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  1. So I'm going to assume that everyone knows that you shouldn't have your fish tank placed next to a window because of algae and such. We've all heard it from one place or another. And all I want to say is that it is such a shame that this is said about tanks. Generally this would be a good thought for people just getting into the hobby but like have you ever seen your tank lit up by actual sunshine? If you haven't, let me explain it. Your little ecosystem that you made is perfected for 1 hour of the day and nothing you can add to the tank can ever make it feel that complete again.
    17 points
  2. It's not from someone else, but I drilled a bunch of holes in a measuring cup. I hang it on the side of the tank when adding water to disperse the flow so it doesn't disturb plants or substrate.
    15 points
  3. Just had this picture of an Aquarium toilet in Akashi Japan sent to me by a friend. I know some are lazy with the tests and the water changes, but trying to toilet train your fish by example is taking it a bit too far. 🤣🤣 🤣
    13 points
  4. Post pics of your native species of fish that you have in your aquarium. Here is mine. Lepomis megalotis aka longear sunfish
    12 points
  5. Sunlight is my favorite form of lighting. I would do it for all my tanks if I could. and and
    12 points
  6. Definition here. Also, to stay on topic... I don't really have to say anything these days. When people come into the house and see a 250 gallon tank, it tends to speak for me. Despite that, I still manage to get into odd situations. Recently a friend wanted to make plans to grab dinner, and suggested this Thursday. I said "ooh, can't. I've got something going on that evening." My wife helpfully chimed in to let the friend know that I'd be attending a "fish meeting", to which my friend inquired why I was "meeting" with my fish. Thinking this would improve the situation, I explained that I would be attending a meeting for the local aquarium society. Turns out this did not help and was met with chuckles at the idea that I would go out of my way to seek people out to talk about my aquariums. The response intensified when it was revealed that the meeting would be held over Zoom. They then wanted to kn ow what was so interesting I couldn't miss it. The topic: Rapidly cycling your tank. Silence. "So, another night then...?"
    11 points
  7. How a NERM draws a bath:
    11 points
  8. It seems too often that I have failed ideas. Things that are sometimes interesting and maybe worth learning from but aren't worth a new thread. I am making this thread as a singular place to share them, for me, and for anyone else who wants to share any failed ideas too. To start it off, I'm not a huge fan of picking eggs off of yarn spawning mops and I made an attempt at designing a 3d printed modular chain for my rice fish to lay eggs on. My test was not successful. Back to yarn for now.
    10 points
  9. My non-fish hubby only (comes in to fish room once a week to look at my giant snail) actually listens when I complain about different fish products and how they need to be improved. He built me this it just finished today 🥰😍 please share some things that make your aquarium life easier that you have made or someone has made for you. I’d love more ideas please.
    10 points
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  11. I know the Co-Op likes to keep a tight lid on new product development . . . but this one has been leaked to the public . . .
    9 points
  12. This is my new friend, Casper. He's a rare leucistic coloration of Amphilophus Sagittae, an absolute beast of a Central American cichlid, apparently native to Nicaragua. He's currently about 12 inches long and is solo in a 125 gallon in my garage, mostly because he will straight murder anything you put in there with him, be it plant or animal. He's even been known to bite those who are bold enough to try to clean his tank. As for how I came to acquire this absolute unit of a fish: I was out of the hobby for about ten years until getting back into it during quarantine. I work from home anyway, but the extra time at home meant needing to find something to do and I can only remodel my house so much. In the span of 6 months, I went from a single 10 gallon tank to over 500 gallons of water in my house. I've previously kept mostly tetras and livebearers throughout the years, but big fish were never really on my radar. I had a 75 gallon tank in my garage that I was waiting to move inside after the painting in my living room was done. I liked the size of the 75 gallon, but I had also really loved the idea of a big 125 and had built a custom stand that would accommodate one if I decided to go that route, thinking it would be hard to convince my wife to get a tank that big, especially since a previous 75 gallon had leaked all over our floor...all while I was 400 miles away and I had to Facetime her way through draining the tank and moving the fish. I routinely cruise through OfferUp