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  1. I have decided to start a journal on this forum to help myself learn and remember the ups and downs of my journey in this hobby and hopefully help others learn from my mistakes. I will start with a bit of background info about myself. I am a high school student from the hills of western Maryland. I have been keeping fish “seriously” for about 4-5 years now and currently have 5 aquariums. I will post a few pictures of each aquarium and share stocking lists and goals I have with each one. This is my 10 gallon purple mosaic ribbon fin guppy and cherry shrimp breeding tank. As you can see it also has a bunch of rams horn snails. I hope to start selling some of the guppies and shrimp on aquabid once the weather gets a bit warmer.Next up is my 55 gallon display tank. It is currently stocked with Odessa and green tiger barbs as well as a Bristlenose and yo-yo loaches. Next we have my 20L mutt guppy aquarium that is currently home to mutt guppies cull shrimp and kuli loaches. It has some green water currently which wasn’t intentional but helps the fry hide from the adults which is good. The only downside is that it’s harder for me to see the fish too. I also have a ten gallon with a male krib. I’m planning on getting a female and trying to breed them. This is my marineland 5 gal which is waiting for its next inhabitant which will hopefully be a pea puffer. I will have to make sure to remove the snail first. I am also helping my younger brother set up a 5.5 gal cold water aquarium for some danios or whiteclouds. I would love to hear what you think about my aquariums and any suggestions for improvement that you have. I would also love to answer any questions you have about any of my aquariums. Levi
  2. 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!
  3. So my guppy is fairly pregnant, I think, I was wondering when she'll actually give birth, but am not sure if she's pregnant or just big, as she's always been fairly plump...
  4. I ordered some dumbo guppies from band app and the ones I got have a really large gonopodium. im not super familiar with guppies but would this make the males infertile? I have seen this in pictures before but I wanted to see if it’s normal or not. thanks!
  5. Hello I just setup a 55 gallon tank and want to add few guppies for breeding. are there are recommended guidelines like food, how many guppies and what size i should buy and how long it takes ?
  6. Nitrate 10ppm nitrite 0 temp 78 ammonia 0 ph 8.4 kh 180 gh 150-300 Heavily stocked 10 gallon
  7. Hello all, I am seeking some advice on what I might have going on in my 40 gallon breeder. Stocked are 6 baby bristlenose plecos, a trio of guppies, and a lot of shrimp. My male guppy started clamping his dorsal and tail fin, but neither of the females were. Upon a closer look into the tank I noticed one of my plecos has a piece of its tail missing plus a dot on the dorsal fin. So far I’ve pulled the guppy out and put him in a QT tank. Any suggestions are appreciated pH-7.2 Nitrates-10 Hardness-250ish Nitrite-0 Ammonia-0 KH/Buffer-80 Water Temperature-80
  8. So, a few weeks ago I rescued two guppies, an endler and an ADF from being tossed in someone's back yard because they didn't want to take care of them anymore (after less than a month). Well, the tank they came from was only about 8 gallons and it was divided - fish on one side and originally three ADFs on the other. I'm pretty sure the water had never been changed and the ammonia was so bad you could smell it. Fast forward a few weeks and I have sadly lost one of my guppies, I think the previous tank conditions as well as some bullying from the other guppy took its toll on him and he unfortunately just didn't make it. The remaining guppy and the endler get along pretty well - or at least I haven't seen any damage on either of them. So I am going to start replanting and rescaping the tank to "tailor" it more for the ADF and her future friends. I am hoping to get the plants to settle in and start growing and then I'll get two more ADFs to keep my solo girl company. As I get new plants and new scape in I'll update and then hopefully there will be pics of some new ADFs in the fall 🙂 when I first set the tank up - anubias have since died from anubias rot 😐 My lonely ADF 🙂 Endler Guppy RIP 😞
  9. Has anyone ever seen "blisters" on the dorsal fin of their guppy before? This guy is over two years old, maybe close to three years old and is the only guppy in a moderately planted community tank right now. Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - about 30ppm GH - very hard Total Alkalinity - 180? PH - about 7.8 Temp - about 80
  10. Good Evening all, My 37 gallon has been booming with Corydora shenanigans. Lots of egg laying and fry. Tonight I notice my guppy and his dorsal fin... Did he rub up on some cory eggs or is something more sinister at work? TIA
  11. So... I am inheriting a few guppies and a couple of african dwarf frogs (just found this out today and they are on their way shortly) I have not seen them yet and don't know the status of their tank, but want to do the right thing by my new pets. I have never had ADFs and I haven't had guppies for a long time - what do people suggest for my tank setup in terms of plants, decorations, etc? I currently have a cycled sponge filter, a heater, some floating water sprite and a rock from my display tank in there with a thin layer of fine gravel - plus whatever shows up in their existing tank... Any suggestions on what I should put in the tank for plants/decorations as well as food recommendations would be greatly appreciated. My LFS has a decent plant supply and frozen foods, so I can pick up anything I should have tomorrow or Monday (depending on how/where/when Henri arrives) Thanks in advance!
  12. Ok so I’m now several tanks deep and starting to have fun figuring out how to breed some blue velvet shrimp and albino red head koi guppy. Also growing out some angels as well. I enjoy the red head koi but I can’t decide on which other guppy to breed! I need some insight from you on other types. I can’t decide if I’m going with a strong line of either purple or green Moscow’s off of aquabid. I also like the dumbo mosaic dragon. I went down the rabbit hole and came across big dorsal red dragon ribbon. These look awesome. I have two young sons and we enjoy this together. I want only ONE more guppy line due to space and trying not to get more tanks. I want a beautiful show stopper. A unique guppy line! Which should I chose and from where? thanks I can’t wait to hear your ideas!!!
