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  1. This is my first tank, may I present to you: my male veiltail betta I got from Aquarium Co-op a week ago! I named him Aurora. He is in a 5.5 gallon Aqueon tank with a nano sponge filter, a pre-set heater to 79 Fahrenheit, with anubias nana, crypt tropica, water lettuce, and (dwarf chain sword maybe). With stingray light, feeding ring, betta hammock and mirror. I am planning to get a nerite snail and some dwarf corydoras in the tank too.
  2. 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!
  3. I think I have enough bio load room in my 20g tall for a nice flashy "hey see how pretty cool I am" fish. current tank occupants: 6x Green Fire Tetra, 3x Amano shrimp, 2x Julii Corydoras, 1x Neon Blur Goby, 1x large Nerite Snail, 2x small Nerite Snails, 1x bossy Reticulated Hillstream Loach. I feel a lot of options are taken away due to the shrimp possibly becoming a meal and now I have to be concerned with my loach picking a fight with other options. so I am opening up to the room looking for suggestions
  4. Back when I had my guppy tank really poppin off🤩 too bad it doesn’t last forever
  5. I have recently been experiencing some highs and lows of fishkeeping, and I want to document my efforts at breeding Ginga Rubra guppies. I bought them online cheap, and now I see them selling for quite a bit online! More importantly, I love these little buggers! The first part of the roller coaster was finding that my community tank was really thriving- massive cherry shrimp colony, the guppies had bred without much effort from me, and everyone was happy. I decided to get a little fancy and feed better foods, start really taking care of the plants, etc. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake that I am still recovering from. Apparently liquid CO2 kills things (I plead ignorance,) and feeding different food for the guppies left my inverts suffering. My corys started acting hungry and my bamboo shrimp weren't filtering. Nearly the entire cherry colony was wiped out- nearly! Now we get to the good. Turns out some cherry shrimp hitchhikers had made it into my quarantine tank on the hornwort, and bred too! Now I am afraid to put the new, fresh out of quarantine fish in the community tank because the guppies are breeding. What if I mess it up?! But thats the fun of it, right? I decided to "back up" my guppy colony by placing a handful of fry in a few other established tanks and an outdoor tub. A few magenta mystery snails are into the tub too. Is it a little late in the season for tubbing? Sure, but whats the worst that can happen? It's hot here in Northern California and I think we've got a lot more time. You never know until you try! I will use this thread to document my success or failures with my efforts at breeding and trying new things. Current tanks: 60 gal Community tank: ginga rubra guppies (lots of fry!), Beckford's pencilfish, bronze corydoras (aeneus), assassin snails, cherry shrimp (population recovering), 2 bamboo shrimp (also recovering), orange fin "kyathit" danios (recently added after 4wks quarantine) 10gal Magenta mystery snail tank: very overstocked, need to sell some before adding guppy fry Shrimp quarantine tank 5gal: blue dream neo shrimp, 3 tiny mystery snails, 5 guppy fry Fish quarantine tank approx 5gal: recently vacated and filled with 5 guppy fry 29gal outdoor tub: 10 guppy fry, 3 mystery snails, lots of hornwort. Currently has sponge filter and airstone disk. This is the one I am most interested in following, and I plan to add cherry shrimp to see how they do, but only once my population recovers.
  6. Would like some advice regarding a swim bladder issue that I am beginning to see in my community tank. On Monday evening I had a pencilfish that was tilting to the side whenever it wasn't in active motion. Thought that was really odd so I transferred him to quarantine and added 1tsp per gal (thats 1tbs per 3 gal) aquarium salt because I was feeling confident it was an overfeeding/constipation issue. Whelp that didn't go well because it qas dead when I got home from work the next day. I was obviously concerned it was a tank-wide issue so I am keeping my eyes peeled and saw another pencilfisb that has a similar issue- the back end falls when it is not in motion, and its also skinny. And same tilting issus on one gold cloud minnow, who is also a tad pale. I began dosing maracyn in the entire tank per the package directions yesterday. I am suspicious of a bacterial infection; what do you guys think? I want to focus on the antibacterial for now and will dose General Cure and Ich-X after completing the antibiotic dosing, since those meds have specific water changing instructions. Should I increase temperature as well? Currently at 75.2*F; Last month I had been keeping is a few degrees higher so maybe that is playing some part. I would prefer not to dose salt since it is a planted tank with inverts. Water parameters were: Nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia all zero. GH has risen from 12 to 15 over the past month for unknown reasons. KH has been steady at 7. PH steady around 7.9. 60 gallon, stock includes: guppies, pencilfish, kyathit danios, aeneus (bronze) corys, assassin snails. Heavily planted. I added the danios recently after a 4 week, no-med quarantine and am wondering if they brought something in. Other than the two fish mentioned, everyone else is looking active and healthy. No skin lesions, red gills, or other physical symptoms other than the one pale minnow.
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