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  1. Thanks. I’ll watch the video and try cleaning it again. I’ve taken the impeller and wipes it off. There is nothing on the insides of the shafts when I took them apart before, but I’ll brush them just in case.
  2. When I take the hob lids off and the greenhouse panel lids, the grinding is still there. Both impellers and straight and symmetrical. The grinding sound is coming from the left side of the filters where the motor is. The sound is also variable. The right filter was louder all of the time, but now the left one is louder.
  3. Do the growth inhibiting metabolites fish release breakdown over time? These my two 100g stock ponds I use for breeding my rainbowfish. I took the fish out in November 2022. I have heard that fish release growth inhibiting metabolites that can only be removed by water changes. Should I do a large water change on both ponds before I add in fish? It hasn’t rain that much here. The ponds are full of microcrustaeceans for the fish to eat, so I’m excited for this breeding season.
  4. Good evening, I have twelve Penguin Tetras that have been in quarantine for two weeks. They’re active and happily eating live baby brine shrimp and prepared foods. Some have really distended stomachs while others are streamline. I think it may be internal parasites. Here are my parameters of the 10g aquarium. They school and shoal together and I haven’t had any losses. They’re accompanied with 10 Amano shrimp from the same wholesaler. Pond and rams horn snails are with them too but those are from my other aquariums. Do the fish have worms? I have Fritz Expel P on hand to treat the fish. Temp 75 F 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate < 25ppm General Hardness 40 ppm alkalinity 80 ppm carbonate hardness 7 ph
  5. It’s not a seed shrimp as I have seed shrimp in an aquarium. These crustaceans are smaller than a millimeter. Here’s pictures taken with a macrolense. I don’t have the Aquarium Co-op specimen container yet to have a picture without distortion. I don’t know why they are upside down when I put them in my post. Regarding rare rainbowfish from the livestream yesterday, they aren’t like some rare livebearers or tetras in that the fish have little color. Here’s a picture of the Kali Tawa rainbowfish.
  6. I need help with identifying these animals. They swim at the water’s surface of a pond. These creatures swim in rapid circles when I shine a flashlight on the pond. It’s hard to see them during the day. The animals are smaller than seed shrimp. They don’t swim in jerky motions like daphnia. They don’t sit on the sides of the cup like copepods. Will a picture my macrolense be required for identification? They’re a fantastic food source for the 27 Pseudomugil gertrudae Aru II fry I pulled out of the pond last week. Those fry grew up very quickly with that endless buffet.
  7. This is one of nine Otocinclus catfish I added into my community aquarium after quarantine. They don’t have any diseases. I added them all into the aquarium at once. The individual pictured got its nose stuck in a hole my large aquarium co-op net. The first thing I did to try and get it out was push it through. That was dumb as its mouth is white. Did I damage the slime coat? Can it heal over? The last picture is of the net where I cut it to get the fish out. I’ll tie it with fishing line so that I can still use this net. The fish is still breathing, swims forward occasionally and I added in Fritz Complete water conditioner after I added the otos
  8. Sorry for the late response. All of my rainbowfish, except for the Kali Tawa, came from Marcel Wuethrich. He’s Roseline17 on Aquabid. He’s a fantastic breeder. He received his R. ornatus Seary’s Creek from Gary Lange, and Gary received his from Leo O’Reilly. Marcel has breed this collection point to show more red. They do look similar to his other Rhads that he has, but he’s trustworthy with keeping his lines pure. I’m going to ask Marcel about the Sahul rainbowfish I got from him. You’re not the first person to tell me about the yellow fins of that picture. It’s possible Marcel bred these fish to have orange/red-orange fins depending on the lighting. I should’ve clarified that I keep my P. gertrudae with M. sahulensis. I didn’t want the put the blue-eyes with the rhads as their mouths are relatively large and they might try to eat a Blue-Eye. Here’s a picture of a Sahul rainbowfish, and one of the Ornate Rainbowfish, under Fluval Plant 3.0 lights.
  9. That would be an amazing rainbowfish aquarium! Here are my rainbowfish in order of the pictures. 1. Sahul Rainbowfish “Skull Creek” 2. Spotted Blue-Eyes ”Aru II” 3. Ornate Rainbowfish “Seary’s Creek” 4. Kali Tawa Rainbowfish There are many other rainbowfish in any color you would want. They’re hardy, not picky eaters, peaceful and have amazing displays. The only limiting factors are the size. The Blue-Eyes are 1.5” so you could do a massive school of them. That’s how they are found in the wild. 1 & 4 are dwarf species that have a maximum size of 3” and you could put in a large school of them. The Ornate Rainbowfish have an average max size of 4” so they can also be put into a large school. There’s also all of the “standard” rainbowfish like Turquoise and Boseman’s Rainbowfish which grow to 6” long. Rainbowfish are great with other active schooling and community fish like others have listed. You can even put a school rainbowfish in with African cichlids. The rainbowfish will need to be acclimated to the hard water, but after that they won’t bother the cichlids. The fish need to be about 3” minimum size or they’ll be eaten.
