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  1. Found these in the 75 with my Mekong River Puffer Colony today. Only other fish in there are victorea mouthbrooders and variatus platys doesnt look like either of those . 6 and counting just turkey baster'd them over to the breeder boxes
  2. Hi everyone! Welcome to my journal! I've been keeping fish for almost a year now, but I helped my dad keep fish in a 50 gallon bamboo-framed aquarium he got in the Philippines when I was a kid. I'm 39 now and I decided to set up an aquarium for my 4 year-old daughter Zoey when her baby sister was born last spring. Don't get me wrong, Z loves the fish, but the aquarium quickly became a Dad Project. I joined the Army when I was 17 and was mobilized twice during the Iraq War. I had a very hard year in Iraq in 2004-2005, and finding healthy things to keep me centered has been a struggle ever since. Over the course of 15 years or so, I've gone from being homeless to getting married, having two kids, and getting a great job in tech—all while struggling with PTSD, addiction, and all that jazz. Keeping fish and raising them up, from collecting and hatching eggs to growing our fry, has been one of the most cathartic activities I've ever found. It's so rewarding to take a group of tiny, shy, and stressed-out fish and build an environment for them that nurtures them to the point that they're natural behaviors and colors bloom before your eyes. I love watching all my fish, learning about their species, and getting to know their personalities. And there's nothing better than rearing a new generation of fish in a little world you created. But enough about me! Let's meet the gang! Celestial Pearl Danios These were the fish I've wanted since I first started researching what kind of setup to get my daughter. I've got a colony of 12 adults and 4 fry. These is the first species I've ever bred. These guys live in a planted 20 gallon long aquarium in my living room. I'm currently harvesting eggs for a second attempt at breeding. Amano Shrimp There's about nine of these guys in my 20 gallon long. I bought these on eBay when they were babies, and months later I've discovered that there's only one female in the bunch. We've named the female La Reyna, and he's berried at the moment. I'm hoping to be able to pull her in a couple weeks and try to grow out her babies in a brackish tank. The Great Snail War In November, I purchased some plants from a LFS and inherited an exploding population of ramshorn snails. This wouldn't be a problem except I have a feeling that they're eating the CPD eggs before I can pull them out and they're overrunning the tank. I've been pulling them out manually and giving them away to other hobbyists, but it's Sisyphean task. Last month, I hired some mercenary assassin snails to help me out, but they're having trouble keeping up. Here's a video I recorded the first time I saw one of the assassins hunting and eating a rams horn. German Blue Rams These are the newest addition to my household. They're currently living in a 10 gallon tank in the garage until I can get my hands on something a little bigger. I've only had this male-female pair for four days, so they're still a bit shying. I'm really excited about learning more about this species because, from what I can tell so far, these are very fun fish to watch. Plus, they're absolutely stunning. Here's a wide shot of their current setup (they aren't using the caves yet, but I've heard that can take some time). That's all I've got for now. Thanks for visiting my journal, and if you have any tips for creating a great environment for GBRs, please let me know!
  3. Everyone has been there - get something new and you want to rush everything. I made a somewhat expensive mistake thinking my "peaceful" betta would tolerate a shrimp cleanup crew and added 10 "adults" I ordered online (nearest LFS is about 70 miles away). While he coexists happily with a group of chili rasboras, these set him into Terminator mode 😕 I was able to save half into what is now a shrimp-only nano tank. I had not tested water parameters in about a week as everything looked great- happy snails, happy plants, a bit of algae. When I started losing my rescues one by one, I did check... and found my ph was .8 higher than the other tank sitting 2 feet away. Only difference was 1/4 cup of crushed coral under the aqua soil. Despite all this, I have a single shrimp - the largest of the order, but still well under 1" - that is quite proud of his tank and his "pest" snail friends. A new order is about to arrive that has been raised in identical parameters to this tank - 7.6ph, 200gh, 80kh, 0ppm ammonia and nitrite, 30ish ppm nitrate. Temp 74 degrees. I've got my drop acclimation ready to roll, laser thermometer to check temps match. For the veterans out there, any other advice? Really want these guys to thrive!
