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  1. Hi, I have a 15g Fluval Flex and am very interested in loaches, I know of the kuhli loach, the dwarf chain loach, and the hillstream loach. Are there any other small species that could work in my tank? Thanks, Jack
  2. My wife got me a Flex January 2020 right before the pandemic. I’d been out of the hobby for a decade and was itching to get back in. Fast forward- MTS has set in, we’re summer tubing, and I’ve had some bumps in the road but over all things have gone well with my hobby. Now she has asked me to move the Flex out of the kitchen area to the kids playroom and this presents an opportunity to do something different. At present the tank houses a trio of pseudomeugil luminatus and some Neocaridina culls. My plan is to rehome the blue eyes to my sons 20 long and start fresh. Was wanting to pick the brains of my fellow NERMS for stocking and design suggestions. For those not familiar this is a 15 gallon bowed front tank with internal filtration. I’ve successfully mastered the limitations of this tank and maximized the filtration with upgrades to the pump (eheim) and have used a host of sponges, biohome, filter floss etc etc to maximize its filtration ability. Always have 20-40 nitrates, never have ammonia, and only trouble I’ve had is the TDS and especially the GH tends to run high with the current setup. Think I could use an aquasoil substrate mixed in to soften things up a bit. I have eco-complete in there so perhaps the soil has reached it nutrient peak and can’t take more not sure. Think I’d like to do lava rock base, then mix the eco-complete and some Fluval stratum for the main substrate. Think I’ll slope the substrate stacking lava rock in the back to help the perspective of the tank. Anyway loads of ideas thanks for your help with stocking and design.
  3. I am not getting any new fish yet, but instead am trying to plan ahead. We have a 15 gallon columnar planted tank. It has Fluval stratum substrate, Nikko rocks for several caves, and a piece of wood. It is cycled. As of now, we have 7 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Corydora hasbrosus, 3 cherry shrimp, and several snails (Nerite and river). I was wanting to get some more corys eventually. And I was thinking it would be nice to have some Otocinclus to help with algae on plants. How many more Corys and how many Otocinclus would our tank comfortably be able to house? We change water every week to two weeks and keep an eye on the parameters frequently/sometimes daily (since we are new to this hobby).
  4. I have been looking all over locally and online trying to find 15 gal tanks and 30 gal breeders? These seem to be extremely uncommon recently which is a problem as for planning my new rack these were the 2 style of tanks that would fit my footprint perfectly. If anyone has any idea of where to locate these or would it be easier to call my local stores and see if they can order them in specifically for me?? I won't need them for a 6 months but just when planning and locating these kind of things finding them is half the battle.
  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. So picked up an Aqueon 15 g column tank package regular price $149 got it for $89 at Petco by buying online. I have my fireball platys that have been in my plant rearing tank needing a new home l. My wife also got tired of having to go out to the garage to watch them. She’s secretly into the hobby just funny about how she shows it sometimes. I bought a bag of black aquarium soils and a bag of Fluval Stratum. Base substrate will be lava rock and some crushed coral. I have plenty of wood and rocks - local manzanita and obsidian. My question is does anyone have experience with this tank? I’ve watched Prime Time Aquatics and she’s done a couple videos on this tank. I watched a few others mostly just cinematic videos showing the tank not the build. I am certainly going to do what I can to build height yet give the fish some room to swim. All thoughts appreciated. I’ll document the build as I go.
  7. I have a 15 gallon seasoned tropical tank with a large anubius. I want to get some new fish in soon but i'm not sure what I should go for. Any tips? I'm more than interested in adding plants to suit their needs as well. My only concern are fish that constantly breed as I am not in a situation where I can sell or rehome fry. I appreciate any suggestions!
  8. When I started my fifteen gallon tank, I decided to do a fish-in cycle. I couldn't source enough lava rock, so I only planted on one side. With the half-planted tank, I let it run for a month before adding my first five ember tetras. Of course, they were watched, like a hawk, and water was tested daily. After a week, four more were added. I floated the bag of new fish and did something else, for a while. When I went back, to add tank water to the bag, I found both groups of fish with their noses pressed against the plastic barrier. A week later, four more were added; with the same behavior shown. Next, came the three otocinclus. I acclimated them and released them into the tank. The little embers swam with the otos, from the very beginning. They were welcomed without any fuss; even though they were much larger. Then, I added five shrimp. When they were released, the embers all ran and hid. It took them two or three days to get over their fear of the strange, scary monsters. Lots of fun!
  9. Hi, I was shifting the tank around on my dresser today and I think in the process must have pulled the bracket away from the glass, is this something I need to be concerned about?
