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  1. Got a quick stocking question. Right now my 55 gallon has Black Neon Tetras, Lemon Tetras, Varitus Platys, Pearl Gourami, and some Salt and Pepper Corys that are going to be joining the main tank soon. I am slowly building up the number of Pearl Gouramis to four fish. I was wondering, as my last fish, could I add an Angelfish? Would it get along okay with the other fish in the tank? The tanks is heavily planted, so it provides plenty of cover for everybody.
  2. I have 6 Bolivian Rams coming from Aqua Huna on Friday that will go through the med trio in my QT tank. After quarantine they will move into my 75gl community tank that currently has nerite snails, Amano shrimp, ottos, ember tetras, a couple young swordtails and one bala shark. I currently keep the tank @ 76* but can warm it up if needed. I have been doing my research on the Bolivian Rams, but I would love to get your insight too! Tell me all the things you know that I should know too! ***Also, at what age or size do they start spawning?
  3. I have a community 90-gallon tank with clown loaches (1 large 6" and several small 3"), young geophagus tapajos, some pearl gouramis, and a school of leopard danios. All the other larger fish are doing great, and the danios look absolutely fabulous darting around the top half of the tank around the larger fish. BUT it seems impossible to avoid overfeeding them when trying to get food to the larger denizens of the deep. The danios dash to the bottom and gorge themselves on any food I provide (pellets, blanched veggies, bug bites, freeze dried krill, brine shrimp or krill thawed from frozen) until they are so grotesquely bloated they can barely swim well. I'm worried about bloat issues, and also now have two danios that have abruptly gone from overfed to emaciated in the last few weeks. I've stopped feeding surface food (flakes, dried bloodworms, etc.) entirely, to avoid overfeeding them. But it doesn't seem to matter because they'll race to wherever the food is. If in a danio-only tank I'd just feed them more sparsely, but I can't do that without starving the big guys. Am I trying to run an impossible community (e.g., should I remove the danios to a tank of their own and replace with larger fish on top?). Or are there tricks I don't know about that would help me manage their self harm through gluttony?
  4. Recently I had to remove the neon tetras in hugo's tank because they were nipping on his fins. Once his fins heal back I may want to put new tank mates in. But I need some help deciding. The tank is a 5 gallon aquarium (fluval spec 5 gallon). And is decentley planted with hornwort that seems to grow every day. The temperture is at a solid 76F. Housing a betta and soon to be moved nirite snail. My Ph in all my tanks sits at the 7.3-7.5 range.
  5. I have my betta that is alone in his own 5 gallon. I was wondering could I move him to my community tank. In there are mollies and sword tails, Cory's and some cherry barbs.
  6. So I have my humble 55 gallon, which I have included a picture below, which I have had up since the end of May, so it is still pretty young. Managed to survive an Ich outbreak, and now that is under control, I am looking to the future for ideas for new things to add! My water parameters are 74 PH, with 10 hardness. My water quality is pretty good, thanks to the plants. Right now the tank just has four varitus platys, six black neon tetras and some snails, along with all the plants. Most plants are doing well, though I do need to trim off that one bad leaf on one of my java ferns. I do have a lot of frogbit, but I have begun to control that so it doesn't take things over. I currently have some lemon tetras and more black neon tetras in quarantine, and after they are done, will likely go with some Corydoras to populate the bottom. After that, I am trying to figure out what I should get next. I have plenty of room, and am thinking of treating it almost like a giant nano tank, as I really like a lot of the smaller community species that are very peaceful, but I also like having the room. I really enjoy tetras, would a another species school be okay? I got a lot of great advice on different types of tetras here a bit back. I was also looking at some of the more easy to keep rainbow fish and rasboras as other schooling options, but right now I am pretty open to anything that will be peaceful, get get along with with I already have, be beginner friendly, and also will not decimate my plants. This includes any other invertebrates, if they are okay to add without causing any issues.
