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  1. On 10/17/2021 at 9:37 PM, xXInkedPhoenixX said:

    What do you mean by refining one's expectations?

    Good question. Well, first off, if you’re already really familiar with some less traditional species — perhaps like Scorpionfish, Gobies, loaches, etc. — then you’re prepared for how they like to live in the tank. These are often still, tucked-away shy guys. To enjoy them you have to sit still awhile and watch attentively. They’re also vulnerable to slow starvation if kept with fast, hungry minnow species that gobble up food before they can manage a turn. To bring out their best colors, lighting needs to simulate the seasons. They’re photosensitive, triggered by Trans-Appalachain seasonal cycles. In spring, they’ll color up if kept this way. This also relates to breeding. It may be necessary to simulate “winter” for a few weeks — less light, less food, cold / ice water temperature drops. And for the absolute best, a selection of some live foods is advisable. I’ll be treating mine to black worms in the near future. So, I guess… I mostly mean that they’re not as easy as adding a few pinches of flake food every day. 

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  2. One of the adventures I’ve begun this year as an aquarist is exploring temperate (non-tropical) aquariums. In particular, I’ve been exploring some U. S. Native species, rarely available at local pet stores.

    For one example, is the small, friendly Banded Darter (Etheostoma zonale). I got attracted to these for their beauty, but also because they live right in streams where I enjoy fishing. Here’s a couple videos of mine…

    And here’s feeding time…

    I will say that you’ll need to refine some of your expectations to fully appreciate these fish if you’re new to U. S. Natives. But it’s a good adventure! 

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  3. On 10/13/2021 at 6:59 PM, xXInkedPhoenixX said:

    Curses. You are all enablers. I went to bed thinking about it. Then I made a plan. Then said, well I'll go and if they're there I'll get them and if they're not oh well. They were there. I bought them out. Six. They're HUGE to me being 1.75" each. 






  4. On 10/13/2021 at 5:15 PM, Kyle murfitt said:

    Yep since he or she was rice sized it had black down its back. Mom is a yellow lab and dad is an orange zebra so there's a few oddball colors in the batch of babies 


    Yep. That’s a common cross. Not an OB, and depending on your African Cichlid community, generally not sought out. We got disqualified for submitting this pairing for BAP…

    But it was fun! And my LFS wanted them.

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  5. On 10/13/2021 at 1:54 PM, Jawjagrrl said:

    Just curious for those with Male bettas - how often does your betta blow a bubble nest and act like he is ready to be a papa?

    I've got two that are about 6-7 months old. One has never blown a nest in the two months I have had them, while the other makes one almost every day/every other day (my avatar is the bubbler).

    Still pretty new to bettas and wondering how my boys compare. They are both really nice looking and I think would produce good fry with the right female.

    Folks in my area only see the occasional sad bettas in tiny cups, and would love to convince the local pet store to try some nice plakats in their community tanks. The owners are primarily about reptiles but I think open to getting better about their fish care/availability.


    Got a photo to share of the non-bubble nest builder?

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  6. On 10/13/2021 at 3:24 PM, Kyle murfitt said:

    20211013_125231.jpg.a4a10a6820b5377d1042f97dd3f90b90.jpg20211013_125130.jpg.9aa5e040584ceadd0499aaa2bc6acbc3.jpgMy runt of the litter has a black Mohawk, think he'll be an ob or just going to have a black back on him??

    Once you cross them, they shoot out all sorts of colors. Probably not technically a true OB.

    Has it always presented black, or only recently? It could be a young male “bearding.”

  7. On 10/13/2021 at 8:58 AM, Mr Gumby said:

    Hi folks,

    I've seen a few adds lately for nitrate Absorbing Resins and was wondering if they're genuine or snake oil?

    Nitrate from the tap is around 20ppm and I'm thinking of filtering it before adding to the tank on water changes


    I think your situation may call for aggressive nitrate-using plants. My nitrates remain high in this super-overstocked Growout tank. I use Pothos in the two HOB filters, and Guppy grass (along with Java fern) in the tank.


    High nitrates aren’t the end of the line for most fish, though if they can be cut back, that’s advised.

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  8. On 10/13/2021 at 11:59 AM, SanFranPsychoAquatics said:

    Hello everyone.  I’m curious if there is a concern in storing baby brine eggs in a very moist fridge.  I’ve got a cheap $30 mini fridge that always has some small pools of water in it.  I pulled out my baby brine eggs after almost 2 weeks in this fridge, and the containers wet and rusty.  Is this a concern? Or will the eggs keep dry in the packaging?



    That’s not good! I bet the seal on your fridge is bad.

    If you keep Artemia cysts in the plastic zip-lock bag, it’s probably not a major issue. But if you empty them out into the can, I’d be very concerned.

  9. On 10/13/2021 at 11:08 AM, Taco Playz said:

    Hello Ya'll, hope you are having a good day. I have had my white cloud fry for about two months and some of them are already about half a inch. I probably have about 20 along with the parents in a 6 gallon and they are all of mixed ages. I have another spare 10 gallon because recently my really old hermit crabs died. 😥 I also recently set up a 10 gallon for my guppies that were in the outdoor pond. What age should I be looking to sell them to my LFS because they are very low on white clouds at the moment and I could probably sell them for about 2 dollars each which would be good for 20 of them. That would be 40 bucks for a relatively cheap fish and would be some pretty darn good store credit offers. Thanks

    If you’re finished playing with them, I’d definitely sell for that price. You’ll want to agree to terms before bringing them in.

