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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!!
  14. Any luck? I’ve lost several neon tetras, mostly to jumping. I do have a cat but she seems weirdly uninterested in fish. I find them in the morning, all dried up. 😞 I’ve also lost several tetras and never did find out where they went. Perhaps she tried the first two that escaped and decided she didn’t like them!
  15. My ricefish are 1.25” full grown, and they’re pretty slender little things. They aren’t as zippy as I think endlers are (though I’ve never had endlers so I could be totally wrong). I had maybe 25 adults in a 5 gallon and even though the water quality looked fine, I had one develop bloat and pass away. I’m seeing the same bloat issue in my overcrowded platy fry tank. 25 adult ricefish in a 5 gallon looked really crowded too. I now have 12 in that 5 gallon and it looks full but at least reasonable. 😄 I think you’d be pushing it with 50 in a 17 gallon, but if you’re on top of the water changes and have lots of plants, you may be fine. I’m never one to tell anyone that something’s impossible—guess I’m parroting Cory there. I mean, look at the winter setup at the koi farms! The adult ricefish will predate the fry, so you won’t have their population growing unless you put spawning mops in and remove them. In terms of fry losses, I can say that I rarely lose enough fry that I notice, unless I mess up to water quality. I lost 22 honey gourami fry one time when I overdid the infusoria—I was just trying to raise too many in a fry box. I also learned that snails are very important for those tiny fry because they eat the extra infusoria gunk and keep the soft algae down. I had several fry just kind of get stuck in the algae, or at least get stuck in the foul water around it. I’m sorry about your losses. It really stinks when life gets in the way and you just can’t keep up with what the fish need. I’ve been there (may be there right now actually 🤪) We just do what we can.
  16. Well, it’s been a hot minute. I’ve been in survival mode over here—I was already operating at my margins before my husband broke his hip. We’ve had lots of family and friends helping us, but there’s only so much other people can do. Meaning my overall health has been in a downslide. Meaning not very much time for fish updates. Here’s a brief summary of what’s going on: I figured out I can siphon my tank water out the door! Unfortunately if I do it this way my cat can get out as well. After much planning and effort, I emptied the outdoor tubs. I managed to break up the process so I could spread it over three days. I spent a long time sitting in a chair trying to net out platy babies (and adults). Thankfully there were no scary fry-eating bugs hiding in the substrate! #phew I had a sponge seeding in one of the outdoor tubs, and when I pulled it out I saw a little tail sticking out one end, and a little orange nose out the other… An adult platy had gotten stuck! She swam in there to hide while I was chasing them all and got totally stuck. I had to cut the sponge to get her out, but she did okay! I’m just realizing I don’t have a full shot of the breeding tank with fish in it and I don’t want to wake up the fish, so I’ll just post this picture I took of setting it up: Hopefully I’ll get around to starting a separate thread about the details of this setup. Suffice it to say: the adults are on the edges and the small fry are in the middle. I decided to do boys on one side and girls on the other to give the girls a break. I also decided to take one tub and put it on the back steps to try to keep it going over the winter. I got as many platys out as I could, drained it to 1 inch of water, and got some help moving it. And and as I was planning all this, I saw something that might make me the luckiest nerm this fall. My house has a hole in it!! This old cable goes right though the wall and into the house to a little outlet plate. Which means I can run an airline tube through it… which means I can pump warm air into my tub all winter… and I didn’t have to drill the hole myself! Because we all know what my husband would have thought if I asked him, “Can I please drill a hole in the side of our house??” 🤣 And this is how close it is to the tub: Here’s what it looks like on the inside. It’s also conveniently hidden behind a chair. Once the tub was set up again, I got my B selection of medaka out of the 5 gallon and took them out. I was going to film them swimming out into the big, beautiful tub full of lush plants, but instead they just sat inside the specimen container like this: Eventually I got tired of waiting and dumped them. They seem happy now that they’ve settled in. 😄 Back in the house… I have so. many. platys. That’s the middle compartment September 28, the day (or the day after) I brought them inside. From the still picture I counted over 120. The larger fry went in a 10 gallon along with the 60 or so I scooped up a few weeks ago before taking the tubs down. Now of course the females have kept having babies (though at least some of them absorbed their pregnancies when they got moved—sorry ladies 😕) and the babies have kept growing. So now there are even more!!! I estimate I got around 300 babies out of those tubs, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I have at least 400 now. Aaaahhh! Some of them are having problems with bloat, which I think is just due to being overcrowded. I’m monitoring water quality and I ran everyone through two doses of ich-x and paracleanse when they first came in. I was unsuccessful using maracyn to treat a similar-looking case of bloat in one of the medaka (they got fairly overcrowded before I took some out to the tub on the steps). It could all very well be bacterial but I’m sure keeping the crowding down will be much more successful than treating the whole tank with antibacterials and killing the cycle while I’m at it. The good news is that I’m going to take the biggest fry to my LFS on Thursday. Phew!! I just hope they transition well to their hard water. The tubs got really really soft over the summer, so I’ve been keeping them at a sort of middle-ground (middle-water?) inside: pH 6.8, KH ~40, ~GH 50. Tonight I raised them to pH 7, KH ~60. Oh and my female pleco is going to POP OPEN she is so fat with eggs. The male has picked the driftwood cave as his cave of choice, but I’m concerned he hasn’t had success because the female can’t fit in there. 😆 Poor clueless dude! And poor female! This is one of those seasons where I feel like I’m barely keeping on top of anything, let alone my fish tanks. But at least my lily flowered again! (yes after I moved it!)
  17. Congratulations Irene!! That video was amazing!!
  18. Nature may be cruel, but you keep us distracted with that upbeat music! 😁 Seriously though, I love the music you use in your videos. This tank and the lessons we learn from it remind me of the first time I watched a nature documentary that showed the entirety of a wolf/lion/African wild dog hunting chase (can’t remember which). I was maybe in middle or high school. And what I saw that I’d never seen before is that the predators don’t kill their prey before eating it. They dive right in as soon as it’s pinned. No one goes over and makes sure the animal is dead. They don’t care. It was really disturbing but it was also an important lesson. Nature is beautiful and calming and healing but it is also cruel and violent and dangerous. It has no concern for morality, because it has no concern at all. It just is what it is.
  19. I got a pump a few months back to try to make my water changes easier as well. I only use my pump for clean water going into the tanks, so no danger of sucking up fish… but I got a pump that’s way too powerful! I have to hold my hand under the hose so I don’t destroy the scape—or soak the wall, which happens if I position my hand wrong. Also my hose doesn’t fit securely in the nozzle so I need to use my other hand to hold the hose inside the pump. If I don’t, or if I need my hand for something else… instant geyser!!! I soaked myself the other day. Again. 😝 I think the answer here is that I need to buy some larger tubing just for that pump. Anyway, point being—pumps are great if you get the right pump! 😄
  20. How in the world did something that big hitchhike on a rock?? 😮 It’s an amazing little creature! Looks like something out of a Miyazaki film. 😄
  21. Yay! So glad your fishies (and you) enjoyed the treat!
  22. For floating plants, I love salvinia minima! Its roots stay small, it grows fast, and it’s way easier to remove than duckweed if you decide you don’t want it anymore. Here’s some on my summer tubs (it’s the small plant—the flower belongs to the lily):
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