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  1. Let's see...I started a cart the other day...sponge filter, pre-filter sponges, plants, test strips, dechlorinator, and...plants!
  2. ....this one has me converted! That water lettuce is 🔥! 😂👍 Are there any cool ponds in public places where you live?? Location: Dilworth Tasting Room in Charlotte, NC
  3. Ahhh - the dreaded driftwood biofilm! Completely normal and harmless. Totally gross looking, feeling, and smelling! 😂 The only thing I have to add is that my nerite snails tackled my DBF issue much faster than my shrimp did...if you can handle the possibility of their white, dotty, superglue-like eggs popping up in your tank, they will become your tank MVP's (in my opinion and experience)! 😜👍
  4. Very excited to follow along with your journey!!! 🥳 Cute pupper and awesome tanks and stands! Who is the fan of more water changes? I'm very jealous that your partner is interested in fishkeeping, too...mine will admit that my tank is cool, but is not keen on my hobby-related purchases! 😂
  5. Thank you for this!!! I will have to check these out - our back yard is pretty wild right now, and so we've been chipping away trying to make it a little more organized (read: less weedy) and to attract more fun wildlife...this thread is perfect for inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful outdoor spaces!
  6. So very jealous of this - I've got one consistent hummer that visits my little rail box with the scarlet sage and the baby bells (Calibrachoa). I'd love to have a flock, but I think that means I'll have to make my yard foliage a little more tempting! 😂👍
  7. Pete says thank you for the compliment! (And, thank you for putting all of that together!! Those photo competitions were really great! You two did an excellent job with the organization of those contests!! 😆👍) Hugo sounds like he has quite the personality (and, he is pretty, too!!)! Hugo posts are some of my favorites. The bettas really do make the rules, don't they?? Pete likes to monitor his minions from the MagFloat! 😂
  8. This tank seems to be doing well! Pete was perturbed that he didn't win prettiest Betta, and then he got distracted by the corydoras noshing on the Shrimpee sticks ("Whatr you guyz doin??"). 😜👍 I started using Easy Carbon to help fight some algae in the tank a few weeks ago...things were going along swimmingly until I decided to get fancy and dose twice in one week (I'm dosing wayyyy under the recommended), and the crypts did not like. I got a pretty good deal of crypt melt...but I'm enjoying the effect. The area to the right of the tank feels much like a "crypt forest" right now because I vacuumed out all the melted lower level leaves (the melt could also be occurring because the upper level leaves are blocking light from the lower level...didn't think about that until just now). In any case, Pete and the cory cats love weaving through the "trunks" of the taller leaves. One sprig of the scarlet temple survived...I'm about ready to trim and plant. I got wild (well...wild, for me) and trimmed and planted the bacopa with some success. Maybe stem plants don't completely hate me after all! 😂 Here's a minute in my tank after feeding the Shrimpee Sticks, for funsies:
  9. @NanoNano - I am convinced that you buy from Amazon at your own risk...so many sellers, so many items! (But also...so convenient!)
  10. This looks like such a dream build! 😍 I've always wanted to try the tiger lotus...it's actually in my cart as we speak! Excited to follow along with ya! 🥳
  11. Hi Tim!! Welcome to the forum! 🥳🥳🥳
  12. Love the plants and Muay and the awesome "Don't tap on the glass" sign! 😍 I wish I had more fun decor in my tank...I'm pretty much just plants and driftwood. Welcome to the forum, Blake!! 🥳
  13. Speckles is adorable!! 😍 Welcome to the Forum, Chloe!!! 🥳
  14. Sometimes, when I daydream, this is exactly the type of store I'd like to create (I actually have an empty store front picked out and everything! 😜)! But...I do not know enough or have enough coin or bravado to make that daydream a reality...haha!
