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  1. Hi everyone, I’ve found a lot of helpful information on this forum and I’m looking for some guidance. I left town for about a week and came back to find these on our aquarium wall by the top of the water. I tried to find some kind of identification for these tiny brown specks in our tank, but the closest I could find looked like a parasite so I’m concerned. We have some copepods in our tank, but these do not seem to move. Some background of our tank: 5 gallon Ph: 8.0 Ammonia: 0 ppm Nirtrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 5 ppm Filtered (no chemical) Heated to approximately 79 F 1 Betta fish 1 Nerite snail Weekly water test (with API Freshwater kit) & change We’d really appreciate any help or advice you have as to what they are and how we can get rid of these if we need to!
  2. Can anyone help me ID the plants in my tank? I'm terribly bad at buying and trading plants without much attention to their names. Now that I'm thinking of seriously aquascaping this tank, I feel that it would really benefit me to know this stuff! I will put pictures of what I have here!
  3. If you think you know what type of worms these are please let us know. I posted a short youtube video at the bottom of this post. I netted some floating plants out of one of my tanks tonight and then set it over a container so that it didnt drip all over my desk. Later when i went to dump the net out i realized the net had strained all of these worms out of the floating plants ans down into the container seeking water. I have no idea what type of worms these are. Apparently they were living in the roots of the floating plants i would assume eating the detritus that is caught there. Anyway they are pretty interesting and actively seek out bits of floating plants when i added them to the container. Im wondering if i should add them back into my tank or not. They seem like they would be a great live food source for small fish. Let me know what you think i should do. Aquarium Mystery Worms Video - Youtube
  4. I ordered some neocaridina shrimp and plants from someone and got some hitchhiker snails which I was excited about. When I saw two of them today they had little white strings waving from their shells. Does anyone know what they are or if I need to do anything about them? Thanks, Brad
  5. These are up for adoption at my local chain pet store. They were labeled as creamsicle cichlids. Would love help identifying them!
  6. Hello again, I asked about some critters I took photos and videos of the other day. I got very useful help (thank you so much). Well I bought a microscope and took some more video because while I’m not concerned about the copepods we found, I have also discovered some type of worm. I’ve tried doing some research… I do not think it’s a detritus worm because it hangs out on the glass. I’m obviously most anxious about it being planaria. Based on this video I took my hypothesis is: Rhabdocoela worms but I’d like to rule out planaria because I’m paranoid about my future shrimps. Thank you for taking the time to read and view, it means a lot!
  7. Can anyone identify my hillstream loach? Was sold to me as a sewellia lineolata but pretty sure it's not. I was thinking maybe gastromyzon ocellatus? Not sure though, any help would be appreciated! Hope everyone's having a nice day!
  8. Ok so I bought this stem plant from my local aquarium store and the owner keeps calling it a spider plant. But when I try to research more about it online it doesn’t come up. Can someone help me? It doesn’t have roots and can grow just floating in the water, it’s very hard to kill.
  9. We got our new 10 gallon set up, with eco-complete, root tabs, an established sponge filter, etc. We ended up getting this mixed multi-pack of plants really cheap, but I have NO idea what they are. I could tell that the one we glued to the rock was annubias of some sort, and I think there's a sword in there but we are not good at identifying these! We could also use some advice on a good carpeting plant for this setup. We went with mopani for our wood choice. As a side note, the bulbs that came with the hood are dingy and weak, got some decent LED bulbs on the way.
  10. Mostly convinced based on behavior and faint panda pattern this is my first panda loach fry. Which for qualifies in the "that is nuts" category for me if it proves out. Only other fish in that rack system of tanks are a limia p group, a variatus platy group, khuli loaches, and an cousin to barbatus group growing out. There were flagfish about 3 weeks ago in the sump along with hundreds of snails but i recall flagfish fry having a little different mouth structure and orientation was more of an overbite. Anyone think this definately is or is not a panda loach?
  11. There was a video on Instagram where people were burying bycatch pufferfish so that animals wouldn't eat them and die. Does anybody recognize the species? I have a feeling it's saltwater, I couldn't find anything close on google. Thanks!
  12. So I went collecting tonight at the Creek right down from the house, Southern Illinois about 1:00 a.m. supposed to get a heavy rain at about 6:00 am, but can anyone tell me what this fish is I have looked and I just can't find what it is, I also collected wild Ram's horns and some mosquito fish with it , I want to say it's some kind of algae eater but idk
  13. There is something on my cory's dorsal fin. Is this an injury that will heal by itself or is this something else that I have to treat. Thanks Parameters: Nitrate: Around 20ppm Nitrite: 0 GH:300ppm Chlorine: 0 KH:80ppm pH: 6.8
  14. Hello! I'm new to honey gouramis, and they are challenging me. Lol! I posted a few days ago about my stressed honey. I ended up getting it a friend which helped for a few days and then it went back to pacing. So, I moved him and his friend to a different tank and they seem to be happier (so far) I then bought another gourami for my 15 gallon fluval flex. It settled in great so a couple of days later I brought home a friend for him. When I put the second one in the tank, the first gourami went to full breeding dress. The newest gourami is supposed to be a male, but he hasn't coloured up yet. They've been together for 24 hours. I haven't seen any fight or chasing. Do you think the newest addition is just stressed still, or is my male actually a female?
