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  1. Uh oh! Adam's hooked on the hobby. 😂 Edit: Clarification.
  2. I'd vote for taking it apart and gluing the pieces to something so each rhizome gets water flow. See if you can tell where the next leaf might grow on each piece, and aim them so their new leaves won't run into each other. Maybe you could take a picture of it as it is, then use that picture to help you recreate something similar when you're gluing.
  3. I wonder what their offspring would look like. That might actually be fun.
  4. I netted the remaining platy fry back out of the endlers' tank. Of the 19, there were 14 remaining. Not too bad.
  5. I actually looked into that at one point! (I wanted both species, but landed on only endlers.) What I was finding was that they can't breed together. Their gestation is pretty different, so that makes sense to me.
  6. What a bummer! No, I wouldn't put anything from the QT tank into the main tank yet. Ich's life cycle involves a stage of development that's on surfaces, instead of on fish. There easily could be ich on the plants, so *maybe* even on the snail shell. I'm guessing treating ich in your main tank would be worse than the problem you want the snail to fix.
  7. My endler moms don't eat endler fry, so I assumed they also wouldn't eat newborn platy fry. But today I put 18 platy fry into the endler tank, netting them as they were being born. A few hours later, I could only find about 6. The tank has nothing in it but hornwort (which I removed to count), and an ACO sponge filter (which several of the fry were hiding deep inside of.) So, in the endler bellies? Platy fry are super similar to endler fry, so it just doesn't seem likely to me... yet I can't find the fry. I'm hoping it's just that they're hard to see, but I'd appreciate any experience you have with this.
  8. While netting fish, I find it helps to leave the net in the tank, sitting on the substrate toward the back. I wait till the fish don't care about it, then lock eyes on one, and slowly move the net toward it. I find it really helps to stay focused on the one specific fish and move slowly. It seems that when I targeted a group and moved the net fast, I was just giving them plenty of time and practice to learn how to avoid the net.
  9. Just in case you don't know, I'm pretty sure the 17g won't be big enough when they're grown. (Based off imagining my 1.5" endler females in their 20 gallon. I can't imagine more than 25 fish in my 20g, even with extra filtration.) I either have penny wort or something very similar. I've found the leaves to be annoyingly fragile, so I'd say to put it in the water in whatever way you think will keep it safest - like not being whacked by water flow, for example.
  10. I've seen this referred to as a "mosh pit," and done successfully. But it takes a bazillion water changes... which can't be done if you're suddenly in the hospital or something. So yeah, super risky. I might've just missed it above, but what's the game plan for spreading them out? A pond was it?
  11. When I first got into fishkeeping, a lfs told me to use RO water, which I could purchase from them. Looking back, all that accomplished was them gaining money. I think RO is really just a solution to a problem, and most people don't need it. If there's not a problem with your tap (based on the needs of the species you keep), then yeah, just go the easy route and stir some conditioner into the tap water! I'd say to test the following parameters of your tap (after adding water conditioner), and if nothing makes your eyes widen in horror, you're good: ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, GH, and KH. (If there's a problem with anything, ask the forum for the easiest way to fix it. This group has a lot of clever tricks.)
  12. Also, if the inside of your tank is maxed out on space, pothos might be a good addition. All the greenery stays outside the water, so it doesn't take much tank space.
  13. Heya @Hobbit. @gwinkels, I'd guess multiple people can answer or give a good guess. I just chance to remember that Hobbit raised honey gourami fry.
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