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  10. On 10/13/2021 at 10:37 AM, Amanda said:

    I've been working on a new tank for my living room. I started with nano tanks and this will be my first big girl tank. Follow along if you enjoy seeing new tanks get going. It's going to be fully planted and feature nano-ish, subtropical fish.

    I started with a stock 75 gallon marineland tank and stand from petsmart. I didn't like the stand, so I used resin and molds to make an aquatic plant and schooling fish design. I chose the particular plant mold because it reminds me of hygrophila angustifolia which I plan to put a lot of in the tank. I couldn't find a good fish mold, so I made one from hot glue and a little toy fish my kids had. (Unfortunately it's a clown fish, but probably I'm the only one that will see it in person and notice that detail.) I placed the fish so some looked like they were in a schooling formation and some are hiding in the plants... and there are a couple "hidden" on the sides of the tank.





    The hardscape is locally collected. We don't have cool rocks around here... mostly just sandstone and limestone. I chose sandstone. There are a lot of negatives to this choice, but this whole setup is pretty expensive, so I decided to save money on hardscape. I have lava rock in media bags under the aqua soil and then still used a ton of aqua soil. Probably 60lbs of fluval stratum in there. There is caribsea "peace river" sand in the front of the tank. 

    I love the look of fissidens fontanus (pheonix) moss, so I'm attempting a dry start for the first time. To my amazement, it seems to be working! It's been about 2.5 weeks so far and I'm seeing new growth on the wood and rocks. I put the moss on most of the woods and rocks hoping some of it would take, and it looks like there should be a decent amount. I tried dry starting some hair grass too, but that was a fail.




    (look at that tiny, perfect fissidens)

    I'm planning on planting in the next week and flooding the tank. This has been a very slow moving project that started in June. This project literally forced me to repaint the interior of my house... just a thousand things to do and I'm finally getting close to being up and running and will post updates on this thread. And if anyone is interested in budget, I can give that info at the end too. 

    Cool project!! Hope all thrives for you.

  11. On 10/13/2021 at 9:09 AM, Kyle murfitt said:

    That's awesome!! And that female really put out some fry for her first batch! I got 10 from my first and she had more in the main tank while I was out of town, have only found 4 or so hiding amongst the other cichlids 

    They’re notorious for eating fry. 

  12. On 10/13/2021 at 2:50 AM, Patrick_G said:


    @Bentley Pascoe did a wonderful talk on planted aquariums and the club’s  horticulture award program. 
    @eatyourpeaswas there so the C.A.R.E forum was well represented! 
    I spent $50 at the end of meeting auction and somehow walked off with a Kessil A360we Tuna Sun, a nice bag of Aponegeton, some dragon stone and a canister filter. 

    Nice haul!! I’ve found that selling plants is key to recovering expenses at club auctions. 

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  13. On 10/12/2021 at 8:21 PM, Shrimpgang said:

    So I was listening to a live stream the other day and someone mentioned again if the test strips work in salt and Cory had stated he didn’t really know if they worked well or not in saltwater tanks so I figured why not test this since I keep both fresh and salt tanks. 

    first I made a gallon of fresh saltwater and got it to specific gravity (1.025) and tested the fresh salt batch to make sure no reading would occur in the newly made saltwater and I would also like to mention that when I tested I would test twice on each reading level on the strips to make sure the reading wouldn’t be a fluke, also waited 5min between each test and that it would indeed be what is says. 

    I used neo nitro as my nitrogen source in the one gallon and 1ml of nitrogen supplement in 1 gallon of water was 7ppm nitrate as stated on the back of the bottle. 

    first reading would be 7 ppm and got no result on the test which should be right as first test is 10 ppm, added another 1 ml of nitrate so 14ppm nitrate and results were showing 10ppm, another 1ml so 21 ppm and results were still showing 10 which is good not showing 25 yet on the test strip, another 1ml so 28ppm results were showing 25 another 1ml so 35ppm nitrate results were still showing 25 on the test strip, another 1ml was 42 ppm still showing 25 so not reading on the 50 mark yet and another 1ml was 49 ppm of nitrate and still not showing 50 yet added another 1ml of nitrate was 56ppm and results showed 50 and after that I tried to get it to hit the 100 mark but it wouldn’t test any higher than 50 just kept showing 50 on each test after that. 

    So from my test I believe these are fairly accurate and work pretty well at reading just nitrate in a saltwater tank, just remember it is a test strip so they are not as good as say Hanna where you can get better results but they work pretty good and close enough for a quick test.  
    I will state again when I tested I would test twice when each ml of nitrate was added and would give 10min for mixing time each ml and another 5min between each test. 

    Nice work! Thanks. You salty folks are chemistry legends. 

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  14. On 10/12/2021 at 9:15 PM, Casual aquatics said:

    @Cory thanks for being on rikos stream he ended it right when I was asking this question! I tagg Cory but everyone can answer. I have to reseal a 180g tanks what's the best and most practical way to do this it's a ply wood build with viewing glass ofcourse leaking  at that bottom corner?

    I found this. You’ve probably already been over the material, but looks like one key product is:


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