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  1. I put an adult female and a good sized juvenile neo in after feeding. Adult is ok for now and the juvenile is a no go. I’m sure the female will be gone by morning but your mileage may vary. As far as show fish, I put ember tetras in with my wife’s Caridina PRLs and that was a no go after awhile as well. I’ve also tried spawning/raising super red plecos and neos together with not so good outcomes. I don’t know if it was the shrimp being out competed for food or if the plecos were snacking. I had a thriving colony of neos in our 75G with blue eye rainbows, same outcome as the rest. Others here have had good experiences with the smaller fish and other combinations so hopefully they’ll chime in.
  2. I’d do (2) as well. This way have a seeded filter for the next tank you get 😂
  3. I don’t have first hand experience with those killis but I would think that the killifish would have a great time hunting the shrimp down. I have gardneri killis and they have a rather large mouth, love to hunt down scuds and love to eat everything. If I remember after working on my rack I’ll put a cull neocaridina shrimp in with them and report back.
  4. I feel you there except for the African Cichlids. We have a 40ish bow front of PRL caridina shrimp that’s been cloudy for over a year. I also think our 75G mineralized top soil tank is on the outs as well. At the end of the day if you’re thinking of making a change do it. There’s nothing that says you can’t go back, just my 2 cents.
  5. I’m going to have to go with angels, lots of variety and some have a personality.
  6. Mostly starting I guess. Once I get started I typically enjoy whatever it is that I’m doing. Well, except installing the electrical on new racks. I’m really not a fan of that.
  7. I do the same 90% of the time. I used to do it 100% of the time but for lack of a better term I’ve gotten lazy. One of these days it’s going to bite me and I’ll be on here complaining about all of the meds I had to buy and fish I’ve lost. I’m not saying that it will happen to anyone else but it’s a guarantee that it’ll happen to me…. one day….
  8. I’ve installed them both ways and haven’t ran into problems either way. If not running a loop and depending on your quantity of output sources you may need to have a bleed off valve on either one. A bleed off valve can be as simple as a output nozzle(s) with airline tubing ran down to the floor to help alleviate the sound.
  9. We have our tickets for Aquashella Dallas and are really looking forward to it. I’m trying to talk my wife into entering the shrimp contest but we may wait until next year and just try to get a feel for it.
  10. I’ve used a 10g for a pair with very good success, just be ready for a lot of babies.
  11. While I don’t agree with disfiguring any creature I also don’t agree with the whole holyier than others rescuing this and that.
  12. To be honest that’s what we’re doing when we put them in our glass boxes.
  13. I have one on a 75 and it puts out plenty of light for my swords, mosses and others.
  14. We run HMF on nearly all of our tanks and are getting ready to buy some more for the new rack we are working on. Like David we really like them as well. Cleaning is a pain but we have some that have been running for several years with no maintenance at all. Below is how we typically clean them, ymmv. 1) Drain the majority of the water. 2) Depending on how many HMFs I’m trying to clean at one time I may or may not add a air stone. 3) Pull the top of the HMF down and remove the jetlifter(s). 4) Remove the HMF and place into a bucket, plastic tub, rubber made trash can on wheels or anything else that works for you. 5) Take them outside and hose them off with tap water from the water hose. 6) Before reinstalling the HMFs we use a piece of polycarbonate plastic that has been cut to be a little longer than the tank is wide so that it can scrape any gravel / sand back that may of sloughed of or fell to where the filter sits or behind it. When cutting the poly I also make sure that it is higher than whatever water level I want so that it keeps the fish from being squished or trapped behind the HMF. 7) Once the polycarbonate is installed we reinstall the filters and do a initial fill. 😎 If the water is cloudier or has more debris than I like I’ll do a few water changes to try and clean it up.
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