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  1. Hi everyone, I'm currently in the process of constructing a new pond in my backyard and I need some guidance for choosing a pond filter. I've seen people do "bog filters" as well as build what can best be described as giant sumps. Here's the thing: I don't have that kind of space and I don't want a giant filter setup to take away from the look of the pond. The pond is going to be 2 feet above ground and the footprint is going to be 6'x8'. I have a much smaller pond which this new one will be replacing so that my 4 koi and 1 comet can have MUCH more space. In the current pond, we're using a box filter which is... fine I guess? It keeps the water clear and has space for bacteria, but holy cow does it need to be cleaned extremely often. I've seen internal filters, pressurized filters, and so many other things. There doesn't seem to be the kind of community around ponds as there is for indoor aquariums, so finding consistent advice has been a challenge. I saw in one of Cory's videos that he had what looked like an external pressurized filter for his pond inside of a hidden compartment of sorts which looked really cool. What sort of questions should I be asking myself in order to figure out what kind of filter I should get? I'm honestly really lost.
  2. This is actually what I got done yesterday. Started digging out the footprint for the new pond. Tree roots and rocks are the worst...
  3. Hi everyone, In recent weeks I have noticed something odd in two of my aquariums: Red algae. I have been keeping fish for almost 10 years now and this is the first time I have ever seen it. I have been on the same water source during my whole duration as a fishkeeper as well, so I wasn't sure what to make of it. From my research, certain red algae exists in freshwater, but these algae's all seem so... 3D I guess is an appropriate term. Multicellular? The red algae I have noticed has the flat appearance of brown diatom algae, but it isn't dusty like diatom algae and takes some effort to clean off the glass. Perhaps this is actually cyanobacteria or some variation thereof? I have some theories as to why it has developed. I have recently begun using easy carbon prior to this red algae appearing and I think it could be a factor. Maybe the easy carbon doesn't inhibit this red algae, but the fact that the green and diatom algae is gone means that the red algae now has the room and nutrients to compete. I'd love to hear everyone's ideas on this and what they think this stuff is.
  4. I've honestly never heard of midge flies until now. I've done some light google searching and it's hard to deny the resemblance. I'll keep an eye on this to see if it is in fact larvae.
  5. Hi everyone, I've recently become very fascinated wuth detritus worms and want to learn more about them and their life cycle. Yesterday I put a manzanita branch into my betta tank. Today I noticed a couple of detritus worms on it and thought nothing of it, because why would I? But then I realized... these have to be new detritus worms and thus must have just built their casings... or maybe they are still building them! I looked, and sure enough they were wiggling around, appearing to grab...detritus... and it looked like they were pulling it back or maybe eating it. I took a short timelapse that just shows a couple of them wiggling around on the branch and uploaded it here if you'd like to watch it.
  6. Hi everyone, I've had my striped raphael catfish for almost 10 years now and he has always picked a really cramped hiding place in the aquarium. Its one of those artificial bell decorations, and he has to curl up inside just to fit his body in there. I'd like to get him a better spot to hide where he doesn't have to contort his body so much. I removed the decoration and put the fish into my 20 gallon quarantine tank for the meantime, since without a place to hide, he gets bullied by my synodontis eupterus, whom he's been tankmates with for 9 years. What recommendations for hiding spots, or even just scapes for that matter, do y'all have? (Thumbnail is the fish in the quarantine tank)
  7. Replaced the filter cartidges on my HOB with the Lord's sponge (Aquarium Co-op's Coarse Sponge Pad)
  8. From the ground. I took them at an air show at Travis Air Force Base a couple years ago.
  9. I'm also running a Nikon D3500. Here's a hodgepodge of some of the stuff I've photographed.
  10. I finished making a test tube rack with some scrap maple and mahogany. The rack I was going to buy would have arrived in two weeks and I couldn't deal with loose glass tubes any longer so I took action!
  11. These are some I got with the 18-55mm kit lens on my nikon. I think it really shines with pond shots and does just okay for indoor shots. Truth be told, I wasn't even aware of fixed aperture lenses but will now be looking into those as well for some better aquarium shots.
  12. I don't have much experience with using different lenses unfortunately. Maybe someone else on tbe forum will have more insight. When it comes to aquarium photography, I think a good lense upgrade would be some kind of macro lens. I don't have one myself but it's something I've been looking for for a while.
  13. I was actually halfway through typing out a long winded explanation when you posted that picture. I think you're definitely set up for success!
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