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  1. It depends on the species of corydoras. Some will lay their eggs on the glass, others on plant leaves, some just scatter them around on the substrate.
  2. I missed it live, but watched it yesterday, Dr. Cutler was a very good speaker, I learned quite a bit about the mormyrids. I've never kept them before, but they are definitely fascinating animals.
  3. I love my local fish club, great people there and always some nice fish and plants available.
  4. I'll try to get some pics this week and post.
  5. The term "Peruvian altum" is used quite often for a fish that is not a true Pterophyllum altum angelfish. The name Peruvian altum is commonly used to describe a type locality of the scalare angelfish. Right now, there are three described species of angelfish, the scalare, which is the most common and what all the color varieties are, the altum and the leopoldi, but there are several scientists that believe there may be more, or there are at least several type variants throughout the Amazon basin, this being one, and the Amapa redback is another. The Peruvian altums are beautiful fish, I have a small group that I have growing out and plan to put in with my wild discus when they get bigger. I have had some before that were wild caught and they never got the height of a true altum.
  6. The rachovii are actually Nothobranchius species. I wasn't completely awake this morning typing that out.
  7. My son and I went to our first fish auction since the pandemic started on Saturday, it was held by a local club that is a little over an hour away from us. There was quite a few nice fish, and not many people there to bid and buy so it was a buyers market for sure. We picked up a few species of killifish, some endlers, three 2.5 gal tanks and some neolamprologus multifasciatus. The killies we got are Aphyiosemion rachovii and A. bitaeniatum. Then, on the way home, we stopped at the LFS closest to me besides a big box store and picked up a bumch of frozen foods as well as some live blackworms.
  8. In a 5 gallon, you could have a pair of apisto caucatoides, or rams. You could also do a group of pygmy corydoras. The big thing is going to be having a tank large enough to grow out the fry. The smallest I recommend to do that in is a 10 gallon, and you would have to be sure to keep up with water changes.
  9. I would do as @lefty osuggested, the fish won't need to be fed daily, a light feeding two or three times a week will be fine for the time you are gone. You can start yourself a couple of months before leaving by only feeding a few times a week. One thing you may want to do as well, leave some gallon jugs of treated water out for whoever is going to feed the tank for you to top off the tank if the water level starts to drop due to evaporation.
  10. My shrimp tanks get whatever fish food I am feeding my fish that day. I do have some shrimp lollies that I picked up at a swap meet that I put in once a week or so. My shrimp tanks only get fed a few times a week though, about every two or three days. I also keep some kind of leaf in the tanks, such as Indian almond, guava, mulberry etc.
  11. I have seeded many new tanks with what I call "sponge grunge" I have even set up a quick quarantine tank by putting in water, adding prime, put a new sponge filter and squeezing a sponge filter from an established tank into the new one. Acclimate fish and add.
  12. Any PVC cement that is safe to use on potable water will be ok for fish. Just make sure that it is cured, which basically menas as long as you cant smell the cement smell you're good to go.
  13. I would stay away from the water softener. I had one in my old house and struggled to keep many fish and plants alive, until I started using water that bypassed the softener. I have quite water, runs between 15-20 out of my tap and have no trouble keeping most fish. I do have an RO unit that I use occasionally to cut down my tap water, such as when I imported some fish from Peru and Brazil, but I then over a couple months worth of water changes bring them into straight tap water. All of those fish currently are in 100% pure tap water, and that included discus, corydoras, and plecos. I will use part RO water when I try to spawn them, along with Indian almond leaves, and oak leaves to bring down pH and hardness levels.
  14. The good thing about hatching brine shrimp, besides the nutrition aspect, is that you can hatch as much or as little as you want and can use. Back when I only had a couple of tanks, I used a 20oz pop bottle to hatch brine, I'd use maybe a cup and half of water, a few pinches of salt, and a small pinch of brine shrimp eggs, and would have plenty. As others have mentioned, if you have extra, you can freeze it to use later, which I still do now,
  15. yes, check out swiss tropicals. I'm not sure if he came up with the idea, but he was at leats one of the first people to use them, and has the supplies and knowledge, I have talked to him at the Ohio Cichlid extravaganza before, and very nice guy to talk to and gain knowledge from.
  16. How do you know for sure its the swim bladder? If he slammed himself into a piece of slate, he could have cause some brain damage, sort of like traumatic brain injury in people. I've had fish swim into the side of an aquarium suddenly when startled and kind of know themselves silly for a few minutes.
  17. I've been watching MD Fish Tanks videos on YouTube for a while now, and he does a mixture of aqua soil, sand and small gravel in the areas he is going to plant and then caps everything with a layer of sand. Basically, his base mixture is all the different substrates from previous tank builds. I am going to try something similar on a tank I am going to be setting up soon. the mixture with aqua soil gives the nutrients for the plants to grow, and can also supplement with root tabs and liquid ferts as well.
  18. I have a separate set of measuring spoons and cups that I use for making fish food such as repashy. I know they could be washed and be safe to use for the fish or for people, but its just that I make the repashy and stuff down in my basement fish room, don't want to have to make sure that everything gets brought back upstairs or whatever. I also have a pot that I use for boiling botanicals only, no foods. It been stained over the years of boiling leaves and such.
  19. My basic dry food, I feed is a plain tropical flake that I get through my local fish club. We do bulk food buys and divide it up by half and full pound packs.
  20. I have not been able to get Java fern to grow in any of my tanks as well, so don't feel bad. I say try out some crypts. There are so many varieties, probably the easiest is wendtii of which there are several colors, bronze, red, brown and even the pink flamingo is a wendtii, but I have problems with that one, although all the other colors of wendtii grow really good in my tanks. If you have patience and want to have a carpeting plant, crypt parva is good, but it takes forever to grow and fill in.
  21. I have kept and bred several kinds of neo shrimp, my setups vary from 10 to 20 gallon tanks. I keep them in my tap well water, which is quite hard and has quite a bit of minerals in it. the TDS will be anywhere from 200-350 throughout the year. I don't measure the hardness or anything, but when the water evaporates, it leaves a nice mineral/ calcium ring around the top of the aquarium. I do weekly 50%water changes, and keep some endlers or guppies in the tanks with them. I feed heavily, so that the fish and shrimp have plenty to eat. When I cull, I just throw the culls into a 40 breeder that is a mixed community and I have quite a nice skittles tank going there.
  22. It's that time of year. I can't stand pumpkin spice anything, give me a glass of apple cider instead!
  23. I love some homemade buttermilk biscuits with some sausage gravy. Scramble up some eggs and throw a little shredded cheddar in right before taking out of the pan and then put some of the gravy over the eggs.
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