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  1. @Aubrey thank you! This is super helpful. Checking out the YouTube now ☺️
  2. You could post to the subreddit r/whatsthisrock to see if anyone can help you ID. It would be a bit of a gamble though. I second @Hobbit’s test method. I’ve done that in the past for reassurance about wild caught rocks.
  3. Took a screenshot of this gem last week. Made me wonder if they received complaints when said bowl arrived sans feline 🙈
  4. I love all of these! @Aubrey a microscope is on my wishlist! Can you recommend one? I’d like to be able to take pictures with or through it. @Patrick_G your landscaping is beautiful! The pockets of red remind me of red ludwigia 👌 @Alesha I remember that post, brilliant! I hope it has been a fruitful endeavor, would love to see an update! @Fish Folk I do use tank water in the garden when I have it, which triples as exercise 😂 I confess to being a plant hoarder (aquatic to terrestrial) so I never have enough nitrates to get by on fish poop alone. My tanks are an alchemy of turning nitrates into elodea... Which makes for fantastic compost btw, just a couple of extra steps and another set of beneficial bacteria before it becomes garden food. I guess my hobbies boil down to bacteria farmer 😂😂.
  5. Gardener me pilfered supplies from fish keeping me... the siphon hose has just the right flow to slowly deep water/fertilize at the base off the plants without run-off. Bonus: I get to “multi-task” (aka wander off), and mix up 5G of fertilizer at once. Laziness is the mother off efficiency 😂 Anyone else have hobby mash-ups where another hobby informs the fish keeping, or the fish keeping informs another hobby? *disclaimer: the siphon has been permanently relegated to the garden shed, the bucket is out only for tank water.
  6. I’ve used Leca in net pots at the top of the tank for pothos cuttings. Any time the pot tipped the leca escaped and floated around everywhere... I went with a different set up 😂
  7. @Guppysnail thanks! I used black foam board, totally opaque lets zero light through. Looks good for now, the long term hold up will likely be questionable. I wanted no parts of trying to shimmy a 4 ft length of static backing on an already set up tank I can’t fit entirely behind. I’ll prolly open the windows and paint the back of the tank *someday*
  8. You could swap out the particleboard for plywood and finish it with helmsman polyurethane to make it water proof. But then again the last time I went to buy plywood I looked at the price, laughed, and left without it 😂.
  9. Oh dear... every day is a community tank buffet... 2x repashy; fluval bottom feeder and tropical bug bites; freeze dried brine shrimp/tubifex worms/blood worms; hikari sinking wafers, algae wafers, crab cuisine, fancy guppy, betta bio-gold; co-op easy fry food; frozen blood worms, frozen brine shrimp. we no longer own mayonnaise. No room on the fridge door. 15 kinds not including the captured fruit flies I throw in my betta tank or blanched veggie medley (fresh from the yard when seasonally available 😂). ...also the occasional fry snack. Nature is brutal, but the danios have colored up beautifully. I’ve watched my micro creatures and baby snails turn a melting crypt leaf into a smorgasbord also.
  10. Not a fish disease, but a med question nonetheless. Earlier this week I posted about my cloudy water problems in my 55g. Followed the friendly advice I was given to no avail. This morning I caught a waft of the eye-watering stench we all know and love to hate (burnt tires and every poisonous plant on earth steaming in a cesspool? How creative can we get here...)... tank has excellent water flow (hob rated for 75g, internal filter rated for 40g, and a nano sponge filter I keep stashed behind some plants for QT). Crawled around a bit and beheld this lovely site on the back of the tank which faces a window. 🤦🏼‍♀️ sneaky. so now I’m headed to get some black foam board to tape to the back of the tank to block the light of day from sustaining this mess. Does anyone know if it is safe to dose erythromycin with <1 week old molly fry? thank you!
  11. The new site looks great! Found the specific information I was looking for in <12 seconds.
  12. @CT_ every time I come here I learn something new. Absolutely love it. I have zero electronics background and found this really interesting and easy to digest. Thanks for the clear explanation! If I do go this route I’m happy with the reassurance that the pump can run on a bank for a week. Add charging the bank to the “water change Wednesday” party I have 😂. I’m planning on a very small (40-50 gallon) tub so would not feel comfortable with no air. And this is assuming my landlord will let me plop a tub in the garden under the ruse of aquaponics 😂
  13. Since you mentioned waiting for a good sale on tanks, I’ll mention that the Half off tank sale is going on now at one of the big box stores, I don’t know what the timeframe is. They also sell imagitarium sand, hint hint 😉. I have that brand of sand in my betta tank with elodea and it’s doing great.
  14. Does anyone know how to calculate the amount of time from the mAh of a power bank? I found a watt-hours to milliamp hours conversion on The Google. Output for the nano pump on the outlet plug says 5 volts, per description on the co-op product page for the nano pump watts is 1/3 (assuming that’s per hour?)... according to the conversion calculator that’s 66.6 mAh. So for a 20000 mAh power bank it can run the nano pump for 300 hours? This is not my area of expertise and I have no idea if any of this is correct. But 12 days of pump operation for 1 bank sounds very convenient if it is correct.
  15. Just came to say your scape looks awesome. Love what you’ve done with the driftwood! I’ll throw in a vote for cories, they are SO adorably entertaining.
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