage for emergency purposes only. And break down and reset another 55G no final decision use/ stocking.
    6 points
  42. That was sweet! No doubt showing my age but the Allman Brothers' "Sweet Melissa" makes cleaning up the kitchen much more enjoyable.
    6 points
  43. Got some more pics tonight: This next photo was cropped out of a larger one (taken from about 6" from the front glass at max zoom): I then cropped it down to this close-up, and managed to retain quite a bit of detail: I love it when things work out this well!
    6 points
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