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  1. 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 drip acclimation ready to roll, laser thermometer to check temps match. For the veterans out there, any other advice? Really want these guys to thrive!
  2. I broke my rule of not ordering live fish in the dead of winter and sadly the fish did not make it. Well packed, water temp of 63 degrees when they arrived, which should be fine for endlers, so I'm not sure what went wrong. To my surprise, there were very much alive babies in one of the bags! I am drip acclimating them right now in hopes of saving them at least. They are quite active! Ammonia at 0ppm in their water, but nitrites very high. Advice? I was not prepared for babies here and live nowhere near a fish store to by anything in terms of live food, etc. I do have the AC easy fry food.
  3. Hi guys. I'm trying ponds outside for the first time. One has endlers, one has platies. In both, the fish are clearly scared. Both ponds are about 1/4 covered, and the fish only come out for food. I just saw a shadow of a distant bird go over both ponds, and all the fish darted back to cover. I thought they just needed to get used to the new environment, but it's been 5 weeks for the endlers, and 2 weeks for the platies. If anything, they've become more skiddish. They've switched from swimming to darting. Some of the platies have even become pale, though all the fish otherwise appear healthy. There's no evidence of wild animals. Parameters are the same that they had indoors. Changes I know of are: Size and shape of containers (bigger), indirect sunlight instead of electric light, temp swings from 68-80, feeding once per day instead of twice (bugs and algae are in the water). What could be going on?
  4. We had our first death since Kismet and Karma died last year. Fed the spouse's Memorial tank this morning at 10 am, everyone looked great. Went in at noon to prune plants, and discovered a dead endler female in the top of the plants... and she definitely wasn't there when I fed the tank earlier. Oldest fish in the tank are the original 6 females who are just over a year old.,, rest of fish have been bred in this tank except 3 endler males I introduced after first batch of babies were born. I did treat this area of the tank with H2O2 3 days ago, due to a small patch of cyanobacteria in the hornwort. Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrites: 0 ppm Nitrates: 0 ppm pH 7.2 kH ~120 ppm GH ~75 ppm Temp: 72.4 F TDS: 480 This is a 4' tank and approximately 30 gallons. Heavily planted, well established tank since May last year. Has had an on again/off again cyanobacteria issue that is (thank you @Mmiller2001) getting under control as I slowly lower the TDS, remove contaminated plants, siphon out, and spot treat the occasional spot that shows back up in the plants with H2O2. Last H2O2 treatment was Sunday evening. I don't know if the fish died of natural causes, and was bumped up to the top due to the feeding frenzy earlier, and the camera simply picked up the beginning of decom? Or if the fuzzy growth around the gills and mouth is what killed the fish, and I need to treat the entire tank. @Colu and @Odd Duck I no longer have a microscope. This tank has been really stable, I really don't want to have to treat if at all possible. I spent the past hour looking for any other fish showing any symptoms, and everyone looks healthy... I do need to trim out about 20% of the plant matter again to see clearly into the majority of the tank. Nerites and ramshorns are very happy with water quality, and I do pre-emptively treat my fish in quarantine. What is your opinion? Died of natural causes and I'm seeing fungus or something that set in after the fact? Or am I looking at cause of death?
