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  1. Hi All: I have problems with my tank, cant figure it out. LFS doesn't know, planted tank forum no help.. Maybe you can help. Might be a bit long to describe.... Tank is 14 months old. Cycled fast. Dirted, planted tank. 32 gal but a bit shallower so say 27 gal. Generally looks beautiful. Fluval plant 3.0 light. fluval 207, heavily planted, aerator, generally stays 77F, slight bit of fluctuation. Have had a bunch of different fish, mostly Scarlet badis, and returned some fish due to incompatibility issues (I returned halfbeaks, bumblebee gobies, peacock gudgeons). Now have a few silver kuli loaches (3), one Annandale loach, 4 ember tetra (just lost one to the weird sudden bloat), about 8-9 exclamation point rasboras, and now down to only 4 scarlet badis. Had up to 13-14 badis, breeding successfully many times over, now Ive lost almost all, all my females gone, my big male has a poor pale color rather than the super bright red they normally had. A few months ago bought 11 (wild caught didn't know at the time) green rasboras (Sundadanio). They were amazingly healthy, got fat, then precipitously died in a matter of weeks. Possibly for them it was the hard water.. They had a bit of ich but that cleared up fast. The badis are my biggest concern. Bumblebee gobies were tail nipping so I got them out. Still, randomly they decline. Some get bloated, many others start by getting raised whitish patches, but not as bright as ich, typically they lose much color, then die. Usually still aggressively feed up till they get bad. My last big female badis was too bloated for several weeks or more.. tried to get her to eat frozen daphnia but she wasn't too into it, then she vanished and a shrimp was eating her the next day. One occasional symptom is the fish will flick as if rubbing their sides.. not common but has happened. My last female badis was doing this a bit at the end .. I feed live black worms that I keep in a separate tank, in RO water and feed them boiled organic broccoli, squash, which they devour. Some sediment in that worm tank gets in during feeding.. I also feed live or fresh dead baby brine almost daily, frozen adult brine and frozen daphnia. Hikari micro pellets for those that take it (tetras and rasboras and loaches only). LFS people say my fish are "spoiled"... Suddenly in the last month or two Ive lost a ton of badis. Always had a slow trickle but many breeding so they were replaced... Ill attach a current badis with a spot on face, and water test result. Water always has zero N so dont ask, no I dont have Chlorine or ammonia or Nitrate or anything. I also have Neocardinia shrimp doing well and Amano shrimp, many snails.. all good. My thoughts: -I put a rock or rocks in there that is leaching something I cant test for.. Tested most with vinegar first, so not sure that it. -I have a piece of wood that is leaching something.. Mostly manzanita but some is mystery driftwood (mostly small pcs) that I previously boiled for hours. I do have a fair bit of tannin build up either from soil or wood. -Ive introduced a disease, bacteria, or parasite by feeding live mosquito larvae or live daphnia I get from local ponds.. Dont really do this often at all but used to a bit more often (still rare, haven't in a while so its odd the die off has increased). -My organic potting soil is too deep and is gassing something; I do *still* get bubbles if I prod the soil with tweezers. LFS recommended I put carbon in the fluval, so I did, chemi-pure elite. That seems to take some of the tannin out but its only been a couple weeks in there. current little male with a spot. Last female shortly before dying, Aug 23. Bloated. Death of a male shortly before that... got bloated fast. General tank look typical water test Thank you for any wisdom and for reading
  2. how many lemon tetras could I keep in my 20 gal long tank (with mystery snail)? and recommended tankmates? 🐠
  3. Been fish keeping about 30 years but 98%of that not knowing there was such a thing as a nitrogen cycle let alone understanding it.Breeding during that time was all accidental. Over the last couple years been learning a lot and attempting to breed fish on purpose. Ive breed (on purpose) 3 types of African cichlids, platties, mystery snails, guppies, cherry shrimp, endlers, and my latest project bristlenose. I have been very successful with all these projects. I do a lot of research, try and create a good environment, watch and entice breeding behavior, closely watch water parameters, and feed feed feed. ok so parameters of project; 20G tank, not easy but not to difficult (wanna step up my game), will have to start with fish I have or cheap to buy, and will stay in 20G for a good while. fish I would buy that I’m thinking about; shellies, some type of small plecos, corys, and German blue rams ( big fan of GBR and have tried before and failed) fish I have that I’m thinking about; salt and pepper corys, pea puffers (fairly confident I have 1M and 2F), and my ultimate goal fish to breed rummynose tetra ( have read these are more for advanced breeders?) this is not a breed for profit project.
