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  1. Haha well I’m glad to know it’s not just me 😂 I was like why does no one warn this can happen?! I guess it’s not very common though. Hopefully the ones you breed don’t become aggressive too! Good luck 🍀
  2. I thought about removing her but my roommate really likes her 😂 Also, she never pays attention to the other fish. She just swims up and down the glass all day, I assume due to the reflection. Except when her and the pregnant platy get in a nipping match. And the males don’t even acknowledge her. The alpha chases around the same female all day, and the other one hides most of the day. It sounds like Kribs may be my best bet. I like them as well as apistos so I think that’ll work out. I’m planning on rearranging some of the hardscape to make room for a cave structure so they’ll have somewhere to try to spawn if they want to. Thanks everyone!
  3. I was looking at the cacatoides because I like the reds! I’m not too worried about breeding them, I wouldn’t have anywhere to put the fry. But if they will just be miserable all the time I don’t want to do that to them. I did look at Kribs too, I would definitely like them I just didn’t know if they’d stand their ground or not. Yeah I live in Phoenix so I have pretty hard water, about a 7.6 pH. I think we have local breeders that raise kribs and apistos in our water. I know for sure we have a lot of Ram breeders. I’ve never heard of Nannacara I’ll have to look them up! And I did think about African cichlids too but I don’t know which ones I’d be able to keep. They’d definitely have to not be plant eaters or dig up the substrate lol, I have a lot of plants. I’m also not sure about an Angelfish, I’ll have to do more research. But thank you, you’ve given me some great ideas, I’ve got some YouTube videos to watch! 😂
  4. Yeah I’m not sure why it uploaded upside down lol. Probably an Apple thing. But yeah I got the platies because I was originally going for mollies but I heard they can fin nip. But these platies have been very aggressive. I originally had another male that harassed the current male in here, when I took him out then the other one started being the bully instead. The one that gets bullied now seems to nip anyone he can when he gets free, then immediately gets chased back into the plants. The pregnant one wasn’t aggressive before, but it’s been about a week since she had her fry and she’s been chasing the Molly off a lot, and chasing others away from food. Even some of the juveniles are starting to chase each other off when I feed. And I feed twice a day, I actually think I overfeed. I’m not sure what their deal is.
  5. I’m 99% sure they are lol. I do have a black swordtail Molly in there as well, just happened to get caught in the net at the store. Here’s a picture, it’s kinda hard to see so you might have to zoom in.
  6. So I’ve had my 40 breeder set up a while now. I have a betta, 4 adult platies, 5 juveniles, and one of the females just had about 20 fry. The adults are 2 males and 2 females. One male constantly harasses and chases the other, and I know it’s because the M/F ratio is off. None of my LFS could give me females, every time I got home it would end up being a male and I’d have to take it back. I found a local breeder who assured me I have 5 female juveniles now, however that didn’t lower the aggression at all. My betta is super, super peaceful and he’s been getting beat up pretty bad. It always happens at night, first he had some chunks taken out of his fins, now his dorsal fins are completely gone and someone’s taking chunks out of his tail. I’m not sure which one is doing it. It could be the aggressive one, although he never pays attention to the betta during the day. The one that gets chased doesn’t always get to eat, so it could be him. Or it could be the female that was pregnant because she’s been super aggressive lately too. I can’t find anyone to rehome the platies, no one wants them apparently haha. So I just got a separate tank today and I’m setting it up to have the betta by himself with maybe some Pygmy Cory’s. My question is, I still want a centerpiece fish for my main tank. Would a pair of Apistos hold their ground against the bullies, or should I just give up and let the platies run the tank?
  7. Wow, the man himself! Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post! I will do a 50% water change today and another one in a couple of days to remove everything out of the water, and I’ll try dosing regular Maracyn instead of this Maracyn Oxy stuff I got. Hopefully that in combo with the bacteria catching up to the new bio load will stop the issue 😁
  8. Will Maracyn 2 crash my beneficial bacteria? I just tested the water today and there’s .50ppm ammonia and .25ppm Nitrite, I did just add 4 baby platies on Thursday last week so I think that’s why, but if I use an antibiotic I want to make sure it won’t kill the biofilter. First thing I’m going to do before treating anything else is do a 50% water change though to deal with the ammonia/nitrite spike.
