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  1. So I had a extra line on my C02 system so I decided to add CO2 to my low tech goldfish aquarium to push the growth a little....currently I'm running very little C02 about 1 bubble every few secs.... my question is....I like to do a 50% water change on this tank about once a week or so should I turn off my C02 system during the change or is it ok being left on??
  2. Hey C.A.R.E. Forum friends! Posting this, first of all, to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone here for being part of this forum! So many great posts and conversations so far from everyone and we're so happy to have you all here. Secondly, we will be regularly rewarding thoughtful posters and contributors with a care package (hence the name, get it?) of fun and useful stuff from Aquarium Co-Op. The first care package was sent to the following forum members as they were top contributors thus far in the forum: @Daniel @Bill Smith @MickS77 Congratulations to each of you! Other members, if you haven't yet checked out their content, please do!! In the future, we will be choosing winners based on other metrics as well, not simply number of posts - thoughtful and informative posts which will benefit the greater 🐟 community to name an example of what I'll be looking out for. Can't wait to see more great topics and conversations in the coming weeks. Feel free to reach out to me any time. - Lizzie
  3. Some of you may heard in the live stream we bought a new house so that we could get away from our current neighbors who made it impossible to film outside pond content. We also need more space to store aquarium coop products for the warehouse. We had been “looking” for like 8 months for the perfect space but our requirements were odd, needed a building for a studio, fish room and storage and away from neighbors while still being close enough to town for good internet. Here are some pics snapped quickly with my cell phone of the starting space. And 1 picture of the view from today that my wife took. None of the stuff in these pictures is ours, they were from a day when we had an inspection done. now the task of getting this space ready, then moving the fish room and selling our old house is ahead of us.
  4. @Robert or @Cory, wanted to check if you plan to be open regular hours Memorial day, Monday. Also, since I figure this question will recur in various forms I have pinned it. The sales site says your hours are (for the record):Monday - Friday: 11am - 7pmSaturday and Sunday: 10am - 7pm Thanks!
  5. I multitask while watching the livestream. I also hangout on the forum. If anyone one is up for it, we can talk about the livestream amongst ourselves (which starts in a little less than 20 minutes).
  6. Hey all, while moving I found a couple of solutions I could use to make a quick video about our test strips. Just thought I'd make them for the forum to put people's minds at ease to the accuracy. By no means is this a scientific controlled environment. Instead it's much closer to your home use. These are just some unlisted videos that can help when people are wondering about the strips around on the forum. Nitrate Test 150ppm: Ph Test 7.0
  7. Hello everyone, Unfortunately we don't ship live fish. Our stock lists are for our retail store customers. They are posted once when the shipment comes in and not updated after that. If you're looking to purchase live fish and live outside of Washington state, you can get more information from our web page on sources to buy fish. https://www.aquariumcoop.com/pages/live-fish
  8. I've mentioned elsewhere on the forum that my 11 year old son is interested in breeding Bristlenose. After a lot of research, he wanted a male long fin green dragon and two super red females. (I think he was hoping to get long fin super reds out of the mix.) I hemmed and hawed because I wasn't certain if he'd be raising cross-beeds or hybrids. Plus I had this nightmare vision of producing hundreds of fish that no one else would want because they weren't one thing or the other. We stopped by Aquarium Co-op today to see the long fin green dragons and my son had lots of questions. Over the course of the conversation, he (we) learned a lot. The staff members confirmed that the long fin green dragon and the super red are the same species. BUT! They also confirmed my concern that he'd be producing mutt fish and that getting a store to take them might be more difficult. They talked about breeding ages, sex determination and gave him encouragement. By the time we left the store he had decided: 1. That he would stick with one variety for now 2. That he can be patient and wait for the two young fish we picked up today mature. 3. That he can maybe start a different breeding project in the interim. Maybe Endlers? All of this happened because the staff at the store took him seriously, were knowledgeable and were willing to share that knowledge. One short visit ended up being a super positive experience and a bit of an adventure (which is exactly what he needs right now!) They also saved us some potential heartache and frustration down the road. (They also sold us two instead of the one I promised my son. What can I say? I was happy, the price was right and the fish are cool!)