and Craigslist looking for used tanks that look promising. (I don't know what it is about used tanks, but all the used tanks I've gotten don't have algae issues. I don't know what it is.) At one point, I happened across a posting of someone who was being forced to get rid of all their tanks and fish for reasons they didn't really say. There were three 125 gallon tanks filled with various cichlids and other fish I wasn't super familiar with. I bookmarked it, just to kind of keep an eye on it, but not really thinking it was a possibility. I moved my 75 into the house, full aquascaped and put community fish in. The tank itself looked great (if I do say some myself), but a 4 foot tank looks awkward on a 6 foot stand. I needed a 125. I casually mentioned it to my wife and she was surprisingly on board. I think she's secretly just as into it as me, but she knows if she shows more than a reluctant curiosity, that we'll end up with even more thanks. Plus, she had just adopted two dogs from the Humane Society, so she owes me one. I revisited the original posting and saw that prices had dropped on the tank setups and all the fish were now free. Things were obviously getting desperate. I don't know the exact situation, but if you know what rents have been doing in the Pacific Northwest lately, you can probably guess. I wanted to help out if I could and we started messaging back and forth. I could see that he really had a love for his fish, especially Casper, and I had original inquired about taking all three tanks and all the livestock in the process. I researched all the fish that he had and didn't feel confident in my ability to care for that many (soon to be) large fish. In the time that I was researching, he ended up selling one of the tanks, which made my job a little easier. I offered to buy the two remaining tanks and foster Casper until the owner could be in a situation where he could take him back. I know it was tough for him to give up Casper, but I'll do my best to give him a good home in the meantime. I think he was a little cranky about being moved at first, but has since settled in nicely and I feel like he's been much more interactive in the last few days. He didn't seem to want to eat much for the first few days, but yesterday, I went to feeding him around his normal mid-day feeding time and he was much more agreeable to eating. That's OK. I'm not a morning person either... I turned Casper's original tank into a planted community tank and combined all the sand with the sand from the other tank I bought so Casper has plenty of landscaping material to work with. He's dug himself a nice little pit in the back that he hangs out in when he wants to hide. Other than that, he's been exploring around and making himself at home. He hasn't bitten me yet, but I'm definitely very aware of where he is whenever I have my hands in the tank. He did very deliberately spit a whole mouthful of sand at me yesterday, though. I'm going to say that means "You seem cool. Let's be friends.". You can see him spitting some more sand in the video below. I've never really thought about having such a big fish like this, but he's been really cool so far. Despite being a murderous little death machine, he's got quite the personality and will definitely interact with me, either chasing my finger around or coming to check out anything I'm doing when I'm working in the garage. I'm already a big fan of him and my family likes him too. My kids like "playing" with him, having him chase their finger across the tank and my wife has nicknamed him "Frank the Tank". The new dogs, who are super jumpy, even seem to like him. He's on a built-bench in the garage now, but with how active he is and how fun he is to watch, I might have to see about making him some space inside. I've always found the bubbling of a sponge filter very soothing, but the gentle waterfall of the couple AquaClear 110's is quite pleasant, too. I'm thinking there might be something to these bigger fish... I don't have a time table for when the original owner can take him back, but right now I'm in no hurry. He's since set up a GoFundMe to help him buy a car to live out of until he can figure out a more permanent living situation. If you'd like to help a fellow fishkeeper get back on his feet, check it out here: https://gofund.me/9ac57a1a Or don't. That's not why I'm here. I just wanted to show off what I thought was a really cool new friend.
    9 points
  13. When the toilet memes go too far 😅😂
    9 points
  14. Yoshi likes to blow bubbles, then eat the bubbles. Blow bubbles, then eat the bubbles🤭 What silly things do your fish do?
    9 points
  15. As a huge fan of Wonder Woman, it was no surprise to anyone that knows me that eventually I would have a themed tank. Petco has the aqueon cube on sale, so a purchase was made today! The plan so far is to have chili rasbora for the red, blue velvet shrimp for the blue, and yellow substrate. I also have plans to make a planter out of an invisible jet statue. Very excited about this project!
