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  1. They've already been sold on an individual print basis so I'm not too worried and I usually send them in to be copyrighted once a month in bulk. However, what I post here I don't mind if you print them for yourself since I enjoy the forum, and thought I'd share a bit to give back. The Colorado Greenback Cutthroat is thankfully making a comeback now, had to hike quite a ways to get that photo at the time. You'd be surprised how many photos one can accumulate over 40 years.
  2. I found something in my duckweed! Not a recent shot but from the last time I went to the Houston area in Texas about two years ago to do a shoot of migrating birds. Since we were talking about duckweed.
  3. Until recently I used to earn my bread as a Nature and Wildlife Photographer. So these are all from my portfolio. The flying Blue Darner I previously posted took almost a year and a half to get the technique right to get the shot.
  4. Lots of plants, maybe a root, or two and you won't have any problems with fish eating your baby shrimp. I've previously kept Guppies, Texas Mosquito Fish, and White Clouds in a deck pond and had no problems with mosquitoes, nor dragonflies. In my 75 gallon tank with roots and heavy plant load the Blue Velvet Neocaridina shrimp are multiplying to the point I might have to give some away and that's with Cardinal Tetras, extremely large Rummynose Tetras, and Bolivian Rams which take no notice of them as they literally swim circles around them.
  5. Welcome to the forum @Biotope Biologist! If you are dealing with dragonflies right now you might like this photo I took of a Blue Darner in flight. Enjoy the forum!
  6. Mondo grass sadly gets sold by some fish stores but you are correct it won't last in the aquarium as it is unable to convert to submersed growth. If you want a plant that looks somewhat similar in appearance but will last in the aquarium I'd recommend Helanthium quadricostatus, which used to be known previously as Echinodorus quadricostatus and was referred to as Broadleaf Microsword. It hails from South America, is a plant that's easy to take care of, needs low to medium light, Its leaves reach 3" to 5", and the plant will do really well if you add some root tabs because just like the sword plants into which family it was once grouped it is a heavy root feeder. CO2 isn't necessary but as always the plants will do better with it. It propagates through runners which you can split off and plant. I hope this helps, and I'm sorry you were sold something that won't last.
  7. @Celly RasboraNo sadly my Mom didn't know much about fishkeeping, my next older brother didn't know much about it either, and my oldest brother who knew a lot was about to be drafted. On top of that Mom needed money to cover some of the medical bills and the funeral cost and so she ended up selling the tank including the fish to a lawyer in town who had several big tanks already and kept Angelfish and Discus, she also sold all of the Canaries, we only kept one male that he had raised by hand because his mother had rejected him. I didn't get a tank until I was six, and the fish were Cardinal Tetras.
  8. My earliest fishkeeping memory is also my earliest memory period and goes back to late 1964 when I was two years old. My Dad had come home from work and fed his Angelfish which he kept in a heavily planted 400 Liter, roughly 106 gallon tank that had a steel frame and which my brother later told me my Dad had built himself. He was barefoot, in jeans and a white t-shirt, sitting in his easy chair and smoking his pipe, relaxing, life was good. He died the following year from shrapnel he had received during WWII when his tank had its turret blown off. A piece of shrapnel had traveled to his brain and blocked blood supply, he died in his sleep, My Mom later often told me that keeping fish and raising them, and also breeding Canary birds was his way of dealing with all the ugliness he had experienced during the war.
  9. I agree with lefty o. My tank's lights don't come on early in the morning but around 1p.m.and then run uninterrupted in their cycle for 8 hours, so I can enjoy my tank later in the evening. The 4 on 4 off method works for some, although I've also read some articles that claimed that a consecutive, uninterrupted photo period would be better for plant growth. I tend to agree with those articles as I don't think an abrupt on and off is beneficial, at least not for the fish (however that is opinion, since I haven't conducted studies to that effect) and if you were to have two sunrises and sunsets in that same 8 hour photo period that would actually shorten the amount of your maximum intensity. So yes, just start the lights later in the day so you'll be able to enjoy your aquarium, and get to spend time watching your fish and being able to observe if things are o.k., or need fixing.
  10. Cilantro is good, may it never smell differently!
  11. It might just love the fresh component. Give those I listed a try.
  12. The Pleco would be the likely suspect number one in this scenario. Try providing some blanched lettuce, or some cucumber, or zucchini slices, or even just some algae wafers as a vegetarian alternative. They also love the Igapo Explorer Repashy food which Aquarium Co-Op has in stock.
  13. Algae of most types occur around the world as their spores are endemic in the air and as such go "where the wind blows" that's why aquarium keepers in Germany get to fight the same algae as we do here in the U.S., or another fellow fishkeeper in Australia, Singapore, or Argentina. I get amused by the fact that so many new aquarium hobbyists buy the Marimo balls under the impression they are buying a moss and not algae and I have seen some of them react with disgust when they found out it was a form of green algae as if it changed the fact that they absorb nutrients and they still look just as fuzzy cuddly as before. They were marketed at just about the same time as the Nature Aquarium movement based on Takashi Amano's work became more popular here in the U.S. and I met quite a few then who believed they were an actual moss and would have probably not bought something labeled as an "Aegagropila linnaei Green Algae Ball" quite as quickly, at least not without first researching if it might spread. All our tanks contain a certain amount of algae, it's a fact of life on this planet, the algae takes care of some of the nutrients, just as our plants do, only if things get out of balance do algae really become unsightly. I don't stress over a bit of algae in my tank as long as it looks to be in balance and doesn't disturb the overall impression, it serves as another source of food for my algae eating crew as well. To me the Marimo ball is a reminder that Nature is so much better balanced, and perfect in its inter-dependencies, than any of our most complicated, and intricate aquarium eco-system designs can ever be and a tip of the hat to the fact that the algae whether cute and fuzzy, or wildly propagated by the wind has been here for a long time, and will be so for a long time to come.
  14. I tend to love my snails in my planted tank, especially my military helmet Nerites, they are ferocious when it comes to hard spot green algae on the glass, they are also the only snails I ever witnessed going after BBA when I had some in a previous tank due to fert experimentation. Just another piece of the mini eco-system we call aquarium, they only become a nuisance when things are badly out of balance and even as such they work in the opposite of the proverbial canary in the coalmine, in that it is time to check when you see too many.
  15. You could have inadvertently moved root tabs when you removed the wood, and as you mentioned the increase in floaters could be cutting off their light. Crypts don't like having their nutrients and the light necessary to process them removed. Whenever something like this happens and they begin to melt,what I do is cut off the existing growth just above the rosette so the plant doesn't waste any more energy on what is dying anyway and within a short amount of time new, and stronger growth emerges, unless something drastic happened to the roots and they are rotting at which point it is time to remove it and dispose of it.
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