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  1. Welcome! Kudos to your child's design skills. The peacock is delightful! And kudos to you for teaching her about animals and pet care. It's an essential life skill.
  2. Not at all, although I must tell you that it wasn't my first choice of habitat. I had been keeping a 5.5 gallon shrimp tank with wild form and cherry neocaridinas, and everything was great until scuds crashed it about 6 months ago. It took me a long time to find out what those little silvery crustaceans were, and I didn't know that they could be harmful until they crashed the tank. I spent two days fishing out every neo that I could save, and of the options available, the frog tank had the most space and least predatory probability, so I put the shrimp in there. The population has been going down, I suspect as a result of the ricefish in there eating the shrimp fry, but there is still a population. The frogs aren't eating the shrimp, though. All my tanks are pretty well fed, which keeps everybody happy and kinda lazy. Be advised that this is one of the two tanks where I'm having an assassin snail overbreeding problem, I assume driven by the frogs' high-protein diet. (The other is the betta tank, probably for the same reason.) My longer-term plan is to set up the 20-gallon tank that I got in the alley behind my apartment building, and I'm going to re-home the ricefish there, along with a handful of rainbowfish and rasboras from another tank. I'm hoping that the shrimp population in the frog tank will go up a little afterward. Short story long, you can have frogs and shrimp in the same tank, but whether the combination is successful depends on other things going on in the tank. Give it a try! The worst thing that can happen is that you'll have to put the frogs in another tank and get some more shrimp. And is that really so terrible? Anyhoo, your tank is lovely and I wish you many baby shrimplets!
  3. Welcome from a Chicago frog lover! 🐸 Also, I advise against adding any more assassin snails, especially if you've got some algae, because your pond snails will eat it. I, too, re-entered fishkeeping with live plants after a lengthy hiatus, and I thought that pond snails were a bigger deal than they actually are, so I deployed a fleet of assassin snails. Now I have an overbreeding problem and algae all over the two tanks where I put them. No, they won't eat your shrimp. It's not unusual for shrimp to graze on whatever surface, including other tank residents; I've seen them graze on both assassins and African dwarf frogs. The former don't care, and the latter tolerate it for a moment but then hop away. Regarding the shrimp molting, if tank parameters are good, it's most likely a sign that they are growing, and if they're not eating the molts right away, then you are giving them a healthy diet. Saul Goodman. 😁
  4. Welcome! I'm actually interested in paludariums (paludaria?) and haven't yet tried to set one up. Groovy crab ya got there.
  5. 2006 Toyota Corolla, shoestring budget, and I want my car to start in any weather, which she does. No complaints here.
  6. Me too! He thinks that I do a good job with my tanks, and they look nice, but they're living knick-knacks as far as he's concerned. He doesn't understand the fascination, nor why I (or anyone else) would do this for a large portion of their life, especially since we also have cats and would like to get a dog. My aquids are my pets too; they just need more specialized care because they're not terrestrians. 🐟 I'm also looking forward to following along with your fishroom. I, too, live in a city apartment, but I'm going to be staying here for the foreseeable future. I currently have 4 tanks running and am about to add a 5th (free in the alley!), you know, for Reasons--in this case, surprise baby ricefish that appeared from some hidden eggs when I moved some plants around, and now they're tweens and need more space. I'm sure you understand. 😀 In addition, I love how you and your partner can divide tasks according to your interests and abilities and follow a logical plan. I've been trying to train this guy for four years now, and I have to say that this learning curve has a very small positive slope, if I may wax mathy for a moment. Good luck with the build and the move! 😊
  7. Welcome from a fellow Wisconsinite who now resides on the other side of the Cheddar Curtain! Regarding the 33-gallon tank, I haven't had diatoms, but a friend did, and his Amanos turned orange-brown from eating them all the time. Plecos do eat algae, but more during their juvenile stage. Nerite snails do a good job too, at least on the glass. You have a beautiful tank, and I'm having long-tank envy compared to my 30-gallon. I ran a 5.5-gallon shrimp tank successfully with wild form and cherry neocaridinas until it was crashed by scuds. I didn't know what those little silvery crustacean thingies were for quite a while, and after I found out what they were, I didn't know they could be harmful until they crashed the tank and I researched why (they ate all the newborn shrimp). They arrived on some plants, much like snails do, and I probably had them in other tanks but they never established a population because fish eat them, thus eradicating the problem before it could start. For the set-up, yes plants, yes driftwood, usually no fish although sometimes people do ok with a betta in there, and definitely NO scuds. Watch carefully for them, and if you do see them, it might be worthwhile to run your shrimp tank with a betta or a few nanofish to get rid of the scuds. Good luck and happy shrimping!
