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  1. Osiyo nagada. It's been nearly a year since starting up my new 75g tank. Now that I am really experimenting and attempting to learn by doing and less by knowledge transfer I am starting my own journal. Maybe someone else will find this information useful. I've gone through 3 phases in life of keeping fish. As a child, a teen/young adult and now finally a responsible adult. I killed many fish as a kid. I know now why but then I just thought thats how it worked. My parents didnt know better. As an older teen I kept 2 oscars. They started small in a 20g and as most of you know quickly out grew that tank. I upgraded to a 55g and had them for a while. Once they outgrew the 55 I knew I could no longer care for them I was living with a roommate and didnt have much money but I did love and care for them. I didnt know what I was doing but I learned a lot. I did clean their tank weekly but not because I knew I needed to, it was just dirty so i cleaned it. Luckily a friend of mines Uncle had a 125g tank and offered to take them. My roommate shattered my tank a week later and that was the last fish tank I kept. I decided years ago that I wanted to have an aquarium again but I wanted to do things right. However I have an autistic son and wasnt sure that he could handle having an aquarium in the house without him accidently causing chaos so I put it off. I did however start researching. Thats when I found Cory and the coop on youtube. At this point in time I had being doing research for awhile. The COOPs videos where like a breath of fresh air. Cory was doing things his own way. he didnt always agree with everything I read. I quickly ended up watching the majority of videos. I lurked for a long time. Then one day I caught a live stream live. I made a youtube account and said hello. The rest is history. I've been part of the community for a long time. Learning and researching. Helping others. I dont actually have a heavy online presence besides youtube. I dont have facebook. No twitter. No insta. I lurk reddit. This forum is the only other social media I use besides youtube and even here I dont spend much time. I have 2 sons now. My oldest is 6 and the younger is 3. My wife and I decided that we would try owning an aquarium and see how the boys handle it. In December 2019 I bought a used 75g tank and stand. The 75g needed resealed so basically I was buying a stand for 50 bucks. I thought I would reseal the tank EZ PZ and I would be good to go. After all I had watched multiple youtube videos on how to do it. WRONG. I will never attempt to reseal a tank again. Lesson learned. It was a mess. I'm a big clumsy dude as my wife likes to put it a "caveman". I got sealant everywhere. I had to throw a pair of pants away. But I got it resealed. I let it cure and filled it all the way and let is sit for 3 weeks before deeming it sealed correctly. I sold that tank for 50 bucks and got my money back for the stand. I then went and bought a brand new tank during a $1 per gallon sale. The empty tank sat on the stand in my living room for 4 months. My thought process was to let my kids get used to the idea of having a tank and learning they arent allowed to play around or mess with it while there was no life inside the tank. After the tank lost that new sparkle in their eye I washed some gravel and began to soak some drift wood. I put the gravel, driftwood and some rock in the tank and let that sit for a couple of weeks. The boys didnt care at all about the new change. I then ordered some plants from the COOP and filled it with water and began the cycle. I slowly added ammonia over the course of a couple of months to cycle the tank. The addition of water and plants made the tank new and exciting again in their eyes. I then began explaining in more detail that we would soon be adding fish to the tank and that they are responsible in helping dad make sure nothing bad happens to the tank. Only mom and dad are allowed to open the lids. Only mom and dad are allowed to say when to feed the fish. It worked. They understood and to this day havent ever tried to open the lids or put anything foreign inside of the tank. Once the tank was cycled we made a trip to the store. We dont have any LFS where I'm at in Oklahoma. Just the big box stores. Apparently the salt water community is huge here and there are multiple Saltwater specific stores around. We went and picked out 3 nerite snails. Gary, Larry and Jerry. A week after adding the snails, we bought a dozen ghost shrimp. We then went and got 4 tiger nerites. 2 weeks later my wife picked out a clown pleco she loved and I setup a 10g quarantine tank (tank number 2). After the pleco made it thru quarantine we bought a betta. Atsadi is his name. I've posted pictures of him before. Then we added 7 otos. I lost 1 in quarantine. 