  4. Frogs, Shrimp and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Blue Wood Shrimp Nerite Snails (Zebra and Red Spot) Mystery Snail (Ivory) Goldfish Black Ranchu Assorted Fantails Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Show Halfmoon Koi Nemo Koi Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Cichlids Zebra Lace Angelfish Adult Philippine Blue Angelfish (From Dean) Red Koi Angels (Dean Bred) Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Bolivian Ram Red Head Tapajo (Locally Bred) Corydoras and other Catfish Albino Cory Orange Laser Cory Salt and Pepper Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) False Julii Cory Swallowtail Glass Catfish (Diurnal schooling catfish!) Plecos Super Red Bristlenose Albino Bristlenose Plecos (Dean Bred) Common Otocinclus Colombian Whiptail Catfish Red Lizard Catfish Loaches Kuhli Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Dojo Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Glowlight Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Rasboras Chili Rasbora Danios Long Fin Zebra Danio Barbs and other Cyprinids Odessa Barb Siamese Algae Eater Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppy Assorted Fancy Male Guppy (Leopard Tail, Blue Variegated, Cobra Blue, Cobra Gold, Cobra Green, Cobra Red, and Flamingo) Hawaii Variatus Platy Blue Mountain Calico Platy Ricefish Platinum White Medaka Ricefish (Dean Bred) Oddballs Zig Zag Eel Rope Fish Transparent Knifefish Fish listed from top to bottom: Blue Mountain Calico Platy, Show Halfmoon Betta, Dojo Loach, Assorted Fantail Goldfish, Red Head Tapajo, Black Lace Angelfish, Rope Fish, and Transparent Knifefish.
  5. Hi Everyone 🙋‍♂️ Earlier this spring, a 100 gallon tub was set-up, for mostly livebearers (Guppies/Platies) & lots of snails. Am experimenting with a UV sterilizer & DIY fine filter on a powerhead. Have a large Aquarium Co-Op sponge filter for the added mechanical / biological filtration. All seems to be working well. Thought I'd share a few, quick photos with you. Sorry for the visual glare. Am not a very good photographer, lol. 📸 Many of my female Guppies are about to have fry, so the tub should be filling up quickly. Plants include, Brazilian Pennywort, Moneywort, Hornwort, Anubias Congensis, Water Hyacinth, Hygrophila Pinnatifida, Water Sprite, Water Wisteria, Tiger Lotus & Bacopa Caroliniana. ☘🌿🌵🌿☘
  6. I recently received 14 Neon Tetras and 10 Cardinal Tetras. All of my Cardinals are accounted for but 10 of my Neons are missing. I only have two fish that are large enough to eat them. An Angelfish and a Bronze Corydora. Is it possible that one or both helped themselves to some "fast food"? I'm definitely seeing the value of a growout tank.
  7. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Blue Wood Shrimp Assorted Mystery Snails Nerite Snails (Red Spot, Zebra, Military Helmet, and Zebra Thorn) Assassin Snails Koi Gold Ogon Platinum Ogon Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Halfmoon Dragon Scale Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Nemo Koi Gouramis and other Anabantoidei Sunset Honey Gourami Pearl Gourami Blue Paradise Fish Black Tiger Dario (Wild) Leopard Bush Fish (Tank Raised) Cichlids Apistogramma Agassizii "Double Red" Apistogramma Agassizii "Fire Red" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Orange Flash" Apistogramma Mamasteri "Red Neck Gold" Bolivian Ram German Blue Ram Corydoras and other Catfish Bronze Cory Albino Cory Salt and Pepper Cory False Julii Cory Panda Cory Dwarf Petricola (Locally Bred) Plecos L018 Gold Nugget Pleco L066 King Tiger Pleco L255 Spotted Medusa Pleco Orinoco Polka-Dot Pleco L200 Green Phantom Pleco Loaches Fork Tail Loach (Really cool looking!) Kuhli Loach Rosy Loach Tetras Black Neon Tetra Black Phantom Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Diamond Tetra Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barb Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Gold White Cloud Rasboras Neon Green Rasobra Chili Rasbora Emerald Eye Rasbora Exclamation Point Rasobra Strawberry Rasbora Livebearers Assorted Endlers (Male and Female) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Blue Variegated, Green Lace, Cobra Red, Eclipse, Flamingo, Green Lyretail, and Tequila Sunrise) Half Black Gold Lyretail Molly Rainbows Red Neon Rainbow Threadfin Rainbow Oddballs Silver Datnoids Chameleon Tiny Spiny Eel Empire Gudgeon Pea Puffers Fish listed from top to bottom: Chameleon Tiny Spiny Eel, Empire Gudgeon, Gold Ogon Koi, Platinum Ogon Koi, Diamond Tetras, Black Tiger Dario, Dwarf Petricola Catfish, Fork Tail Loach, Apisto. Macmasteri "Red Neck Gold", and Red Rili Shrimp.
