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  1. When giving advice in a post it can be helpful to explain the thinking behind the advice you are giving and your personal experience that leads you to feeling confident about the specific advice your are giving. I'll give an example. The original post reads something like this: Help! I think my fish have fungus, what should I do?? The next forum member giving advice says: 'Treat with salt' What is missing in the answer is quite a bit. Why salt? What does salt do to a fungus? Is there any situation that salt would not be appropriate? Have you personally had a fish with a fungal infection that you treated with salt, and if so, what were these results? Maybe something like this would be even more helpful: 'One common treatment for fungus is to use aquarium salt. My Serpae tetra recently had a fungal infection and I treated with salt. I left the salt in the water until the fungus cleared up (which was about a week). After that I did a water change. If the fungus had come back, I would have dosed with salt again at a higher concentration for an additional week. Salt works by dehydrating the fungus, which kills the fungus (but not the fish). Do you have plants in your aquarium? If so you need to know that plants are sensitive to salt so you might need to move your fish to a quarantine tank if you intend to treat with salt.' Not every post has to be this detailed, but the additional information can be very helpful and educational, which is one of the prime reasons we are all here.
    24 points
  2. So.... on some thread a little while ago, someone asked for “dream tank” setup... or dream fish.... can’t quite remember. ANYWAY— my answer was “Native North American Species tank featuring Rainbow Shiners + Rainbow Darters.” Today (drum roll....) the Rainbow Shiners arrived! We’ll see how they settle in long term. Here’s specs + a few photos: 29 gal. 63-degrees Fahrenheit. Emperor bio wheel 280 HOB filter + sponge filter. Mexican beach pebbles (large) plus smoothed landscaping stones. Small dried oak leaves added. Valisneria Americana. Bronze crypt. Hydor powerhead. Cheap LED filtered light + 1x blue coral fluorescent tube. Eco Complete substrate. Small aged piece of mopani wood. 35x Notropis chrosomus (Rainbow Shiners). 1x pair of Etheostoma caeruleum (Rainbow Darters).
    13 points
  3. I generally do not put lids on any of my aquariums. While I do get evaporation, I've never had a problem with fish jumping out. I have had a consistent problem with plants jumping out witness this photo from July: But now I think I know what is happening: Anyone one else have a problem with plants being jumpers?
    13 points
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  5. Now that I have a macro lens for my phone, I want to document the development of my honey gouramis from birth to their trip to the local fish store. To start, here’s Dad Fish, Parent of the Year, and Mom Fish, who’s very camera shy. These babies hatched yesterday. Unfortunately I forgot I wanted to do this and didn’t get pictures of the eggs. At this point I believe they’re about 36 hours old. They’re only very occasionally starting their little motors to swim for a short spurt. Mostly they’re just hanging. Lastly here’s Dad Fish trying to intimidate me. Instead he just looks derpy. (Don’t tell him I said that though!)
    10 points
  6. Hello all, been lurking here a while and greatly enjoying the content. I thought I might contribute back to any other newbies with experiences similar to mine who don't know how big plants will get, etc. I have a 20 long pseudo-walstad I've been working on for a while. It was initially planted a few months ago: Most of the plants were purchased from the Co-op: Vallisneria, Chain sword, Water sprite, Hydrocotyle tripartita, Windelov java fern, a lily bulb, and a few Cryptocoryne wendtii brown and dwarf sagittaria I already had from another tank. Soil layer was about and inch thick with a half-inch of sand per Dr. Walstad's reccommendation in her book. The hardscape is placed on a hill made of filter bags full of Seachem flourite, to keep pressure off the dirt. I didn't originally plan to document this, so unfortunately I didn't take a picture of that stage. I had a very heavy algae and bacteria bloom for the first few weeks but it eventually resolved itself with time and pest snails. I had to remove the coconut, as it created a dead spot and had a heavy amount of bacterial growth inside. Here is a few months later: As you can see, everything is extremely overgrown. I think the lily may have been a poor choice for a tank this size, as the lily pads have to be trimmed almost bi-weekly to keep it from shading out the other plants. And the sword is filling in extremely slowly, making the right corner look a little more empty than I intended. I also added an Aquaclear 30 to the right side, so I suppose this is more of a pseudo-Walstad dirted tank than a true Walstad aquarium, but whatever. Sponge intake cover is also from the co-op. I have a few guppies and approximately 15 or so fry in the tank, all doing well. One more picture from this morning, after I added some pearlweed and Hydrocotyle leucephala courtesy of LRB Aquatics (does he have an account here? would tag him if I knew the handle): Thanks for looking 🙂
    9 points
  7. There is a controversial method practiced amongst those who opt to go without a filter, heater, and light. The method consists of removing all water from the aquarium. That's correct, a waterless environment. Should do the trick on getting rid of all those nasties, but it might pose some side effects for the pygmy sunfish. Proceed with caution.
