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  1. Hi @Eddie Dingle, dwarf aquarium lilly is a great plant that can help create shadows. I have a 40 gallon breeder with lots of crypts, dwarf aquarium lillies and some riparium plants with floodlights that create lots of shadows. It sounds similar to the tank you are wanting to create with shadows and crypts. I find that the best shadows in my tanks are created by lights that come from a single point source instead of a strip of lights. I will attach a picture of my aquarium along with a link to the aquarium journal. I hope this helps! https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/topic/9572-organic-soil-40-breeder-riparium
  2. Hi @GoldenGardner, it is common of assassin snails to bury themselves under the substrate for periods of time. That may be why you do not see them.
  3. Hello @Lucky, first of all, I wish you the very best in law school! Before I get into stocking, I wanted to mention that this would also be a great time to add the filter or filter media you will be using in the new tank into the 10 gallon. This will help with instantly cycling your tank when you set up your new aquarium. Also, to minimize maintenance while in school, I would recommend adding pothos to the aquarium for the removal of nitrates. You can add it above the aquarium with the roots in the water, this will help remove nutrients in the water while also minimizing any plant trimming you will need to do. I would also add a larger floating plant like salvinia or frogbit or dwarf water lettuce. I would stay away from duckweed as it will increase maintenance by constantly needing it to be removed from the aquarium. The other floating plants will need this as well but its less messy and faster with larger plants. The only fish I am concerned about in that list is the betta as it may predate on the shrimp. If the aquarium is heavily planted and has rock piles, you can possibly get it to work but it is still a risk. But panda corys, guppies and neon tetras with shrimp sounds like a great aquarium to me.
  4. I am no expert in Mystery snails, I only had one at one point many many years ago but I would also try to make sure I was feeding the snails some calcium-rich food. Something similar to Hikari Crab Cuisine or most shrimp specific foods to help with their shells.
  5. @GoldenGardner that is a good question, I have heard some people say that they do not attack snails larger than them but I have seen mine gang up on a larger ramshorn snail before. Mystery snails are large but I would not take that risk personally. If I wanted to control a snail population without adding a predator, I would simply make sure not to overfeed. That will typically keep a snail population under control.
  6. @CorydorasEthan Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that. I have had a peppered corydora pass unexpectedly as well before. It is not a fun experience. And no worries, school can definitely take a lot of time. Good luck with your classes!
  7. That is interesting, I have no idea what the answer is but this would be a great thing to clear up for anyone with hard water using Maracyn in the future. Thank you for bringing this up, I will be following this closely to learn more.
  8. @Emily M thank you, I appreciate it! I have links to the journals for both of the tanks in my signature below if you want to look at how they progressed over time. Corydoras are my favorite fish to keep and I just like how the habrosus are small and swim in the mid-water of the aquarium. 2-6 eggs a spawn is not bad, makes each one just that much more special haha
  9. @Mitch Norton that is crazy. I wonder if there is something in your water that could be causing a false reading on the test strip. One thing that I always do is make sure to keep the test strip horizontal so that the water does not spill over to other tests on the test strip. I notice that my hardness always seems to drip and mess up my buffer reading. Could that possibly be happening to your nitrite reading? Maybe the nitrate reading is dripping onto it? I bought some golden pothos from Home Depot and that plant has been growing incredibly fast for me. It is amazing how fast the roots and leaves began to grow. Yeah usually algae is able to adapt to things quicker than plants so you will likely starve out the plants before starving the algae. I feel you on the “need” to respond to a comment 😂
  10. I am not sure if Aquarium Co-op has them but I agree with @CorydorasEthan, I added about 5 assassin snails to my 29 gallon that had a lot of ramshorn snails and now the assassin snails are the only snails left in there. They are amazing creatures to watch also in my opinion.
  11. Happy anniversary! haha your aquarium definitely looks seasoned now, it looks great! I have always wanted to keep some habrosus corys, looking at your aquarium only makes me want to get some even more haha especially since you were able to spawn them, that is a great accomplishment within your first year, congrats! Here is the progress on 2 of my aquariums that I have pictures a year apart or so for. May 2020 10 Gallon: April 2021 10 Gallon: May 2020 40 Gallon Breeder: May 2021 40 Gallon Breeder:
  12. Hi @FlyingGuppies, welcome to the forum! Great quote! You definitely made some magic happen for Toothless, I am very happy to hear that you were able to save him.
