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  1. I thought I would do a little journal of my journey with my very first 55 gallon tank. Even when I was big into fish tanks as a kid in the early 70s, I never had a tank larger than 20 gallons, so this is pretty exciting for me. I just came back to the hobby a couple of months ago and dove in headfirst. I have two 20 gallons, two 45 talls, a ten and the 55 gallon tank. Only one of them currently have fish; I have some guppies and cherry shrimp in one of the 20s. Although one of the 45s has finished cycling and will probably have more guppies next week. I'll focus on the 55 gallon though since I have not done anything with it yet, other than make a few decisions. Here is the tank currently: //content.invisioncic.com/b300999/monthly_2020_09/20200918_103659.jpg.2f661240beba402d3c31a8e47e5841a2.jpg Cables and such will be hidden. I have some material coming today to cover the top 2x4s with, then I'll make it a little prettier. I decided to do the plasti-dip for a black background and I am doing the twin wall polycarbonate for the lid. Most of my supplies for the tank are coming via UPS today, I bet our UPS guy is going to be surprised when I hug him... Filtration: I am going a little overboard with filtration for now, with the two large spongefilters from the Co-Op and a marineland 350 HoB. For air flow, I just grabbed one of the Aquatop Breza 100s from the Co-op and a battery backed up one from KG Topicals. Heater: I bought two of the 300 watt Eheim Jager's heaters and the JBJ true temp controller @Daniel recommended on another thread. I'm only going to put one of them in the tank for now, I just want one for back up. Substrate: Going with just Eco-complete. Plants: I already have a bunch of plants waiting in one of the other tanks. So far I have: Vallisneria Christmas moss Java Fern and Water Sprite. I want to also get some type of carpeting plant too, but haven't quite decided what yet. Hardscape: I'm going to walk down to the bay tomorrow morning and look for some interesting hardscape stuff. If I can't find anything I like over the next few weeks, I'll grab some of the usual suspects online. Fish: Probably will change, but I'm currently looking at 6-8 Boesemans Rainbowfish, 6-8 Rasboras, but haven't decided on which one, and 5-6 dwarf corys as well as some type of shrimp. {EDIT} For some reason it won't put the pic where I want it, instead it just displays the path and puts the image at the bottom of the post... //content.invisioncic.com/b300999/monthly_2020_09/20200918_103659.jpg.2f661240beba402d3c31a8e47e5841a2.jpg
  2. So I have a dilemma. I have Electric Blue Acara eggs that showed up unexpectedly in my 40 breeder. The parents have been diligently guarding them, and they appear viable. They are about 3 days old, so I expect them to hatch soon, and the parents have been digging little hollows to put the fry in in preparation. Their only tankmates are a cloud of mutt guppies who are curious but not gutsy enough to challenge an acara. They have been SUUCH good parents. I bought a Ziss EZ Breeder box because I would really like to grow out the fry, and I did not expect them to be this successful. I assume that if I left the fry with the parents they would raise them for 2 weeks and then possibly eat them and spawn again. So I think I should pull the rock, but I kinda want to see if they will raise them? Ahhh, decisions decisions. The fry will be easier to target feed in the box, and I would get more to adulthood maybe. But if they can raise them to the brine shrimp eating stage I would be able to catch the fry in a few weeks before the parents spawn again...And it would be easier maybe? Thoughts? Suggestions?
