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  1. It is often surprising to realize just how many of our aquarium plants are native to the United States and especially the Southeastern US. One of those exotic looking yet home grown plants is the lovely banana plant, Nymphoides aquatica. Found from New Jersey to Florida in ditches, still waters, and ponds it is one of my all time favorites. My first task was to locate where it could be found in North Carolina. I used my Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas to narrow the search down to specific counties. Craven County had a dot, and so was added to my itinerary for my aquatic plant collecting road trip. I thought surely I could not mistake banana plants for anything else, but you can never be too careful, so I brought my trusty, Godfrey and Wooten, Aquatic Plants of the Southeastern United States just to be sure. After several productive but non banana plant ditches I hit upon this site. Shazaam! Banana plants galore! Checking my Godfrey and Wooten for confirmation against what I was collecting I was sure I had success! Even a few baby banana plants. The eternal question always is: What do plants want? Knowing where and how they grow natively in the wild would go a long way towards answering this question, so I was determined to make observations and take measurements. Here was the temperature This is the water chemistry No nitrates, no GH, no KH and a very low pH. Surprisingly there seems to be a bit chlorine, but whatever the source, I guarantee it did not come from a water treatment plant as I was in a very remote unspoiled location. The substrate was 3 inches of mulm, over a couple inches of mud, over a sandy bottom. Most plants were firmly rooted all the way into the sand in about 1 to 3 feet of water. Some plants had lily pads nearly the size of my hand. Smaller plants on runners or nearer shore had more bananas. Some plants were flowering with delicate white flowers floating just above the surface of the water. I collected a handful of plants and headed quickly home to the 1930s Historically Accurate Planted Aquarium as these would be a very authentic addition!
    12 points
  2. The new fry system hard at work in the fish room. Trying to get more active in the forum and I thought this was a good starting point. This has changed the way I breed fish. Thanks Master Breeder Dean for being willing to share your knowledge.
    10 points
  3. I don't remember what caused me to first get into the hobby. It was the late 60s. I think it was the only pet my parents would let me get and I loved anything to do with "nature" but I wasn't allowed to go camping or fishing or hiking... or well pretty much anything. When I finally broke free from that life, I dove into all those things I wasn't allowed to do. I went camping as often as I could and I lived for a good hike. I fell in love with kayaking, birdwatching, etc. I was always out in nature in some way. Get me away from people and civilization and that's when I felt most alive. Then a few years ago I got hit with an incurable auto-immune disease. My body was/is eating itself. Suddenly doing all those things that made up a huge part of who I was, just weren't possible any more. I retired from work and pretty much from life too. I'm lucky in that I have an amazing wife and three adult children who have all been incredibly supportive, but I still felt lost. I no longer had a purpose and I couldn't really do a lot of the stuff that made me happy. Then I saw a twitter post from a comic book writer I follow who's name is Greg Pak. He had recently got back into fish keeping too and was posting about his fish tanks. I remembered all the joy I got out of keeping fish when I was a kid and I knew we had a 10 gallon tank in the basement, so I had one of the kids bring it up for me and I set it up in my office. Then I started to learn. Suddenly I had something I could focus on and even on those days when I couldn't get out of bed, I could still read about the hobby and discover different ways of doing things. That was 4 months ago. I got my first guppies about a month after setting up the first little tank, and now I have a 55 gallon, two 45 tall tanks, and two 20 gallon tanks. I have guppies and shrimp in two of the tanks and some CPDs in the little 10 gallon, which is now my QT tank. I have some mystery snails coming this Friday and some Boesemani Rainbows are ordered too, but they haven't shipped yet. Now I can have that little piece of nature right by me. Even when I can't walk, I can still experience it and my quality of life has gone way up in the past four months. My wife has said she sees a big improvement in my outlook and I just don't feel as resigned to my fate as much any more.
