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  1. You can generally evaluate a betta in-store for aggression. I have an alien betta in the tank with a school of neon/cardinal tetras (combined school). He didn't flare nearly as hard at us in the store as any other betta, and that's why I chose him; the outcross to wild-type betta also reduces aggression.
  2. I was just pondering this question while watching Cory today, wondering, what does his wife think of the aquarium hobby? My husband was onboard with us getting fish and has helped a lot in doing medication water changes. He helped set up the tank and strongly suggested neon tetras. He also enjoys looking at the tank now that I've spiffied it up. But he does not really nerd out about the plants or the ecosystem or the variety of frozen foods I purchased (because we have nano fish, I can't feed a whole cube and thus cut it up then store it in a jar in the freezer). However, when I've had tough times he's happy to do basic maintenance on the tank (basic sand vaccing and water changes). What are your loved ones' (or roommates) perspectives on your tanks?
  3. I think even if it's discontinued somebody on the customer service team should be able to send you the manual.
  4. I ended up buying the mayaca fluviatilis that caught my eye last time and I planted it in the front. Was super fun watching the tetras go through. Fonsi seems to be kind of ignoring the strands. I also got the fish some bloodworms and fed them that, which they loooved. I'm waiting on hornwort and amazon frogbit to arrive tomorrow; very hopeful it will actually make it. Fonsi has learned that the pipette means food and will chase it around the tank. I need to find some plastic mesh for when we go on vacation so he doesn't think he wants to jump at the autofeeder and out of the tank. He just starts looking better and better the longer he's in the tank. I love him. Attached is also a picture of the snail that I find very interesting; it seems like it got much better nutrition all of a sudden and the new shell is nice and dark whereas the older shell is pitted and pockmarked.
  5. I'm adding only 1-2 pieces of aragonite before testing again. So far the first two pieces don't seem to have had an effect, so I added another two pieces today and will test KH and GH again tomorrow. The cardinal tetra I netted out last week for potential euthanasia must have been quite stressed: he started developing small snout chondromas. Very slowly, but it's interesting to see proof that this really is stress-based. I'll keep an eye and may euthanize before we leave. A neon tetra was found deceased on Monday for no reason I can ascertain but unfortunately had been mostly eaten. Thankfully, that one was from the new batch so possibly did not have NTD. @ColuThe IAL helped Fonsi a bunch. Earlier this week I noticed the bump on his lower lip sieemed to be reducing. Now he looks good as new; except of course he keeps finding new ways to tear his caudal fin. Will keep an eye and possibly replace the stump.
  6. He's looking great! You're doing wonderfully with him.
  7. Yesterday was my dissertation defense and while looking at Fonsi afterward I had a feeling his little bump was getting smaller. Today it looks like it has almost disappeared! Very happy. We had a neon tetra die; not sure for what reason, as all the neons looked very healthy. This morning I tried to test ammonia but I am out of bottle #2 unexpectedly. Because of family being in town I am actually going to run to the LFS tomorrow to update my kit. Plants I ordered in from aquaswap but that were lost in the mail came in on Monday; the amazon frogbit is deceased, but some of the hornwort looks like it is hanging in there? I plopped it in the tank and am watching it to see how it does. Very excited to go to the LFS tomorrow; I forgot on Sunday when I was there to explore one whole corner of the store because I was so focused on the aragonite!
  8. Your betta may not kill the cories; it's betta dependent whether they are aggressive. A dumbo betta male may not be fast enough to catch pygmy cories. However, you can better ensure that the betta won't see the cories as intruders into his territory (and therefore be more likely to kill them) by moving decor around so that the betta is more likely to see the cories as part of the territory rather than intruders.
  9. I added the aquarium co-op sponge filter on top of the current sponge filter to seed it. Unfortunately at this height the easy flow kit does not work. However, I know I will want the kit at its regular height when the sponge is done being seeded; I am going to switch away from the fine sponge I was using but I will also want the small sponge to be seeded for any quarantining of fish that must be done. So I also added an additional air stone. The bubbles are so much smaller and quieter! Definitely better for the amazon frogbit I plan to add later this week if USPS does its job correctly.
  10. New goal! I will have to do a lot of research! Unfortunately it'll be a good few years before I can likely have a second tank. Are any of these species able to be kept in a community tank, or do they all do better being solo species in a tank? Any good resources to learn? (I'm sure there's a bunch earlier in the thread; I'll have to go back and read carefully). Fascinating video. Wow.
  11. Wow. I stumbled across this thread and some day I will be able to get multiple tanks and I will have a NANF tank. This is absolutely phenomenal. I am so excited by the darters!
  12. Ok good to know; my GH is also super low but I'm not sure how much the tea color of my tank right now is contributing to that. I'll test again tomorrow. We used to have a stone in there in the first few weeks of the tank but it was really pushing pH up and we didn't know any better so got rid of it. Yeah I pretty much love the south american fish and gourami and such so it's actually perfect. 🙂 Thanks so much for your help!
  13. I did call around my LFSs today and found one I hadn't been to before that sells aragonite. Picked that up and added two bits to the media bag that's holding the catappa leaves; I'll test again tomorrow and if it doesn't go up within a day or two add more; they said adding the whole bag would probably shoot my pH to 7.8 and I don't want that. What do you think is a reasonable buffer? At least 3, or better to have more like 5? And thanks for the 1 drop = 1 degree; that's what I thought but the instructions were not explicit.
  14. Been posting enough that I think it'll be good to have a place to eep track of all the things going on in this tank as of today; I might make another topic at some point for the tank prior to this, since it may be interesting and/or useful to people. The current stocking of the tank is 11 neon tetras, 7 cardinal tetras, and one alien betta named Fonsi. There is also one carbon rili shrimp (i believe) that hopped along for the ride with the neons whom I've named Tagalong, and a bunch of ramshorn snails. Added 20 catappa leaves to this tank about two days ago and it is already tea-colored. The pH dropped down to 6.6 (typical for this tank when adding catappa) and after looking into things over the past few days I decided better safe than sorry. It would also be nice to have a bit of control and peace of mind when we leave for trips. So went down to a new local fish store and got some aragonite (which is what the LFS had on hand), had one guy tell me it wouldn't work and another tell me it would do exactly what I wanted. I'll add it later today right after the water change, because I want to test GH and KH again for data. I know that some folks really love blackwater and I again think I'm not the biggest fan. It is harder to see the vibrant greens I love in this tank like this, but... hopefully this will help Fonsi the betta with a cyst or chondroma that may be a symptom of neon tetra disease. Because of the NTD I'm sure is in the tank, I won't be adding any new fish to this tank, but I will do my best with plants and inverts. Once all the fish die, I'll fish out the inverts as best I can. Hopefully by that point we will be in a place where we can have multiple tanks. I'll then be able to use hydrogen peroxide to sterilize this tank and leave it free of fish for 3 months. At that point I'll be able to add in new fish. The new LFS is absolutely fantastic for plants, so I may go in and hunt for some nice plants to add to my tank in August. Here's the tank one day apart; right when the leaves were added (I ended up putting them in a media bag because I don't want debris everywhere) and a day after. I'll add the aragonite to my media bag after the water change.
  15. I'd seen aquariums in other peoples' homes and never really gotten into them (they weren't planted). Then I had a friend that got an aquarium and was sending me pictures. I really wanted a pet and then ended up falling down the rabbit hole...
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