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  1. I’m about to get a pleco for my 55 gallon. I have a tank-length piece of driftwood in there and lots of plants. The first time I tried to add a pleco, it ate a ton of wood and then I didn’t see it for ages... months later I found a large vertebra. 😳 The fish store guy said it probably starved, and though I think it’s equally likely it gorged itself to death, I want to make sure I don’t repeat my mistake. Repashy food seems to be the way to go here. But which one should I get? I have two yo yo loaches, two otos (hoping to get more soon), a handful of tetras and two honey gouramis. Everyone eats the sinking pellets I put in for the loaches, and I’m worried my pleco won’t have a chance to get any food, Repashy or otherwise. Plus there are so many kinds of Repashy that I’m at a loss. Should I assume everyone will eat it and just go for the Community Plus, hoping the pleco gets brave enough to join the crowd and eat? Or do I try to go with something like Bottom Scratcher or Soilent Green to try to discourage the other fish? Nobody that I have now really likes algae wafers—they always get eaten last. Any advice? I know I probably just have to try something but I’d love any suggestions or nudges one way or the other!
  2. We should all share our ideas on 55g breeding for profit set ups. I am in the process of putting one together. After watching several of Corey's videos on breeding for profit, here is what I have come up with. 2M/4F guppy or endler (i can't decide) 1M/2F Ancistrus or a fancy pleco such as Blue Phantom Cherry Shrimp Corydoras (will try for Sterbai if I can find some) Java Moss or Juppy Grass What do you think of this set up and do you see any issues?
  3. I have a young blood parrot what type of fish should i put with him
  4. Since the picture below, my 55 no longer has my angelfish. The plants have grown some and I have several amano shrimp. I am considering the following: Hillstream loach Black kuhli loaches Many varieties of endlers Galaxy rasboras Brilliant rasboras Chili rasboras Bamboo shrimp Otocinclus honorable mentions: Red white clouds (maybe long-fin) Select Apistogramma I am interested in anyone thoughts. What groupings/varieties would you suggest? Should I just put some of everything in? What problems could I be asking for? What other suggestions should I consider (I really want to keep the amanos)? Some options will eat fry vs those that wont...
  5. I got started with fish keeping in 1995 when I was about 8 years old my parents bought me a 10 gallon tank and 4 guppies I ended up with about 100 in about a year. 🙂 I learned a lot about water changes and the cycle of life. We moved when I was 9 and my tank didn't come with us so the hobby ended there...fast forward 22 years and I was given a 55 gallon tank and I bought 12 rainbow tetras and 4 guppies. I fell out of practice over the 22 years and forgot all about the nitrogen cycle. I went on YouTube and found Cory's peanut butter M&M video (nitrogen cycle) and I was hooked. I then spent the next month watching Aquarium coops channel. I'm coming up on 2 years STT and loving my hobby. I really like being able to create an ecosystem in my living room for each specific group of fish I keep. I'm about to conquer African Cichlids and Haps. I have a 75 gallon (This is going to be the Cichlids tank) and my son now has a 55 gallon (Community Tetra tank) This hobby has really taught me patience and how to just leave nature alone and let it do it's thing. Any tips or suggestions in my new Cichlids tank I will appreciate the input. Glad to call myself a NERM! 🙂
  6. I'll have a spare 55g available soon and it would be nice to ustilze it as breeding project so that I can make some money to pay for what I spend on the hobby. African Cichlids are very abundant in my area so that is out of the question. I'd like to hear your suggestions. Thanks!
  7. Im so confused! The tank details: I just set up this 55 gallon. It has a fluval fx4 with a heater, bubbler, prefilter, and spray bar. I added the monte carlo about 3 weeks ago and the other plants about 3 days ago. The monte carlo was a tissue culture, so all the terrestrial leaves are melting and new ones are growing in, as well a new roots. Ive added easy green and easy carbon around every other day for the last week and a half. I also added cycled media from my old tanks and beneficial bacteria starter liquid. Now for the problem: I just checked my nitrates and the its sitting really high, around 40-80ppm (i cant really tell which color it is based on the chart). The ammonia is at 0ppm and the ph is around 7. I think it maybe all the melting from the monte carlo causing a spike in ammonia->nitrates. Ive never had this happen during a tank start up. Also, should I do a large water change. I have ludwigia in the tank and have read they dont like dramatic changes in water parameters. If I should, what percentage do you recommend? Update: I just moved into this new apartment thats a few blocks away. I assumed the water was the same. However, this is the reading of the faucet water with dechlorinater in it. Nitrates: 20ppm, ph is at 8.2., ammonia is at 0~0m25ppm. Is this normal? Also, after a 50% water change my waters sitting at about 40ppms still and ph is now 7.8. Should i do another 50% water change?
