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  1. I can’t move the tanks but I could tip them over. And a toddler climbing up the side could potentially knock over a top heavy item. I’ll look into the earthquake straps that might be the best option.
  2. I have a glass 55 gallon and an acrylic 36 gallon bowfront. I also have a daughter who is starting to walk/climb. Does anyone have experience securing aquariums to the wall so they won’t tip? Both are on wooden stands so I could drill into those and attach to the wall potentially. Though it will be a tight squeeze since I can’t move the tanks to do this. Is there anything I could do to secure the aquariums themselves to the walls? Any and all advice is welcome.
  3. For the best prices, I go to my local club’s yearly expo (in the last hour you can usually haggle for a good price when purchasing multiples). The monthly meeting is also a good time if I don’t want to wait. However, since your question specifically said sites I assume you want a website. I bought some bolbitis from Dustin’s fish tanks a couple months ago which came healthy, well packaged and in a larger than expected portion.
  4. Is this part of the forum still running? Is the YouTube membership required to be a part of it? I’m pretty sure I’m still on my way to 50 meaningful posts, but I don’t want to be disappointed if it is something that is already deactivated. Thanks!
  5. Oh that is so smart to keep a journal. I’m gonna start doing that! Seems like lifespan varies greatly and I just got lucky with a few of mine. Darn! I was hoping it was longer and the internet was using a conservative lifespan. Just like with the nerites. Thanks for the info.
  6. I recently looked up nerite snail lifespan online and I was shocked to find most places are saying 1-3 years. I have a couple nerite snails that I know I got on a Black Friday sale in 2018 from aquatic arts meaning they are 5 years old now. (Several from that group have passed away but a few have survived this long.) Just wondering is that 1-3 years lifespan in the wild? I honestly don’t think I took particularly good care of these ones, so maybe just lack of predators lengthens the lifespan and this is typical in the hobby. How long does everyone else’s nerites tend to live?
  7. I agree with @JettsPapa , the live oak leaves in Florida are small as he describes. I have bought from tannin aquatics and liked them but just didn’t want to pay their prices anymore. I’ve seen some of their botanicals in my area but don’t want to pull from areas where I don’t know about pesticide use.
  8. Has anyone tried adding local botanicals instead of catappa leaves to their aquariums? (Specifically hoping to find someone in south Florida who has similar local plants to me.) I'd like to harvest some leaves from my yard that way I know there have not been pesticides applied. I figure this would be a more environmentally friendly thing to do rather than ship leaves halfway across the planet. I have dried leaves in my yard already. 😅 I was considering trying with coco plum leaves, coconut husks, mango leaves, and FL avocado leaves. Looking for any input.
  9. Thanks for the response. I'm fairly confident this fish is male because I noticed breeding stars on his pectoral fins last spring. There is one fish in this aquarium that could be female, but I haven't seen any breeding behavior. Also this fish has been a bit lethargic, so I think it might be an infection. But since he is a crown pearl scale I was wondering if they were prone to 'skin' conditions.
  10. Any ideas on what this cyst or sac on my crown pearlscale goldfish could be? Ammonia and nitrite = 0, Nitrate = 10, GH = 300, KH = 40, pH = 6.4, Temp = 78. I know I should probably add some more crushed coral to get the buffer/pH higher.
  11. From his actions I think he is blind in the smaller eye, but he eats normally and doesn't seem to be in pain. My concern was that the cloudiness meant it was still infected. I think I'll stop medicating and just give it time.
  12. Hello! Looking for advice on if there is anything I can do to help this eye regrow/heal. It used to have a large telescope eye, but a few months ago it shrank and now has a cloudiness over it. There isn't anything really sharp in the tank that could have injured it except maybe a plant weight? He is in a 55 gallon with 2 other fancy goldfish. I have very fine crushed coral on the bottom, river rocks, and java fern. It is filtered by an aquaclear 70 and a sponge filter. I do a 30% water change every week. (GH 60, KH 80, pH 6.5-7.0, Ammonia/Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20-40 when measured before the weekly water change, temp 77 F). I did get a small ammonia spike after I used the med trio but that was after the initial problem and it seems to have corrected. I've used the med trio, then salt up to level 3, then tried Kanaplex usually with a week or so between treatments to see if it worked. I noticed right before it shrank that the eye seemed really wobbly. So now I'm wondering if it is just a genetic issue and not a parasite. Just trying to see if there is anything else I can do.
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