    9 points
  8. I used to think it was weird that people would say "I think I have 6 of those fish". Then I put khuli loaches in a very heavily planted tank. I don't see them all at the same time for weeks. But that made sense. Today I couldn't find the 3rd Electric Blue Acara. I can tell them apart. I knew who was missing. There are very few hiding places since the driftwood is still floating on the surface in that tank. I fed--still no fish. I moved the floating driftwood--no fish. I checked behind the sponge filters and under the heaters. Behind all the plants. 5 minutes later, there were 3 electric blue acaras cleaning up the remnants of the food. HOW? Do you have any mystery dissapearing fish?
    8 points
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  11. A closer look at the Yellow White Clouds at Aquarium Co-Op
    8 points
  12. A Good Memey Morning to all!
    8 points
  13. Liquid gold!!! So today was my best hatch ever with the Aquarium Co-op brine shrimp eggs. I’ve heard they are now back in stock. The difference for me with this hatch is using a new product that I’ve been testing for the Co-op. Not going to say it is right yet cause there is still testing to be done. The Gold Standard of brine shrimp eggs. Just sayin’
    7 points
  14. Clicked this while shopping with Cory for just the first truckload of pipes and fittings we need to get the new indoor fish farm set up. Most of the fitting we bought all they had and still needed more.
    7 points
  15. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I was just sitting around at work, getting paid to surf the forum, and I SEE MY NAME AS A WINNER!!! I shall treasure it, and you all, forever and always! So excited to see what comes!
    7 points
  16. I'm just going to share these pest snail eggs because I think they look cool.
    7 points
  17. Does anyone know of chemicals that will kill all these terrible little detritus worms, cyclops, paramecium, and Vorticella in my aquarium. You can see all of this 'stuff' swimming around in the video I just shot below. The pygmy sunfish fry is eating some of it, but he will never get all it. Ugh, what am I doing wrong? Plus I think I saw a hydra eating a flatworm or leech or something. 😒
    7 points
  18. Here’s a couple of my favorite photos of my CPD’s and cherry shrimp taken with an inexpensive clip on lens with my iPhone. (thanks to @Irene for the clip on lens tip in one of her videos! ❤️)
    7 points
  19. It isn't a problem. Don't worry, enjoy your Corydoras.
    7 points
  20. I did a quick culling thought I share
    6 points
  21. Ah, my Google News algorithm knows me well. Interesting article on fish scale "armor" and the trilineatus cory. https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/animals/2021/01/tiny-catfish-shrugs-off-piranha-bites
    6 points
  22. @Maggie our “kids” are the same age! My honey fry are 4 days old today too! Maybe they’ll go to the same school. 😁
    6 points
  23. I'm no pro on this topic but in my experience if paint fumes harmed fish then mine would all be dead.
    6 points
  24. I am not sure how many Aqueon tanks I have had over time, but it is at least many dozens and I have never had one leak. And I think the fact the Cory spends his own hard earned cash on Aqueon tanks is a reasonably good endorsement.
    6 points
  25. I understand what @OceanTruth is saying but as @Will Billy points out above there really are 3 species of Corydoras all rightfully referred to as 'Pygmy Corydoras'. Here is a good article on the 3 different species: https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/features/the-littlest-hobos/ Both photos that @Tomhas posted look like pygmy Corydoras to me. The first being Corydoras pygmaeus in first photo and Corydoras habrosus in the second photo. It gets worse. There are actually even 3 additional species of 'pygmy Corydoras', Corydoras cochui, Corydoras multimaculatus and Corydoras piragua, but these are rarely imported. It is kind of like when I was growing up in the South any carbonated soft drink was referred to a 'Coke'. As in this kind of conversation. Me: You want a Coke? You: Yes. Me: What kind can I get you?
    6 points
  26. Some of these photos are absolutely amazing. I decided to give it a shot tonight myself. I dont have anything of that quality and im not really sure these count as macro photos either; but here are a couple i took on my phone tonight. I am looking to get a macro lens attachment soon so i can get more detailed shots. In the process of reviewing the photos i took of my new hatchetfish i noticed that they have Ich! I hadnt noticed any symptoms yet so if i hadnt taken these close ups i still wouldnt know. i immediately dosed ich x so they should be recovered soon enough.
    6 points
  27. How many times should I repeat this treatment? I know I saw another thread using this treatment, but it didn't say how many times to repeat it? Plus I noticed they were using a light. Is this a UV light? I went ahead and began the treatment:
    6 points
  28. I would recommend reading threads from @Daniel, who will encourage you to embrace all the cool life and chemistry at each layer of the ecosystem. This Cory guy does really low maintenance ponds, but I’m not sure if I should post a link. Is this a sign of livestream withdrawal?
