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About Me

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. I checked on my fish tank this morning doing my daily water parameter check to monitor my fish in cycle process and saw that the entire top of my fish tank had bubbles across it. not sure what is causing this. could it be the fact that I am dosing daily with prime and seed to protect the fish and build the BB. I also notices some white cotton looking stuff on one of my live plants and decorations. Should I remove that or is it harmless and will go away in time. Is it safe to make the assumption that everything that I am seeing is a result of me going through the cycling process with water parameters changing constantly, or is there something else that I should be looking for. Water parameters this morning ph 7.2-7.4 (has stayed pretty constant through this whole process) ammonia <.25 (spiked up to 1 but has slowly been on the decline since starting with seed) nitirte .25 (went up to .5 but has been slowly declining since) nitrate 5 (has been the same throughout the cycling process)
  5. Hey Friends! I'm working on a presentation for my Ichthyology class about Cichlids, and I can't really find any photos of Cichlids in their natural habitat in SA or CA. I found some good ones from the reef lakes in Africa, but everything on the new world cichlids is from an aquarium perspective. If you have some, and wouldn't mind me sharing to a class of about 5, I would really appreciate it! Thanks and happy fishkeeping!
  6. Ok so I think I know the answer to this question, but I’m curious to see others thoughts. I was surprised to not find a similar thread already when searching the forum, but When/how often should you do a water change? some say every week some say every 2 weeks once a month when nitrates hit 40 ”I never do water changes just top offs” discus owners seem to do it daily 😂 So when or how often do you do a water change and why?
  7. I knew my good friend Lauren was a freshwater fish scientist, but I just learned that’s she’s the worlds expert on the Olympic Mudminmow. Check these guys out, they’re a beautiful and interesting fish endemic to Washington State. Here is one of her papers on the species. I think I could get her to help me set up a biotope! http://www.chehalisleadentity.org/wp-content/uploads/Mud_Minnow_research_TAFS_2016.pdf
  8. Cory and others state when they get new fish they get a treatment before going into a community tank. Question is, what medications do you treat with and how long do you keep them in isolation? What is the whole process from purchase to placement? Someone have a video link? I'm sure Cory did a video on it.
  9. Was watching one of the videos, and was wondering what is the rack used and tank sizes to get an most even placement. I am moving houses in a few months and want to set up something that is pretty clean, or if people had any other idea where to get a rack that will fit some tanks perfectly and not look that bad
  10. I work at a group home for children in state custody and I just got the green light to bring up a 55gal aquarium for my office. I already have a 10 gal community tank, a 5 gal betta condo, and I want to have an awesome nice 55gal setup too. I had thought about keeping a rainbowfish community since the are very colorful and active, but the thought just occurred to me that I could have a "wet pet" that the kids could name and interact with. What suggestions do you have? I am open to other community type setups too. TIA
  11. Pipe size for a 30 drop system and piston pump.? Can a piston pump survive a garage installation in Florida with 100 Degree temperatures in the summer? "going in room but would like it in the garage".
  12. Ive recently been dealing with a very bad cloudy water situation. Almost to the point that you cant even see in the tank. Ive been doing weekly water changes and my water parameters are perfect. No ammonia nitrate or nitrite. Im almost certain my fish are all still alive and well and ive also been using filter floss and water clarifier but still no results. Not to metion the tank gas been setup for going on two years now. Anyone got any ideas?
  13. I have a planted ten gallon with a betta fish, and I've heard that cardinal tetras could make good tank mates for bettas. I've never kept a betta with other fish and I'm, just not sure if I should risk it. I'm also not sure if ten gallons is enough room for a happy school. Should I just get another tank? Any oppinions?
  14. I have a betta (Barry) that has been behaving very odd the past 10 - 14 days or so and was wondering if I could get some help in figuring out how to address it. Notably, he has been lethargic, breathing heavily and not eating. We initially noticed he wasn't eating about 12ish days ago and when we tested the water there was an ammonia spike (to about 1ppm) due to a dead snail. We did water changes daily until ammonia was back to 0 and figured he would start eating a couple days later once he recovered; however he never went back to normal so we did some more research. We then thought he might be suffering from some infection or other such illness because he looked fine, he just wasn't acting like himself. At that point we decided to do daily methylene blue baths: 1ml of MB per gallon of tank water for 30 minutes each day. After a few days, we noticed he was moving around a little more (actually going up to the surface for air) but still not eating. At this point it has been about 9 days of daily MB baths and he's still not eating but he is moving around more. On top of all that, I just noticed that his scales are more... noticeable? Almost spikey and his belly looks bloated. Googling around I found that it might be dropsy but, to be honest, I feel lost trying to diagnose him and I feel like I've tried so much and nothing is working 😔 I had considered buying the quarantine medication trio from Aquarium Coop and putting him in a hospital tank for a week or so but from what I've been reading I'm not sure if that is any different than the MB baths he's been getting daily; however, at this point I'm willing to try anything. Any help is much appreciated Water parameters: Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, pH 8.2, temp 78ish Here are a couple photos I took of him today: And here is a photo of him from January
  15. I need to buffer my water for some fish I am getting from an aquarium shop local. I was told to use crushed coral or aragonite sand. But I only have african cichlid sand on hand. I assume it does the same thing, caribsea african cichlid mix white sand. It buffers KH and Ph. But I also have to buffer the Gh. Hmm
  16. Hey everyone! I finally was able to find someone local to Aquarium Coop that is willing to ship some of the Vienna Guppies to the middle of nowhere Iowa. Very excited. Does anyone know of any videos or livestreams where the story behind them is fully told? I've heard the quick and dirty abbreviated version a couple times in the livestream and through other people. If there isn't great footage of the whole story, @Cory that may be an idea for a video (with updates on how they're doing in your fishroom).