  13. In my 10 gallon tank I have shrimp and 6 male guppies I bought back in March from Petsmart, 5 out of the 6 have grown a lot and have big bellies and fins. This one guppy hasn't grown at all in size, except his belly, fins are still short. I was wondering if there are dwarf guppies or if he just got bad genes and is small.
  14. So thanks to watching @Cory's guppy vids, we have now caught the fever. We have our new 10 gallon cycling already and decided that instead of worrying about getting a Dwarf Gourami or two that might nip fins, maybe we could keep Zebras and Guppies together? A little quick research shows their parameters are close, and I think they are both peaceful. Does anyone have experience keeping them together? How many would you feel would be safe in a 10 gallon? (we aren't scared of water changes) Would the Guppies and Danios keep the guppy fry to a minimum? We don't really have an LFS to breed for, I guess we could give them away on Facebook or something. Any opinions are appreciated. Attached is our tank as it quietly cycles, with new LED bulbs and a new statue!
  15. I have a fish that, with 6 other girls ate a few worms about 6 months ago as we bought shrimps that gave us tge worms and whatever else. Anyway she now has a big blood spot on her side and looks like she is going to explode, help My tank has 0 Ammonia sometimes low level result. No nitrite and low nitrate. PH is 7.6
  16. I bought a tank yesterday and took some fish with it. There was one male guppy in a 55 gallon with a bunch of albino cory cats and some platy. He isn't acting abnormally, and his fins look really good, but he's white towards his head. Pictures are linked. Guppy
  17. Like a few other folks, we lost fish with the crazy climate the last few weeks. Starting with three guppy tubs, we lost all in one, and many adults in the other two. Being sulky... I just left off feeding, and have not looked much into them til today. In the Firecracker Guppy tub, I found a thriving batch of young. Many appear to be female — though they’re probably too young to properly sex. Then I checked out the “mutt guppy” tub. I caught a few meh-looking males, but found no females. So... I decided to boost genetics in both by moving out a bunch of Firecracker Guppies from our downstairs little colony. I tried to be clever and catch them barehanded while holding the phone. Nope. Nets are genius, it turns out... I’m adding them to both tubs. The Mutts can blast genetics out any which way - I find it fun to see by the end of the summer. Of course, the rest go to the FCG tub. Hoping to get some great options for selective breeding by September.
  18. I have a guppy Conley with tape/ flat worms and I have treated the tank 3 times with general cure and 2 time with prazi pro and still have white stringy poop does anybody know what’s happening.
  19. So Ive noticed one of my guppy fry has this thing coming out of his anus and I dont know what it is. I treated the tank with fritz para cleanse because some of my females have wasting disease but they dont really seem to be doing bettee after about a week after treatment. Here is the picture of the fry, if anyone could help me identify what it is I would appreciate it a lot :) (by the way all the pictures are the same fish, just really hard to catch on camera)
  20. Should I concerned over my female guppy? She gave birth a few days ago, but still looks quite chunky and her gravid spot is still fairly large. I know people retain a little bit if baby weight and bloat after birth, though, so is this the same kind of thing? I've never bred fish before so I know that I still have a lot to learn.
  21. Got her with 1 male and 1 other female. The 1st female didn't make it past the first night. I have in quarantine tank and was doing preventive care with the trio of meds ( ich x, fritz paracleanse and maracyn) . The two left were great for 5 days then fem start to get flakes on head then stringy poop. Male is fine he does seemed bothered by anything. I'm new to aquarium life. I've got most meds and salt. Fish are in a 5 gal tank. Temp is 76°F. Hardness is 8.4 to 8.8 water is naturally hard. Nitrate is 0 ppm Ammonia is 0 ppm Nitrite is 0 ppm
  22. I checked the tank last night and found my beautiful midnight black Guppy on the bottom with only a little gill movement that stopped completely after a few minutes. An hour later he was up and swimming like nothing happened! Boy is it hard to get a pic of a spastic black guppy!
  23. Hi Everyone! Quick question: I would like to set up a small free standing pond (20-30g) for guppies. I plan on placing it on my deck which gets direct sunlight from early afternoon until sunset. (I'm located in the Washington, DC Metro area.) My concern is that this amount of sunlight will heat the pond to uninhabitable temperatures. If the temp of the water gets into the the high 80s, will it become detrimental to the guppies or since the water will slowly be warmed by the sun, they could adjust? Curious if anyone has any thoughts on this. Thanks!
  24. My guppy tore a hole in its tail. But the fin that is ripped is still attached. Looks like a window. 10 gallons, temp 75, pH 7.6, gh 8, kh 4, 0/0/20 most likely done because he always fight with the other male. will it heal despite some part dragging? Is there something I should do?
  25. Not only am I new to the hobby, but my female had babies! I was finally able to see her deliver a few it was really cool! Not so cool was watching some get eaten 😞. I cut some water sprite from my 40G and floated it in the 20G for them to hide in. QUESTION: She is the ONLY female in there, I have 3 in the QT tank (that came from Mikes Fish Room).The male guppies are just chasing her NON STOP. I am super worried that she will get too stressed. What do I do? Put in my females from the QT tank? (They are 7 days post last dose of Para-cleanse. I have not seen any signs of disease as of yet). Would this make matters worse? Do I remove her? My tank is heavily planted, so getting her out will be VERY challenging (a lot of places to hide)
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