  5. Hello everyone, I've been meaning to create a journal on my 29 gallon aquarium and my experiences with it, but I just haven't had time recently, as I am constantly bombarded with homework, tests, and projects in school. As you can probably infer, I have a little period of rest right now from school, which is why I am creating my journal now. Anyway, I've done something similar to a journal in my introduction where I covered my journey through the entire hobby, so I thought that maybe I would do a more in-depth story with pictures and only about one aquarium. Hope you guys don't mind the read... Okay, so it started out with me getting my 29 gallon started up and cycled for a couple of weeks. Setup: I added in pool filter sand as the substrate (I had never tried this before previously I used gravel in my 10 gallon), because I knew Corydoras would love to sift through the sand. For hardscape, I originally included only a few river rocks, but soon later added in some driftwood from my pre-existing 10 gallon. Lastly, I added in a couple of plastic plants I had used in my first setup, and a Java fern grown in gravel, now planted in sand. In terms of equipment for this tank, I originally started with an airstone and a cheap hang-on-back filter from a 10 gallon aquarium kit, as well as a cheap heater from PetSmart. I increased the filtration later on as I get more fish. The original stocking for the aquarium was all the fish from my 10 gallon aquarium (not including the male guppy that had passed away a day before I transferred the fish), meaning a pair of peppered cories (Corydoras paleatus), two albino females (C. aeneus), one Venezuelan male (C. venezuelanus, I didn't know he was different from C. aeneus at the time which is why I only have one), and two Endler's livebearer males (Poecilia wingei), along with a number of Assasin snails (Clea helena) of all sizes. Here is me first releasing the fish from my 10 gallon into their new 29 gallon aquarium. Soon after their introduction, our last guinea pig Samuel passed away, so my parents allowed me to get more fish to compensate (also simply because the tank wasn't at all full, and needed something that would eat algae). I bought a school of five pygmy cories (Corydoras pygmaeus) (also not to eat algae, simply for my enjoyment), and my little sister wanted a pleco, so she chose out a female bristlenose pleco (Ancistrus spec., maybe A. dolichopterus?). With the purchase of the bristlenose pleco came a tiny little guppy (Poecilia reticulata) fry that had made its way into the bag. We added this fry into the 29 gallon as well. Also I added an Amazon swordplant shortly after. After a while, algae started to rapidly take over in the aquarium. Specifically whatever kind of algae this is: I think it's staghorn algae so that's what I am going to call it for now. So I introduced three Amano shrimp from my LFS in order to combat the algal bloom. They immediately got to work on the staghorn algae covering the driftwood, and soon the driftwood was completely clear. Unfortunately, one shrimp jumped out of the aquarium (I don't even know how there is a good lid, and even though it has a space for the filter and stuff, I don't know why a shrimp would jump out, because the other two stayed in the aquarium), and I was not at home when this happened, so sadly this one did not make it. Anyway, they ate all of the mystery algae. At this point, my pair of Corydoras paleatus were beginning to breed, laying eggs which I scooped out and put in a small 1/2 gallon container right next to my aquarium. This container was aerated with an air stone, but otherwise had no other equipment. This first batch of eggs all grew fungus all over it, and I was heartbroken, until a week or two later, right as I was about to throw the container away, I noticed a tiny little baby fish in the container. I put him into the 29 gallon aquarium because I had no other aquariums ready. He made his home under the rock caves that I constructed near the air stone. But soon after this problem came the bloom of hair algae and black beard algae, the former covering the Amazon sword and plastic plants, while the latter took over my driftwood and Java fern. My guppy fry, which grew up and happened to be a female, then had babies with my male Endler's, producing many hybrid fry. In this stage, I also added a MarineLand Penguin Bio-Wheel 150 Power (hang-on-back) Filter made for 30 gallons. Although I have heard bad reviews for it, it worked for me because it was just and had a decent amount of space inside of it to add sponges, cartridges, or filter floss (I started with the cartridge that came with the kit and then switch the media later on). Also, I added an intake sponge over the intake of the filter so that no fry would get sucked up and also so that algae and plant leaves and things like that would not clog the filter. Soon, my Corydoras paleatus started breeding again, and laid about 30 fertile eggs. I used the same process for these as last time, and amazingly, all 30 hatched. I added them into a breeder basket in the main tank. They did fine for a couple of weeks, but then I noticed one or two had died under the frame of the box. So I decided to release them into the main tank, as I was afraid all would meet the same fate. Honestly, I think it would have been best if I just kept them in the box. After a couple of days, I never saw any of them anymore. I think that they might have, 1) gotten eaten by the other fish in the tank, but I don't know who could have eaten them I only had Endler's livebearers, cories, Amano shrimp, and a bristlenose pleco at the time, 2) died of disease, or 3) they died of starvation and not being able to compete for food. Fortunately, three of