    6 points
  29. The Next Level of Seasoned Tank Time
    6 points
  30. Made EIGHT little moss lava rocks and threw them in my newish 10 gal shrimp tank. it got pretty tedious after the first couple ones, but I hung in there. Also, pic of big yellow neocaridina in the tank.
    6 points
  31. So I'm transferring a pond snail from one tank to another with tweezers and I dropped it. I head a faint "tink" and realized that it had managed to land in my can of beer. Well, after finishing the beer, I fished the little guy out from the bottom of the can and put him into the aquarium. A couple of minutes later, he went on his merry way. Resilience.
    5 points
  32. Day 47! This morning while waiting for brine to hatch I believe I witnessed the largest baby eat a super tiny snail. I've noticed that the population of tiny snails was super low but have been assuming they just got bigger and I wasn't noticing. Maybe the babies have already turned into snail murderers.
    5 points
  33. 4 days old! They’re able to move purposefully and are starting to eat infusoria. It always amazes me how they get smaller before they get bigger, since when they’re born they have that big yolk sack. Human babies also lose weight their first week of life! You’ll notice in the videos there are stripes on the wall of the fry box. Those are fingerprints. That’s how tiny they are!!
    5 points
  34. Still waiting for the water sprite to fill in the back but the tank is coming along quite nicely!⠀ ⠀ Some days I want to tear it down and re-start from scratch but I’m learning to trust the process. Amazon sword and three water sprite from the Co-op!😍
    5 points
  35. it all started a year ago my daughter 2years old wanted a tank , now we are here a year later , today we added two snails to the community and a grogu ( baby yoda ) to watch over them , all plants from the co op . Yes I know I need to clean it up but left it dirty so the snails can forage while getting used to the tank , she loves her fishys and keeps calling the shrimp lobsters and it's hilarious
    5 points
  36. Ive really fallen in love with corydoras also. They’re so interesting to watch and just have so much personality. Here are some photos of mine. These are my Trilineatus Corys as youngsters, just after i got them from aqua Huna. Then they had babies... Those are pretty much grown up too now and I also have some pygmy corys which are equally as awesome. But ive struggled with them so far and havent got them breeding just yet.a little harder to see here unless you zoom in
    5 points
  37. Hi all! I’m brand new to fish keeping. I cycled my first tank summer 2020. I’m up to 4 tanks now... but I’ve got my eye on another! 😂 I’m very thankful that my family enjoys my new hobby/obsession. I can’t begin to say how much I’ve learned from this group and Cory and Irene’s videos. It’s saved me from making huge mistakes and encouraged me to try new things. Here are my tanks: 15 gallon cube - this was supposed to be an aquascaped-only tank but it was my first try and I killed half the plants. Clearly my houseplant green thumb didn’t transfer to aquatic plants, even after 2 weeks of research. It’s now my display tank because it’s in my kitchen and we can see it all day. It has a boatload of hearty plants now, along with 8ish? hitchhiker snails, 1 Zebra nerite, 10 fire red shrimp, 5 amano, 1 Kuhli loach, 6 neon tetras and 2 honey Gourami. I adore the honey Gourami for their sweet nature. This tank is insanely stable and I credit the cleanup crew and plants. Fire red shrimp 3 gallon - started with 12, two weeks later I’m down to 4 adults and a dozen shrimplets. They didn’t look great coming from the supplier, so I’m not surprised that I’ve lost so many. Hoping they all bounce back soon. 6 gallon Blue Dream shrimp- started with 20 and they are holding steady. They looked much better than the reds so I’m hoping they start breeding soon. 3 gallon betta - my original tank, houses my betta (Francis VIII) and an albino pleco. He keeps the tank spotless and has doubled in size since I got him. I think the pleco will go to the 15 gallon soon. Francis is next in line for a tank upgrade. Yay! More tanks!
    5 points
  38. I finally put plants and water in the 20L. The water doesn't look great right now because of the bubbles and I cleaned the filter media from the 40B in it to help the cycle get going. Now... what fish? By the way, the new MarineLand Pro filters are pretty much silent.
    5 points
  39. Greetings My first planted tank. Some of the plants were added today, so a lot of growing left to do. Comments and suggestions welcomes! My main concern - is there enough ground space for my 8 false julii coridoras to rummage around? I sometimes think they are bored - they spend most of their time glass surfing. Temps - 76 Ph - 7.4 0/0/20 Gh - 8 Kh - 4 I added the cories 3 weeks ago. Started co2 two weeks ago.
    5 points
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