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  1. Also learning the baby shrimp, in both tanks but this tank especially, like frolicking in the roots of duck weed. It's like an upsidedown lawn for them. Nearly impossible to photo of course
  2. A gaggle of shrimplets in the rocks, near what I assume is their babysitter 😅
  3. Also somewhat updated my main 29 gallon shrimp tank.
  4. Update. Tank is looking good and I noticed cherry shrimplets. I'm hesitant to add fish now but I still might consider something nano and temperate like least killifish.
  5. My 25 gallon half cylinder. Been going about 2 months now. A "cull" tank for less colorful cherry shrimp, but there's shrimplets in there now so Idk whether I'll add fish or make it a rainbow shrimp tank with other colors of neo or what.
  6. First, pull out several hand/net fulls of duck weed. Next, dunk arm into tank between 6 and 24 times moving plants and trying to get them to stay rooted/in place. Repeat as necessary. When finished, simply replace all the water that's been splashed on the floor with fresh water. Finally, mop.
  7. Sorry for your loss. May she grow beautiful roses
  8. I have assassin snails and they do clean up "pest" snails, though I think I have Ramshorn and bladder snails. I assume they would eat any similar sized snail. Though individuals may have varying appetites based on my two. They need a mate to breed, and even then they're not known to get out of control. They breed relatively slowly creating small individual square shaped egg cases, usually low down on plants or rocks. I haven't actually kept track of any eggs I've witnessed, if they make it to hatch they will be tiny and disappear in the substrate, and they would have to find a suitable food source. Idk what baby assassins eat.
  9. AQ advisor will give suggestions and warnings about stocking compatibility.
  10. I have tended towards the thrown together side of things 😅 I started by collecting various sized rocks and some sticks for hardscape, visualizing how I wanted the tank to look. Then putting everything in and making it work as I went, adjusting as needed.
  11. I love them but I don't think I have quite the right parameters for them
  12. A group of zebra danios would be fun, or other similar danios like pearl, leopard, or kyathit danios. Is the tank going to be heated? If so, your water would be good for a lot of tropical/subtropical schooling fish like tetras and rasboras. If temps are lower danios would probably be a better choice. White cloud mountain minnows would also be an option. Or Japanese rice fish. Also variatus platies or guppies or endlers, though they technically prefer hardish water, they could do well at neutral. They are also live bearers, so babies are likely to happen. That might be fun for you or it might be a hassle. You could also consider a (neocaridina) shrimp tank. There are lots of colors available and they are low maintenance and hardy. Fun to watch in their own way. And will probably breed, but it won't overwhelm the tank with as much bio load as fish.
  13. Yea, I had a couple dwarf lily bulbs that didn't take off and ended up smelling rotten when I took them out. I'm thinking those may have set me back
  14. Thanks. No fish yet, maybe next week. I've been distracted from the tank this past week. Been waiting for nitrites to completely zero out. Hopefully when I check next they have.
  15. I personally love the look of gouramis, and I have seen other people suggest Colombian tetras as tank mates, so it could work. You potentially have room for a pair, trio or small shoal of them if you wanted, depending which species. Edit: @laritheloud knows more about gouramis than me, they might have better insight
  16. I like sea chem flourite black sand, it works for plants (especially with root tabs) but it should be soft on fish. For filtering on both my tanks I use tetra whisper air pumps and sponge filters, both rated for higher gallons than the tanks actually hold. As far as stocking you could check out the website aqadvisor. It tends to give conservative estimates but is a nice resource. I would say the bottom might be slightly crowded, but I don't have personal experience with that combo of fish. Do you like bristlenose as an interesting fish in their own way, or mostly want it for cleanup? As I understand their cleaning capacity is pretty much offset by their relatively high bio load. Meaning the nerite snail would be a more efficient algae eater (even a few nerites if you produce enough algae for them.)
  17. I know they are different species, but I'm wondering how similar or different their care is. I saw one source suggesting red phantoms prefer slightly cooler waters (low 70s). But I've probably seen more info about black phantoms overall, much of it suggesting they are happy in similar ranges. I want fish to thrive, not just survive, so I appreciate any advice.
  18. I "over filter" as well. As long as it doesn't create too much flow for your tank denizens I agree it can't hurt. As for top dwelling centerpiece fish, I'm not sure if "traditional" choices (like angels or gourami) would be compatible with Colombian tetra, given their size/"attitude". You could try a school of similar sized tetras that can hold their own, in a contrasting color, like black skirt tetras maybe.
  19. I think brown pencil fish (Nannostomus eques) are the most common type to exhibit the "hanging near the surface at an angle" behavior. Those are probably the ones I would go for if I can find them. I find them very interesting
  20. With JettsPapa's advice hopefully you have better luck this go round. I've had my neos for a few months now and they have started breeding. Hoping the population starts taking off soon. I have Indian almond leaves in my tank and I think the shrimp graze on them as they break down.
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