  7. I have a community tank, with a showpiece angelfish. about 7 tetras, 3 mollies. What other fish could i have, possibly more colorful mollies, maybe different tetra breeds, but what other fish could i add to diversify the tank? and how much more could i add? currently in a 29 gallon tank.
  8. I have ~30 guppy fry in my community tank that I need to transfer to outdoor mini-pond. I'm uncertain how to catch them. The challenges are: Other inhabitants: Harlequin Rasboras, coryadoras, adult guppies, hillstream loach Planted: medium density, lots of surface growth I have some ideas, but I don't have much confidence in any of them. Please let me know if you have ideas or experience doing this. Thanks!
  9. Hit me with your favorites! SA/CA only. I'm not looking to set up a biospecific tank, but I do want to keep fish from the same overall area.
  10. I saw this question posted someplace else and I thought the conversation it provided was awesome! I’ve learned that Molly’s are pigs and bully a lot of other fish around and many people don’t care for them. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The things you learn…😉 What is/was your least favorite fish in your community tank and why?
  11. Hello everybody! I have recently come back to the hobby, Cory and Irene's videos were a big help to me getting info! After having tanks as a kid, and am in the process of setting up a 55 gallon community with a lot of beginner friendly, low light loving plants. One nice thing to coming back to the hobby as an older adult is I now have the patience and budget to do thing properly, the nice tech bump in equipment is a bonus too! My water parameters are 74 PH, with 10 hardness. Here in my area of NJ we have reasonably hard well water. Which brings me to my main questions I really wanted to have a couple groups of different types of tetras, but am worried about the water quality being bad for them. Cory showing off the Black Neon Tetras did make me excited for them, but I am very worried the water parameters would be too much for the little guys. I am adding a bunch of driftwood to the tank, but am concerned that would not drop things down enough. So, instead I am getting research on suitable tetras that could work with what I have. The following look like okay choices, but I figured it would best to ask people with actual experience what they think. I have already crossed of Serpe and Buenos Aires tetras for being fin nipers or turning the plants into their personal salad bar. Here's the list: Penguin Tetra Lemon Tetra X-Ray Tetra Red Eyed Tetra Red Phantom Tetra Emperor Tetra Candy Cane Tetra (seen conflicting info on these guys, some sources say they are okay, others list much lower PH requirements) Would any of these, or other good suggestions work out okay? Thinking of two schools, so they have plenty of friends. For tankmates I am thinking a little group of platies, some Corydoras or Zebra Loaches, if the loaches are okay with the water (yes I know the two will not get along, so it is one or the other), maybe some dwarf neon rainbowfish ( as an alternative to one of the tetras), and a nice herbivore, so Bristlenose Pleco or Hillstream Loach pack. Still thinking about a good centerpiece too, but right now I want the tetras locked down before I think of that.
  12. Are there any community fish that do well in low pH water (6.4)?
  13. I currently have two threads for both of my aquariums, but I've been thinking that its time to merge the two threads together My current tanks are my Community tank (40 Gallons): Home to: Angelfish, Cardinal Tetras x5, Bristlenose Pleco, Upside down Catfish x2, Zebra Danios x6. Its Planted with: Anubias Nanna, Crypt Wendetii Red, Red Twist Sword, Hygrophiliia Siamensis 53B, My second tank is my Betta Tank (5 Gallons): Its home to: Hugo the Betta, 5 Neon Tetras, and a new addition (more on that below!) Its planted with: Hygrophillia Compact, Hygrophillia Siamensis, Two Species of Anubias, Buce, Red Melon Sword, Little Side Note: Hugo had gone through some Finrot Treatments, his fins are still growing back. I'm also working on a new tank to go below the community tank, hoping to get some supplies for it and to get it up and running! Today I went driving and drove past a petstore, so naturally I had to stop. I picked up a Nirite Snail for the Betta Tank. I want names for this little guy so comment some suggestions! Also just a quick questions. Does this look like a baby nirite? It seems unlikely due to the fact that they only breed in brackish, but what elese could it be? It moves and has the antennas like a snail too. I picked up the snail to add it in so I'm not sure how it could have come into the tank. Unless it came in in one of my plants, but the last time I added a plant was maybe three weeks, and I'm only noticing it now. So maybe we'll need two names, thats exciting! The baby will probably end up in a different tank soon, 5 gallons is probably too small for two snails.