23 harlequin Rasboras in groups of 6. I lost 1 of them as well. He was small and didnt make it thru quarantine. I expected to lose more otos because they are hard to transition but pulling out that little harlequin made me sad. And at long last I finally found 13 Corydoras Paleatus. This was well into Covid and finding fish wasnt the easiest. Everyone in the tank besides the snails and shrimp made it thru quarantine which included the med trio. You may be happy to know that everyone is still alive and well. The last time I counted shrimp I was up to 18 but in a planted 75g they arent the easiest to count. So next month, September, is when I added the first 3 snails and marks the tank 1 year old. In that year I can tell you 100% the most important thing I learned. Patience. Everything in your tank takes time. The cycle. The plants. The fish. Maintenance. You cant rush it along. You just need to give it time. For Fathers day this year, my wife bought be a 20g Long stand. It also is able to support a 10g tank below as well. I am up to 4 tanks counting my Spongebob themed quarantine tank. MTS is real and the worst symptom is my empty wallet (lol). The 20g is cycled and has 3 nerite snails so far. The 10g is housing some plants and whisker shrimp. I am searching for the right fish to join the whisker shrimp and call this tank home. I havent decided on what fish to get but I think my wife has been eyeballing a few bettas. She will probably tell me which one she wants soon. Once I have all 3 tanks setup with all the fish I want I plan to allow my boys to pick out whatever fish to populate the Spongebob tank. That is the backstory and I will now be moving on to projects and random thoughts.
  2. Ok so I get that flow rate is important for oxygenation/gaseous exchange, plus plays a role in filtration. But hypothetically speaking, if oxygen level and filtration was taken care of by other means unaffected by flow - is flow still important? Do fish that 'prefer high flow' actually just prefer higher oxygen levels or is there more to it? Do any fish require the flow for breeding? Or feeding even? Get stressed without it?
  3. I ended up down a rabbit hole yesterday, and it's been itching my brain ever since. How many hobbyists (here) keep rare/endangered fish in their tank, and help scientists with their work on breeding and keeping off the natural issue of the population dying? Now I know this is a curveball question, because how do you even do something like that? Frankly, I have no idea, I just stumbled across the idea from watching a video on various livebearer illnesses. Obviously, I won't be providing a link to the site where I ended up going down this rabbit hole- since it'd go against guidelines, but I can message it to anyone who is curious. I just thought that from this website, it was a neat discussion topic. Because, well- How many of us do it? Do you work with local schools/colleges/biologists on the studies of these animals? Do you sell these fish? Or donate them to those places above if you work with them? Do you find it harder than keeping a "regular" fish in the hobby? Do you find it easier? Do you feel a sense of purpose when working with these animals? What's the most challenging part of caring for these rare/endangered animals in general? for you? for anyone who doesn't have any rare fish: Would you be interested in doing so? Why or why not? Do you think it would be a good/fun "challenge" for yourself/family? (if you're fish hobby includes your family) Would you try to contact your local schools/biologists/colleges about your fish, and see if they'd be interested in having some (should they breed and produce fry)? What do you think would be the hardest part about working with these rare/endangered would be in general? for you? Anyway, those are my questions for the forum! Have a great day, and thanks for taking the time to read!
  4. Ok so not real discoveries - but seeing/finding out about a new fish for you. I'm new to the hobby and haven't kept a whole lot, but I'm the kind of person who likes to do lots of research and make notes and lists etc and have a list of all the fish that really interest me that I hope to keep 'one day'. Whilst watching a bunch of older co op and more co op YouTube videos last night I heard about 'crocodile toothpicks' for the first time in an unboxing video and immediately fell in love and added it to the list. No idea how I'm only hearing about them now - they are everything I love about fish haha but makes me excited to wonder what other fish are out there that I can fall in love with. What fish have you recently seen and fell in love with?
