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  1. I'm looking for some help from tetra experts on what I might be doing wrong, if anything. My Green Fire Tetras are extremely shy and not eating as enthusiastically as they used to. In early March I received a shipment from an aquabid sale for what were supposed to be 6 kubotai rasboras. Instead they sent me 9 Green Fire Tetras, aka 'Rathbun's Bloodfin Tetras' aka Red-flanked Bloodfin Tetras. They get to be 2" long and these were a little smaller than neon tetras at the time so they were juveniles, I consulted some folks from a well-regarded fb group who even said they were so young they couldnt accurately identify at first. These guys ate *ok* while in quarantine, they were in a 5gallon sterilite tub for well over a month because I had to get a bigger aquarium (since these were not the kubotai rasboras I ordered). I fed them mostly flake foods as they ignored my ground-up pellets. They got Extreme Krill Flake & Spirulina Flake, baby brine shrimp, and egg yolk most of the time. They went through QT with levamisole, maracyn 2, and sulfaplex for 1 week each (but they were in QT for longer overall). No signs of illness. I ended up putting them in a lowboy/riparium style setup in early/mid April. I took a 40 gallon and cut it in half. Specs: Size: 20 Gal (more like 17g because of hardscape and since I don't fill it all the way) Filtration: 2x sponge filters rated for 15 gallons, with directed return flow above the water to create surface agitation. I've also included an airstone for more aeration Substrate: White sand with lava rock in the back for BB growth (and hydroton clay pellets for the riparium plants) Hardscape: Cypress driftwood, seiryu stone Tankmates: 6 pygmy corydoras, a handful of malaysian trumpet snails Lighting: 2x Hygger Planted 24/7 suspended 12" above the water surface, on a 24 hr daylight simulation cycle. Moderately planted with salvinia floaters for cover (i say moderately because all the underwater creeping jenny I had melted as soon as it started to emerse so I'll be adding more). Riparium plants were mostly purchased bare root or otherwise washed REALLY WELL and transitioned to emersed growing in a separate jar to mitigate fouling of the tank water. I have antherium, maidenhair fern, english ivy, stonecrop sedum, creeping jenny, philodendron, purple waffle, polkadot plant, and sweet potato vine) I test this tank more frequently than my others, thinking I was having a chemistry issue, but it seems consistent: ph 7.2 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10 temp: 78 KH: 5 (API test #drops) GH: 15 (API test #drops) These guys do nothing but hide behind/inside/UNDER the hardscape. They sometimes come out if they see food drifting down but often end up ignoring it. They're not really growing much and not 'filling out,' I feel like even if they're longer theyre proportionally thinner than when I moved them from quarantine to the new tank. The only food they really LOVE and consistently eat is the baby brine shrimp. I was toying with the idea of removing the floaters and moving the filters all to one side to create flow, but if they're timid then maybe they'll feel more exposed. Do these guys eat better at certain times of day? Is this just how tetras are in general, and I have picky eaters on top of it? (in the pic the white spot on the far right tetra's flank is a falling crumb of egg yolk, it was one of 3 pics i took in rapid succession and it's not in the 2 other pictures)
  2. So I'm going on a trip for a week in a few months and just thought about my fish. I know I can get a automatic feeder but I do have some picky fish like my puffers that only eat frozen blood worms and snails. Any ideas? Don't have anyone to come feed them
  3. 20 gallons Population : 1 honey gourami, 10 chili rasboras, 14 green neon tetras, 7 false julii corydoras and 4 nerita snails. pH 7.6. Temps about 75 F, 0/0/20, gh 8, kh 4 My green neon tetras used to eat everything. Now, the only food they will eat is frozen food (blood worm, daphnia, brine shrimp). Any other food, they won’t even take it in their mouth and spit it - at best they push it with their nose... 😲 They won’t even eat bug bites from Fluval. I feed my fish a variety of food (flake, pellets, frozen, freeze dried) and each of these at least 2-3 different kind (like I have 3-4 kind of pellets, etc). I used to give frozen food only once or twice a week but now I give some max every 2 days, not wanting them to starve. But do you have any suggestions how I can get them to eat dry food again? Thank you!