  4. I have decided to start a journal on this forum to help myself learn and remember the ups and downs of my journey in this hobby and hopefully help others learn from my mistakes. I will start with a bit of background info about myself. I am a high school student from the hills of western Maryland. I have been keeping fish “seriously” for about 4-5 years now and currently have 5 aquariums. I will post a few pictures of each aquarium and share stocking lists and goals I have with each one. This is my 10 gallon purple mosaic ribbon fin guppy and cherry shrimp breeding tank. As you can see it also has a bunch of rams horn snails. I hope to start selling some of the guppies and shrimp on aquabid once the weather gets a bit warmer.Next up is my 55 gallon display tank. It is currently stocked with Odessa and green tiger barbs as well as a Bristlenose and yo-yo loaches. Next we have my 20L mutt guppy aquarium that is currently home to mutt guppies cull shrimp and kuli loaches. It has some green water currently which wasn’t intentional but helps the fry hide from the adults which is good. The only downside is that it’s harder for me to see the fish too. I also have a ten gallon with a male krib. I’m planning on getting a female and trying to breed them. This is my marineland 5 gal which is waiting for its next inhabitant which will hopefully be a pea puffer. I will have to make sure to remove the snail first. I am also helping my younger brother set up a 5.5 gal cold water aquarium for some danios or whiteclouds. I would love to hear what you think about my aquariums and any suggestions for improvement that you have. I would also love to answer any questions you have about any of my aquariums. Levi
  5. I’ll try to keep it simple this time. Day by Day photo journal to figure this out. Any help or comments much appreciated.
  6. Anyone out there working these fish? I would love to see picture and hear all about it. This is my 3rd generation with me, still pretty young about 6 month. I want them to hold their fin out wider, they don't have to be any longer than this. After I get their body conformation right, I'll start working on their color.
  7. Moved a large Threadfin Acara out this past week. Starting to watch these Discus to see if any pair off. Water change with ramblings… Feeding, with more ramblings… I recommend to every aquarist: if you keep Rams or Amazon fish, at least try keeping discus. Easily my favorites.
  8. I was watching some old livestreams Cory did on guppies and I heard him mention how guppy breeders used to introduce different diseases to their strains. They would let them die back and build back up so the offspring would be resistant to those diseases. I have some logistical questions about that for anyone who can answer. How does one find and introduce diseases? Are medications used when the fish are fighting the disease or does that negatively impact the fish's resistance? After the colony has beaten the disease, do the fry of successive generations become less and less resistant? Can these methods be used for other livebearers such platies and endlers? Thank you for looking!
  9. I ordered some black lame and silver lame ricefish eggs and the recommended procedure from the breeder was aged aquarium water, methylene blue and no recommendations for air. Wondered if the hive minds has any thoughts?
  10. In this topic we will try to track and record with precision the breeding of the Rhinogobius species! Fotos are very accepted!!
  11. I'm looking to breed some apistogramma. However I can't find any local to me. So I'm thinking we can buy some online. However I have a few questions: When buying apistos to breed should I just buy a male and female, and hope that they will pair up. Like is there a good chance that by having a male and female they will pair up. Or am I better to buy 6-8 juvinilles and wait for a pair to form out of those
  12. I’ve decided to keep a journal of breeding German Blue Rams this summer. Simply put, here is why: Just took this snap of our young male GBR. It’s not hard to argue that this is one of the most beautiful small freshwater fish. In addition, they have an intelligent personality. People are quite divided on how easy / hard they are to keep. When we first wanted to buy some, one LFS owner swore he’d never order them again. “They die, and require an advanced level of care. If I order them, you pick them up the day they arrive from our shipper here, and I can offer no returns or refunds whatsoever if they die on you.” We were newbies to the hobby — my oldest boy and I — so we left there discouraged. We stopped in at another LFS, just to see if there were any interesting fish. While there, we asked the other owner about keeping Rams. “They’re great!” he said, “I’ve got a