  3. Hi there! I'm opening this thread to talk about the restocking of my 44g long tank after a series of deaths that have massacred half of the stock. This was the stocking 1 month ago: 2 Honey Gourami (m+f) 5 Sparkling Gourami (3m+2f) 10 Peppered Cory 8 Cardinal tetra 8 Glowlight tetra 12 Cherry Barb (4m+8f) 4 Otocinclus 6 Amano Shrimp The barbs were the last to arrive and finished the community stocking. Before them, the tank was quite chilling and everyone was pretty clam. After them, everything scaled up with their chasing and territory defense. Tetras packed in one group, Honeys started to be always on one side, Sparklings started to ram between them and with the barbs and corys dispersed on tank. 2 weeks ago, deaths started, +3 every day. First 2 sparkling gouramis without symptoms, then the cherry barbs and some tetras started to be quickly bloated and died. Also some barbs, tetras and 1 sparkling appeared dead without any symptoms. PH and GH didn't change, 0 ammonia, 0 no2, 5-10 no3, same 20+20% weekly WC, same quantity of food and type (hikari, azoo, NLS) no fungus, no wounds, no fin rot, no quick breaths.. They just suddenly died (apart from bloated barbs and tetras). With that situation and no clue, 10 days ago upped temp 3C° and treated the whole tank with Dajana Multicure, a full spectre medication (green malachite, methylene blue..). After 2 days, deaths slowed down to 1 fish per day. Today is the second day without loses, tomorrow will start to clean the water with carbon, extra big WC and low temperature as normal. No ammonia or no2 appeared, so seems like medication didn't kill beneficial bacteria. I don't know what the **** happened. Maybe the barbs stressed the fish and weakened them? Maybe too crowded? Maybe they came with something? I don't know, the strange thing is that no Honey gouramis, otos, corydoras and amano died during these weeks (including the hard medication). The 2*7g aquariums with shrimps+5 cpd and shrimps+8 chili rasboras have been not affected. Said that, the plan is to wait some weeks, rehome tetras (5) and barbs(4) left and restock progressively with hardy, more water parameters compatible and friendly fish (Honeys/corys attitude) to avoid that happening again. Also want to start breeding fish (just bought sponge filter and heater for 2*4g acrylic cubes). Grown fish will be rehomed. Tank parameters and picture: Ph 8, GH 6, KH 11, temp 25 up to 29 C° in summer, 130*38*35 cm. Fishes I'll keep: 2 honey gourami 2 sparkling gourami 10 peppered cory 4 otocinclus Amanos are difficult to find all, seen 4 together his night. Thought about upping gouramis and adding live bearers, something like: A) honeys to 6, sparkling to 8, peppered cory to 14 and add 12 endlers. B) honeys and sparkling to 3, peppered cory to 12, add 10 endlers and 8 platys. What do you think? Someone has experience with big groups of honeys/sparkling gouramis? Experiences mixing gouramis and livebearers? Thought about forktails, but they seem quite hiperactive. Rams are beautiful but maybe too much breeding-aggressive fish. Rummynose are nice but didn't match parameters, silvertip tetras are aggressive sometimes.. Other ideas/proposals are much appreciated!! Thanks!!
  4. Hello C.A.R.E. Givers, So I was watching Michael's Fish Room and he mentioned freezing something called Repashy in a silicone ice cube tray. Have any of you use this with guppies? I was thinking of ordering Repashy Soilent Green and this tray. <Insert Soylent Green joke here> Is this a good Repashy for my guppies? If there is something better, I would love suggestions. Right now I'm feeding them Hikari Tropical Fancy Guppy Fish Food and some Aqueon Fish flake occasionally (mostly for a change of pace). I have a poorly stocked Petsmart near me but no local shops, so I've been using Amazon. I hope posting these links are ok, if not I'd be happy to remove them, they aren't affiliate or anything. Also, if there is a better online vendor, someone supportive of the hobby, please let me know and I'll order from them happily. Also is this Repashy thing overkill for someone like me who is still very much a novice? I've read some about hatching brine shrimp, but I was a little intimidated, and I don't think I have the population (~10 babies and another ~10 adults) yet to warrant it. Thank you for reading this! I hope you all have a good week!
  5. Just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a semi-affordable underwater camera? I currently have a slightly old Sony Action Cam and it has very blurry picture underwater. (It's sort of like a GoPro.) I haven't been able to figure out a way to repair it and as far as I can tell it is a common problem with this camera model. I was thinking of making some YouTube videos and these grainy images are not gonna cut it even for a non-money making video. Any recommendations? You can see an example here, the beginning before it is submerged it is fairly clear. Then underwater it is all grainy. 😞 I tried strapping a flashlight on it too in case it was too dark and saw the same thing. FYI, the fish are gold medaka ricefish, a couple of guppies, and some cherry shrimp. It was such good video!... except its blurry. Haha
  6. I finally bought a 40 gallon breeder after years of wanting something bigger than a 29 gallon. Here are some photos of the set up. It's gonna be a planted community tank for South American fish. Any stocking ideas?
  7. Hi everyone~ I am hoping that this is almost over. As most of you know my trial and tribulation of the introduction (without quarantine) of 5 guppies last Saturday. I did identify and am treating the worms. I believe (hope and pray) that this is the las one going to die from this horrible incident. My resident fish have all done very well during the treatment (my peppered cory cat gave me a scare.. but he bounced back better than ever). But this little dude, has been on a steady decline, and I actually was surprised to see him alive (not to active). However, he has been in this spot.. for hours.. very short of breath.. I tried to see if he would just lie on the rocks..nope.. we went back to this exact spot and stays upside down. What should I do? What are my options? I am doubtful he will survive but I don't want him to suffer either.