  9. It's not everyday that I get to build something in the warehouse, but when we needed to run an airline system to get circulation going to our newest plant tanks I was happy to play builder for a day. 1" PVC Ziss Never Clog Airstones Aquarium Co-Op Black Airline Tubing Aquarium Co-Op threaded individual air line valves and 2 Medo LA-45 linear piston air pumps. Each tank has 3 Ziss airstones to bring in a ton of air and move around a lot of water. My 2 tips will be 1) make your holes along the printed text to keep them aligned, and 2) use the drills chuck to screw in the air valves to save your fingers a lot of pain. 🙂
  10. I’ve installed a similar one in my 75 gal. It’s really beneficial for creating flow and keeping detritus under control. I have two filters attached, one with floss and one with coarse sponge. I angle it so there’s more or less a circular flow around the tank, but move it around if needed to clear out pockets of detritus. If it was attached to a a substrate mounted Coop sponge filter it could be hidden much easier.
  11. Hello everyone! Today I got my package of plants and tools I ordered from Aquarium Co-op three days ago! (Wow, I'm amazed that they got the package from Washington state to NJ in three days. Aquarium Co-op really gets their stuff done!) I was able to scrape together a decent looking tank with only plants and no driftwood or stones, which I plan to get eventually. The plants I got were an Amazon Sword, a Water Sprite, a Red Flame Sword, and a Vallisneria (though two vallisneria plants were encased in the pot. Neat!) I know I should probably quarantine these plants before putting them in the tank, but unfortunately I don't have a spare filter or the space to set up a quarantine tank (But I do have a 2.5 gallon tank in storage). Anyway, I'll just attach the pictures now. Before Picture: After Picture(s): The Things I Ordered: And oof, the after pictures show a lot of debris floating around from when I messed around with the substrate. I did a 15% water change and vacuumed the sand afterward. I needed to change the water anyway. Even though it looks quite simple, the tank is pretty pleasing for me to look at. I eventually plan to get driftwood and stones to put in the back corners and attach anubias plants to! Ciel was very confused (and possibly even scared) of the new additions to his tank. After staring at the Amazon Sword for 15 minutes (as shown in the after picture), he went back into his rock to sleep like he usually did. I thought the new plants would stimulate him to be more active so he doesn't sleep in his rock or on his leaf all day, but I guess not. For the next few days, I will closely monitor the plants to see how they are adapting to the water conditions. Most of the plants I received are root feeders, so I made sure to add plenty of root tabs spaced apart from each other in the planted area. I originally planned to get all hardy, beginner-friendly plants, but I had to change some of my choices as my original ones were sold out online. If there are any comments or tips you guys have, feel free to reply them!
  12. Do you have a favorite area to place the Aquarium Co-Op Stickers? 👀
  13. Hey y'all, just made an account primarily so I can keep up on when the Co-op brings in new fish and products. I'm a member of the Greater Seattle Aquarium Society. I got started with aquariums in 2018 and have been mildly obsessed ever since. I love my fish and shrimp, but since I just keep pretty basic ones like bettas, apistos, tetras, etc. I find that most people care less about those than my horticultural exploits. My primary tank is a 22 gallon long, and I've lately been doing a lot of Dutch-style aquascaping. If you want to keep up with what I'm working on, I have a journal at the Planted Tank forum. Gonna do a pic dump here just because.