    8 points
  16. So I’ve had this cube for MONTHS, I’m pretty sure I got it around January this year. I got the wood in very early February (I took a pic with it dry in the tank on Feb 3, to see if it would work and how it would look). The wood has been soaking all this time and was still floating (floating low, but still floating). I was getting the wood out every couple months, and no significant improvement. I finally cut it to height since I wanted it in 2 pieces anyway and I was hoping it would sink faster if I exposed some end grain - nope, floats. I *finally* gave up and got slate to attach for weight and to steady the pieces. It’s planted, has a Buce accessory piece and a group of pothos (in the surviving “too brittle to drill” shower caddies - see “75 gallon redo” in my sig). I’m not sure if the pothos will stay after it cycles. I don’t know 100% if it’s going to be another nano tank or a Betta tank. I’m leaning toward nanos since I’ve got grumpy Bad Pea Daddy at the left end of this row (he’s pretty boring) and the puffer shoal at the right end of this row (they are also pretty boring). I’m considering moving the peas to the 29 gallon in the office since I just sold the last of the cories that were in that tank. Gives me an excuse to scape that one. I have wood that is soaking (one sinks, the other floats, but I have slate pieces now). 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 1. First pic with the dry wood. Feb 3. 2. Trying out different wood pieces, the substrate is ready (heavy, red clay dirt, Osmocote granules, black blasting sand cap). April 3 - I’m clearly getting antsy to get some plants and water in the tank. Dragging out gooey, wet wood pieces and sticking them in the sand. Today: 3 & 4. Determined shape of the slate I needed, split it as needed. Then marked the slate around the base of the pieces, drilled the slate. 5. Got the wood fastened to the slate and in the tank. 6. Planting - clockwise from back left: Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia, Epipremnum aureum (Pothos) above it in the shower caddy, Echinodorus barthii x schlueteri ‘Red Flame’, Crypt. ‘Pink Panther’, Bucephalandra ‘Red Dagger’. I’ll be adding some Anubia nana ‘Petite Golden Coin’ to the bigger wood piece, possibly other Buces. I may also add either some red root floaters or some Amazon frogbit - long term or short term, all to be determined. 7&8. Filter moved from the tank where it’s been getting seasoned for months. Water in the tank! A couple different angles to show the pothos, too. I used the sponge filter I had getting seasoned, so I’ll have to get another couple. I like to keep at least one spare seasoned and ready. I’m slipping! 😆 9. The “Low Row” isn’t finished but there is at least finally water in every tank! Next, I need to add the little light shield (a strip of black window cling film hot glued to the light). Then I just need to let it all “cook”. Test every few days until I see a nitrite peak, then drop with the nitrate climbing. Once the nitrite drops and the nitrate climbs, I’ll blind feed to make sure the tank can handle some fish, then start adding snails first. I may have some snails pop out anyway. I have ramshorns in both tanks where most of these plants were growing.
    8 points
  17. I’ve also learned to love the sun on my tank
    8 points
  18. This weekend starting Friday July 30th through Sunday August 1st we are running a sale of 15% off all Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, and Barbs! Schools out and lets have some fun this weekend!
    8 points
  19. This will sound absurd but it works. I use a plastic colander I sit in one side and net on other side of tank fish run forward scoop up in colander. Caught many CPD pleco guppies etc in a 20long JUNGLE
    8 points
  20. Right now 4 of the 6 think they are guppies and they are schooling with the new mutt guppies. It is adorable!
    8 points
  21. You can only use scissors for so long so I finally made the move & ordered a set off Amazon. After some back & forth I went with a full set from Hosmide. I was sold on the first cut
    7 points
  22. This is an excellent topic. Pretty much everyone has one or a few. No photos but Ill try to get detailed enough to paint the picture. The vision was a medication free aquaponics system where I could raise cooler water farm fish and eventually crayfish. They would be housed in a 150 gallon sump below fruits and vegetables up top so we could eat the veggies, feed the leaves and trimmings back into the stock tank, and have semi sustainable food sources in the house year round. I did a Rubbermaid 4245-00-GRAY Structural Foam 150 gallon stock tank tank as a sump system with a pond pump that constant flowed into two separate approximately 30" * 45" * 8" deep on a steel shelving unit that the stock tank sat within and the beds rested on the top shelf of the shelving. I did a bell siphon on each bed which fed down a pvc pipe back into the sump. I staggered the fill of 2nd bed by cutting off the flow until after the first bed was 3/4 full to keep the overflow a little more consistent back into the stock tank sump. Failure since I am never going with that idea inside the house again but more a "learning moment" since I used those lessons to inform other ideas I use now. : The system was ridiculously loud one of the two bell siphon was going every 10 minutes, the stock tank was not covered as much as I would have preferred to limit evaporation and a little bit of splash, the grow beds were adding too much to the humidity of the house, the temperature of the water was actually too cold for optimal growth of edible crops. Moving 200lbs lava rock down stairs was really not an enjoyable experience for me and the fish were not a great fit for the system long term. It helped me to figure out the overflow racking systems I use for some of my projects now, moved me to working on breeding fish which is more fun for me anyway, and got me to realize that I need a heater for fall-spring up here on even the cool water species of fish.