  8. We've been struggling with our tanks for several weeks. One had to re-cycle after several rounds of medication and the other was just waiting for a re-scape and the arrival of quarantining fish. After a couple of weekends of work and a few cycles of cloudy-clear, cloudy-clear in the 55-gallon, I woke up this morning to 2 beautifully scaped and clear tanks. It was a nice surprise!
  9. Hi there, I have a 55g planted aquarium and right now I'm only using a double sponge filter. I am curious as to what your favorite filters are for a tank that is planted (hopefully will be heavily planted) with 10 fish? Thank you so much!
  10. I am trying to add few nerite snails to my 55 gallon tank. how many is recommended size. i have few guppies and tetras. 2 or 3? please recommend.
  11. Hello fellow Nerm's i need advice on what boards to use for a 55G stand made with cinder blocks. 🐟
  12. Parrot cichlid 2 x blue acara and a green terror and snowball pleco does that work for two years in 55 and can i add more
  13. I have a 55 gallon tank with heavily planted with amazon sword, java moss, java fern and four filters - one hang on back filter, 2 bio bed filter, 1 sponge filter. i have few guppies and would like to add tetras now - Orange Von Rio Tetra - 6 count Ember Tetra - 6 count Black Neon Tetra - 6 count around 15 guppy fryies. any suggestions
  14. Hey everyone! I’ve been fishkeeping for about a year. I currently have a planted 55 gal with 2 yo-yo loaches, a honey gourami mating pair, four neon tetras and 2 otos. I also have a 10 gal grow out tank. I’m raising 2 generations of gourami babies and plan to sell them at my LFS. I’m happy to be among some fellow nerms here!
  15. Will a parrot cichlid an oscar a snowball pleco and two severums work for 2 years in a 55 gallon if i buy them as junivelles
  16. I want to put a parrot cichlid a jack dempsey and a snowball pleco can i add any more as im only keeping them in this tank for two years and im buying them as junivelles
  17. I have a 55 gallon and I am thinking of setting up a CO2 system and was wondering what are good setups for a newbie who knows very little about solenoids and all that.
  18. hi everybody. i consider myself a medium experienced fishkeepr and a novice to cichlids. I have a 55 gallon tank that was dormant for years. I'm cycling it and found Cory's videos. Now I'm gonna give the forum here a try b/c i want to talk fish all day every day .... Planning to go african cichlid. wife and kids want active, colorful. I've heard 3 colony 6-9 each. Can i get away with 4 colonies of 6 fish each? What say you about male/female ratio? I hear everyone say 2 male/4 female per species. Does that mean that everyone conceded that 4 of thei 6 fish won't have much color? Or is that more a peacock concern? is it worth going all male to try to get brightest most active fish? any suggestions for species mixes behind the well tried: yellow labs, red zebra, purple acei thanks all!
  19. small white worms on glass in 55 gallon guppy tank was kept at 78 degrees started with 12 male guppies tried to add females to breed but they just kept dieing water has been kept as close to perfect as possible noticed small white worms and small white specs moving against glass
  20. Hi all! I'm hoping for some guidance. I've had 4 angelfish and an assortment of community fish (4 serpae tetras, an SAE, a red fin shark a clown pleco and 2 Cory cats). for a few years now, 2 angelfish in a ten gallon tank and 2 in a 20 gallon tall. I recently moved and had the opportunity to buy a 55 gallon tank on Facebook. so I could give my angels more space Well, after purchasing the tank, when I went to pick it up, I found out it came with 2 parrot cichlids, a Jack Dempsey Cichlid, another "smaller" cichlid similar to a Dempsey, and a Trinidad pleco, all decently large. I donated the Dempsey and other cichlid to a local reputable fish store (That Pet Place: That Fish Place in Lancaster PA) because I knew they would be an issue with my angels but kept the parrots and the pleco. I kept the tanks separate for about 3 weeks as a sort of quarantine process. All seemed fine so I decided to introduce my fish to the 55 and planted the tank with an assortment of anubias, crypts, an amazon sword and other "low tech" plants from the old 20 gallon. All was fine until last Friday night. I noticed the parrots, instead of meeting me at the glass when I was at the tank, were not laying on their sides on the gravel. First thing Saturday morning I did a 30% water change, then tested the water parameters (probably should have done this first, but I forgot): pH- 8.0, Ammo- 0.50, Nitrites 0.25, Nitrates- 20 and the temp is set to and remains around 75-78F. While I had my hands in the tank to siphon water out of the tank, I noticed one of the parrots was swimming around even poking at my arm. I also noticed what looks like ich on the side of the parrots. So I finished the water change, and contacted the same store