  8. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snails Mystery Snails (Jade, Lavender, and Gold) Nerite Snails (Red Spot and Zebra) Goldfish Assorted Lionhead Assorted Fantail Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Super Red Plakat Marble Plakat Gouramis Sunset Honey Gourami Moonlight Gourami Cichlids Apistogramma Agassizii "Fire Red" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" German Blue Ram Firemouth Cichlid Corydoras Salt and Pepper Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory False Julii Cory Plecos Common Otocinclus Long Nosed Whiptail L114 Red Fin Sternella Loaches Black Kuhli Loach Dwarf Chain Loach Tetras Black Phantom Tetra Bloodfin Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild Colombia) Ember Tetra Neon Tetra Red Phantom Tetra (Wild Colombia) Rummy-Nose Tetra Rasboras Chili Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Odessa Barb Panda Garra (Wild) Siamese Algae Eaters Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Gold White Clouds Longfin White Clouds Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers (Blue, Red Chest, and Silverado Double Red Tail) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Eclipse, Japanese Red Tail, Red Tuxedo, and Yellow Tail) Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs Metallic Livebearers Red Platy Rainbows Irian Red Rainbow Oddballs Senegal Bichir Chameleon Tiny Spiny Eel Zig Zag Spiny Eel Fish listed from top to bottom: Cherry Shrimp, Yellow Shrimp, Black Kuhli Loach, Chameleon Tiny Spiny Eel, Long Nosed Whiptail, Moonlight Gourami, Odessa Barbs, Super Red Plakat, and Marble Plakat.
  9. Can I put fish in a sump if it's only new? The tank that the sump is hooked up to has been running for 10 years. Im hooking up the sump to keep fry and extra plants.
  10. Hi all, I've been thinking about some ideas for fish I could add to my 20 gallon tall planted tank. It has been running for almost a year, and has been pretty stable even with some poor maintenance over the winter. I currently only have 3 white cloud mountain minnows, as some died. However, since these three have been stable for a while now with no signs of sickness, I will soon be getting more to have the group be at least 6 or maybe even 9. Since I will be going to the fish store, I can't help but think of other species I could add as well. I've never kept cherry shrimp, and was wondering how easy they are for beginners? I have pH on the high end but relatively low gH, and I don't want to mess with water chemistry. I want to know if it's worth just getting a few and seeing if they do alright? Any advice from more seasoned experts? My last thought would be to get a bristlenose pleco - I know that a 20 tall is definitely on the very small end for them, but don't know what people think is acceptable. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
  11. No question this time..... Just needed to remind myself 🥴🥴🥴 gotta stop adding fish to my plant storage tanks. This is the second attempt! No more tanks Ranada! 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️
  12. I have a new 20 gallon aquarium, right now only with 6 female platies. I'm getting 6 panda cories soon (maybe next week??) and was wondering what kind of fish you guys think I should add later, if there is space (aqadvisor says my tank would be 85% stocked with 6 platys and 6 cories). I kind of want more colorful fish or fish with interesting personalities/behaviors. I thought about getting kuhli loaches, but my water is definitely not good for them (pH is 8 and GH is about 17). I am thinking maybe a small school of tetras, like the ones that are supposed to be hardier like the glowlight?? I'm still kind of nervous about keeping tetras because of my water parameters. Any ideas? Thanks!