  14. I want to re-stock my community tank. It is currently stocked with... Upsidedown Catfish x2 Britlenose Pleco Angelfish Zebra Danios x6 Cardinal Tetras x5 The fish that will go are the... Bristlenose Pleco Cardinal Tetra and possibly the upside down catfish Meaning that only the angelfish and danios remain I know I want a fleet of corydoras and a nice school of rummynose tetra Now for my question... I only have one angelfish in this tank, I used to have three. But the two died. One of parasites, the other was killed by the other angels. So... Should I get another angelfish or another fish like a Electric Blue Acara, or a baby Blood Parrot. The tank size is 40 Gallons and is run by two spongefilters. It is planted and has salvania growing like CRAZY! Edit: The picture shows two angels, this picture was taken before the second one passed.
  15. So!!! I’m planning on starting a pea pufferfish tank. I’ve heard good but cautious things from people whove had pea puffer communities before, and cautious nos from those who havent. Stocking plan: 1 male pea puffer, as many females as possible 8-10 kuhli loaches - EDIT: LIKELY GONNA CHANGE TO STIPHODON GOBIES!! They don’t need as many buddies to be confident, are faster, and with the tank position, will help me keep the glass clean EDIT EDIT: NEVERMIND THEY LIKE WATER JUST A LITTLE TOO COOL. However, Micro Dragon Gobies seem to be a great fit! They’re carnivores, so perfect for cleaning up after puffers, and what the ember tetras dont eat, they can sift into the sand! 10-12 Fast Schoolers - probably tetras, may go with embers, since i have experience with them? EDIT: DEFINITELY GOING WITH EMBERS As many snails thatll grow in the tank before I get the puffers as possible. I have a bin (seen below) in case things go sideways, and the tank above it is where itll be situated. The window is facing north, but i thought it was south before I checked with my parents. (ignore the mess i just rearranged my furniture) The plan for lighting is No artificial lighting, since I’ll get plenty from the sun. Substrate and decor plan: Dirt capped with black sand Moss wall consisting of asian liverwort (monosolenium tenerum) that will also hopefully grow over the pvc. Tall, bushy/fluffy background plants that can further filter light all along the walls except for the viewing panes, the two facing the picture, probably gonna do cabomba, hornwort, and similar plants. May toss in some Red Boys too for fun. Love me some dwarf aqaurium lily.... midground plants in front of those dudes, things that are more leafy, probably, might put some of those mini monstera i got in there, maybe crypt, probably good ol hardy java fern varieties in front of those, a nice carpet of dwarf sag for babies and kuhli loaches and snails to hide in, and some differing foreground lads here and there like anubias hardscape is gonna consist of driftwood- ill probably snag spider and bogwood to emulate tree roots and stuff, and may grow some pothos and mini monstera on them so it looks like trees! i want stuff that can break up a loooot of line of sight On that note, ill also probably get a good amount of frogbit too. that pvc in the back is gonna be a cave of fast flowing water via water pump for the kuhli loaches. I’m think I’m gonna drill more holes in it to help disperse the flow some more, so its not super fast coming out of the elbow- but what do yall think? Filtration plan: Swisstropical’s betterboxfilter Lava rock for biological filtration polyfill i already have for mechanical filtration Feedback: So! Thoughts, concerns, insight? What do yall think!
