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  1. Hey everyone, just wanted to share my gorgeous new addition to my 33gal long community tank. I had recently lost my king male betta from a loach accident/injury and said I was not getting anymore bettas for the foreseeable future, because (except for my king) they have just been very sickly and sensitive the past couple years and I was really tired of losing them. Well I was in my local Petco the other day picking up furry children supplies, and saw this guy and couldn’t leave without him. He is gorgeous and seems so healthy now that he’s in the tank! I have really high hopes and am hoping he can have a long life. He’s so spunky and just jets around the whole tank. He also flares his fins a lot which is gorgeous. He really doesn’t like my 1 red cherry barb, but the tank is so densely decorated that they can get away from each other easily. He will flare if anyone gets too close, but hasn’t chased or nipped anyone yet. He’s not nearly as chill as my king was (he would literally school with and brush up against all my platies and guppies constantly) which makes me a little sad, but I do so love his energy. I just don’t think this tank is complete without a betta fish.
  2. Hi there, so I live in Canada and been hit by a big thunderstorm, which knock down so many trees, and 100,000 plus people lost power. Its been 28 plus hour right now and my filter stopped running. So basically in may 21 at 1:50 pm the power went out and I went to make bubbles for them so they can get oxygen, and usually it takes 8 hours for the power to be restore but it is still hasn’t been restore and is already the next day which is may 22nd and now 10pm for me right now. I did buy a portable air pump but I feel like the beneficial bacteria would die. Not sure if I need to re cycle the whole thing again? I kept the media and sponge with the previous tank water. What should I do?
  3. Hi everyone! After a bit of a hiatus I'm back! Here in Washington, Summer Tubbing season is finally upon us! And I'm extremely excited for this year! I've only been tubbing for 2 years. 2020 was mainly Medaka, and 2021 was Medaka, Least Killifish, and Albino Cories. This year I'm looking to be even more diverse. Unfortunately I don't have any setup right now, but most of the materials are on the way so I should be able to set them up at the beginning of next month! So far I'm working with 1x 35 g / 2x 20 g / 1x 12 g . I plan to possibly get a 110 later in the season, and then another 2x 20s as well. My current plan is again mainly Medaka since I have some good sources for the more "high end" varieties this year (I tried to import from Japan last year but the seller wasn't very good so rip my money and fish) but these sellers are super reliable and well reviewed so I think im in good hands. Other options I'm looking at are Blue Fin Killis since an LFS got a bunch in, and Variatus Platies since Cory, Bob, Robert, and I think Joel and Jimmy mentioned they do really well outside so I'm trying some other varieties of those. Also a colony of Pygmy Sunfish in the 12. Shrimp are also another option I want, mainly Cherry Shrimp. I have a bunch of plants, baskets, etc on the way so this should be a fun season!
  4. Was looking to get another fish tank soon (10 gallon) and was thinking of the dollar per gallon sales pet I has. Does anybody have a calendar or know the dates of these sales? Thanks, Jack
  5. The one with all the algae is mine. And the pretty small one is my wife
  6. Hi, I have a 15g Fluval Flex and am very interested in loaches, I know of the kuhli loach, the dwarf chain loach, and the hillstream loach. Are there any other small species that could work in my tank? Thanks, Jack
  7. For first and new owners of Baby Betta fish, suggest some some tips and guide that how to take proper care of them.
  8. Hello there! A little background info: Blackwater Tanks are always something I've wanted to do, and this year I decided to pull the trigger. Unfortunately the 1st scape of this Tank didn't work out so well, but over the past 2 weeks I overhauled everything, kept the good stuff and got some new things, and let's just say it's 1000x better than before! Recent day: I call this tank "THE ROOTS" since the main piece of wood is a Bantigue Root, which is a dried root structure of a Bantigue Mangrove Tree. This piece took a long while before it was water logged, but now that it's not going to float, I was able to put it the way I wanted to from the very beginning. My stocking plans for this tank aren't 100% finalized, but what I do know is: •10x Pygmy or Marthe Hatchetfish. These 2 are the smallest of the available Hatchetfish species I've seen, and 2 I've yet to keep. I think they'll fit in nicely, I'm just waiting out on them since I feel like I need wayy more surface cover for them to feel comfortable. •10x of a small Tetra or Rasbora species. A couple species I have in mind are: Ruby Tetras, Blue Green Rasboras, Neon Green Rasboras, Cardinal Tetras, Rummynose Tetras, Morse Code Tetras, and some others I have in mind. I'm not 100% yet on which species since there's soooo many to choose from, I'll just see what color would fit the best. •5x Parotocinclus Species: These are definitely going to be the highlight of the tank. I won't say which Parotocinclus species yet, but they'll be one of the 1st fish to go in. The species I'm getting is super special as it hasn't really been available in the hobby for quite a few years, and this years summer seems to have been the 1st large export of these fish from their region, and word on the street is that it'll also be the last for a few years so I'm definitely going to get my hands on some before they sell out and it's too late. I'll talk more about them when i get them Next Week! (Hopefully) TANK SHOTS:
  9. How does everyone get the amazing fish pictures with just a phone? I struggle with getting the perfect fish pictures as some do. The pea puffers are afraid of the phone still, unless its feeding time, but the other pictures just don't focus well through the water. Does anybody have any tips?
  10. Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays from the fish!
  11. Heyo! So im finally setting up a 125g Clouded Archer Tank! It's something I've always wanted to do and after a switch of plans, I settled on this. The current plan is lots of live plants, lots of Red Mangroves, and the Canister I've got is rated for 150G so definitely a bit overfiltered. The stocking plan I have in mind consists of a group of Clouded Archers of course, but others are Roseline Sharks (Dennison Barbs), Rummynose Tetras, Amazon Puffers (I can keep up with the trimming), and that's about it for now. While I'm still thinking about it, I think I will fill the whole tank up instead of 3/4ths way, so I get the full 125 gallons. Any other suggestions on what to add? I'm definitely open to all suggestions, they just have to be peaceful and plant friendly.
  12. Do any of you feed foods that were not made as flakes, or processed fish food. Things I like spinach and cucumbers are more of what I’m asking about. That would include treats
  13. I have so much fun trying to catch pics of fish and critters and thought I would try some face on views. This is Maverick—who is very personable and wants to know “What’s up?”
  14. Hello Everybody! Finally I have a break from school, so now I want to restock my 10 gallon tank. I was looking for some recommendations for fish, but first you should know about my tank. It is a heavily planted 10 gallon tank, stocked with Amano shrimp. It has a nicrew planted light, fluval stratum substrate, dragon rock, and malaysian driftwood. It has a Oase Thermo 100 with an Eheim 75 watt heater. My water is extremely hard and has a high ph. I am looking for a breeding project, preferably egg layers. Something that is on the easier side but still a challenge for a novice fish keeper. Also, I would like it to be a peaceful fish that is smaller in size. Thank You!
  15. I am planning on stocking my 10 gallon with the following: 1x Dwarf Gourami 6x Ember Tetra 3x Khuli Loach, is this over stocked. I have an internal filter that has sponge and Eheim Substrat Pro that does 132 Gallons per hour.
  16. 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
  17. how many lemon tetras could I keep in my 20 gal long tank (with mystery snail)? and recommended tankmates? 🐠
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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. ☘🌿🌵🌿☘
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
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