bunch right there,” pointing to a 20 gal. tank. We bought a pair, and the rest is history. We’ve bred hundreds of them now — nothing on the scale of Dean, or other breeding specialists — but we’re confident in a certain approach. In this journal, my hope is to share everything in great detail, offer answers to questions (though hopefully others with even better answers will chime in) and above all to _learn new things_. At the end, I hope to wrap up the journal with a tank full of beautiful breeding age Rams that I’ve bred and raised from scratch, all documented here on the Forum. First off, I bought a female. She’s probably _not_ a pure color strain. It seems like she’s probably got Electric blue Ram color genetics in her heritage. This would bother a serious breeder, but it doesn’t get under my skin. She’s not a “hybrid,” just a slightly mixed color morph. I bought her a month ago or so at the Ram-friendly LFS mentioned above. She’s been hanging out in our Discus tank for awhile. Temperature is up around 84° F. That’s a key: Rams like temperatures above 80°. More recently, I bought a young male German Blue Ram (photographed above). I set him up in a 20 gal. long with a school of tiny Glowlight Pygmy Barbs as tank mates. Rams can be bred alone, 1:1 — some breeders stress this. But if they’re not stressed, they’ll breed in a community tank as well. There seemed to be a hint of Ich. I hit his tank hard with Ich-X, water changed, boosted temp... and it seems good. Tonight, I’ve added the female. First suspending her in a specimen container. It was so neat to see him turn up the interest. Once I added her, the romance really began in earnest. I’ve left the light on to see what happens. Here’s how their first “date-night” started off: Just a couple minor notes: (1) the rattling sound in several videos above is just an old impeller in a HOB. It’s an unnecessary piece. I’ve left it for flow. (2) But don’t Rams prefer _less flow_ you may ask? Yes. But I don’t care. If they’re interested, they’ll find a place to spawn. (3) If they spawn, I’m going to try to pull the eggs and hatch in an isolated space. If I can get fry over the 2-week threshold, I plan to break the internet by moving this breeding pair out to a mini pond, and trying to get them to breed and raise a batch of fry outside on the back porch over the summer. Stay tuned!
  13. Hello Co-Op community! This is my first post and I could really use your help! I recently started to notice some breeding behavior from my goldfish and some eggs that were fertile on some plants. I took them out and was going to put them in a tub with metholyene blue. As I was collecting the eggs, they literally started to hatch in the collection cup. I was like ok I’ll just try to make a Master Dean breeder tub. I spent a couple hours putting together a setup to raise them up. I was noticing today that they were sucking on the edge of the glass. They also do not look like goldfish fry. Much longer, slender bodies with a slight black line. I realized these are not goldfish but Siamese Algae Eaters (SAEs)!!! I have 3 in my goldfish tank that are over 2 years old. There is plenty of info out there for raising goldfish fry but not so much for SAEs. Most articles say it’s not possible or that there is no research to help. I have supplies to raise fry and they seem to be doing ok at the moment. I have some spirulina powder I may try to feed, I just don’t know when.. They seem to have a yolk sac but I have no idea how long they last. Any additional insight would be greatly appreciated. I’m hoping someone has had success with this..
  14. Hi Guys,I have a secret only people in this forum will ever know, I seriously have a problem with the tricogaster genus of fish. Its like some type of magic, I love these fish a lot! Especially the dwarfs.So I did what any sane person would do and procured an array of 9 1.5ft tanks15 Gallons (breeding various gouramis) and a 3ft to hold the rents once they are done. (planted and planing to add guppy grass, already have a lot of java moss (about 5 liters)) The tanks are drilled with an overflow, I have very little flow/pressure going into the tanks (only flowing for 3 hours a day and not when breeding as it would disturb the bubble nest) and the overflow is covered with filter floss. Each tank also has a small sponge filter in, one amazon sword and some rocks along with java moss.Now someone on this forum should be able to give me advice on how to achieve this. Any advice would be appreciated, note i am in no hurry, I want to do this right. The main questions I have is would I be able to feed these fry hikari first bites? At what stage would I be able to feed fresh baby brine shrimp? Anyone with success please help me achieve the same. Will send pictures once tidy.