the 30 survived and I began to see them later on as they got bigger. So at this point, I was really upset and just wanted something new. I finally got my parents to allow me to get plants (ordered off of Aquarium Co-Op they took a lot of convincing though because they were afraid of me getting pest snails that would take over like the trumpet snails in my 10 gallon). I ordered a Cryptocoryne wendtii, Vallisneria, dwarf hairgrass (Eleocharis), and a dwarf aquarium lily (Nymphaea stellata). After this I went to my LFS to get Cabomba caroliniana, two Siamese algae eaters (Crossocheilus siamensis) for the still going hair algae problem, and a male pearl gourami (Trichopodus leeri). Also picked up my first Repashy to try it out as well. Soon, my aquarium was nice and green, and I added a black background for viewing purposes. I also decided to add more filtration (the water was pretty cloudy) so I ordered an Aquarium Co-Op sponge filter meant for 10 gallons (I had ordered this for my 10 gallon aquarium but wasn't using it at the time). After keeping this setup and stocking for a while, and while the guppies/endlers kept having more babies, I noticed my tank was way overstocked. The gourami was being aggressive toward the cories during feeding, the Siamese algae eaters were constantly fighting, and the bristlenose pleco was always chasing the other fish away from the food on the bottom (she, unlike the gourami, would just charge straight at whatever she felt wanted to take her food, even if they were half the tank apart. This meant baby cories, the gourami, and even the Amano shrimp). So I started by removing a large school of guppies (I took out the ones I wanted to breed) and added them to my newly restarted 10 gallon to start a colony. I removed my disintegrating Cabomba and put it in there as well (I never can seem to have success with this plant someone please give tips). Later, due to continued aggression, I moved both the pearl gourami and one of the Siamese algae eaters into the 10 gallon as well for temporary holding. They are still in there now, and aren't too big yet, so I plan on moving them or getting them a new home once they get bigger. Anyway, my guppies continue to have babies in the 10 gallon, but the ones in the 29 are not old enough yet, so they will soon. I added in water sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides) in place of the Cabomba, and it is growing well along with the dwarf aquarium lily and the Cryptocoryne wendtii. My goal with this setup is to create a nice "jungle," where there are a lot of plants covering the back and sides of the aquarium, with many different species of fish of different shapes and sizes all thriving together. Right now, it doesn't look too good though. Despite the plants that are growing well, algae is taking over the glass walls (I think green spot algae and some other type). In addition, the Vallisneria in the back doesn't grow anymore, and the Amazon sword that I had originally put in the tank several months ago has gotten smaller and smaller (it was propogated underwater at my LFS), and now is looking green and brown. The hairgrass is growing okay. Any suggestions on what to do with these current problems would be well appreciated. Also, I thought I might add that the bristlenose pleco died just a week or so ago, probably due to internal parasites that might be causing the fish in both my 10 and 29 gallon to scratch themselves on the substrate. I am ordering the medications (API General Cure I heard works well) now, and so far no one else has died yet. Anyway, I thought I might include a few pictures of the fish in the tank at the moment: Here is a pair of Amano shrimp on their favorite driftwood. The female has eggs, but I heard they don't hatch in freshwater. But if anyone has hatched Amano shrimp before, please give advice I want to try and hatch her eggs. Corydoras attacking Repashy: Community Plus So currently, my conditions are: Equipment: Nicrew 30 Inch Light, MarineLand Penguin Bio-Wheel 150 Power Filter, Aquarium Co-Op 10 Gallon Sponge filter (powered by Aqua Culture 5-15 Gallon Air Pumo), 6 inch airstone (powered by Tetra 20-40 Gallons Air Pump), Some kind of heater I forgot the brand Plants: Vallisneria (2), Cryptocoryne wendtii (2 plus new plants from runners), Dwarf Aquarium Lily (1), Dwarf Hairgrass (1), Amazon Sword (1), Java Fern (1 large, plus many smaller plantlets planted in different spots), Water Sprite (1). Fish and Other Livestock: Albino Corydoras (2), Peppered Corydoras (5), Pygmy Corydoras (5), Venezuelan Corydoras (1), Guppy/Endler's Livebearer Hybrids (Around 20 of various sizes), Siamese Algae Eater (1), Amano Shrimp (2), Assassin Snail (Many). So that's my journey with this aquarium so far. As I mentioned earlier, I want a bit more variety in my fish species, so I plan selling some of the guppy/endler hybrids and assassin snails (or moving them) and stocking the aquarium with a couple other different peaceful fish, like tetras (I like rosy tetras, cardinals, diamonds, lemons, black neons, and pristellas), rasboras (maybe the micro rasboras?), minnows (white clouds), or other Corydoras (I know that would probably be too many bottom dwellers though, so maybe only a friend for the Venezuelan or albinos, or more pygmy cories so they school in the middle instead of taking up more room on the bottom). I also like Bolivian Rams, but I know they get pretty big and act like a gourami so not suitable for my community. So if you guys have any ideas on which other fish I could do in the aquarium, go ahead and give your suggestions down below. I'll make sure to give updates on this aquarium in the future. Sorry for the long read, but if you did make it this far, thanks for reading!
