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  1. Hello everyone, I wanted to start a journal that was centered around my journey in all my aquariums. I figured this would be a great time to start this as I will be changing 3 of my 5 aquariums. For starters, I will begin this by providing an update on my 40 Gallon Breeder organic soil aquarium. The build and journal for this aquarium is here: I will start with the bad news, I was never able to get the crypts to fully bloom. The flowers would grow up between 8-12 inches tall and then lose their shape. I am not sure if I would have to lower the water line to get them to bloom. I had around 10 total flowers. The other bad news is that my sterbai cory fry all developed sort of a bloated belly and did not make it. The good news is that I have been feeding heavily still and have another 20 plus cory fry. These fry do not appear to have the bloated belly issue so far. I added gravel to the breeder box as I did notice that the shrimp would pick at the fry from underneath. The other good news is that the aquarium is thriving. The plants continue to grow well and I am loving the overall jungle it has become. I even had to drape the pothos over the light as it was in the way. Like Cory mentioned in the recent Aquarium Co-Op video, all aquariums are an experiment and I have been learning a lot from this aquarium. I will attach some pictures below.
  2. I've started a few threads to get information and now I'm finally starting to work on it. However, I forgot to take pictures of the first day. I wanted to start this journal to document the process for my own benefit, but maybe others can as well. This stems from a desire to experiment with anoxic filtration, using a slow moving plenum as described by Dr Novak. A lot of people criticize his work without actually trying it. But I want to try it. I don't understand the science of it all, but I do understand anaerobic conditions is important. And if all goes well, a true nitrogen cycle can take place when nitrates are not just used by plants, but bacteria consumes it. If this is successful, my next experiment will be in a 20 gallon with shell dwellers. No plants, obviously. So before I mess with higher priced fish that are sensitive, I'll start with hardy fish. This 10 gallon will be planted with low tech plants. I don't intend to use ferts or CO2. Just lights 5 hours a day. The parts/pieces I'll be using: - 10 gallon aqueon tank that's about 5 years old - Safe T Sorb as a substrate - laterite - plants from the co-op: so far leaning toward wisteria, dwarf sag, and crypt lutea. - co-op USB powered air pump with tubes - air stone - plen plax UGF - fine mesh filter media bags - whisper 10 HOB with coarse sponge and ceramics - Dr Tim's for cycling. - fish; I'm leaning toward white clouds, but considering endler live bearers to satisfy my son's desire for color. Day 1: sift through safe t sorb. Pictures wouldn't be exciting anyway.
  3. So, a few weeks ago I rescued two guppies, an endler and an ADF from being tossed in someone's back yard because they didn't want to take care of them anymore (after less than a month). Well, the tank they came from was only about 8 gallons and it was divided - fish on one side and originally three ADFs on the other. I'm pretty sure the water had never been changed and the ammonia was so bad you could smell it. Fast forward a few weeks and I have sadly lost one of my guppies, I think the previous tank conditions as well as some bullying from the other guppy took its toll on him and he unfortunately just didn't make it. The remaining guppy and the endler get along pretty well - or at least I haven't seen any damage on either of them. So I am going to start replanting and rescaping the tank to "tailor" it more for the ADF and her future friends. I am hoping to get the plants to settle in and start growing and then I'll get two more ADFs to keep my solo girl company. As I get new plants and new scape in I'll update and then hopefully there will be pics of some new ADFs in the fall 🙂 when I first set the tank up - anubias have since died from anubias rot 😐 My lonely ADF 🙂 Endler Guppy RIP 😞
  4. 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.
