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  1. I never seem to submit an AC order without at least ONE plant in the mix. LOL I can't resist getting plants I've never had before to try out. Sometimes that works. Sometimes, not so much. Aside from plants, fish food, Easy Green, and some random piece of equipment seems to be the norm for me. I love my AC test strips, and I'll need to order more in the not too distant future.
  2. Plant - Cryptocoryne wendtii (any variety) Fish - Swordtails - specifically green, neon, or pineapple swordtails
  3. Saturdays are for tank maintenance here. Routine goes as follows: 1 - I test all tanks with the AC strips to determine nitrate levels. So far, the past few months, I haven't needed to do water changes, so it's basically to let me know if I need to dose with Easy Green. 2 - Thin duckweed, if and where needed. 3 - Trim submerged plants, if needed. 4 - Trim emergent plants, if needed. 5 - Top off (TO) with treated tap water. 6 - Add Easy Green (EG), if needed. Some days, all that's needed it test / TO, which takes maybe 5-10 minutes to do them all. Some days, it's test / TO / EG. Today was all the 6 above. Took me just under an hour to do the maintenance on 2 29g, a 10g, a 5g, and my 1.5g jarrarium. My 5g plant nursery didn't need any maintenance today.
  4. The photo in that last post reminds me of the Ammania gracilis I bought from AC once it was fully submerged. https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/live-plants/products/ammannia-gracilis
  5. I'll second, third, or whatever what others have said. I keep both cherries and Amanos in one of my 29g tanks. I see shrimplets frequently, especially when I stir things up doing maintenance. I've never seen the Amanos mess with cherries of any size.
  6. Honey gourami? Scarlet badis? Any sort of shrimp?
  7. @somethingclever No idea. Water has consistently tested fine, and the one continues to thrive. So I have no idea what killed the other 2.
  8. I use excess floating plants (especially my endlessly happy duckweed!) as fertilizer for my houseplants. Just drop it by handfuls into the pots and water over it. As it dries out and disintegrates, it's a natural fertilizer. The plants love it. Also, I offer some online to folks in my local community. I recently had 2 takers for duckweed, of all things. They were really frustrated at their inability to get it, even online. One of them had been looking for it for YEARS. Mine came in as a hitchhiker on red root floaters I ordered online. I was thrilled because I wanted duckweed but couldn't find it. Love the stuff. Now I've found others who do, too! LOL Oh, on that note, does anyone know if red eared sliders like to eat duckweed? I know goldfish love it and some turtles and such. Do sliders?
  9. I've wondered about scarlet badis, too. Not that I'm interested in females, but whether the males would work in a tank that already contains small shrimp. I've been finding myself increasingly loving my "nano" fish, and I'm thinking about doing another small setup. Maybe 5-10 g with scarlet badis and shrimp, with maybe something like Ember tetras. Also contemplating honey gouramis.
  10. @PineSongYou'll have to show us the fish projects when you do them. I'd love to see them. 🙂
  11. One of my favorite houseplants. I recently cut mine and rooted the cuttings. Very hardy houseplant. 🙂
  12. Found it. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/dracaena-fragrans/
  13. That's a species of Dracaena sometimes referred to as "corn plant". It will root in a tank but it doesn't like to live with its feet wet. Left in there more than short term, it WILL rot on you. You'll definitely want to put it into a pot with soil, either right away or after it gets a bit more roots. Just make sure it doesn't stay long enough to start rotting, or it'll pollute your tank.
  14. Too much light would be my guess. I had the same issue until I adjusted my lighting schedule on one tank. BTW, green spot algae comes off of glass very easily with a razor blade. I bought a tool that's just for that, with replaceable razor blades. Worked like a charm to get that obnoxious GSA off the glass. What was on plants and decorations gradually died off once I adjusted the lighting schedule (and remembered to keep the curtains closed that are close to that tank).
  15. I temperature acclimate then open the bag and test the water to see how different it is from my tank. So far, the only thing I've felt needed more acclimation than that was cherry shrimp, and I basically just followed the instructions from the shipper. I've never needed to drip acclimate anything. We have hard water here, and most of the fish I order in come from neutral to softer water. BTW, the reason I stopped being too slow about acclimation is the fact the water in the bags always tests very high in nitrate. I don't want the fish sitting in that any longer than necessary. Once it hits open air, I've read online that the nitrate becomes more toxic. Not sure if that's altogether true or not, but I don't want to take chances. All that said, I've never had pea puffers, so I don't know if they're ultrasensitive or not to sudden changes in water parameters. Hopefully someone who has experience specifically with them will chime in. Oh, another note - I never dump the water from the bag into my tank, even the quarantine tank. I net the fish to transfer them. That way, the only nasties that end up in the tank are those directly on the fish. Anything free-floating in the water itself doesn't end up in the tank.
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