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  1. I just recently upgraded my standard 10 gallon to a 20 wide, with a hillstream manifold. The hillstream manifold doesn't quite work how I'd like (I need to find a better way to spread out the output force, and I'm not entirely sure the entire input of the flow through the powerhead is coming through the intake sponges). I used a hand-drill on the area of the PVC pipe the sponges cover to get a greater intake across the whole body of the sponge, rather than just at the tip. There still is quite a bit of swirling action rather than full on directional flow, but it was still a fun project to build my own streamflow manifold. I'd definitely get a smaller powerhead than the aquaclear 50 I have running it now. I also have aquaclear 30 HoB for that extra touch of filtration (and for helping deal with fines better than the sponges) I have white cloud mountain minnows (and they have been sucessfully breeding, as you can see by the distincly blue striped jeuvenile) I also have 2 species of hillstream loach. I think the reticulated one is a pseudogastromyzon cheni (or myersi). I only have one of those, the other one I purchased at the same time didn't make it. It was a bad shipment from a LFS I go to in Houston, and the other dozen loaches didn't make it overnight. I got there the next day, and the one that is still alive is kind of the ruler of the tank. He definitely is dominant over the other loaches despite being slightly smaller. The other hillstream loaches I have, I have some of the Beaufortia kweichowensis I purchased from aquahuna. I suspect there might be multiple species, as one of them definitely prefers resting on the substrate, and the others prefer the vertical glass when they are hiding, but from what I can tell looking around the internet, the hillstream loaches aren't as well studied as we might like. The substrate is pea gravel from Lowes, and the larger rocks are either collected locally in East Texas (the orange sandstone), or I gathered them on a previous trip to Colorado (pretty much everything else). I'm currently treating the tank with seachem flourish to handle the staghorn/black beard algae, along with playing around a bit with my lighting. Still, the fish seem more active in the 20 gallon, so overall I'd call it a success. It is a pleasure to sit down and watch at the end of the day.
  2. Greetings, Hope everyone is having a great day! I'm currently cycling my first 20 gallon long. It's been 3 weeks since I started. I tried to jump start the cycle with some frozen shrimp and some fish flakes. I'm still not getting any nitrites. My ammonia reading is at 0.50 ppm. Is this enough ammonia to jumpstart the cycle? Should I be regularly ghost feeding? How long did it take you to get nitrites when you were cycling? Thank you for your time 😊
  3. Hello from North Dakota! I'm new to the hobby, but there aren't any clubs near me so I've been looking online for a fish community. Looks like I found it! I'm currently setting up my first community 20g long, but I can't decide what to put in it. What is your favorite (preferably colorful) community fish that would work for that tank size? Thanks for looking!
  4. Starting a journal post for my birthday tank!! 🥳 There will be a betta (there has to be a betta!), but I'm definitely looking forward to more livestock and plants variety in this tank vs. my 5 gallon tank at school. My plants arrived today for a tank that my husband is purchasing for me for my birthday! He got off easy (but he has no idea, haha!)...I asked for him to grab me a tank (14-20 gallons) and some substrate. I requested the Fluorite this time...I'm interested to know if I'll like it better than the Fluval Stratum! I'm a little too fond of a neutral pH to love Fluval Stratum! Here's my plant list: The water lettuce is the only thing that arrived looking slightly worse for wear (it broke into two pieces!)...but I already love it, so I hope it survives! Here's a picture of my bucketful of sunshine (kinda like a pocketful...only better!). 😜 I purchased some driftwood, a Marina Slim 20 filter, an Eheim Jager heater, Fluval Cycle, Fluval Aqua Plus, and a gravel vacuum off of Amazon. My parents bought me some Xtreme Krill Flakes, Anubias Barteri, a USB Air Pump, and a Ziss Air Stone from the Co-Op for my birthday. Most everything else I already had from what I purchased for my 5 gallon tank at school. I still need a test kit, a light, and a turkey baster. 🦃 Y'all will have to let me know if you have any experience with these plants...or any fun betta buddy suggestions for stocking! I'd really like to get a schooling fish...and I'm definitely getting some shrimp!
  5. I don'r have much experience with heaters but I think I'll need one for my future multi's tank. What size heater would I need to heat a tank to 77ish degrees?
  6. I had a heavily planted, fully cycled, 20 gallon long tank. I put 5 guppies and one honey gourami about a week ago. 2 guppies are dead, 2 guppies are missing (I can’t find them in the tank) and the one guppy and honey gourami are both fine. I’m assuming that the two I can’t find are dead but I am continuing to look for the bodies. Like I said, the tank was fully cycled and for the first couple days, all the fish were perfectly fine. Nothing seemed wrong. Does anyone have any ideas about what could have happened?
  7. 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!
  8. Hello all, I have recently been regretting my choice of a 15 gallon tank 😣 now I’m convinced I want to go to a 20 long for a little more floor space for my 2 leopard frog plecos and other fish but am I too late? If I do get the 20 long could I just put everything I have in my current tank into the 20 gallon (gravel, plants, caves, wood and all)plus abit more gravel and not have to worry about cycling again? thanks for the replies!
  9. Right now I'm deciding how much fish I should put in my new 20 gallon long. I really like the harlequin rasboras, corydoras, otocinclus, and I really dont know what else. You can help me by telling me how much of each fish there should be in the 20g. Or you can suggest and other great fish.