    7 points
  23. I have Easy Tabs!!! ❤ Ordered the minute we got the notification from @Cory. Less then 48hr later they are in my hands. I have some plants that need trimmed and replanted so I will be using them later this week. I had accidentally ordered Easy Iron when I ment to order Easy Green a few months ago. I held onto it and I am glad I did. I just added a couple Amazon Flame Swords and want those reds to pop. I will add that I support my lfs store but when I did the math it was way cheaper to get Easy Tabs. Thanks for all the hard work that was put into getting things to your neighbour's in the north. 🍁🇨🇦🍁
    7 points
  24. So I kinda rescaped my 5 gallon today. It had about 8 inches of JUST HORNWORT and I knew I had to make some changes. Here is my tank before I took the hornwort out. Note- I hadn’t taken picture of my tanks in a while so the hornwort was ALOT worse. And here is my new scape and plants Please give me your thoughts on my tank and please give it a rating from 1 star to 5 stars and what I should do to make it better. Current fish and inverts Five Golden White clouds About 9 ghost shrimp (Probably more because there was is female with eggs. 4 Pygmy cories (I actually think 2 of the females have eggs because they are BIG) And finally about 30 Ramshorn snails
    7 points
  25. Update: I finished building the rack for the two 55s and two 40s. Its level, had to use some shims and it does wobble a bit when you actually try to wobble it (which nobody should be trying to wobble it so I think it should be fine). Tops of the shelves are covered with mildew resistant vinyl I got from Joann Fabrics. There were also a few spots on the stand where a small gap formed after it sat for a but and I've filled those by wedging in shims and breaking them off so there isn't any flex. Almost ready to get those tanks up and running in this room. Just need to find some LED shop lights that I can use for plant growth to go over the line of 20 longs and the 40s. Going to get the ones that connect together and put them all on the same timer to make things easy. Lastly please enjoy this photo of the ropefish taken in the 75 that has still yet to be moved. Photo title: "Let me sing you the song of my people"
    7 points
  26. My LFS cannot seem to keep the Guppies from fish farms alive more than a week. When we breed ours and sell them to the store, they do much better. Local water… what not… So, instead of paying a fortune on Aquabid, or paying for special orders, I got a batch of random female guppies that were still alive from our LFS. I stuck them in a 10-gallon Quarantine tank in the closet… They’re not super impressive, but I’m planning to wait out the Med trio and then move them to a planted 20-gal long for mutt-guppy breeding I’ve got a few males to add in to start off the mutt-strain… I’ll probably add a couple other colored males. Here’s my thinking: I can sell these for $1 / each as often as I have them available. So, with a few tanks free to breed guppies… I’m going to have fun trying to breed some decent ones.
    7 points
  27. Hello, I thought I would share some photos from my red cap medaka breeding project now that a few have grown to maturity. I started breeding these guys in a colony of 10 fish, about four months ago. The process started slow but, now I hatch out around 50 to 100 every two weeks. I've started slowing down on hatching now that I have around 500. I also keep a few orange medaka as well as some blue medaka and rainbow shiners that are not pictured. Image 1: 17gal Muck Bucket with Red Cap and Blue Medaka fry + juveniles Image 2: 17gal Muck Bucket for Red Cap Breeding Image 3: 55gal Red Cap grow out tank from above Images 4,5: 55gal Red Cap grow out tank from the side (Sorry that the fish are out of focus the iPhone camera can only do so much)
    7 points
  28. I pulled out 60/70 ~1 month old Golden White Clouds from their 55 gal barrel thanks to the guidance of a certain "Dynasty" with the hope that I can get more fry from the adults.
    7 points
  29. Day 19. Getting sizable every feeding and behaving more like puffers with two way interactions now. Happy I have the COOP Ziss brine shrimp hatcher process going well for my set ups; certainly a primarybreason these started feeding well and have been getting bigger seemingly every hour. Almost to our daphnia,scuds, bloodworms with vitachem, and sub adult cherry shrimp stage of foods for these first few F1 P.palustris.