  9. So update, I got Maracyn Oxy on accident instead of the packets but it still was doing ok for a while. It says on the bottle not to use it for more than 5 days. After day 1, the cottony growth on my bettas fins went away. I dosed it the full 5 days to be sure, but now the growth is coming back on the backside of the fin and he’s still losing his dorsal fin pretty fast. Should I switch to a different treatment, or do a massive water change and continue dosing Oxy? The bottle I’m using is pictured below, and I’ll try to grab a photo of my betta (he never sits still so it’s hard lol)
  10. Thank you so much I will check it out! 🙌
  11. Hey everyone, recently I’ve noticed my betta’s fins looking a little ragged. At first I thought maybe one of the platies had been nipping him (they’ve been really aggressive, one is pregnant and the males fight a lot because I don’t have a good male to female ratio: fixing that ASAP) but now I think it’s fin rot. I did a fish-in cycle so I think he may just have a weakened immune system and that’s what started it. The tank is fully cycled as of last week, but I can’t tell if his fins are healing or not. Should I give it time before I start treatment? Also, I’m having a hard time finding info online about treatments. I have rams horn snails and I’m getting some amano shrimp in a couple of weeks, and I want to make sure if I do have to treat it that the treatment is safe for inverts. I see BettaFix pop up a lot as a recommendation, and on the API website it says it may harm snails but it doesn’t say anything about shrimp (I assume anything that’ll harm snails will harm shrimp but I’m not sure) or if it’s like copper where if you use it once it’ll basically ruin your tank for inverts forever. I don’t have money right now to set up a quarantine tank for the betta, hopefully here in the future I can. Water Parameters (measured with API test kit): Ammonia- slightly above 0ppm Nitirite- 0ppm Nitrate- 20-25ppm Ph- about 7.6 Hardness- between 200-300 on the Aquarium Coop test strips (we have very hard water in Phoenix AZ) Tank is heavily planted and has floating plants
  12. That’s true I forgot most fish you get at stores are juveniles and likely to develop new colors as they mature lol. I was also thinking the same, especially since other fish don’t have anything on them, I just wanted to be extra sure since I’m brand new at all this. The color is definitely concentrated around the head and on the side fins and I don’t think it’s spreading it’s just becoming more pronounced. Thank you for the help and peace of mind!!
  13. I hope these are a little bit easier to see, I took screenshots from a video instead lol. It’s definitely a gold color, not silver or white (unless lighter colors look gold/browinsh because of the black scales).
  14. So about 3 weeks ago I set up a brand new aquarium (heavily planted 40 gal breeder). I’m doing a fish in cycle (by necessity not choice). I’ll post a picture of my tap water parameters below for reference, I do keep my tank between 77 and 78 (it usually sits right at 77.5). The water parameters are what I measured from an API test kit. Nitrites and ammonia are currently at about .25 ppm each, I’ve been dosing a capful of Seachem Prime every 24-48 hours to keep it nontoxic while the tank cycles. I know fish in cycles can be rough on fish. I can’t tell if this Molly has ich or not. It’s hard to tell from the photos but the spots and patches on the fish are very clearly gold, not white. I hadn’t noticed it before but my roommate says that the Molly had gold on her the day I bought her, and I haven’t really seen it get worse but it’s a little hard for me to tell. Does anyone else have black swordtail mollies that have gold coloration on them? Also, none of my other fish have any spots on them and it’s been 3 weeks so I would assume if it was ich it would’ve spread by now. Also, behavior wise the Molly seems fine. She eats normally, swims all around, doesn’t rub her sides on any of the plants or aquarium walls. Sometimes I’ve noticed her shimmying on the bottom but that only lasts like 30 seconds then she’s off exploring again, and that doesn’t happen often (maybe a couple times a week). I’m by my tank 10.5 hours a day while I work so I have a pretty good idea of changes to the norm in my tank. Also sorry for the terrible photo quality it’s harder than I thought to photograph fish 😂
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