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  1. Edit: Planted tanks with aquarium gravel 🙂 Literally just did a water change and just fed bug bites, but here is some dwarf sageteria growing really well in plain old aquarium gravel. Mind the amazon sword, I had recently moved it so it has some die back. Edit: Adding the shrimp tank which is aquarium gravel. The anubias just sits on top of the substrate, its not pushed in and its doing fine. I attached some java moss to some aquarium sponge and ran it along the sides.
  2. With root tabs, you can actually use inert substrate. You don't necessarily have to replace your substrate. Also you can use water column feeding plants too.
  3. Hey y'all its Livestream time 🙂 I got my tacos ready. How about y'all?
  4. A lot of people forget that you can easily put your water softener in bypass mode. Switch your valves by the unit into bypass, flush out your line for about a minute and then fill your tank. That way you dont have to worry about any of the chemical reactions that occur in water softner units. Also don't forget there are tons of different type of softner units from those that use various types of salt to saltless units.
  5. Oh and discontinue feeding to a bare minimum when the power goes out. What I do during a hurricane if I think I am going to be without power for days is only feed sparingly every other day.
  6. Also remember your tank will be ok not to run filtration for a bit, the big thing you want is to make sure it is getting oxygen. Also if you have fish that have to be certain temperatures, then that might be a big issue too. Also some fish are ok to have temperature dips or the power goes out when the temperature is not an issue. For example when the power goes out here during hurricanes typically we are in the 80'f - 100'f with a motherlode of humidity. Because of the high temperatures, I absolutely do not worry about my fish getting cold.
  7. What size tanks do you have? What part of the world are you in? Here on the coast of NC our winter's are fairly mild (most Decembers I am still in short sleeve shorts) but our Spring, Summer, and Fall may be filled with tropical storms. Because of these storms and hurricanes, I made the decision a while back to move everything to usb air pumped filtration. In each of my tanks I have either an aquarium co op sponge filter or ziss filter; with an exception of one in which I have a box filter. What I do when the storms knock out power is connect a power bank to the usb air pumps and that typically last anywhere between 3 - 7 days with the ones I have. I don't worry about my plants because typically they will do fine with ambient lighting until power turns back on. Here is the USB air pump you can get with from aquarium co op. Their air pump is a little bit more than some of the ones on Amazon, but in my personal opinion its of a better quality: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/usb-nano-air-pump?_pos=1&_sid=fcb61b46e&_ss=r I would recommend a minimum of a 20,000 mAh power bank, though 30,000 - 50,000 being more ideal. I have something like this with the solar option, however, mine is very slow to charge via solar. https://www.amazon.com/20000mAh-YOESOID-Portable-Waterproof-Compatible/dp/B08PD24TQB/ref=sr_1_21?dchild=1&keywords=power+bank&qid=1610307263&sr=8-21
  8. Pea puffers are interesting to say the least. The pea puffer on my desk at work won't eat snails. He'll eat frozen foods and guppy fry. My other pea puffer at home will decimate shrimp and snails, but she has never once gone after or nipped any other fish once I put her in a community tank. I first discovered this with her once I tried to feed her guppy fry and found she had no interest in other fish.
  9. With danios, you will want to make sure the food actually gets to the ADF. They can easily be out competed. As long as their is enough light and the water is not to rough at the top, floating plants are fantastic for beginners and tend to be a bit forgiving. For beginners I particularly like to recommend frogbits. African dwarf frogs will swim right up into their roots and hangout there at times. It looks almost like they are meditating in them. Red root floaters can be really good too. Here is a great video on plants:
  10. From y'alls experience, do you find white clouds tend to occupy the top/mid or mostly mid? And do they jump? I was thinking of driving roughly the two hours to get some if they do occupy the top level. Or well find a good individual to buy them from online when temperatures warm up a bit. These are a fish I have always wanted to keep but never have.
  11. @Cory, if you ever do design one please make it snail proof. I have lost a few where I snail crawled into it and died, then causing the whole bulb to go out. Sometimes they just seem to get past the small intake sponge.
  12. So recently I bought a snail trap like this on amazon ( https://www.amazon.com/UEETEK-Plastic-Catcher-Snail-Aquarium/dp/B07969JZ25/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=snail+trap+aquarium&qid=1609792285&sr=8-4 ) and have overall been well pleased. Its fairly easy to use and remove. Word of advise, pick prime shipping if you can. Before I chose an option that was cheaper and free shipment. I ordered it initially in March and it just arrived to my home mid-December from China. To be perfectly honest, I had forgotten I ordered it. I think the Coop use to sell a snail catcher, but I am not sure if they do anymore.
  13. I actually could build that pretty easy. I actually have a bit to much light going into the tank (have to use a dimmer), so that might actually help.
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