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  1. Hey @Slick_Nick. How did this end up resolving? I woke up this morning to a red bump on my male gbr pictured here. Is this similar to how it started on Franklin there too? If you medicated what did you end up using?
  2. I also really like some brazilian pennywort. Totally different leaf shape and pattern to the tank and rather easy. No co2 needed. Grows to the top of the water and mine grew in so fast. I got this from co-op only a few weeks ago and reached the top of my 29gallon today. Also, I agree with @Colu, try to get those plants in there sooner rather than later. It's so much easier to get the layout down without the fish being in the tank, the plants will have some time to get established, plus the bacteria that will come on the plants will help your cycling process, as well as the plants using the nitrogenous wastes. Good luck with the tank!
  3. See, told you I suck at social media lol after all that I uploaded a photo of a single snail lol
  4. Hey everyone! So I'm going out of my element here. Not a big social media kinda guy, but after listening to Cory's most recent live show, I wanted to jump into the nerm community! So here it is.. I'm Rick, live on Long Island Ny. Love everything about aquarium coop and what they do, and am so excited to be back in the hobby. Had fish my whole life, grew up with a whacked out pacu that probably never got the love he deserved, lots of live bearers, built ponds with my grandfather for awhile and then was out of the hobby for nearly 7 years. Got back into it in 2013 but failed when platys bred like platys do and overwhelmed the tank ( I was never meant to be confined to a 6 gallon cylinder lol) Last February I talked the fiance into letting me get a 20 gallon, which I just upgraded to a 29. (It's the small victories in relationships sometimes, one day I'll talk her into a 75 lol) . So..I currently have the 29 set up with 4 gold inca mystery snails, 8 cardinals, 6 black neons, 6 emerald corys, 3 otos, and a pair of German Blue rams and lots of plants from Co-op. Running the fluval 3.0 plant light (amazing light btw, totally worth the cost), oase biomaster thermo 250 (overkill, but George farmer talked me into it and I'm loving it so far) and I've got an air pump that might be from the 90's running for some extra O2. No Co2, plenty of easy green & iron, root tabs, fluval stratum and some play sand and catappa leaves for good measure. As I said, I rarely post on forums or social media, but I'm really excited to be on here and share the tiny bit of knowledge I have and share my journey in this hobby with people that actually care and not just humor my fish nerdom to get me to stop talking about how cool I think Brazilian pennywort is lol now enjoy some pics
  5. keep in mind that the ph will come down as part of the cycling process, so that's a good thing. I've used eco-complete a number of times and never had any issues with high ph. If that is the imagitarium sand, it tends to be very fine. Once you get fish in that tank, a lot of it will sink down into the eco complete. The advantage of eco complete is that it will pull nutrients out of mulm and the water to help deliver those to the plants. If that sand doesn't allow this to happen, it loses some of its benefits. When that happens you can also run into issues with anoxic layers as well. Probably a little late now lol but for future reference eco complete works best without a cap.
  6. The biggest problem I've ever had with carpeting with cory's is not the fish, but the plants. Cory's just uproot everything. I have 6 emeralds and they just run around the tank in a super cute but totally destructive posse lol you may want to give the plants some time to get rooted prior to introducing any loaches or corydoras, although so far the dwarf sag seems to be fine, I find myself replanting a staurogyne repens every couple of days lol
  7. I felt it was better to be safe than sorry. My floors aren't perfectly level in my apartment. Used this on the new 29 gallon and was happy with how easy it was. https://www.marinedepot.com/innovative-marine-diy-auqa-gadget-self-leveling-aquarium-mat
  8. I'm in between on this topic. I enjoy snails for all the obvious reasons, tank cleaning and algae control. Additionally, I find them a good indicator of tank parameters. If I see they are closed up and hiding in the shells, it's time for an unscheduled water change and gravel vac. I started with two gold inca mystery snails, they laid eggs and now I have probably close to 20 between the main tank and a 10 gallon "snail tank" (they share with my japanese pond snails for the winter). They add an awesome pop of color with their yellow shells and are always moving around doing something. They're cool! But... I choose the mystery snails because they lay eggs above the water line and it is easy to scrape off an unwanted egg clutch to limit population numbers. I recently added some dwarf water lettuce and had some hitchhikers in ramshorn and trumpet snails. At first I wasn't too concerned, but I quickly noticed that I was getting pin holes in otherwise totally healthy stem plants. I believe the larger fully grown mysterys were outcompeting the hitchhikers for food, so they turned to the plants. In short, imo not all snails are good, but I do love some of them lol.
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