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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. OK MORE CHANGES LOL. lot of information in one day 😛 micro dragons are carnivores, so theyre a perfect pea puffer clean up crew! theyre fully freshwater, so they might spawn too 😄
  4. Discord user Gricket being big brained across TWO of my threads!!
  5. someone on discord made a GREAT point about stiphodon gobies instead of kuhlis. again though, the more opinions, the better!
  6. So!!! I’m planning on starting a pea pufferfish tank. I’ve heard good but cautious things from people whove had pea puffer communities before, and cautious nos from those who havent. Stocking plan: 1 male pea puffer, as many females as possible 8-10 kuhli loaches - EDIT: LIKELY GONNA CHANGE TO STIPHODON GOBIES!! They don’t need as many buddies to be confident, are faster, and with the tank position, will help me keep the glass clean EDIT EDIT: NEVERMIND THEY LIKE WATER JUST A LITTLE TOO COOL. However, Micro Dragon Gobies seem to be a great fit! They’re carnivores, so perfect for cleaning up after puffers, and what the ember tetras dont eat, they can sift into the sand! 10-12 Fast Schoolers - probably tetras, may go with embers, since i have experience with them? EDIT: DEFINITELY GOING WITH EMBERS As many snails thatll grow in the tank before I get the puffers as possible. I have a bin (seen below) in case things go sideways, and the tank above it is where itll be situated. The window is facing north, but i thought it was south before I checked with my parents. (ignore the mess i just rearranged my furniture) The plan for lighting is No artificial lighting, since I’ll get plenty from the sun. Substrate and decor plan: Dirt capped with black sand Moss wall consisting of asian liverwort (monosolenium tenerum) that will also hopefully grow over the pvc. Tall, bushy/fluffy background plants that can further filter light all along the walls except for the viewing panes, the two facing the picture, probably gonna do cabomba, hornwort, and similar plants. May toss in some Red Boys too for fun. Love me some dwarf aqaurium lily.... midground plants in front of those dudes, things that are more leafy, probably, might put some of those mini monstera i got in there, maybe crypt, probably good ol hardy java fern varieties in front of those, a nice carpet of dwarf sag for babies and kuhli loaches and snails to hide in, and some differing foreground lads here and there like anubias hardscape is gonna consist of driftwood- ill probably snag spider and bogwood to emulate tree roots and stuff, and may grow some pothos and mini monstera on them so it looks like trees! i want stuff that can break up a loooot of line of sight On that note, ill also probably get a good amount of frogbit too. that pvc in the back is gonna be a cave of fast flowing water via water pump for the kuhli loaches. I’m think I’m gonna drill more holes in it to help disperse the flow some more, so its not super fast coming out of the elbow- but what do yall think? Filtration plan: Swisstropical’s betterboxfilter Lava rock for biological filtration polyfill i already have for mechanical filtration Feedback: So! Thoughts, concerns, insight? What do yall think!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. (Context: the two seem very similar in behavior when it comes to communities)
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Plants in the tank lookin good! Hi, one kinda newbie to another!
  14. 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.
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