    9 points
  4. I've got some Vallisneria flowering like crazy. Thought I'd share. I wonder if anyone knows why Val flowers? I've never had it do this before. It's sending up dozens of little blooms. The tank is an a greenhouse. Maybe the shorter days are triggering it? Temp ranges between 75-65. It's gonna be time to break this tank down for the winter soon, and I will miss the val. I started with 5 plants in the tank in May. The flowers sprout up in these long curls, then bloom when they hit the surface. (Forgive the reflections. There's not I can do to take photos in the greenhouse without getting them.)
    9 points
  5. I made my first sale to a local fish store today. I don’t want to bury the lead I made $5.00 for each two oz cup of Java moss = $50.00! I was prepared for $2.00 a cup. The owner said it will sell out tomorrow. He will sell it for $10.00 a cup. The funny thing is the Java moss was a secondary sale to the tiger mosaic guppies of which I got $20.00, a dollar a fish. I figure this was a good place to start. To help build his business. No fancy guppies in his store. I almost fell down when he said $70.00. The picture is my fish in his tanks and the moss.
    9 points
  6. This is not a traditional macro photo but I kinda love it. I got my first plants for my nano tanks yesterday and when I was sorting out my floaters had a tiny black speck like a grain of sand stuck to my finger. My camera wouldn't show me what it was so I used a jewelers lens and got this pic. I must admit, I love the adorable little guy! His name is Watson 🐌
    8 points
  7. Wow! Thanks!! I am so excited for the mystery items!
    8 points
  8. Plan everything twice, think about it for a while, then plan everything twice again. be sure there is enough electrical outlets and circuits that can handle any power requirements. things to aspire for; central air system heating the whole room, which includes ventilation or dehumidifiing too. sink and drain in the room auto water changing thats a little bit for a start
    8 points
  9. Test strips. I think the Co-Op is trying to find a way to stock these so it is not lack of desire on the Co-Ops part.
    7 points
  10. I've got a sponge filter assembly line going. I just converted my utility tanks to sponges, and added sponges to my window shrimp tanks. I'm also prepping more for the tubs, and a future tank.
    7 points
  11. I thought it might be fun to have a thread where we share little aquarium / fishkeeping life hacks. Hopefully we don't have a thread on this already, I didn't see one when I did a search. So to start us off, a little life hack that has made my life significantly easier for water changes is attaching a catalytic carbon garden hose filter with a garden hose sprayer head to my python when it comes time to put the water back in the tanks. What does this do? We have a fair amount of chloramine in our water where I live. Catalytic carbon is one of the few things out there that can filter chloramine. So by running the water through the catalytic carbon garden hose filter, it filters the chloramine out of the water for me when refilling the tank. Typically you want to replace the filter every year or to the gallon capacity it recommends (most are 10,000 gallons). Some of these filters will recommend up to two years and some will recommend every three months. In my own personal experience, in testing my water using one of these filters to filter out chloramine, I was able to go one year with no levels of chloramine being detected in the water. I went ahead at the one year mark and replaced the filter. Typically you can find these filters for anywhere between $20 - $50. Why do I use a garden hose sprayer head? I like to be able to contro l the water when its coming into the tank and how it comes in. If I am concerned about stressing the fish, I will often use the mist feature to gently add water. If the fish are fairly normal, I'll just use the shower feature to add water gently to the tank. Or if I want to walk away for a moment, I'll flip the lever on it that allows for it to keep spraying without holding down the handle. So y'all, what are some of your favorite hacks for aquariums / fish keeping? Note: Not all garden hose filters are catalytic carbon. You will need to specifically look for that when searching for a filter. Note. If your water is using chlorine, not chloramine, you could use instead an activated carbon water hose filter which is cheaper.
