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  1. Update: hatched and seeming to grow! I'm feeding Seachem Reef Phytoplankton, 5-6 drops from a pipette every 4 hours. I have a sponge filter in with them, an Aquarium Co-Op nano covered with a cheap disposable filter bag. I'm getting lots of tiny bubbles but the flow is good and the zoe don't seem to go near it. I'm doing water changes every 3 days with a piece of airline tubing so as to not suck up any of the babies. My salinity has been sitting at around 18 ppt and it's been about 10 days, so my particular strain seems to do well with that salt level. My only disappointment thus far has been how many hatched. I have very few zoe, my female amano didn't seem to know what to do as I think it was her first clutch. She didn't help them hatch out like she should have. Hopefully she'll have a better idea of what to do with the next one! Edit: just thought I would add a great video that really helped me get set up and ready!
  2. @Zenzo That is an awesome suggestion, I will definitely give it a shot and let you know how it turns out! Thank you!
  3. Hello, I have a few questions about raising amano shrimplets. This is the first time my female amano has been berried. I have an Aquarium Co-Op sponge filter getting prepped in an established tank for the tub I will be raising the shrimplets in, but now I'm getting worried that the sponge is too coarse and they will get sucked inside. Is this a valid concern? I'm also wondering how much salinity I should add to the water after they hatch. Multiple sources say different things, some say 14-15 PPT, others say saltwater levels of 32-35 PPT. I'm really hoping to raise these babies right and any help is appreciated! Thank you!
  4. Hello, Thank you for taking a peek at this. I'm a little confused as to how long new fish need to be in quarantine. I'm pretty sure I've heard Cory say he has them in quarantine at the store for one week and if they look healthy, he puts them in display tanks. I think I've also heard other videos say they should be there for a month. Can someone please clarify? I appreciate your time!
  5. Yeah, my water usually has upwards of 40 ppm nitrates straight out of the tap. It drops way down when I put it in my planted tanks! If my tank was cycled, would I still be seeing ammonia in my readings?
  6. I have been seeing nitrates, but my water usually has high nitrates anyway. I'm still seeing ammonia so I'm assuming I'm still at the beginning of the cycle. I have put a tiny bit of media from another tank in the filter. I've used both my API liquid test kit and the Aquarium Co Op test strips. I do have a two tiny clumps of java moss in the tank, could this be why I'm not seeing nitrites?
  7. I only have Ryoshi at the moment, but I'm currently working on getting another 10 gallon setup going for another ❤ He's just a petsmart betta, but he's my dear friend!
  8. Greetings, Hope everyone is having a great day! I'm currently cycling my first 20 gallon long. It's been 3 weeks since I started. I tried to jump start the cycle with some frozen shrimp and some fish flakes. I'm still not getting any nitrites. My ammonia reading is at 0.50 ppm. Is this enough ammonia to jumpstart the cycle? Should I be regularly ghost feeding? How long did it take you to get nitrites when you were cycling? Thank you for your time 😊
  9. Thank you to everyone who replied! I appreciate hearing everyone's thoughts and opinions on this subject. It sounds like the best course of action is varying genetics and shifting parameters over time. I know that the second and third generations are supposed to be much hardier once they've adapted to your water, but I was more interested in ways of making them able to survive any water parameters or diseases they encountered anywhere. Thanks again!
  10. If I had anything that big, I would definitely do a school of rummy nose tetras. They always look good in any larger tank!
  11. @Levi_Aquatics yeah I think you're right about the cold resistance! It seems like they could also benefit from being adapted to softer water. They seem to do just fine when they go from soft water to harder water, but not the other way around. Someone should make a mega strain 😂
  12. @Guppysnail do mind me asking if you got your original stock from local sources? Thank you so much for responding!
  13. @Chad yeah I think the reason no one really does it anymore because it took so much time and effort, but I definitely think the breed is worse off for it. I hear horror stories all the time about paying $400 for a pair and they don't make it past a few weeks. I think hardiness is something breeders should think about, but these days it only seems to be about selling as many as they can as fast as they can.
  14. @GardenStateGoldfish When Cory mentioned this, it was in reference to how weak many guppy strains have gotten due to inbreeding. He said this was a common practice that many long-time guppy breeders used to strengthen their stock. He mentioned that breeders today have gotten away from the practice because it takes a very long time and a lot of dedication, but that it was a responsible thing to do for the longevity and hardiness of the strains. I'm sure that this is something only to be attempted by an experienced breeder, but I doubt anyone ever did it to just "see how it goes". Thank you for the tip about adding different genetics to diversify the gene pool! If a person is trying to keep a strain pure, would that cause any issues?
  15. I was watching some old livestreams Cory did on guppies and I heard him mention how guppy breeders used to introduce different diseases to their strains. They would let them die back and build back up so the offspring would be resistant to those diseases. I have some logistical questions about that for anyone who can answer. How does one find and introduce diseases? Are medications used when the fish are fighting the disease or does that negatively impact the fish's resistance? After the colony has beaten the disease, do the fry of successive generations become less and less resistant? Can these methods be used for other livebearers such platies and endlers? Thank you for looking!
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