  15. Found this guy this morning in my Endler tank. Small looking worm, with some hairs on its body. Yellowish green in color. Any ideas what it is where this came from? Tank has rotala indica, 30 endler babies, and one BN pleco. Included a few pics under the microscope.
  16. Can anyone identify this piece of driftwood I have?
  17. Okay y'all what did I collect, Southern Illinois, backyard Creek, water is about 50ish 1 day after rain at 3am, there's an American bullfrog and a southern green frog living in the deepest part of the creek along with wild minnows and pest snails where these were collected, what are they, cuz I have an idea what they are but I'm not for sure
  18. I got a couple of ghost shrimp from petsmart recently and there is one that doesn't look like the rest. It's been doing fine with the rest. I just wanna if it is a ghost shrimp or not. Thx!
  19. This is my first apisto. he was sold to me as a cacatuoides double red male from an LFS, unsure of the age but he's about 2 inches long total and I've had him a week. I believe he is indeed a male because of the longer spikes at the front of his dorsal fin, but I'd like to know what others think. I'm also wondering is he really a double red? He has that one spot on his tail but otherwise he seems to be starting to color up orange. Could he be an orange flash? Or is he just still getting his coloring? If he is a male double red, when should I expect to see more color? Currently he's alone in quarantine
  20. Having some issues identifying the males and females. I think 1 is a female (Duller Color) and the other two are male. Can you guys help me confirm.
  21. this was my community 10gal of assorted guppy/ albino corridora's/American Glass shrimp and a couple nitrite snails and a pleco that started my multiple tank syndrome Edit 2 I don't test my water so I couldn't tell you what it is but it's Southern Illinois so just stupid hard water is all I know but I use natural regulator seven as my water conditioner so idk and they just got done with a set of API fungus, bacterial and parasite meds and salt. Edit 3 Okay y'all after much research and consulting, sadly this is a failed general cure run that has resulted in the contamination of my tanks Live and learn I guess. Edit 4 ,so with more research and the helpful people here I guess I've done a terrible identification and overreacted taking down most of my tanks, and I have to agree with the people here, it's Cyclops and deterias worms so in the name of discussion, what is the best thing have y'all used to treat parasites.
  22. Hi all! I’m trying to identify this tiny baby snail that hitch hiked into my tank, I do have nerites laying eggs and have yet to see any hatch but I’m almost certain this isn’t a nerite based on the foot and it appeared just after adding salvinia minima. Anyways, since the photo is a little hard to make out, it’s mostly transparent with brown speckled from the tip of the spiral which does protrude out not in like a ramshorn.. I’m guessing and hoping it’s a mystery snail but also just have no idea. I want to properly care for it not eradicate it but if it’s a pesty type of snail I do have assassin snails too to keep a population under control. https://ibb.co/HrczqJD https://ibb.co/swsdpZg https://ibb.co/tzqYNvb https://ibb.co/0q6FJLp https://ibb.co/6v2L9GY thanks for any help!
  23. My guppy had a white spot that is almost banded around the end of her tail show up overnight, I’m trying to identify it as it doesn’t really look like parasites but it’s also not fuzzy like the images of fungus I’ve seen online. She swims fine and still has a voracious appetite. In terms of things I know have changed, I added some crushed coral in because I had some of what I think was stress related deaths before I introduced these new guppies (a male and female killed eachother, and the second female died a few days later after looking stressed) and people on the forum recommended coral based off my water parameters (soft water and low ph). I added the crushed coral maybe 2 days ago with her and the male in the tank before introducing 2 new females, and did notice her rub on my anubias while I sprinkled it in, but she doesn’t do that commonly. If you guys have an idea on what it is and treatment options I would love to hear it, if needed I can try to set up an old 1.5 gal tank to separate her, but it would be easier to treat in the main tank, as I would need to cycle the 1.5. But I have live plants and cherry shrimp
  24. Hello everyone, I have two male Endler's livebearers and a female guppy that have bred. The Endler's livebearers are very close to the wild form, but I do not know what breed of guppy the female guppy is. They produced many different fry, but produced the most of this type. Is has a yellow-and-black tail and fins, with maybe a silver and lime pattern across the body. Could anyone identify if this is a certain strain of guppy? Thanks.
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