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  1. First batch of Mystery Snails hatched today! Any tips on raising the hatchlings? I put them in a breeder box and fed then what I would normally feed the adults (algae wafers and sinking pellets). Should I go for something else? Also, how can I check for calcium levels in the tank to make sure they are adequate?
  2. Got my lame looking, oddly shaped 3 gallon upgraded to a nice, normal 10, haha. Needs more plants, but I think it is coming along nicely.
  3. I know that crushed coral raises Ph over time. However, I was wondering how much does it ultimately raise the Ph? I know that different water conditions will effect this, but what might be a ballpark figure? For example if I need to raise a Ph of 6.5 to 7, about how long would that take? Would it get to 7? Would it stop at 7 when it got there?
  4. Oh, I knew you were. I am already designing a fish room in my head and have no where to put it at my present living quarters. So when we finally move in December, that we will definitely be incorporating into our final decision, haha.
  5. The pups! Laila (dachshund), Smitty (black and white), and Cubby Bear (bottom).
  6. Found my mystery snail, Lucky, laying eggs this morning. This is slightly exciting. I do not have anything set up to rear them, so I am just going to leave them alone and see what happens. This is the first breeding that has taken place in my tank, and I am excited! How long does it usually take for the clutch to hatch? P.S. She got the name lucky because someone had put her and another snail (Houdini) in the assassin snail tank. My husband and I rescued them. Now it looks like they are having their first babies!
  7. How big is the pleco? Though I would say it is rare, in another group a couple of people talked about how their plecos attacked their bettas, even killing them. They actually watched it happen. Might want to watch to make sure he did not get attacked at some point/ watch for future incidents.
  8. Awesome! Yeah, definitely recommend the sponge for a betta. That or a HOB meant for a smaller tank (which is not likely possible in the case of a 5gal).
  9. Cool! Getting new plants and scaping with them is as fun for me as getting new fish!
  10. I've definitely ended up with a couple bettas that way, haha. Every time I go into a fish store, I have to tell myself not to even look at the bettas if I don't have a room for them, haha.
  11. You definitely want the plants to have a dark period and a consistent one at that. My understanding is that plants make food during photosynthesis and use the food made, therefore respiring, during times of rest. So, they can photosynthesis all day long, but they cannot use this food to grow until they are in the dark.
  12. I have found that the hardest part is getting started. I killed plenty getting started. It seemed the more I stressed over the fish to make sure there was no problem, the faster they seemed to die. However, once I finally got settled and worked many of the kinks out (still working on some, haha) it was much easier, less time consuming, and far more enjoyable. For me, it was worth the effort to continue. You must make that decision, but ultimately, it does get easier if you work at I promise.
  13. Welcome! I completely feel the absorbing too much info and getting in over my head. Is the 5 gallon the bioorb? If not, I would use a sponge filter for the betta. Also, how big is the bioorb?
  14. I feel this. Yesterday I got lost on my way back home and somehow found myself at the fish store. 🙃
  15. My favorite book series right now are The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and the Disk World books by Terri Pratchett.
  16. Oh, wow! That is really nice. I wish all the stores that sold them did that.
  17. That is too hard of a decision. I love a variety, so I keep a sorority, haha. Below is one of my current girls. She is new to the sorority and still needs a name, but she is the only one I could get even a halfway decent pic of, haha.
  18. Awesome! Welcome, I am in TN too! Where are you located? I have kept Bettas for five years now. Now keeping bettas with other fish, haha. I have just recently gotten into the live plants thing and wished I had done it the entire time! As a beginner, I recommend just using either straight up gravel or a flourite inert substrate. This will keep the organic bio-load from getting too high on you if you do not know well how to maintain an aquarium soil/don't have that many plants. I might have made that mistake already. It was a disaster. I have had good results from Amazon sword, Java fern (though it needs to be attached to something like a mat or drift wood to thrive), crypts, dwarf lily, and Tiger Lotus. Water Sprite has been ok, but it is a bit wild for me, haha. Dwarf Sagittarius and micro sword have also done well for me. So far, the bigger the root system, the greater success I have had keeping them.
  19. Ohhhh, awesome! Thanks! I didn't see that when I tried to search on here. I appreciate it! I be sure to keep it on the dl, haha!
  20. Hello everyone, So I am an avid researcher, and love learning more about the things I am passionate about. So wanting to do more specific research on specific types of fish, plants, etc. However, much of what Google produces is basic overviews that do not go into depth on much. That and with no experience with the book, I do not want to waste time and money on a bunch of bad ones. So baring going straight for the overwhelming world of Google Scholar, what are some of your favorite books/research sources in the hobby? For example, if you know a book about Crypts, I would love to read it. Book about Killifish or Nirite snails? I would love to hear about it. Websites, blogs, videos, etc? Thanks so much for your help!
  21. How long do you have the light on? How many plants do you have in the tank? It is hard to tell. Also, how many gallons is the tank?
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