  13. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snail Nerite Snails (Red Spot, Red Onion, and Military Helmet) Gold Mystery Snails Goldfish and Koi Red Cap Orandas Assorted Fantails Shubunkin Assorted Koi Butterfly Koi Bettas Crowntail Halfmoon Double Tail Plakat Double Tail Galaxy Plakat Green Black Plakat Lemon Spadetail Plakat Mustard Blue Plakat White Opaque Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Cichlids Apisto. Boreli "Blue" Apisto. Cacatuoides "Orange Flash" Bolivian Ram German Blue Ram Corydoras Albino Cory Barbatus Cory Salt and Pepper Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Venezuelan Cory (Locally Bred) False Julii Cory Plecos Common Otocinclus L066 King Tiger L128 Blue Phantom L114 Red Fin Sternella L444 Rubberlip Colombian Whiptail Loaches Dwarf Chain Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Rosy Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Colombia) Ember Tetra Neon Tetra Red Phantom Tetra (Wild Colombia) Rummy-Nose Tetra Platinum Hatchet (Wild Colombia) Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Chili Rasbora Rasbora Het Other Cyprinids Copper Nose Barb (Real Cool) Panda Garra (Wild) Danios Celestial Pearl Danio Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Green Lace and Neon Red Dragon) Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs Hawaii Variatus Platies Red Tuxedo Swordtails Rainbows Port Moresby Rainbow Oddballs Endlicheri Bichir Empire Gudgeon Black Ghost Knife Schoutedeni Puffer Pictures from top to bottom: Apisto. Cacatuoides "Orange Flash", Bolivian Ram, Colombian Whiptail, Plakat Double Tail Galaxy Betta, Dwarf Chain Loach, Sterbai Cory, Venezuelan Cory, and Yellow Shrimp.
  14. I have a 2.5 gallon tank that has a bit of java moss and some bacopa carolinia (the bacopa isn't doing very well) and i was wondering if i could put one ghost shrimp in there?
  15. I started a round of quarantine with a new set of neon tetras and a hillstream loach on Thursday 5/20. Everything seemed fine and now within the last twenty four hours they have all died. I finished a round of quarantine with different fish a week prior. Had cleaned the tank, filter, and heater with a 1:10 water to bleach ratio. Everything was rinsed multiple times, and fully dried between quarantines. Did I do something noticeably wrong??? Or is there a better way to sanitize? Any help would be great I’m so devastated.
  16. Came home late last from an overnight anniversary trip. Noticed on the way to bed my 29 had cloudy water - bit it was so much worse! Little bodies everywhere! Temperature read 76 and heater was plugged in but not running (its set to 74) and does not look cracked or wet inside. No one got shocked pulling out bodies. Surprisingly we realized as we cleaned up the casualties and changed out water that 3 cherry shrimp and 2 Octo cats are still alive. But the other Octocat, "blue" our drawf gourami, 6 red Glow tetras, my darling little pygmy corydoras and the 6 still juvenile honeys my husband placed in here to grow out a bit - all lost. This is an 8.5 month running low tech planted tank. I had given all the tanks repashy in addition to usual morning flakes and nano pellets. I must have messed up and fed this tank twice, and it didn't look like they had chance to eat much, as I could spot the excess food as we cleaned the tank. The ph and ammonia indicator cards we keep in there looked the same, but we don't trust them that much, so I pulled out water to test before we added any new water, just to know, and to punish myself a bit more I guess. I was expecting very high ammonia and drastically changed ph. But the water parameters tested as they normally do for this tank. That surprised me so I tested again, breaking out new unused ammonia test bottles just to be sure. The ammonia read light yellow, maybe a very faint hint of green in the API test but not near the .25 yellow. Nitrites zero blue, not at all purple, nitrates about 20 (harder to read at night). The tank is planted and nitrates used to run between 5-10 in this tank between water changes, but as the honeys have grown it has been between 10 and 20 just in the last month. My ph has always been difficult to call because it reads right at darkest blue (7.6) on low test, but a light orange (7.4) on the high test, so we call it 7.5 to 7.6 and just watch to make sure it's not swinging around. The colors were still in that usual for us in between range. It's just so odd to have the tests look in the ranges normal for this tank while all my lovelies are dead! If I killed my fish because I overfed, which I am sure I've done, I'm not trying to escape that, but shouldn't my ammonia be sky high? Could the ammonia spike, killing so many fish and then bacteria catch up and convert to nitrates before we returned and before the bodies started to depose? Was the cloudiness the bacteria bloom pulling that off? We left Tuesday at 8am, got back Wed night about 9:30 pm. The other suspect is Sunscreen. It's a bit hard to be positive as we were in a hurry and I'm questioning everything now, but I think it was after I applied Sunscreen to my face and legs, then on a subsequent pass by the 29 I decided to remove the shrimp cave because earlier in the week one of the juvenile gourami had managed to trap itself inside. It was an impulse and I didn't think to wash my hands first. I'm not certain of the timing. So I blame myself more for the food, but my husband leans more to the sunscreen. Probably the combination, two stressors, then once anyone fish died, a chain... After some debate we decided it was probably best not to move the poor survivors to one of other tanks, since we don't know exactly what happened. So we stopped short of 50% change last night, then did another change this morning and plan to do additional smaller water changes over the next week and see if they continue to pull through. So far the few survivors seem to be doing fine. But all my other poor fish 😢 im heartbroken and feel so bad.
