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  1. Bummer! I’m sure you’ll find some ramshorns eventually. If not, go ahead and grab the ones from your Petco. They may not ever look nice themselves, but their babies should look just fine as long as they have enough calcium in the water.
  2. This is either going to be good news or bad news but: the leaves will change their orientation based on the light source you give them. That could be good, because if you separate the rhizomes and glue them with a little space in between, they may eventually arrange their leaves to be nicely interspersed again! But it could be bad because your beautiful bunch may not keep its orientation once it’s been in your tank for a while. Plants are never static—that’s why they’re fun! So either way, you’ll end up with something slightly different from what you started with.
  3. Bummer! The crypts I bought from the coop a few months ago ended up melting away to nothing unfortunately (they arrived looking fine). I have a guess that they don’t do as well staying in their rock wool as other plants do. Has anyone else kept crypts in their rock wool long term and had success? Or is it best to take them out right away?
  4. Ah! Very confusing. 😆 She isn’t full grown, is she? If she still has some growing to do, the body shape might give her away. If she’s already full grown… well good luck until you see them mating!
  5. Wait what??? This is a thing??? 😍 Ohh I have another project to look into… @lmhicks101 my rams devour decaying plants, especially when they don’t have another food source.
  6. Fish are so hard to predict sometimes. Their parental instincts are super different than ours. (Suuuuuper different. 😝)
  7. Oh rats—ORD, probably from reading the meme thread last night. 😄 But thanks everyone. I’m finding that getting enough sleep and eating enough food helps—which I knew before, but I always seem to have to re-learn. 🤪 And breathing too @eatyourpeas! @Beardedbillygoat1975 looking forward to hearing how the tub prep goes! @Guppysnail Oh good, I think I’ll just let them do their thing then. @Beardedbillygoat1975 I do have a pleco cave from the coop in that tank, but one of the yoyo loaches has claimed it. The plecos could totally kick him out if they wanted, since they are definitely the bosses of the bottom! But I don’t want to initiate a forced takeover if I don’t have to. One thing I’ve thought about is taking a little scaping spatula and trying to dig out some gravel from the log cave, but it sounds like I need to just leave them be. Maybe the female just isn’t attracted to the male’s stubble and is waiting for him to grow a real beard. 😆
  8. I’ve started to make my own fry traps. It’s not a perfect system but it does work to an extent! In my case, I’m using the trap to sort as well as trap the fry, so the holes at the bottom are big enough that the smaller fry can escape, but the larger fry cannot. I left it in there for about an hour, then took the fish out and repeated the process. You won’t necessarily catch all the fry, but I caught a LOT more this way with a LOT less effort than it would have taken with a net. The top of the bottle is just inverted—not glued or anything. That way it’s easy to take off when I need to get the fry out. I used a soldering iron to make the holes, and a little file to smooth them down as much as possible. I’m sure someone will come along with the tip of using a flashlight to catch them in the dark. They’re sleepy and the bright light blinds them for a moment. I’ve never tried it but I’ve seen others here recommend it!
  9. Nice! Hmm, I wonder if the fry have a higher survival rate in a tub just because it’s darker. I didn’t have any fry survive with the parents in my 10 gallon until I took the parents out. There was a pretty decent amount of plant cover too. I did the same thing: picking the best as broodstock and selling the rest. (Well “selling” is a generous term when I didn’t get any money for them—but I did get money from the plants I brought with them. 😄) It meant I had 100 in a 10 gallon for a while, though they were still mostly juveniles at that point.
  10. Haha aww! I’ve heard the summons! 😄 I ended up selling most of my honeys at around 3.5 months, and they were not nearly as big as adults. They still looked very juvenile and weren’t sexable yet, but the store was happy to take them, and I was happy to let them. It may be a good idea to ask the store what they want. Based on the size of my honey mating pair when I bought them (at a different store), I’m guessing they were 6 months old. You can check out the growth and development journal in my signature ⬇️ for a more exact timeline of how the fry grow! I have some juveniles that I’ve kept are 5.5 months now and the females are starting to look more grown up. I’d say they still have to at least double in mass before they’re full size though. The juvenile male may be a runt, so I’m not sure if his growth pattern is representative. He’s still extremely small, less than a quarter the size of his dad. Congrats on getting the fry to Week 2! You’ve made it through the hardest part!! 💪
  11. Hmm. I want to say male except that swollen belly is giving me pause.
  12. Oh yikes—what a shock. 😞 And then literally a shock when the light went in the tank. 😐 This is a tough hobby sometimes. I’m really sorry you lost so many fish so suddenly. That wound looks awful! ☹️ My platys (the common type, not variatus) have actually done okay through nitrite spikes. Not sure what to make of that, but it’s an interesting data point. I hope yours make it through quarantine. ❤️
  13. I honestly think they do this on purpose! I’ve seen ramshorn snails circling in the flow from my powerhead at the surface of the water and I’m 100% sure they could have dropped if it wanted. I’ve also seen them “bungee jumping” on slime trails to reach the bottom. At least that’s what I think they’re doing. Can’t actually see the slime but it sure looks like they’re hanging onto something, the way their foot’s all stretched out! I do love ramshorn snails, especially when you get to watch them without any fish present. Bladder snails are lovely too. I think both are really pretty and both are great algae eaters. I used to love my Malaysian trumpet snails for stirring the substrate and eating leftover fish food and dead plant leaves, until their population totally exploded out of control and they kept eating my honey gourami’s eggs. There were so many snails it was terrifying. My two yoyo loaches were NOT helping me with the situation, so I got two assassin snails and they’ve been doing great. I doubt the assassins will get every last MTS, so hopefully I end up with enough, but not too many. Perhaps one day I’ll venture into the fancy snails!!
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