  4. Okay for those that follow this 10 gallon tank was my first tank it also started MTS with me, but in the beginning it has the trio of guppies which had 2 sets of fry about a year ago, they got moved into a 20gL, which left this tank partially drained for a month or two which somehow became a cyclops tank all by itself which I tried to Nuke with periclens cuz I thought they were parasites lol, before someone here told me what they, which for the longest I used it as a "death tank" just a tank full of Cyclops and snails that Id put all the dead fish, all the dead plants, everything I didn't want in any other tanks into it and just let it rot away, no filter, no Air, then one day I decide you know what let's do that, I add a 150w led (23w) and a 10g sponge, and boom green water, I add a hang on the back and some hornwort trying to clear it up, but nope, but water parameters were good so I added four silver Molly males now my question is do I still feed them as normal because Molly's are algae eaters too a point and it's a giant tank of algae, so do I still need to feed them as regular or do I need to change something here, cuz personally tamales are doing absolutely amazing and I kind of grown fond of the green color almost it's just different than all the others cuz it's my only green one
  5. I have what I have been told is a rubber nose/rubber lip pleco. Since it was my understanding they were vegetarian I purchased algea pellets for him. He ignores the algea pellets (even crawling over them) to get to the Cordy's food (ground feeding fish food) and eats that instead. Is that ok?
  6. I've been battling high nitrates even with ~50 percent water changes every week, so I'm thinking I have an ammonia issue, which leads me to how much I'm feeding my little puffs. I have six juveniles in my 10g right now and hand feed them a combination of frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp twice a day until each one has a round belly, then immediately remove any leftovers and debris. This might be a hard question to answer, but am I going overboard?
  7. In this topic we will try to track and record with precision the breeding of the Rhinogobius species! Fotos are very accepted!!
  8. Hi everybody! I got repashy super green for my otocinclus but it seems like my zebra danios are scarfing it all down. I even fed them before and I waited until the light was off for bed time to put it in. Does anyone have any tips on how to get some food to my otos without my danios sniffing it out like it’s the last time they’ll ever eat? 😂 thank you!
  9. I have 4 Ember Tetras I got about 2 weeks ago. I actually got 6 but 2 were super tiny and didn’t make it. The ones I have left don’t seem like they’re eating. It looks like they want to but they eat the food then spit it back out. I’ve tried 3 different flakes, xtreme Nano pellets (that I crush even more because they’re too big), frozen daphnia and frozen baby brine shrimp. It’s the same with everything. They suck it in, maybe give it a chomp or 2 then spit it out. Any ideas? Thanks!
  10. I just had to share this video, our blue glo tetra-Cosmo, won’t let go of the Hikari sinking wafer and won’t let it touch the ground. Enjoy! DontDropIt
  11. I finally added life to my 10g today in the form of 5 cherry shrimp and a Nerite snail - yay! What is the best thing to feed them in your experience? I have a lot of brown algae, some plant decay, nano banquet blocks and my LFS highly recommended Shrimp King Color for them every few days, so I got that as well.
  12. HOW OFTEN DO YOU FEED? Curious, there is so much conflicting information on this, whether it be species, specific regiments, or just as simple when they remember... Some say early morning then mid day, while some go as far as saying once a week or longer. "A healthy fish is a hungry fish" etc, etc.. Please tell me Why, When, and what foods you prefer. I'd like to get anyone's and everyone input on this, and their reasoning behind it. My current Community Tank is a 75 gallon planted(some still adjusting) that homes 30 Ember Tetras, 25 Pygmy Corydoras, 75+(100+) breeding Red Cherry Shrimp, 5 Amano, 2 Otocinclus, 3 Borneo Sucker Loach, 3 Blue Neon Gobies, 12 Forktail blue eyed Rainbows, 5 Black Bar Endlers(Moving to a breeding tank) 8 breeding Mystery Snails (Purple, Gold, Blue) Few Nerites, and 5 or so Ninja Thai Micro Crabs.
  13. While reloading Loppy the goldfish's veggie clip feeder, it got me thinking about what tips people have for fishkeeping on a budget. When listening to Cory's livestreams, I hear folks talk about having a tight budget for their fish, so I just wanted to share my one tip and maybe encourage other people to share more. I remember what it was like being in college and not having a whole lot to spend on my Figure 8 Puffer tank. The veggie clip that I use for the tank is just a plain toothbrush holder I got for super cheap (3 for 1000KRW, roughly 1USD). The ones I just searched for online are way more than that. PLUS, the toothbrush holder is all plastic, with a rubber suction cup. There's no metal. There are no rough edges. The happy face on it doesn't exactly match a "natural" theme though if that is what you're going for. What budgeting tips do you have?
  14. I've fed frozen foods for a while now, at first he would eat the pellets as well but now he won't touch the pellets and waits it out for frozen, even if I wait a few days. He won't even look at the surface to eat, he just plops his fish butt where he knows the frozen falls. I have northfin pellets. Any other suggestions?
  15. Hello everyone, In a few months my cousin will be going on vacation and she has 2 African dwarf frogs. Her and her family will be gone for 3 days. She wanted to know if this too long? Thanks!