  17. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Nerite Snails (Zebra and Red Onion) Goldfish Black Ranchus Shubunkin Goldfish (Great Koi alternative) Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Show Halfmoon Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami Females Pearl Gourami Cichlids Giant Kribensis Pairs (Wild) Apisto. Hongsloi Bolivian Rams German Blue Ram Red Head Tapajos (Locally bred) Corydoras and other Catfish Sixray Corydoras (Wild) Corydoras Kanei Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory Barbatus Cory Dwarf Anchor Catfish Plecos Calico Bristlenose L34 Medusa Pleco Common Otocinclus L124 Colombian Para Pleco L128 Blue Phantom Pleco L200 Green Phantom Pleco Long Nosed Whiptail (Super cool looking!) Loaches Kuhli Loach Dojo Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Diamond Tetra Ember Tetra Neon Tetra Red Phantom Tetra (Wild Colombia) Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Marble Hatchet Fish Rasboras Neon Green Rasboras Chili Rasboras Emerald Eye Rasbora Rasbora Hets Strawberry Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barb Siamese Algae Eaters Danios Celestial Pearl Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio Livebearers Assorted Endlers Female Assorted Endlers Males (Red Chest, Red Double Sword, and Silverado Double Red Tail) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Green Lyretail, Luminous Purple, Gold Panda, Blue Neon, Flamingo, Gold Snakeskin, and Leopard Tail) Black Lyretail Molly Sunset Platy Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbow Killifish Lagos Red Killi Pairs Oddballs Albino Senegal Bichir Black Ghost Knife Elephant Nose Knife (Really cool looking!) Schoutedeni Puffers (Super hard to find right now) Fish listed from top to bottom: Schoutedeni Puffer, Red Head Tapajo, Apisto. Hongsloi, Corydoras Kanei, Dojo Loach, Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Betta, Long Nosed Whiptail, Red Lagos Killifish, and Shubunkin Goldfish.
  18. Hello Fish Friends, I’m newer to the hobby and was looking for some suggestions on stocking a future 29 gallon tank. Currently I have a 10 gallon with 10 ember tetras and 5 amano shrimp. I do plan on moving my current fish over to the 29 gallon, along with adding additional fish. I’ve watched so many videos in regards to community tanks and specifically about the fish and shrimp I currently have. I wanted to see if anyone had any feedback on what they found works well for them. I would like to add some guppies, corydoras, and possibly a honey gourami. Does anyone have experience with putting a honey gourami with shrimp. I’ve seen videos that say gouramis will chase your shrimp and other videos that said honey gourami are peaceful, and can be kept with shrimp. I wanted to see if anyone had success with keeping them together. Also would love to hear any suggestions or ideas. I do plan on heavily planting the tank as well. Thank you, Ariel
  19. I took Corey's advice in one of his videos and added fish to my water iris mini ponds. The iris grow taller with larger blooms and keep the water clean for the fish (minnows and barbs😞
  20. I sent an order off to Aqua Huna on Tuesday (using the link on the Coop page so they get some payback) and the fish arrived today. Not bad. I ordered six albino cory catfish, six panda cory catfish, and ten cherry shrimp. Everyone was alive when they got here. One albino cory cat was barely alive, but seems to be improving. He's now sitting upright and moving occasionally. He was curled up and apparently dead on his side in the bag, but is looking better now. Kind of interesting in that you see no gill movement for several minutes then about ten seconds of rapid breathing, then back to nothing for a minute or two. Everyone went into a breeder box after being acclimated so I can feed them more intensively and keep an eye on them for a few weeks. As anticipated, all are quite small, but that's not a big issue for me. The photos on Aqua Huna show the fish relative to the size of a penny, so I knew what to expect. Small fish tend to disappear in a bigger planted tank though, so by keeping them in the breeder box for a bit I can better monitor them and fatten them up. They aren't competing with the horde outside for food in the box and they're not crowded. The breeder boxes circulate water from the tank through the boxes so the fish are essentially in the big tank, just outside it in the breeder box. Each breeder box is attached to the tank the fish will eventually go into. The albino corys are on the thirty high, the panda corys are on the twenty high, and the shrimp are on the