  15. Hello everyone I have 4 CPDs 1 male and 3 females I really wanted to try to breed them and make more but have never tried breeding fish. I saw them spawning in their main tank that is full of cherry shrimp so I decided to setup a small tank with Christmas moss and bring them in there to spawn for a week and then move them back to their main tank. Well I moved them about 5 days ago and now I’ve noticed some fry popping up in their main tank! I plan to move the adults back to the main tank this weekend but I am gonna get the small fry out first and put them in the small tank I have the adults in now. Would the fry I already have eat the fry that possibly hatch in the next week in the smaller tank I’m going to put them in? I hope I didn’t confuse you all lol 😆 any help is appreciated! I’m feeding hikari first bites for now but have bbs ready for when they are a big bigger! I have a pic of just one but there’s several I’ve seen so far
  16. Yay or Nay? Side project ... mini butterfly koi look-a-like
  17. I have had some success breeding spotted congo puffers but have failed at raising the fry so far. I haven't put much effort in since last spring but I'll be giving it another go. I wanted to created a place to dump all my info and photos so that it's a little more available to people searching on the web since a few people seem to be documenting it pretty well on social media but that tends to not show up in searches. I'll be add more info as I have time. Hopefully my experience can help some others out or encourage people to try. I am quite experienced aquarium keeping but most of my interest has been in plants. I am in no way an experienced fish breeder. I just collected some eggs for the first time in 6ish months yesterday that should be hatching this Friday.
  18. Pair one. Have laid several times but no fryPair 2 currently with eggs day 2Day one of eggs male is still fertilizerDay 2 what is left of eggs day to. I have hatched many angelfish but now I want them to hatch because I have some where they can go. Both pairs are laying every two to three weeks. Ideas welcome. I have platinum Pearlscale that will soon be ready to breed and some are pairing off already.so I would like to be more consistent.
  19. So I have about 5 10 gallons and I'm about to set up another one. I have decided to breed a certain species of fish (NOT LIVEBEARERS I'M DONE WITH THEM FOR A WHILE) I know it's limited in a ten gallon but it would be cool to breed something kinda rare but not really thanks!
  20. Christmas is coming up and I need ideas. Should I get my Killifish an egg tumbler for their eggs? Thank You. Happy Holidays!!
  21. Hello I just setup a 55 gallon tank and want to add few guppies for breeding. are there are recommended guidelines like food, how many guppies and what size i should buy and how long it takes ?
  22. Hi all, new here and I tried to find a similar post so forgive me for starting a new one if there was a more appropriate place to be- posted on the introductory page a bit about what I have as far as tanks/equip/fish etc. When I started my 20 gallon I just wanted a peaceful community tank with fish that had similar parameter needs of course and I didn't want reproduction, so I avoided live bearers and "easy breeders". I ended up with 10 Harlequin Rasboras and 7 Otocinclus. Well about 6 months into my endeavor I now have 25 baby catfish and counting. I know some have fallen prey to the Rasboras which is ok, that's nature, but I've managed to contain the 25+ in a floating breeder box (boy am I glad I got that for "back up" plans). I seem to catch 1 or 2 daily in varying stages of develoment. Of all the hours and hours of research I did I didn't look into this because I never thought I'd be able to breed what is sometimes called on the internet an "intermediate level" breeder: now what?! I started another 20 gallon which I plan to likely house my Rasboras and I'll up the number of Otos in my well established algae covered tank where they bred- I have 1 friend who also keeps fish and she's taking a half dozen. This isn't likely to stop happening so can anyone give me ideas on how to rehome fish? Thank you in advance for your ideas!
  23. I separated my berried Amano shrimp to her own 1 gallon tank to see if I could capture/raise baby amanos. She has started releasing them and every hour I have a dozen or so more babies swimming around. what next? Brackish to Salt and back to Fresh looking for a thread for this topic…
  24. Hello Everybody! Finally I have a break from school, so now I want to restock my 10 gallon tank. I was looking for some recommendations for fish, but first you should know about my tank. It is a heavily planted 10 gallon tank, stocked with Amano shrimp. It has a nicrew planted light, fluval stratum substrate, dragon rock, and malaysian driftwood. It has a Oase Thermo 100 with an Eheim 75 watt heater. My water is extremely hard and has a high ph. I am looking for a breeding project, preferably egg layers. Something that is on the easier side but still a challenge for a novice fish keeper. Also, I would like it to be a peaceful fish that is smaller in size. Thank You!
  25. I’ve had corydoras rabauti and paleatus for a month now that I received from Dan. 7 of each in seperate 20 longs with sand plants and a little leaf littler. How do you determine they corys are sexually mature and ready to breed? I understand common knowledge is a cold water change and access to good amount of food paired with clean water gets most of the busy. The fish aren’t super plump yet but are of decent size. I would guess nearing 2 inches. If I was interested in live worm culture for them, what’s my easiest route and what is the source? Thanks! Photos are prior to getting plants and such into the tank. Water perimeters are spot on.
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