  5. Hiya everyone. I know this topic has been discussed before but I wanted to get advice on the best way to do it with my specific set up. My 10 gallon tank has been established for about 2 months. It was one of those starters kits that came with a corner filter, which works, but also I purchased a Co-Op 10 gallon small size sponge filter with an air stone that's been in the tank for the last 2 weeks. I wanted to eventually replace the ugly boxy corner filter with the sponge so that's why I have two filters in the tank. I can see the sponge filter has been doing a good job of collecting some of the gunk so far. Now I'd like to upgrade to a 15 gallon to give my fishies some more room (I have 2 Mollies and 3 guppies but I perhaps plan on a couple more in the future). With that and if I have this right, I'd drain some tank water from the 10 gallon into separate a container and place my fish in there with an air stone. Then, move over everything from the 10 gallon in to the 15 gallon. Substrate, decor, live plants and both filters..etc? I will obviously need a lot more substrate from what's in the 10 gallon. Can I then just add new media to the older stuff and mix it all together in the new tank? Also, I know that the water column itself doesn't hold a lot of BB but would it still be okay to move over like half of it over from the 10 gallon to the new tank and then fill it up the rest with new temperature matched dechlorinated water? It kind of make sense that it would essentially be like doing like a 50-75% water change. My other question is what else should I add to the new tank as far as chemicals go? I have Prime, Prime Stability and also API products like Stresscoat, Stress zyme, and Quick Start. Finally, do I need to do any acclimation for my fish before they go in the tank after that? Thank you for any advice and guidance to my questions. 🙂 ♥
  6. Good morning! After yesterday's fiasco of trying to locally find a "fancier tank and stand" for my betta project, and a lot of further searching online and working the budget, I decided to go with a regular tank. I asked myself "why spend all this money and time, and go through all this stress, when the REAL beauty is going to be on the INSIDE of the tank?" So after that mental breakthrough, the ideas came flying and here's what I ordered (and already have some equipment and items): Tank: Aqueon 10 gallon regular glass tank with hinged glass lid and 20 gallon wood stand (20 gallon stand "just in case") Substrate: natural river rock shallow creek (larger, smoother pebbles that I have in my 20L, easier to vacuum than one might at first imagine); larger pebbles for fill-in areas Filter, light, heat: small HOB, mini sponge filter, 50 watt adjustable heater, Aqueon LED light (borrowing from the quarantine tank until the Fluval 3.0 in my size is available from Aquarium Coop - on the wish list!) Ornaments/enrichment: "rock" (and rock) hardscape, ceramic betta log caves (2), flosting log, exercise mirror (for occasional use only), betta leaf bed, almond leaves Plants ordered from Coop: anubias golden, red dwarf lily, cryptocoryne wendtii, anubias barteri. Not going to be afraid to superglue it to the hardscape this time (thanks for the betta video, @Irene!) Plants to get from LFS/chain: red root or frogbit, possibly moss balls. Are there any other floaters (besides water sprite which i have in my 20L and for some reason is not doing very well in there after totally taking over the whole top of my 45 - must like softer water with lower pH) that bettas really like? Food: Hikari Betta Bio-Gold, plus all the live/frozen/freeze dried goodies I have for my existing fish Possible future tankmates: a few nerite snails, maybe some yellow shrimp from my 20L and/or blue bolt shrimp from my 45, if betta seems mellow - if they start getting attacked I'll put them back So now I am just waiting for pickup notification on the tank and stand, and can get started on the setup. Playing around with the scaping, which is my very weak point. Here is the empty, lonely spot where it will go ☹ (took some work to move stuff around) next to my 45-gallon, and one idea for hardscape. Once this tank is set up, I'm also re-setting up the quarantine tank so I can get fish for one of the other tanks at the same time I pick up a betta. Filter media has already been stuffed into existing filters for seeding. I'm loving all the YouTube nerms' videos on betta care in the meantime.
  7. Hi, my question is related to honey gouramis. I’ve gotten mixed messaging about stocking and felt I should come here to ask. I do already have a powder blue dwarf gourami in my 29 gallon so I have some experience with gouramis for about a year and half now. I’ve set up a heavily planted 10 gallon tank. Java ferns, Anubias, Buce, Water lettuce, Java moss, and Marimo moss balls. I do not have a large cave like my 29 gallon though so I’m potentially worried about line of sight. I’ve read that honey gouramis are a lot more peaceful than their dwarf counterparts. That they can work in groups or solo. I’m wondering how many honey gouramis can be in a 10 gallon? One fish store told me 8-9 with lots of filtration. I thought that was pretty absurd and was way too many. Another fish store told me 2. I asked about male/female and they told me it’s more about territory/personality. I’m perfectly alright with getting a solo honey gourami. If 2 would work thought that would be cool too. Can 2 males work? Can 1 male/1 female? Will the male/female create too much aggression with other fish in the tank in regards to territory and breeding ? Will 2 males fight too much? Thank you.
  8. Hi yall I have a 10 gallon water box cube and am thinking about breeding plecos are there any rare or unique plecos that I could have as a species only pair In the 10 gallon. And could live their entire life happy and healthy and grow to full size in a 10 gallon. Thx Stephen
  9. I have a pretty active fish room build going right now but I figured I’d ask in the general discussion. space is limited for me. I have a wall that’s just over 7 feet that I need to build a 3 tier rack for 21 ten gallons. How do I go about building it if I want to not put center support as to not obstruct the view of the aquariums? If I did dado cuts and possibly 2x6 rails would that be sufficient? Each tier would only be 70 gallons or about 600 pounds. I saw an example recently of a rack where the center support was a GIANT bolt on the front and back anchored to the stand but I can’t seem to find it. picture is a partial mud and tape job, I ran out of material!
