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  1. RIGHT, good point- with the windows in my house, it would be a 20 gallon most likely, but if i can convince who i’m living with for the next few years, I’m going to do a 40 breeder gallon for it. Temperature range would be anywhere from 74°-84° F, but probably mid to high 70s. The fish I was potentially thinking of for it would be ones that will already pick at and eat algae, to help slow the growth a little, and also dont care too much about the actual substrate so that the filter foam is viable.
  2. Hi all! I’m in the middle of lightly toying with an idea right now- a scape that uses filter foam as the substrate and hardscape and caves, and for the plants, have hair algae growing on the sponge... if anything will be compatible in that setup, that is. tbh, i ABSOLUTELY want the centerpiece to be a vampire shrimp. tons of algae and their spores in the water? that sounds perfect for a filter feeder! but, idk how likely it is for its legs to get tangled and stuck, since that can happen with neocaridinas apparently. If i decide to do a schooling fish, that likes both the warm temps and flow as a vampire shrimp, i worry about them becoming tangled and stuck if neos can do that. Any suggestions on potentially suitable fish for this idea?
  3. Discord user Gricket being big brained across TWO of my threads!!
  4. Kinda related to this topic, since its about box filters: People have mentioned modern ones being really cheaply built, as well as a bit ugly. I’m thinking about buying a box filter, and idk if I can mention the brand name here? But they’re making it out of black food grade polypropylene, and I wanna know yalls takes on it.
  5. Barely 10 AM and things have been really productive! I got my oil changed, my cars air filter switched out, and a back windshield wiper to replace my missing one! Then I got Fish Stuff (including a more appropriately sized bin for my purposes) at Home Depot, plus a few clippings of mini monstera (WITH PERMISSION OF EMPLOYEES!!) to start growing. I think I’m gonna rearrange my room today so I can get more natural light at my desk. I had fun at home depot, though, I talked to an employee for like 30 minutes about fish stuff.
  6. Alright, got some mini monstera today! Currently growing it in the back of my matten filter till it grows tougher leaves and a root system, then I’ll submerge it. It was incorrectly labeled at the store, lol. I also bought some aluminum screen- Both for the eventual moss wall of my 20 long, and to attempt growing terrestrial mosses on it in my Experiment Bin. I’ll drill holes into the lid (its clear, yay!), both so I can feed airline tubing through, and so that I can use it as Quarantine for fish. Currently, I’m cycling a sponge filter for it by stuffing it in the back of the goldfish’s matten filter.
  7. (Context: the two seem very similar in behavior when it comes to communities)
  8. I do indeed have a spare bin!! I’ll also be putting in all the non-puffers before the pea gang. These guys are just sounding more and more like bettas that can chill with others of the same species the more I learn lol.
  9. Hey, this is a SUPER interesting read. I have a 20 Long I want to make into a pea puffer tank, one male and multiple females, and my plan is to have a lot of driftwood and a lot of plants, even if it is just species only. I’m currently considering the possibility of making it a community tank. My current thought is having a nice carpet of dwarf sag for snails and potential babies of all species to hide, and kuhli loaches and/or neon tetras in there. I’m a little worried regarding the kuhli loaches and flow, but I could make a real long cave area in the back with a pump to give them that... I want to gather opinions, so- what do yall think!
  10. Plants in the tank lookin good! Hi, one kinda newbie to another!
  11. Got that warning for the mods, huh :P I'm doing a little more digging and it sounds like plants that do better in often flooded areas (or for our case, completely submerged), are ones already native to wet areas, and ones with good taproots. Hardy plants are an OBVIOUS choice for beginning these types of experiments. Ferns may be a good candidate, with a lot of them growing near pond edges, as well as bulletproof things like dandelions and Pothos, plus houseplants that can be grown and propagated in water like Monstera, Chinese Evergreen, Lucky Bamboo, and so on. Local collected plants and moss by rivers and ponds may have a better chance at acclimating, but with that there's risks of parasites and stuff, so it's risky to do in a stocked tank.
  12. Girl help its 2:30 am and i cant sleep

  13. I wish you the best of luck!!! Also, your pangos are SO cute and round. I love them.
  14. I didn’t actually read the books myself- I just followed what foo the flowerhorn does. God I should read them though. I did it for my 2.5 gal EBI shrimo tank, and plants and shrimp FLOURISHED in there. I’m only breaking it down because i can move the sheimp into a larger home!
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