  10. This is one of my last few female Pseudomugil gertrudae Aru II. I have two males and three females in total. They’re about two years old. I started off with 14 individuals in November 2021 and now I only have five. I have Fritz Expel-P in the water column. Last Sunday I added an initial dose of Expel-P with a 50% water change. In the morning on Monday last week, I saw that my aquarium was cloudy and super cloudy. The canister filter stopped flowing. I did a 75% water change and got the filter running again. When the filter started to flow, a bunch of 0.5 cm whitish clear worms came out of the output. They weren’t planaria, as they didn’t have the triangular head of planaria. I couldn’t tell if they were alive and moving as they were falling down. Would those worms have been intestinal parasites? I’ve been thoroughly gravel vacuuming and draining my canister filter with each water change which is usually on Saturdays. I’ve haven’t seen these worms while cleaning. I didn’t see the worms yesterday in the gravel vacuum. Intestinal worms were likely introduced into my aquarium three months ago. I fed my fish some live blackworms that I used to get from an lfs. The day after the feeding, one of my male P. gertrudae was super bloated, and a female Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish was bloated and had a long strand of white, stringy feces. I added in Fritz Paracleanse that day and then a week later. The sunfish survived but the blue-eye. I think he could’ve eaten too many worms. Friday I fed in some chopped up pieces of frozen bloodworms. I fed about half a cube and didn’t see any one fish eat too many worms. I don’t remember the last time I fed frozen bloodworms as it was a long time ago. I’m sorry that this not well written but I’m having so many issues with this aquarium. The pictured female Blue-eye isn’t schooling with the other fish and didn’t eat any live baby brine shrimp that I just fed The other thing that has stumped me so that not all of the other fish have this bloating issue. I have two female guppies that have wide stomachs, but they are most likely just pregnant as I’m not losing guppies. I have four male guppies with torn fins, but two others that aren’t. The purple mosaic is older than the others pictured as I got him first from a local club auction. The younger male doesn’t have torn fins. I’m not sure if that is wasting disease or just nipped fins. My Melanotaenia sahulensis rainbowfish are older than all of the other fish in here and they don’t have any issues. I also have four rainbow stiphodon gobies and they don’t have issues. They’re a benthic feeder so I assume that they would always have parasites. When I look at them laying on the bottom or on the sides of the glass, they don’t have swollen stomachs. My O Pygmy sunfish hide a lot and I only saw one fish a few nights ago sitting on the bottom so I don’t know about they’re status. They are about two years old and they’re lifespan is two to three years so they could be passing away from old age. I had four OPS to begin with. After I get this issue solved, I need help on algae, nutrient and light balance but I’ll make another post for that. You can probably see the algae in the pictures. Thank you in advance.
  11. Thank you for doing all that. I think I’ll just stay with Petco and PetSmart black aquarium sand. Most companies are cutting corners lately and it seems like BD did that with the amount of metal contents in that bag.
  12. I have this 100g stock tank that I’d like to set up as a pond. I know that it needs to be on level ground. Do I need to have these pavers under it? I can’t get them level and I believe it’ll be easier to level on the dirt. I live in Florida and this isnt on sloped ground.
  13. There are many great NA natives that are small, they just need to be bred and advertised more. I have Okefenokee and Gulf Coast Pygmy Sunfish. They’re amazing and I love the colors on the males. The first picture is my Okefenokee. The second is of the Gulf Coast. The third picture is of my Cajun Dwarf Crayfish. This one is really starting to turn a cool reddish color. In person it looks way cooler. I also have least killifish, but they’re more of a novelty. I saw Bluefin Killifish in the wild. When the sun hits the males fins, the blue is stunning. The last picture is an article of the Redface topminnow. This is a male in nuptial dress. He’s amazing and I didn’t know that they looked like this. In Google images, there are just brown with a little red. These fish are in my area, and I plan to go search and fish for them. I could easily breed a lot of these fish in a pond as I’m in FL, so I could increase the popularity of NA natives. I purchased my Okefenokee from Jonah’s Aquarium. You can look up his website and ask for a current stock list. The website isn’t up to date. Aquabid is another great source for natives. Just inspect the person selling the fish. Check their reviews and ask questions.
  14. What would you consider the Black Diamond brand in my first post to be a higher quality brand? I didn't see anything about recycled materials.
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