    7 points
  12. Some albino blue eye long fin pleco fry. I found them on Monday.
    7 points
  13. They're actually labeled with the "open" date. When I get a new fish food, I promptly divide it up into lots of snack-sized ziploc baggies and store them in a larger gallon-sized ziploc bag in my garage freezer (labeled with the date I packaged the food and the manufacturer's expiration date on the jar). When I open a little ziploc bag of food, I label the container with the month that I opened the little bag. I don't have a hard and fast rule for how long I keep the food before dumping it, but since I store them in the refrigerator, I usually keep them around for 3-4 months. You can see my freezer/ziploc system starting at the 8:14 mark in this video:
    7 points
  14. When @Cory, termed the phrase 'NERM' awhile back, it may have been out of his subconscious genius. I consider myself, a self-proclaimed 'NERM' & have drawn a few conclusions, of which, some even may be valid. Why do people keep aquariums? IMO, It's an extension of nature into their homes for enjoyment & furthering life itself. If you look at the 'term' 'NERM'; is it just a word or even more; perhaps an acronym. For everyone, the word, term, phrase, acronym or # 'NERM' may indeed mean something very different and often times very personal to each individual, in their relationship with the hobby. For me: I classify the N.E.R.M. as an acronym, using each beginning letter, as follows: N.E.R.M. Natural Environment Respective Mentality Be a good Aquarist, be a NERM, today.
    6 points
  15. Yes! \ (•◡•) / I designed and use and or have used these! https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3891884 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3774602 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3456731 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3375040 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1282574 Plus a few more odds and ends that I never posted. My favorite though is a small scoop I printed to be just the right size for my feeding and bottles with a little pocket on the end for a magent. It's my little secret that I carry it with me everythere lol, I never forget to feed my fish on time. @akconklin What are some of the things you're excited about? I don't think I ever searched thingiverse so deeply for aquarium stuff as you have.
    6 points
  16. I planted the plants in the aquarium yesterday. I love sunlight. Nothing fancy, just plants from the ditches and fish from the same ditch. @Joseph Ferdenzi predicted the parrot feather would emerge and it did.
    6 points
  17. Here is the top of the 1930s Historically Accurate Planted Aquarium. I planted parrot feather yesterday, and today it has broken the surface.
    6 points
  18. I made a mold out of a piece of eggcrate because I was bored one weekend. Wholly unnecessary but works good, you can just pop out each square into whatever container you want. I also like using small mason jars because you can just mix it in the jar, let it set up, then scoop out what you want to feed with using a spoon.
    6 points
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  21. Shrimp was posing for pictures, couldn't resist 📷
    6 points
  22. They are just SO crazy expensive! I'd rather send my money to Aquarium Co-op for cool goodies to go INside my tanks! 😍 I couldn't find what I wanted. And I didn't want to spray paint it black like we did our other tank So I figured "water" color would be appropriate for an aquarium.😁 I know poster board works too...I just wanted a little ombre action going on. The lighter color will go at the top. I might add another layer of color when it dries.
    6 points
  23. When I'm not keeping fish (aka my full time job) is in ceramic arts, and I studied glaze chemistry in college. 99.9% of ceramic surfaces are fine, but if something has you concerned, you can do a lemon test to see if it will leach. Copper is probably the most common thing that will leach. If you have a green or blue glaze that turns pink when you leave a lemon on it for 1/2 hr, it is leaching copper. Occasionally barium will leach also. Rarely lead (because it's almost never used anymore in ceramics, but if you were putting an antique ceramic pre-1950 in your tank, you might worry about lead). A matte surface is more likely to leach compared to a glossy/glassy surface in ceramics. Ceramic Lemon Test Instruction Edit to add- Bisque ware will almost always be fine, unless it is a red earthenware that was made with barium. If it's work you're making, you can ask your clay supplier if they have barium in their clay recipe. Barium is nasty stuff, some manufactures put it in to stop surface scumming (aka white buildup of sodium) on greenware in red clays. If it's commercial purchased work, it probably doesn't have barium.
    6 points
  24. I bought a Fluval Plant Nano for a fishfam friend, @AquariumThoughts, so he could come up with a mounting bracket for rimmed tanks, and he is documenting the whole process. I haven’t tried a prototype yet, but it looks cool so far.
    5 points
  25. @rmiranda19 can you confirm the back rigid airline tubing that you plug your airline into is properly seated into the ziss unit? I run at least 15 of these units, most since we started carrying them and have not had this issue. You could also remove the top cap and see if debris has built up where the air leaves the unit.
