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  1. Hi I have a flu Al flex 15 g tank (I neglected it for a while but I’m getting back into the hobby) with 2 white skirt tetras , 1 neon tetra, and a 2-2.5 in green fish with red fins (not sure what it is) I would like to get 4 more white skirt tetras, 5 more neon tetras, a cleanup crew, 6 white cloud minnows, and lots of plants. I am currently using a mixture of sand and fluval stratum for substrate. Will I be able to fit the white cloud minnows? Any substrate suggestions? Any recommendations for cleanup crew? Any plant suggestions? Thanks, Jack
  2. Hey! My name's Emily, and I'm a beginner aquarist who began keeping fish in February 2020! Even though it's been about 2 years, my knowledge in this hobby is still very little because I have had no access to experience- which means I haven't been able to get my hands on many plants, animals, or aqua scaping tools besides the very basic necessities (as you can see in the thumbnail, my 10 gallon tank is bare of plants except for a dwarf hairgrass and crypt bought from this website. I didn't even have enough sand to cover the top layer of my substrate! Luckily, that dilemma is solved now). The thumbnail picture is old, I replaced that barely-functioning filter I used to keep in a 2.5 gallon with an Aquarium Co-op filter and I removed that horrible dragon decoration. I've been able to get by for getting fertilizer, medicine, water testing kits, a gravel vacuum, a filter, and all those other tools by begging my parents to allow me to use my allowance to buy these supplies off Amazon or Aquarium Co-op, haha. While I do have an LFS, it's a really crappy one where the animals there are neglected, there's a really limited selection for the aquarium supplies, and everything is overpriced. I try my best to give my male betta, Ciel, the best life I can; considering that his diet consists of only hard pellets and bloodworms (also flakes he refuses to eat) and that his tank is located in the kitchen (not a good choice because of the fumes from the sink chemicals or the smoke from cooking), I feel like I haven't been able to live up to that. I still have a lot to learn, and after 2 years I am still stuck with knowing only the basics. Ciel is my first fish, and he hasn't gotten sick yet in these past two years I've owned him- but I have no experience with treating sick animals (every other day I get paranoid that Ciel might be sick and I am unable to recognize the signs) or with taking care of plants (my dwarf hairgrass and crypt have nearly died off on several occasions). I want to have more experience by getting some tankmates for Ciel, like cherry shrimp or tetras, but first I need to fill up all that empty space with plants, maybe even driftwood or aquascaping rocks if I can somehow get my hands on them. I already learned the hard way when I got myself a mystery snail before conducting proper research, and he died a premature death from an irritated foot and malnutrition. You can see him in the attached image. Anyway, sorry for literally writing an essay, haha, but that summarizes the experience I've had so far into this hobby. It's tough, but Aquarium Co-op's blogs/youtube videos and being able to order supplies like plants and filters from them really helps me out to enjoy this hobby. Aquarium co-op team, if you're reading this, thanks a whole lot! You guys are awesome!
  3. Hello! I have a question that's not actually for me. 😆 My little cousins (young teens) have inherited a "big" aquarium. I don't know the exact size yet. Seeing as the only aquarium they've had was a 3 gallon, this could mean 10 gallons or more. They told me it was "like yours!" which is 20 gallons but idk how good they are at eyeballing the sizes. 😂 I asked for the dimensions so I can calculate gallons tomorrow when they get me those. Anyway, they asked me to help them pick out some plants to put in it. They're pretty young and their experience with aquarium keeping is very limited (and badly researched unfortunately 😬) so they need super easy to care for, bulletproof beginner plants. I skipped straight to intermediary plants when I set up my planted aquarium, since I did a ton of research and had access to good lighting, fertilizer, and a lot of time to put into it, so I don't know which plants would be bulletproof for young budding aquarists. I think they could handle dosing Easy Green, but root tabs would probably be too much for them, given the amount of work they've been able to handle on their own in the past. So plants that gain the majority of their nutrients from the water column are preferable. They also plan to get them from Petco or PetSmart, so they also need to be varieties that are available widely. They don't have a plant light so unless I gift them one (which I might for the boy's upcoming birthday, but I'm unsure how often they would remember to turn it on if it doesn't have a timer) they need to be low light plants as well. Their mom has a limited budget (lots of kids). Any suggestions you guys have would be greatly appreciated! Most of the beginner plants I could find online are root feeders, so I need some solid suggestions that don't require them to remember root tabs regularly. Thanks so much in advance!! They've been fascinated by my tank for months and want to adopt some of my always reproducing dream blue neocaridina shrimp once it's cycled, so I want this to be a nice experience for them rather than a frustrating one.
  4. I want to put a plant “roof” on my 55 what is the easiest way for a beginner to do it
  5. Hi,I have an ugf should i not be running charcoal with it because of adding plants. I am adding a canister filter,,,also for my basic filtration.I have at least an 1" of gravel on top......So my main ? is should I delete the carbon bags that came with the ugf.Thankyou more ? to follow
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