  10. I have a 10 gallon tank with an over powered light. Finnex fugeray Planted+. I would like to start a red cherry colony. I think I got all females but that's for a different thread. I'd like to create a bright green background so the cherries pop against the green. I'd like to make a moss wall. But what kind of moss should I get? I was thinking Christmas moss because it's supposed to do better in higher light than java moss. Open to suggestions. I was thinking about starting the moss wall flat in the bottom of my q-tank. But I think that won't work out because the change in lighting and water might cause a meltdown. I'm probably going to buy a couple mats of whatever moss I get and then weave pieces into some crafting mesh. Then use some suction cups to secure the mesh to the tank. I've seen the video using two pieces of mesh but that seems unnecessary. But if I get feed back to the contrary I have enough mesh to make it work. I just hope my constant battle against black hair and brush algae doesn't win over the mats.
  11. Hi yall so I have a question I have a spotted congo puffer. I would like to take her to college with me she can she live happily and healthy and grow to max size. I think think she is close to full size now. It would be only her I am only aloud ten gallons in my apartment. It is a waterbox cube 10 gallon heavily planted and I'm diligent with water testing and changing water.
  12. 1st week in the hobby and I’m solidly hooked! I’m really enjoying learning so much and guppies quickly got my attention. I currently have two tanks setup, a 5 gallon and a 10 gallon. My 5 gallon is my community fun tank and the 10 gallon is my guppy tank. I will come back and edit this post and add everything I have in my tank. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
  13. I just wanted some feedback. I will be having a 10 gallon soon. Gravel substrate, silk plants. 1) are there any fish that can live and thrive in solitude other than a betta? And they can manage 70-75 degrees (or colder if I remove the heater). My heater is really struggling to get to 80 in my basement. So I need to keep it lower. Which makes a betta difficult. 2) if I decide to go cold water, I've considered a school of white clouds. But are there any that are larger cold water fish and can be in solitude? Or a pair in a 10? 3) I've also thought about the honey gourami which I really like. But I'm concerned about hardiness. Are they prone to get sick? Or is that only dwarf gouramis? And are they perfectly fine in solitude? If I dared to do so, can they be in pairs if both males? Note: I prefer single because I don't have space for a hospital or quarantine tank. But at least with cold water, I can use a household container without an extra heater. I also want to keep the bioload down.
  14. I have encountered a hair algae problem in my 10g planted tank. How many Amano Shrimp would you recommend? I'd rather have a clean up crew than manually remove. Tank has been running for 1 year: Ember Tetras, Neon Green Rasboras, and Chili Rasboras are in the tank. A butt load of snails to boot. Consistently water is: 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites, ph 7.4, kh 4, gh 11, Nitrates 40 - 80 Lights are on a timer for 7 hours. Other equipment is in my signature. Attached is what the algae looks like in my tank to give you perspective.
  15. I just saw where one of my LFS has 10 gallon tanks for 9.99, guess I need to take the coolers out of the back of my truck in the morning 😁
  16. Hi, I need advice please. I’ve have 3P puffers for about six months one boy and two girls. I had them in a 10 gallon tank but the male was only interested in one of the girls and would chase the other girl off so I put her in my community tank. The male is sweet to the girl he’s with most of the time, nudging her around I but I do see him darted at her if she stays away from him. She has also started hiding from him. They did have a baby but it just died in the fry tank with some other fish I have.😢 My question, should I just leave it be, put her in the community tank with the other girl, or put all three of them in the community tank? Thank you
  17. I'm pretty sure I will be firing up my second 20 high and tearing down the existing one. I really don't have room or equipment to be running two 20s. I'm considering getting one of my 10s up and running and putting my Angelfish in it since he doesn't play well with others. Is a 10 gallon too small for a solitary Angelfish?
  18. Hey everyone, returning aquarist looking to stock my tank once my cycling is complete. My main concern at this point, is the idea of stocking and stocking levels kind of baffles me. Everyone on the internet always seems to say something different regarding what are and aren't acceptable stocking levels, so I honestly figured I would just ask the community to get a better idea. My current plan is to stock with 6 oto's, 6 pygmy cory's, and some cherry shrimp. Forgoing a typical centerpiece fish for some more smaller catfish. While Aqadvisor says its fine (image included of stocking levels from them) it just seems like a lot to have in a small tank. Since it would be setup for catfish, I have some driftwood and caves setup, and plan to add lots of plants to add cover and a more realistic environment for them. If all ends up working, I plan to add the shrimp first to help build the beneficial bacteria, then the cory cats, then the oto's. I will have a separate algae growing environment to add alage covered rocks to the aquarium as a food source so the shrimp and oto's hopefully don't go hungry. I would love feedback and opinions on this, since ultimately the health and quality of life comes first for the little guys. Thank you all for taking the time to read, and have a wonderful day!