  13. Hi @laritheloud, that is so cool! Congrats! Well deserved after the rocky start you persevered through. The fry looks like a decent size already so finely crushed flake food, or something like sera micron or hikari first bites and live baby brine shrimp should do the trick.
  14. @Sweet Sharon do you have a picture of your aquarium? How long has it been set up for? Size of aquarium and type of light?
  15. Hi @gardenman, there is a video that I could not find unfortunately of when Cory did exactly that in one of his old outdoor ponds. If I remember correctly, the par reading was way high though. It was not even comparable to our aquariums with artificial lighting haha hopefully someone knows which video I am talking about and they can link it here.
  16. The tank is looking great @Mitch Norton! Lots of activity in there and the plants are looking goof. Did you ever decide on what you will be doing to reduce your nitrates and balance the aquarium?
  17. @benchilton haha that is exactly why I have retired my api test kit as well for the co-op test strips haha that, and the time it takes and the colors. I do not like the colors of the api kits, it is hard to read sometime depending on the light. But yeah, you just have a good balance going. I would say add more fish if you do not want to keep adding fertilizers. I mean, you probably do not even need to add the fertilizers you add now but it will slow down the growth of the floating plants.
  18. Hi @TPolk, a picture would be very helpful. It can be attached in the way @Fish Folk mentioned. However, with the cypts, as long as you have a root system, they have a chance at coming back. It has only been a month or so, I would give them more time. Could there be any fish or other animals in the aquarium that may be eating the plant? How long are the lights on for? How long did it take for the plants to melt back?
  19. Hi @benchilton, 2 pumps of Easy Green provides about 12 ppm of nitrates to a 5 gallon. So you are adding about 24 ppm of nitrates a week. If the plants are growing so quickly that they remove it all, then you have a great balance going on. What do you use to test your nitrates by the way? If you use the api test kit, the nitrate test requires that the 2nd bottle be shaken for 30 seconds minimum before you add the drops to the test tube. If this step is skipped, a false zero reading will be given. Just something I wanted to mention just in case.
  20. For my 40 breeder, I used these flood lights from amazon. They have worked well for my crypts so far. The tank also has dwarf aquarium lillies, buce and anubias. I did have to make a stand for the light however. I mostly enjoy the shimmer effect and shadows from the light. Just throwing it out there as an option. I will include a gif of the aquarium below.
  21. @Todd C. welcome to the forum and back to the hobby! For the floating lilly plant, the only one I can thing of that is similar to something like that would be amazon frogbit. There are others but frogbit is likely one of the more readily available ones.
  22. Amazing aquarium! I can already picture it in my head how incredible this is going to look once it grows in. Thank you for sharing!
  23. Hi @Yanni, I personally have not conditioned corydoras to spawn with repashy before. My Sterbai corydoras have been spawning for the last week or so and I collected eggs today, I used freeze dried tubifex worms to condition them. I simply got a cube or half a cube and pressed it on the glass so it would stick(you can actually see it in my profile picture). If I were to use a repashy food to try and spawn them, I would go with one that is high in protein like Repashy Spawn And Grow. Also, this video uploaded by Aquarium Co-op of Eric Bodrock speaking on breeding Corydoras is an incredible source of information. I hope that helps, good luck with your breeding project!
  24. Quick update on the Sterbai corydoras, I have been noticing a lot of breeding activity and today I was able to find 8 eggs on the glass! She has been laying eggs all over the tank as I watch her swimming under crypt leaves and rocks. I saved the ones on the glass and put them in a breeder box as those are a lot easier for me to get. The driftwood, plants and rocks make it very difficult for me to gather the rest of the eggs. I am very happy that I will be able to grow my school of sterbai corydoras. Any tips on raising the fry is greatly appreciated. I added indian almond leaves to the breeder box and have hikari first bites and repashy to feed the fry.
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