I donated the Dempsey to ask for guidance. They told me to get API super ick cure and treat as directed. I did so, and the ich seemed to have gone away, but now the fins on the angelfish appear shredded. I checked the parameters again yesterday (pH- 7.2, Ammo- 0.25, Nitrite- 0.50, Nitrate 40, temp 76F) and called the pet store again for guidance. They said its probably a stress issue from adding the fish, so treat again for ich, but also treat with API stress coat to help replenish the slime layer. I followed the directions on the bottles. But when I went to check on the fish before I went to bed last night, all of the fish but the parrots (still laying on the gravel/ also still breathing, I checked) were swimming at the surface of the water. Once again, I called the fish store and was told to add some air stones and drain some of the water to allow the filters to agitate the surface more. I added the airs tones from my old 20 gallon and drained the water as directed which got the fish through the night, aside from one of the serpae tetras. Any idea what might be causing this issue? For filtration I am using 2 Penguin BIO-wheel 200s, and have a 48 in Finnex 24/7 Planted+ light. I'm at a loss, any recommendations would be appreciated. p.s. If I can figure out how to post some pictures, I will add them once ASAP. EDIT: figured out how to add pictures (they were taken on my phone so apologies if the quality isn't great.
  21. Good early morning from San Antonio, Texas, My name is Anthony. Started fish keeping back in 99 but I was hacking my through it as a 20 something year old just living for the weekends. My life blasted off in 2000 when I became a flight attendant for Continental Airlines (now United Airlines). Everything with life on the ground had to be left behind in a sense. Being new to the industry I had to sacrifice pet keeping. 20 years later this past April I found myself grounded and furloughed due to covid19. Currently in the process of redefining myself while I am on the ground these days more than ever. The silver lining is I rediscovered my passion for fish keeping while setting up a 2.5g for my son's new beta this past Christmas. I found Mr. Cory on YT in Jan. of this year, because I knew that 2.5g for Shiney Blue(my boy's name for his beta) wasn't going to last. In short, Shiney Blue is in a planted 20L with 7 black mollys and four golden algae eaters. That tank is in our front room which has become a basic fish room with 4 active tanks out of a total of 12. Wife thinks I have lost my mind lol! I have plenty of room to grow in the hobby with the empty tanks on standby, and I am in no hurry. They consist of two 40 breeders, a 55, three 20Ls, three 10g and the 40g container pond (activated) on the back patio. It's pretty much been Aquarium CO-op tv here. I've got the empty tanks in a holding pattern for now and focusing on enjoying the ones I have stocked. Been busy learning about all the fish I keep (mostly beginner fish), growing, and even trying my hand at breeding for fun. Much love for this place, and Cory for all that he has done for the hobby. I proudly ware two of the Co-op's T-shirts as I cycle through my jeans and t-shirt wardrobe, and proud to say that I support his business, all my sponges are Aquarium Co-op! Anthony Curiale
  22. Greetings, Starting back into the hobby after about an 8 year break. So much has changed. I feel like I was blind before with all the information I have learned in the past few months. Currently starting out with mostly small and nano fish and I'm giving shrimp a try with lots of live plants. Have setup my old 5, 15, and 55 gallon tanks. Most exciting thing to happen so far is that I somehow have gotten my CPDs to breed and the fry are surviving in my tank, 3 weeks so far. This seems like the perfect hobby for Covid-19 times.
  23. I have a 55 gallon aquarium with an array adjust standard fish and I bought two nice Bunches of Amazon swords I have a marine might on one side and I'm going to buy another light for the other side and I just bought a CO2 setup how long do you run the CO2 do you run it all day long while the light is on will that harm my fish because I did that today and they all kind of acted sluggish so I cut it off I didn't have my AirStone running but I had both of my hang on the back filter is going am I doing something wrong
  24. Hello, I currently have a 5 gallon and 10 gallon planted display tanks, and I am setting up a 55 gallon display, 5.5 gallon fish quarantine and 2.5 gallon plant quarantine. The 5.5 will only have plastic plants so I can treat fish before adding them to a main tank. Is aquarium salt a good over all treatment for fungal, bacterial, and parasitic infections? How much would you recommend using? Have read 1tbsp per 10gallons and 1tbsp per 5 gallons. Also, are there certain fish or inverts I should use aquarium salt on? Ive heard mixed this about thia too.
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