    7 points
  30. Thursday evening, Maurice Ravel, a little wine, and guess who comes out?
    7 points
  31. I connect this to an Alexa device. "Alexa, water on/off".
    7 points
  32. Had this article sent to me by a fellow aquatic gardener, it is by an Indonesian Anubias grower and deals with the propagation of Anubias from seeds harvested from their flowers. I thought it might be of interest to some, although interest might vary by degrees of hardcore plant nerdness. 🤣 https://emersedanubiasblog.wordpress.com/
    7 points
  33. Came in to work… Notropis chrosomus all fired up. Oh please, oh please! I hope I can gather some fertile eggs…
    7 points
  34. Time to let you in on the fish inhabitants of the 90g. I had two losses at the beginning of a couple Angel's that seem to have come from an off order at the lfs. They were really good about it and even said that I should hold off on getting more as they have not been impressed with them lately. I love that they are more concerned about happy fish and customers then sales. Everybody else is doing great and loving live. 10 - Silver Tip Tetra - First time having them. 9 - Black Skirt Tetra - I love these guys and have had them multiple times. 4 - Zebra Danios - Have some in 30g as well. 2 - Striped Angel's - been a long time since I have had Angel's. 2 - Longfin Rosy Barbs - First time owning. 2 - Opaline (Blue) Gourami - First time. 1 - Golden Gourami - First time. Ramshorn, Bladder and Malaysian Trumpt Snails Plan was to have 3-5 Angel's and add some Rummynose. Not sure if that is still the plan. I am open to suggestions. The Blush Angel's would have added some really nice colour to the tank. Also got a couple Red Flame Amazon's that I will plant in the next couple of days. Plants are growing like crazy.
    7 points
  35. I see you’ve already added the invisible Jett! 😀
    7 points
  36. We’ll, I understand the benefits of Summer Tubbing now. The shiner fry that I put outside in my ponds are the same size as the ones I have inside. The inside fry get a variety of foods at my expense, and the ones outside eat whatever they can find and whenever they find it. I just need to get through this coming winter and have a good survival rate before I really trust the cold weather parameters of the Rainbow Shiner. If they do well, I’ll be stocking my ponds more heavily in the spring and going forward for growing out. …just the Fry in the ponds are more timid and difficult to photograph.
    6 points
  37. I totally agree, sunlight shows beauty I've never seen under artificial lighting and plants love it. It can come with challenges but IMO it's no more challenging than balancing artificial light.
    6 points
  38. On behalf of hundreds of people, I'm going to get "buying a livebearer who isn't pregnant" out of the way.
    6 points
  39. my idea's never fail. sometimes they lead to better ideas though.😜
    6 points
  40. Male and female rosy bitterlings in spawning mode. Bonus pond snail, also very native.
    6 points
  41. My Askoll 20 has been stalled on plant growth, and I think it is because of the too-deep sand cap. I removed at least 5 lbs of sand and made an absolute mess. I am going to give it a few days to clear, while I keep wringing out sponges, and stirring up mulm. Then I will setup the wood, and replant.
    6 points
  42. Water sprite you can float tie to something suction cup to the wall or plant. As far as redo I do it all the time. I do it inhabitants in tank a little at a time. I leave everything on one side alone and slowly remove and then replace substrate and plants then move to the other side. Shrimp and guppies are a pain because they are too nosey I end up scooping them up in my little cup. Sooo I put repashy on the side I’m not working on to distract them. Each tank is a day long thing when I don’t do quick and it never bothers any of my kids in any of my tanks. Be prepared for nosey snails to crawl on your hand though.
    6 points
  43. My female bred and she has really colored up. Finally got a decent shot of her.
    6 points
  44. Everything worked out as I planned it, I learnt something new in regards to Amano shrimp and Pogostemon erectus, that once they reach what is described as their maximum size, or slightly above, they develop a distinct liking for the fine needle like leaves of the Pogostemon and will destroy it in short order. i have had to increase my fertilizer dosing quite a bit even with highly reduced light intensity because none of my plants are really high light requirement plants, yet they grow at quite a pace. The Bucephalandras definitely prefer locations that are much shadier than even Anubias prefer, and the Anubias, as strange as it sounds seem to prefer, and thrive more in a heavily planted tank as my constant blooms seem to have shown. The only fish I've lost were due to extreme cold weather when they were shipped to my LFS, even after a several day quarantine period at the LFS there were two of the cardinals that expired shortly after I had acclimated them to the tank. I also lost one rummynose tetra that got so excited over freeze dried bloodworms that he jumped and boinked his head audibly loud into the glass lid, never to recover. Other than that I have had no losses, the 6 Blue Dream shrimp I initially bought as tiny babies have developed into an extremely large colony, of moss, and plant cleaners, probably in the range of 80 to 90. I also learnt something about rummynose tetras that I did not know before that if you plant dense enough they will hide. They seem to prefer to settle in among plants. Some visitors will exclaim loudly when I feed the fish and for the first time they notice that there is another large school of tetras in the tank besides the cardinals when the feeding frenzy occurs. I love the way my moss has filled in and the way the transition between the Christmas moss, and Phoenix moss has worked out, much like stumps with the transition from the Cryptocoryne parva to the Anubias nana petite, to Anubias nana, and from it to Anubias afzelli, and Java fern. In regards to growing moss, patience can't be overstated, it takes a good long while to establish but then comes a point when you have to reign it in, much like all the other plants. I loved the way the darkstart helped me skip the brown algae phase completely, and how cycling was as without problems as never before. I really used to love Japanese style aquascapes several years ago, with open tops, and all but I must say I much prefer the more natural style now that reminds me of what I used to see snorkeling in rivers. I'm happy with my version of the "Amazon" jungle, my water parameters have been stable and where I wanted them to be, and yes trimming is a chore sometimes but I got what I wanted it to be, and much as I groaned over the steep price when I bought them, the Kessils are totally worth it.