  8. So, pulled half a dozen Emerald Killifish eggs from a mop awhile ago. Put a Cherry Shrimp in to ”nurse” the eggs — keep fungus down, and eat infertile eggs. It appeared only one egg hatched. Just changing out water in container... and woah! There’s two!!
  9. If you had to choose one schooling/shoaling fish for a 15 gallon tank, regardless of price, what would you choose? There are just so many options. I am going to add a school of 8 to my tank with sparkling gourami's, but I wanted everyone's opinions first. What have been your favorites??? Thanks everyone!
  10. For those of us who have quite a few different foods and want to offer a variety to provide a balanced diet — How do you decide what to feed and when? Do you have a set schedule? Do you wing it? I currently am feeding: frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, xtreme krill flake, xtreme nano pellets, xtreme sinking wafers, repashy soilent green, and just ordered a setup to feed live baby brine shrimp I try to do one “dry” food (flake or pellets) and one “fresh” food (frozen, live, or repashy) feeding per day for most of my tanks. I love the idea of a master feeding schedule to go off of, though!
  11. Hello everyone. I have a 24 gallon aquarium. I currently have 4 honey gouramis, 4 julii corydoras, 2 guppies, 1 sword tail, 1 albino bristlenose pleco, and approx 15 shrimp. I don’t see any aggression, the odd time I see the gourami chase another gourami but they seem to alternate who does the chasing. Never any biting or nipping even during feeding time. Here is a photo of the tank in hopes it helps. Am I overstocked? Understocked? Neutral?
  12. Quick, hopefully easy question . . . . This is my first foray into vinegar eels (up till now, I've been a microworm guy!) so I need some advice. When you harvest them by putting water in the neck of the bottle and then siphoning the eels out, how long do you let that water sit and collect eels? Few minutes? Few hours? Overnight?
  13. I have a 120 gallon tank with a 6 ft - 4 bulb Odyssea lighting system that was gifted to me when a friend made the switch to salt water. The tank has been up and running for several years and does great from a livestock perspective. Substrate is just gravel, though it's been in there for years. I have well water which is very hard and so I went with fish species that like that: I have a thriving Endler colony, cherry and blue dream shrimp, amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp, cory cats, kulhi loaches (not that they love hard water to be fair), and various snail species. All of which are doing great. The plants on the other hand... I have one Anubia that I inherited with the tank that is doing great (it was even pearling last night) and a couple of anubia nana plants that managed to barely survive and now seem to be ok. I have a couple of very sickly java ferns that have been surviving or a year or so but only just. I also have some guppy grass which nearly all melted, then came back gang-busters, then melted again, and is now I think re-growing. Red root floaters die quickly although salvinia minima seems to be doing OK. Hornwort struggled for a bit, made a huge mess, nearly died, grew back, made another huge mess, and finally died. Java moss is nearly dying out, but there are a few stringy patches here and there that are hanging on. I even killed duckweed somehow! I thought, OK, buy some Anubias and go with that, but the very nice looking ones I got from Co-op were dead within 2 days in my tank. I left the rhizomes in hoping they were converting and might somehow grow a new leaf, but they just turned to mush. Using Tetra 6-in-1 test strips... My water out of the tap: Nitrates: 0 Nitrites: 0 Hardness (GH): 150 Chlorine: 0 KH: 300 pH: 8.1 In the tank, the only difference is the Nitrates which are around 80ppm. I dosed with Easy Green and Seachem Potassium and clearly overdid it because I was suddenly getting a lot of algae growth and nitrates went through the roof. So I did a big water change and that brought it DOWN to 80ppm. I'm currently waiting on a calcium test kit to see whether my hardness is calcium or magnesium. Do I have any hope of growing healthy plants with this water? It seems like it's not very conducive to plant life. Or perhaps more likely, I'm just blaming my ineptitude on my tap.
  14. Hi all I've just setup a 305L Aquarium (80 us gallons) and it measures 40" wide by 2ft deep. Do we think this tank is large enough to keep clown loaches? Thanks Aaron
  15. Hey guys! So, I saw on one of aquarium co-op's blog posts by @Irene It said "Following the recommended fertilizer dosing instructions, but then four months later when the plants have grown to triple their original size, you’re still dosing the same amount. Just as you automatically feed more food if you add more fish to an aquarium or if they grow bigger over time, you need to feed your plants more as they get taller or propagate." Is this true? Do you have to constanly up your fertilizer dosage? Am I doing it wrong? I have been dosing the same amount the whole time......
  16. I haven't yet had my first birth in the aquarium. Right now, I'm happy that my otocinclus have discovered the front glass panel.