  6. My endler moms don't eat endler fry, so I assumed they also wouldn't eat newborn platy fry. But today I put 18 platy fry into the endler tank, netting them as they were being born. A few hours later, I could only find about 6. The tank has nothing in it but hornwort (which I removed to count), and an ACO sponge filter (which several of the fry were hiding deep inside of.) So, in the endler bellies? Platy fry are super similar to endler fry, so it just doesn't seem likely to me... yet I can't find the fry. I'm hoping it's just that they're hard to see, but I'd appreciate any experience you have with this.
  7. I wish to start a colony of endlers. I figure I would start w 2 makes and 4 females. How large a tank should I set up for the long run?
  8. So, I've had my Dwarf Endlers, three of them, for about 6 months now in a 10 gallon planted aquarium with a grouping of Java Ferns and a Sponge Filter, never-clog airstone and air-pump, as well as air line from the Co-Op. I have heard that every 6 months you should clean your Sponge Filter. On Saturday, I cleaned my Sponge Filter for the first time as per Cory's recommended method. My fish seem very happy after the filter cleaning, even though it wasn't that dirty lol. I also trimmed off three dead leaves from the original Java Ferns and replanted three of the off-shoots or new growth from the original plants into the front left and front right of the aquarium. Just wanted to share this with you all and thank Cory and everyone at the Co-Op for all of the great YouTube content and for everything that they do for the hobby 🙂
  9. This morning we went for a walk and discovered these beauties in a roadside ditch. Here our intrepid botonist gets a closer look. He loves plants, leaves, twigs and cones. He just waded right in. This ditch is normally mowed and will be as soon as the rainy season ends. My hope is to get my 75g setup outside and grab some of these before they disappear. I'm thinking of going bare bottom and setting up a rectangular windowbox plantar hanging in the back of the tank, filled with potting soil and collected plants. Maybe I'll use sts on the bottom and do some lillies or a sword, too? Here is the stand I rigged with leftover (cheap!) lumber and landscape blocks I found thrown along the creek behind the house. Just need to get the tank on there, finish level, and fill. Maybe this afternoon. It gets full sun from 9 to 12, then dappled shade. No filter or pump is planned for now. Just a heater this winter. This pond beside it has a million endlers and clear water, I think from all the lettuce. I harvest half weekly, just to have a place to put their flake food. There is also an elderly black neon tetra and juvi cory that were put in there this summer when the 75g was emptied. It will be interesting to see what happened. The fencing across the top is temp to keep my dog out. He'll spend all day trying to catch them if i didn't block him. The plan is for a trouble free tank, like this pond has been.
  10. Hi everyone, I've been a long-time Aquarium Co-op fan, but this is my first time posting on the forum. About 6 weeks ago we got 9 endler guppies from a generally very good LFS. There were 4 obvious females, 2 males, and one that has since matured and is now obviously a male. They had bred in the store and all seemed energetic and ate well, so I assumed they didn't have any disease and didn't quarantine. A week ago one of the females gave birth and we have 3 growing fry from her now, but she looked stressed the next day (breathing heavily and hiding) and died two days later. Today, which is about a week after the first female showed signs of stress, one of the males died. The fish all seem lethargic and the ones that have died have been breathing heavily in the final stages before death. In appearance, the fish all seem healthy. I did also see one of the fry flash on a rock once, but it seems like an external parasite/infection is unlikely since the fish all look fine. Maybe he flashed due to ammonia irritation. Here is a video of the fish soon after we brought them home. I've also added pictures below of a group shot, the male who died today, and a (admittedly bad) close up a surviving male and female together that the forum software seems to have flipped. Water Parameters: Temp: 80 F Ammonia: maybe 0? I use the API test strips because I've had allergic reactions to the API liquid test kits for ammonia and nitrate. My ammonia strip was a bit green at the edges of the pad but mostly bright yellow (See the picture below) so maybe there is some ammonia in the water. Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 0 KH: 180 ppm GH: 120 ppm pH: 7.5 The tank is 12 gallons with a sponge filter, a dirted center island-scape where crypts and rotala are planted, and the water surface is covered in giant duckweed, so I hesitate to say that there is an ammonia issue, because duckweed has always kept my cherry shrimp tanks perfectly clean with the same sponge filter setup. The sponge filter has been established in a shrimp tank for over a year before I moved it to this setup. To address this, so far I've add a 1.5 dose of Seachem Prime (38 drops) straight into the tank in case it's ammonia causing the issue. The tank has had 2 ~40% (5 gallon) water changes since it was set up, with one of them being about 10 days ago. I live in Canada, so my access to medication is limited, but I do have copper drops for ich, "planaria zero," which I'm pretty sure is just a generic de-wormer, fenbendazole, the API salt med. What do you think could be the issue here? We would love to fix this because the tank is at eye level for our two daughters and they love the fish and are excited to keep seeing the colony grow. Thanks, Reed
  11. Hi everyone. I'm considering my first foray into endler breeding, but I'm hesitant to commit to getting some breeding pairs because of that whole "what to do with fry" question. I have several local fish stores in the area and I have not doubt I will be able to sell the males, but I'm concerned about whether they will be interested in taking the females as well? Does anyone have experience with this? I want to avoid having nowhere to offload all of the female fry and being stuck with an exploding population. Will fish stores purchase them at a reduced rate? Or could I sell the males and give away the females at the same time? I have my eye on some breeding pairs on AquaBid but I want a plan in place first. Thanks
  12. To be clear, it looks nothing like Ich. It's one bump, and her feces is also clear and like a spiderweb. I don't know what's going on, but I think something else in the tank was aggressive towards her (probably one of the males). I can't really re-home her, I have a breeder box but that's about it (plus another one of my endler's is super pregnant and I might use the breeder box for that one). Is there anything I can do to protect her in the tank?