  14. I' hoping that I don't step on anyone's toes or frustrate anyone by starting this topic. I just thought I had some decent ideas that would help customers and Aquarium Co-Op. I thought of two good ideas for new features for the Aquarium Co-Op website. On each product page, there could be a related products section. For example, on the sponge filter page, you could have links to the airstone, the tubing, USB nano air pumps, etc. It would make it much easier than having to navigate the site looking for these items. A "What's New" section that would highlight new products. If you have customers that don't look at YouTube or aren't on the forum, they might not know about the new Easy Planters. And thinking about this feature, a "notify me when back in stock" button for out of stock items. I has looking for Anubias Bareri and it's been out of stock for a few days. I happened to check back this morning and saw they were back in stock and placed my order. If it were something else and I didn't check back for a few days, I could have missed that they were back I stock. I'm in I.T. so I understand that as simple as something might sound, I know it could take a while, but thought I would put this out there.
  15. Hello, Just trying to have a little fun.. About to put in an order. I was wondering what your average online order. For me: 1. Sticker of Choice- Or wife's 2. One Plant for a Tank 3. Food 4. Fertilize 5. Random ( Algae Scrubber, Sponge Filter) Thank you and Enjoy your day, Eric
  16. I got a shipment and made an amateur attempt at a one-handed unboxing video. The bag was really slippery on the Easy Fry Food, but I just charged ahead. Cheers Share your next arrival!
  17. Hey Everyone! I am excited for our next Aquarium Co-Op Club event with our guest speaker, Dr. Eric Thomas. Eric is an associate professor of biology, and co-chair and director of graduate studies for the biological sciences department at University of Pacific. Part of Eric's studies include studying self-poisoning in Corydoras catfish. The event will be live for members of the Aquarium Co-Op YouTube channel, and will also be available as a playback video (also for members only). If you would like to learn how to become a member so that you may view this talk as well as others in the coming months, click here: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/pages/membership
  18. Hey Everyone! I am excited for our next Aquarium Co-Op Club event with our guest speaker, Dr. Tom Barr. Tom is a world renowned aquascaper, author, and aquarium plant enthusiast. He holds a bachelor's degree in aquatic biology, a masters degree in botany, and a PhD in plant sciences. Tom has been keeping aquariums for over 40 years, with planted aquariums being his focus since 1989. He is best known for his research on plant nutrients, and the development of the Estimative Index (EI) method of plant fertilization. The event will be live for members of the Aquarium Co-Op YouTube channel, and will also be available as a playback video (also for members only). If you would like to learn how to become a member so that you may view this talk as well as past and future presentations, click here: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/pages/membership
  19. Hey Everyone! We are having our first in-person event in Washington. This will take place above the Aquarium Co-Op retail store on Saturday, October 2nd at 3pm. The store will be open both before an afterwards if you'd like to get some shopping in while you visit. Join us for pizza, laughs, and fish tales! If you are a member of the Aquarium Co-Op Club, you will also get a little goodie bag. I hope to see some of you there. 9661 Firdale Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020
  20. Do we know when these might become available? I have some supplies I want to order but have been holding off to get these. They looked so awesome.
  21. Does anyone know if there is a way to get notified when an out of stock item it available to order through the co op? @Candi @Cory
  22. So I was going to spend 10-20 dollars at the Co-Op what should I buy?
  23. A question for @Randyor @Cory Cory has mentioned that you guys get plants started on their way to converting to submerged growth. It’s a great reason to chose Aquarium Coop plants over others. I’ve seen the warehouse tanks on YouTube, but I’m curious as to what the process looks like, how long do they sit submerged before shipping etc?
  24. I just received my order of AC plants and it's late afternoon. Will the plants be okay in their original packaging until tomorrow morning? This is my first ever tank and I've been doing a lot of research over the last year (I'm a slow learner 🤣) and now that it's time to set it up, I'm scared and feel like I've forgotten everything I learned! 🥺
  25. Hi, I'm really wanting to order some new plants from Aquarium Co-Op's website for my almost 5-month established planted 10g aquarium. I currently have a gravel substrate, a grouping of Java Ferns and 3 Dwarf Endlers in this aquarium. This may be silly to ask, but what are you all's suggestions on whether or not to quarantine plants from the Co-Op that I'll be receiving through the mail? Any suggestions regarding methods of quarantining the plants and if it's necessary at all are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! 🙂
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