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  1. I had a bunch of water lettuce and water hyacinth all of which had crazy roots. probably 60% of the volume was unswimmable by the parents. the baby rice fish hung out in the clear pockets on the surface and the baby white clouds hid down below. Also the rice fish parents for whatever reason were happy enough to mate but never ate well in the tub, perhaps they were just old, but i lost all but 1 of the parents by the end of summer. All 6 starter white clouds did fine before I gave them away. I'm pretty sure 80% of the fry in that tub didn't make it but a good number still did. To update the grow out tank. I've moved them to their new tub digs I hope they like it. I got the auto feeder on kinda light for now until i figure out how they'll settle. It's horrible timing but I'm going out of town for 3 days. but even 3 days of doing nothing is less food in more water than if they stayed in that 2g. Hopefully when I get back I'll have some fat, or at least living fish. We'll see. 🙂
  2. Yeah the long term plan is to pick the best 10ish to put in my back yard tub pond or maybe a new pond if i can ever get around to digging it. The rest will be sold or culled if there's something obviously wrong. My half wine barrel had about 50 fish in it over summer just by me not doing anything (also medaka and white clouds) including water changes.
  3. Yeah The plan was to move them to a garage tub (17g) last week but stuff happens and I didn't, hopefully it'll be ready tonight for a move tomorrow. I'm considering rigging auto water changes too but I don't have a good waste water plan yet. I'm going to move them probably tomorrow, and float the water sprites. I may just leave the penny wort in its rock wool unless that's not okay (its okay right?). I also have a tiger lotus bulb that i'm going to try out in a dirted pot but i'm going to leave that in a 5g bucket until I'm confident its not going to ammonia bomb the tub
  4. Thanks. I did just add two kinds of water Sprite and a pennywort. But fifty fish in 2g is probably still too much now that they're .5-.75"
  5. The only counter point I'd give to the above is that hardhats are made from HDPE and sometimes PP. Both of those are notoriously hard to stick stuff to. So I'd worry more about the adhesive on the sticker. Maybe test it with a sticker you like less for a while? You could even peel the outline of the sticker off and test that.
  6. smaller farms probably ship direct to LFS ya?
  7. Woah cool! What if you give them the choice of cave with a small and bigger opening?
  8. for 2$ each I'd run out the door right now. I ended up giving away about 40 in late summer.
  9. yeah i tested the water and got 0.5 ammonia so i guess every other day 50% changes is not enough now that they're bigger and I'm feeding more. I better get their tub up and running sooner than later.
  10. Thought I'd share my DIY light for my 5g tank. I wanted to see my rice fish from above so I ditched the lid and made this light instead. Its growing flame moss and floaters quite well. I took a couple feet of this [1] (probably <2$ worth) left over from a project and slid a generic ebay "COB" style daytime running light for cars (~$2.50) into the housing. It came out really well. I think the light level is just right for what I've got here. If you turn the voltage up past 12 V (a running car would be close to 14) it gets VERY bring VERY fast too. If the specs are to be trusted its about 350 lumins (Directed straight down) and 7000k color temperature. [1]:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M09PBYX Here's a photo of the light module.
  11. I'm working on my first breeding project (rice fish) and I found my first dead juvenile. Whats a typical percent that don't make it?
  12. A zip tie around it would help too. or a more elastic tubing like silicone.
  13. At least for me, my defective ones don't register hardly any difference between ph 6 and 8. While extreme accuracy isn't important here, we also don't want to be measuring time with a stopped clock. But for me this is a "clock" that I don't really need so I didn't bother returning the strips. After seeing corey's test I'm pretty confident that my next batch of strips will be okay.
  14. I think I remember Corey saying in live stream that letting it sit for 3-4 weeks is enough for any parasite he's seen to die off.
  15. My water is low to mid 8s and the strips that I have always say under 7. I validated my pH with a calibrated lab meter.
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