  13. So it's official, I have MTS, I'm converting my 'OG' quarantine into a full-time running tank and have a spare 10 gallon that I'll only use for hospital purposes (I SWEAR, FOR REAL THIS TIME). That said, how many male endlers can I comfortably keep in a 10 gallon planted tank with one giant ramshorn snail? It has mostly floating plants and a couple epiphytes.
  14. I’ve posted about this before but now I have evidence that I can’t attach because it’s a video. My Platys are miserable because my Endlers chase them nonstop. Some people here suggested that Endlers are trying to mate with them and that it’s harmless, but my Platys are exhibiting stress behavior and I don’t have another tank to put them in. I do have a Ziss Breeder Box that I can put my Endlers in for a few days though. It’s not setup yet but it won’t be difficult. Any other ideas?
  15. So many places only sell male endlers. If I wanted breed them, do I just add females from elsewhere? What do I need to take into consideration? What are the pros and cons? Some suggest having more females than males and only purchasing pairs can create a similar need for females (if the desired ratio is to be achieved).
  16. Hi all, yesterday I got some endlers (my first livebearers) however I noticed today one of the females is twitching on the bottom of the tank. The parameters are 0s across the board for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate as the quarantine tank was re-established (with filter from another tank) yesterday prior to getting the endlers. I did check to make sure though. I don't have a pH or hardness kit at the moment but it's usually 7.4pH out of the tap and hard (lids get very crusty with calcium). I have attached pictures of the fish in question but I can't see anything other than it being a bit darker than the other females. Any idea if this is just due to the stress of moving to a new home, or there might be some diseases in these fish. Thanks in advance
  17. Trying to prevent more deaths here. Maybe you see a problem I don't see. I got 9 young endlers by mail 8 weeks ago. All 9 stayed healthy and active for 6 weeks, then I did an oopsie. 😞 I needed to put my 1 angelfish in the endlers' 20 gallon. Knowing he might be a chump, I moved 2 girls and 1 boy over to a 5 gallon first for safe-keeping. Then I added a few extra plants to the 20 as hiding places, and put the angel in with the 6 remaining endlers. 1 immediately disappeared, and I quickly stuffed about 1/3 of the tank with hornwort. The 5 endlers stayed in the hornwort, hiding almost motionless, for a week. I was carefully feeding them twice a day, making sure they could eat while hiding. But even so, 1 of the healthiest became very thin, and that's when I gave up, set the angel aside in a bucket, and got all the endlers into the 5 gallon. So that puts us at a week ago. 8 endlers in a 5 gallon, 5 of whom are scared and hungry, but eating. Good water parameters. Not surprisingly, the 1 that had become very thin soon died. But from that point forward, I'm baffled and need help: The remaining 7 were doing well - active, eating, and all 4 females looked like they might be pregnant. So we're back to healthy and stabilizing, right? Yesterday, a girl that was active started staying at the bottom, and soon died. Today, a boy that was active yesterday is staying at the bottom, like yesterday's girl did. Current parameters are: Ammonia 0-0.1, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5, pH 7.8-8.0, GH 14-15, KH 4-5, Temp 76. (The ranges are because it's hard to distinguish color.) 5 of the 6 remaining are active, and none of the 6 show signs of infection like spots, fuzz, split fins, red areas... nothing. But the boy on the bottom looked great yesterday, and the girl that died yesterday looked great the previous day. So... what could be going on?