  17. Hi ~ On Saturday (Feb 6th) I added 5 new guppies to my 20 gallon high aquarium. my water parameters are very stable. I do not have a quarantine tank and don't really have the space to even have one at this point, as I am new to the hobby. I acclimated them to the tank (float 15 min, added 1/3 cup of my tank water every 15 minutes x3). netted them out, and into the tank with my 1 existing guppy, 2 cory cats, 1 mystery snail, and Ramshorn snail. Note, that I did an aquarium clean, water change, and added some Fritz Zyme to my tank and filter, due to adding more new fish. Checked my parameters PRIOR to the aquarium clean. 1) checked chemistry prior to tank clean. again prior to adding new fish to tank, again 5 hours post new arrivals. and have been checking my chemistry twice daily. I observed them carefully, and they kinda zipped around, and my existing guppy was a bit territorial, but began to calm down a bit. I kept the lights off for 2 hours while everyone was adjusting. there was a bit of bulling initially that was short lived, and was only with the guppies. Sunday afternoon, 1 guppy was not looking well. looks to be gasping, staying at the top, but occasionally going to the bottom or swim side to side. But he just does not look that great. he won't eat much either. I am not sure if he just is not transitioning well due to stress, if he was maybe picked on more than the others (which is why he stays mostly to himself) of if he is sick.. Then I saw something dangling .. but was not 100% sure if it was a parasite or not. All the others are eating, swimming etc. just fine. Here are my parameters PH 7.3, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrates 0 KH 110, GH 120, Chlorine 0 Water/Aquarium temp 78.9 Should I treat him/all of them? I won't have a choice till I get some kind of system set up. I am so frustrated, because I know I need to get a quarantine system set up. I have clear bin medications, etc., but I just don't have all the space to keep this stuff set up for like 3 weeks... ugh.. and I don't know how long in advance I have to set up a quarantine tank before knowing if I will get fish or not.. sometimes, I see nice fish,,, sometimes I don't... so do I set it up in "anticipation" of getting fish, and take it all apart when I don't? I feel frustrated, and angry with myself.. because it seems when I think everything is fine.. its just not.
  18. Having issues with my Amazon Swords and I'm not sure with it missing, take a look.
  19. This video may understandably bother some temperate aquarists. I refer to virtue, not environment. There are a number of wise old adages cautioning aquarists against the problems caused by overfeeding. However, when trying to get fish prepared for healthy spawning, _sometimes_ it is good to _overfeed_ as long as you compensate by _over cleaning_. Feed more? Water change more. So, here's a video sort of "journaling" a day in the life of our Rainbow Shiners. Bear in mind that there is a shy pair of Rainbow Darters in this aquarium as well that need the presence of uneaten frozen food (and live food when we feed that) available on the substrate. Shiners are "drift feeders" so once things settle down low, they do not dig for it like a cichlid might. These males are really coloring up!
  20. Lots of fish breeding in the fishroom. Most of these are accidental or incidental. We raise fry, and sell to offset the hobby provided that fish end up healthy. There are always a few fish that we focus on for BAP (breeders award program) with our Fish Club. In this video . . . we're slowly working with some mop-spawning Emerald killifish (Fundulopanchax Scheeli), pulling eggs from some Opal Rams that have spawned in a large community tank (Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi), our first little haul of cherry shrimp (Neocaridina), surprise discovery of Bristlenose Pleco fry inside a conch shell (Ancistrus), Tangerine Painted Lyretail Mollies for BAP (Poecilia sphenops), and some fry from our CARES species - Xenotoca doadrioi (Splitfin Red tailed Goodeids).
  21. Hey, been watching the channel for a couple months. Kept fish 10+years ago, freshwater livebearers mostly in a 55. Have kids now and im getting my 4 year old into it. We got him for xmas a 29 gal setup, and just a few days ago got him some harly rasbors, panda mollies, platies and some albino corys. The water is cloudy after introduction and idk why. Not over feeding as best i can tell. Cycled the tank for a day prior to introducing fish. Will it clear up or should i do something? Not trying to panic, but at the same time i dont want him to be discouraged
  22. For the one pump a dayer's. Heat the end of airline and press it on the pump tip. Leave enough hanging down to squirt into the HOB discharge. It also keeps the lid from vibrating.
  23. I am setting up two new planted community tanks, which I want to have Corys included.. Can I use Seachem Flourite as my substrate or is it to rough for the Corys? If the standard Flourite is too rough, can I use Flourite Sand ? thanks john
  24. Checked after lights out... another pair of Rams spawned. This time on a rock (Yesssssss!!!!) Pulled. H2O2. Lots of fry to tend! 😅
  25. Does anyone here keep any of these? They look amazing.
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