  10. I just got a new 20 gallon long from the dollar per gallon sale at Petco and I don't know what to put in it. One of the fish that I know is going to be in it are corydoras. I really don't know what other fish would go great in it. This is my first time making a community tank. The only time I've kept fish were bettas lol. I hope anyone here could help me out.
  11. Hey there! I have a planted 20 gallon long cycling right now, and wanted to stock it with panda corys and white tuxedo guppies. I know corys like to be in groups of 6+, but for example if I do 6 of them, how many guppies would be best? I obviously don’t want to overstock, would 6 corys and 6 guppies be okay?
  12. Would it be fine to put a single Pea Puffer in with my Cray? MY Cray, Skeeter, is maybe 3 inches from head to tail. Maybe 5 inches with his claws extended. My Skeeter is my most valuable aquatic friend, the only, aquatic friend I have. He will get a 20 long with sand and plenty of hiding spots. I just don't want the puffer to bite ate him while molting and possibly killing him.
  13. So I bought a rack system from someone for 20 longs.. set it up today and put my 37 gallon angel tank and pea puffer tank up on the top. The pea puffers are in one of the new 20 longs, they were in a 20g tall before, so this is much better for them. Here's what I bought sitting in my garage before setup. Here was before (the 20 gallon below had guppies in it, and they were moved out and replaced with pea puffers, their guppy grass followed them lol). The little 5 gallon tanks are just culture tanks, one was for brine shrimp (I took it down) and the other I'm starting up scuds. The 10g has been moved to a different part of the office for now, that has red cherry shrimp in it. Where I put it works pretty well, I debated on moving them to a 20 long... we shall see. Tried to put the first part of the rack in, but wasn't going to work and able to close the door, meant time to move stuff around! Installed both racks and started securing them (to each other and the wall) Completed 37g and 20g. I do have a 29g I am kinda wishing I did instead of the 20 long now.. Maybe in the future. Oh yeah and these came with matten filters, so trying it out (along with the filter they had - got to make sure the matten filter gets well seeded).
  14. Hello lovely people, I purchased the Finnex Pure 7 HOB sold by Aquarium Coop for the purpose of polishing the water in my rimmed 20 longs Unfortunately, the filter hangar is too narrow to push down low enough to meet the water line for proper operation. Do you have purchase suggestions for low powered HOBS that will fit over the rim of Aqueon 20 Longs? I have filter floss, bio material, and some other things I can customize them with if the need arises, I want to be able to use my own media. All of my tanks run sponge filters for the main filtration, the HOB will just be for polish and all that other stuff HOBS are good for. They won't be run constantly, only as the need arises. Thanks!
  15. Would it be better to have one sponge filter in a 20 long, or two smaller ones at opposite ends?
  16. Hello! I am debating on getting a 20 long and was looking for any stocking ideas. Right now I am leaning towards 15 black neon tetras and 8 albino Corydoras. Is that too much for a 20 long? I’m open to any other suggestions. Thanks!
  17. I’ve got a couple questions for this build. I’ve never used a sponge filter before I’m planning on going with the aquarium co op sponge filter but for a 20 long would the small size still be good or should I go with a medium? And as far as substrate what do you all like to use for your planted tanks? I’m thinking Eco complete but wondering what other options you all like? Thank you.
  18. I’m going to plant my 20gal long on Sunday and dry start then move into the cycling process. So I’ve got a while to figure this out basically haha I was thinking neon tetras, khuli loaches, and then various skrimps and snails. How many of each neon tetras and kuhlis could comfortably fit? I want just a sponge filter. I’ve always used HOBs and honestly I hate them. So I want to give a go at a sponge. Do I need more than one or just a pretty big one will work? Thank you so much!! I’ll also be starting a 10gal for a betta too 🙂
  19. My newest 20long measures 0 0 0 12 hours after 16 drops of Ammonia so its ready for fish. Typically I'd drop in a siamese algae eater and a few nerites first. Lots of algae growing. Originally I thought this would be the male guppy tank but have decided just to keep them all together so I have no real plan other than more corys ( cannot ever have enough Corys) for this tank right now. Plants havent filled in much yet but I suspect they will. Other first fish for this tank ideas??
  20. I’m thinking apistogramma cacatuoide, what’s your suggestions. All fish tend to be popular around here. I’ve already have livebearer’s and I’m not big on pelco’s. 😎🐟⁉️
  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. Hello everyone. I'm Aubrey. I've been keeping fish, shrimp, and plants for about 3 years or so. I currently have 3 tanks, the largest being a 20 long and the smallest is a portrait 5 gallon stocked with neocaridina, rice fish, pygmy corys, and bristlenose. I like keeping things simple and easy. Looking forward to learning and sharing with everyone.
  23. I'd say these ramshorn snails really love their green beans. They are slowly taking over this 20L. Just thought I'd share.
  24. Hi everyone my name is David I started my first fish thank last 4th of July so I only have a little over a year with my fish tanks. My first fish tank was and is my 20 long with (7 and 1 fry)tiger teddys, (4)Pygmy corys, (4)salt and pepper corys, Cherry shrimp and my second tank is a 10 gallon with (3) dwarf anchor cat fish (5) neon tetras (4) green neon tetras. I plan to upgrade the 10 to another 20 long in the near future. It very nice meeting everyone and I hope to learn and help others along the way!!
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