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  1. I tried this. I haven't seen him go to it, but I do see the food is missing after an hour. Maybe he'll figure it out. Thanks!
  2. When I learned that tube plants were grown out of water, and therefore no snails, I thought to myself that's the route I need to go. But it's just a matter of finding the one you want. Not much to choose from.
  3. I've become intrigued with the rummynose tetra. I love the way they school.
  4. In a prior thread of mine, Dr Novak's name came up. I only recently started watching his videos on the plenum and this got me thinking. Now because "life happens", my desire for any additional tanks is on hold for the foreseeable future. But I want to ask now, because when the time comes, who knows if I'll have access to great resources like y'all. I've tabled my 55 gallon for even further down the line. I'm just going to go with a 20 long for now. I can't pretend to understand the science. But the basic benefits of the plenum are fascinating to me - namely, no nitrates, no need for frequent water changes, without crazy plants. In the earlier thread, I pretty much gave up on the idea of using an UGF because I wanted sand (BDBS more specifically), and I felt the weed fabric would clog up at some point. But with a plenum, the water is moving so slow that debris will likely not be pushed downward to the fabric and clog things up. The plan I'm thinking of would be starting with a UGF at the bottom. On top of that, put the baked clay (kitty litter or oil dri), then some kind of iron source - I think I saw plektec mention some kind of red clay powder. Then on top of that would be the fabric. On top of that would be 2-3 inches of BDBS. The uptake tube will be just a little bit higher than the sand. I'll have an airstone powered by the aquarium co-op USB powered one. I hate using airpumps (the noise of a HOB is more pleasant than an airpump for some reason). But I've read that this particular pump, meant for nano tanks, is pretty quiet. Since the demand is very little movement, it'll give just enough power for what I need. As this is just a biological filtration, I will utilize a HOB - I was thinking of the Tidal, for mechanical and additional bio. I hope to use minimal care plants (low tech), so I was thinking of moneywort in the back corners. I still don't know about lights. I may just use the cheapest LED and make it work like an aquarium light. But when viewing a tank, I like the incandescent. (my 10g is an old aqueon starter kit with incandescent lights - the tank looks much nicer with it on). My stock for now I'm considering rummy nose tetras, and a couple of dwarf gouramis (at least one honey). If the tank is stable, and I have the room, I'd like to add otos or corys. I prefer the former, but the latter may be easier to care for. I haven't researched how these can coexist, or if they even can fit in a 20 gallon, so someone please squash my dreams now before it's too late 🙂 The plenum intrigues me because I'm all about low maintenance. If it works as advertised, it'll reduce the need for frequent water changes. While water changes do provide a bit of de-stressing for me, with three little ones in the house, weekly water changes aren't practical. My current 10 gallon is just once a month and I like it that way (nitrates never go above 10ppm, but I just want to gravel vac which ends up being a 50% water change). Has anyone had a successfully working plenum? Anyone had one that never worked or worked but then stopped working? My thinking is if this doesn't work, or at some point stops working, I dn't have to tear anything down. I just turn off the airstone and take care of it like a tank without a plenum. Maybe then consider rehoming some fish to lessen the bioload.
  5. I'm beginning to wonder if the lights are too bright. I always turn it on before I feed him. It's also on a few times during the day. It's an old hood with incandescent lights. I wonder if his vision was damaged temporarily or otherwise by it.
  6. He's a butterfly. Should've mentioned that in case it is a breed issue.
  7. Something I've been noticing with my betta is that he doesn't notice when I drop food in. At first I thought because he's new and not used to it. But it's been 3 months. He just swims right past it. At one point, he saw some, ate it, but then seemed to be looking for more, and yet there were two pellets resting right on top of his head. Is he just a little slow? Maybe vision problems? I know he's not blind. He maneuvers around the tank well.
  8. Things didn't go as planned (what's new) so I won't be having space for the 55 I was planning for. If I ever am able to get another tank, it'll be a 20 long. But here's my dilemma. The only space I have for it is the same counter that I keep my 10g on. The latter weighs about 100 lbs, and I placed it at the corner of the platform the counter is on. I could possibly put the 20 on the other corner. But because it's more weight, and this counter looks like a diy job from the previous owner, I just don't know if it can handle it. Is there a way to test this? How do people put weight limits on stands? Is it an intelligent estimate or is there a way to measure that?
  9. Why not try a nonfish occupant? Turtle perhaps. Or being a dining room, lobster. 🙂
  10. It's a 10g with an Aqueon HOB, replaced the cartridge with a coarse sponge and some ceramics, and a coarse intake sponge. I really like my silk plants. And so does my betta. I rearrange them every month as well. The latter is hard to do with live plants. But I have been tempted to experiment with one vallisneria and see how it does without any additional fertilizer. I just dont like the threat of snails, and the work to make sure it has no snails, just to try it out. Yes... I'm selectively lazy.
  11. Forgive me if this is the wrong forum to ask this on. My betta is fine - or at least I think he is. I've noticed this bump toward the back. I realized it was his swim bladder based on a simple anatomy diagram. Occasionally i notice some peculiarities in his swimming but nothing concerning. But out of caution, I researched swim bladder disease in bettas. Almost all the time I'm seeing a bloated fish. And where the betta's actual swim bladder is, it's totally fine. So what exactly is swim bladder disease? Do you not see visible evidence around the actual swim bladder?
  12. I had it this way in the same tank when I had a goldfish. I knew nothing about fish care at the time. Long story short, it ended badly. Hindsight, after learning more and more before getting a betta, I realized I didn't give a chance for much beneficial bacteria to grow. In addition to washing filters and replacing media, I had very little gravel. Of course the size of the tank was terrible for a goldfish, and not enough bacteria could form to handle that kind of ammonia anyway. Anyway... One lesson learned was more gravel. At least for me. I was going for least maintenance
  13. This is what I'm understanding now. What we smell is non lethal amount. Also, H2S turns into S4 (I think?) when mixed with oxygen, and is not harmful for fish. So if your water is oxygenated (if it wasn't, fish are dead anyway) as soon as the gas hits the water above gravel, it'll become inert. This bit of info has me contemplating using an air stone for added measure. Maybe even putting it within the gravel. I've been wanting to avoid using an air pump for anything because of the noise. But we'll see...
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