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  1. The same thing happens on the lid of my 10 gallon. I’m not sure if there’s any good solution. Following in case someone knows something I don’t!
  2. I think your pleco is just full on other tasty food and isn’t super motivated to try new things right now. 😊 When I first got my plecos, it took them weeks to figure out I was feeding them. I even caught one nomming the glass right next to a big chunk of Repashy food but refusing to eat the Repashy itself. 😆 They would do this with wafers, pellets—anything I put in there. Now several months later they’re both big and wide and know exactly when it’s feeding time. They clamp down on their wafers and nom like crazy. Just keep offering the pellets at the same time in the same place each day. Eventually they’ll figure out what you’re doing. The suggestion of offering a few different foods at once is a good one too. Then you can be confident that it’s not the food that’s the problem—it’s them! 😆
  3. Aww congrats on the babies!! That’s super fun!! I personally only quarantine for a week, so I would throw the females in there, but maybe wait for other people to answer who actually follow full quarantining procedures. 😅
  4. This is good to know. I’ve spot treated with hydrogen peroxide for hair algae and accidentally killed some nearby snails, but I hadn’t thought about the overall concentration being hard on the fish.
  5. That seems pretty normal/safe to me. Do you have many plants? That could help keep your nitrates down, and use up minerals from your water as well. I think most of the people here with sand substrate just vacuum off the top. Stirring up the sand sounds like a mess. If you’re worried about sulphur building up, you can always take a chopstick or skewer and poke the sand a bit. Or get some Malaysian trumpet snails and they’ll burrow and stir the substrate for you. That’s what I have! I wonder if this is just a case of multiple stress factors accumulating. Like Cory says often, one stress factor isn’t usually a problem, but two or more can cause issues. My best guess (not based on direct experience) is that the new corys were so excited to explore, they dug a lot. Maybe they were extra hungry (were they shipped to you?) and dug even more because of that. Plus the stress of a new home plus slightly high nitrates maybe tipped things over the edge. I imagine just like human skin gets calloused with use, corys’ barbels probably toughen up depending on their substrate. If they were raised in a bare-bottomed tank like many breeders do, their barbels may just need time to toughen up. That could explain people’s different experiences with corys and barbels wearing away. Until they adjust, I agree with feeding on a plate or something so they aren’t motivated to dig any more than they already are. Keep us posted!!
  6. Any updates on your betta? Perhaps she was just getting used to new water? I’m hoping she’s settled in and doing better now!
  7. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon as well.
  8. I know you’re just trying to use this as a teaching moment, but I imagine @SBor02 already feels bad, and making them feel worse isn’t going to accomplish anything. We try really hard to stay non-judgmental here, which is what makes this forum so awesome compared to every other fish forum on the internet where if you ask for help you just get slammed. If someone’s coming here for help, you can generally assume they already know they did something wrong. No need to highlight it. 👍
  9. If you’re just looking to add calcium to the water, you can always use straight-up calcium carbonate powder. It will make the water look white and cloudy for a bit. Don’t add too much at a time—it will raise your pH a bit as it raises your buffer (KH). https://www.amazon.com/North-Mountain-Supply-Calcium-Carbonate/dp/B01M23Y8LR/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=Calcium+carbonate&qid=1620648180&sr=8-7 If you’re looking to get your fish/snails to eat calcium, I’ve seen a lot of people crush tums into snello recipes (snail jello—jello for snails). Then it’s mixed in with veggies and spirulina. Part of a complete breakfast. 😉 @BIG GREEN I thought the same thing 😅 but if it works for other people, hey, that’s great! Do what works.
  10. I agree with @KaitieG about loaches. You have a pretty light bio load right now, though if your mollies have babies that could change fast. I think you’d be fine getting a small group of dwarf chain loaches for your aquarium. Loaches are great because they’ll eat the snails and also pick the egg sacs off the plants/walls/decorations. At least my yo-yos do that. They seem to just think it’s fun. If you go the alum route, do you have a small container like a bucket where you could keep your fish for a day or so? Then you could add the alum, let it sit, and do a large water change to get rid of it. Yes, though the eggs will mostly be on plants, decorations, and walls—basically on any smooth surface. If you don’t get all the egg sacs out, it won’t be a big deal. They’ll rot away eventually and won’t cause any noticeable ammonia spike, unless you have a TON of them. Getting the snail bodies out will be more important.
  11. I think I’ve heard of people using silk leaves (fake leaves made of silk/plastic) for this sort of thing. You just have to make sure the dyes are okay for aquariums. Maybe buy fake plants meant for aquariums and cut the leaves off. As far as Indian almond leaves causing tinted water—if you’re the sort of aquarist who’s doing frequent water changes anyway, the tint will fade fairly quickly.
  12. Hello and welcome! 😊 My best guess is that your cycle just isn’t keeping up with how fast the babies are growing. That, or there’s a dead fish/snail hiding somewhere and decomposing. Would you be able to share a picture of your tank? Fast-growing or floating plants could help, but I’m not sure what plants you already have.
  13. I also recommend water sprite, but just know it can be weird about what environment it likes. It doesn’t seem to need much, but some people just can’t get it to grow. I’ve had amazing growth with it in some tanks while in others it totally dies. It may be very sensitive to salt? It didn’t do well in my grow out tank where I was feeding unrinsed baby brine. My recommendation would be to let it float, at least at first—floating seems to cover a multitude of sins when it comes to water sprite. 😁
  14. Oh man, if we were allowed to trade, I would totally trade you some hornwort for some oto babies. 😁😁😁 Java moss grows pretty slow. I got some mid-November and glued it to some driftwood: Now it’s May and I’ve only trimmed it twice. It currently looks like this: Hopefully that gives you some idea. I should probably trim it again...
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