  17. So I have been stocking up on second hand tanks ready for my fish room (well fish shed). So far I have four 7.5 Gallon tanks and one 15 Gallon tank. So far I'm thinking a small colony of multi's for the 15 gallon. For the 7.5 gallon tanks I am thinking a pair of peacock Gudgeons in one, two or three clown killifish in another. I was thinking 1 - 3 dwarf puffers in another but pretty much been talked out of that option until I get another larger tank for a group of 6. Possibly a pair of scarlet badis if I can find a female. I was thinking maybe a pair of GBRs but according to seriously fish they need a 60 cm tank as a minimum? So yeah I have two 7.5 gallon tanks I'm looking for unique ideas for! One may end up as a hospital/quarantine tank unless my cheap plastic 2.5 gallon tank would suffice as a hospital? I also have a (free) 8ish gallon BIORB tank coming which will house a Betta in the kitchen and already have a 20 gallon community in the house with neon tetras, panda corydoras and some male endlers. So I think I'll stick to species tanks in the fish room. Any ideas?
  18. Hello fellow Nerms! So here is a short, about me: My name's Nathanael, I've been a glassblower for sometime now and like many was affected by the past years events leading me to new hobbies with all my downtime. I had an interest in water features (home fountains etc) related to my work in glassblowing, which led me down the YouTube rabbit hole till I came across a YouTuber called Asu. This gentleman made amazing diorama style paludarium tanks, well being artsy already, I was hooked. This kicked off months of research, any fish/aquarium info I could find I was digging into, culminating in me building my first tank from glass up. Shortly there after helping setup a tank for my roommate and again shortly after that decided to build another larger tank. That brings me up to my current journey in fishkeeping. Here is some images of the 40 gallon paludarium again built from glass up.
  19. I have some room for 1 more species in my community freshwater tank and don’t want to rush to a decision. I’m curious if anyone has some unique recommendations for fish that are darker in color (I have mostly white or lighter colored fish, so I’m looking for a little variety). Any recommendations are appreciated! Thanks!
  20. Most serious aquarists invest in good lighting—especially for planted tanks. Dropping a few hundred dollars is not unusual for lighting a single aquarium. Now, a confession: I’m a cheapskate. Raising a bunch of kids... I don’t have a lot of excess money. I already spend too much on this hobby, and breed and sell fish to cut the edge off the costs. SO... Here’s my approach to lighting. I buy very cheap $10 LED under-cabinet lights at WalMart. 900+ lumens. 5,000-K. Now, the thing I’ve found is that this light is often too _bright_ for long photo periods. So what I’ve done as a cheap DIY is to lay black cupboard liner underneath these lights. I can move these around to filter more or less light as desired. Here are some examples... Fishroom “dark morning”... liners filtering most light on tanks... Example of liner under LEDs... Here is the tank lighting with liners filtering light... And now here is the same tank with _one_ liner moved so LED is full... Now, here is another tank with a low-end block-light aquarium LED that clips on the sides. I still use cupboard liners. Here is direct light filtration... Here is _partial_ light filtration providing partial light... And here again is the tank with no light filtration... Now, obviously a nice programmable light of high quality will do much, much more. I do sort of envy everyone’s fancy, expensively-lit tanks! 😂 But if you’re on a budget... while still suffering from MTS... this post is for you.
  21. Lately I have noticed my tank looks a little green. I noticed green algea starting to develop on my drift wood and on some of the plants. My snails(mystery) don't seem interested in it, neither does my BN pleco. The fish seem healthy and active so I know it's not bothering them i just wild like to get rid of this. Any suggestions?
  22. So I'm very new to the aquarium hobby and I am enjoying my travels in the rabbit hole. My tank is only 10G and I'm already imagining larger tanks. I'll wait until I can prove to myself that I can handle my current tank. So my question is in the title: does anyone here have any experience with a relatively large tank (55G+) stocked mostly with small schooling fish? Is it viable? Are there any special considerations? To me, the schooling of these kinds of fish are beautiful!
  23. Just wanted to share a success story. I brought in some fancy guppies from Twin Cities Guppies almost a year ago with the intent of doing fish for profit, inspired by Cory's series. My area had a dearth of quality guppies, seemingly because all the local breeders had moved on to other live-bearers and cichlids, so I decided to go for it in my 40 gallon. I've definitely diverged from Cory's advice by going specific strain as opposed to nice mutts, and I'm doing it in a much bigger tank than a 10 or 20, but apparently I've hit the market right. I've only been selling them to my store for the last three months, and just today they've called asking me for more, apparently demand is through the roof. The last time I delivered, I sold them 30 fish and they were sold out within a week. I'm actually running up to the point we're I don't know if I can keep up with the volume, which is an exciting problem to run into. I understand this might be a boom and bust scenario, and I'm okay with that; I'm very patient, and I've got some other breeding projects in the works to take its place. It's just really gratifying to have the fish store call you instead of the typical other way around, and I wanted to share that mark of success with you all. Thanks for all the support and tips! (The thumbnail is one of my juveniles)
  24. I have 3 adult angelfish, 4 juvenile angelfish, 5 green corydoras, 2 otocinclus, 2 rubber lip, 4 blue gourami. They all live in a 75 gallon aquarium.
  25. I was interested in some german blue rams but I'm not really sure what they can be kept with. I have a 20 gallon long with some corys and was wondering if I could maybe keep them with my venezulan corydoras. Is it possible to keep a breeding pair with corys? Its a planted tank with a good amount of cover. Also, does anyone have any tips on how to keep them and to breed them? Thanks.
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