  19. I decided to upgrade my pea puffer tank in my bedroom to a 10 gallon rimless. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
  20. 10 gallon stocking thoughts: horned nerite snail, japaneese trapdoor snail, mts, either blue velvet or yellow shrimp and either pygmy cory or clown killi. Help me decide. What shrimp should I get and which fish should I get?
  21. I have a ten gallon tank with a sponge filter, glass lid, and a Finnex Stingray 2. Inhabitants are a bunch of cherry shrimp and 7 chili rasboras. It's pretty well planted with a variety of different plants, including several types of floating plants. I currently do not dose any fertilizers or any co2, aside from root tabs. When I set it up initially I did add just a bit of fertilizer weekly, but then I got hair algae (I think) that went out of control. I did a blackout for about a week and that killed it, so I stopped dosing ferts and reduced the photoperiod to about 4 hours. Now my photo period is 5 on, 2 off, 5 on so that there's a little siesta during the day. I'm noticing that especially at the bottom, the algae is beginning to return. My thought is that my light is just too bright, and after seeing Girl Talks Fish video comparing Stingray 1 and 2, part of me is considering getting the Stingray 1 so that the light will essentially be cut in half. The reason I have so many floating plants was to reduce the light, which I suppose helps, but didn't solve the problem. Just curious if it is the light, or if there could be another cause. Also while I don't want to purchase a new light for the tank if it means a possible solution I would be happy to, as I am not sure how to appropriately reduce the light otherwise (dimmer switch? electrical tape over some of the diodes?).
  22. I wanted to put an IAL in my betta tank for its beneficial properties. I got rid of my carbon cartridge in my filter because I learned that can filter out the tannins. I put a small peice of a leaf in the tank after rinsing it in hot water and drying. I put a small piece because I was concerned of a possible significant pH drop. My question is for a 10g tank, how much of a leaf would release enough tannins that I can at least tell that it's present, but not turn my water into iced tea and also cause a pH crash? Currently, my water looks very clear. How long do you have to wait to know if the tannins are releasing? Though I got rid of my carbon filter, I replaced it with a coarse sponge and a polypad (from aquarium co-op). Does the polypad filter the tannins?
  23. Hello, I am starting a fish rack with 10-20 gallon tanks and after painting one of the ten gallons I found a crack in the support frame is it still safe to use or should I toss it and buy a new one, I hate to waste it even though it’s only $10 and a $5 can of plasti dip. the crack is on the shorter side. thanks for your input, Jerry
  24. Hello everyone! This journal is going to be for my 10 gallon aquarium and 5 gallon aquarium. I will start off by saying I built these aquariums to get my girlfriend interested in the hobby. I think everyone here can agree that the hobby is better when you are able to share it with those that you love. What I ended up doing was showing her different style aquariums online and she chose some that she liked. She also chose the fish and shrimp she liked for these aquariums. I will start with the 10 gallon aquarium. This aquarium was started October 2019. The initial tank setup is as follows: Lighting: 20” Finnex Stingray Filter: Aquaclear Substrate: Organic soil capped with gravel Plants: Vallisneria ordered from Aquarium Co-op & Dwarf Sag Decor: 2 small Seiryu stones, Top Fin Resting Buddha ornament & some river rocks I superglued together As you can see, I started off with very little as I know just how fast these plants can grow from my prior experience. 2.5 Month Old Aquarium At this point I decided to have some fun with carbon dioxide just to see how fast these plants can really grow with a soil substrate. 3 Month Old Aquarium: Carbon dioxide really made the plants grow and be this very beautiful bright green color. 4 Month Old Aquarium 6 Month Old Aquarium At this point I removed the carbon dioxide system as I no longer needed that much plant growth. 8 Month Old Aquarium Yes, the aquarium is 8 months old but still does not have any fish in it. To be fair, these were unprecedented times. 1 Year Old Aquarium Lucky Bamboo has been added as well as a lantern ornament. Lucky bamboo was planted with the roots into the organic soil. 1 Year 2 Months Old Aquarium The original vision of the aquarium is starting to finally take place.... still no fish. 1 Year 3 Months Old Aquarium Yes, you are seeing that correctly, there are now fish in the aquarium 😂 Neon tetras first day in the jungle. Present Day, about 1 Year 6 Months I added some background lights to compliment the scape. Lucky bamboo is starting to grow more full. The aquarium is very stable, I never clean the glass on this aquarium as it hardly grows algae. Every once in awhile I have to remove some val as it sends runners all over the place. So that is the story so far for the 10 gallon, thank you for reading! Now onto the 5 gallon....
  25. What kind of lids do you all recommend for a 10 gallon? I'm not really a fan of hoods because they restrict options for lights. So yeah, I would like to hear what lids you all like.
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