  10. Hi All. Here's the situation: Simple 15G tank setup (Fluval Flex), 4 platys + 2 more fry that we managed to save in a breeding tank that are doing well. My main concern: My plants don't seem to be thriving, and I'm afraid the newly appearing algae is possibly out-competing them. Tank is about 2 months old. Nitrogen cycle seems well established (near-zero ammonia, low-to-zero nitrites, and nitrates range from low to up to 30/40 ppm, depending on fertilizer dosing. I currently have some moss, which is doing fine. 2nd plant that's "probably" something like hygrophila polysperma, although I honestly don't know. This one is interesting - the bottom leaves look pretty bad, covered in black/brown spots and some holes, look like they're dying away, but the top is looking great, new leaves growing in emerald green. I also pruned and replanted a couple stems from this, and the new plants look to be doing ok thusfar. Last plant - star grass. It was growing like crazy at the start, but now seems to be slowing down and looks......... unhealthy. This seems to have coincided with a lot of algae (pretty sure it's diatoms - brown gunk covering the walls and the gravel). I just recently started fertilizing a week ago (that "one step" or whatever it's called from Aquarium co-op). Interestingly that's when the star grass seemed to have taken a bit of a dive. Gravel on the bottom is quite coarse, because 5-year old girls like florescent fun stuff, not proper substrate. Any suggestions? Should I try to clean all the algae off surfaces during weekly water changes? Should I continue to fertilize or is that making it worse? I was hoping the star grass would eventually achieve a carpet-effect through pruning and propagation, but now I'm worried they aren't going to make it! Lights are on about 10-12 hours a day - too much? Any tips much appreciated (fish are doing fine - it's just the plants that are a concern). Thanks!!!
  11. Growing up I have always had fish, but now I am ready to get my own tank, I would like to get a 15 Gallon tank, and I have some ideas for what I want to put in there, but having a hard time knowing if they will be okay together, I have watched most of the youtube videos already. I do have VERY hard water So Im looking at Fancy Guppys, Kohli Loach, shrimp, and snails, but I would like one that like the top of the tank, but can't seem to get an idea. Also want to put live plants in tank.
  12. Do you think I can get away with 5 in this flex 15g with this level of planting? They would be the only fish. Thinking I will add a few Amano shrimp too.
  13. Hello all! So, i have a 15 gallon tank full of stem plants that's on its way out of a cycle wobble, and i was hoping by the end of May to have this stocking 9x Celestial pearl danios 10x Corydoras habrosus 1x sparkling gourami I know this is approaching the limits, the tank is currently running a 4.3 inch sponge via a Tetra APS150 and a 2 inch sponge with a Tetra APS100, so i was curious if anyone thinks this is a terribly bad idea or in general had stocking ideas that include sparkling gourami and cory habrosus. (I'm open to rehoming my current 6 CPD's but over the last couple of weeks they've been breeding and all of my females look very gravid, so I'm not especially keen on it)
  14. 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!
  15. Hi all! I’m brand new to fish keeping. I cycled my first tank summer 2020. I’m up to 4 tanks now... but I’ve got my eye on another! 😂 I’m very thankful that my family enjoys my new hobby/obsession. I can’t begin to say how much I’ve learned from this group and Cory and Irene’s videos. It’s saved me from making huge mistakes and encouraged me to try new things. Here are my tanks: 15 gallon cube - this was supposed to be an aquascaped-only tank but it was my first try and I killed half the plants. Clearly my houseplant green thumb didn’t transfer to aquatic plants, even after 2 weeks of research. It’s now my display tank because it’s in my kitchen and we can see it all day. It has a boatload of hearty plants now, along with 8ish? hitchhiker snails, 1 Zebra nerite, 10 fire red shrimp, 5 amano, 1 Kuhli loach, 6 neon tetras and 2 honey Gourami. I adore the honey Gourami for their sweet nature. This tank is insanely stable and I credit the cleanup crew and plants. Fire red shrimp 3 gallon - started with 12, two weeks later I’m down to 4 adults and a dozen shrimplets. They didn’t look great coming from the supplier, so I’m not surprised that I’ve lost so many. Hoping they all bounce back soon. 6 gallon Blue Dream shrimp- started with 20 and they are holding steady. They looked much better than the reds so I’m hoping they start breeding soon. 3 gallon betta - my original tank, houses my betta (Francis VIII) and an albino pleco. He keeps the tank spotless and has doubled in size since I got him. I think the pleco will go to the 15 gallon soon. Francis is next in line for a tank upgrade. Yay! More tanks!