  16. We've only been back in the hobby of fish keeping for the past year or so. We had lots of different kinds of fish over the years, but I don't really remember too much about them. What I've been fascinated with this time is how they eat. And by eat, I really mean EEEEEEEEAAAAAAT!!! because we have a 55-gallon FULL of hundreds of guppies...mostly juvenile...and continually ravenous! 4 weeks ago, though, we brought some new fish home to quarantine and just added them to our tanks last weekend. The first were Siamese Algae Eaters. I think. We bought the ones whose black stripe continues into their tails. Well, 2 of them, anyway. The third one, the smallest one, has a black stripe that is more jagged and that's the one that eats the most algae, so now I'm not sure if they are all SAEs or if one is a Flying Fox Fish. What's interesting about them is that I tried feeding them Hikari algae wafers during quarantine. For the most part, they just weren't interested. But when I dropped in the Xtreme nano pellets, they went nuts! Jumping right into fray with barbs to get those little yummy bites. So cool to watch. And that brings us to the Green Tiger Barbs. They are gorgeous and fascinating...and hilarious. At least, when it comes to eating those pellets. They chipmunk them!!! Most of them can actually pull THREE pellets into their tiny mouths. Then they carry them around for a while (I guess until they soften) and then you see them munching away. Here's my feeble attempt to capture it. Blurry, but you can see their mouths stuffed with pellets. It's like they're playing the "Chubby Bunny" game!!! What are the feeding behaviors you've observed that were surprising? Or hilarious? Or at least very interesting??? Alesha
  17. Here is my plan for the tank: 2.5 gallon aquarium Crushed Coral Substrate Simple LED Light on 12 hours light cycle for algae growth Sponge Filter Feeding zucchini, frozen bloodworms, and Xtreme Sinking Wafers Any thoughts for better success? Will be transporting a good amount of snails from my Guppy/BN Pleco Breeding Tank to get them started.
  18. Hey, I have just recentley switched to pellets for my fish and my female swordtail will go for the pellet, and then spit it out and then go for it again? Will she start eating them normally? if not how do I fix this problem?
  19. I purchased some otocinclus about a week ago. They're doing great so far. But they've already gone through the algae and biofilm in my tank. I've tried giving them Hikari algae wafers and Repashy soilent green. I haven't seen them eat either in the last couple of days, but they're swimming around the tank and acting content. Is there a way to entice them with food? Do they eat at night, and maybe I'm just not seeing them feed? Is there a better food I should be offering? I know they're prone to starvation, and j wouldn't say these guys have particularly round bellies, so I'm a bit concerned.
  20. I'd say these ramshorn snails really love their green beans. They are slowly taking over this 20L. Just thought I'd share.
  21. I give my fish this treat, from time to time. It is made by using your favorite Repashy food with a *surprise* algae wafer center. I have many extra, eye contact lens cases that are only used for this application. They are about the right size for me and clean up easily. The final product easily pops out of the mold (when cooled) for simple tank distribution. A lot of fun to make, too. 🐟 Usually make a bunch at a time and off to the refrigerator or freezer they go, for proper storage.
  22. I plan on a Betta, some danios a cory and nerite snails in a 20 gal. I am overwhelmed by the variety of fish foods. It appears that fish love live food. Can you feed them just live food? If so what is a good daily feeding schedule?
  23. There's much debate in the aquarium hobby regarding soy ingredients in fish feed. Some people will tell you it's bad, others it is good, but that's it, seems everything is anecdotal experience right? I found this paper, hosted in a University of Mexico (UNAL) by a Chinese scientist in the Netherlands, Dr. Yueming Dersjant-Li, you can check her profile here: http://animalnutrition.dupont.com/eventsinsights/contributors/dr-yueming-dersjant-li/ Her qualifications are legit it seems! Here's the paper on soy products regarding to fish nutrition: https://www.uanl.mx/utilerias/nutricion_acuicola/VI/archivos/A34.pdf If you ever wanted to know if Soy products in fish food is good or bad, I urge you to read it. If you dn't want to read the entire paper though, I can summarize some of the most important stuff I took from it: The rapid growth of aquaculture coupled with the relative high prices of fish meal and other marine animal proteins made food manufacturers to look for safe alternatives to replace part of these meals with plant alternatives. Among plant protein ingredients, soybean meal is considered as the most nutritive plant protein source. However, the high concentration of anti nutritional factors limited the inclusion levels of soybean meal in aquafeed. In soy protein concentrate, the anti nutritional components are eliminated. Compared to fishmeal, soy protein concentrate has advantage of high protein and amino acids digestibility co-efficiency, readily available and consistent quality. seems Soy Protein Concentrate is much, much better than Soybean Meal, because of the anti nutritional components are eliminated (more on that up next). Literature studies demonstrate that soy protein concentrate is a good alternative to fishmeal in shrimp and fish diets. In shrimp diet, 40% of fish meal can be replaced by soy protein concentrate without negative influence on growth performance. In fish, 40-100% of