  15. Hello forum fam! 🤗 Thank you for making this community so magnetic! 🧲😆 You can see how I got hooked into this crew by looking through my HS Tank thread - @Streetwise immediately made me feel important and cool and @OceanTruth and @Socqua made me feel like I made new, fun friends! @Brandy offered solid advice that I've slowly been following (I originally thought shrimp were silly, and now I loooove shrimp...and I never would have tried them without her suggestion!). And then, when tragedy struck I received so much support!! @Colu talked me through what I should do and @James Black (among many others) offered support! Y'all have talked me through anxieties (I'm prone to those 🤣) and taught me so much! I always enjoy reading posts and comments from @lefty o and @Mmiller2001 and @Daniel and @Patrick_G and @H.K.Luterman and many, many more! I feel like there are many members that are "The Greats!" in my mind, and I always feel like I've done something big when they like or comment on my posts! @Sal has provided so much style inspo for me - I am still looking for the perfect cabinet for my 20 gallon, and I'm determined to find it!! @Isaac M and @Hobbit remind me of how fun it is to collaborate on exciting projects...I wish they had been my group members/lab partners in school! 😜 I could go on for days - I have so many other people to mention...it's very hard to narrow it down! If you have ever liked or commented on any of my posts...I appreciate you more than you know! I am so proud and excited to be part of such an awesome community of aquarists and wonderful friends! All the feels y'all, all the feels! 🥰
  16. I think there may be several different versions of the Purigen bags out in the world - I have used Purigen in both my tanks in the past and I really like it! One of the tanks looked like a snow globe (those tiny white particles are definitely a thing!) for a few days. The particles did clear up on their own. I was worried about the particles harming my fish, too...but my understanding is that they are not harmful. I will mention that the Purigen I got from Amazon did release a snow flurry of white particles in my tank, but the Purigen from ACO did not. Also...I just used to forum search function to look up Purigen because I thought that I had made a post and someone comforted me about it, but I couldn't find it (so, I might have dreamed it)! There are TONS of different experiences with Purigen posted on the forum, as well as recharging experiences (which I never tried). I hope you end up having a good experience!! 😆👍
  17. Those squatters are suuuuper cute! 😍🐣 I'm glad the tanks moved well - that seems like a huge job! Whenever I finally find the piece of furniture I want for under my 20 gallon, I am fretting just transferring the tank from one piece to another! 😂 Love seeing all of your fun progress!! Thank you for sharing!!!
  18. I definitely agree with @Bobbie that the betta needs to be the last addition to the tank - and, I also agree that the attitude of the betta is crucial...and the size of the other inhabitants might matter as well - the more comparable in size they are, they less likely the betta is to consider eating them. I have had success with lambchop rasboras, shrimp (short nose algae and sakura orange), Corydoras julii, nerite snails, and bladder snails in my 20 gallon long with Pete...but he's a super chill dude - more likely to be a bro than a predator to anything close to his size or larger. I do suspect Pete snacks on any baby shrimp...he spends a lot of time under the driftwood. 🤔
  19. @James Black - I know it! It happened so fast! Spritz was very special! Thank you for your support! 💙
  20. And, of course, now that I've spotted Peg in the tank again, I don't see the white stuff on the back/head anymore. 🤦‍♀️ My paranoia must be at level 900 right now! Thanks for talking some sense into me, @Colu!
  21. @Colu - it seems white and fluffy...but a scraped back is not out of the question! I might monitor for another day to see if it gets any worse? I will go ahead and water change. I'll see if I can get a clearer picture!
  22. I have a tiny Julii corydora - it's always been smaller than the rest and its fins look different from the others...which is not really an issue. But, as I was observing the tank this morning, I noticed that there was some oddness. I took a little video - check out the top of the head (the area between the eyes and the dorsal fin). Does that look like fungus to you? If so, should I treat the whole tank? Do you notice anything else I should be concerned about? Does the body condition and activity look okay? As of this moment, I am planning on doing a water change to vacuum the substrate and starting Ich X...I'm also planning on doing more research about diets and adding some frozen foods to the regimen...I'm worried little Peggy isn't getting enough of the right stuff to eat. I'm not seeing any symptoms in the other fish in the tank - I actually was pretty excited to see what I thought was some friskiness with the other cory cats in the tank. So, I'm trying to decide if treating the entire tank is the move...or if I should try to isolate Classic Peg. Water parameters: Temperature - 77 F Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 25 GH -75 KH - 10 pH - 6.6 Chlorine - 0
  23. I just checked out Gianne's YouTube channel - hoorayyyyy high school level science teachers (I am a Physical Science teacher in 9th grade in SC!) How do you juggle school and breeding bettas/being an aquarist? Is it easy or tough?? Do you find that you do less breeding during the school year? Or, is it a stress reliever that you lean on to unwind? Have you ever used bettas in the classroom to help teach a concept?
  24. I'd be really interested to know if the algae battles were different continent to continent - black beard algae is kicking my butt at the moment in the 20 gallon... I love your tank @Cork fish keeper!! Since you're improving with your treatments...don't stop! You're on the right track!! Also...out of curiosity...what's your current lighting time period? And, what type of lighting are you using?
  25. @Randy - if y'all ever need a meme curator or a commentator for the live stream...you've got my email! 😜👍
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