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Everything posted by Betsy

  1. The different green on the end of the Java Fern looks like new growth to me...not a deficiency! If you had Java fern babies (like I do), that would mean your Java Fern is in distress...and you don't...so, you're already doing better than I am! 😄👍
  2. I'm with @Kirsten! I'd love some plant stickers...and a nerite sticker would be so sweet!!!
  3. Gotta show off my guy, Pete! He's a Salamander Dumbo Halfmoon from Texas! 🤠 He likes wandering the Crypt Forest, napping in the java fern, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the driftwood island. He also likes to attempt to eat algae wafers, but his bites flip the wafer and the corydoras scatter. It's pretty entertaining to watch. 😂
  4. I love the warm lighting in this tank!! It really sets off the driftwood and the foliage! 😍
  5. I know it...it seems odd that you'd have two dosing options when one is clearly more ideal! I am sure your Prime regimen is on point!!! I bet you read the directions properly and are already dosing to perfection (unlike me, haha!)! 😆👍
  6. So...I have to come clean. I am pretty sure I figured out what happened...and it's definitely embarrassing! 😅 I noticed that whenever I did a water change, I'd have at least one rasbora death. It's not a big leap to say: there's something wrong with the new water! I thought it was a disease...then I thought the rasboras just hated me...then I thought it was pH/osmotic stress... Then I was pumping myself up to do a water change, and I reread the back of my dechlorinator (Fluval's Aquaplus). I had been dosing just to remove Chlorine and I thought to myself, "Self, it can't hurt to dose at the second level." And so, I did. And no rasboras died. And none have died since. Moral of my story: Dose high on dechlorinator. Everyone likes protected scales and fins anyway! 😩
  7. @James Black - thanks, friend!! I definitely see what you're saying about 20L! It isn't clear if the L is for long or liters, and the tank is definitely a 20g long...I'll fix that, for sure! Thank ya! 😆👍
  8. Those variegated leaves are 🔥!!! 😆👍
  9. I've been watching Pete like a hawk, and I feel like he's healing well! Slowly...but well! All fin splits have healed, and the top of his lil' noggin looks less orange...so hopefully, his red scales are growing back in! Whenever I read a journal post, I am always interested to know what the water parameters and fertilizing regimens are for the tank...so, I'm going to add mine for people like me (hopefully, I am not the only one! 😂)! Temperature - 76 degrees Fahrenheit pH - 7.4 Ammonia - 0-0.25 ppm (tank is new, so cycle is not 100% stable yet) Nitrate - ~20 ppm Nitrite - 0 ppm GH - 9 degrees KH - 4 degrees Water Source - Tap Water directly from tap (Charlotte, NC) - I'll edit the post to post the water stats of the tap water later! Fertilizers Easy Green - 2 squirts weekly or when nitrate hits below 10 ppm SeaChem Potassium - One capful weekly Water Change Whenever ammonia is 0.5 or higher. Lighting - Fluval 3.0 (see current schedule below - Pink aligns with Warm White)
  10. Just to throw something else out there...I don't use root tabs (only Easy Green and SeaChem Potassium) and I am probably a little too proud of my crypts...but I was curious to see what could be different about our substrates/tank conditions. I agree with @laritheloud! The main thing that stands out for me is the GH. I use a SeaChem Flourite substrate which boasts a high mineral content. I'd be curious to see what would happen if you added crushed coral to your substrate/tank or a Wonder Shell to your tank to raise the GH!
  11. That fish has so much personality! The blue/teal iridescence is prettyyyyy!!!
  12. Hooray for nerites!!! Knobby is an adorable name suggestion @Hobbit!! What's Hugo's name origin? You could go with a theme!! The unknown snail looks metallic like a bladder snail to me...but the curve of the shell doesn't match the bladder snail's...so...🤷‍♀️
  13. Out of curiosity...what's your lighting like? I've got crypt wendetii green and tropica on two sides of my tank...the side that gets more light is flourishing more than the side that gets less light. I'd also uproot one and see if it's squishy...it's hard to come back from squishy roots. If it's still viable, you could also try trimming the tips off of the roots to encourage new growth! I look forward to updates!! Rooting for you! 😄👍
  14. Bettas are the bestttt!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely tanks, and welcome to the forum! 😆👍
  15. VERY cool!! I just picked up a pink flamingo crypt...I can't wait to put it in my tank! It looks so pink and wonderful! Thank you for sharing your awesome tank! 😍👍
  16. Tabasco looks like he feels better!! Please continue to post updates! 😊👍 The black scales seem normal to me! I look forward to seeing him unclamp those fins fully! He is a looker!!! 😍
  17. Wellllll....Pete scraped his head! I feel really bad for him. I will be monitoring him and the water parameters intensely for the next couple of days. Does anyone have any experience with a scraped betta? Looks like he split some finnage, too. ☹️ Poor Pete! (Apologies for the dirty glass!)
  18. Like @SWilson said, reducing the reflection could be a game changer! Looks like you've got lots of plants to break up the line of sight and give Koi Boy places to hide and take a break. Sometimes bettas take a long time to settle. Spritz (who is my red koi plakat boy), took a loooong time to settle into his tank. He was a glass surfing master. It took him a little over a month (and a vacation in my 20L tank at home) to settle and explore more than surf. Pete, my Salamander Dumbo Halfmoon dude settled almost immediately. Sometimes, water parameters can also be a contributing factor. I find that when the temperatures are hotter, Spritz is more active. I used to keep his tank close to 80 degrees, but I backed him down to the mid-70's and he seems more relaxed. You could also try a Stress Coat product to make sure your betta has a nice comfy slime coat! I hope that you'll post more pictures and updates of Koy Boy!!!
  19. I look forward to your updates!!! Tabasco is a great name for a red betta (so is Clifford @James Black!!)...what a spicy dude! 😜👍
  20. I love the way that looks!!! Some of the babies from other leaves have started to attach to my driftwood already. I might try to get some small pieces of driftwood and attach the babies to that...I'd love to be able to move them to other tanks and give them away...and if they attach their little roots to my big driftwood in my tank, that'll be tough!
  21. Well wait...after reading again, I might consider pausing treatment for a week...especially since he's already been medicated with the trio. I'd do at least a 50% water change to remove some meds, give him a small meal to see if he'll eat (remove from tank if not), and then start Ich-X if his symptoms worsen or at the end of the week...whichever comes first.
  22. He also looks a little fin melty to me...and the swim bladder area is a little suspect. Please keep us updated on the Ich-X treatment!!! I hope that sets him right! If not, we'll be here to troubleshoot the next step with you!! Does he have a name? I've always wanted a red betta...but I think my husband would kick me if I got another one... 🤣
  23. Someone much more experienced than me will hopefully respond, but... Maybe it's velvet? If so...Ich-X treats that as well! What are your tank parameters? How long have you had this pretty guy? And, does he have any other symptoms?
  24. Hello friends!! My poor, peroxide abused Java Fern (Thor's Hammer var.), is full of baby fernlets! I'd like to move them and grow them into full sizers that can go in other tanks or be given away to friends...any suggestions? Glue the fernlets to a rock? Cut and let float? Leave them be until the leaf falls apart? Any advice is very appreciated!!!
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