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  1. I can only speak from my personal experience, but I have used Omnipur S about 5 times in the last 5 years in my aquascapes with plants, shrimp and snails with no deaths or injuries. Maybe I have been lucky but multiple German sources seem to support the idea that it is invertebrate safe. https://garnelen-tom.de/zwerggarnelen-shop/sera-omnipur-S-50-ml Also per Sera's q&A related to Omnipur & Shrimp: "sera omnipur can be used in such cases since it is copper free..." https://www.sera.de/en/service/faq/faq-detail/?tx_ggserafaq_detailview[faq]=405&cHash=4a3c1f914b9f855648d338e67fcca6d4 But there is not much in the way of invertebrates (some pond snails and culled neos) in that tank so at least in this case not much to worry about. I appreciate the heads up.
  2. Hello @adamg2407, Sounds like a good idea you have there. I also have a similar sized Betta tank and he loves all his live plants. Well as it seems like the tank is established and stable I think there is a way to do this without having to take your betta out. Is there a reason you want to remove your substrate? I think if you kept it this would make your plan a bit easier (more good bacteria stays in the tank) and to be honest with the right plants and fertilizer you can work with almost any substrate. This is what I would do -Buy your new plants -Take our the fake plants -plant the new ones and I would recommend planting heavily. remember they will help to filter the water and will also come with their own bacteria which should help them establish. -Start out light but begin to fertilize with a quality aquarium plant fertilizer. As we are on the Coop forum might as well recommend easy green 🙂 Follow the directions accordingly. -If you have test strips or a test kit maybe test the water every day / other day for the week or so after you plant. If not just check in everyday on how your fish is doing, maybe feed very lightly / every other day for a week to just let the bacteria and new plants establish and not overburden the new setup. If anything is off, especially ammonia, normally a water change is the way to go (at least 25%). That is just how I would do it and of course no need to follow my advice but I think with the right planning, your already established tank can transition to live plants! Let us know how it goes 🙂 -Will
  3. Just a little update: The catappa concentrate label said it works well in conjunction with meds, so after a big water change I dosed it along with Sera Omnipur S (Composition: 9-amino acridine hydrochloride 105 mg, acriflavine chloride 600 mg, ethacridine lactate 3375 mg, malachite green oxalate 79 mg, aqua purificata ad 100 ml.), which I already had in my cabinet (opposed to baktopur). I added an airstone, turned off the co2, changed the lighting to 6 hours a day and stopped feeding. So far the fin rot seems to be stopping and the slime that had been coming from the fins is as far as I can tell not there anymore. I am also dosing some vitamins straight into the water in the evening when the lights are off. I am planning on observing until this coming Monday and then doing a big water change and reporting back. Fingers crossed this works...seems positive.
  4. Hi everyone, I am a fan of the Oase Biomaster thermo filters. I have a 600. I recently was able to test it against the new eheim 5e series in my 300l (79 gallon) tank with a high bioload and although the eheim performed well, within a month it needed cleaning and reminded me why the pre-filter on the biomasters is such a nice feature. It really isn't much work to just take it out and clean it weekly if you'd like. Will
  5. @Colu Many thanks. Looks like we are of a similar mind set and I appreciate the feedback and recommendations. It is always nice to ask the 'hive mind' especially in relation to the nice people of the Coop world. I will keep the group updated in case anyone else might benefit.
  6. @Colu I added some more photos. Hopefully these are better. It doesn’t really seem to be fuzzy. More like slowly fraying. Some of their little ‘bones’ in their fins are sticking out as well.
