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  1. Yes, unfortunately. Maybe a tiny clown loach might not eat a fully frown mistery snail, but as it grows, it will definitely start eating them
  2. Do you have any way of getting a lot of live daphnia? When I'm in this situation with fry, I simply get a lot of baby daphnia from my culture and put it in the tank. They won't die and spoil the water, and the fry will eat them in time. That being said, the autofeeder is also a pretty good option
  3. About the cycling part, I agree with Allison. Starting with as many plants as possible is indeed beneficial for the cycling part and helps preventing and algae bloom. On the other hand, I like watching my plants grow, so I usually start with few plants if they are fast growing and go from there. You could also try going to your lfs or friend with a cycled tank and ask for them so squeeze a sponge filter into a plastic bag, then you take this brown water and pour it in your tank. It speeds up the cycling incredibly. Alternatively, you could buy a sponge filter and ask your lfs or a friend with an already cycled tank to leave it in their tank running for a couple of weeks, and then you take it home (this is what I did when I started). I would get 2 sponge filters and an air pump strong enough to run both. It's probably a little more than you'd need, but extra filtration won't hurt your fish at all and it might help offset some common begginer mistakes, like feeding too much. As for your ph. Just put a large piece of wood in your tank. Given how soft is your water, your kh is probably low too, which means that it's extremely easy to change the ph of your water. That happens to me and can be troublesome, which is why I recommend a log to naturally decrease your ph and help prevent your ph from skyrocketing. As for stocking, your plan seems solid. I'm partial do bristlenose plecos, since they are pretty effective at eating algae and breeding them is easy and rewarding. Plus I like the long bristles in the males
  4. Most likely they already bred and the famale became hyper aggressive. You should move the male to another tank and let the female take care of the eggs and fry by herself, otherwise she might end up killing the male
  5. Thanks for the info! It looks like the skin started growing more than it should've, and it it's not white, so I'm not sure it's the same disease Cory talked about in the live As a matter of fact, I'm not sure it's a disease at all. I've honestly never seen anything like that in 15 years of (on and off) fishkeeping
  6. So my apistogramma cacatuoides recently developed a "bump" on his chin. Does anyone know what that is? Do I have to worry about it? Sorry about the bad quality of the photos. He is very shy PS: I noticed a few days ago, but I don't know if it took days or weeks to develop it
  7. Also one of their tank mates is a siamese tiger fish (datnoides microlepis) and despite having read everywhere that those are only aggressive towards the same species, mine absolutely hated the red head tapajos geophagus (but ignored all other fish), so much so that I had to move him to another tank
  8. They absolutely love sifting through the sand, so I highly recommend a sandy substrate. In that sense, ever since I got 3 for my 65 gallon tank, the sand got pretty much spotless and I don't have to clean it anymore! On the other hand, they sometimes decide they will do a massive hole in the tank, and there is nothing you can to to dissuade them from that, and too bad if you happen to have plants in that part of the tank. They will uproot them. They don't grow very fast either and do take a while to actually color up, so don't get worried and think you were sold a dull strain or another species! They are also super personable in my experience, always beg for food and eat everything. Despite being cichlids, they are generally peaceful, but will fight themselves to an extent. I haven't had any serious injures appear from those fights. I also recommend you buying 6 or more. I got 3 and now half the tank belongs to one, the other half belongs to the other one and the third has no territory and get bullied sometimes. I'll probably rehome him
  9. For catfish in particular, I prefer planetcatfish.com. It has a lot more species and detailed descriptions than seriously fish. Also, o forgot to mention, but I also feed my l333s axolotl pellets. They work great, because they sink extremely fast and are made for more carnivore animals, unlike pleco wafers
  10. The only time I had that happen to me was when I was sold a cacatuoides pair, but the female was actually an agassizii. I'm no expert in borellis, but this could explain the aggression
  11. I'm not sure, which is why I would test it every 12h. better safe than sorry 😁
  12. There are some Chinese sites, like aliexpress, shopee and wish that sell cheap aquarium stuff and ship it worldwide. It's extremely cheap, but also takes very long to arrive
  13. I'd do another 50% water change and gravel vac as much as possible. I'd also measure ammonia and nitrite every 12h or so, just to catch any ammonia spikes before they get bad enough to kill the fish
  14. You could take them to your local fish store if you have one. They might even give you some credit back depending on whether there's a high demand for the fish you are giving them, though I wouldn't count on it
  15. I have l333s. They love frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, thin slices of tilapia filet and sinking pellets. I haven't had success with earthworms and plecos either for some reason
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