fishmeal can be replaced by soy protein concentrate. In conclusion, soy protein concentrate is a good protein source for aquafeeds. Soybean meal (SBM) is considered as the most nutritive plant ingredients widely used in pig, poultry and fish feed. Among plant protein ingredients, soybean meal has well balanced amino acid profile. Furthermore, SBM has the advantage of being resistant to oxidation and spoilage and is naturally clean from organisms such as fungi, viruses and bacteria that are harmful to shrimp and fish. SBM can be used to partially replace fish meal or animal protein in fish and shrimp diets. In general, however, at high replacement levels the growth rates of fish and shrimp are reduced. The growth depression effect of soybean meal at high inclusion levels may be related to the antinutritional components presented in SBM. It has been observed in many fish species that anti-nutritional components in SBM, such as trypsin inhibitor, antigens, lectins, saponins and oligosaccharides, can have negative effect on digestibility of nutrients and performance of fish. The amino acid profile in fish meal in general reflects dietary amino acids requirement of fish. Compared to fish meal, soy protein concentrate (SPC) has balanced amino acids profile. Assuming using SPC as sole protein source in fish feed, the essential amino acids provided by SPC meet very well the dietary requirement of channel catfish, common carp and tilapia. For rainbow trout, methionine concentration in the diet may need to be balanced by other protein ingredients or synthetic amino acid. The anti-nutritional components have been removed during the processing procedure of SPC. Consequently using SPC as protein source will assure a healthier animal and better growth performance of fish compared to using soybean meal as protein source in fish and shrimp diets. Literature studies showed that 40-100% of dietary protein from fish meal could be replaced by soy protein concentrate (SPC) without negative influence on growth performance. Whereas replacing fishmeal by soybean meal (SBM) or soy flour at high inclusion levels, in general, reduced growth rate. The replacement of fish meal by SPC can have also positive effect on environment. It was observed that inclusion of SPC in the diet reduced P losses and improved P retention in trout and in salmon. Trout fed soybean meal diet had reduced fecal dry matter content, indicating diarrhoea. Whereas the trout fed SPC diet had constantly high fecal dry matter content. These studies demonstrate that soy protein concentrate can be used as a good alternative protein source as replacement of fish meal in fish feed and as replacement of marine animal protein in shrimp feed. In fish, SBM may be used to partially replace fish meal in the diets. However, high inclusion level (>30%) of SBM could cause intestinal damage and in general reduce growth performance in different fish species. It appears that carnivorous fish species such as salmon and trout are more sensitive to the anti-nutritional components in SBM than herbivorous or omnivorous species such as carp. In general, however, soy protein concentrate has been proved to have better nutritional value and produced better growth performance in fish compared to soybean meal. When using soy protein to replace fish meal or marine animal protein, the nutritional balance in the diet should be considered, including amino acids, fatty acids, energy and minerals. Fish meal and marine animal protein meals generally contain more fat and minerals than soy protein. At high soy protein inclusion levels, a mineral supplementation is recommended. Phosphorous is the most critical mineral when formulating fish feeds which contain a high level of soy protein. To achieve a balanced nutritional composition in fish feed, a more divers choice should be made in selecting feed ingredients. A mixture of feed ingredients will provide more balanced nutrients than only use limited feed ingredients to formulate fish feed. In conclusion, soy protein concentrate can be used as an excellent protein source for fish and shrimp diets, as alternative to fish meal and marine animal protein meal. So, any thoughts guys? What I got from it is that: Soybean Meal = Seems to be bad in big quantities and in carnivorous fish, no matter the other ingredients. Inferior to SPC. Soy Protein Concentrate = Overall really good, nutritional and near perfect replacement for fish meal. We also have to take in consideration the percentage of soy that is used. Something could contain soybean meal (kinda bad) but onl;y in 10-15% concentration, so that wouldn't be that bad. I wish they would disclose the percentages of each ingredient, but I guess that's asking too much of manufacturers right? Also, this study was made with fish like salmon and tilapia, not your standard neon tetra, oscar or angelfish, but I guess they cannot be that different? Thoughts?
  24. I decided to give my clown pleco and cories a special treat, and last night I dropped a chunk of zucchini into my tank following a method I think found on YouTube, using a bullet sinker stuck in the center to weigh it down. Tonight, when I got home from work, the tank is filled with seeds and pieces of the zuke, and the large portion is split into sections, floating on the top. Wish I had a video feed to know what happened!
  25. Hi, I have a 40 gallon long, heavily planted community tank. My Peacock eel won't eat out of my hands just yet. When I try to feed it bloodworms, I have to try and sink some near it, but before it can get any the other fish swoop in and eat. Any thoughts on how to get the food to the eel only?
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