  7. Hello Coop community, First the tank details and info then below is my fishie issue: South American Style heavily planted aquascape. 300 liters / 79 gallons Filter: Oase 600 biomaster and eheim skimmer unit Water parameters according to Coop test strips: Nitrate: 0, Nitrite: 0, Hardness: 0, Buffer: 0, PH: 6,4, Chlorine: 0, Temp: 23 C / 73,4 F CO2 injected at about 20 / 30 mg per liter via inline system (comes on 2 hours before lights and goes off 1 hour bf they go off). 10 hours of lighting per day. Fertilizer: Dennerle fertilizer system. Inhabitants 9 angels (Bulgarian Green Seal Point), 20 cardinals, 20 green neons, 16 corys (orange lazer and eversi), 7 panda garra, 1 whiptail cat, 2 flying foxes. The water we have is really soft (Black Forrest, Germany) and it isnt RO its just mountain water. But almost all my species are south American originally or from areas that have soft water. I used to do 1 50-80% water change every 2 weeks but now I do it every week since the start of the month bc of my current issue (see below). Feeding 1-2 a day. 1 day of fasting / week. Now here is my problem: My angels are having some issues with their dorsal and anal fins (top and bottom ones). In the photos you will see they are slowly deteriorating on the top and have some slime on them. They are also attracting what seem to be the co2 bubbles. There seems to be some stringy substance coming from the fins. To try to improve the problem I have upped my water changes to once a week and also added lots of catappa leaves to see if that would help. I am thinking of using a catappa concentrate (https://www.sera.de/en/product/freshwater-aquarium/sera-phyto-med-catappa/) starting tomorrow after a water change to see what that does. My fish are eating well, super active and the colors are very good atm. So I am really at a loss for what is going on. It is also only the angels that are currently having this fin problem. Other fish seem to be just great. Any thoughts or ideas would really be helpful. I want to get their fins healed up and be a good fish papa! Many thanks. Will
  8. Hi @Rupertdaropefish, So I have had a similar problem in the past. When the flashing was at its peak for the fish in my 75 about a year ago I actually lost a few fish. I took some of my fish to the vet bc I was simply going crazy after trying tons of meds and thinking it was flukes or a variety of other small parasites. The vet actually did a skin swab as well as a gill sample and found the fish were suffering from bacteria infection and a pretty nasty outbreak of trichodina sp. (single cell parasites). This critters can be hard to eradicate and are a big problem in fish farming these days but also exist in ponds etc. and I have heard are increasingly common in aquarium set ups. I think I may have brought some in to my tanks via mosquito larvae I got in a pond I harvested for fish food in the past. So my fish are currently not flashing anymore and what seems to have done the trick is a med from Sera, Protazol, that is available here in Europe, not sure about whether you can get it in the US but the US website has it so maybe. https://www.sera.de/us/product/freshwater-aquarium/sera-med-professional-protazol/ Also I have done some research on fish farming and Trichodina and there seems to be new research that shows high dosages of catappa leaf concentrate can essentially eradicate it. There are lots of Catappa concentrates and some don't seem to make your water brown either. I am actually going to test this one from Sera for some fin problems a few of my fish have so I can let you know how it works for me. https://www.sera.de/us/product/freshwater-aquarium/sera-phyto-med-catappa/ Anyways I am not sure whether Trichodina are connected to your flashing but after thinking my fish had a million other things the vet showed me under a microscope that I was dealing with them, so maybe your fish might have them as well. If you know of any meds in the USA that are highly effective against Trichodina give them a try and see what happens. Could be your culprit. Let us know how things progress. Will
  9. @Fonske ok very cool! "Hot bent glass" is the name? Ok good to know 🙂 In Germany the big manufacturer of this type of tank is Dennerle hence my assumption. The fish choice / plant combination also looks really good in the tank. Simple, elegant, but lively.
  10. Fonske that is a really good look! Also is that a Dennerle Scapers Tank? The rounded edges just made me think of it. I have their 60l nano cube and love it. When I have more space I would also love to get the new 70l scapers tank they released.
  11. Hi Randy, Thank you! Congo Tetra are such great fish but when you see them at the store they just look nothing like when you have them at home and put them in a good planted tank with good food. Also every time you mention something about Sacramento on the podcast, especially Capital Aquarium it brings back so many memories. That is where my hobby started! Such a great place. The Koi in the pond at the entrance was soo cool! I would also always go to the back where the plants were by that bath tub full of baby tank busters, haha! I used to think the Amanos back there with the plants were just the neatest. I always liked planted tanks but had no idea what I was doing. I killed a ton of stem plants. I just had luck with anubias and crypts. Little side note, that place sold me a African Tiger Fish. What a monster. Definitely outgrew my 80 gallon but they were nice and took it back. Keep up the awesome work everyone. Wish I could support you in Germany but when I am back in Sac I will order from the Coop. I am also a Youtube member! Will
  12. Hi Koi, That came with the Eheim vivaline 330. It’s like a plastic skirt that goes around the base of the aquarium. It definitely looks real clean.
  13. Hi Bucio, I had a classic Eheim Jager heater go bad that was positioned horizontally. I don't know if the position was connected to it going bad but I think it is best to keep them vertical. Otherwise I have never had a Eheim heater break on me. But on a positive note they replaced the heater for free as it was still under warranty. Will
  14. Hello fellow Aquarium fans, My name is Will and I am back in the hobby since 2015 after a few years break. I am a US citizen but live in Europe and as of 2015 in Berlin, Germany. It has been really fun to cross the German / USA hobby worlds and I am currently enjoying the access to the quality products and fish that are in Germany. But I am a total fanboy of the Youtubers from all over the world of course including the Aquarium Coop gang! I would call my style 'Aquascaping light' and as my wife and I live in a relatively small apartment I currently just have have a 30l (8 gallon) and 60l (15 gallon) tanks. Up until July I also had a 330l (87 gallon) tank but broke it down and sold it. Hopefully, fingers crossed, in the future when we move into a bigger place I can invest in a 450l tank. I uploaded a few pics of my current and past tanks over the last few years and am excited to participate and learn on the forum!
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