  16. my over crowded 15 gallon long has been a perpetual WC ever since the surviving swordtail fry have reached adolescense/adult. Then just before xmas i got really sick and was unable to keep up my rediculous 2-5 x per week maintance schedule and my water quality suffered greatly as a result(mainly skyrocketing nitrates}. since then ive managed to get nitrates down to around 10/20ish but with 5 swordtails, 2 corydoras and a ever growing 7 in. plecco its time to bust out the 55 gal tank i got used. heres my main Q's: how to safely make the transition? what are some prefered filters for that size tank? i have 2 aquatech 30-60"s, old and new model i aquired because currently im running aquatech 20-40 on 15 gal and thought interchangeable medias/parts would help carry BB to new tank. that been said i dont really care for the 20-40 im useing now even though its been extremely reliable and effective(0 ammonia or nitrite issues in 2 years). are the aquatech 110 HOB good? and any other suggestions on rehoming my bubble buds i much appreciate thanks
  17. I just purchased a 15 gallon Fluval Flex tank and want to know how many types and quantities of fish and shrimp I can keep? I’m looking to go with cardinal or blue neon tetras and cherry shrimp. This is the hard part, I would also like to have at least 2 honey Gourami. Is this possible and if so how many of each species? I do weekly water changes/vac on my current nano planted tank. I also do media rinsing/cleaning once per month, but I’m willing to do it twice per month if needed on the Flex.
  18. Hello everyone my name is Nick and I have been into the hobby for almost a year now! I’m in love with planted tanks and I’ve set up 3 so far! I have a fluval spec v with a male betta and a bunch of cherry shrimp. I have a fluval flex 15 gallon with a male German blue ram 3 male endlers and 4 otocinclus and I also have another 5 gallon tank with pea puffers and full of cherry shrimp! Thank you for checking out my tanks and I can’t wait to gain more knowledge and get more inspiration from you all!
  19. 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.
  20. I went to an auction this past Saturday, and tucked amongst a bunch of tools, lawn equipment and such was a Fluval flex 15 gallon tank. I ended up getting it for $7, including some mixed blue gravel and an auto fish food feeder. The only problem is, it didn't have the light included. I am thinking of setting it up at work in my office and doing it planted with some shrimp and nano fish. Can any of you guys give me ideas for a small light that will be good for plants for this tank, maybe a clip on type? I haven't really done too much research yet, but would the Fluval nano one be too powerful?
  21. Hello Co-op Family, I am very interested in setting up a 15 Gallon Cube Betta Tank with Maylasian Driftwood and nothing but different types of Anubias, everything from Nana Petite to a Anubuias Mother pot's. What would be the ideal fertilizers for the anubias thrive. I have read where i believe more Potassium in the water would be beneficial w/ medium to low lights. Any extra info would help. Thank you in advance, Brian (charlotte NC)
  22. For a fluval 15 flex with a pair of apistos ?
  23. Hello! I am thrilled to have found this forum. Not many people IRL in my life are interested in the obsession I've gained in the last couple months with aquarium keeping so I am hopeful I can nerd out here. I started my first planted aquarium about two weeks ago. Questions: I am fish-less cycling and I've been doing research for my first fish to bring home. Is the following list too many for my 15 gallon Fluval Flex, which is only about 11 gallons of actual water space. 2 Honey Gourami 8 Ember Tetra 6 Pygmy CoryDoras 1 Japanese Trap Door Snail I've read that you should only bring home one species at a time. Is that true, if so how long between new additions do you typically wait? Tank Info: Tank is currently two weeks old. I am fish-less cycling with fluval flakes Fluval Flex 15 gal Built in Lights and Filter 132GPH 40-50% water changes on Saturdays ( Trying to do two 25% changes in the next few weeks to combat newly found white hair algae) Substrate Seachem Flourite Black Clay Gravel and Seachem Flourite Black Sand Dosing Liquid Fert 2-3 times a week - All in One Liquid Fertizlier by UNS (Wish I would have found easy green before ordering it but I'll use what I got) 5 root tabs in substrate Dosed Seachem Flourish Advance and Stability for 7 days Running CO2 at about 50 BPM I switched to the Tetra test strips after seeing a video where Cory said the API brand were no good. Apparently my water is ALOT harder and with a higher pH than I thought it was. Next water change I am going to try using some distilled to balance it out. I ordered the API liquid kit off the website just to have my bases covered. I plan to add in some baby dwarf tears in the front to carpet. Yes, I am a dork with a spreadsheet. 😅
  24. Was thinking of making it a apistogramma tank or pea puffer tank ? What y’all think or what else would look good that can possible breed or just for looks ? Thanks in advance for ur opinions I love getting people’s opinions:). PS got these three plants for it 🙂
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