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  1. Ok so this is something that I believe is known elsewhere but I feel most aquarists don't know. So according I was listening to the podcast of a live stream Cory was doing where he was talking about rope/reed fish. He was talking about how some batches are more difficult to keep alive and healthy. I've learned that many fish are collected using cyanide in the water. It is often used for reef fish but also in Africa and Asia in places that are difficult to get nets in or difficult to collect large numbers. Reed fish are often harvested this way and can die due to the cyanide that builds up in their system. One of the few treatments for this to my understanding is methylene blue. I don't fully know how all the chemistry works but to my understanding the cyanide and methylene blue will bond into a non toxic form that the body can expel. If anyone has more info they would like to share please feel free. Thank you all for reading my Nerm nonsense.
  2. This is going to be my sunfish tank. I'm trying to get the Lilly pads to grow in before I add any big fish that will make a mess of the tank. it has been up and running for about 4 months with no big changes in that timeouts feeding and a few top offs. @Cory I think this is a pretty good example of what seasoned tank time is.
  3. This is in my 125 aquarium growing on the wood. things that live in there right now are tinfoil barbs two female guppies and a tadpole madtom catfish and snails. It looks like a sponge or bacteria colony
  4. I made some friends today at the lake. a mom and a fresh baby painted turtles
  5. No please stay I am enjoying fallowing along and when I get mine going I will try to add what I'm doing to the mix
  6. in this order are my favorite types of videos 1 wild fish collecting such as the Peru and Florida videos 2 Farm/ fish room tours such as "1000 gallon aquarium" and the goliad farms or "The best fish farm in the world.( no clickbait)" 3 your travel videos and what you see that in the world of fish keeping 4 your tours of your store and home fish room and what is exciting to you 5 outdoor tubbing
  7. Who all on here has done a fish collecting trip? I used to collect sunfish and other natives back when I was legally aloud to do so but now I can't do it alone because of local laws. How many of you have your own collection story's and pictures. I also want to here about if you have gotten fish from out of the country like a Amazon or Africa trip. Again I would love pictures and for you to talk about your experience. Here is a photo of some of my natives that I had to buy
  8. Ok so I have been quiet for a little bit so if anyone has any questions feel free to ask I feel like I miss things if no one asks. So if you have questions feel free to ask. Ok so update time I did some stuff. Here is a few pictures of things I got some more rainbow shiners I also got some new darters and a few other new things (I have kinda lost track of all that is in there) so here are some pictures. I lost my big stone rollers so I fed them to my big turtle in the room dose anyone else feed the lost fish to other things? I have always had things that would eat any cull fish or anything that passes away I just want to know if that's weird
  9. I have a 300 gallon that I have posted about on this forum where the biggest fish is under 6 inches and I have a few cpd in there. It's a super fun tank I would say the average size fish in there is about 2-3 inches most of them are US natives. I really need to update that post lol here is a sneak peak at the tank
  10. I would do Neocaridina shrimp and put some CPDs out there as well for winter. But at your high temps for the summer you could put it in full shade that will help with the swings for the species listed above or if you did half sun you could probably breed a Cory or pleco species
  11. I have a soft spot for the big guys so I would have to say a wels or a Jau I also like the look and name of the goonch here are two photos that I pulled off the internet
  12. Bottom feeders are beneficial but not necessary I would do a little school of loaches in that tank they can do pretty well with cichlids
  13. Here is my monster in my 300 hill stream tank it's about a 7 foot log that is still has not sunk
  14. The Minnesota aquarium society is doing zoom meetings on the first Thursday of the month here is a link feel free to join us. Next month is about bettas https://aquarium.mn
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