  8. In my personal experience with moss (a combination of words I never could have anticipated using), I haven't been able to get it to grow anywhere on purpose. I attempted to get some Java moss to attach to a few different objects, including the nifty coconut bridges from the Co-op, but no dice. Even the moss that came attached to the assorted objects died slowly and sadly, and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong because other nearby plants were flourishing under the same conditions. About a month ago, after I'd thought it was long gone, I noticed that a few strands of the aforementioned Java moss had established themselves on a chunk of mopani wood in my frog tank, but I still can't get it to grow anywhere else. Go figure. 🤔
  9. Hi there, I don't want to cause any alarm, but in one of these aquarium groups, someone had a horror story about her pleco getting tangled up in fishing line used for a plant, after years without a problem. If I recall correctly, the line had loosened up and a fin got stuck; she included a picture, and I don't think that the fish was mortally wounded, but she spent a lot of time getting it out safely. I use cotton kitchen string instead because I feel weird about putting superglue in my aquariums. Yes, it looks yucky until the plants take hold, but it's safer than fishing line, and it's not a chemical. I've also seen set-ups where plastic mesh (like from an onion bag) is used for moss. You make a little pouch and put a wad of mpss inside, and it will grow through the holes, which are usually too small for most fish to fit into. Good luck with getting your moss to stick somehow!
  10. Unfortunately, your choices are to try another medication (something broad-spectrum, for example, Seachem Paraguard), euthanize, or leave it alone and let Nature take its course, whatever that course may be. I'm no expert with angelfish, but in general, when a pet has been suffering for some time and can no longer eat, it's time to let go.
  11. I've read that too, so I got 4 for a 10-gallon ADF tank that was developing a pond snail problem. The assassins did eventually eat the pond snails, but not before having at least 4 dozen babies. I now have a self-sustaining population in that tank, and I've since put a bunch of them in my betta tank (and wish I hadn't because I'd like to have nerites eating the algae on the glass). I've also taken two batches of at least 20 snails each to my LFS. In fact, it's about time for me to take another batch out, and the ones in the betta tank have also started having babies. 😲 Say, does anybody have any advice on slowing down assassin snail reproduction? I know it's not usually a problem, but mine have gone forth and not only multiplied, but exponentiated.
  12. Regarding the assassin snails, once you put them into a tank, you'll always have them in that tank because they reproduce like it was their job and they want a raise and a commendation. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you, but you really can't have other snails in the tank because the assassins are also known to work in groups to kill snails larger than themselves. Reducing the pest snails' food intake is effective, and you can achieve this without leaving your fish hungry; shrimp do a great job of cleaning up leftovers, and if you choose a larger species such as Amanos or ghost shrimp, losing them would be a much smaller risk. I have both of them in my betta tank and my frog tank, and I haven't had any problems. Good luck!
  13. Thank you! She was about three-quarters of an inch long when she arrived, and I remember squealing with childlike delight when I saw her. I mean, how could I not? It's been very gratifying to watch her grow up and to get to know her as an individual pet. She's about to become a surrogate mom because a friend had surprise baby bn plecos due to juvenile gender confusion. I'm keeping my fingers (and imaginary fins) crossed that she'll accept the newbie. I can post occasional progress reports. 🤞
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