    6 points
  45. So, I needed a new 10 gallon for qt and since tanks were half off, I bought 2... wouldn't you? I have other Walstad inspired tanks, but have never been brave enough to go zero tech: no heater, no pumps, no air stone, and only using additional lighting for photographs. This tank is on a highboy dresser, with a mirror behind it, and plenty of light being reflected from my rack system. I started with the soil Dr Diana Walstad has recommended in her Walstad Treatise forum: Miracle Gro organic top soil. 1.5" closest to the front, 2" in the back, with a little gravel "river" between the two planted beds. There's a mixed gravel and sand "beach" at the front of the tank, and the soil is capped in black blasting sand. Black worms, and eventually Malaysian trumpet snails, will assist the plant roots in preventing toxic sulfur dioxide buildup in the soil layer. I should have taken more pictures at the beginning. I only filled it a couple of inches for the first 24 hours, to let the soil really absorb the water. After about a week's worth of growth in the plants. With zero water movement, I had the novel experience of watching the blackwater tannins settle in the lowest point of the tank, and slowly change the water color. I had never witnessed this before! Floating plants, like water lettuce, frogbit, duckweed and Mexican azolla, have rapidly removed ammonia from the water while multiplying to begin covering the top of the tank. Luckily, light reflecting off the mirror behind the tank gets to the stemmed plants underneath. It's been 3 weeks, and ammonia is down to 0.25 ppm. I think I missed nitrites, since I only test once a week with no livestock (except black worms, amphopods and snails). Nitrates were up to 40 ppm on Sunday, I will see if they start coming down this weekend. I am still poking the soil with a stick since the Malaysia trumpet snails have not come in yet. I have almost 3" of new growth, and for the first time ever I have red leafed plants with no melt happening! Will try to reliably post updates. Zero intentions of adding fish for at least 4 more weeks, depending on if I have eliminated the ammonia. I want 4 weeks of no ammonia and slowly lowering nitrates before I add any livestock. The Carolina Bacopa is the slowest growing plant in there, lol. It does have new growth, and the plants are bending toward the rack system. So this is what the tank looks like, tonight. The light is so I don't get massive reflections from the rack lights. Darkwater/blackwater is very reflective, and in the right light turns the aquarium into a mirror, lol. One last picture of the floating plants, and I will update over the weekend. Thank you for following this far!
    6 points
  46. Fish room rack profile: Evening fellow NERMS! As I get fully set up and settled in I will go through a rack once a week till I get all the way through my "fish room". This is my dual 40 breeder central/south American rack. The bottom tank has sand over a bit of controsoil. Just enough for the Val and swords to pull some nutrients. The rest of the decor is made up of drift wood with java moss, a sponge filter and a barely functioning HOB with pre filter and a temp of 78°. It is stocked with a dozen black venezuelan Cory, 3 super red bristlenose, 4 tiger limia and a few mystery snails. I'm feeding spirulina flakes, omega one veggie rounds, frozen blood worms, black worms and the occasional produce. All are growing out to breeding age so no fry yet. The top rack has 9 Zoogoneticus tequila. (Tequila splitfin) this is a newer species only tank after 3 months with no fry. It is planted with Val, swords, crypts and java Fern attached to the driftwood with the same sand over controsoil. It has a large sponge filter and is kept at 73°. I'm feeding spirulina flakes, frozen blood worms, black worms and bbs. I'm holding out hope that a few gravid females carry to term and give birth to live young soon. This was the last rack I set up so everyone is still settling in. Let me know if you have experience breeding anything listed and have advice to share.
    6 points
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