ten gallon tank. The cherry shrimp were interesting. They were very pale with essentially no color until they hit their breeder box that has a clump of java moss with lots of algae on it. The box also has a lot of algae growing on the walls of the box. It was like someone hit a light switch. Within ten seconds of being put in that box they were colored up and feeding. They've also got a piece of cholla wood in with them for more shelter. These are my first shrimp and they're pretty impressive little critters. They're very active. Eleven of the twelve cory cats are doing great. The twelfth guy is improving. Going from apparently dead to not dead is an improvement. The ten shrimp all look great. I was surprised the shrimp came in a breather bag and wasn't sure about floating the breather bag to temperature acclimate so I ended up hanging it half in the water and half out. The bags were all 74 degrees when they got here and my tanks are about 76 so there wasn't a huge difference anyway. I followed the Aqua Huna acclimation instructions (though I really wanted to plop and drop the albino cory who wasn't looking good.) So far anyway, I'm very happy. I'm still half expecting to lose the one albino cory, but corys are tough little fish, so we'll see. One good thing about getting fish small is there's little to no impact on the bioload. Each breeder box of fish has maybe the same bioload as one of my swordtails.
  21. Does Fritz ParaCleanse treat the tank also or just the fish? I think I may have brought in parasites, either on wet gravel stored outside, or a new cypress knee or a outdoor tub sponge filter I temporarily used in a holding tub I used to transfer fish and plants to new tank. Three stupid mistakes on my part. Newbie lesson learned. Thanks for any input. PS FYI I found this on this Disease Guide Poster on Fritz website. https://fritzaquatics.com/assets/files/uploads/Disease_Guide_Poster_Sm.pdf
  22. Hello All, I’m swapping some fish around my tanks and I’m looking for some mid/top level fish for my 29 gal. They will need to live with my Kuhli loaches and Apisto (he’s been in there about 4 years- they need to get along with him). I have very very hard water. temp 79/80 usually. PH- 6.8-7.2 Not looking for guppies or endlers (I have another display tank filled with them). I wanted cardinal tetras originally, I’ve purchased groups twice now and had them all die in quarantine on the 1st or 2nd day. So I’ve basically given up on them. Does anyone have tips on keeping cardinals in hard warmer water? thanks in advance! Just looking for inspiration/information.
  23. Hey all! I’m currently towards the end of my small expansion to my small fish room for breeding. I’m getting into it for fun, and a way to support the hobby. I’m currently breeding red tuxedo koi guppies, red cherry shrimp, and sterbai Corys. What’s the most fun/ rewarding fish or invertebrate that you have ever bred? I’m curious about the responses.
  24. Good morning and Happy Mothers day Team, I just purchased a 65 gallon 36x18x24 and want to purchase a stand which can hold a 30 gallon breeder under it. Do you think if i split a muscle rack in half 72x36x18 is safe for a 65 and 30 gallon filled with water, fishes, rocks, wood and decor? I have linked a few places selling it below as reference. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Muscle-Rack-Silver-5-Tier-Boltless-Steel-Garage-Storage-Shelving-36-in-W-x-72-in-H-x-18-in-D-UR361872PB5P-SV/300097687 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Muscle-Rack-Black-36-W-x-18-D-x-72-H-Five-Shelf-Steel-Shelving-Unit-150-pound-capacity/35584046 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Muscle-Rack-Silver-Vein-36-W-x-18-D-x-72-H-5-Shelf-Steel-Shelving/54134491 Do you think 65 gallons which holds about 772 lbs with just water in it would be too much for a limit of 800lbs per shelf especially if I split it in half? I would appreciate any guidance and advice. Hopefully, someone has tried this before. 🙂 I am also open to any suggestions as well. Happy Mothers day again everyone!!!!
  25. Good morning, I have endler fry and for now and wanting more. There aren’t too many now, but I have heard about livebearers quickly outgrowing their tanks. They are in a 20L with a single BN Pleco. I am not running a heater on the tank and I don’t want to have to run a heater if I can get away with it. Are there any fish that can help control the fry population but also don’t require a heater? I can’t think of any. I have thought of Apistos, Angels Bettas. All require heaters. Any help is appreciated.
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