    5 points
  26. COVID hit and my home office felt really empty and boring. There was nothing to look at. My dog doesn’t like sleeping in there, my cats are more distracting than need be during a Zoom call. I kept fish as a kid (along with a variety of reptiles, rodents, amphibians, cats, dogs, insects, etc) and liked them. I tried them again as an adult, failed because I had no clue about the nitrogen cycle and thought it was me. Then I went full tilt into houseplants for a few years and got good at those, did terrariums and water gardens and propagated a bunch of plants and killed a bunch of plants but eventually figured out what works for me, etc. When COVID hit I was thinking geckos and got fully into Clint’s Reptiles, but most of what I liked was either a) nocturnal, b) easily eaten or horrifically wounded by my cats, or c) both. Then I thought hey, I used to like fish. Guppies were fun and pretty and cheap. I wonder if there’s anyone on YouTube who covers fish like Clint covers reptiles. aaaaaannnnd here we are now.
    5 points
  27. I would like to purchase 10 packs of air stones, check valves, and USB air pumps with less packaging.
    5 points
  28. So here’s the new one. Kids convinced me on him for the his color, black and gold (for our team - LAFC). I believe he will be losing the black at some point and switching to blue. I’ve had him a few weeks now. He seems happy in his new 29g home. He was a little shy around his new friends at first but has definitely become very confident around them now.
    5 points
  29. I was rescaping the 20-long today. Pulled out the 4 guppies, the 6-inch red-tail botia, all plants, wonder shells, filters etc. The only thing in this tank for months has been the loach & any guppies with bent spine. We added 3 other guppies about 4 weeks ago. As I was stirring up the substrate, getting ready to mix in some crushed coral, I noticed some movement in the back corner. It was a red baby shrimp!!! We've never had shrimp in this tank. Ever. We ended up finding FOUR shrimplet! The only thing we've added was hornwort, at the same time we added the guppies. We got it from Imperial Tropicals. I'm guessing some babies must've hopped from the shrimp tank to the plant tank & decided to hitch a ride to our house. We are adding green tiger barbs to this tank & were told they like to snack on shrimp, so we moved the shrimp to safe ground in the 55- gallon with guppies & other shrimp. Those little guys were a pretty sweet surprise today!
    5 points
  30. Found my ammonia & nitrites at 0ppm, nitrates <40ppm. Did a 25% water change and nitrates now 20. Tank is now cycled!! Went to LFS and they're out of harlequin rasboras. Big time bummer. LFS has great supply of frozen food though. Got flakes and pellets and a few other things coming from aquariumcoop. Change of plans. I saw some adorable young emerald dwarf rasboras (danio erythromcron). I got twelve. They're so tiny and adorable! I have them in my quarantine tank (5 gal mini-bow). I had to add a little baking soda to the tank while they were floating in the bag as my pH is too low for them (they prefer over 7). Here are a couple of my new babies.
    5 points
  31. A good scavenger team can save the day.
    5 points
  32. Ooo, great topic! I'm a fish food hoarder because I like to try out different things and see what works best for my fish. 🙂 My favorite ones right now are probably: Favorite pellet: Hikari Nano - staple part of my community tank's diet that slowly sinks to feed all levels of the tank Favorite gel food: Repashy Soilent Green - normally I'd say Community Plus, but I have a lot of algae eaters and livebearers Favorite fry food: live baby brine shrimp Favorite frozen food: I like them all! But maybe daphnia because I have lots of nano fish and it provides roughage Favorite freeze-dried food: recently I've liked Hikari tubifex worms because they break into smaller particles for nano fish Favorite random food: Hikari Crab Cuisine - increased calcium for my amano shrimp (I prefer other shrimp foods for raising baby shrimp) My refrigerator shelf: My freezer shelf:
    5 points
  33. Try planting heavier. When we plant heavy, the plants can consume the nutrients and out compete the algae. You can find balance easier this way.
    5 points
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