  5. So idk much about lighting, but I got my 55gl running 2 25$ shop lights, (50w 6k lumen, color 5k, each) water Is 79°, A 0, ni 0, na 0, gh 300+ kh 40-0 pH 7.8-8.2, I'm having the issue of the water being to clean, like no amount I feed will shift the water and my plants (water lettuce and duckweed) are going the cycle of massive growth in couple days then massive die off just as fast, blasting my water to, A 1, ni 4, na 0, then swinging it back to 0,0,0 in a 6-8 day cycle, is there any way to stabilize this cycle, cuz I'm feeding 4 tbl spoons of repashy community Plus twice daily and it's just barley keeping it stable but it keeps going out of whack, anyone know what to do or any ideas, no easy green but I am using easy carbon 6 pump per day
  6. Just something I was pondering and wondered what you experts thought - Every time we talk schooling/shoaling or even just most small fish we obviously say they prefer to be in groups right. I get that that's because of how they live in the wild, safety in numbers etc. When stocking our aquariums the majority of species that like to be in groups (or at least the common ones I own or have looked into - be it Corydoras, neon tetras, multi's, some even say it about pea puffers and endlers and I'm sure many many more) the most common general consensus seems to be that the bare minimum number is 6. What makes 6 the magic number? I understand more is always better and that in the wild they would live in huge colonies but why 6 as the bare minimum? Why not 5? Or 10? Or 20? Or 2? Is there a scientific reason? Was there a well thought of scientific paper about it? Simply an amount people have observed as working in most situations? Cynically is it perhaps just the largest 'minimum' us hobbyists could stomach or be convinced of? I mean fish can't count right - and surely 6 Corydoras in a 20 gallon might all hang out but 6 Corydoras in an 800 gallon might not even be aware of each others existence. And 1 in 6 odds of not dying to a predator wouldn't make me feel very particularly safe. To be clear I'm only curious not doubtful, it's almost more of a question of understanding the history of the hobby and where the number 6 came from than anything else. Oh and sorry if this topic has been done, just trying to start an interesting conversation and hear others insights!
  7. I am thinking of buying this product and I have a few questions for people who have used seachem excel or just liquid carbon in general. I've read online and seen many vids about liquid carbon and they all agree it is not a sub for co2 injection. I dose my aquarium with an all in one fert and I put root tabs in the substrate. I am trying to find a alternative to a co2 injection without breaking the bank. People who have used liquid carbon, is there a difference in plant grow once you dose it and how significant is it? Thx
  8. So, I have a newly cycled 29 gallon that I would like to start a breeding project in. Im down to either gbr, apistogramma macmasteri, or albino kribensis. In your opinions, what would be the most interesting, easiest, most profitable, etc to breed. Thanks!
  9. I am planning on setting up a high tech 40 gallon breeder pretty soon and was just wondering how many discus I could put in there comfortably. I was thinking 2-3 because I do not want to get a really big bio-load. also I was thinking maybe some rummy nose and German blue rams.
  10. So the DFW area has been going through a heat wave like we do every summer. It was around 99F today and felt well over 100F especially in the sun. My largest aquarium reached 79F today which is not bad. This aquarium sits at around 76.5F-78.5F throughout this time of year. I essentially thought of asking this forum how temperatures fluctuate for your personal setups. Are there any Extreme weather or temperature spikes/dips you plan for? I will leave some data below and look forward to the discussion. For me, I am certain the outside facing wall is adding heat to my large tank. The aquarium below sits along my living room wall and faces West. I keep my home reasonably cool around 73F but in the summers here I can reach 75F during the hottest parts of the day. By morning the temps are back to 76.5F. I know my Fluval 3.0 light puts a good amount of heat to the tank. Without the light the temperatures sit around 75. Contrast this with Winter, and this same setup will sit at 75.5F, although I do put a second heater in the tank starting around Mid-November as a backup. I know it doesn't look it, but this 72g has around 40 fish, they mostly like to hide when the lights start dimming. Except for the Rainbow fish, they are just constant zoomers until the lights are blacked out. Also, my shipment of plants from the Co-op arrived today. They look great, I cant wait to plant them in a few days. (I leave them in pods for a few days to see some root growth.) Some Ammannia Gracilis to mix in with the Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus behind some wood.
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