  18. As far as you know, what's the lowest and highest temp that endlers can sustain before the temp diminishes their health? Surely someone on this forum has tried them in a pond, unheated tank, sauna... 😜 What have you figured out? (By the way, in case someone's interested: I found a reliable-looking source that says they drop a 50/50 m/f ratio of fry at 77 F. Cooler gets a higher ratio of female fry, and warmer gets a higher ratio of male fry.)
  19. Hello, Wanted to share this male Guppy born in our fishroom. The only one of 30 fry that's a male and came out like this. Still getting his colors....Thoughts? TIA and apologies to anyone against Guppy/Endlers Guppy mixing!
  20. Hi all, I have a 10 gallon planted tank with about 9 male endlers and 1 male betta I got almost 2 months ago. I've had these endlers for quite some time with no problems but about 2 weeks ago I had to quarantine my betta because it got fin rot. I caught my biggest endler and one shrimp munching on the diseased fin edges, so O took him out to treat him. After a week I put the betta back once his fins were growing back, but then I caught that same male endler, and only that one, nipping at the betta's tail and constantly trying to mate with him. I have the endler in a breeding box in the tank for now to give the betta a break, but I don't know how to make the endler stop nipping. He didn't do it until about 2 weeks ago and if possible I'd like to break his fin nipping habit. I don't know anybody who would take this fish and the closest fish store is like 18 miles away (I don't have a car and have some minor issues with mobility, thus I tend to buy my fish online). Does any of you have any suggestions?
  21. I have a female endler who swallowed a hair. The distance between her mouth and toosh is less than an inch. The hair hanging out her mouth is more than an inch long, and so is the hair hanging out of her toosh. She's been like this 48 hours. I assumed it would pass through, but appears to not be progressing. She is swimming and eating normally. Suggestions?
  22. Welcome to my Fish Closet! This is where I store all the tools one acquires in the keeping of fish, culture zooplankton for my picky eaters and keep my only freshwater tank. Oh yeah and lots and lots of plants! I thought I would have to come to the true #nerms to get some appreciation and advice. It's by no means a finished project or very organized; but it's fully functional and I'm getting proud of it. I really attribute a lot of my fish knowledge to this community and even though I mostly keep marine tanks I wanted to share what I've been learning and enjoying. All in hopes you see how easy it is to start with live foods or diversity your live feeds. This year I took the time to design a system to simply culture some popular live feed organisms. I have found it to be easier than I thought and really rewarding to maintain. I plan on going into further detail on their maintenance but as a quick overview they are 1gallon jugs that are drilled for air, running off a few USB air pumps. They are all at 30 ppt salinity, fed phytoplankton daily, and harvested once or twice a week. I also use a ziss artemia blender to cook up brine every two days, extra brine also goes into a culture jug to be enriched and matured. I keep a colony of Blue Snake Endlers (Campoma no.31) in a heavily planted tank. The key feature being the spider wood moss island, adorned with houseplants. I really wanted to think outside the box and have been surprised at my success every step of the way. I plan to keep adding houseplant cuttings to the top and let the lilies, willow moss, and ludwigia go wild under the water. It's an easy set up that I can let get extremely overstocked and the plants just seem to do better. The last third is blanketed with bright indirect light which is perfect for houseplants, terrariums, and aquatic mosses. So I rotate propagations, rehabilitations, and transitioning plants here as needed. This is a brief overview of my fish closet. Please leave any questions or comments below . Plus, I'll have a species list eventually but if you really want to know what something is before then let me know that too! @Fragilenanotank
  23. Hi all. I have 3 male endlers in my community tank. I let my daughter talk me into getting them but I've never kept guppies of any kind before. I feel like they are happy/healthy because there is no nipped fins, they are eating fine but there is only three of them and they never leave each other alone. I obviously don't want them to be stressed but I don't really want to add females as I'm not looking to be a breeder or just have a tank full of endlers haha. Wondering if just keeping the three is fine since no one looks sick, or is hiding from being bullied if I should bother getting more? They are in a 29 gallon with a female Betta, 6 Cory's, 1 hillstream (but I would like more), 1 ADF, a couple of Nerites and a big handful of bladder snails. Thanks
  24. Hi, I was looking at the Aqua Huna website, and was wondering if there was a reason for there being males only for most of the variates of guppies and endlers? Thanks!
  25. Recently Ive noticed what i originally thought to be a female endler developing color. Is it actually a male or can females develop color as well? Shes the only female out of 20 or so with the colors.
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