  16. *Please move or delete if this is the wrong place for this post. I woke up this morning to my Senegal bichir floating. She was about two months old and had grown to about 6". There were no signs of distress, no lesions, no lumps or apparent blockages. I took the photo of her yesterday. Food: I was feeding her sinking cichlid pellets and blood worms. I also think she had started eating small fish in the tank. The tank temperature has been fluctuating between 78° in the day to 75° at night. I'm a little colorblind so I have provided photos of the test strips. I saw my nitrates were getting a little high and did a 30% water change yesterday. I watch my fish as much as I can. When I noticed a spot on one of my pearl gourami fins yesterday morning, I pulled it out and put it in my quarantine tank. I will be treating it with ich-x once it arrives. A few minutes after pulling the pearl out one of my neon tetras jumped out of the tank so it's in quarantine as well. The rest of the fish (angelfish, pearl gourami, dwarf sunset gourami, red skirt tetra, red eye tetras, neon tetras, guppies, pictus catfish, kuhli loaches, pleco) all seem to be doing okay. I really enjoyed watching the bichir and want to learn from this experience. If/when I get another I want to be able to keep alive and healthy much longer.
  17. I have a 20g tall, and my LFS had one reticulated hill stream loach left and I wanted to get some workers to deal with algae that was starting to show up so I got the loach and 3 Amano shrimp, 3 Nerite snails and 2 Julii corys to help cleaning up the bottom. so the Hillstream Loach has been chasing the other creatures he sees feeding on the bottom, such as the corys or shrimp or a neon blue goby, I even seen it chase a tetra, is this normal behavior or is he acting this way because he's the only Loach or is he starving or is he a jerk or am I the jerk for putting him in a 20g tank?
  18. When to pull healthy fish from quarantine? - Diseases - C.A.R.E. (aquariumcoop.com) As a depressing continuation from the other thread, something is going through my 75 gallon. Tank's history: Has been setup and running for almost 6 years. Added last fish 3 months ago. In March, swapped out the Fluval 405 for a Seachem 75 because my angle fish liked to sleep under the intake and it was really hard to maintain. I let the new filter run for two weeks in the tank before I turned off the Fluval. First fish, pearl gourami, died on April 4. Had mystery lump on one side for about a month that got bigger or smaller depending on the day. Five fish, gold barbs, became sick, swimming nose down, on April 8 and last of those died off on April 20. Were in a quarantine tank the whole time. Treated with Kanaplex and then Maracyn. Rosy barb started swimming in circles and slightly U shaped spine yesterday, April 22. Moved to quarantine tank and added salt. In really bad shape, so decided to not use existing meds in case I need them for main tank. Added salt to the main tank at 1 tablespoon to 2 gallons last night. One black skirt tetra is having trouble swimming upwards this morning, but still eats with relish. Current occupants as of this morning: 1 pearl gourami 1 gold barb 1 angel fish 6 skirt tetras 6 congo tetras no plants or invertebrates Parameters: Ph 8.2 Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 10 Temp 76 Do weekly 25% water changes with 3/4 water from residential water softer, 1/4 well water. Since Kanaplex and Maracyn didn't make a dent in the gold barbs that died, should I even treat the whole 75 gallon with meds? Keep pulling the sick fish into the quarantine tank? Wait and watch my invisible train wreck of a tank?
  19. Hello, I was wondering if 1 male kribensis would work with a small colony of guppies in a community tank? Thanks!
  20. Edit 9/30/21: I decided to turn this into a general journal. Will hopefully give an update on the 55 SAP tank as well as introduce my other tanks and projects! A fellow forum member very kindly suggested that I could start a journal about this tank and my efforts to address constant glass surfing by my juvenile South American Puffers. Here is the other post/thread, if anyone is interested: (I admit, the title is a bit melodramatic). Basically, they glass surf constantly and - without getting into any conflict about the ethics or morals about what that means or whether we should keep wild-caught animals in captivity - I personally just do not find it enjoyable to watch animals do this. So I was considering giving them up, but decided to take the other good advice I received on that thread (really I am so grateful to this community) and will try to adjust the environment to see if I can reduce this behavior. Attached is a picture of the tank as it currently stands. It is a 55 gallon with half sand, half gravel substrate; planted with jungle val, java fern, java moss,subwassertang, and frogbit across the top; pH is a bit high (8, sometimes up to 8.4); nitrates are always pretty low in the tank (5-10 ppm at most). I change out 15 gallons about once a week - mostly trying to clean up the substrate. There are 6 south american puffers - at first I intended to only keep 3, but there was one in particular that was much more stressed than the others and avoiding food, and I know they prefer to be in groups so I got 3 more. The biggest group I felt I could manage in a tank this size. They are still young (about 1"-1.5"). I got them in Dec-Jan. They get 1 cube frozen blood worms once a day (I do occaisionally skip a few days when I see a lot of planaria in the tank), and 10-30 snails that I toss in throughout the day. I tend to drop the snails into the plants, so that the puffers have to find them. I tried live blackworms early on, but had a parasite scare (happy to elaborate later if anyone asks), so I've been gun shy on using those since even though the puffers loved them. I thought the blackworms were from California Black Worms, though I bought them through a local fish store (I live in Northern California), so I'll have to look into a direct source since I hear that company is a trusted brand. Here are some links to videos of the behavior I'm seeing: https://photos.app.goo.gl/u9p2Mno1Dhmp88Vk9 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fxbzbvVGKcgPPkCoRJWi7ESHf7WQF6JI/view?usp=sharing
  21. Anyone have any experience with Congo Tetras? They seem like a nice big and colorful fish. I’ve heard they are peaceful but I’ve also heard semi aggressive. I want to add 6 to my 40 breeder. Tank: 75-78 F Hard water (no definitive number but I live near LA so I know it’s hard) Filtration: Tidal 35 and double sponge filter Moderate-heavy planting level Stocking: 8 Glowlight Danios 3 Peacock Gudgeons 1 Honey Gourami 2 Red lizard tail catfish 7 Small Bronze cory doras Will adding these guys be an issue?
  22. Hello, I have only ever kept larger aggressive fish but recently freed up a 125g tank and I would really like to do a community tank and maybe dabble in plants. Since I am totally new to this I'd like to post my potential stocking list and get some advice on newbie plants or any other advice you can give me on setting up a community tank before I do something stupid. Thank you in advance! 1 Blue Phantom Plecostomus 1 Green phantom Plecostomus 5 Silver Dollars 3 Stripped Raphael catfish 10 Clown loaches 3 Hillstream loaches 10 Panda corys
  23. I never thought I would come to the point of asking this question but here I am.. I have. A 40 breeder tank that's been setup for 2-3 months now. I added plants last week and am dosing easy green. The tank is not cycled which is fine. I'm going to transfer one of the sponges from the quarantine tank to the 40 whenever I bring the fish over. That leads to my next question.... what can I stock in it? I feel crazy asking this question because I have kept tanks for pretty much my whole life. But this time the tank is in the living room and is a centerpiece so I feel more inclined to pick stuff that attracts. For my schooling fish I have thought about guppies, ember tetras or cardinal tetras but if there's others that i should look at let me know. As for the amount I was thinking like 30-50? I'm not sure about other fish but for the bottom dwellers I would like to have a bristles nose and some corys of some kind. After the tank get good and established I also thought of the idea of introducing a shrimp and or snails also. I have done all this I'm saltwater before but never freshwater. I fact I find saltwater to be somewhat easier to pick what I want.
  24. So I am beginning the process of upgrading my 55 community to a 120 community, and I am already daydreaming of what to add... Sorry if this kind of post is annoying. 🤣 We so far have: 4 angels 1 big common pleco 8 Buenos Aries Tetras 6 Panda Cories We are considering: Honey Gourami or other dwarf gourami? Bolivian Rams (would these live well with angels?) Platies Loaches (hillstream or khuli or maybe dojo?) There are too many options, and I want them all. 🤪
  25. So i have a 200 gallon aquarium and i wanna set it up as a big community tank, i was thinking about putting in silver dollars khuli loaches, yoyo loaches, rubber lip plecos and blue dream neocaridina. Going to be heavily planted in one end, have a bit of a rock structure in the middle and a bunch of drift wood off of that, sand for the substrate Does anyone see any problems with this selection of fish or have any suggestions, i know khuli loaches aren't necessarily the greatest idea because water parameter requirements
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